ESCANABA - For the fifth time in nine years the Menominee Maroons have been named the Team of the Year in Class A-B as chosen by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.
After completing a 9-0 season, the Maroons reclaimed the top spot from Kingsford who won the award in 2012. Menominee also claimed the award in 2011. The Maroons, which ended the season ranked No. 1 in Division 5, start their 2013 playoff campaign against Houghton (6-3) at home today. The Maroons are looking to build off a 2012 campaign that ended with a 20-17 state semifinal loss to Grand Rapids West Catholic.
After completing a 9-0 season, the Ishpeming Hematities were named the 2013 Class C Team of the Year. Ishpeming has been the No. 1 ranked team in Michigan for District 7 all season, after winning the state championship in 2012. The Hematities were edged out for the award in 2012 by a Negaunee team that gave them their only loss in the last two seasons. Ishpeming will begin their state title defense today as they host Mancelona (7-2).
In Class D, Forest Park claimed the honors as 2013's Team of the Year after finishing 9-0 and edging out North Central for the top team in the UPSSA's Little Five poll.
Houghton's Karl Borree was named the Class A-B-C coach of the year after leading the Gremlins to their first playoff birth since 2001. Borree became the first coach in the school's history to win the award. Houghton made the playoffs despite not being ranked in the UPPSA poll and only having one player named to the All-U.P. Team. Houghton has a tall order for their first playoff game in 13 seasons, as they travel to Menominee to take on the Maroons.
In Class D, Forest Parks's Bill Santilli took home Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time since becoming the school's head coach in 1996. Santilli won the award in 2000, 2005 and 2008. The Trojans have made the playoffs in all 17 seasons of Santilli's tenure.