Hudsons, Victorson honored in GNC list
ESCANABA — The Escanaba boys were crowned Great Northern Conference basketball champions this season and their success was reflected in voting during the annual coaches’ meeting here Monday.
Esky senior Erik Victorson (10.5 points per game, 46 assists, 26 steals; hit 1,000 career points in MHSAA state quarterfinal against Bridgeport) was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year and Tracy Hudson was selected Coach of the Year after leading the Eskymos to a 6-1 record in the GNC.
“(Erik) is probably one of the best defenders in the U.P.,” said coach Hudson. “He’s probably one of the best individual defenders I’ve had.”
Marquette’s Kameron Karp was named the GNC’s overall Player of the Year.
First-team selections include Victorson and teammate Carter Hudson (11.5 PPG, 7 rebounds per game, 64% on free throws), Marquette’s Lincoln Sager and Ty Lotterman, Gladstone’s Cam Ballard (19.8 PPG, 4.6 RBG, 4.2 assists per game, 51% field goals, 40% 3-point field goals, 92% FT) and Menominee’s Aiden Bellisle.
“(Carter) has been a great rim protector and very physical player for us,” said coach Hudson. “He’s also an excellent defender. I think one of the top defensive players in the U.P.”
Gladstone Braves coach Mike Cretens said Ballard has been one of their best plaers all year long.
“Not many people can say they shoot 50-40-90 percentages,” said Cretens. “Cam is one of the most talented athletes in the U.P. and brings true sportsmanship to every game.”
Esky’s Colin Hudson (12.4 PPG, 37.5% 3-point FG, 29 steals, 84% FT) was a second-team pick. Joining him were Gladstone’s Rane Castor, Kingsford’s Cole Bracket, Nick Nora and Brody Kopp, and Menominee’s Cooper Conway.
Receiving special mention were Esky’s Brandon Frazer (8.1 PPG, 80.5% FT, 53% FG, 41% 3-point FG, 46 assists) Gladstone’s Hunter Potier (11.2 PPG, 7.3 RBG, 66% FG) and Menominee’s Brady Schultz.
Coach Hudson commented that Colin Hudson’s strenghts lie in his adaptability.
“He’s probably one of the most versatile players I’ve coached — whether its a dunk, a point guard or being a slasher,” he said. “He’s had a great year. I think he’s going to be one of the top players next year in the U.P.”
Honorable mention picks include Esky’s Jared Hanson and Connor Smale, Kingsford’s Andrew Paupore and Menominee’s Brady Badker.
The Esky JVs also captured the GNC title at 7-0 with the Marquette freshmen crowned champions at 6-1.