Rosters set for All-Star game
MARQUETTE — High school teammates will be squaring off against each other in the third annual Upper Peninsula Football All-Star Game.
Back and Red squad players were chosen in the draft, which was held last month at Buffalo Wild Wings in Marquette Township, by the 16 UP coaches who will work with the teams leading up to the 1 p.m. EDT game on June 29 at the Superior Dome in Marquette.
Team Red’s roster includes North Dickinson’s Matthew Bruette, North Central’s Brady Eichmeier and Dalton Hancheck, Iron Mountain’s Charlie Gerhard, Norway’s Mitchell LeGrave and Zach Powell, Kingsford’s Andrew Mann and Trevor Povolo and West Iron County’s Cayne Rowell and Bryant Schram.
Team Black players include Kingsford’s Tyler Beauchamp, Luke Terrian and Cole Galeazzi, Forest Park’s Hal Hoenig and Jacob Peterson, Iron Mountain’s Justin Hood, Norway’s Brandon Martens, West Iron County’s Caden Pellizzer and North Central’s Caleb Walters.
Eighty-eight UP high school seniors were available in the draft. All players in the game must be high school seniors at UP schools who have used up their MHSAA eligibility in football.
The Team Red team head coach is Manistique assistant coach Cody Kangas with a staff that includes Emeralds head man Todd Kangas, Negaunee head coach Paul Jacobson, West Iron County head coach Mike Berutti and North Dickinson head coach Mike Christian.
The Team Red staff is rounded out by Manistique assistant coach Tyler Kangas and Pickford assistant coach Garde Kangas.
Westwood’s Scott Syrjala is the Team Black head coach.
The all-star game, in its 12th year organized by Xcel Sports Training owner Todd Goldbeck, determined teams geographically in its first nine years, either north-south or east-west.
But when the draft was tried in 2017, organizers found the game more competitive.
Players and coaches take part in a week full of events leading up to the game, which includes a canned food drive, media day, skills challenge, visit to Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay and an All-Star banquet.
Tickets are available for $7 at the door or $6 in advance by visiting the U.P. Football All-Star Game website at upfootballallstargame.com.
DVDs and official game programs are also available at the website, as are photos that can be downloaded for free.
Proceeds from the game will be donated to Beacon House, the UP Sports Hall of Fame and to Brimley and North Dickinson schools.
Equipment, including practice jerseys and football, will be donated to Westwood, Manistique and Sault Ste. Marie high schools.
Full rosters are available at the all-star game website.