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Bolts’ Janke named Copper Mountain Player of the Year

Dollar Bay’s Kentala, Ontonagon’s Turin-Jilbert share Coach of the Year

Dollar Bay-Tamarack City's Ashton Janke (11) prepares to shoot a free throw on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, in Dollar Bay, Mich. (Adam Niemi/The Daily Mining Gazette)

LAKE LINDEN – The 2020 Copper Mountain All-Conference Boys Basketball Team was announced on Friday. It included players from both the Copper Country and Porcupine Mountain divisions.

Earning the Most Valuable Player Award was Ashton Janke, of Dollar Bay. The 6-foot-5 Janke led the Blue Bolts to a 19-2 record and to a Division 4 district semifinal win earlier this week. It was during that game that Janke poured in 20 points, had 14 rebounds and reached his 1,000th career point as a Blue Bolt. He averaged about 24 points per game.

“Ashton was the quintessential teammate,” said his coach at Dollar Bay Jesse Kentala. “He was chasing 1,000 points all year but he always found the pass to the open guy. He was never a ball hog. He is a great kid and a great teammate.”

Kentala added that Janke is well deserving of the honor as he has put a lot of time into his game both during the season and in the off season to become a girted scorer.

“He played AAU and got into a weight-lifting program over the summer,” Kentala said. “He really cares about basketball and it is great to see a kids hard work be rewarded.”

Morgan Miscovich of Wakefield-Marenisco, was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Kentala and Brittany Turin-Jilbert, of Ontonagon, were honored as co-Coaches of the Year.

Turin-Jilbert made her debut as a varsity boy’s basketball coach and led the Gladiators to a 10-11 record.

Player of the Year

Ashton Janke, Dollar Bay, Senior

Coach of the Year

Brittany Turin-Jilbert, Ontonagon

Jesse Kentala, Dollar Bay

The Elite Team

Jaden Borseth, Ewen-Trout Creek, Sophomore

Davin Hill, Dollar Bay, Sophomore

Morgan Miskovich, Wakefield-Marenisco, Senior

Bill Rautiola, Chassell, Senior

Christian Hocking, Jeffers, Junior

Copper Country Division First Team

Ashton Janke, Dollar Bay, Senior

Davin Hill, Dollar Bay, Junior

Christian Hocking, Jeffers, Junior

Bill Rautiola, Chassell, Senior

Karl Rautiola, Chassell, Sophomore

Second Team

Caleb Gregoire, Lake Linden- Hubbell, Senior

Connor LeClaire, Dollar Bay, Junior

Johnny Schutz, Jeffers, Sophomore

William Lyons, Lake Linden-Hubbell, Junior

Eli Luokkala, Republic-Michigamme, Junior

Honorable Mention

Steele Jondreau, Baraga, Junior

Dean Pietila, Chassell, Junior

Austin Kinnunen, Jeffers, Senior

Porcupine Mountain Division First Team

Jaden Borseth, Ewen-Trout Creek, Sophomore

Morgan Miskovich, Wakefield-Marenisco, Senior

Anthony Metas, Bessemer, Senior

Alex Kissel, L’Anse, Junior

Logan Latvis, Ontonagon, Senior

Second Team

Ethan Libertoski, Wakefield-Marenisco, Senior

Nick Trudgeon, Bessemer, Senior

Mitchel McGeshick, Watersmeet Junior

Kelsey Jilek, Ewen-Trout Creek, Sophomore

Adam Libertoski, Wakefield-Marenisco, Junior

Luke Soumis, Ontonagon, Senior

Honorable Mentions

Julius Brajas, Watersmeet, Junior

Riley Wroblewski, Bessemer, Senior

Logan Hamel, Wakefield-Marenisco, Senior

Eli Ostermeyer, L’Anse, Sophomore

Paul Jacobson, Lanse, Senior

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