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2020 All-Alpena News Boys Basketball Team

2020 Player of the Year

Owen Franklin, Oscoda

∫ AP Division 3 all-state first team

∫ Detroit Free Press and Detroit News Division 3 honorable mention

∫ Finished second in the area in scoring at 22.4 points per game

2020 Player of the Year-Oscoda forward/guard Owen Franklin

∫ Averaged 8.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.4 steals per game

∫ An all-around talent who passed the 1,000 career point mark during the season, while helping the Owls win a division title and reach a district final

∫ Repeat all-Alpena News first team selection

Jager Mix

Onaway

Onaway forward Jager Mix

∫ All-Ski Valley Conference first team

∫ Averaged 16.9 points for the season and led the area in rebounds (14.5) and blocks (2.1) per game

∫ Had a breakout year and was consistent scorer and defensive presence on a team that played better than its record.

∫ Averaged 21 points during the postseason and helped Onaway reach a district final

Brayden Mallak

Oscoda guard Brayden Mallak

Oscoda

∫ AP Divison 3 honorable mention

∫ Detroit News Division 3 honorable mention

∫ All North Star League-Big Dipper first team

∫ Averaged 17.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, an area-best 6 assists and 1.8 steals per game

Mio guard Drew Hess

∫ A key component in Oscoda’s success at point guard, helping the Owls’ to a 21-win season

∫ All-Alpena News second team selection in 2019

Drew Hess

Mio

∫ AP Division 3 honorable mention

Rogers City forward Nick Freel

∫ Detroit Free Press and Detroit News Division 4 honorable mention

∫ All North Star League-Big Dipper first team

∫ Averaged 22.9 points and four rebounds per game

∫ Topped 1,000 career points during the season

∫ A consistent scorer on a 16-win team that reached a district final

∫ Repeat all-Alpena News first team selection

Nick Freel

Rogers City

∫ All North Star League-Big Dipper first team

∫ Averaged 18.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game

∫ Helped the Hurons reach a district final and provided leadership and scoring for a team that won 13 games and was competitive all season

Coach of the Year–Chris Keller

On the heels of a district championship and a 15-8 record during the 2018-19 season, Chris Keller predicted his Posen Vikings would be even better the next year.

As it turns out, he was absolutely right.

With a competitive, experienced group of players, Keller’s team was hard-working, defensively stout and one of the deepest teams in the area on offense. Posen rattled off 17 wins–including a win at home against a ranked Hale squad–earned a share of a division title and put itself in position to go for another district championship.

The bar continues to be raised in Posen and with Keller at the helm, the Vikings have a bright future ahead.

Second Team

∫ Lucas Stone, Posen

∫ Kelley Stark, Alpena

∫ Kevin Pearson, Onaway

∫ Eyan Hincka, Posen

∫ Isaac Morrison, Hillman

Honorable Mention

Jack Schmanski, Alpena; Aaron Cuzzort, Atlanta; Zach Roux, Atlanta; Gabe Kellstrom, Oscoda; Gavin Lueck, Oscoda; Cameron Paull, Posen; Dominic Howe, Alcona; Aidan Wrobel, Alcona; Spencer Nash, Onaway; J.D. Ellenberger, Rogers City; Nash Steinke, Hillman; Jordan Schultz, Alpena.

Posen boys basketball coach Chris Keller

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