2014-06-26 / Sports

North Sweeps 29th Annual Boys, Girls U.P. All-Star Games; 7 Boys Score Double Figures

By David Latva


Area boys who played in the all-star game: (from left) Elijah May of Maplewood Baptist Academy, Shane Beaune of Brimley, and Dann Stenback of Cedarville. Area boys who played in the all-star game: (from left) Elijah May of Maplewood Baptist Academy, Shane Beaune of Brimley, and Dann Stenback of Cedarville. The North boys and girls posted victories in the 29th annual Upper Peninsula All-Star Basketball classic at LaSalle High School Saturday, June 21.

This was the third consecutive year that St. Ignace hosted the event for players and coaches from throughout the Upper Peninsula.

Seven Players Score in Double Figures in Boys Victory

Seven players on the North team scored in double figures. Most valuable player Tyler Jandron of Negaunee had 18 points, six assists, and four rebounds to lead the North to an impressive 113-67 win over the South. Coach Doug Ingalls of the St. Ignace Saints coached the North team.

Jimmy Vecker of L’Anse added 14 points and seven rebounds, Eric Lori of Negaunee and Adam Mackey of Ironwood chipped in 13, Ben Zielinski of Bessemer tallied 12 points and five rebounds, Shane Beaune of Brimley notched 11, Larry Burnette, III of Marquette recorded 10, Trent Keteri of Houghton scored nine, Paul Torola of Calumet recorded six points and seven rebounds, Alex Almquist of Hancock registered five, and Andy Nyquist rounded out the scoring with two points and five assists.


Area girls who played in the all-star game: (from left) Emily Hinsman and Kelley Wright of St. Ignace, Alexis Barr of Cedarville, and Kassie Metcalf of Engadine. Area girls who played in the all-star game: (from left) Emily Hinsman and Kelley Wright of St. Ignace, Alexis Barr of Cedarville, and Kassie Metcalf of Engadine. Dann Stenback of Cedarville scored 12 to lead the South, Keenan Kempinen of Carney-Nadeau added 11, Justin Nyquist of Gwinn chipped in nine points and nine rebounds, Trevor Ekberg of North Central notched eight, Cole Potvin of Carney-Nadeau and Travis Vincent of North Central tallied seven, Brandon Robinette of Escanaba registered six points and six rebounds, Dionte Blahnik of Carney- Nadeau recorded four, and Jared Hunter of Gladstone scored three points and six rebounds. Elijah May of Maplewood Baptist was the first player from the Northern Lights League to play in the all-star game.


The Upper Peninsula all-star weekend is a family affair. North Central Coach Adam Mercier, wife, Melissa, and sons Bryson and Brady, enjoy the Mackinac Island boat cruise aboard the Star Line Radisson captained by Larry Spencer Friday, June 20. The Upper Peninsula all-star weekend is a family affair. North Central Coach Adam Mercier, wife, Melissa, and sons Bryson and Brady, enjoy the Mackinac Island boat cruise aboard the Star Line Radisson captained by Larry Spencer Friday, June 20. North Girls Record Come-From -Behind Win Over South

Elissa Jurmu, most valuable player from Houghton, scored a game high 31 points to lead the North team to a 75-52 come-frombehind win over the South squad.

The South led 39-29 at halftime before the North held a 46-33 advantage in the second half to record the win.

For the North, Kelsie Richards of Houghton added nine points, four rebounds, and four assists, Julia Daavettila of Dollar Bay chipped in nine points and 13 rebounds, Maddy Swanson of L’Anse notched eight points, Lizzy Dauphinais- VanBuren of Westwood tallied six, Alexis Barr of Cedarville registered four, and Brooke Turin of Ontonagon scored two. Kassie Metcalf of Engadine rounded out the team.


The North’s most valuable player, Elisa Jurmu of Houghton, during an interview following the girls game. The North’s most valuable player, Elisa Jurmu of Houghton, during an interview following the girls game. Vanessa Freburg of Superior Central led the South with 24 points and seven rebounds, Kendra Campbell of Crystal Falls-Forest Park added 18 points and eight rebounds, Kelley Wright of St. Ignace chipped in 12 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists, Tiffany Wandgerin of Stephenson tallied seven, Teslyn Tyner of Superior Central registered five, and Brooke Pasanen of Superior Central, Maddy Anderla of Menominee, and Emily Hinsman of St. Ignace recorded two.


The North’a most valuable player, Tyler Jandron of Negaunee. The North’a most valuable player, Tyler Jandron of Negaunee. Successful All-Star Weekend For Players, Coaches, Guests

The players, coaches, and parents arrived in St. Ignace Friday, June 20, for practice. Later that evening, 185 passengers enjoyed a Mackinac Island boat cruise on a Star Line ferry, sponsored by St. Ignace Upper Peninsula Credit Union, Mackinac Grille, and First National Bank of St. Ignace.

On Saturday, June 21, the players received certificates for participating in the all-star game after breakfast at the Mackinac Grille.

Making the longest trip to St. Ignace were players and parents from Bessemer and Ironwood, who traveled as much as 310 miles.



Alexis Barr of Cedarville battles for the basketball with Tiffany Wangerin of Stephenson. Alexis Barr of Cedarville battles for the basketball with Tiffany Wangerin of Stephenson.

Dorene Ingalls, the St. Ignace girls head coach, was the guest speaker before the games. Dorene Ingalls, the St. Ignace girls head coach, was the guest speaker before the games.

Members of the first all-star game in 1986 were Doug Ingalls of Gladstone, Amy Hastings Potvin of Manistique, and Coach Jack Ingalls of Gladstone. Members of the first all-star game in 1986 were Doug Ingalls of Gladstone, Amy Hastings Potvin of Manistique, and Coach Jack Ingalls of Gladstone.

Boat cruise passengers (front, from left) Karen Wright, Kelley Wright, Alexis Barr; (back) Jade Edelman, Kim Latva, and Jackson Ingalls enjoy a stop at the Lilac Tree Hotel mall on Mackinac Island. Boat cruise passengers (front, from left) Karen Wright, Kelley Wright, Alexis Barr; (back) Jade Edelman, Kim Latva, and Jackson Ingalls enjoy a stop at the Lilac Tree Hotel mall on Mackinac Island.

Emily Hinsman of St. Ignace drives to the basket during the first half. Emily Hinsman of St. Ignace drives to the basket during the first half.

The view from below the Mackinac Bridge of the north tower during the boat cruise. The view from below the Mackinac Bridge of the north tower during the boat cruise.

Kelley Wright of St. Ignace attempts this short jump shot during the first half. Kelley Wright of St. Ignace attempts this short jump shot during the first half.

Upcoming St. Ignace Saints players who helped at the all-star game: (from left) Jade Edelman, Morgan St. Andrew, Allison Gustafson, Sarah Smith, and Lydia Brown. Upcoming St. Ignace Saints players who helped at the all-star game: (from left) Jade Edelman, Morgan St. Andrew, Allison Gustafson, Sarah Smith, and Lydia Brown.

Shane Beaune of Brimley finished second during the slamdunk contest. Shane Beaune of Brimley finished second during the slamdunk contest.

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