Caledonia coach named assistant for All-Stars

The 89 players who will participate in the 40th Annual Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game have been announced by the Minnesota Football Coaches Association, as well as the coaches that will lead them. Among the group of coaches is Caledonia’s own head football coach Brent Schroeder, who will assist Andy Rostberg of Hutchinson  on the All-Star South team.

The 2013 All-Star Football Game will be held on Saturday, June 29 at Husky Stadium on the campus of the St. Cloud State University. The kick-off will be at 1 p.m.

The All-Star Football Game will showcase outstanding senior players from the 2012 high school football season. Players and coaches representing 79 schools and 34 conferences will participate in this year’s game. They were selected by members of the Minnesota Football Coaches Association.

The 2013 All-Star Game will be the 40th in the current annual series and the 51st overall. For the third consecutive year, the game will feature the North All-Stars versus the South All-Stars. In the 2012 game, 2011 Metro Player of the Year Trey Heid (Lakeville North) led the South All-Stars to a 33-21 victory over the North All-Stars at Husky Stadium.

The current North-South series is tied 1-1. The overall North-South series is tied 9-9-1 after 19 games. Note: the South All-Stars have never led in the overall North-South series, dating all the way back to 1945.

A total of 29 All-State players will participate in the 2013 All-Star Game. This includes 16 players from the 2012 Associated Press All-State First Team, 11 players from the 2012 Associated Press All-State Second Team and two players from the 2012 9-Man All-State Team. There will be 14 players who participated in the 2012 Prep Bowl (9 state championship players and 5 state runner-up players).

One of this year’s participants is Bridgeport Tusler (RB, Osseo). Tusler was the 2012 Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year, the 2012 Associated Press Player of the Year and the 2012 Mr. Football winner. He will play college football at South Dakota State University (Football Championship Subdivision – Division IAA).

Also selected were University of Minnesota preferred walk-on recruit Chad Fahning (DeLaSalle); Princeton recruit Birk Olson (Monticello); Dartmouth recruits Danny McManus (St. Thomas Academy) and Charlie Miller (Totino-Grace); Montana recruit Noah Scarver (Minneapolis Washburn); North Dakota recruit Oscar Opara (De LaSalle); North Dakota State recruit Jacob Peterson (St. Cloud Tech); Northern Iowa recruit Jordan Hein (Perham); South Dakota recruit Riley Donovan (Kasson-Mantorville); South Dakota State recruit Jake Wieneke (Maple Grove) and Western Illinois recruit Mick Nelson (Mounds View).

 

Here are some facts regarding
the 2013 rosters:

Player totals by MSHSL class: 9-Man, 3; 1A, 4; 2A, 9; 3A, 7; 4A, 20; 5A, 21; and 6A, 25.

Conferences with players on both rosters = 2: Suburban East, Wright County

Most representatives (one school) = 3:               Totino-Grace

Most representatives (one conference) = 9:        Northwest Suburban (9 players)

Most consecutive years represented = 14:          Totino-Grace

Largest and smallest schools represented:         Eden Prairie (enrollment 3,007) and Hill City (enrollment 74)

First representatives in 2013: None

In 2013 these schools have player representatives in the All-Star Football Game for the first time in more than 10 years: Barnesville (1977, had a player from the Barnsville/Rothsay co-op in 2008), Hill City (1984), Minnewaska Area (2002), Monticello (1994), North Branch (2000) and Underwood (1993).

The head coaches for the 2013 Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game are Dwight Lundeen of Becker (North) and Andy Rostberg of Hutchinson (South).

Assisting Dwight Lundeen with the North All-Stars are Tom Chirhart (Becker, retired), John Clark Jr. (Mahnomen), Rick Haley (Delano, Butch Nash award winner), Mike Jordahl (Perham), Mike Lundeen (Becker, Dwight Lundeen’s son), Bryan Strand (Barnesville) and Will Wackman (Spring Lake Park, Butch Nash award winner).

Assisting Andy Rostberg with the South All-Stars are Marc Achterkirch (Owatonna, Butch Nash award winner), Matt Gegenheimer (Prior Lake), Giovan Jenkins (Minneapolis Washburn), David Larson (Hutchinson, Butch Nash award winner), Grady Rostberg (Hutchinson, retired, MFCA Hall of Fame 1999, Andy Rostberg’s father), Tom Schuller (Jackson County Central) and Brent Schroeder (Caledonia).

The 2013 Honorary Coaches are both members of the MFCA Hall of Fame: North – Gary Graham (Browerville, inducted in 2004) and South – Joe Mayer (Rochester Lourdes, inducted in 1992).

The All-Star training camp will be held for the second time at St. John’s University (Collegeville) from June 23 through 29. The teams will travel from Collegeville to Husky Stadium on June 29 to play the All-Star Game.

Tickets can be purchased from the high school coach in your community. Tickets will also be available at the Husky Stadium gate on June 30.

 

All-Star Game history

The Minnesota Football Coaches Association is proud of this game and its history. The Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game was first played in 1945 and has been an annual event since 1974. The game was played in a North versus South format from 1945 through 1960 and from 1974 to 1979, a Metro versus Outstate format from 1980 to 2010 and back to a North versus South format 2011 to the present.

Through the years over 3,900 players and 400 coaches have participated in this game. A total of 73 players from the Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game have gone on to play or coach in the National Football League, including new Chicago Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman (1974 All-Star Game alumnus).

To honor the players and coaches who have contributed to the history of this game, the Minnesota Football Coaches Association maintains a history section on the All-Star Football Game website.

Visit the Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game website at www.allstarfootball.org/.

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