No seniors on 2013 Dream Team

MARQUETTE – Youth was served, relatively, in this year’s All-U.P. girls’ basketball team.

The 38th all-class Dream Team picked by the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Wednesday at Northern Michigan University has no seniors, and of the 35 players honored as the U.P.’s best, barely half (19) have completed their eligibility.

In addition to players of the year Elisa Jurmu of Houghton (Class ABC) and Lexi Gussert of Forest Park (Class D), the Dream Team consists of St. Ignace junior Kelley Wright, Superior Central junior Vanessa Freberg and Marquette sophomore Hunter Viitala.

Be it not for Gussert, Wright would have been a shoo-in for top honors in Class D after leading the Saints to their fourth state title in 14 years.

The 5-foot-10 junior averaged 20.1 points per game as the Saints went undefeated for the first time in school history and were the No. 1 team in every version of the Associated Press Class D state poll.

Freberg led Superior Central to an unbeaten regular season and a district title, pacing the Cougars with 17.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.

Gussert, Freberg and Wright were all named to the Class D All-State team by the Associated Press.

Viitala, the daughter of 1986 Class D?Player of the Year Theresa Pelkola of Ewen-Trout Creek, earned Great Northern Conference Player of the Year honors as a 5-8 sophomore. She made 48 percent of her field-goal attempts and averaged 16 points and 5.5 rebounds a game.