• American Legion BB 6/21: Escanaba 9, Plover 7
  • American Legion BB 6/21: Gladstone 8, Niagara 0
  • American Legion BB 6/21: Marquette 12, Saginaw 3
  • American Legion BB 6/21: Norway 7, Copper Country 4
  • American Legion BB 6/21: Norway 13, Eastern U.P. 2
5971 articles
Tuesday June 25, 2024
RESURRECTED! U.P. All-Star Football Game Saved

Click the thumbnails to hear comments from Escanaba's Ben Johnson and Gladstone's Kaden Gibbs.

MARQUETTE---
The Upper Peninsula High School football All-Star game is back.

 

After Todd Goldbeck at Xcel Pysical Therapy announced last week that the 2023 game would be the last, the announcement came overnight Monday-Tuesday that the game has been resurrected.

 

It will be taken over by AdvantEdge, the Marquette-based sports training facility and its owner, local boy Dustin Brancheau, who is best known for being the trainer of NFL rookie lineman Jake Witt of NMU and Ewen-Trout Creek.

 

Word of the game's return spread quickly among U.P. High school football players on social media. The game is one that high school seniors look forward to, regardless of how their team does overall in the season.

 

“I'm extremely thankful and excited that they've decided to bring the U.P. All-Star Football Game back,” Escanaba senior running back Ben Johnson told RRN Sports shortly after the late-night announcment. “It was a little bit of a bummer knowing that last year was supposed to be the last year for it, because it's been a real oong tradition. It seems like an amazing experience. I'm thankful that AdvantEdge has decided to take it over. It's just great news for U.P. Football.”

 

Gladstone senior wide receiver Kaden Gibbs echoed Johnson's thoughts.

 

“I'm beyond grateful to hear the news,” Gibbs told RRN Sports. “I know I'm excited, and I know that plenty of athletes around the UP are excited to hear the news that 'Edge is gonna keep the UP All-Star going, and local coaches, which I think is an amazing thing, so athletes in the UP can show their talents against the best of the best. Maybe even some college coaches can be there. I think it's a great opportunity, and I just want to say thank you to 'Edge'.”
 

North Central senior kicker Adrian Mercier was also happy.

"I feel like it’s good to know that I got something to work toward," he said. "It’s gonna be awesome if I can get a chance to play at the All-Star game."

 

Brancheau, a Republic-Michigamme graduate, said in a statement that he just couldn't let this game die, after Goldbeck said he couldn't continue for family reasons.

 

"The game falls in line with one of my major 'whys' at AdvantEdge: making sure UP athletes have opportunities to showcase what they can do,” he wrote.”Losing this game would mean missing out on that opportunity. It won’t be easy, it will be a team effort and we will lean heavily on the people and coaches that have been apart of this game from the start”

 

The man who started the game 16 years ago, Goldbeck, said in an E-Mail to the media late Monday night that he will help Brancheau with whatever he needs.

 

“I am confident that Dustin will do a great job with the event moving forward,” he wrote. “Please give him the same level of support that you gave me over the past 16 years. He will no doubt put his own signature on the game, so please be patient with him as he finds his way through the process.”

 

Brancheau says more details on next June's game will be coming in the months ahead.






NAILBITER LOSS: Maroons Football Battles Hard
Monday November 27, 2023
All-U.P. Eight-Player Football Winners Announced
Wednesday November 15, 2023
END OF THE LINE: Gladstone Football Falls, 51-27
Saturday November 11, 2023
Rouse, Kingsford Flivvers Sweep Football Awards
Thursday November 9, 2023
UPPER PENINSULA HS FOOTBALL SCORES/SCHEDULES
Wednesday November 8, 2023
'FINALLY OUR TURN': Braves Take Down Miners
Saturday November 4, 2023
STILL GOING STRONG: NCA Begins Title Defense
Saturday October 28, 2023
SURVIVE & ADVANCE: Gladstone Tops Ramblers
Saturday October 28, 2023
DISTRICT CHAMPIONS! Marquette Soccer On Top
Sunday October 22, 2023
STRONG FINISH: Braves Rout Esky; Playoffs Next
Saturday October 21, 2023
GUT CHECK: Gladstone Overcomes Calumet, 28-21
Saturday October 14, 2023
FINALLY! Norway Knights Outlast NCA Jets, 32-26
Friday October 13, 2023
RUNNING WILD: Broncos Smack West Iron, 49-8
Sunday October 8, 2023
Northern Football Drops Sixth Straight Game 28-12
Sunday October 8, 2023
WAKE-UP CALL: Braves Cruise Past Gremlins 31-8
Saturday October 7, 2023
Maroons Shake Off Slow Start To Roll Braves, 44-26
Saturday September 30, 2023
Esky Juniors, Seniors Battle In Homecoming Event
Friday September 29, 2023
COSTLY WIN: Braves Top Patriots But Solis Injured
Saturday September 23, 2023
Gladstone Braves Bounce Back; Top Hancock 45-16
Saturday September 16, 2023
GREAT KNIGHT: Norway Rolls To 3rd Straight Win
Friday September 15, 2023
ELI RUNS WILD: Rouse Leads Flivvers Past Braves
Saturday September 9, 2023
UP Players Having Impact With St. Norbert Football
Sunday September 3, 2023
'THIS IS SPECIAL' Braves Push Past Miners, 42-14
Friday September 1, 2023
#IGOTYOU: Fundraiser Launched In DeMay Honor
Sunday August 27, 2023
DOMINATING OPENER: Braves Smack Marquette
Saturday August 26, 2023
ROUGH KNIGHT: Lake Linden Lakes Beat Norway
Friday August 25, 2023
ON THE PROWL: Young Cougars Ready To Rumble
Sunday August 20, 2023
Eskymos, Broncos Hook Up In Football Scrimmage
Friday August 18, 2023
Mid Pen Wolverines Look For Improved Year Two
Friday August 18, 2023
NCA Jets Look To Extend Championship Tradition
Wednesday August 16, 2023
LEGIT CHANCE: Norway Confident For '23 Season
Tuesday August 15, 2023
Gladstone Braves Football Looks To Take Next Step
Sunday August 13, 2023
Escanaba Football Hoping For Better '23 Campaign
Wednesday August 9, 2023
All-Star Game Founder Explains Decision To End It
Tuesday August 8, 2023
MHSAA Outlines Rules Changes As Practice Begins
Monday August 7, 2023