MARQUETTE - Several area players won contests during Wednesday's Skills Challenge held as part of the weeklong lead-up to this afternoon's Upper Peninsula All-Star football game at the Superior Dome in Marquette.
Garrett Pentecost of Marquette Senior High School and Jacob Finegan of Ishpeming won the two Fastest Man contests for non-linemen and linemen, respectively.
Electronically timed, Pentecost covered a 40-yard dash in 4.490 seconds, the second fastest ever recorded in this event, while Finegan came in at 5.123 seconds.
Jacob Wells of Gwinn won the Strongest Man for non-linemen, bench pressing 225 pounds for 16 repetitions, another second-best ever count for non-linemen.
The Redmen swept the kicking contests as Kasaim Koonala made a punt of 53 yards and Mitch Crothers a field goal of 30 yards.
The challenges were a break from two-a-day practices and included the other all-star players who watched and cheered the participants before all the players had a shorter, less-intense evening practice that focused on special teams and other often neglected parts of the game.
If you go:
What: U.P. All-Star Football Game
When: 3 p.m. today
Where: Superior Dome
Here are the other Skills Challenge winners:
Strongest Man, linemen - Joe Varney, West Iron County, 225-pound bench press for 20 repetitions (third highest all-time)
Quarterback Challenge - Tanner Maccoux, Menominee, 57-yard throw (tied for best all-time)
Receiver Challenge - Jeff Gregory, Kingsford
Receiver Challenge, linemen - Dan Lipponen, Sault Ste. Marie
Visit to Bay Cliff
All-star players and coaches visited the Bay Cliff Health Camp. a summer camp for children ages 3 to 17 with disabilities, in Big Bay on Thursday.
Several all-stars gave campers the jerseys off their backs, while other campers collected autographs of as many players as they could.
The all-stars also had dinner with the campers.
Friday included the annual All-Star Banquet with guest speaker former NFL player Eric Beverly.