Teams set for U.P. All-Star Football Classic

MARQUETTE — Twenty-one area athletes were selected for the Upper Peninsula All-Star Football Classic by coaches of the Red and Black Teams during their draft Saturday night.

The 11th annual game is scheduled for June 30 at 1 p.m. at Northern Michigan University’s Superior Dome.

Thirteen area gridders will play for the Red Team. They include Escanaba’s Josh Grassel, Cody Vandermissen, John Schlenvogt and Scout Wunder; Gladstone’s Jared Demeuse, Darin Johnson and Jeff Stenson; Rapid River’s Logan Hardwick, Gavin Harris, Jarrett LaCasse and Lucas Sundling; Superior Central’s Ramsey Luft and North Central’s Hunter Riley.

The Black Team has eight area players. They are Bark River-Harris’s Ryan Arndt and Mike Hall; Esky’s Logan Carroll and Hayden Haslow; Gladstone’s Alex Chouinard and Spencer Husbye; Manistique’s Kyle Seeley and Superior Central’s Wade Krysiak.

BR-H’s Al Stenberg, Bob Maycraft and Kevin Mileski are on the Black Team’s coaching staff.

Esky’s Neil Clapp and Bay College women’s basketball coach Rae Drake, Jr. will share in some of the Red Team’s coaching duties.

Many activities are planned for the players and coaches during All-Star Week.

Players and coaches are to check in June 25 at Meyland and Majors Hall on the NMU campus. A food drive for the Beacon House will be conducted at the check-in location.

Media Day is June 26 on which team and individual photos will be taken. Players and coaches will be available for interviews from any media member present.

The Players’ Skills Challenge takes place June 27 when they’ll compete for the fastest man, strongest man, receiver, quarterback challenge and kicking and punting challenge titles.

On June 28, the players and coaches will visit Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay which has become one of the signature events of All-Star Week. The players will spend time with the campers, showing them football drills and finish the day by having dinner with the Bay Cliff campers and staff. After dinner, they’ll join the campers in their traditional flag lowering ceremony.

The All-Star Banquet is June 29. The players, dressed in formal attire, will stand up in front of everyone and introduce their rommate and they’ll share things about each other. Players will also get recognized for their accomplishments during the Skills Challenge and receive their All-Star rings.

Beside donating proceeds to the Beacon House, the U.P. All-Star Game will make donatiions to the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame and the Westwood and Menominee schools.

The designated schools, selected through a lottery drawing, will receive donations in the form of All-Star Game equipment such as practice jerseys and footballs.

Complete rosters for the game are listed on page 2B.