St. Ignace’s Kreski Named AP Class C Player of the Year
St. Ignace LaSalle’s Gage Kreski has been named Associated Press Class C boys Player of the Year.
The 6-foot-3 senior guard this season broke an Upper Peninsula career scoring record that stood for over 50 years, completing his prep career with 2,178 points. Kreski also shattered a statewide record for career steals and finished the regular season with 466 takeaways over his four years.
Also on the Class C All-State First Team are Millington’s Shawn Pardee, Southfield Christian’s Marlo Brown, Detroit Allen Academy’s Mark Watts, Shelby’s Jeffrey Beckman, Detroit Cornerstone’s Jamal Cain, East Jordan’s Jordan Weber, Flint Beecher’s Malik Ellison, Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian’s Tyler Baker, Grand Rapids Covenant Christian’s Derrick DeVries and White Pigeon’s David Miller.
The Class C Coach of the Year is Keith Haske of Traverse City St. Francis.
The 2016 Associated Press Class C basketball All-State team as selected by a panel of 10 Michigan sportswriters and broadcasters.
Player of the Year
Gage Kreski, St. Ignace LaSalle, Sr.
Malik Ellison, Flint Beecher, Jr.
Marlo Brown, Southfield Christian, Sr.
Jamal Cain, Detroit Cornerstone, Jr.
Shawn Pardee, Millington, Sr.
Jordan Weber, East Jordan, Sr.
Tyler Baker, Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian, Sr.
Derrick DeVries, Grand Rapids Covenant Christian, Sr.
David Miller, White Pigeon, Sr.
Mark Watts, Detroit Allen Academy, Fr.
Jeffrey Beckman, Shelby, Sr.
Keith Haske, Traverse City St. Francis.
Second-Team All-State (Nominees receiving two or more votes from the 10-member panel)
Jay McMiller, Hanover-Horton, Sr.
Jason Williams, Detroit Allen Academy, Sr.
Dane Preston, Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Central
Aquavius Burks, Flint Beecher, Sr.
Caleb Hodgson, Dansville, Fr.
Craig Covington, Detroit Allen Academy.
(Nominees receiving one or no votes from the 10-member panel)
Levi Lehman, Ithaca; Kaleb Barrett, Carson City-Crystal; Hogan Hayes, Beaverton; Tyler Humpert, Vassar; Andrew Schroeder, Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary; Drew Fletcher; Saginaw Valley Lutheran; Tommy Morneau, Bad Axe; Aaron Saenz, Unionville-Sebewaing; Andrew Storm, Marlette; Danny Pippen, Detroit Allen Academy; David DeJulius, Detroit Edison; Will Weems, Detroit Edison; Kieshon Watson, Muskegon Heights Academy; Riley Fairfield, North Muskegon; Carson Wonders, Iron Mountain; Dre Touminen, Negaunee; Jay Lori, Negaunee; Tyler Shank, Constantine; Jalen Boes, Union City; Nate Karney, Quincy; Quinn Elfrid, Quincy; Brock Ridgeway, Homer; Nick Knowlton, Bridgman; Stephan Umfress, Monroe St. Mary’s Catholic Central; Paul Zysk, Addison; Greg Liedel, Erie-Mason; Preston Laketa, Hanover-Horton; Kylen Brown, Michigan Center; Kamron McDonald, Concord; Andrew Dufek, Inland Lakes; Austin Putman, Charlevoix; Shae Somers, Elk Rapids; Charlie Harris, Flint Hamady; Malik Smith, Flint Hamady; Raheem Riley, Burton Bendle; Dedric Hendricks, Burton Atherton; Tony DeWitte, Grand Rapids Calvin Christian; Blake Dunn, Saugatuck; Craig Sterk, McBain; Dylan Sheehy-Guiseppi, Traverse City St. Francis; Dylan Sandy, White Pigeon; Edward Carter III, Detroit Edison; DeQuan Powell, Detroit Loyola; Logan Huff, Johannesburg-Lewiston
Mike Williams, Flint Beecher; Luke Pohl, Pewamo-Westphalia; Chad Mortimer, Hanover-Horton.
Voting panel: Brian Calloway, Lansing State Journal; David Goricki, The Detroit News; Jason Schmitt, The Oakland Press (Pontiac); Matt Wenzel, MLive-Jackson; Eric Woodyard, MLive-Flint; Corky Emrick, Sturgis Journal; James Cook, Traverse City Record-Eagle; Steve Kaminski, MLive-Grand Rapids; Mark Opfermann, MLive-Muskegon; Nate Schneider, The Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant).