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Wisconsin's best high school football players meet in Oshkosh for all-star game

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Eric Schmoldt
July 20, 2013
OSHKOSH—A week of hard work and perspective will come to a close today with the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star games.
The North and South small squads (Divisions 4-7) will square off at noon at UW-Oshkosh, while the large squads (Divisions 1-3) will play at 5 p.m.
“It's been a great week,” said former Janesville Parker High head coach Joe Dye, an assistant coach for the South Large team. “I think one of the best things about the all-star game is bringing 46 kids together, and most of them from different schools, and finding out that wherever you played it's still football, and everybody's trying to do the same thing.”
The selected players on each of the teams raised a minimum of $500 heading into this week's camp.
Dye said the players set a new fundraising record—proceeds benefit the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin—for the event, which began in 1977. He said one player raised as much as $12,000.
“It reaffirms that the coaching staff picked the right kids,” Dye said.
Included on the South Large roster are Janesville Parker defensive back Tyler Brooks and Janesville Craig linebacker Paul Foster.
“They are great ambassadors for both programs,” Dye said. “To get to know Paul Foster this week has been special, because he's a great ambassador for what coach McCormick and his staff have tried to develop at Craig.
“To share the football field again with a guy like Tyler Brooks—he doesn't have the greatest physical attributes as far as size, but he'll put his hat on and come in and make sure that he's ready to play.”
Lake Geneva Badger linebacker Peter Krien is also on the roster, and Dye said Krien was scheduled to give a speech during Friday night's banquet.
Area athletes on the South Small team include: Big Foot running back Mason Dixon and defensive lineman Garrett Cary, Brodhead-Juda offensive lineman Trent Gerlach, East Troy offensive lineman Alex Kazmierski and Orfordville Parkview defensive lineman Joey Busch.
“The best thing about it is seeing kids come together on Sunday—it's kind of like a jigsaw puzzle,” Dye said. “And then you're on fast-forward with adverse conditions in the heat.”
The teams practiced multiple times per day and also held a scrimmage on Wednesday.
The scrimmage also included patients who had received treatment at the Children's Hospital.
“I think that really provides credence and evidence to the kids as to why the game is played,” Dye said. “We always talk about enjoying the opportunity to compete, but when young people see what they've gone through, it certainly personalizes it and makes the fundraising a lot more meaningful and a lot more real.”
WFCA All-Star Games
Area participants
South Small
Will face North Small at Noon today at UW-Oshkosh
Big Foot—Mason Dixon, running back; Garrett Cary, defensive lineman. Brodhead-Juda—Trent Gerlach, offensive lineman. East Troy—Alex Kazmierski, offensive lineman; Orfordville Parkview—Joey Busch, defensive lineman.
South Large
Will face North Large at 5 p.m. today at UW-Oshkosh
Janesville Craig—Paul Foster, linebacker. Janesville Parker—Tyler Brooks, defensive back. Lake Geneva Badger—Peter Krien, linebacker.


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