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All-U.P. football notes

November 3, 2011 - Burt Angeli
Notes from the latest U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association high school football meeting in Escanaba:

— Twenty media members gathered at the House of Ludington to select high school football stars from the past year. If you check out the Saturday, Oct. 29 edition, the area made out quite well.

— Two radio stations from Escanaba (WUPF) and Marquette (WNGE) applied to join the UPSSA. A Manistique station (WPIQ) dropped out and Channel 10 failed to show.

— UPSSA’s basketball meeting may be held at Country Lanes in Ishpeming. Why not coffee served at these functions?

— U.P. Class C Team of the Year trophy, thought to be missing, turned up at the House of Ludington. Seems somebody forgot to take the hardware last year.

— Forest Park’s Zach Hautala, a U.P. “Dream Team” lineman, helps the Trojans in any way possible. He even cleans the locker room.

— There’s one All-U.P. football player not living in the U.P. Saint Ignace defensive end Joe Ostman, who compiled 93 tackles and 9 sacks this season, resides in Mackinaw City.

— Ostman is also a top-notch wrestler. Let me write this again, those players doing nothing this winter should hit the mat to improve their football performance.

— One coach, via his media rep, said his kid was the best blocker in the state. That coach must get around.

— In making presentations for Class ABC “Player of the Year,” Escanaba quarterback Austin Young was described as “dynamic” and Menominee’s Tanner Maccoux was called “powerful.” Young won the battle of superlatives and the award.

— Class ABC Coach of the Year came down to Iron Mountain grads Robin Marttila and Mike Berutti. Both men did superb work with their teams, with Marttila (IM) topping Berutti (WIC) by two votes.



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