ESCANABA - After only a one year hiatus, the Kingsford Flivvers have returned as 2012's Team of the Year in Class A-B as selected by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.
The Flivvers finished with an 8-1 record this season. They had won this honor each year from 2008-2010, but Menominee claimed the top spot last season. Kingsford is set to take on Grayling (9-0) at home today in the DIvision 5 district playoffs.
In Class C, the Negaunee Miners received the award after an eight year absence from the top spot. They also finished with an 8-1 record. The Miners' only defeat was in a close game to Marquette which they lost 34-26 in week eight. Negaunee also dismantled the powerhouse Ishpeming Hematites 20-8, handing them their only loss of the year.
North Dickinson (8-0) took the crown for class D. The undefeated Nordics claimed the top spot in the U.P. football poll the last two weeks of the year, finishing just above St. Ignace (9-0).
Coach of the Year honors for Class A-B-C went to Chris Hofer of Kingsford. This is the fourth time that Hofer has achieved Coach of the Year, as he was previously recognized in 1990, 1993, and 1995. Coaching is a lasting tradition in the Hofer family, as his father, Ken, coached at Menominee for over 40 years and has also received this award multiple times.
The Nordics coach, Joe Reddinger, wins Class D Coach of the Year for the second straight year. This marks the fifth time he has received the honor since 1982. He guided his team back to another Mid Eastern Conference title and state playoff appearance.