Bethy Williams, Dan Young win U.P. Strongman

CRYSTAL FALLS — Several Marquette County men and women scored points to place at the 12th annual Upper Peninsula Strongman competition held at the Butler Potato Farm in Crystal Falls on Saturday.

The 25 competitors spread over five open and one woman’s division could score in five events — the overhead lift, farmer’s walk-carry, stone-rock lift, push-pull prowler and medley.

The event is a fundraiser for the Forest Park football program, according to organizer and former Trojans football coach Bill Santilli.

Bethy Williams led a contingent of five competitors from Marquette in the women’s open division, scoring 40 points to win that title. Dana Paran was runner-up with 32, Jarynn Stuart was fifth with 19 points, Tiffany Mason sixth with 14 and Schana Williams seventh with 11.

In the masters division, Dan Young of Marquette won with five points.

In the middleweight division, Zack Kangas of Marquette was second with 19 points to Bark River winner Noel Bruce with 25.

For the lightweight division, Rob Semke of Ishpeming was third with nine points and Tristan Leaf of Marquette fourth with seven as Kevin Anderson of Niagara, Wisconsin, won with 20.