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Wonders named Mr. U.P. basketball for second straight season

Ron Deuter | Iron Mountain Daily News Iron Mountain’s Foster Wonders shoots over Negaunee defenders Alex Munson (3) and Jason Waterman March 5 in Iron Mountain.

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain junior Foster Wonders and senior teammate Marcus Johnson both accomplished repeats in recognition of their stellar on-court performances during the 2019-2020 boys basketball season, while the Mountaineers also earned team honors.

The Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association conducted an online voting process on April 1 and 2, selecting the region’s Dream Team, along with top coaches and players of the year.

Wonders was named Mr. U.P. Basketball, the Division 1-3 player of the year and to the All-class Dream Team for the second consecutive season. The 6-foot-5 forward scored 603 points on the abbreviated season, bringing his career total to 1,618, while averaging 27.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and two steals per game. As a freshman in 2017-2018, Wonders was named to the Class ABC first team.

In being selected to the All-class Dream Team, Johnson has done so for the third consecutive season. The senior guard scored 493 points while averaging four rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.1 steals. As a freshman, Johnson was named to the All-UP Class ABC first team.

Johnson, who broke the 2,000-point mark on March 3 versus Gladstone, finished his Mountaineer career with 2,076 points, which is fifth all-time in U.P. history and makes him the all-time leading scorer in Iron Mountain school history.

For the third consecutive season, and for the fourth time in the last six seasons, Iron Mountain was named Class C/Division 3 team of the year.

With Wonders’ second consecutive player of the year selection, it’s the fourth season in a row that a Mountaineer has been selected for the award.

As a sophomore, Johnson was named Class ABC player of the year in 2018, while Wonders’ older brother Carson Wonders received the award in 2017.

Joining Wonders and Johnson on the Dream Team are seniors Brad Simonsen of Houghton and Ashton Janke of Dollar Bay. The Dream Team has six selections, with guards Negaunee senior Jason Waterman and Marquette junior Kam Karp finishing in a tie for the fifth and final spot.

Janke, an All-UP first team selection in 2018-2019, was named Division 4 player of the year this season.

Dollar Bay was named Division 4 team of the year, holding the No. 1 ranking in the UPSSA poll for all 10 weeks.

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