Autrain Grocery, Steward and Sheridan win NIT championships

NEGAUNEE – Two more champions were crowned Monday night at Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium with Autrain Grocery and Steward and Sheridan capturing Negaunee Invitational Basketball Tournament titles.

Autrain Grocery, of Autrain, took down Congress Pizza of Ishpeming 62-52 in the Class E championship game.

Paul Johns of Autrain Grocery led all scores with 24 points while teammate Mike Savola II posted 14. Both were named to the Class E all-tournament team with Johns winning MVP honors.

Jeff Olson and Joey Lyle represented Congress Pizza on the all-tournament team with Olson scoring 15 points on Monday and Lyle totaling 12.

Johns, Savola II, Olson and Lyle were joined on the all-tournament team by Jeff Honkala of Mary’s Kids and Joe Lasak of Corktown Bar.

In the all-Ishpeming Class EE final, Steward and Sheridan bested 41 Steakhouse 67-57.

Class EE MVP Tyler Mercier scored 26 points to lead the victors while teammate Kaleb Rundman scored 17 points.

For 41 Steakhouse, Matt Frisk had 23 points and Dan Pellinen finished with 13.

Mercier and Frisk were both Class EE all-tournament team selections, along with Cody Whitens of Steward and Sheridan, Jesse Perry of 41 Steakhouse, Steve Willis of E.Q Muffler and Travis Smith of Meyer Family Vision.

The NIT wraps up this weekend at Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium with Class A action. The final three days of the tournament begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, features the 3-points and slam dunk contests on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and concludes with the Class A championship at 8 p.m. on Sunday.