PHOTOS: A year of sweat, tears and memories

Gladstone senior Montgomery “Gummy” Pepin winds up to deliver a pitch during game two of a Great Northern Conference doubleheader against Kingsford on May 6, 2024 at Gladstone High School. (“The Big Dog” Mitch Vosburg/Daily Press)
Escanaba junior McKenzie Engebretson (3) trots to home plate after hitting her second home run of the game during a MHSAA Division 2 regional semifinal game against Freeland on June 8, 2024 at Cadillac Softball Field in Cadillac. This home run gave the Eskymos a 5-4 lead in what became an 8-4 win over the Falcons.
Gladstone junior Lauren Sundquist connects with the first pitch of the game against Escanaba on May 14, 2024 at Abrahamson Field in Escanaba. Sundquist hit a home run off Escanaba junior Grayson Lamarche with this swing. ("The Big Dog" Mitch Vosburg/Daily Press)
Bark River-Harris senior Lauren Zawada attempts to clear the bar in high jump during MHSAA U.P. Division 2 regionals on May 18, 2024 at R.W. Nebel Track at Mustang Stadium in Munising. Zawada won the event with a jump of 4 feet, 10 inches to claim a regional title. (“The Big Dog” Mitch Vosburg/Daily Press)
Rapid River sophomore Ethan Harrison (24, right) sprints to the end zone for a touchdown as teammates cheer him on against Superior Central on Sept. 8, 2023 at Rapid River High School.
Escanaba coach Scott Hanson (31) attempts to slide feet first into home plate after winning a MHSAA Division 2 district championship on June 1, 2024 at Cheboygan High School. Escanaba defeated Sault Ste. Maire, who knocked off the Eskymos in last season's district title game, and Cheboygan, who they lost to in 2022's district championship game, 6-0 and 5-2, respectively to claim a district championship. (“The Big Dog” Mitch Vosburg/Daily Press)
Escanaba’s Nolan Bink (4) celebrates a touchdown with Tom Benoit (56) and Javon Stevenson (11) against Cadillac on Aug. 31, 2023 at Escanaba Athletic Field.
Gladstone sophomore Lillie Johnson (21) attempts to shoot a jump shot past Escanaba junior Natalie Beauchamp (34) during a Great Northern Conference girls’ basketball game on Jan. 4, 2023 at Escanaba High School.
Manistique senior Ella Schuetter (10) emerges from a makeshift tunnel created by the student section before a match against Marquette on Oct. 12, 2023 at Manistique High School.
Gladstone junior Bret Seger (52) performs with the Gladstone Marching Band during its rendition of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana during halftime of a MHSAA 11 player Division 6 football game against Boyne City on Oct. 27, 2023 at Marble Athletic Field.
“The Big Dog” Mitch Vosburg Bark River-Harris senior Nina Bower (3) attempts a 3-point shot during a game against Escanaba on Jan. 19, 2024 at Bark River-Harris High School. Bower scored the game-winning basket on this shot.
Menominee sophomore Tanner Theuerkauf (14) heaves a half-court shot at the end of the second quarter during a Division 3 Regional championship game against Elk Rapids on March 7, 2024 in the Bonifas Gymnasium at Manistique High School. Theuerkauf made the shot and led all scorers with 18 points in a 58-37 win. (“The Big Dog” Mitch Vosburg/Daily Press)
Escanaba senior Maddie Hubert (left) and junior Meisi Peippo (center) show off their skills as the Escanaba drumline performs during halftime of the Eskymo girls’ game against Sault Ste. Marie on Feb. 22, 2024 at Escanaba High School.
West Iron County girls’ basketball coach Eric Shamion (center) and senior Danica Shamion (24) celebrate a 52-47 regional semifinal win over Harbor Springs as the student section begins to mob the floor on March 11, 2024 at Escanaba High School. ("The Big Dog" Mitch Vosburg/Daily Press)

ESCANABA –The 2023-24 High School sports season is officially over for teams inside The Daily Press’s coverage area. Sports editor “The Big Dog” Mitch Vosburg took a brief stroll down memory lane and picked out some of his favorite photos from the year. All photos are available for purchase.



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