CRYSTAL FALLS - Forest Park's Alexis Gussert and Gina Graff earned major awards and North Dickinson sophomore Miranda Jacobson was a unanimous Skyline Conference first-team pick in league honors announced today.
Skyline Conference coaches unanimously named Gussert the league most valuable player and Graff was selected defensive specialist.
Carney-Nadeau's Steve Kedsch was tabbed coach of the year.
Forest Park's Mindy DeNell was a first-team pick, joining Jacobson and another unanimous choice in Rapid River's Nina Brockway. The other first teamers are Sarah Madalinski, Bark River-Harris; Janel Dani, Carney-Nadeau, and Krista VanDamme, Mid-Peninsula.
Forest Park freshman Maria Stankewicz and teammate Samantha Nylund made the second team with Chelsey Stroud, North Dickinson; Mariah St. John, Bark River-Harris; Paige Whitens, North Central, and Savannah Stenlund, Rapid River.
Honorable mention went to Aleesa Madalinski and Megan Derusha, Bark River-Harris; Andrea Dani, Autam Wery and Alli Theoret, Carney-Nadeau; Kelsie Nummilien, Mid-Peninsula, and Rikki Stropich, Rapid River.
Forest Park won the varsity and junior varsity championships with 12-0 records.
IRON MOUNTAIN - Kingsford, West Iron County and Forest Park have qualified for next week's state regional volleyball tournaments.
North Dickinson hopes to join the area group today.
Coach Sandy Haustein's Nordics travel to Bark River-Harris to decide the Class District 126 champion and berth in the regional at Kingsford. Match time is noon (Central time).
The Broncos, who outlasted Carney-Nadeau 3-2 on Wednesday, have not won a district championship since 2005.
"If the girls show up ready to play, it will be a really good game to watch," BRH Coach John Jorasz said. "They had a very off night (against Carney), and if we continue to play like that, we are going to have some trouble. But all in all, we are capable of playing volleyball that can compete.
"If we show up ready to play, it's going to be a good game that could turn out to be anyone's game."
In Class D Region 32 at Kingsford, Superior Central will meet the Nordics or Broncos at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The second semifinal, set for 6:30 p.m., pits Forest Park and Lake Linden. Finals are set for Thursday.
"Forest Park has improved throughout the season," Jorasz said after the Trojans swept BRH to close out the regular season. "They live and breathe volleyball."
West Iron County takes on Stephenson at 5 p.m. Tuesday to open Class C Region 24 at Norway. The second semifinal at 6:30 p.m. matches heavily-favored Calumet against Ishpeming. Finals will be held Thursday.
Kingsford is headed to Class B Region 16 at Houghton Lake, opening with Ogemaw Heights at 6 p.m. (Central time).