Pair of Eskymos, Braves represented in GNC awards

Lexi Chaillier

ESCANABA — Escanaba senior Lexi Chaillier and Gladstone sophomore Megan Crow were selected to the 2018-19 Great Northern Conference first team at the coaches’ meeting here Tuesday.

Chaillier averaged 10.4 points per game this season in GNC play, leading Esky to a 10-10 record (3-5 GNC). She also averaged eight rebounds and seven assists.

Crow averaged 16 points and 9.2 rebounds, helping the Braves overcome an 0-6 start to finish 12-10 (4-4 GNC).

Each team in the GNC was respresented on the first team as Menominee’s Emma Anderson, Marquette’s Sydney Kivi and Kingsford’s Brooke Kriegl rounded it out.

Gladstone junior Andie Balenger earned Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Also earning defensive team honors are Escanaba sophomore Nicole Kamin, Kriegl, Marquette’s Avery Ledy and Sophie Bartlett, and Menominee’s Emma Hofer.

Marquette dominated the major awards as Ledy won Player of the Year and Redettes’ coach Ben Smith was named Coach of the Year.

The Redettes won the conference with an 8-0 league record. They finished 20-4 overall.

Kamin and Balenger each were selected to the second team.

Kamin averaged a double-double in league play with 16.6 points and 10 rebounds.

Joining them on the second team are Menominee’s Erin Barrette, Marquette’s Maddie Carter and Aspen Michelin, and Kingsford’s Maggie Strehlow.

Earning honorable mention are Escanaba junior Taylor Ray and senior Aubrey Weber, Gladstone senior Aubreanna Servant and sophomore Alaina Trudeau, Bartlett, Marquette’s Kayley Elmblad, Kingsford’s Olivia Allen and Ali Doolittle, and Menominee’s Jenna Nolde and Makenzie Wellner.