Ishpeming Leads U.P. Football All-Star Game Pariticipants with Seven Players

The Ishpeming Hematites defeat the Gwinn ModelTowners 46-20 on Real Classic Rock 98.3 WRUP and

ISHPEMING, MI –Winning two consecutive championships usually means you have some talent on your roster.  With two more participants than any other school in the game, the Ishpeming Hematites will be well represented in the U.P. High School Football All-Star Game on June 28th.

  • Alex Briones – The Central Michigan University bound Briones is quite possibly the best Quarterback to come out of Ishpeming in the past 20 years.  Alex was the main assaulter on offense and also the main stopper on defense, lining up at Middle Linebacker.  A two-time state champion, Alex will most likely get the nod to start for the East in this one.
  • Tyrus Millimaki – Briones’ favorite target throughout the season, Millimaki was one of the better receivers in the U.P.  On Defense he did just the opposite, shutting down opposing wide receivers and making some great tackles in the open field too.
  • Adam Prisk – Along with Briones, Prisk was a load to deal with offensively.  A player who could just lower his head and bully his way forward, making it hard for defenders to get to him and stop him for less than a decent gain.  Prisk was a player who would wear down a defense to the point that they’d concentrate on stopping him, and when that happened, Ishpeming would go over the top with a pass.  Prisk was a HUGE factor in the state championship and the entire season’s run.
  • Jake Quayle – Quayle was one of two guards that lined up for the Hematites that will be represented on June 28th.  At 5’11” 200-pounds, he’s never going to be the biggest or strongest lineman on the field, but he (like many of Coach Olsen’s lineman) makes up for it with incredible technique and intelligence.
  • David Simula – Much like his fellow Offensive Guard, Simula isn’t the biggest guy on the field more often than not.  In fact, he’s the second smallest on the line, based on weight (175lbs).  Also much like his fellow guard, he has the technique and intelligence to make up for it.
  • Bobby Zhulkie – The third head of the three-headed monster that was Ishpeming’s backfield, Zhulkie made his mark just about every game.  While Prisk was ramming it into the heart of the defense, Zhulkie was their outside attack.  That’s not to say that Zhulkie couldn’t be the head down runner that Prisk was, because that wouldn’t be true.  The trio of Briones, Zhulkie, & Prisk made Ishpeming one of the hardest teams to defend in the state.
  • Mitch Laurin – Laurin was another favorite target of quarterback Alex Briones, but his most important job came on the defensive side of the ball.  He and teammate Adam Prisk were the featured defensive ends on a defense that allowed just 92 points in 2013.


Be sure to get your tickets on Xcel Sports Training’s website!

As per usual, the Hematites will be playing for the East team.  The MPC is mostly represented in the East, with only two teams playing for the West (Iron Mountain & Norway).  Coaching for the East will be Marty Spencer & Chris Marshall of St. Ignace, Joe Austin of Engadine, Fred Bryant of Newberry, and Pat Maloney of Sault Ste. Marie.

Be sure to get on down to the Superior Dome Saturday, June 28th for the U.P. Football All-Star GameThe game is scheduled to begin at 3pm and tickets are available on Xcel Sports Training’s Website!

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