All-Stars’ busy week: Annual Upper Peninsula football game has plenty of events leading up to Saturday

A pair of players on Upper Peninsula Football All-Star rosters are involved in this play as Gwinn’s Jalen Skinner, in black, tackles Mantistique’s Jake Arnold during a regular-season game on Sept. 9 at McCormick Field in Gwinn. Both are members of the Red team whose coaches include the Emeralds’ Todd Kangas. (Journal file photo)

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• What: U.P. Football All-Star Game

• When: 1 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Superior Dome, Marquette

• Who: 90 elite U.P. players, including 26 from area teams, and 16 U.P. coaches, with 6 from area schools

• Admission: $6 in advance, $7 at door. Order in advance at


MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Football All-Star Game has a full week of activities in store for players and coaches involved leading up to Saturday afternoon’s game at the Superior Dome.

It begins with today’s check-in for them at Meyland Hall on the campus of Northern Michigan University, with a food drive for the Beacon House pantry at the check-in location from 10 a.m. to noon.

Team and individual photos along with media day takes place Tuesday evening, while the Players Skill Challenge will be held at the dome on Wednesday afternoon with competition to include fastest man, strongest man and for receivers, quarterbacks, kickers and punters.

Players and coaches visit Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay on Thursday, a signature event of the week. They spend time with campers, showing them football drills, having dinner with Bay Cliff campers and staff and joining the camp for its traditional flag-lowering ceremony.

Friday evening is the All-Star Banquet with guest speaker this year Steve Mariucci, former NMU national champion QB and former NFL coach along with current NFL Network broadcaster.

The game itself will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Superior Dome in Marquette. Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door.

New this year was a draft of players that was held in March for the Red and Black teams.

The 26 area players happened to be split evenly among each team.

Red has Brock Aho of Negaunee, Jake Arnold of Manistique, Kody Beauchaine of Superior Central, Travis Christensen of Marquette, Sam Collins of Negaunee, Corey Cotey of Munising, Wyatt Goodwin of Marquette, Adam Hildebrant of Newberry, Eric Hurst of Negaunee, Jacob Paquet of Negaunee, John Paramski of Newberry, Jalen Skinner of Gwinn and AJ Triplett of Superior Central.

Black has Matthew Beck of Baraga, Chandler Brown of Negaunee, Tanner Dellangelo of Ishpeming, Carter Ghiringhelli of Gwinn, Austyn Hollingshed of Gwinn, Ryan Johnson of Gwinn, Isaac Olson of Ishpeming, Riley Pillion of Newberry, Michael Pizziola of Negaunee, Ashok Ravindran of Ishpeming, Shane Ring of Negaunee, Caleb Scroggs of L’Anse and Neal Violetta of Negaunee.

Paramski and Olson were automatically named to their teams before the draft because their fathers, the Red’s Pete Paramski and the Black’s Jeff Olson, are coaches in the game.

Other area coaches are Todd Kangas of Manistique and Sam Eggleston of Superior Central for Red and George Niemi of Ishpeming and Tom Tereshinski of Manistique for Black.

Among the radio stations broadcasting the game are WFXD 103.3 FM of Marquette, WRPP 92.7 FM of Escanaba, WIMK 93.1 FM of Iron Mountain and WNBY 1450 AM of Newberry. Several others will also stream online.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal. net.