Award winners: Munising does well in Skyline Central boys basketball awards

From left, Munising’s Kane Nebel, Trevor Nolan, Tyler Nelson and Jack Dusseault celebrate the Mustangs’ victory after an MHSAA Division 4 quarterfinal boys basketball game played against Jeffers at Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium in Negaunee on March 21. (Photo courtesy Cara Kamps)

MUNISING — In a bit of foreshadowing for their recent playoff run to a state championship, the Munising Mustangs boys basketball team picked up eight awards for five of its players and its coach when the Skyline Central Conference announced its season awards earlier this month.

That included two of the “special” awards — senior Kane Nebel won the conference’s Player of the Year, while Terry Kienitz was named Coach of the Year.

In another special award that doesn’t usually get as much attention, Mustangs sophomore Trevor Nolan won the SCC’s Free Throw Award for making 84% of his shots from the line.

Nebel also made the league All-Defensive Team, while Nolan was named to the First Team.

In addition, Munising sophomore Carson Kienitz earned a spot on the SCC’s Second Team, while yet another sophomore, Jack Dusseault, won honorable mention.

Munising’s Kane Nebel, center, is double-teamed by Jeffers’ Ashton Kunishige, left, and Levi Frahm during their MHSAA Division 4 quarterfinal boys basketball game played at Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium in Negaunee on March 21. (Photo courtesy Cara Kamps)

And MHS senior Cully Trzeciak joined Nebel on the league’s All-Defensive Team.

Superior Central also garnered one award, sharing the Team Sportsmanship Award with North Dickinson.

Munising was also named the conference varsity champion in its Large School Division along with having the best overall record.

All these awards were chosen near the end of the regular season before any playoff games were held.

The Mustangs just finished off their near-perfect 27-1 season by winning the MHSAA Division 4 state championship on Saturday morning at Michigan State University in East Lansing, beating Wyoming Tri-unity Christian 39-37 for the title.

It culminated a seven-game run in the playoffs that included wins over Big Bay de Noc and Rapid River in the district tournament, Rudyard and Mackinaw City in the regionals, Jeffers in the quarterfinals and Marine City Cardinal Mooney in the semifinals.

Their only loss all season came at home to Brimley, 55-51, on Jan. 17 and was followed by 16 wins in a row to end the season.

Back in the Skyline Central, North Central was crowned Small School Division winner, while for JV teams, Norway earned the Large School title and North Central and North Dickinson shared the Small School crown.

In other special awards, Forest Park junior Felix Quevedo earned the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, while senior Josiah Javurek of Bark River-Harris won the Individual Sportsmanship Award.

Here are the other SCC award winners, with grade and school:


First Team — Luke Gorzinski, sr., North Central (unanimous); Alex Ortman, jr., Norway (unanimous); Connor Florenski, sr., NC; Ian Sundling, sr., Rapid River; Kevin Giuliani, soph., Forest Park; Kaden Drossart, sr., Bark River-Harris

Second Team — Dylan Plunger, sr., NC; Michael Peterson, sr., Norway; Kodey Goldi, sr., RR; Spencer Coldren, sr., Stephenson; Zack Schwartz, soph., Stephenson; Owen Kuehnau, soph., Stephenson; Antonio Inglese, jr., ND; Ashton Wandahsega, sr., Carney-Nadeau; Ethan Ives, jr., BR-H

Honorable mention — Sam Salo, soph., C-N; Felix Quevedo, jr. Forest Park; Spencer Kramer, fresh., ND; Wyatt Spade, jr., Norway

All-Defensive — Gorzinski, NC (unanimous); Vincent Martin, sr., BR-H; Kramer, ND; Peterson, Norway; Plunger, NC; Kuehnau, Stephenson

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.


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