For the first time since it began in 1974, the Wyoming Shrine Bowl all-star football game won’t be played.

The 2020 version of the game won’t be played due to risks associated with the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, a release from Wyoming Shrine Bowl executive director Frank Selby said.

“The overall well-being of our communities remains on the forefront of our minds as we weather these uncertain times,” the release said. ” … In addition to potential risks that linger as game time nears, we cannot in good conscience ask for financial support from communities as they are left reeling in economic effects associated with the outbreak.”

In the release, Selby apologized for the inability to stage the game. He said players coaches, trainers and managers — who had already been selected for the game — as well as others associated with the now-canceled game will still receive recognition.

“Our focus at this time is to ensure that the players, coaches and participants are justly recognized for their achievements and the commitment that brought us together,” the release said.

The game acts as a fundraiser for the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. The game has raised more than $450,000 since its inception, the Wyoming Shrine Bowl website said, with $30,000 raised last year.

Selby said the game will return, as the 2021 Shrine Bowl is scheduled for June 12, 2021, in Casper.

Here is the full press release.

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Rosters were released Saturday for the 2020 Wyoming Shrine Bowl all-star football game, scheduled for June 13 in Casper.

Executive director Frank Selby released the rosters Saturday. The South team roster includes:

BIG PINEY: Teagan Elliott.
BURNS: Ben Banville, Boe Clayson, Kaden Lakin.
CHEYENNE CENTRAL: Dawson Macleary.
CHEYENNE EAST: Christian Anderton, Chance Aumiller, Ox Schroeder.
COKEVILLE: Garrett King.
DOUGLAS: Edel Diaz-Jaime, Cooper Gamble, A.J. Yeaman.
GREEN RIVER: Thomas Harvey, Payton Tucker.
HANNA: Conor McGraw, Shane McGraw.
LUSK: Damien Molzahn.
LYMAN: Hagen Lamoreaux.
MOUNTAIN VIEW: Breckin Barnes, Briggin Bluemel, Hunter Gross, Kimball Madsen, Braeden Walk.
PINE BLUFFS: Brian Steger, Kyle Thurin.
RAWLINS: Kadin Forney, Connor Mendez.
ROCK SPRINGS: Randon Gresham, Justis Reese, Carson Tyler.
SNAKE RIVER: Riggen Myers.
STAR VALLEY: R.J. Cazier, Branden McDonald, Chase Merrell, Dean Shaw.
TORRINGTON: Corbin Harris.
Student manager: Jesus Sanchez, Cheyenne East.
Student trainer: Dini Haberman, Douglas.
Athletic trainer: Paige Nolan, Riverton.

South Alternates: Janson Adair, Laramie; Trent Clark, Star Valley; Wyatt Duncan, Snake River; Hazen Erickson, Star Valley; James Erickson, Star Valley; Karter Evans, Snake River; Bryson Jenkins, Star Valley; Aiden Montoya, Big Piney; Chase Petty, Rock Springs; Cody Pinkerton, Douglas; Bryan Pluid, Big Piney; Kobey Preuit, Wheatland.

The North team roster includes:

BIG HORN: Cutler Bradshaw, Will Pelissier, Nolan Rader.
BUFFALO: Dawson Hatch, Hunter Pope, Rowen Ruby.
CODY: Keith Connor, Hunter Hays, Duncan Radakovich, Jeff Williams.
GILLETTE: Vijay Pitter.
JACKSON: Kevin Flores.
KELLY WALSH: Kevin Anderson.
LANDER: Ty Massey.
LOVELL: Coy Trainor.
MEETEETSE: Asa Eldredge.
NATRONA: Nick Frimml, Johnathon True, Phoenix Wilson.
POWELL: Ryan Good, Carson Olsen, Matt Seckman.
RIVERTON: Zane Taylor, Caden Werbelow.
SHERIDAN: Garrett Coon, Toby Jacobs, Ethan Johnson, Ryan Sessions.
THERMOPOLIS: Dustin Harvey.
THUNDER BASIN: Blaine Allen, Caleb Driskill, Mason Hamilton, Tanner Richards.
WORLAND: Devon Mercado, Luke Mortimer.
WRIGHT: Dax Yeradi.
Student manager: Alexa Bradshaw.
Student trainer: Iyanna Garcia.
Athletic trainer: Alan Hill, Powell.

North Alternates: Warren Carr, Thunder Basin; Jaydon Caylor, Upton-Sundance; Jevon Davis, Kelly Walsh; Dale Eliason, Gillette; John Fawson, Lander; Zeb Goodrich, Wright; Hunter Harris, Lovell; Jhett Letellier, Hulett; Jarron Mortimore, Thermopolis; Kyler Ostler, Big Horn; Rowdy Pfeil, Moorcroft; Dante Wallace, Natrona.

Coaching staffs for the teams were named in December.

The North leads the all-time series 25-18-3. The North has won the last seven Shrine Bowls, including last year 29-19.

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Post updated 12:33 p.m. Jan. 26 to include Seckman and Frimml on the North squad.

Ten assistant coaches, five for each team, have been named for the 2020 Wyoming Shrine Bowl all-star football game.

The North squad will have Thunder Basin’s Trent Pikula, Worland’s Ryan Utterback, Lovell’s Nicc Crosby, Wright’s Larry Yeradi and Meeteetse’s Zeb Hagen join head coach Aaron Papich from Powell on the coaching staff.

The South squad will be represented by Cheyenne East’s Paul Garcia, Douglas’ Wes Gamble, Mountain View’s Michael Collins, Pine Bluffs’ Will Gray and Farson’s Trip Applequist, as well as head coach Brent Walk of Mountain View, on its staff.

A release Monday from Frank Selby, the Shrine Bowl’s executive director, announced the choices. The release also said the respective coaching staffs are now reviewing player nominations to form the teams for the annual game, a fundraiser for the Shrine Hospitals.

The game will be June 13, 2020, in Casper.

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Mountain View’s Brent Walk and Powell’s Aaron Papich will be the head coaches for the 2020 Shrine Bowl all-star football game this June in Casper.

Shrine Bowl executive director Frank Selby announced the selection of Walk and Papich via an email release Saturday.

Walk’s Mountain View team won the Class 2A championship this year, while Papich’s Powell squad finished as Class 3A runners-up.

Walk was the South head coach in the 2015 Shrine Bowl. This will be Papich’s first opportunity to be a head coach for the Shrine Bowl. Assistant coaches, one from each classification, and players for each squad will likely be selected within the next couple months.

The North has won seven consecutive Shrine Bowls and leads the all-time series 25-18-3. The 47th edition of the game is June 13 in Casper.

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The North squad won its seventh consecutive Shrine Bowl on Saturday, beating the South 29-19 in the 2019 version of the annual all-star football game.

Big Horn’s Kade VanDyken, who finished with 156 receiving yards to end up 12 yards short of the Shrine Bowl record, was named the game’s offensive MVP.

Rawlins’ Damon Taylor was the defensive MVP. He led all defensive players with 10 solo tackles.

The seven-game winning streak for the North is the longest winning streak of either team in Shrine Bowl history. The second-longest streak is the North’s five consecutive victories from 1998-2002, the South’s five straight from 1993-97 and the North’s five straight from 1980-84.

Money raised from Saturday’s game goes to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City.

For more on the history of the Shrine Bowl and its records, click here.

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The 2019 Shrine Bowl all-star football game will be today (Saturday) in Casper.

The annual game between the North and South teams will start at 2 p.m. The North leads the all-time series 24-18-3 and has won six Shrine Bowl games in a row. The rosters for the teams include:

NORTH
Big Horn: Kade Eisele, Seth Mullinax, Kade VanDyken.
Buffalo: Luke Glassock, Cody Milmine, Aaron Thiele.
Cody: Jackson Morris, Brayden Polley, Nathan Whalen.
Greybull: Dade Greene, Zack Keisel.
Jackson: Keegan Butler.
Kaycee: Hunter Rouse.
Kelly Walsh: Connor Shopp, Brock Spiegelberg.
Lander: Max Mazurie, Conrad Swenson.
Meeteetse: Kirwin Johnson.
Natrona: Jordan Bertagnole, Chase Brachtenbach, Tehl Campbell, Trevon Smith, Yahav Shraiber.
Powell: Sawyer Mauthe.
Sheridan: Parker Christensen, Quinn Heyneman, Eli Johnston.
Thermopolis: Chandler Maddock.
Thunder Basin: Marcus Glick, Lathem Hodges, Dayton Porter, Terren Swartz.
Upton-Sundance: Tanner Hofland, Clayton Louderback.
Wind River: Jaren Guina.
Coaches: Rob Hammond, Buffalo, head coach; assistants Matt Jensen (Meeteetse), Kirk McLaughlin (Big Horn), Aaron Papich (Powell), Trent Pikula (Thunder Basin), Ross Walker (Buffalo).

SOUTH
Big Piney: Asencion Pelham, Justin Seemann.
Burns: Alex Pyle.
Cheyenne Central: Blain Dilly, Val Herd.
Cheyenne East: Zach Alexander, Dakota Merritt, Eric Zastoupil.
Cokeville: Bentley Johnson.
Douglas: Dylon Case, Kanyon Cecil, Dax Read.
Evanston: Tyus Cornia, Rylie Griggs, Kody Smith.
Farson: Clancy Gines.
Glenrock: Ian Arnold.
Green River: Anthony Johnson, Anthony Mitchell.
Kemmerer: Jeydon Boyd, Hayden Walker.
Laramie: Brady Epler, Ben Kruzich, Baxter Tuggle, Jason Upton.
Mountain View: Colby Rees.
Pinedale: Joey McCulloch.
Rawlins: Damon Taylor.
Saratoga: Sam Schneider.
Star Valley: Will Johnson, Tanner Thompson.
Torrington: Brandon Bennick, Josh Kingsley, Scott Woodruff.
Wheatland: Colton Caves, Clayton Iacovetto.
Coaches: Aaron Makelky, Big Piney, head coach; assistants Matt Cornelius (Lingle), Dustin Gochenour (Cheyenne Central), Mark Lenhardt (Torrington) Jeff Makelky (Big Piney), Ryan Nelson (Lusk).

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Athletic trainers, student trainers and student managers have been added to both the North and South teams for the 2019 Wyoming Shrine Bowl.

A release Thursday from Shrine Bowl executive director Frank Selby noted the additions to the squads.

The North team will include adult athletic trainer Leah Washington from Natrona, student athletic trainer Faith Faldalen from Gillette and student manager Reata Cook from Big Horn. The South team will have adult athletic trainer Zach Olivarez from Douglas, student athletic trainer Juliana Ross from Cheyenne East and student manager Karla DelaCruz from Pine Bluffs.

The game will be June 8 at Cheney Alumni Field in Casper.

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The rosters of 36 players have been set for both the South and North squads in advance of the 46th annual Shrine Bowl all-star football game.

The game will be June 8 in Casper.

Shrine Bowl executive director Frank Selby announced the teams in a release on Monday. Rosters include:

NORTH
Big Horn: Kade Eisele, Seth Mullinax, Kade VanDyken.
Buffalo: Luke Glassock, Cody Milmine, Aaron Thiele.
Burlington: Dontae Garza.
Cody: Jackson Morris, Brayden Polley.
Greybull: Dade Greene, Zack Keisel.
Jackson: Keegan Butler, Rodolfo Jimenez, Ted McDaniel.
Kelly Walsh: Davion McAdam, Connor Shopp, Brock Spiegelberg.
Lander: Max Mazurie, Conrad Swenson.
Meeteetse: Kirwin Johnson.
Natrona: Jordan Bertagnole, Chase Brachtenbach, Tehl Campbell, Trevon Smith, Yahav Shraiber.
Powell: Carson Heinen.
Riverton: Treyton Paxton.
Sheridan: Parker Christensen, Quinn Heyneman, Eli Johnston.
Thermopolis: Chandler Maddock.
Thunder Basin: Marcus Glick, Lathem Hodges, Dayton Porter, Terren Swartz.
Upton-Sundance: Tanner Hofland.

SOUTH
Big Piney: Asencion Pelham, Justin Seemann.
Cheyenne Central: Blain Dilly, Val Herd.
Cheyenne East: Zach Alexander, Jacob Fernandez, Dakota Merritt, Eric Zastoupil.
Cokeville: Bentley Johnson.
Douglas: Dylon Case, Kanyon Cecil, Dax Read.
Evanston: Tyus Cornia, Rylie Griggs, Kody Smith.
Farson: Clancy Gines.
Glenrock: Ian Arnold, Tucker Bopp.
Green River: Anthony Johnson, Anthony Mitchell.
Kemmerer: Hayden Walker.
Laramie: Ben Kruzich, Jason Upton.
Mountain View: Colby Rees.
Pinedale: Joey McCulloch.
Rawlins: Damon Taylor.
Rock Springs: Levi Huffman.
Saratoga: Sam Schneider.
Star Valley: Will Johnson, Tanner Thompson.
Torrington: Brandon Bennick, Casey Britton, Josh Kingsley, Scott Woodruff.
Wheatland: Colton Caves, Clayton Iacovetto.

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The assistant coaches have been chosen for the 2019 Wyoming Shrine Bowl.

A release from Shrine Bowl executive director Frank Selby on Tuesday said the staffs were set by the head coaches of the respective teams. Together, the staffs will pick players for their rosters, which should be set in the next few weeks.

The South team, with head coach Aaron Makelky from Big Piney, will have Matt Cornelius (Lingle), Dustin Gochenour (Cheyenne Central), Mark Lenhardt (Torrington) Jeff Makelky (Big Piney) and Ryan Nelson (Lusk) as part of its coaching staff.

Meanwhile, North team head coach Rob Hammond of Buffalo will have Matt Jensen (Meeteetse), Kirk McLaughlin (Big Horn), Aaron Papich (Powell), Trent Pikula (Thunder Basin) and Ross Walker (Buffalo) on his staff.

The 46th annual all-star football game is June 8 in Casper.

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The 2018 Wyoming Shrine Bowl raised $30,000 for the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Shrine Bowl executive director Frank Selby announced the donation to the Salt Lake Shriners Hospital in a release on Wednesday.

Shrine Bowl players make a trip to the Salt Lake Shriners Hospital prior to playing in the annual all-star football game. The hospital treats children with special health needs, including burns, muscular or skeletal conditions or other needs.

Last summer’s Shrine Bowl was the 45th year for the game. The North team won its sixth straight Shrine Bowl by beating the South 13-7.

The 2019 game will be played June 9 in Casper.

–patrick

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