Sabers, Lakers, Bobcats represented on all-league list

Bear Lake’s Hayley May was selected on the all-West Michigan D League first team. (News Advocate file photo)

Manistee County was well represented in West Michigan D League all-conference voting this season, with seven area players receiving postseason recognition.

Bear Lake had a perfect 13-0 record in conference play en route to a WMDL title and had two players make first-team all-conference in Hayley May and Abigail Cross. Cosima Holler earned honorable mention as well.

“I was very happy with Hayley May and Abby Cross making the first team,” said Bear Lake head coach Jeff Harthun. “They were second-team last year and they played varsity since they were freshmen. Both girls were our go-to players. Cosima Holler got honorable mention and I was pretty happy with that.

“… I love our conference coaches because — ethically — they vote the way it should go,” Harthun continued. “In the four years I’ve been voting with those guys for the girls’ teams we’ve never had an issue, and that’s fantastic.”

Manistee Catholic Central finished third in the WMDL with an 11-4 record and Riley Feliczak earned first-team all-conference honors. Nicole Kaminski was named to the second team and Jenna Bialik received honorable mention.

Feliczak was a force in the paint and a big part of the Sabers’ offense. MCC head coach Todd Erickson was impressed with how Feliczak played and looks forward to seeing how she improves heading into her senior year.

“I think Riley, offensively, she gave defenses fits,” Erickson said. “Next year we hope to expand on her capabilities from the outside shooting it. Maybe we’ll get some more ball handling out of her. We don’t rely on her for that because we don’t need to, but she’s a good ball handler.

“… I’m real excited about next year for her, and all the kids, really.”

Kaminski was able to utilize her speed to get baskets in transition and was also comfortable stepping out and hitting 3-pointers.

“Nicole improved this season and I think off her offseason work ethic help immensely,” Erickson said. “She got stronger and she got more relaxed in the times we played in the summer. I thought this year she came back and played much more under control.”

Kaminski is already champing at the bit to get into the gym and work on her game, Erickson said.

“I know she wants to put work in this summer,” he said. “She’s already bugging me to get in. I said, ‘You play another sport. Get through that sport. Take some time off.’”

Bialik ran the point for the Sabers and her adept ball handling and outside shooting were a tremendous asset to the team.

“Jenna earning honorable mention was well deserved,” Erickson said. “She’s a point guard we rely on. … She’s a girl we try to get the engines running with. … Those three juniors made things happen for us and she was a big part of that — we just hope she continues to flourish.”

Erickson is proud of what the team accomplished this season thanks in no small part to his three all-conference players.

“We’re excited for what happened this year,” he said. “We turned a corner from the last two years and those kids were a part of what we did.”

Brethren had a tough season, finishing 3-13 in conference play, but junior Megan Cordes earned second-team all-conference honors.

“Megan works year round on her game,” said Brethren head coach Julie Riggs. “She was my general on the floor. She took charge of the team. She’s just an all-out athlete who loves the game.

“… She’s a very versatile player with that left hand,” Riggs continued. “That always helps any team. She could go from a point guard to a shooting guard and we even had her play as a post player every now and then. … Plus, with her being a junior, I hope she makes the first team next year. She just needs to keep improving and continue getting better each year.”

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