Roseville’s Turner an all-star

Recent Roseville Area High School graduate Donivin Turner became the school’s 11th football all-star on June 25 when he played in the Minnesota Football Coaches Association’s Tackle Cancer All-Star Football game. Turner, a defensive lineman, was the Raiders’ first football all-star game participant in four years.

The all-star football game was played at Husky Stadium on the campus of St. Cloud State University.

Prior to Turner, Roseville’s most recent football all-star was Emeche Wells, who played in the game in 2012. Wells caught one pass for 40 yards and it was part of a 91-yard touchdown drive late in the second quarter.

Roseville’s other football all-stars were Danny Offerman in 2008; Nick Vignalo and Sean Matti in 2007; Paul Simbi in 1999; Eric Harmon in 1993; Jay Wallin in 1990; Rod Smith and Rich Mandell in 1988; and Steve Recksiedler in 1987.

The Raiders have also had a member on an all-star coaching staff twice. Current Roseville head coach Chris Simdorn was an assistant in 2006 and Mike Kelley was an assistant in 1999.

The predecessor to Roseville Area High School was Alexander Ramsey High School and during its time it had four football all-stars. Steve Grinde was the first in 1977 and he was followed by Clark Johnson in 1981, Jeff Kritta in 1982 and Jim Radford in 1984.

Frank B. Kellogg High School, which was located in Little Canada and today is Roseville Area Middle School, had six football all-stars in its time. Brian Zeigler was the first in 1975 and Jeff Ruikka followed in 1976. Craig Carlson gave Kellogg all-stars in three straight years when he was named in 1977. Another three-year stretch started in 1983 with Brent Odegaard, who was followed by Joe Beran in 1984 and John Zollinger in 1985.

Clint Ewald was an assistant coach of the metro team in 1985.

Some big changes are in store for the all-star football game. It is moving to December and will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings.


Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.






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