All-U.P. Boys: Gladstone’s Hunter rewarded for effort

MARQUETTE – Gladstone’s Jared Hunter was a consistent presence in the Braves’ offense all season and he was rewarded for his stellar play with a spot on the All-U.P. Class ABC Second Team. The team was announced Wednesday at the 64th Annual UPSSA Boys Basketball Meeting.

Hunter paced the Braves, scoring 13.5 points per game, while grabbing 4.1 rebounds and chipping in two assists per contest. He netted a season high 25 points in a win over Mid Peninsula and scored 17 and 19 points in his final two games against rival Escanaba. Hunter was also a First-Team All-GNC selection.

The ABC First Team was led by Gage Kreski of St. Ignace and Alex Almquist of Hancock. Both received 23 votes from the 24 member panel. Andrew Nyquist of Marquette, Alex Briones of Ishpeming and Eric Lori of Negaunee filled out the rest of the First Team.

Kreski, a sophomore, averaged 26 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and four assists per game. Almquist, who is slated to play at Michigan Tech in the fall, netted 19.7 points per game, while snagging 9.6 boards and recording 4.4 blocks. His efforts earned him the West-Pac Conference Player of the Year award.

Briones earned First Team honors after scoring 16.8 points per game and collecting 6.2 boards per contest. The senior forward was First Team All-M-PC and is playing football at Central Michigan University in the fall.

Nyquist, a senior point guard, led a balanced Marquette offense, scoring 10.8 points per game. He also averaged 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals for the Redmen, who finished 17-3.

Lori, a senior guard, shot a blistering 59 percent from the field while scoring 16.3 points per game. He helped lead the Miners back to the state semifinals for the second straight season.

Marquette’s Larry Burnette III was a Class ABC Second Team selection. The senior forward was named the GNC Defensive Player of the Year and shot 61 percent this season.

L’Anse’s Jimmy Veker was also selected to the Second Team after averaging 17.8 points per contest and finishing with 1,158 for his career. Houghton’s Trent Keteri made the cut while averaging 16.1 points per game. He netted a school record nine 3-pointers against Escanaba earlier this season. Sault Ste. Marie center Terrance Fuller was named to the Second Team after racking up averages of 14.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Gwinn senior Justin Nyquist also earned second team honors. He poured in 16.5 points a game and grabbed 8.5 rebounds. Calumet’s Paul Torola, Ironwood’s Jacob DiGiorgio, Gwinn’s Owen DeVooght and Kingsford’s Daniel Harrington were the other Class ABC Second Team players.

Escanaba’s Sam Molnar just missed the cut, earning Special Mention honors. The junior guard averaged 11.4 points per game, while recording three boards and carrying a 2-to-1 assist to turnover ratio. Molnar helped lead Escanaba to a District Championship and was an All-GNC First Team selection. Tyler Kangas of Manistique was also a Special Mention after doing what he could to help the Emeralds this season. Kangas averaged 14.1 points this season.