Petoskey's seniors lead All-Big North girls basketball honorees
PETOSKEY — The Big North Conference on the girls side for basketball has enjoyed some good parity since its inception.
But, over the last six years, the league has been owned by just two teams, one of which stole the league title for a second straight year in 2022-23.
Cadillac is one of those squads with a trio of league titles in the past six seasons and BNC reigning champion Petoskey is the other, with now back to back titles to hang their hat on.
Cadillac earned three straight from 2019 to 2021, while Petoskey also took the year prior in 2018.
Petoskey’s recent successes on the court have come behind a large and talented senior class and four of those girls were recently awarded All-BNC honors from the league’s coaches.
A total of five Northmen players were selected as all-conference, including two on the first team, one on the second team and two more within the honorable mention list.
Earning first team for Petoskey were both Caroline Guy and Grayson Guy, both of which will continue their basketball careers past Petoskey.
Caroline finished the Big North season averaging 9.9 points and did a bit of everything for Petoskey, averaging 4.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.1 steals a night. She also finished with a league-best 77 percent shooting on free throws, going 34 of 44.
Caroline Guy will continue her basketball journey at Division II Walsh University in Ohio.
Grayson Guy, who is committed to Hope College to play at the next level, earned first team after finishing second in the league averaging 10.1 points a night, to go with 7.8 rebounds in the paint.
Other first team members included Gaylord’s Avery Parker and Traverse City Central’s Catelyn Heethuis and Lucia France, only a sophomore.
Parker was named the league’s Player of the Year after averaging 17.1 points a game in BNC action. She’ll continue her playing days at Northwood University.
Petoskey’s Kenzie Bromley earned second team honors for the Northmen in her final season. Known more so for her ability on the softball field as a Kent State University signee, Bromley still found time to average 8.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks a game for Petoskey.
Also within the second team list were Gaylord’s Alexis Kozlowski and Meghan Keen, Cadillac’s Joslyn Seeley, Alpena’s Reese Wisniewski and Mikayla Thompson of TC West.
Kozlowski, a senior, is committed to Ferris State University for softball.
Petoskey’s final two earning recognition within the honorable mention list were senior Hope Wegmann and junior Lia Trudeau.
Wegmann was Petoskey’s sharpshooter from beyond the arc this season, as she hit 15 3-pointers within BNC games, third best within the conference. She averaged 6.4 points and 2.1 assists a game.
Trudeau proved to be a force inside as a center from early on in her first varsity season, as a solid rebounder with a soft touch for scoring under the basket. Trudeau finished the BNC season averaging 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds.
Gaylord junior Alexis Shepherd, committed to Toledo as a softball player, earned honorable mention honors, as did TC Central’s Halli Warner, who set a new Big North girls record with 23 made 3-pointers this season.
The complete honorable mention list also included: Avery Dubey, Alpena; Jakiah Brumfield, TC Central; Sophie Simon, TC Central; Kiera Prue, Alpena; Madalie Dickerson, Cadillac; Anislee Hewitt, TC West; and Faith Dragiewz, Alpena.
Final BNC standings (league/overall): Petoskey: 9-1, 15-9; TC Central: 8-2, 17-7; Gaylord: 5-5, 14-10; Alpena: 3-7, 8-15; TC West: 3-7, 5-17; and Cadillac: 2-8, 9-16.
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