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Studebaker, Kariniemi win Calumet’s top honors

Calumet High School seniors Andrea Kariniemi, left, and Alex Studebaker, right, are shown. They were named the recipients of the George Gipp All-American Award. (Courtesy Photos/Calumet High School)

CALUMET — Calumet High School seniors Alex Studebaker and Andrea Kariniemi won the school’s top student-athlete honors.

The duo were named the male and female recipients of the George Gipp All-American Award.

Studebaker earned nine letters for the Copper Kings, including two in track, three in football and four in hockey. As a defensive tackle, he was named West PAC First Team on offense and defense last season. He was also named West PAC Lineman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. He was an Associated Press All-State Second Team selection, a Detroit Free Press All-State Division 6 First Team selection and a Michigan High School Football Coaches Association honorable mention. In 208, Studebaker was named to the All-U.P. Dream Team.

In hockey, as a goaltender, Studebaker set the school record in shutouts and was named the Great Lakes Hockey Conference Second Team and All-State First Team. In 2018-19, Studebaker was an all-state and all-conference honorable mention. In track, he was an all-state shot put selection.

Studebaker held a 3.328 grade-point average and is playing football at Michigan Tech, while majoring in wildlife management and ecology.

Kariniemi earned six letters at CHS, including two in volleyball, one in basketball, one in track and two in softball.

In volleyball, Kariniemi earned academic All-State honors last year, and was a West PAC Second Team selection and All-Region selection two years ago.

Kariniemi is attending Gogebic Community College to study nursing.

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