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MARQUETTE, MI – The U.P. Football All-Star Game has finalized the schedule and players for this year’s event. 2018 marks the 11th anniversary of the U.P. summer football classic. This year, the players selected as all-stars were again drafted by the coaches, just like NFL fantasy football leagues and are either on the Red Team or the Black Team. What started as novelty for the 10th anniversary last year, the draft was very well-received and the coaches wished to have the draft this year as well.
The draft took place on Saturday, March 18. The coaches from both teams were in attendance and did extensive research of all players, so they could put together the best team possible that fits their offensive and defensive schemes. Having the players “mixed” by the draft means not only will players be competing against traditional rivals from other schools, they might also be competing against players from their own school.
The game will be played in Marquette at the Superior Dome, on Saturday, June 30. Game time is set for 1 PM, with the doors opening at noon. Many activities are planned throughout the week for the players and coaches.
Monday, June 25, the players and coaches check in at Meyland/Magers Hall on NMU campus, and there will be a food drive for the Beacon House food pantry at the check-in location from 10 AM-Noon.
Tuesday evening, June 26, will be the team and individual pictures, as well as media day. Players and coaches will be available for interviews from any media that are present.
Wednesday afternoon, June 27, will be the Players Skills Challenge. The players will compete for the titles of Fastest Man, Strongest Man, Receiver, Quarterback Challenge, Kicking and Punting Challenges.
Thursday, June 28, the players and coaches will be visiting Bay Cliff Health Camp, which has become one of the signature events of All-Star Week. Bay Cliff is a summer camp for children with physical disabilities and the all-star players will spend time with the campers, showing them football drills, and finishing the day by having dinner with the Bay Cliff campers and staff. After dinner, the players join the campers in their traditional flag lowering ceremony at the central square, which ends each day at Bay Cliff and is very special to be a part of.
Friday evening, June 29, is the All-Star Banquet, with the guest speaker to be announced in the next few days. The banquet provides family and friends a chance to connect with the All-Star players after a long week of practice and activities. It is formal for the players, and they must take turns standing in front of everyone, introducing their roommate for the week, and telling everyone some things about their roommate. Players also get recognized for their accomplishments during the Skills Challenge and receive their All-Star Rings.
The U.P. Football All-Star Game will also be donating proceeds to the following U.P. charities: Beacon House, The U.P. Sports Hall of Fame, as well as Westwood and Menominee High Schools. A lottery drawing was performed to select the two schools, and donations will be made directly to the football program of those schools chosen. Each year, new schools will be chosen until all U.P. schools have received benefits from the game. Several other schools (Bark River-Harris, Gogebic, Ontonagon and West Iron County) will also receive donations in the form of All-Star Game equipment, including the practice jerseys and footballs.
BLACK TEAM ALL-STAR PLAYERS RED TEAM ALL-STAR PLAYERS
First Last School First Last School
Ryan Arndt Bark River-Harris Zack Albright Marquette
Jesus Becerra Stephenson Aaron Barnes Hancock (Chassell)
Tyler Blakely Newberry Scout Bigger Engadine
Joshua Boulden Norway Alec Blank Munising
Ethan Burke Westwood Joseph Boik Pickford
David Carlson Newberry Connor Bortolini Forest Park
Logan Carroll Escanaba Jayce Brockhagen West Iron County
Alex Chouinard Gladstone Scott Cooper Houghton
Donald Denofre Ishpeming Aaron Corkin Ishpeming
Garrett Dodds Pickford David Delayre Westwood
James Domitrovich Ontonagon Jared Demeuse Gladstone
Tabin Filizetti Westwood Jeff Doboy Stephenson
Wyatt Filkins Marquette Liam Gayan Kingsford
Aaron Hainault Lake Linden Josh Grassel Escanaba
Mike Hall Bark River-Harris Mason Gustafson St. Ignace
Hayden Haslow Escanaba Logan Hardwick Rapid River
Grant Hokenson Hancock (Chassell) Gavin Harris Rapid River
Bryce Hornick Stephenson Brandon Henschel West Iron County
Spencer Husbye Gladstone Ethan Homola Westwood
Kooper Jahfetson L’Anse Darin Johnson Gladstone
Jason Janquart Menominee Chase Kreski Kingsford
Kaleb Johanson Brimley Jarrett LaCasse Rapid River
Damarius Johnson Rudyard John LaMothe Pickford
Daniel Johnson Gwinn Ramsey Luft Superior Central
Wade Krysiak Superior Central Foster Miller L’Anse
Jonah Logan Forest Park Connor Ortman Norway
Jared Miller North Dickinson Austin Persson West Iron County
Mike Miller North Dickinson Eddie Plumley Kingsford
Trey Norris Cedarville Jeff Rahilly Newberry
Dante Pedrotti Norway Joseph Rietveld Kingsford
Sawyer Perpich Kingsford Hunter Riley North Central
Josh Plante Norway Jacob Rivard Menominee
Robert Ponchaud Forest Park Zach Robarge Forest Park
Jake Rajala Houghton Peter Ropiak Forest Park
Bailey Ribich Gogebic (WM) Johnny Schlenvogt Escanaba
Francis Scheid Sault Ste Marie Jeff Stenson Gladstone
Kyle Seeley Manistique Lucas Sundling Rapid River
George Sevarns Newberry Neil Tomasoski West Iron County
Preston Strong Kingsford Jacob Tucker Iron Mountain
Jon Sturm Kingsford Cooper Twardzik Calumet
Brayden Tomes Gogebic (Bessemer) Nick Voelker Calumet
Dominic Wagner Lake Linden Robby Williams Negaunee
Micah Wilson Norway Scout Wunder Escanaba
Jake Witt Ontonagon (ETC)
BLACK TEAM ALL-STAR COACHES RED TEAM ALL-STAR COACHES Mike Berutti West Iron County
Al Stenberg Bark River-Harris Kevin Leonoff West Iron County
Bob Maycroft Bark River-Harris Chris Thomson West Iron County
Kevin Mileski Bark River-Harris Chris Soha West Iron County
Scott Syrjala Westwood Rae Drake Jr. Bay College
Brad Wiljanen Westwood Neil Clapp Escanaba
Luke Gray Westwood Jeff Olson Ishpeming
Mitchell Messing Westwood Kevin Grundy Wausau East