East takes All Star game
MARQUETTE – Players and coaches put the finishing touches on a full week of activities by taking the field at the Superior Dome in front of 2,000 fans for the annual U.P. All Star Game.
The atmosphere was electric and the fans were excited to see local U.P. players compete in one more high school football game. For the players not pursuing football in college, the game provided a last chance to put on the pads and have some fun.
For the players reporting to college football camp in the fall, they got a taste of playing in a large stadium, as well as a week of practice with the pads on, getting used to harder hits and more physical contact. Every player and coach was introduced at pre-game, and got to run through a giant inflatable tunnel onto the field in front of all the fans.
The winning traveling trophy was presented to the East team and coach Jeff Olson-Ishpeming. A miniature version of the trophy was also presented to Joe Noha- Menominee, who was the head coach for the victorious East team in 2012.
The traveling trophy may be passed between schools representing the East, then brought back to Marquette for next year’s game, where Coach Olson will receive his own miniature trophy for this year’s victory.
Individual player awards were decided on by the coaching staffs of each team after the game. The individual awards were as follows:
Offensive most valuable player, Rayshon Anderson-Sault Ste Marie
Defensive most valuable player, Curtis St. Louis-St. Ignace
Character award, Joe Iwanicki- Marquette
Offensive most valuable player, Kyle Tikkanen-Calumet
Defensive most valuable player, Dyllion Hanchek-North Central
Character award, Dominic Christian-North Dickinson
Totals are being finalized and the proceeds from the event will be donated to several U.P. charities and schools.