U.P. Football All-Star Game

History of the Game


Score: North-25, South-6

Director: O.J. "Moose" LaCombe

North Coaches:
Arthur Kreuger (Marquette University, WI)
Francis Mierzwa (Milwaukee Bay View HS, WI)
North Players:
Aarno Aartila (Marquette-Back)
Anthony Autore (Soo-Tackle)
Francis Bedell (L'Anse-Tackle)
Roger Benzie (Marquette-Guard)
Carl Campbell (Soo-Guard)
William Carlton (Calumet-Center)
Roland Cooper (Soo-Back)
Max Crawford (Soo-Back)
William Dynes (Soo-Center)
James Engelhard (Ishpeming-End)
Frank Furlong (Newberry-Back)
Edward Gaffney (Houghton-Back)
Norman Hocking (Negaunee-End)
Rolland Johnson (Negaunee-Guard)
Charles W. Mazzali (Munising-Back)
Joseph Moakwa (Ontonagon-Tackle)
Robert Pertile (Bessemer-Back)
Paul Pozega (Bessemer-Back)
David Rampanelli (Bessemer-Guard)
Clayton Roberts (Negaunee-Back)
Edward J. Sowa (Munising-End)
Gerald Steinhoff (Munising-Tackle)
Jack Swanson (Ishpeming-Back)
Joseph Thibideau (Newberry-End)
Byron Zuchowski (Ironwood-Tackle)

South Coaches:
F.L. Ferzacca (Green Bay West HS, WI)
Pat Malone (Green Bay West HS, WI)
South Players:
Victor Albiero (Crystal Falls-Back)
Don Bichler (Escanaba-Guard)
Robert Bizeau (Gladstone-Back)
Bill Cousineau (Kingsford-Back)
Pater Danielson (Norway-Back)
Donald DeBakker (Norway-Back)
Robert DeClark (Norway-Tackle)
John Fitzgerald (Stambaugh-Back)
Dave Friets (Escanaba-End)
John Gafner (St. Joseph-Back)
Robert Goodreau (Iron River-Tackle)
John Gregory (Menominee-End)
Paul Homes (Kingsford-Center)
Carl Johnson (Gladstone-End)
Don Ladwig (Iron Mountain-Center)
Marvin Melchiori (Stambaugh-Tackle)
Wilmer Nordling (Stambaugh-Guard)
John Parolini (Norway-Guard)
Jack Peterson (Escanaba-Back)
Robert Rubbo (Iron Mountain-Guard)
Pat Shaw (Manistique-Back)
Bill Smith (Escanaba-Back)
Ed Swanson (Iron River-Center)
Jim Thivegre (Gladstone-End)
Tugene Timler (Gladstone-Tackle)

1947 Newspaper Articles:

U.P. Gridiron Tilt Okehed By Soldier (7-2-47)

Malone to Help Ferzacca Coach All-Star Team (7-10-47)

Ferzacca an Expert on T Formation (7-15-47)

Tickets for Peninsula All-Star Football Game in Negaunee On Sale (7-29-47)

Organizations Must Apply for Shares (7-30-47)

Teams for All-Star Football Game to be Picked Saturday (7-31-47)

Six Marquette County Players Named, Soo Places Five on Roster (8-2-47)

Mierzwa Named Assistant to Krueger on North Team (8-5-47)

All-Star Grid Teams Arrive in Negaunee (8-9-47)

Coaches Give Team Reports (8-13-47)

South Stars Weak in Backfield, Strong on Line, Says Ferzacca (8-13-47)

Forsythe & MHSAA Comment (8-14-47)

Newspaper Ad (8-14-47)

North Stars Use Single Wing Formation, Krueger Optimistic (8-14-47)

More Than 5000 Fans Will See U.P. All-Star Grid Game Tonight, WDMJ Will Broadcast Classic (8-16-47)

4000 Fans See Cooper Pace North Stars To 25-6 Win Over South (8-18-47)

Please contact Xcel if you have any information regarding the past All-Star Games. We wish to include as much history as possible on the website. (todd@xcel.net)

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