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Maunu siblings honored in college athletics

Former Cloquet-Esko-Carlton hockey player Matt Maunu was recently named Northern Michigan University's Central Collegiate Hockey Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Northern Michigan University is located in Marquette in the Upper Peninsula.

Former Cloquet-Esko-Carlton hockey player Matt Maunu was recently named Northern Michigan University's Central Collegiate Hockey Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Northern Michigan University is located in Marquette in the Upper Peninsula.

Maunu, a senior from Esko, is an accounting/financial planning major. As a defenseman for the Wildcats he has five goals and 11 assists this season.

Each year the faculty representative of each school in the CCHA, along with the consultation of the head coach at each school, selects that institution's Scholar-Athlete of the Year, who serves as the school's nominee for the CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

David Brown of Notre Dame was chosen the CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year from among the group of 12 nominees.

In order to be nominated, players must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 through the fall term of the selection year to receive the school's award. The CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year is selected by the 12 faculty representatives.

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Maunu is the son of Gerry and Barb Maunu and he is a graduate of Esko High School.

Pine Journal sports reporter Kerry Rodd can be contacted at: kdrodd@aol.com .

Last season Michelle Maunu was leading her Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls hockey team to the state tournament and a third place finish. This season Maunu is a freshman at the University of Minnesota where she was named to the All-Rookie Team.

The Gophers finished their season ranked No. 9 in the country and Maunu played in all 36 of her team's games, finishing with two goals and two assists from her blue line position.

In her first season at the Division I level, Maunu ranked third in plus/minus with a plus 10. Maunu's first career goal came against St. Cloud State on Nov. 17, while her second came a couple of weekends ago in the first round of the WCHA playoffs against Bemidji State.

Pine Journal sports reporter Kerry Rodd can be contacted at: kdrodd@aol.com .

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