Petoskey senior Robbins to play in football All-Star game; Northmen Night on tap
Steve (left) and Erik Brown (right) stand with Petoskey athletic director Gary Hice in the showroom of Brown Motors in Petoskey. The Browns are the honorary chairs for the 7th Annual Northmen Night, scheduled for Feb. 25 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Petoskey. (courtesy photo)
Robbins, who rewrote the record book in leading Petoskey to a Big North Conference championship and a Division 3 playoff berth last fall, has been selected to play in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association All-Star Game.
The 32nd annual game is scheduled for June 30 at Central Michigan University’s Kelly-Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant.
Robbins, a 6-foot-3, 203-pound senior, has been named to the West squad as a defensive back. Just 88 seniors statewide are selected to play in the game, 44 aside.
Robbins, who will play next season at Grand Valley State University, is the fifth Northman to have earned the prestigious honor of playing in the game.
The others are Vince DeAgostino, 2010; Evan Brownie, 2004; Brandon Munson, 1999; and Don Thorn, 1995. Thorn, a linebacker, was coached in the game by then-Northmen coach Dave Farris, a member of the West staff that year.
The West team will be coached by Jerry Rabideau of Spring Lake High School. Mike Giannone of Macomb Dakota will coach the East squad.
To earn a spot in the game, players are nominated by their respective high school coaches, in Robbins’ case, Kerry VanOrman.
Players are then selected by a committee of coaches. The rosters were announced on Saturday.
Two other players from the immediate Northern Michigan area were selected. They are Griffin Dean of Grayling and Zach Swaffer of Traverse City St. Francis.
Dean is a 6-7, 245-pound offensive tackle, Swaffer a 6-4, 220-pound defensive lineman.
Robbins now tops the Northmen lists for career touchdowns, season touchdowns, season rushing yards, career rushing yards, and interceptions.
The 7th annual Northmen Night is scheduled from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Petoskey.
The event is a fundraiser for Northmen athletics. All proceeds go to the general athletic department fund that supports all sports in the school system. Some 700 students participate in athletics, district-wide.
The athletic department is responsible for raising $50,000 annually in order to maintain current program levels and services.
The high-energy evening features live music and comedy with Mike Ridley, silent and live auctions, and plenty of surprises.
The honorary chairs are Steve and Erik Brown of Brown Motors, longtime supporters of Northmen athletics.
The brothers have spent nearly 30 years working on the chain crew at football games, and their business is among the most consistent and dependable sponsors of school athletic events.
“Erik and Steve were an obvious choice for Northmen Night honorees,” said Gary Hice, athletic director for Petoskey Public Schools.
Donations are being sought for the auctions. Tickets are available at Petoskey High School. For more information, call (231) 348-2104.
Globetrotters in Petoskey
The highly entertaining Harlem Globetrotters will stop at Petoskey High School at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23.
The event is a fundraiser for the YMCA of Northern Michigan. Doors open at 6 p.m.
The Globetrotters have entertained generations of fans worldwide with a blend of fantastic basketball skill and comedy. This year’s edition features the tallest ’Trotter ever, 7-foot-8 Tiny Sturgess; the shortest ever, 5-2 Too Tall Hall; and TNT Maddox, the first female to play for the team in nearly 20 years.
Tickets are $25 per person or $45 for courtside seats. A pre-game meet-and-greet with the players is $10, limited to the first 250 who sign up.
Tickets are available at the YMCA, 622 Howard Street. For more information, call (231) 348-8393.