30th annual U.P. All-Star Classic
By Dennis Grall
MARQUETTE - Joey Duncan helped give his dad an early Father's Day present Saturday at the 30th annual U.P. All-Star Classic.
Duncan was named MVP after helping the South to a 108-88 victory over the North boys at Marquette High School.
Duncan, a two-time Class D all-state selection and the all-time leading scorer (1,755 points) at Cedarville High School, scored 25 points as South pulled away down the stretch.
Duncan's father, Dave, served as South's co-coach with Bucky Johnson of Iron Mountain. It was his final game on the bench after a sterling career that included a Class D state championship in 2007 and a career record of 429-166 at Cedarville.
Nearly half of his games were played in the gym named for his father, John. The floor is named for Dave Duncan, who also coached his twin sons, Jason and Jordan. Jason is replacing his father as boys varsity coach.
Duncan's daughter, Jessie, is the girls' scoring leader at Cedarville.
Rob Granquist of 2015 Class D state champion North Central added 18 points for South, Brad Causley of Cedarville and Dan Harrington of Kingsford had 11 and Bruce Bailey of DeTour hit 10 points.
Lance Berwald of Bessemer led North with 16 points, Jake DiGiorgio of Ironwood had 12, Ben Stasewich of Munising added 11 and Vejay Grazulis of Marquette hit 10 points.
In Saturday's opener, the North girls beat South 68-62 by closing the first half on a 17-1 point burst.
Bree Swan of Sault Ste. Marie earned MVP honors by hitting 19 points for North. Hunter Viitala of Marquette had 12 points and eight rebounds and Ellen Twardzik of Class C state champion Calumet had 10 points.
Sarah Smith of Class D state champion St. Ignace led South with 20 points.
Viitala won the 3-point shooting contest before the game while Michigan Tech University recruit Michelle LaFave of Escanaba took the free throw contest.
Brett Poissant of Lake Linden-Hubbell won the boys 3-point contest and Stasewich took the slam dunk contest.
The game is sponsored by the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame and proceeds are used in the UPSHF scholarship fund. Margo Brown of St. Ignace, one of this year's four scholar recipients, had eight points for South.