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Wykons’ Applin named UP Player of the Year

Mountaineers coach Celello saluted

West Iron County's Kali Applin follows through on a shot during the No. 1 singles finals at the MHSAA Upper Peninsula Finals in Division 2 girls tennis played at Westwood High School in Ishpeming on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. (Mining Journal photo by Travis Nelson)

IRON MOUNTAIN — Results of the MHSAA U.P. Division 2 girls tennis finals helped in finalizing selections for the All-U.P. team.

West Iron’s Kali Applin was named D-2 Player of the Year after she defeated Lily Kerry of Gwinn in the championship match at the U.P. Finals at No. 1 singles, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

WIC made five finals at the Sept. 30 event and was team runner-up with 14 points after winning the D-2 crown in 2019.

Marcus Celello of Iron Mountain was named Coach of the Year after leading the Mountaineers to the team championship, as IM made the finals at six of the eight flights and scored 17 points.

Norway’s Kali Stanchina was named to the D-2 first team singles team, joining Aziza Burgoon and Callie Bianco of Iron Mountain.

Iron Mountain coach Marcus Celello, right, was named U.P. Division 2 girls tennis Coach of the Year. (Matt McCarthy/Daily News photo)

Applin was joined on the first team singles by teammates Brynlee Nodurft and Aurora Dahl.

Coaches from the seven schools attending the D-2 finals voted for these honors. The other four schools were Gwinn, Ironwood, Ishpeming and Munising.

On the doubles side, two Mountaineer duos were tabbed as first team: Rediet Husing and Danika Juul as well as Bella Brown and Anja Kleiman. West Iron’s Madison Berutti and Aubrey Bice were also named to the first team doubles squad.

Norway’s Avery Popp and Gabby Leiker were named as honorable mentions.

The remainder of the honors:

SINGLES — First Team: Zaida Lagalo, Ironwood; Logan Peters, Munising; Ella Luke, Ishpeming and Lily Kerry, Gwinn. Honorable mention: Miaha Schiefel, Gwinn, Mackenzie Richardson, Munising.

DOUBLES — First Team: Leilah Anderson and Ella Darrow, Ironwood; Maci Cornish-Skyler Campbell, Munising; Addison Morton-Jenna Maki, Ishpeming.

Honorable mention: Ashley Scott-Maddy Brady, Gwinn.

Mining Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee contributed.

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