Jets’ Vincent led local All-Stars
MARQUETTE – Travis Vincent was an unknown talent at North Central when the 2012-13 boys basketball season started. But by the end of the season, teams were game-planning around the 6-2 junior.
Using a very good fade-away jumper and showing the strength to overcome double teams at times, Vincent averaged 15.5 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for the Jets this season. He also put together 24 double-doubles in 26 games this season, which ended at the Breslin Center in the Class D state semifinals.
Wednesday afternoon, Vincent was among 15 players selected by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association to represent the Class D All-U.P. team.
Head coach Adam Mercier called Vincent, “A great story. Not too many people knew about Travis before the season started, but he put in a lot of hard work over the Summer and was able to have one of the best years any individual has had since I’ve been coaching, from an impact perspective,” in comments made last week.
Matt Verbrigghe of Superior Central was another Class D First Team selection. The 6-foot-4 senior center put up 17.5 points and nearly seven rebounds per game and showed his ability as a solid perimeter shooter and as a powerful force in the paint.
Head coach Herb Jenkins said of Verbrigghe, “He’s clearly our best player. He’s versatile and he’s a leader. He does a lot more than you see on the stat sheets and he’s had some tremendous games.”
The other three players on the Class D First Team were Josh Hester of Cedarville, Troy Kinnunen of Jeffers and Gage Webster of Munising. Hester put up 17 points and 10.1 rebounds for the Trojans, Kinnunen averaged 19.1 points and four assists and Webster compiled 17 points and five rebounds per game for Munising.
Ironwood’s Adam Mackey headlined the Class A-B-C First Team. Mackey, a 6-3 junior dominated the Indianhead Conference, putting up 17.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.
He was joined by Alex Almquist of Hancock, Caleb Harrington of Kingsford, Tanner Uren of Negaunee and A.J. Grazulis of Marquette.
Harrington averaged 18.5 points with eight rebounds and five assists for the Flivvers, Grazuils, a 6-7 forward drew plenty of double-teams for the Redmen and Uren averaged 12.1 points for Negaunee.
Three local athletes appeared on the Class D Second Team. Carney-Nadeau’s Keenan Lampinen became that essential second scoring option for the Wolves this season while taking on much of the ball-handling duties. He averaged 17.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and two steals while shooting 48-percent. Rob Granquist of North Central became an excellent player for North Central in his sophomore year, displaying a natural leadership ability. He averaged 13 points with five rebounds, four assists and 2.5 steals.
Mercier called him “A very good defender for his size and a great ball-handler.”
Trevor Maki was the primary ball-handler for the Cougars this season and showed a willingness to go the extra yard, may times overpowering defenders on the way to the basket.
The rest of the second team included; Tyler Roose of Lake Linden-Hubbell, Taylor Smith of Bessemer, Joe Duncan of Cedarville, Curtis St. Louis of St. Ignace, Dan Lothrup of Brimley and Eric Lane of Wakefield-Marenisco, who was also the quarterback for the Gogebic Miners in 2012.
The Class A-B-C Second Team included; Ray’Shon Anderson of Sault Ste. Marie, Taylor Huotari of Iron Mountain, Aidan Wienke of Kingsford, Ryan LaBerge of Houghton, Derek Reetz of Gwinn, Austin Waara of West Iron County, Paul Torola of Calumet, Luke Zambon of Iron Mountain and Andy Nyquist of Marquette.