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Area Players Selected to Play in 2019 Minnesota Football Showcase

By Craig Olson, 11/12/19, 11:15PM CST


The 2019 Minnesota Football Showcase game presented by Andersen Windows and Doors will kick off at 1:05 on December 7 at U.S. Bank Stadium. The game will be the 47th All-Star contest in state history and will again have some of the top players in the state from all classes. Going into this week’s State football semifinals, 25 All-Star players and one All-Star coach will participate in semifinal games at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The head coaches for the 2019 game are Jon Konold of Willmar High for the North team and Brad Wendland of Waseca High for the South squad. The first Minnesota All-Star Football Game was played in 1945 and has been an annual series since 1974. In the history of the series, 94 players have gone on to play or coach in the National Football League, including current Vikings Adam Thielen (2008 All-Star) and C.J. Ham (2011 All-Star). 

The Showcase is played in partnership between the Minnesota Football Coaches Association and the Minnesota Vikings. Along with the game as the centerpiece, there will be youth football clinics, performances by high school marching bands, cheer and dance teams. Admission for adults is $18 and $8 for ages 6-17. Kids 5 and under are free. All proceeds benefit the MFCA and the Tackle Cancer Campaign. 

The teams will practice December 4-6 at Concordia University-St. Paul (North team) and Augsburg University (South team).

Members of the North All-Star team include Connor Morse (DT) and Hunter Zenzen (WR) of Barnesville, Wyatt Thorson (DE) of Underwood, JJ Sabolik (OL) of West Central Area/Ashby and Derrek Piepho (DB) of Alexandria.  Alexandria Head Coach Mike Empting and Barnesville Assistant Coach Phil Trowbridge will serve as North team Assistant Coaches.