Baraga’s Dunham impresses

HERMANSVILLE – This turned out to be a special weekend for coach Mariah Dunham and senior members of the Baraga High School girls’ basketball team.

Comprising the team known as the Baraga Has Beens, Dunham and company earned the women’s title Sunday night in the 75th Annual Gold Medal tournament in a 54-47 conquest of Florence, Wis. Auto Parts.

Dunham, selected the Outstanding Women’s Player for the second straight year, scored 30 points this time.

“This was a real good time for me to hang out with our seniors,” said Dunham, a former Northern Michigan University cager. “We also brought an eighth-grader with us. This was a real good game. In the second half, we were able to control things a little better.”

Dunham opened the second-half scoring by driving the baseline for a short jump shot and a 30-22 lead.

Florence Auto Parts, comprised of Norway High School seniors, trimmed its deficit to 37-35 on Megan Kangas’s 20-foot jumper from the right wing midway through the second half.

Baraga responded with a 9-0 run, gaining a 46-37 advantage on a short jumper by Dunham with 7:40 left to play.

Katie Schojth’s began that run by draining a shot from the corner, followed by back-to-back 3-point shots by Bridgette LaPointe, who finished with nine points.

“That gave us a little momentum,” said Dunham. “I think that also took the wind out of their sails. Although, they kept battling which was real nice to see. It was a little nerve-wracking early in the game. They have a couple quick guards who were hitting some shots.”

Kangas finished with 17 points and Bailey Grayvold added 12 for Florence, which held an early 8-5 lead.

Dunham hit 29 points in Baraga’s 61-54 semifinal conquest of Crystal Falls McNeil’s Oilers. Alicia Tollefson scored 22 for McNeil’s.

Kangas scored 13 as Florence turned back Hermansville PLD Warehousing in the other semifinal. Emily Lehto had eight for PLD.

Dunham’s 21 points and LaPointe’s 18 led Baraga in Saturday’s 67-52 quarterfinal victory over Hermansville Rochon CTR 44. Shelle Rochon hit 16 and Rikki Gingras added 12 for CTR 44.

Kangas hit 11 and Grayvold had 10 as Florence cruised past Powers Moraska Saw 57-25 in another quarterfinal.

Lehto scored 25 points and Breanne Stroud added 13 as PLD opened with a 63-46 triumph over Keweenaw Bar. Kelsey Anonich led Keweenaw with 19. Rachel Ekert had 13.

Tollefson scored hit nine points as McNeil’s topped Kimberly, Wis. Coleman Crane Engineering 37-31. Jessica Roell had 10 for Coleman.

In the Class D men’s final on Sunday, Brett Branstrom hit 14 points and Outstanding Player Tyler Veraghen added 11 as Powers Big R defeated Carney Juice Promotions 59-53.

Tom Granquist scored 16 and Mike Polfus had 14 for Juice Promotions.

Veraghen scored 18 points in a semifinal contest on Saturday as Big R edged Menominee Duby Park 54-51. Aaron Pettit hit 19 and Dave Miller had 18 for Menominee.

Polfus tossed in 40 points in the other semifinal Friday night as Juice Promotions rolled past Marinette Marine 114-87. Wade Schetter added 17. Nate Matkowski scored 26 and Ryan Carlson had 19 for Marinette.

Daggett Kakuk Construction was crowned Class EE champion Sunday night, topping Norway Lofholm Lumber 67-52.

Tyler Price hit 23 points. Ben Kitkowski tallied 19 and Outstanding Player Sam Larson had 13.

Geoff Smart scored 17 and Brady Grayvold added 10 for Lofholm’s.

Price scored 22 points and received Outstanding Player honors in Class E Saturday night, leading Juice Promotions to a 79-69 victory Powers Moraska Saw in the title game. Ben Kitkowski added 13. Derek Pistulka scored 31 and Gage Webster had 17 for Powers.

John Swanson scorched the nets for 51 points Sunday morning, leading Niagara, Wis. Bob’s Country Bar to the Recreation Division title with a 76-71 triumph over Felch Solberg’s Supper Club. Eric Schemmel paced Solberg’s with 18. Jansen Baij and Dave Anderson had 14 apiece.

Schemmel’s 12 points was enough to help Solberg’s edge Norway Thirsty Whale 49-45 in Saturday’s semifinal. Brent Schupp had 11 for Thirsty Whale.

Bob’s gained its title-round berth by taking a forfeit from Niagara Euro League.

In another late Friday contest, Outstanding Player Joe Pontbriand tossed in 32 points, leading Norway Jeffrey John Seamless Gutters in an 84-72 conquest of Carney Tom’s Disposal in the Class C title game. Mitch Horn added 22.

Polfus led Tom’s with 20. Brock Bower hit 18 and Kitkowski had 16.