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Youth football champions crowned

The Norway Youth Junior team, sponsored by LaFaive Convenience Stores, included, from left, back, Rudy Stromquist, Carter Cazzola, head coach Kevin Smith, coach Larry LaPine, coach Eric Johnson, coach Tony Olsen, Maddex Burklund, Cameron Nevil, Brayden Bartels; middle, Keith Burcar, Clark Smith, Trent Martin, Nick Nevil, Noah Pearson, Chase Moraska, Calab Morgan, Ian Spencer, Evan Smith; front, Tyler Olsen, Cameron Varda, Kaleb LaPine, Owen Baij, Elliott Kraemer, Josh Schiltz and Kaden Preston.

POWERS –The Central UP Youth Football League ended its season with the annual Doug Showers Memorial Championship.

Four teams made it to the championship games, which were played at the North Central football field in Powers.

In the Youth Junior Division, 5th and 6th graders from Norway, sponsored by LaFaive Convenience Stores, defeated Florence County Abstract/G & G Forest Products for the championship.

In the Youth Senior Division for 7th and 8th graders, Iron Mountain, sponsored by Leeds Kim Harder Webb, defeated North Central Jayz Smokin Tan for the title.

“The league would like to thank all of our team sponsors for our championship teams, as well as all other teams, for their generous support of youth football,” a spokesman said.

The Iron Mountain Senior Division youth football team included, from left, kneeling, Aiden Ellis, Bradon Walstrom, Geno Schinderle, Bryce Davis, Mason Kivi, Ryan LaPoint and Matthew Colavecchi; first row, standing, Daniel Manier, Jacob Powell, Fulton Stroud, Evan Copley, Giovannie Saldana, Michael Dove, Michael VanPembrook, Trent Walstrom, Connor Owens; second row, Christian Hammond, assistant coach Dave Pietrantonio, Brett Visintainer, head coach Shane Visintainer, Abram Gingrass, Oskar Kangas, Ian Marttila, assistant coach Todd Gingrass, assistant coach Dan Davis. Not pictured is Cayden Willman.

Other sponsors included Bergman Insurance, Massie’s Country Market, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Ever After Decorating, Florence County Abstract, G & G Forest Products, Hall Orthodontics, CCI Systems, Pro-Tech, Tadych’s, Engman AFC, 4Ever Fitness, FNB & Trust, Quality Water Specialists, CR Meyer, and Vulcan-Norway-Loretto Lions Club.

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