Eskymos, Braves’ seniors take home All-GNC honors

ESCANABA – For the fifth consecutive year, an Escanaba Eskymo has been named the quarterback of the All-Great Northern Conference Football Team.

Travis Heller received the honor this year, which was previously held by Dave Falish (2012), Austin Young (2010-11) and Max VandeWiele (2009).

Heller, who dropped back to pass more than he took off to run, was 62-123 passing for 1,211 yards and 10 touchdowns this season through the air, including a school record 22-of-33 for 290 yards against Cheboygan.

Other local athletes named to the team include end/defensive back Cameron Beversluis, and defensive linemen Steve Wood and Bailey Lamb of Escanaba and offensive lineman Jake Cronick, return specialist Riley Ballard, and defensive lineman Chris Ritchie of Gladstone.

Lamb was named the GNC Lineman of the Year and Beversluis hauled in a school record 13 catches against Cheboygan early in the season.

Tailback Devon Harris of Menominee was named the Offensive Player of the Year and Maroons linebacker Ryne Francour was named Defensive Player of the Year.