Senior sports showcases will feature only the best

We hope tons of people show up to some upcoming senior sports showcases on the court and field in the coming weeks.

Some of these young women and men are going to play their sport in college in the coming years but for some, it may be the final hurrah.

All deserve support from sports fans.

This Saturday, some of the Upper Peninsula’s finest high school basketball players from the past season will be in Newberry for the 34th annual Upper Peninsula All-Star Classic. It is the first time the game will be held in Newberry.

Other games have been held at Marquette Senior High School and Northern MIchigan University in Marquette and at the high schools in Negaunee, Gwinn, Manistique, Iron Mountain, Crystal Falls, Gladstone, Escanaba, Cedarville and St. Ignace.

Attending the game supports a great cause as it is staged by the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame, with proceeds going to the UPSHF scholarship fund, which gives four U.P. athletes $500 a year over a four-year college career.

Then on June 20, the U.P. Softball All-Star game will take place at Negaunee’s LaCombe Field at a time that will soon be annnounced. These young women have dazzling skill and that will be showcased when the games are underway at this field in the heart of Irontown.

And certainly another great event for fans will be the U.P. Football All-Star Game which is a chance to enjoy a competitive game between the U.P.’s best graduating seniors. That game takes place at 1 p.m. June 29 at the Superior Dome in Marquette.

This is another game that includes a charitable aspect. Football All-Star Game proceeds will be donated to the following U.P. organizations, according to its website: The Beacon House Food Pantry will receive all food collected during the food drive, the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame scholarship program, school lottery (U.P. high school football programs will be randomly drawn to receive donations from the game (Menominee and Westwood), practice jerseys given to two U.P. football teams (Gogebic and Ontonagon), new footballs split between the two head coaches, Bark River-Harris and West Iron County (12 footballs each).

Again, we hope many folks go to these games to support these hard-working young athletes.