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Area cager stars selected

May 8, 2010
By Dennis Grall

ESCANABA - Only one area basketball player landed U.P. all-class Dream Team honors this season, so it is easy to name all-stater Brad Ives of Bark River-Harris captain of the Daily Press all-star team.

Rounding out the boys first-team are Quinn Wakefield of Escanaba, Steve Seronko of Gladstone, Derek Pistulka of Rapid River and Jordan Chartier of Superior Central.

The second team includes Christian Harris of Rapid River, Colin Harbenski of Big Bay de Noc, Kollin Jensen of Gladstone, Tyler Mercier of North Central and Brett Branstrom of Mid Peninsula.

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For the girls, Jammie Botruff of Gladstone, Melissa Zimmerman of Escanaba and Jaime Madalinski of Bark River-Harris were easily the standouts in a rather weak season.

Joining them on the first team are Taylor Maki of Superior Central and Hilary Austin of Gladstone.

Bailee Lawrence of Manistique, who just missed the first team, heads up the second that includes Tessa Dani of Carney-Nadeau, Olivia Nash of Escanaba, Liza Gorzinski of North Central and Brittany Maki of Superior Central.

l Anna DeForge, Niagara's gift to professional women's basketball, will play for Montenegro, a former Yugoslavia republic, this summer.

She is establishing dual citizenship while playing for the national team, which will be financially beneficial as she plays as a European instead of an American.

She just ended the first year of a two-year contract in Spain, where she averaged 15.5 points per game.

l Al Unger of Kingsford has been named Upper Peninsula Athletic Director of the Year by that association.

Unger has held the position since 2004 and directs perhaps the biggest athletic event of every U.P. athletic season, the U.P. track finals.

l Former Florence, Wis. standout Kari Flunker has been named an assistant women's basketball coach at Cedarville University.

Flunker, a three-time NAIA All-American as a player at the Cedarville, Oh. school, spent the past two seasons as director of women's basketball operations at Wisconsin-Green Bay. She scored 2,275 points from 2001-5 for the Lady Jackets.

l Katey O'Brien of Iron Mountain is president of the Michigan State University All-Girl Competitive Cheerleading team.

The Spartans won the Big Ten title and finished seventh in the national finals. O'Brien is a junior. Each girl pays $2,000 to participate for the club team



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