A Banner Year

By Kevin Hodur


Three players-Bruce Tebelman, Frank Vruwink, and Nelson Wienke-earned all-region honors.

On the ice, field, and court, our Huskies athletes gave their all—and Michigan Tech had an incredible season to show for it.


With a 9–1 regular season record, football went into the postseason ranked 18 in the nation. A heartbreaking 42–41 loss in the NCAA Super Region Quarterfinal brought the season to a close, but not before three players—Bruce Tebelman, Frank Vruwink, and Nelson Wienke—earned all-region honors.


It was quite a haul on the snow this year, with Alice Flanders claiming an NCAA regional title, Ulrika Axelsson and Deedra Irwin finishing 1–2 at the NCAA regionals classic race, and Haakon Hjelstuen and Axelsson claiming CCSA sprint titles. Irwin and Tom Bye also qualified for World Juniors, competing in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Alice Flanders claiming an NCAA regional title.


Tech fell to No. 11 Grand Valley State in the GLIAC tournament, but the season wasn't over, earning a bid to the NCAA tournament as the 3 seed in the Midwest Region. Emily Morin and Jacqueline Mielke were both named all-region, and the team, in its fifth year of existence, finished 11–5–2.

Women's Basketball

It has to be a good year when your record reads 28–3, and despite running into a red-hot Ashland team in the NCAAs, the hardware rolled in when they claimed the GLIAC regular season and tournament championships. Danielle Blake earned All- America honors.

Ben Stelzer earned All-America and Academic All- America honors and was named the Midwest Region Player of the Year.

Men's Basketball

The year of NCAA selection show watch parties continued for men's basketball as the Huskies, who finished the season 19–9, matched up with the No. 15-ranked Indianapolis in the regional quarters. Ben Stelzer earned All-America and Academic All- America honors and was named the Midwest Region Player of the Year.


The hockey Huskies announced their arrival on the national stage, claiming their first NCAA bid in 34 years. A tough OT loss to St Cloud State ended a glowing season where they were ranked No. 1 in the nation, racked up 29 wins, and Coach Pearson was named the College Hockey News Coach of the Year. Tanner Kero became one of the most decorated players in school history, being named All-America first team, WCHA Player of the Year, a Hobey Baker Award finalist, and a Senior CLASS Award finalist.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, Michigan’s flagship technological university offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is situated just miles from Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.

Last Modified 10:35 AM, December 7, 2023