A promising Classic: Upper Peninsula All-Star basketball games include 11 area high school players
U.P. All-Star Classic rosters
Mariah Austin, Ishpeming
Natalie Bartle, Negaunee
Madigan Johns, Ishpeming
Clara Johnson, Negaunee
Kianne Wendt, Munising
Milly Allen, Chassell
Sydney Danison, Chassell
Meg Hokenson, Chassell
Mackenzie Kalchik, Sault Ste. Marie
Taylor Opolka, Pickford
Kara Pietila, Houghton
Head coach — Brandi Hainault, Chassell
Tierra Taylor, Gwinn
Stasha Warchock, Marquette
Bethany Baldwin, Watersmeet
Brooke Dalgord, Big Bay de Noc
Keisha Davis, St. Ignace
Linnie Gustafson, St. Ignace
Taylor Hunter, Gladstone
Jordyn Kriegl, Kingsford
Megan Robinette, Bark River-Harris
JuliAnn Wickman, North Dickinson
Head coach — Dorene Ingalls, St. Ignace
Alec Blank, Munising
Cade Contreras, Munising
Joe Heinonen, Superior Central
Hart Holmgren, Ishpeming
Jaden Janke, Dollar Bay
Brandon Paul, Sault Ste. Marie
Devin Schmitz, Dollar Bay
Jacob Suzik, Wakefield
Jake Witt, Ewen-Trout Creek
Head coach — Jesse Kentala, Dollar Bay
Ryan Arndt, Bark River-Harris
Terry Brower, Mid Peninsula
Lucas Dombrowski, North Central
Logan Hardwick, Rapid River
Jacob Kleiman, Carney-Nadeau
Preston Lauscher, Carney-Nadeau
Steve Nelson, West Iron County
Connor Ortman, Norway
Ryan Robinette, Escanaba
Brad Spindler, Gladstone
Coaches — Richard Poma, Rapid River, and Chris Mattson, North Dickinson
MARQUETTE — The goal of the Upper Peninsula All-Star Classic basketball game is to raise funds for scholarships for Upper Peninsula high school athletes.
On Saturday, two of the most recent scholarship recipients will be on hand to personally say thank you when they participate in the 33rd annual Classic at Bothwell Middle School in Marquette.
Clara Johnson of Negaunee will play for the North girls in the opening game at noon, while Jake Witt of Ewen-Trout Creek will play for the North boys in their contest at 2 p.m. Both players have also received scholarships to play basketball at Michigan Tech University.
They are among 13 girls and nine boys taking part in the game who plan to play college sports this fall.
Also receiving UPSHF scholarships this year were Luke Rambo of Marquette and Laura Lyons of Lake Linden-Hubbell. Each of the four receive $500 a year for four years from the scholarship program that began in 1997.
The game will include 11 area players — all of whom must be seniors who have completed their high school eligibility — spread among three of the four teams.
Joining Johnson on the North girls team will be Miners teammate Natalie Bartle, Mariah Austin and Madigan Johns of Ishpeming and Kianne Wendt of Munising.
The South girls will include Tierra Taylor of Gwinn and Stasha Warchock of Marquette.
All four area boys will be on the North team — Alec Blank and Cade Contreras of Munising, Joe Heinonen of Superior Central and Hart Holmgren of Ishpeming.
The all-star day begins at 9 a.m. with a breakfast brunch at Bothwell for players, which is also open to the public.
At 11 a.m., athletes will compete in various skills contests — free throw and 3-point shooting for girls and 3-point shooting and slam dunk for boys.
Witt and Linnie Gustafson of St. Ignace will make their final prep appearances after being selected the first Mr. Basketball and Miss Basketball, respectively, by the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association this spring. Gustafson, who headlines the South girls team, will play basketball at Northwood University.
Milly Allen, who led Chassell to the Class D state championship game, joins Johnson on the North girls. Allen will play at Calvin College.
Other future college players on the North girls team are Johns, who will play at Northern Michigan University; Austin, who will play at Lakeland, Wisconsin, College; Bartle, who will play at Colorado Mesa College; Sydney Danison of Chassell and Mackenzie Kalchik of Sault Ste. Marie, who will play at Lake Superior State; and Taylor Opolka of Pickford, who will play at Davenport.
Four members of the South girls will play at Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba — Tierra Taylor, Taylor Hunter of Gladstone, Brooke Dalgord of Big Bay de Noc, and Keisha Davis of St. Ignace.
Witt will be joined by three college prospects on the North boys. Holmgren will play at NMU, Devin Schmitz of Dollar Bay at MTU and Brandon Paul of Sault Ste. Marie at Grand Valley State.
The South college prospects include Brad Spindler of Gladstone at Lake State, along with future Bay College cagers Logan Hardwick of Rapid River, Ryan Robinette of Escanaba and Ryan Arndt of Bark River-Harris. Also headed to college will be Terry Brower of Mid Peninsula, who will be on the Grand Valley State track team.
The two girls coaches have appeared at the Classic before. Dorene Ingalls of St. Ignace has directed the South girls several times while North coach Brandi (Brancheau) Hainault of Chassell represented Republic-Michi
The two boys head coaches will make their Classic debuts, Jesse Kentala of Dollar Bay for North and Richard Poma of Rapid River for South.