NMU honors its best at annual Student-Athlete Awards Banquet

MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan University athletic department held its annual Student-Athletes Awards Banquet on Saturday at the University Center in Marquette.

Men’s and women’s Nordic skiing coach Sten Fjeldheim was named the NMU Coach of the Year, adding to similar honors he earned in the CCSA, Central Region and from the U.S. Collegiate Ski Coaches Association.

NMU senior volleyball player Kalli Herron won the Humanitarian Award for her work administering free hearing screenings to the public at the NMU Wellness Fair, her volunteering for a bullying awareness commercial and for her worked as a home health aide providing services to elderly individuals, and children with special needs, among other things.

NMU junior men’s Nordic skier Kyle Bratrud was named the NMU Male Athlete of the Year after earning All-American honors in the classic race at the NCAA Championships.

NMU women’s basketball junior guard Alyssa Colla and junior swimmer Debbi Lawrence shared the NMU Female Athlete of the Year Award. Colla led the Wildcats to a GLIAC Championship and the NCAA tournament with team highs in scoring, assists and steals. Lawrence earned All-American honors in three events at the NCAA Championships and broke five NMU records.

NMU senior hockey captain Stephan Vigier won the Male Gildo Canale Outstanding Senior Award after leading NMU in scoring with 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points.

Senior women’s Nordic skier Rosie Frankowski and senior volleyball player Lina Lopes shared the Female Gildo Canale Outstanding Senior Award. Frankowski was an All-American in both the classic and freestyle at the NCAA Championships, finishing as runner-up in the freestyle. She is a two-time CCSA Skier of the Year and competed at the U23 Junior World Championships this year. Lopes has the second-most kills in NMU history at 1,328 and is a three-time All-GLIAC first-team honoree. The rest of the individual team award winners are:

Volleyball: Senior Kellisha Harley (Most Valuable Player), freshman Alex Larsen (Newcomer of the Year), freshman Bridget Bussell (Most Improved) and senior Sarah Hamilton (Scholar-Athlete).

Soccer: Junior Kim Rietveld (Most Valuable Player), freshman Paula Hafner (Newcomer of the Year), sophomore Ashley Katers (Most Improved) and junior Helen Kiilunen (Scholar-Athlete).

Women’s basketball: Colla (Most Valuable Player), freshman Bre Gaspervich (Newcomer of the Year Award), senior Annie Rubendunst (Most Improved) and junior Lauren Gruber (Scholar-Athlete).

Football: Senior wide receiver Christian Jessie (Offense Most Valuable Player), junior wide receiver Marcus Tucker (Offense Newcomer Award) and sophomore running back Wyatt Jurasin (Offense Most Improved), junior linebacker Nick Krause (Defense Most Valuable Player), freshman defensive back Chris Washington (Defense Newcomer Award), junior defensive lineman Trever Kruzel (Defense Improved), sophomore linebacker Loran Jaddou (Scholar-Athlete) and junior defensive lineman Jordan Adediran (Scholar-Athlete).

Hockey: Freshman goalie Mathias Dahlstrom (Most Valuable Player), freshman forward Shane Sooth (Newcomer of the Year) and junior Ryan Kesti (Most Improved and Scholar-Athlete).

Cross country: Sophomore Megan Edic (Most Valuable Player), junior Christina Toogood (Newcomer Award), sophomore Jaylee Brown (Most Improved) and junior Larissa Halonen (Scholar-Athlete).

Men’s basketball: Sophomore guard Terry Nash (Most Valuable Player), freshman guard Marcus Hall (Newcomer Award), junior forward Chavis Mattison and junior guard Ethan Blackwell (Most Improved) and junior guard Spencer Huss (Scholar-Athlete).

Swimming and diving: Lawrence (Most Valuable Player), Rachel Borchardt (Newcomer Award), Tara Dowling (Most Improved) and Aspen McHugh (Scholar-Athlete).

Track and Field: Senior Cheyenne Stewart (Most Valuable Player), Toogood (Newcomer of the Year), junior Olivia Howard (Most Improved) and junior Emily Allen (Scholar-Athlete).

Nordic skiing:Bratrud (Most Valuable Player and Scholar-Athlete), Frankowski (Most Valuable Player and Scholar-Athlete), freshmen Fredrik Schwencke and Kristen Bourne (Newcomers of the Year) and sophomore Sam Elfstrom and junior Mary Kate Cirelli (Most Improved).