Huskies football honors alumn

HOUGHTON — Saturday’s football game at Sherman Field drew hundreds of alumni back to Michigan Tech’s campus for the season’s home opener. In many ways, the game marked a new era for Huskies football and its fans.

After the singing of the national anthem, ribbons were cut in honor of the completion of Phase One of a $3 million project.

The work, which took place over the summer, included the installation of new bleachers for 2,100 fans, an upgrade to the field’s parking facility and an upgrade to the adjacent VIP Pavilion.

Among them was Dennis Euers who graduated in 1966 and did a term as Alumni Association Board President.

“This is a culmination that is deserving of this university and the community,” he said when asked about the improvements. “It just legitimizes the football program here.”

Euers added that he was part of the steering committee for the project and thought it was important to get the local community involved as well.

“When you get the community engaged, it helps pitch events here up a notch,” he said. “The improvements are better than I thought. The VIP section is very nice and organized.”

Equally impressed was two-sport athlete Robert Haynes, who lettered in football and track and field in the mid-2000s. Today, he is a district manager for Circle K convenience stores in Lansing.

“This is my first time back in ten years,” he said. “I got to see some old teammates. These improvements only add to the welcoming spirit here. It feels good to be here.”