The five-member assistant coach groups are set for the North and South squads for the 2017 Shrine Bowl all-star football game.

The North squad, with head coach John Scott of Tongue River, will have Gillette’s Vic Wilkerson and Jason Gill, Riverton’s Pat Patterson, Greybull’s Marty Wrage and Meeteetse’s Matt Jensen on staff.

The South squad will be led by Pine Bluffs’ Will Gray along with assistants Pat Fackrell of Evanston, Corey Wheeler of Rawlins, Mitch Espeland of Pinedale, Brian Anderson of Pine Bluffs and Marvin “Trip” Applequist of Farson.

The staffs for the 44th annual game were announced by Shrine Bowl Executive Director John Cundall on Wednesday.

Each staff will pick 36 players plus several alternates for their respective squads. Those selections will be announced this spring.

The game is June 10 at Natrona County High School in Casper.

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The head coaches from Tongue River and Pine Bluffs — the two schools that played each other in the Class 1A 11-man championship game this season — will be the head coaches for the 44th annual Shrine Bowl.

Will Gray from Pine Bluffs will lead the South team, while John Scott will lead the North, a release from the Shrine Bowl said.

“It is very exciting to work with the best of the best while also representing a great cause,” Gray said in the release. “I hope to represent our school and community well and have some fun doing it.”

Gray will be a head coach in the Shrine Bowl for the first time. Scott was previously a Shrine Bowl head coach in 1995 while at Kemmerer and 2001 while at Gillette.

“I am grateful to have been chosen for this opportunity and look forward to teaming with Wyoming’s best high school players and the Shriners towards such a worthy cause,” Scott said in the release.

The coaches will choose a coaching staff from across classes from their region, and those staffs will assemble the rosters for each squad.

Gray’s Hornets beat Scott’s Eagles 10-7 in the 1A 11-man title game in November.

The Shrine Bowl will be June 10, 2017, in Casper. The North leads the series 22-18-3. The North has won the last four Shrine Bowls, including last year, 41-26.

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The 2016 Shrine Bowl game raised $33,000 for the Shriners Hospital for Children.

The annual all-star football game, played in June in Casper, raises money for the hospital, which specializes in the treatment of children.

The Shrine Bowl’s board of directors made the donation to the Shriners Hospital in Salt Lake City, Shrine Bowl executive director John Cundall said in a release. The Shrine Bowl players traditionally visit the hospital in Utah the week of the game.

The game is in its 43rd year.

“The Shrine Bowl was an amazing experience to see all the players come together for a great cause,” 2016 North coach Jon Vance of Kelly Walsh said in the release. “To see the relationships develop over a single week was incredible. I am very grateful for the opportunity to help support the kids.”

Shriners Hospitals operate in 22 locations across North America. The treatment and services provided by the hospitals are at no cost to patients or their families.

“The Shrine Bowl is more than a football game,” 2016 South coach Mark Lenhardt of Torrington said in the release. “It’s an opportunity to come together as a state to support an amazing cause, which will stay with these young men for their entire life. I’m honored to be a part of something that makes such a difference.”

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One individual record was tied during the North’s 41-26 victory against the South in Saturday’s Shrine Bowl all-star football game in Casper, and a few other performances earned top-three spots on the Wyoming Shrine Bowl records list:

Individual records

Star Valley’s Reese Hiibel tied the Shrine Bowl record for touchdown passes with four; that mark has been reached three other times.

Dontae Crow of Sheridan finished tied for third all-time in receiving yards (133) and touchdown catches (two).

Southeast’s Jeff Burroughs matched Crow with two touchdown catches to also tie for third all-time.

Natrona’s Cody Wilkinson is No. 2 in the record books for made PATs in a game with five.

Team records

The North team matched the second-best offensive scoring output with five offensive touchdowns.

The South’s combined 25 completions is second-best all time, and its 287 passing yards is third-best all-time.

The North’s 41 points tied for second-most all-time.

The North now leads the all-time series 22-18-3; the North has won four Shrine Bowls in a row and six of the past seven. For more on this year’s game, check out the trib.com, wyosports.net and video highlights from wyopreps.com. The box score at Wyosports.net was used as the basis for the records outlined above; thanks to that crew for their help!

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The 43rd annual Shrine Bowl all-star football game will kick off at 2 p.m. today (Saturday) at Cheney Alumni Field in Casper.

The North leads the all-time series 21-18-3. North teams have won five of the last six Shrine Bowls and won last year’s game 40-14. Last year’s game raised $35,000 for the Shrine Hospitals for Children.

The rosters for the teams are as follows:

SOUTH
Big Piney: J.D. Fear, William Shafer.
Cheyenne Central: Jake Brownell, Jacob Carbaugh.
Cheyenne East: Jack Danni, Quinn Happold, Baylor Hayes.
Cheyenne South: Marquez Jefferson.
Cokeville: Jackson Linford.
Douglas: Cody Hooker.
Evanston: Tucker Leland, Brett Lowham.
Glenrock: Alec Arnold, Elijah Stewart.
Green River: Brendan Hopkins, Gage Hunt, Tyler Vendetti.
Lingle: Colten Wunder.
Mountain View: Dusty Iorg.
Pine Bluffs: Kyle Jeffres.
Pinedale: Caleb Raney.
Rawlins: Brett Penman.
Rock Springs: Collin Chivers, Carter Rosette.
Snake River: Braden Duncan.
Southeast: Jeff Burroughs.
Star Valley: Kyler Battleson, Reese Hiibel, Sean Pittman.
Torrington: Jace Canaday, Skyler Miller, Branton Samson.
Wheatland: Justis Borton, Josh Calvert, Daniel Chesser, Nathan Willis.
Managers: Ang Back, Douglas; McKenna Worden, Laramie.
Certified trainer: Alan Hill, Cheyenne East.
Head coach: Mark Lenhardt, Torrington.
Assistant coaches: Russell Steinmetz, Torrington; Drew Severn, Cheyenne Central; Aaron Makelky, Big Piney; Will Gray, Pine Bluffs; Michael Bates, Snake River.

NORTH
Big Horn: Brice Beisher, Collin Powers.
Buffalo: Tommy Fieldgrove.
Cody: Ethan Acton, Cameron Myers.
Gillette: Lane Barbour, Dalton Holst, Derek Hooker, Zack Taylor.
Greybull: Jordan Jackson, Lane Nielson.
Jackson: Theo Dawson, Dillon Hartranft, Gabe Walls.
Kaycee: Hayden Fauber.
Kelly Walsh: Jacob Kostal.
Lovell: Beau Green.
Meeteetse: Carter Johnson.
Natrona: Caleb Hett, Wes Richner, Cody Wilkinson.
Powell: Teagan Cordes.
Riverside: Ethan Sherburne.
Riverton: Baylor Beers, Brayden Draper.
Sheridan: Davis Alden, Zach Campbell, Evan Coon, Dontae Crow, Riley Sessions.
Shoshoni: Patrick Forster, Connor Wilkinson.
Thermopolis: Tyler Cornwell.
Tongue River: Dillon Lyons.
Upton-Sundance: Rourke McPeters.
Worland: Mauricio Caballero.
Managers: KinDale Andreen, Thermopolis; Sierra Force, Natrona.
Certified trainer: Joanne Brewster, Sheridan.
Head coach: Jon Vance, Kelly Walsh.
Assistant coaches: Ryan Meyers, Kelly Walsh; Rob Hammond, Buffalo; Marty Wrage, Greybull; Tony Truempler, Shoshoni; Andy Ray, Ten Sleep.

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Kaycee’s Hayden Fauber will join the North squad for the Shrine Bowl.

He replaces Kelly Walsh’s Alex Ferguson for the game, executive director John Cundall said in a release.

The annual all-star football game is June 11 in Casper.

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Four players have been added to the 2016 Shrine Bowl rosters, executive director John Cundall said Monday.

Sheridan’s Zach Campbell, Jackson’s Gabe Walls and Buffalo’s Tommy Fieldgrove have been added to the North team, while Dusty Iorg of Mountain View was added to the South squad. They replace Sheridan’s Blake Godwin, Buffalo’s Trey Schroefel and Tongue River’s Jaxn Kobza (North), and Torrington’s Colton Bustillos (South).

The student athletic trainers/managers will be KinDale Andreen of Thermopolis and Sierra Force of Natrona (North), and Ang Back of Douglas and McKenna Worden of Laramie (South). They will work with the certified trainers, Joanne Brewster of Sheridan (North) and Alan Hill of Cheyenne East (South).

The annual all-star football game is June 11 in Casper.

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The rosters for the 2016 Shrine Bowl were announced Friday. Rosters for the 43rd annual all-star football game are as follows:

SOUTH
Big Piney: J.D. Fear, William Shafer.
Cheyenne Central: Jake Brownell, Jacob Carbaugh.
Cheyenne East: Jack Danni, Quinn Happold, Baylor Hayes.
Cheyenne South: Marquez Jefferson.
Cokeville: Jackson Linford.
Douglas: Cody Hooker.
Evanston: Tucker Leland, Brett Lowham.
Glenrock: Alec Arnold, Elijah Stewart.
Green River: Brendan Hopkins, Gage Hunt, Tyler Vendetti.
Lingle: Colten Wunder.
Pine Bluffs: Kyle Jeffres.
Pinedale: Caleb Raney.
Rawlins: Brett Penman.
Rock Springs: Collin Chivers, Carter Rosette.
Snake River: Braden Duncan.
Southeast: Jeff Burroughs.
Star Valley: Kyler Battleson, Reese Hiibel, Sean Pittman.
Torrington: Colton Bustillos, Jace Canaday, Skyler Miller, Branton Samson.
Wheatland: Justis Borton, Josh Calvert, Daniel Chesser, Nathan Willis.

NORTH
Big Horn: Brice Beisher, Collin Powers.
Buffalo: Trey Schroefel.
Cody: Ethan Acton, Cameron Myers.
Gillette: Lane Barbour, Dalton Holst, Derek Hooker, Zack Taylor.
Greybull: Jordan Jackson, Lane Nielson.
Jackson: Theo Dawson, Dillon Hartranft.
Kelly Walsh: Alex Ferguson, Jacob Kostal.
Lovell: Beau Green.
Meeteetse: Carter Johnson.
Natrona: Caleb Hett, Wes Richner, Cody Wilkinson.
Powell: Teagan Cordes.
Riverside: Ethan Sherburne.
Riverton: Baylor Beers, Brayden Draper.
Sheridan: Davis Alden, Evan Coon, Dontae Crow, Blake Godwin, Riley Sessions.
Shoshoni: Patrick Forster, Connor Wilkinson.
Thermopolis: Tyler Cornwell.
Tongue River: Jaxn Kobza, Dillon Lyons.
Upton-Sundance: Rourke McPeters.
Worland: Mauricio Caballero.

The game will be June 11, 2016, in Casper.

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The coaching staffs for the 43rd annual Shrine Bowl all-star football game are set.

The South squad will be led by Torrington’s Mark Lenhardt with assistants Russell Steinmetz (Torrington), Drew Severn (Cheyenne Central), Aaron Makelky (Big Piney), Will Gray (Pine Bluffs) and Michael Bates (Snake River).

The North team will have head coach Jon Vance from Kelly Walsh and assistant coaches Ryan Meyers (Kelly Walsh), Rob Hammond (Buffalo), Marty Wrage (Greybull), Tony Truempler (Shoshoni) and Andy Ray (Ten Sleep).

The staffs will now go about the task of picking players and alternates for the game. The game will be June 11, 2016, in Casper.

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Kelly Walsh’s Jon Vance and Torrington’s Mark Lenhardt will be the coaches for the North and South teams, respectively, in the 2016 Shrine Bowl.

Both coaches will be Shrine Bowl head coaches for the first time in the annual all-star football game, which is scheduled for June 11, 2016, in Casper.

Vance just finished his fifth year as head coach of the Trojans, taking KW to the playoffs in each of the past four seasons. He is the first KW coach to be named a Shrine Bowl head coach since Rod Flack in 1981.

Lenhardt, too, capped off his fifth season as head coach at Torrington, leading the Trailblazers to the 3A East Conference championship. The last time a Torrington coach led the South Shrine Bowl team was in 1989, when Doug Bartlett led the squad.

The game is in its 43rd year. Funds raised from the game go to the Shriners Hospital for Children. Last year’s game, a 40-14 North victory, raised $35,000. The North leads the all-time series 21-18-3 and has won three consecutive Shrine Bowls.

Shrine Bowl Executive Director John Cundall announced the coach selections via email. The coaches will select their assistant coaching staffs before selecting players later this year.

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