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Haglund to play in all-star game

Athletes selected to play in Saturday's 33rd Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Game were asked to raise at least $500 for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

Pepin graduate Kevin Haglund, who will play outside linebacker for the Division 4-7 North team, estimated he raised more than 10 times that.

He put the final figure at about $5,700, which Haglund said approached the amount collected by the top fundraiser at the 2008 All-Star Game.

"I basically asked myself, 'Why stop?" Haglund said. "I got to $500 in probably a week, to be honest. A week or two. I'm like, 'All right, I have until the first of May to do this and it's the third weekend in February and I'm just going to stop?' And I knew it was to a great cause."

Lakers coach Mike Olson saw that same sort of dedication from Haglund in practices and games.

"He's always giving everything he's got, and that's something that really stands out as a coach," Olson said. "When I wrote up his recommendation for the all-star game that was one of the things I said -- that he'd be the hardest worker on the team all the time."

Haglund began his affiliation with Pepin football in junior high when he served as the team manager. By his freshman year he was a starter. He never relinquished that role.

A two-year captain, Haglund finished his career with almost 400 tackles. On offense, he played guard for three years.

Haglund plans to continue his football career this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. in Oshkosh, Wis.