WINGATE - Seven local football players have been selected to play in tonight's Lezzer Lumber Classic, which kicks off at 7 p.m. at Bald Eagle Area High School.
Mifflin County's Derek Yoder, Jack Wagner, Tim Beck and Aaron Michaels will be joining up with Mount Union's Jamal Smith, Cory Kylor and Kord Aurand as teammates on the South squad in the all-star game, which features players from Districts 6 and 9.
In addition, Mifflin County coach George Miskinis will be serving as an assistant coach for the South team.
The locals will be well-represented on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Yoder, who will be playing for Millersville University in the fall, is slated to play right tackle and Beck will play some slot receiver and running back for the South, based on what Miskinis has seen in practice. Beck will be suiting up for Juniata College at running back next season.
Mount Union's Smith will also look to be an offensive factor as Miskinis says the Trojan will get some time at tight end during the contest.
Miskinis says three locals will see time in the defensive backfield playing either safety or cornerback: Mifflin County's Jack Wagner, who Miskinis says could also see some snaps playing wide receiver; Husky Aaron Michaels and Mount Union's Kord Aurand.
Cory Kylor from Mount Union will also look to contribute defensively from his inside linebacker position.
As an assistant coach for the South, Miskinis has seen the practices and looks forward to the opportunity to see the locals in action on the all-star stage.
"I think it's a great opportunity for those guys to represent Mifflin County," he said. "It's been great to see them grow and get better and it's going to be great to be on the field with them for their last hoorah as high school players."
For many of the recent high school graduates, the game is one last chance to put on the pads and compete in a sport they've been playing for most of their lives. For Miskinis, it's a chance to coach a wide variety of players and he notes that this last few days of practice has been a positive experience.
"It's been fun coaching the all-stars and getting to know the other kids on the South team," he said. "Hopefully everyone will have a good time and represent their school well."