Area well represented in all-star football game
MARQUETTE— The U.P. Football All-Star Game has finalized the schedule and players for this year’s event and five Iron County players and one coach have been invited.
West Iron County’s invitees include Caden Pellizzer, Cayne Rowell and Bryant Schram. WIC head coach Mike Berutti will be an assistant coach for the “Red” team.
Forest Park’s invitees are Hal Hoenig and Jacob Peterson.
This year marks the 12th year of the U.P. summer football classic. For the past two years, the coaches have conducted a “fantasy draft” of the invited players instead of a geographical split of North vs South or East vs West, and that continued this year. Coaches picked which players they wanted on their respective teams, regardless of which schools the players or coaches are from.
At the draft on March 16, Schram and Rowell were drafted by the “Red” team, while Pellizzer, Hoenig and Peterson were drafted by the “Black” team.
The game will be played in Marquette at the Superior Dome, on Saturday, June 29. Game time is set for 1 p.m. (Eastern) with the doors opening at noon. Many activities are planned throughout the week for the players and coaches, including a media day, a players’ skills challenge, a visit to the Bay Cliff Health Camp - a summer camp for children with physical disabilities - and the All-Star Banquet.
The U.P. Football All-Star Game will also donate proceeds to the following U.P. charities: Beacon House, the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame, as well as Brimley and North Dickinson schools. A lottery drawing was performed to select the two schools, and donations will be made directly to the football program of those schools chosen. Each year, new schools will be chosen until all U.P. schools have received a monetary benefit from the game.
Several other schools (Manistique, Westwood and Sault Ste. Marie) will also receive donations in the form of all-star game equipment, which includes the practice jerseys and footballs.