EagleHerald/Stephen Oman  Menominee's Marcus McKenney soars toward the basket against Carney-Nadeau. McKenney has been named to the All-Great Northern Conference first team.
EagleHerald/Stephen Oman
Menominee's Marcus McKenney soars toward the basket against Carney-Nadeau. McKenney has been named to the All-Great Northern Conference first team.

ESCANABA — Menominee's Marcus McKenney has been named to the Great Northern Conference boys' basketball first team by the league's coaches.

Hunter Hass and Tanner Mathias represented the Maroons on the second team, and Levi Kempka was special mention.

All four of Menominee's all-conference players were seniors, as was much of the team.

"I've never had a team with this many seniors and so few juniors," Menominee coach Pete Pericolosi said.

McKenney was a four-year varsity player, and Mathias and Kempka both played three years on the varsity.

"They played hard all the time," Pericolosi said. "They've all been very coachable these last three years."

McKenney ran the point for the Maroons and scored 11 points per game while having just one turnover per game in GNC play. 

"There's two kinds of point guards," Pericolosi said. "Marcus isn't really a scorer, he's more of an organizer, and he was our best defender."

Hass scored 14 points per game and contributed in other aspects as well.

"He scored in double figures in six of the eight conference games," Pericolosi said. "In the conference he was 42 percent from 3, and he had five rebounds per game. That's really good for a guard."

Mathias was an imposing presence in the paint for the Maroons, averaging 11.5 points and six rebounds per game.

"He was a very good player inside. He had nice spin moves," Pericolosi said. "I thought he had a good year.

"Without him in there, we'd have been a completely different team."

Escanaba senior Tyler Willette and Gladstone sophomore Reece Castor were were named co-Player of the Year in a vote by league coaches.

Marquette’s Brad Nelson, who led the Redmen to an 8-0 record and league title, earned Coach of the Year.

Marquette senior Ian Ogea was named the Defensive Player of the Year and freshman Joe Ostrowsky and senior Alex Duvall were named to the first team.

Other first-team selections were Escanaba’s Ryan Robinette and Gladstone’s Brad Spindler.

The other second-team selections were Kingsford sophomores Tyler Beauchamp and Luke Terrian and Marquette senior Garrett Finkbeiner.

Earning special mention were Ogea, junior Trey McFerrin and freshman Luke Ogea of Marquette and senior Hunter Botruff and sophomore Rudy Peterson of Gladstone.

Honorable mention selections were senior C.J. Barron and sophomore Jared Nash of Escanaba, senior Jack Stephenson of Gladstone..

Escanaba clinched the junior varsity title with a 7-1 mark and Marquette captured the freshman crown at 8-0.