Jahfetson, Lindemann named to Division 4 Second Team

Burt Angeli/Daily News (Iron Mountain) Baraga’s Riley Koskinen (14) defends a Munising forward during a Division 4 Region 25 semifinal in Kingsford.

BARAGA — What head coach Tom Goodreau’s Baraga Vikings lacked in quantity throughout the season, they made up for in quality. Two of the Vikings were recognized by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association for their efforts by earning spots on the Division 4 Second Team in senior Martina Jahfetson and sophomore Jaylyne Lindemann, while three others, Rylie Koskinen, Reide Osterman and Allison Durant all earned honorable mention for their efforts.

If Goodreau had his way, all six of his girls would have made it.

“If there were enough spots, I think all six of the girls on my team (deserved it),” said Goodreau. “Only having six of them, they had to stay disciplined with regards to foul trouble.

“We play as a team, so on any given night, any one of my six girls could have been the high scorer for us.”

Jahfetson filled the quintessential senior leader role throughout the season for the Vikings, doing anything and everything she could to make sure she and her teammates remained in front most nights. Early in the season, Goodreau recognized that his veteran point guard was extremely solid, but at the same time, he had another in Osterman who appeared ready to take the next step.

After making the announcement to her that he was going to ask her to make some changes to game, Jahfetson looked at Goodreau confusingly at first, but once he explained his thought process to her, she embraced the opportunity. It was that choice that really opened up her game, in Goodreau’s opinion.

“That was one of the big keys for us this year,” Goodreau said. “When I took that ball and I gave it to Reide, I said, ‘Okay, you are the point guard now.’

“Understandably, Marty couldn’t figure out what was going on here. She and I had a little bit of a discussion. I said, ‘This is a move that I think is going to make us a more effective team.’ I said, ‘The reason why is that I can put you wherever I need you and I know that you will excel.’ She absolutely grabbed that role and she relished it and she succeeded at it.”

Jahfetson quickly learned how to adapt to whichever position she was in, and that made her dangerous all over the floor. Defensively, when Goodreau would shift the girls into a zone defense, no matter where she was on the floor, Jahfetson could shift quickly into covering the point guard.

“She really, really wanted to have a successful year,” said Goodreau. “She would be the one at practice telling the girls they needed to go…It was nice to kind of have a coach on the floor.”

Goodreau was proud of how quickly everything came together for Jahfetson.

“I could put Marty wherever I needed to,” he said.

To balance what Jahfetson did, Lindemann often took on more of a power forward role for the Vikings this season. She worked inside while Koskinen worked outside.

“Her (Jaylyne) big move every time was fake that shot and move to the basket,” said Goodreau. “Rylie was the same way, but she would move to the outside more. Rylie could really hit that three-point shot.”

Koskinen’s role changed nearly as soon as Jahfetson’s did.

“With Marty moving to a different position, I needed more scoring from a guard,” Goodreau said. “Rylie fit that role perfectly. Rylie is extremely difficult to guard, she’s probably got one of the quickest first steps in the U.P.”

Lindemann often drew the attention of the opposing team’s tallest player. Goodreau felt that really worked to her advantage night in and night out.

“Jaylyne is quicker than all of them,” he said. “I go back to our game last season against Chassell. Sydney Danison had a hell of a time trying to guard her. Jaylyne scored in double figures against her.”

Lindemann, as Goodreau put it, did it all for the Vikings, not just on the offensive end, but especially on the defensive end of the court as well, where she led the team in rebounds.

“You look at the girl, she’s what, 5-foot-4? She’s guarding girls who are 5-foot-10 and 6-foot-1. She did a fantastic job against the girls from Munising and Stephenson. She had a really good year defensively.

The Vikings, as a whole, benefitted from getting a chance to work on their all-around skills this season. It made the them dangerous because any of the five girls on the floor could move it up quickly, often catching the opposing team off-guard and opening lanes for Jahfetson, Lindemann, Koskinen and Osterman to all be successful at various points while Durant quietly also put up good numbers.

“Rylie might end up growing to be 5-foot-10, 6-foot, I don’t know,” said Goodreau. “My big thing is that, when we get them young, we teach them to dribble like that, because you never know who is going to be a guard, who is going to be a forward, who is going to be a center. It’s to your advantage to have all of them be able to handle the ball.”