City rolls out ‘blue carpet’ to mark state football championship

ISHPEMING – By proclamation of Ishpeming’s mayor and city council, today was declared Ishpeming Hematite Day.

The special day was declared to honor the 2012 Ishpeming Hematite football team after ending their season 13-1 and winning the 2012 Division 7 State Championship on Nov. 24 at Ford Field in Detroit. Ishpeming Councilwoman Elaine Racine was one of the driving forces behind the Hematite Day idea.

“We hear so many bad things on the news that I think people are happy to be celebrating something so joyful,” Racine said. “That’s why I wanted to do something not only for the team but also for (the) entire school.”

To celebrate Hematite Day, organizers are asking residents to show their Hematite pride by wearing the school team’s color – blue – today or tying a blue ribbon to their car or house, Racine said.

“I think that the boys not only made Ishpeming proud but they made the whole U.P. proud,” she said.

The recognition didn’t stop for the Hematites after their football team won the state championship. The team took a bus trip to New York City as part of winning Sports Illustrated’s online “Underdogs” contest and a state championship banner was recently added to the railroad overpass that crosses Third Street near U.S. Highway 41.

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401.