QUARTERBACKS COULD PROVIDE SIGNAL
STRENGTH FOR SHRINE BOWL WEST
Most football fans agree that the most important player on the field is the quarterback.
That being the case, it's no wonder that Kansas Shrine Bowl West head coach Jason Kenny of Ulysses says his team "is in pretty good shape."
That may be an understatement, given the quality--and quantity--of West signal-callers for the 2007 game.
No less than 8 players are listed on the 34-man West roster as quarterbacks, with four of those earning all-state recognition by the Topeka Capital-Journal, and two of those receiving "Top 11" honors by the Kansas Football Coaches Association.
"Obviously, some of them will need to play other positions," says Kenny. "We have a lot of good players to choose from. The talent pool in western Kansas is very high this year."
Among the group of QB's that will report to the West camp in Salina on July 19 are Cameron Kasel, Wichita Heights (6'1", 195), Dane Simoneau, Salina Sacred Heart (6'4", 185), Corbin Kuntzsch, Scott Community (6'4", 190), and Nick Hardesty, Southeast of Saline (6'1", 197). All four were honored by the Capital Journal as either second- or third team selections, and Kasel and Simoneau were KFBCA Top 11 players. Simoneau passed for over 8,000 yards and 71 touchdowns during his high school career including
over 3,100 yards his senior year. He ranks second in Kansas High School passing yard history. Kassel passed for over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in high school.
Other quarterbacks include one of Kenny's own Ulysses players, Johnny Sosa (5'10", 171), who led his team to an 11-2 record in 2006, including two 4A playoff wins before losing to Andale 20-14 in the
semifinals. Kenny also can call on quarterbacks Derek Fisher, Garden Plain (6'2", 175), Joey Garcia, LaCrosse (5'11", 180), Josh Heimerman, Andale (5'9", 165), and Jordan Stout, Madison (6'2", 208). Heimerman led Andale to the 4A State Championship.
Kenny says he is impressed by the quality of the players selected for the Shrine Bowl……and not just because of their football ability. "Many have very high goals beyond football," he says. "They're not just quality players; they are quality people as well."
Kenny will not only have many quality players, but quality coaches as well, including Gary O'Hair, Andale, the KFBCA 4A Coach of the Year, whose team won the 4A title with a perfect 13-0 record. Other assistants included Gary Guzman, Wichita Southeast; Brent Glann, Newton; Todd Puetz, Garden Plain; and Ryan Cornelson, LaCrosse. Kenny will be coaching in his second Kansas Shrine Bowl, having served as an assistant coach in 2006. The other five coaches will be coaching in the Shrine Bowl for the first time.
Proceeds from the event support the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, a network of hospitals that provide expert, no-cost orthopedic and burn care to children under 18. Children are admitted totally free to Shriners Hospitals for Children without regard for race, religion, nationality, creed, or relationship to a Shriner.
The 2007 Kansas Shrine Bowl will be the most family-friendly ever, with several events taking place during the day. Planned events include a 5K Run for Charity, a day-long Arts and Crafts Fair, a Kid's Fair, the annual Kansas Shrine Bowl Parade, a high school football combine, and a Charity Poker Run that will include cash and prizes. See www.ksshrine.com or call the Shrine Bowl office for registration forms.
Advance reserved chairback tickets for the all-star game are $20.00 in advance, $21.00 on game night. Adult general admission tickets are $9.00 in advance, $10.00 on game night. Student tickets (K-12) are $5.00 in advance, $6.00 on game night. Banquet tickets are $20.00, and must be purchased in
advance. Additional information and tickets can be purchased through the Shrine Bowl office by calling 1-800-530-5524.
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