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      Marquette Redmen start second week of football practice

      MARQUETTE -- High school football returns to the Upper Peninsula in just 10 days. The Marquette Senior High School football team headed into its second week of practice.

      This year, the Redmen are looking to improve on a 5-4 season. However, things may look a little different for the Redmen.

      The team loses talented linebacker and running back Alex Sherbinow. Also graduating from the team are four big linemen in guys like GNC lineman of the year, Joe Iwanicki and All-GNC honors player Jared Gigot. Still, the Redmen will return a talented wide receiver core, headlined by senior Shane Duquette.

      Head Coach David L'Huillier gave his thoughts on the team's first week of practice.

      "We had a great first week," said L'Huillier. "The kids had a great first week, but they also had a great summer and got themselves ready to play. We're excited for our first game coming up against Traverse City Central."

      "I'm looking to have a good year," said Gabe Apple, senior middle linebacker and tight end. "I think all the seniors are looking to have a big year and finish our high school senior year off the right way."

      "We look pretty sharp," said Duquette. "We got a couple injuries, but I think we'll come back strong. It'll be a big year for Marquette football and I think we got a real good chance."

      In just a couple days, the Redmen will be playing its first scrimmages against Calumet and Westwood.

      The team starts its season Aug. 30 against Traverse City Central.