2017-05-04 / Sports

St. Ignace Saints Basketball Players Earn Awards From Coaches

By Kevin R. Hess


The Saints girls basketball team received awards from the coach Sunday, April 23. Head Coach Dorene Ingalls (third from left) handed out several awards to multiple players. Among the winners are (from left): Keshia Davis, Jordan Belleville, Jade Edelman, Linnie Gustafson, and Emily Coveyou. Award winners missing from the photograph are Tessa Shepard and Jessie Frazier. (Photograph provided by Dorene Ingalls) The Saints girls basketball team received awards from the coach Sunday, April 23. Head Coach Dorene Ingalls (third from left) handed out several awards to multiple players. Among the winners are (from left): Keshia Davis, Jordan Belleville, Jade Edelman, Linnie Gustafson, and Emily Coveyou. Award winners missing from the photograph are Tessa Shepard and Jessie Frazier. (Photograph provided by Dorene Ingalls) Linnie Gustafson, Preston Mayle, and David LaVake were named the most valuable players at the St. Ignace boys and girls basketball teams end-of-season banquet Sunday afternoon, April 23.

Coaches Dorene Ingalls and Bob Brandstrom handed out the awards.

The Saints girls had a strong season, losing only three games and falling just short of another trip to East Lansing for the state finals. Besides Gustafson, Coach Ingalls honored the following members of a talented team:

Rookie Award: Freshman Tessa Shepard


The St. Ignace Saints boys and girls basketball teams gathered for end-of-season awards Sunday, April 23. Seniors Preston Mayle (left) and David LaVake (right) shared the “Most Valuable Player” award and sophomore Shawn Livingston (center) received the “Most Improved Player” award from Coach Bob Brandstrom. The St. Ignace Saints boys and girls basketball teams gathered for end-of-season awards Sunday, April 23. Seniors Preston Mayle (left) and David LaVake (right) shared the “Most Valuable Player” award and sophomore Shawn Livingston (center) received the “Most Improved Player” award from Coach Bob Brandstrom. Miss Team Player: Jade Edelman

Defensive Demon: Jade Edelman

Miss Inspiration: Jordan Belleville

Most Improved: Keshia Davis and Emily Coveyou

Workhorse Award (hard work in offseason and during practice): Emily Coveyou

Take Charge Award (most charges taken on defense): Jade Edelman and Jessie Frazier

Saints Award: Jordan Belleville

The Saints will lose top seniors Belleville and Edelman, but return many good players. Belleville was the team leader in three-point makes and third in scoring. Edelman led the team in assists and charges taken. Gustafson will return as the team’s leading scorer (14.3 points/game), rebounder (9.9 rebounds/game), and blocker (3.1 blocks/game). She was second in steals and assists. Coveyou was second leading scorer (13.3 points/game), first in steals (3.6 steals/game) and third in rebounding (8.2 rebounds/game). Davis ranked second on the team in rebounds (9.7 rebounds/game) and fourth in scoring (6.8 points/game).

“We lose two starting senior guards…but will return our top two scorers and top three rebounders,” said Ingalls. “I’m excited to see what these girls can do the next few months to prepare for an amazing 2017-2018 campaign.”

Because Ingalls will have most of the team back, plus talented athletes from this year’s junior varsity squad and next year’s freshman class, St. Ignace could challenge for state titles in several more seasons.

“It should be a fun run,” said Coach Ingalls. “The journey starts now!”

Saints Boys Start Slowly, Finish Strong, Look Forward To 2017-2018

The Saints boys team struggled this year, but finished with wins in two of their final three games and advanced to the district finals of the state tournament. First-year boys head Coach Bob Brandstrom handed out two awards to three players. The award for most improved player went to Shawn Livingston

“I had a lot of fun coaching this group,” said Brandstrom. “We didn’t post a lot of wins, but we learned a lot throughout the year.”

He said he and the players benefitted from their efforts.

“I learned many things this season that I can build on for the years to come,” Brandstrom said.

The loss of LaVake and Mayle will leave big holes in the team. Brandstrom coached the two throughout their high school years.

“I will miss seeing David and Preston on the court next year,” he said. “They were both great leaders this season.”

Brandstrom said he wants his returning players to put in a lot of time in the off-season working on their game.

“I look forward to next season because the potential is there for great improvement,” he said.

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