Kite catches TD pass in Shrine Bowl; XC runners lead way for West team

By The Telegram

Scott City's Drew Kite, who was named The Telegram's 2012 Area Football Player of the Year, caught a 7-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of Saturday night's 40th annual Kansas Shrine Bowl played at Washburn University in Topeka.

Kite, who also was named The Telegram's 2013 Basketball Player of the Year, will be competing in basketball next season at Fort Hays State University. He caught his scoring pass from Markus Phox, but the West team came up short in a 22-19 win by the East.

The East squad snapped a seven-game losing streak with its late score in the fourth quarter with just over three minutes remaining.

After a scoreless first quarter, each team tallied a touchdown but missed extra points for a 6-6 halftime score. The teams traded TDs in the third quarter, but the East went ahead 14-13 with a two-point conversion. In the fourth period, each side scored again with the West missing its second point-after attempt while the East netted another 2-point conversion to complete the scoring.

Head coach for the West squad was Hays High's Ryan Cornelson.

Proceeds from the game go to support the 22 Shriner's Hospitals for Children around the country.

Cross country race

As part of the festivities of Shrine Bowl weekend, the East vs. West cross country meet was also conducted on Saturday in Topeka.

Hugoton's Patrick Weaver and Jacob Martin, along with Greeley County's Troy Wineinger and Stanton County's Raul Pantoja, ran on the winning West squad.

Weaver finished fifth, Wineinger seventh and Martin 10th to help the West squad to its victory.

Mike Horton, head cross country coach at Stanton County High School, served as an assistant coach for the West team.