The Great Northern Conference has recognized winter sports athletes with all-conference selections, released Monday morning.
With the exception of girls’ basketball, which will be announced Monday, March 10, all winter sports all-conference honorees have been announced.
Lakeland earned a pair of all-GNC selections in boys’ basketball, with Tom Bruckner taking home first-team honors and Brad Holcombe taking a spot on the second team.
The duo led Lakeland in scoring this season, with Bruckner accounting for 23.3 points-per-game, and Holcombe adding 17.5 a contest
Isabelle Johnson earned an honorable mention all-GNC selection for her play on the ice this season. Johnson led the team with 35 points, scoring a team-high 26 goals and adding nine assists. She tied for the team lead with two game-winning goals.
The Lakeland boys’ hockey team garnered three honorable mention all-GNC selections from a trio of seniors – Alex Moustakis, Jack Dern and Tommy Berger.
Moustakis played 24 games in goal for Lakeland this season, finishing the year with a 7-10-1 record. Moustakis amassed 556 saves on 627 shots, a save percentage of .877 for the year.
Dern and Berger were Lakeland’s top two scorers this season. Dern, a forward, led the team with 30 points, scoring a team-high 19 goals and adding 11 assists.
Berger had 21 points on the year from his defenseman position, scoring 12 goals and recording nine assists. Berger’s two game-winning goals led the team.
The Lakeland boys’ swim team earned several all-conference selections at the GNC meet last month. Eight Lakeland swimmers took home all-GNC honors in 10 events.
Individually, Nick Garcia earned a pair of first-team honors after winning both the 100 and 200 freestyle events. Nate Kellner won the 50 free to take home first team honors.
Sam Langheim was named to the second team after finishing behind Garcia in both the 100 and 200 freestyle, and Kellner picked up a second-team nomination for his finish in the 100 backstroke.
Jake Langheim earned Lakeland’s final individual honor, making the honorable mention team after a third place finish in the 500 freestyle.
Lakeland placed several relay teams at the conference meet, as well.
The 200 freestyle team of Ben Gibson, Leigh Richardson, Vansh Jain and Sam Langheim earned first team honors, as did the 400 freestyle team of Sam Langheim, Evan Andrews, Kellner and Garcia.
Lakeland’s 200 medley relay team of Kellner, Richardson, Andrews and Garcia finished second at the GNC meet to earn second team honors.
Three Lakeland wrestlers earned all-conference honors after their performances at the GNC wrestling meet last month.
Matt Hanne finished second in the 120-pound weight class to take home second team honors.
Jake McClintock earned a place on the honorable mention team at 126 pounds, as did Frank Scandin at 138 pounds, after each finished third at the GNC meet in their respective weight classes.
Haley Farrell earned a pair of honorable mention all-GNC selections after two third place finishes at the GNC meet last month.
Farrell took third on vault with a score of 8.15, and took third on floor after scoring 7.6 on her routine.
Lakeland had several top-three finishes at the Northern Conference meet, held at the “OO” trailhead in Seeley at the end of January.
Erin Bolger was the conference champion for the girls, with Carli Capacio taking third. Mack FitzPatrick finished second as the conference runner-up for the boys.
All-conference teams for girls’ basketball will be announced Monday, March 10. See www.lakelandtimes.com and the Friday, March 14, edition of The Lakeland Times for the girls’ basketball selections.
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