BRUCE K. CRAIG TROPHY


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The Bruce K. Craig Memorial Trophy is given out to the Class "C" team of the year in the UP every year.   The Bruce K. Craig Trophy was introduced to the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association in 1971.  The trophy was presented to the UPSSA by Escanaba football coach Jerry Cvengros.  The trophy was donated by Dick and Peggy Craig in memory of their son Bruce who played for Escanaba in 1965-1966.  Bruce was tragically killed while serving with the United States Marine Corp in Vietnam shortly after graduating from High School.  The UPSSA accepted the trophy and in 1971 made the trophy a traveling trophy for the Upper Peninsula Class CD team of the year.  The UPSSA hoped the trophy could offset some of the controversy caused by handing out only one team of the year trophy (Barber Trophy).  The trophy was given to the Class CD team of the year from 1971-1973 and the Barber Trophy was then dedicated to the Class AB team of the year.  In 1974 the trophy was given to only the Class C team of the year when the Mattson Trophy was introduced and given to the Class D team of the year.  A big thanks goes out to former Escanaba Coach Jerry Cvengros for sharing this story with us and Patty Gagnon (secretary of MPC) for sending me this picture.  It should never be forgotten where the name on this trophy came from.  If anyone has anymore they would like to share about the history of this award or can get me a picture of this trophy, please feel free to email me.

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BRUCE K. CRAIG TROPHY WINNERS
YEAR

TEAM

RECORD

NOTES

2016

Negaunee Miners

10-1 Lost to Calumet in the Division 6 District Finals
2015

Ishpeming Hematites

13-0 Won the Division 7 State Championship over Detroit Loyola
2014

Ishpeming Hematites

12-1 Lost to Detroit Loyola in the Division 7 State Championship
2013

Ishpeming Hematites

14-0 Won the Division 7 State Championship over Detroit Loyola
2012

Negaunee Miners

10-2 Lost in Division 6  Regional Finals to Shelby.  Lost in regular season to Marquette
2011

Iron Mountain Mountaineers

11-1

Lost in Division 7 State Semifinals to eventual State Champion Ithaca.  Undefeated regular season.
2010

Ishpeming Hematites

12-1

Lost in Division 7 State Finals to Hudson.  Undefeated regular season.
2009

Calumet Copper Kings

9-2

Lost in 2nd round of Division 6 Playoffs to Iron Mountain.  Lost to Gladstone.
2008

Iron Mountain Mountaineers

11-1

Lost in Division 6 Regional Finals.  Unbeaten in regular season.
2007

Iron Mountain Mountaineers

10-2

Lost in Division 6 Regional Finals.  Lost to Kingsford in regular season.  
2006

Iron Mountain Mountaineers

8-3

Lost to Negaunee and Kingsford in regular season.  Lost in Division 6 2nd Round Playoffs to Calumet.
2005

Iron Mountain Mountaineers

9-2

Only loss in the regular season was to arch-rival Kingsford.  Lost in Division 6 2nd Round Playoffs to Ironwood.
2004

Negaunee Miners

11-1

Finished undefeated in the regular season.  Lost in Division 6 State Quarterfinals to Suttons Bay.
2003

Negaunee Miners

12-1

Finished undefeated in the regular season.  Lost in Division 6 State Semifinals to Saginaw Nouvel.
2002

Stephenson Eagles

9-1

Finished undefeated in the regular season.  Lost in first round of Division 7 Playoffs to Norway.
2001 Stephenson Eagles 10-2 Lost in the Division 7 State Quarterfinals to Muskegon Catholic Central. Only loss in the UP was to Houghton.
2000 Iron Mountain Mountaineers 13-1 Won the Division 7 State Championship. Only loss was to arch-rival Kingsford.
1999 Iron Mountain Mountaineers 10-1 Lost in 2nd round of the playoffs. Beat every UP team they faced until Gwinn surprised them in the playoffs.
1998 Gwinn Modeltowners 10-1 Lost in 2nd round of the playoffs. Beat every UP team they faced.
1997 Stephenson Eagles 8-1 Did not make the playoffs. Beat every UP team they faced.
1996 Iron Mountain Mountaineers 12-1 Lost in Class CC State Finals to Detroit DePorres. Beat every UP team they faced.
1995 Negaunee Miners 10-1 Lost in 2nd round of the playoffs. Beat every UP team they faced.
1994 Iron Mountain Mountaineers 11-1 Lost in State Semifinals. Beat every UP team they faced.
1993 Iron Mountain Mountaineers 12-1 Class C State Champions. Only loss was to Class B State Champion Kingsford.
1992 Ontonagon Gladiators 9-1 Beat every UP team they faced until they met Iron Mountain in the first round of the playoffs.
1991 Negaunee Miners 12-1 Lost in Class CC State Finals to Battle Creek Pennfield. Beat every UP team they faced.

1990

Ontonagon Gladiators 11-1 Lost in State Semifinals to Muskegon Catholic Central. Beat every UP team they faced.
1989 Ontonagon Gladiators 12-1 Beat every UP team they faced.  Lost in the Class C State Championship to Schoolcraft.
1988 St. Ignace Saints 11-1 Finished the regular season undefeated.  Lost to Ravenna in the Class C State Semifinals.
1987 Ontonagon Gladiators 8-0 Finished the season undefeated but did not make the playoffs.
1986 L'Anse Purple Hornets 9-1 Finished the regular season undefeated, but lost to Traverse City St Francis in the first round of the Class C playoffs.
1985 St. Ignace Saints 11-2 Lost to Lansing Catholic Central in the Class C State Finals.  Beat every UP team they faced.  Only other loss was to Gaylord in the regular season.
1984 St. Ignace Saints 9-1 Finished the regular season undefeated but lost to Iron Mountain in the first round of the Class C playoffs.
1983 Hancock Bulldogs 8-0 Finished the season unbeaten.    Including handing  Class D Team of the year Forest Park their only regular season loss.
1982 Iron Mountain Mountaineers 8-1 Only loss was to Kingsford.  Did not make the playoffs.

1981

Iron Mountain Mountaineers 10-1 Finished the season unbeaten.  Lost in the Class C semifinals to North Muskegon by 2 points..

1980

Munising Mustangs 12-0 Finished unbeaten and won the Class C State Championship.  The season included a 1 point win over Class D State Champion Norway in the first game of the season.
1979 Ishpeming Hematites 11-1 Finished the season with one loss.  That was to West Iron County.  A loss they avenged in their first playoff game by beating the same West Iron County team on their way to the Class C State Championship.
1978 Ishpeming Hematites 9-2 Finished the season with 2 losses.  One loss was to Negaunee in the regular season and the other came in the Class C State Semifinals to Bad Axe.
1977 West Iron County Wykons 10-2 Finished the season with 2 losses.  One was to Iron Mountain in the regular season and the other came in the Class C State Championship to Orchard Lake St Mary.
1976 Norway Knights 9-0 Finished the season unbeaten, including a victory over Class D State Champion Forest Park.  Unfortunately did not make the playoffs.
1975 Norway Knights 9-0 Finished the season unbeaten, including a victory over Class D State Champion Forest Park.  Unfortunately did not make the playoffs.
1974 Newberry Indians 7-2 Finished the season with 2 losses.  One to Sault Ste Marie and the other to Negaunee.

1973

Negaunee Miners 8-1 Only loss was to Sault Ste Marie.

1972

St. Ignace Saints 8-1 Only loss was to a Steve Mariucci lead Iron Mountain team in the first game of the season.  Iron Mountain ended the season with 2 losses.

1971

Norway Knights 8-0 Finished the season unbeaten