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Leading the pack: Manager Jason Siik top Negaunee Miners’ award winner in West PAC baseball

Negaunee’s Evan Gauthier hits a foul ball in the bottom of the third inning in an MHSAA Division 3 district tournament baseball game played against Calumet at the Irontown Field in Negaunee on May 28. (Journal photo by Caden Sierra)

NEGAUNEE — It was appropriate that manager Jason Siik led Negaunee in West PAC awards just like he guided his Miners during the spring high school baseball season.

Siik was named Coach of the Year in the conference as the league’s three special awards were divvied up among three schools.

Seven Negaunee players also earned all-league honors as did one from Westwood in this league that in baseball also includes Houghton, Hancock, Calumet and Iron Mountain.

A trio of Miners were named to the West PAC First Team — senior Evan Gauthier, junior Carsen Belanger and sophomore Owen Cardinal.

Three more from the Negaunee diamond earned league Second Team laurels with senior Braiden Noskey, junior Jack Siik and sophomore Aiden Steele.

Negaunee’s Aiden Steele pitches in the top of the second inning in an MHSAA Division 3 district tournament baseball game played against Calumet at the Irontown Field in Negaunee on May 28. (Journal photo by Caden Sierra)

And Miners senior Mason Banfield and Westwood junior Logan Cox earned Honorable Mention status.

The league’s other special award winners were Hancock senior Bryce Hanner as Player of the Year and Iron Mountain senior Niko Burgoon as Pitcher of the Year.

Here are the balance of award winners with each player’s year and school:

First Team — Alex Tarnowski, sr., Calumet; Ned Larson, jr., Hancock; Zack Geborkoff, sr., Hancock; Eli Heathman, jr., Houghton; Henry Switzer, sr., Houghton; Niko Burgoon, sr., Iron Mountain

Second Team — Cam Anderson, sr., Calumet; Benny Keranen, fresh., Hancock; Caleb Isaacson, soph., Hancock; Hudson Markham, jr., Houghton; Bryce Pugh, sr., Houghton; Jake Powell, jr., Iron Mountain

Jason Siik

Honorable Mention — Liam Pomroy, jr., Calumet; Todd Kilpela, soph., Hancock; Rylan Isaacson, soph., Houghton; Joe Wahoviak, fresh., Iron Mountain

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

Negaunee’s Aiden Steele gathers himself while preparing to face the next batter in the second inning in an MHSAA Division 3 district tournament baseball game played against Calumet at the Irontown Field in Negaunee on May 28,. (Journal photo by Caden Sierra)

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