MARQUETTE - The all-stars were more than that Wednesday - they were record smashers.
Four records were broken during the Skills Challenge in the lead up to Saturday's Upper Peninsula All-Star Football Game to be played at the Superior Dome in Marquette.
Six different challenges were also held inside the dome, with three of them split between linemen and non-linemen for a total of nine events.
Records were broken for Strongest Man among non-linemen with Kyle Root of Sault Ste. Marie bench pressing 225 pounds with 19 repetitions. In the Quarterback Challenge, Aidan Weinke of Kingsford threw for 59 yards. Taylor Smith of Gogebic-Bessemer kicked for 69 yards in punting and Alex Sherbinow of Marquette made a 55-yard field goal.
Sherbinow is the same backup kicker who banged through a 45-yard field goal at home against Escanaba last September.
In the Fastest Man among linemen, Chris Briar of Menominee clocked the third-fastest time ever of 4.84 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
U.P. Football All-Star Week schedule:
Today: All-Star players and coaches will visit Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay to interact with campers and show them football drills. Dinner with Bay Cliff campers and staff will follow.
Friday: All-Star Banquet at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. social hour) in the University Center at Northern Michigan University. Jeff Olson, head coach of the 2012 Ishpeming High School MHSAA Division 7 state championship team, will be the guest speaker. Tickets cost $20 and must be purchased in advance by going to www.xcel.net.
Saturday: Youth football games will be staged at 8:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and noon at the Dome. Admission is free. The U.P. All-Star game begins at 3 p.m.
The challenge was touted as a fun way to give players a break from two-a-day practices they've had leading up to this weekend's game.
Players and coaches travel to Big Bay to visit the Bay Cliff Health Camp this afternoon, while the All-Star banquet is set for 6 p.m. on Friday at the University Center on campus at Northern Michigan University. The All-Star Game starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at the dome.
Here are the winners of Wednesday's other Skills Challenges: Fastest Man (non-linemen), Reed Larson, Kingsford, 4.62 seconds in the 40; Strongest Man (linemen), Tyler Fountain of Sault Ste. Marie, bench press 225 pounds with 15 repetitions; Receiver Challenge, Kenny Pekarek of North Dickinson (non-linemen) and Brian Heckathorn, Ironwood (linemen).