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Kamin named to AP all-state second team

Crow earns honorable mention

Austin Hemmingson | Daily Press Escanaba’s Nicole Kamin dribbles around a Negaunee defender Dec. 10 in Escanaba. Kamin was named to the Associated Press Division 2 all-state second team Wednesday.

ESCANABA — Nicole Kamin continues to add to her basketball resume.

After leading a young Escanaba team to a 13-8 record and its first district title in 20 years, Kamin was named to the Associated Press Division 2 all-state second team Wednesday.

The 5-foot-11 junior forward averaged 19.2 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.5 blocks per game while shooting 75% from the free throw line this year for the Eskymos. She scored over 30 points twice and is currently just 56 shy of 1,000 for her career.

“I wouldn’t trade Nicole for any player in the U.P.,” Esky coach Mike Beveridge said. “Her skill set is unmatched. It was fun to watch her grow throughout the season and help lead our team. As good as her game is, she’s going to continue to develop and grow into an even better player next year, and she’s going to do great things in her college career (at Grand Valley State).”

Earning honorable mention was fellow Grand Valley State commit Megan Crow. The 6-foot-3 junior center averaged 14 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 2.1 assists while shooting nearly 80% from the charity stripe this season for the Gladstone Braves.

“Due to her skill set and size, she has become one of the most individually prepared for players across the U.P. — if not the most,” Braves coach Andy Cretens said. “She demands at least a double team every time she touches the ball with her back to the basket. If teams decide not to double, she scores at a high rate. Not only is she tough to stop down low, she can can also step out and consistently knock down a mid-range shot.”

Also earning honorable mention from the U.P. was Sault Ste. Marie senior Julia Beaumont.

Menominee junior center Emma Anderson earned first team honors after leading the U.P.’s top-ranked Maroons to a 20-0 regular season.

Detroit Edison senior Gabrielle Elliott was named player of the year.

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