HOUGHTON — Tomorrow, the Superior Dome is the place to be as Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech write another chapter in their storied football rivalry. It will also be a special day for two Huskies, who spent their high school days tearing up the fields at their respective schools.
Four years ago, Eric Kostreva helped Ishpeming win their first of several state championships. And four years later, he is coming back to the Dome.
“It will be awesome. Last time I was there, we were playing in the semi–final game and we were playing for each other. We were playing to get to the state championship. Here now, we are playing for the Miners Cup and if you look in our locker room, that’s one of our top goals every year going into the season, is trying to win that Miners Cup and keep it in our trophy case,” Kostreva said.
Alex Sherbinow was an all U.P. Dream Team running back in 2012 for the Marquette Redmen and he can’t wait to be back where it all started for him.
“I am extremely excited to go home and play in front of the hometown fans. I have a lot of people who have messaged me and told me they were going to be there. I’m just excited to see everyone again,” said Sherbinow.
Both players will be vying for a win tomorrow and they have some advice for other U.P. football players who hope to one day wear a Huskies jersey on Saturdays.
“Anyone can do it. I came in as a preferred walk–on, didn’t have a lot of hype, and I ended up doing alright. You just got to be able to work hard at it and you can do whatever you want to do when you come to Tech,” Sherbinow said.
“It’s definitely a great school. Not only do we have a good football program, but academically, this is one of the top schools in Michigan. Definitely a great place to go,” said Kostreva.
Kick–off for tomorrow’s game is set for 1 o’clock.