Jurmu best of WestPAC girls

HOUGHTON – Senior forward Elisa Jurmu of Houghton was named most valuable player for the 2013-14 WestPAC girls’ basketball season in coaches’ voting released Tuesday.

Jurmu received the award for a second consecutive year, though in 2012-13, she shared top honors with Madissen Swanson of L’Anse.

Jurmu led all local players in scoring with 20.7 points per game in the regular season as the Gremlins finished as league co-champions, posted an 18-2 regular season mark and finished the year ranked No. 2 in the final U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association poll. She scored her 1,000th career point in the regular season finale against Hancock despite having played less than 2 1/2 varsity seasons.

Swanson, who received MVP votes, did net first-team honors. She averaged 16.5 points per game in leading L’Anse to the other half of the WestPAC title, a 17-3 record and a No. 4 end-of-season ranking.

Teammate Valerie Rajala was also selected to the first team. The senior averaged 8.6 points and her rebounding abilities helped the Purple Hornets mitigate a lack of interior size.

Houghton’s Sydney Dillinger was also selected to the first team. The junior made her presence particularly felt on the defensive end though also averaged 9.1 points.

The fifth and final first teamer is Calumet junior Lexie Rowe, the conference’s third-leading scorer at 15.1 points.

Seven players were selected for the All-WestPAC second team, including senior guard Ashlyn Kero and senior forward Kelsie Richards of Houghton, freshman guard Maija Sebbas of Hancock, sophomore guard Clara Loukus of Calumet and senior guard Kelsey Ross of L’Anse.

The other two second-team spots went to Alexis Golfis and Meg Miatech of West Iron County.

Ellen Twardzik of Calumet and Taylor Pertile of Hancock received honorable mention.