Hematites, Olson, Gilles Headline All-UP Honors

The annual Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association football meeting was held this week to determine area postseason honors. Marquette County schools swept the Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Lineman of the Year awards while earning eleven All-Upper Peninsula Dream Team selections.

Ishpeming earned Small School Team of the Year while head coach Jeff Olson was voted Coach of the Year as the Hematites finished the regular season unbeaten for the fifth time in ten years.

Westwood’s Sam Gilles was named both Lineman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year after recording six sacks in seven regular season games while forcing two fumbles.

Ishpeming and Westwood each landed four players on the Dream Team while Marquette added two and Gwinn had one.

Jacob Kugler and Devon Nyman represented the Hematites on offense along with Nathan Beckman and Blake Hewitt of Westwood. Gwinn lineman Eddie Chapman and Marquette receiver Ethan Martysz were both Dream Team selections as well.

Defensively, Ishpeming was represented by Hunter Smith and Logan Kruhlik while Gilles was joined by Westwood teammate Ashton Bergman. Marquette punter Drew Wyble was Marquette County’s lone selection on special teams.

2018 All-Upper Peninsula Dream Team:

Offense:

Jacob Kugler, Ishpeming, center…Eddie Chapman, Gwinn, guard…Noah Tourangeau, Escanaba, guard…Blake Hewitt, Westwood, tackle…Devon Nyman, Ishpeming, tackle…Craig Kamin, Escanaba, quarterback…Nathan Beckman, Westwood, runningback…Luke Terrian, Kingsford, runningback…Tate Kay, Sault Saint Marie, runningback…Ethan Martysz, Marquette, end/receiver…Jared Nash, Escanaba end/receiver

Defense:

Bryant Schram, West Iron County, tackle…Reid Marshall, St. Ignace, tackle…Alex Studebaker, Calumet, tackle…Sam Gilles, Westwood, end…Logan Kruhlik, Ishpeming, end…Ashton Bergman, Westwood, linebacker…Anthony Mattson, Munising, linebacker…Trevor Hendrickson, Calumet, linebacker…Hunter Smith, Ishpeming, defensive back…Christer Carne, Escanaba, defensive back…Brent Loukus, Calumet, defensive back

Special Teams:

Shawn Sandahl, Menominee, kicker…Drew Wyble, Marquette, punter…Carter Crouch, Lake Linden-Hubbell, returner

Patriot Football Season Ends At Calumet

Matt Ojala caught the game-winning touchdown pass as time expired in the third quarter and his twin brother, Travis, came up with an interception late to secure Calumet’s 6-0 victory over Westwood in the opening round of the district playoffs on Friday.

Stellar defenses were on display throughout the contest. Westwood drove deep into Calumet territory twice in the first half but couldn’t score. The Copper Kings employed a trick play to reach the Patriots 30-yard line with five seconds left in the first half but an offensive pass interference penalty on the next play sent the game into halftime scoreless.

Calumet forced a punt late in the third quarter and took over at the Westwood 48-yard line. A drive aided by multiple Patriot penalties culminated in Calumet quarterback Brent Loukus tossing a 14-yard touchdown pass to Matt Ojala as time expired in the quarter.

The Patriots forced and recovered a fumble at their own 43-yard line with less than seven minutes to play. Faced with a long fourth down, Westwood quarterback Nathan Beckman completed a 17-yard pass to Zach Niemi. The Patriots drove inside the Calumet redzone with less than two minutes to play before Travis Ojala intercepted a pass at the ten-yard line to seal the victory.

Calumet improves to 10-0 and advances to the district championship next Friday night against Traverse City St. Francis. Westwood closes the season at 7-3 and graduates eleven seniors.

Patriot Season Ends At Calumet

Matt Ojala caught the game-winning touchdown pass as time expired in the third quarter and his twin brother, Travis, came up with an interception late to secure Calumet’s 6-0 victory over Westwood in the opening round of the district playoffs on Friday.

Stellar defenses were on display throughout the contest. Westwood drove deep into Calumet territory twice in the first half but couldn’t score. The Copper Kings employed a trick play to reach the Patriots 30-yard line with five seconds left in the first half but an offensive pass interference penalty on the next play sent the game into halftime scoreless.

Calumet forced a punt late in the third quarter and took over at the Westwood 48-yard line. A drive aided by multiple Patriot penalties culminated in Calumet quarterback Brent Loukus tossing a 14-yard touchdown pass to Matt Ojala as time expired in the quarter.

The Patriots forced and recovered a fumble at their own 43-yard line with less than seven minutes to play. Faced with a long fourth down, Westwood quarterback Nathan Beckman completed a 17-yard pass to Zach Niemi. The Patriots drove inside the Calumet redzone with less than two minutes to play before Travis Ojala intercepted a pass at the ten-yard line to seal the victory.

Calumet improves to 10-0 and advances to the district championship next Friday night against either Traverse City St. Francis or Elk Rapids. Westwood closes the season at 7-3 and graduates eleven seniors.


Patriot Season Ends At Calumet

Matt Ojala caught the game-winning touchdown pass as time expired in the third quarter and his twin brother, Travis, came up with an interception late to secure Calumet’s 6-0 victory over Westwood in the opening round of the district playoffs on Friday.

Stellar defenses were on display throughout the contest. Westwood drove deep into Calumet territory twice in the first half but couldn’t score. The Copper Kings employed a trick play to reach the Patriots 30-yard line with five seconds left in the first half but an offensive pass interference penalty on the next play sent the game into halftime scoreless.

Calumet forced a punt late in the third quarter and took over at the Westwood 48-yard line. A drive aided by multiple Patriot penalties culminated in Calumet quarterback Brent Loukus tossing a 14-yard touchdown pass to Matt Ojala as time expired in the quarter.

The Patriots forced and recovered a fumble at their own 43-yard line with less than seven minutes to play. Faced with a long fourth down, Westwood quarterback Nathan Beckman completed a 17-yard pass to Zach Niemi. The Patriots drove inside the Calumet redzone with less than two minutes to play before Travis Ojala intercepted a pass at the ten-yard line to seal the victory.

Calumet improves to 10-0 and advances to the district championship next Friday night against either Traverse City St. Francis or Elk Rapids. Westwood closes the season at 7-3 and graduates eleven seniors.

Patriots, Miners Claim All-West PAC Honors

Westwood and Negaunee landed a combined 17 different players on the All-West Peninsula Athletic Conference football team for the 2018 season.
 
Westwood lineman Sam Gilles was named West PAC Copper Division Lineman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year while unanimously collecting all-conference honors on both sides of the ball. Nathan Beckman earned honorable mention for Offensive Player of the Year.
 
Area All-West PAC Copper Division Selections 
*Unanimous selection
 
First Team Offense:
Jacob Adriano (Westwood), *Nathan Beckman (Westwood), Ashton Bergman (Westwood), *Sam Gilles (Westwood), Blake Hewitt (Westwood)
 
Honorable Mention Offense:
Peyton Anderson (Negaunee), Drew DuShane (Negaunee), Leo Helppi (Negaunee), Brayden Velmer (Negaunee)

First Team Defense:
Erik Anderson (Westwood), Nathan Beckman (Westwood), *Ashton Bergman (Westwood), *Sam Gilles (Westwood), *Hayden Mann (Westwood), Brayden Velmer (Negaunee), Jason Waterman (Negaunee), Alex Zampese (Negaunee)
 
Honorable Mention Defense: 
Garrett Mann (Westwood), Alex Munson (Negaunee), Chad Pohlman (Westwood)
 
First Team Kicker:
Erik Salminen (Negaunee)

Patriots, Miners Claim All-West PAC Honors

Westwood and Negaunee landed a combined 17 different players on the All-West Peninsula Athletic Conference football team for the 2018 season.

Westwood lineman Sam Gilles was named West PAC Copper Division Lineman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year while unanimously collecting all-conference honors on both sides of the ball. Nathan Beckman earned honorable mention for Offensive Player of the Year.

Area All-West PAC Copper Division Selections
 *Unanimous selection

First Team Offense:
 Jacob Adriano (Westwood)
 *Nathan Beckman (Westwood)
 Ashton Bergman (Westwood)
 *Sam Gilles (Westwood)Blake Hewitt (Westwood)

Honorable Mention Offense:
 Peyton Anderson (Negaunee)Drew DuShane (Negaunee)Leo Helppi (Negaunee)Brayden Velmer (Negaunee)

First Team Defense:
 Erik Anderson (Westwood)
 Nathan Beckman (Westwood)
 *Ashton Bergman (Westwood)*Sam Gilles (Westwood)
 *Hayden Mann (Westwood)
 Brayden Velmer (Negaunee)
 Jason Waterman (Negaunee)
 Alex Zampese (Negaunee)
Honorable Mention Defense: Garrett Mann (Westwood)Alex Munson (Negaunee)
 Chad Pohlman (Westwood)

First Team Kicker:
 Erik Salminen (Negaunee) 

Patriots, Miners Claim All-West PAC Honors

Westwood and Negaunee landed a combined 17 different players on the All-West Peninsula Athletic Conference football team for the 2018 season.

Westwood lineman Sam Gilles was named West PAC Copper Division Lineman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year while unanimously collecting all-conference honors on both sides of the ball. Nathan Beckman earned honorable mention for Offensive Player of the Year.

Area All-West PAC Copper Division Selections
 *Unanimous selection

First Team Offense:
Jacob Adriano (Westwood)
*Nathan Beckman (Westwood)
Ashton Bergman (Westwood)
*Sam Gilles (Westwood)                                                                                            Blake Hewitt (Westwood)

Honorable Mention Offense:
Peyton Anderson (Negaunee)                                                                                    Drew DuShane (Negaunee)                                                                                        Leo Helppi (Negaunee)                                                                                      Brayden Velmer (Negaunee)

First Team Defense:
Erik Anderson (Westwood)
Nathan Beckman (Westwood)
*Ashton Bergman (Westwood)                                                                              *Sam Gilles (Westwood)
*Hayden Mann (Westwood)
Brayden Velmer (Negaunee)
Jason Waterman (Negaunee)
Alex Zampese (Negaunee)

Honorable Mention Defense:                                                                                  Garrett Mann (Westwood)                                                                                          Alex Munson (Negaunee)
Chad Pohlman (Westwood)

First Team Kicker:
Erik Salminen (Negaunee

Area Teams Learn Postseason Paths

Three Marquette area football teams are postseason bound after the statewide playoff pairings were released on Sunday.

Westwood (7-2) is the #3 seed in Division Six District One and will travel to Calumet in the opening round. The Copper Kings (9-0) defeated Westwood 14-12 in the regular season, a game which ultimately decided the West PAC Division A championship. The September 7th meeting was the most tightly contested game Calumet has been involved in this season, having won the rest of their games by at least 22 points. The Patriots are back in the playoffs for the second consecutive year and for the third time in the last four seasons. Westwood ended the regular season on a five-game winning streak and have not been scored upon since September 14th against Ishpeming. Kickoff is set for 7:00 on Friday with the broadcast available on ESPN UP and on the ESPN UP app. The other District One matchup has Elk Rapids visiting top-seed Traverse City St. Francis.

Ishpeming (9-0) and Gwinn (6-3) will play each other in the opening round of the Division Eight District One tournament. Ishpeming, ranked 5th in the final AP poll, is coming off their fifth unbeaten regular season in the last ten years, capturing the West PAC Division B championship in the process. Gwinn started the season 4-0 before clinching a postseason berth with Friday night’s victory over Munising. The two teams met in the regular season on September 28th; a 44-8 victory for Ishpeming. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 kickoff on Friday. 

Area Teams Learn Postseason Paths

Three Marquette area football teams are postseason bound after the statewide playoff pairings were released on Sunday.

Westwood (7-2) is the #3 seed in Division Six District One and will travel to Calumet in the opening round. The Copper Kings (9-0) defeated Westwood 14-12 in the regular season, a game which ultimately decided the West PAC Division A championship. The September 7th meeting was the most tightly contested game Calumet has been involved in this season, having won the rest of their games by at least 22 points. The Patriots are back in the playoffs for the second consecutive year and for the third time in the last four seasons. Westwood ended the regular season on a five-game winning streak and have not been scored upon since September 14th against Ishpeming. Kickoff is set for 7:00 on Friday with the broadcast available on ESPN UP and on the ESPN UP app. The other District One matchup has Elk Rapids visiting top-seed Traverse City St. Francis.

Ishpeming (9-0) and Gwinn (6-3) will play each other in the opening round of the Division Eight District One tournament. Ishpeming, ranked 5th in the final AP poll, is coming off their fifth unbeaten regular season in the last ten years, capturing the West PAC Division B championship in the process. Gwinn started the season 4-0 before clinching a postseason berth with Friday night’s victory over Munising. The two teams met in the regular season on September 28th; a 44-8 victory for Ishpeming. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 kickoff on Friday.