Stars show skills

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 to be played at the Superior Dome in Marquette.

Six different challenges were also held at 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, Kyle Root of Sault Ste. Marie bench pressing 225 pounds with 19 repetitions; Quarterback Challenge, Aidan Wienke of Kingsford throwing 59 yards; Punting, Taylor Smith of Gogebic-Bessemer kicking 69 yards; and Field Goal Kicking, Alex Sherbinow of Marquette making a 55-yarder.

Sherbinow is the same backup kicker who banged through a 45-yard field goal at home against Escanaba last September.

In addition, 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.

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 5 p.m. (Central) Friday at the University Center on campus at Northern Michigan University. The All-Star Game starts at 2 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).