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Michigan goes back to old all star game format; East vs. West

By: Tom Markowski, March 6, 2016, 9:50 pm

The Michigan High School Football Coaches Association announced this week that its All-Star Football Game will be played June 25 at Saginaw Valley State.

The game returns to its original format with the East All Stars playing against the West All Stars. The last two years the Michigan All Stars played against the Ohio All Stars in what was called the Border Classic. The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association backed out and decided not to participate this year.

Clawson coach Jim Sparks, the All Star Game committee chairman, said he and members of the MHSFCA put together a format that represents the entire state. Forty players have been selected for each team and each region in the state is represented. In the past a certain amount of players from each of the four classes, A, B, C and D, were selected.

Among the players named to the East squad include receiver Dontre Boyd of Division 2 champion Detroit King, defensive back Jared Stephens of Division 2 semifinalist Canton and receiver Drew Beesley of 2014 Division 2 champion Warren De La Salle. Three quarterbacks were selected and they are Kyle Thomas of Division 2 semifinalist Walled Lake Western, Denzel Adams of Division 2 semifinalist Livonia Franklin and Paul Hurley of Division 1 champion Romeo.

Just two quarterbacks have been named to the West squad at this time and they are Jake Smith of Division 6 champion Ithaca and Noah Sargent of Division 4 finalist Flint Powers. Also of note is lineman Caleb Wisniski of Onekama who signed with Ferris State. Wisniski is the first player from Onekama selected to the all-star game, and is representative of what Sparks and the MHSFCA hope to achieve in their new selection formula.

Other players named to the West squad of note are lineman Zach VanValkenburg of Division 4 champion Zeeland West and receiver Tony Palmer of 2014 Division 5 finalist Lansing Catholic Central.

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