Up North Challenge: Images Sunday morning crowd for the ninth-annual Up North Challenge at Shepherd High School’s gem of a gym. A lot to like in this Saginaw sophomore guard, Freddie McIntosh from The Program. The tallest man in the gym, Clarkston’s 6-11 sophomore Matthew Nicholson from North Oakland Wolfpack. Putting the North in Up North Challenge, Maple City Glen Lake junior Xander Okerlund (left) from MBA and Traverse City West junior Miigwaanhs Barrientoz from Parallel 45. Putting the North in Up North Challenge part 2, Gaylord junior Blake Charbaneau from Championship Sports Gold. Putting the North in Up North Challenge part 3, a fan’s car from the U.P. Starters get some bench time for 17U winner Championship Sports Gold. The POW-MIA flag in the Shepherd High School gym a reminder of the Memorial weekend. 15U all-tournament selection Alex Mikelski from The Program, a promising 6-5 freshman out of Saginaw Swan Valley. A 6-7 sophomore from Saginaw playing for The Program, James Babers has the tools to be one of Michigan’s best in 2020. Good luck staying in front of Hudsonville point guard Max Perez, who led MBA National to the 16U title. Another 6-5 freshman to remember, Impact Elite’s Connor Dykema via Grand Rapids South Christian. One of the most physical, athletic point guards in the 2020 class, from Kalamazoo Central, Camp Darryl’s Trevon Gunter.