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Thunderbirds place 19 on winter All-GNC teams

February 28, 2020 by Brett LaBore


Throughout the winter sports season, there have been many athletes who have shone. Some of those athletes from Lakeland made the Great Northern Conference all-conference teams.

In total, 19 Lakeland student-athletes were recognized by the GNC when the teams were announced Monday.



Boys’ Basketball

For basketball and hockey, players are nominated by coaches and then voted on by the coaches. But the coaches cannot vote for their own players.

The Thunderbirds had three on the three teams. 

Michael Ouimette was named second team all-conference. He is averaging 14.9 points per game and led the Thunderbirds with 124 made field goals. He’s shot nearly 50% from the field and doubled the free throw attempts of the next highest Thunderbird.

“When he plays well we’re good. When he’s getting his deep touches we’re good,” coach Rich Fortier said. “The importance of Mike is he draws so much attention and allows other guys to make plays and he does that willingly.”

Both Collin Quade and Alex Fortier were named to honorable mention. These two were the Lakeland 3-point shooters.

“If you’re guarding us you know you got to guard Mike in the post and you got two guys who’ll shoot 3’s on you,” coach Fortier said.

Quade is averaging 12.1 points per game, making 86 fields goals. Both are second on the team. He is leading the team with a 52% shooting percentage and has made 73% of his free throws. His 40 made 3-pointers are second to only Alex Fortier.

“Collin is better defensively and he’s a senior so he’s a little more solid, he keeps his mind a little better than Alex does and he gets those steals. Collin is a good off-the-ball defender,” coach Fortier said.

Alex Fortier is leading the team with 46 made 3-pointers and leads the team with a 39% 3-point percentage among those who have attempted at least 15. He is third on the team thus far with 9.4 points per game and is shooting 40% from the field.

“Alex is getting good at sliding and getting those rip steals when he leaves his guy and takes the ball,” coach Fortier said. “They both also get a few rebounds a game.”



Girls’ Basketball

 Four girls represented Lakeland on the all-conference teams. 

Two girls were named first team all-conference. Julianna Ouimette was a unanimous decision. Not only was she the only freshman on the first-team, she was the only underclassmen. She was also the only freshman to be named on the three teams.

“To accomplish all that so early is very impressive as a freshman,” explained coach Melissa Ouimette. “I’m hoping she can keep getting better and work on all those things that’ll make her better.”

Julianna Ouimette is averaging 22 points per game on 59% shooting, helping her team to second place in the GNC. She leads her team with 173 made field goals, 95 made free throws and a 73% free throw percentage.

In addition to that, she has recorded 145 assists and 172 steals. Averaging 6.9 assists per game, Julianna Ouimette is second in the state. Her 8.2 steals per game leads the state of Wisconsin.

The other T-Bird on the first team is Abby Parris. She is averaging 15.7 points per game and has made 115 field goals, both second on the team. She has made 38 3-pointers on 33% shooting. 

“She has nice outside shooting. I also like how aggressive she is in getting steals and try to convert that to two points on the other end,” coach Ouimette said.

Abby Parris also averages 3.3 steals per game, second on her team.

Amaya White and Vivian Trapp were named honorable mention all-conference. 

White is second on the team with 24 made 3-pointers and 88 made field goals. She is averaging 10.6 points per game on 41% shooting.

“Amaya White is a smart player. She has a beautiful outside shot and can penetrate and get to the rim,” coach Ouimette said.

Trapp averages just 3.5 points per game, but impacts the game in so many ways. Defensively so knows her assignments and the offense as well.

“Vivian Trapp does everything I can possibly ask,” coach Ouimette said. “She does all the things people don’t enjoy doing. She wants her team to do well and be successful.”

When she shoots, she’s averaging 68% from the floor, an efficient number. She is third on the team with 4.3 rebounds per game and second on the team with 2.8 assists per game. 



Boys’ Hockey

Max Toijala was named Player of the Year as well as a unanimous first team selection. In 21 games, he scored 35 goals and 24 assists for 59 points. All three numbers led the team. He also led the team with 10 power play goals and 2.81 points per game. He had a number of hat tricks over the course of the year. He also had six game-winning goals.

Collin Guelcher was named first team for the goalie position. He was the rock for the Thunderbirds and recorded three shutouts. He made 542 saves for a 94% save percentage and allowed 1.88 goals per game.

Cody Olson was named second team for defense. He did score one goal and assisted 11 more for 12 points. His 11 assists were fourth on the team.

“Those guys should all be very excited and proud of themselves,” coach Jake Suter said. “All four kids were a huge part of our team this year.”

Teag Wagner was named honorable mention. Wagner scored five goals and assisted 10 more. His 15 points were fifth on the team. He scored the lone playoff goal for Lakeland.

“We’re very excited to be returning all four of the award winners to our team next season,” Suter said.



Boys’ Swimming

The all-conference teams for boys’ swim were based on the results of the GNC Meet Feb. 7 in Rhinelander. The all-conference team were based on results of the meet with the top three finishers in each event earning all-conference honors. The coaches voted on swimmer and coach of the year following the meet.

Brandon Boh finished first team all-conference in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:55.01. 

“Brandon and Tyler have swam with us for a long time and have been outstanding captains and really great guys in and out of the pool,” coach Chris Garcia said.

Liam Hogan finished first team with a win in the 50 freestyle, a conference record time of 21.97. He also won the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:03.10 to give him first team in both the fastest and longest event.

Not only did the upperclassmen represent on the all-conference list, but Avery Tucker, a freshman, won the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.59.

“To be honest I don’t think Robert and I expected him to do that well,” Garcia said. “He worked really hard.”

The Thunderbirds’ 400 freestyle relay team of Boh, Tucker, Tyler Teichmiller and Liam Hogan finished first team with their time of 3:26.11, edging out Tomahawk’s time of 3:26.76.

“The 400 free relay has been kind of our signature event for these guys,” Garcia said.

The Thunderbirds’ relay team in the 200 medley relay finished second team all-conference with a time of 1:44.29.

Teichmiller received honorable mention for two third place finishes in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. 

In the IM, he swam a time of 2:10.22 and in the breaststroke he swam a time of 1:07.21.



Wrestling

Similar to boys’ swim, the all-conference team was based on results of the GNC meet Feb. 8, with the top three finishers in each event earning all-conference honors. The coaches will vote on wrestler and coach of the year following the meet.

Sawyer Duir took first team in the 106 weight class with a win over Medford’s Ty Sova by a 7-4 decision in round five. Duir also defeated Addison Peissig of Tomahawk by a pin in 3:32 in round four.

“I’m very happy for him to have that opportunity and get that recognition and have that success at the conference tournament,” coach Adam Bremer said.

Harry Nemcek took first place in the 120 class, giving him first team honors. He defeated Blake Schilling of Medford by a pin in 37 seconds in round four. In round five, he defeated Mosinee’s Logan Johnson by an 11-3 major decision.

“Very excited to see him become a two time conference champion,” Bremer said. “It made it all the much sweeter with his 100th victory to lock up a conference title.”

Jason Hilgart received second team honors for finishing second in the 145 class. In round four he pinned Mosinee’s Tristan Iczkowski in 1:48. In round five, Medford’s Zeke Sigmund pinned Hilgart in 45 seconds.

“Jason really put himself in position even if you were going to get beat he was going to compete the entire time,” Bremer said.

The last to place on a team was Ben Nemcek for his third place finish to receive honorable mention in the 113 class. He fell to Tim Fox of Rhinelander in round two, but came back with two wins, including Tomahawk’s Chris Bushong by a pin in 50 seconds.

“Ben is competing on a high level and to get that honorable mention that puts him in leadership position (for next season),” Bremer said.

Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected].

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