Local duo earns Division 6 All-State honors

NILES — A pair of BCS Athletic Conference Red Division players earned Division 6 All-State first-team honors for the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association.

Red Division champion Buchanan’s Gavin Frazi and Brandywine’s Gabe Gouin were both named first-team on defense.

Fazi helped the Bucks go undefeated in the regular season and a 2-1 record in the playoffs by leading the team with 71 tackles, including 51 solo stops. Fazi ended his senior year with 17 tackles-for-loss, a pair of sacks and three pass break-ups.

Brandywine’s Gabe Gouin was named Division 6 All-State by the Michigan High School football Coaches Association. (Leader file photo)

“Gavin had an amazing season, and we are very proud of him and his accomplishment,” said Buchanan coach Mark Frey. “He is a phenomenal athlete, who always seems to be in the correct spot to make a play, and his most intangible trait is making those around him want to play better. When Gavin made a big play, everyone else wanted to make a big play, which gave our defense the fire that it had. Gavin was a pleasure to work with, and we will miss his “quiet, but here to work” demeanor. We wish him the best of luck, and we know he will do great things.”

Gouin, who like Fazi, was also a standout on the football’s offensive side, finished his Brandywine career with six interceptions.

“Leadership wise, and experience, he was solid, and we couldn’t have done what we did without him,” said Brandywine coach Mike Nate about Gouin. “He has been a three-year starter on defense. He deserves it. He is a good, solid kid. We are going to miss him.”

Gouin helped Brandywine to the first undefeated season in school history in 2019 as a junior, and this year, he led the Bobcats to their first playoff victory in school history.



 First Team Offense

OL – Tyler Bowles, Clinton

OL – Walker Martin, Montague

OL – Cameron Keller, Jonesville

OL – Jaden Johnson, Muskegon Catholic

OL – Chris Kessler, Montague

OL – Will Felts, Clinton

TE – Eli Luokkala, Negaunee

WR – Finn Hogan, Glen Lake

WR – Zack Horky, Blissfield

RB – Brayden Clark, Constantine

RB – David Millikin, Grayling

RB – Dylan Everett, Montague

QB – Drew Collins, Montague

QB – Bobby Skinner, Montrose


First Team Defense

DL – Cameron Roetherford, Warren Michigan Collegiate

DL – Hunter Potier, Gladstone

DL – Lucas Gillespie, Harrison

DL – Boe Eckman, Constantine

DL – Andrew Kanary, Grayling

LB – Jon Bouchey, Clare

LB – Isaac Hall, Constantine

LB – Gavin Fazi, Buchanan

LB – Garrett Mann, Ishpeming Westwood

LB – Brayden Randolf, Clinton

DB – Gabe Gouin, Brandywine

DB – Brendan Callahan, Millington

DB – Owen Emmendorfer, Montrose

DB – Tommy Kartes, Muskegon Catholic

DB – Davey Campbell, Clinton

Athlete – Brock Holek, Durand

Specialist – Andrew Kooi, Montague

Cass County

Cass County millages on the ballot for May 4


Dowagiac announces March students of the month


Local provisioning centers celebrate cannabis holiday with sales, overcome software snags

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 799,140 cases, 16,986 deaths


DUS to install classroom phones in elementary schools, high school

Berrien County

Berrien County 4-H Leaders Association sets annual meeting


DUS Board of Education honors Class of 2021 Top 10


Buchanan HCU member center lands new leadership

Berrien County

United Way of Southwest Michigan invites community to honor leaders during National Volunteer Week


Buchanan provisioning center raises money to fight cannabis injustices

Cass County

Cass County Sheriff’s Office K9 finds home invasion, larceny suspect

Berrien County

UPDATE: Sheriff’s office finds missing Niles man

Brandywine Education

Teacher resigns after allegedly soliciting 14-year-old

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 793,881 cases, 16,901 deaths


Cassopolis to welcome first marijuana dispensary

Berrien County

Merritt Elementary hosting pet supply drive for area shelters


SMC psychology panel provides pandemic perspective

Berrien County

South Bend man sentenced for meth possession in Niles Township

Berrien County

GateWay Services to become Center for Growth and Independence


Cannavista Wellness, Common Citizen launch 420 charitable fundraiser


Niles Police Log: April 8-15


Retired Dowagiac resident returns to teaching at 80

Cass County

Report finds problem-solving courts help lower recidivism, unemployment rates


Yarn on Front owner shares how she adapted, overcame pandemic squeeze