Three members of The Garden City Telegram’s All-Area Top 11 team for 2017 have been chosen to participate in the 2018 Kansas Shrine Bowl.
The three standouts include Garden City defensive/offensive lineman Demarcus Elliott, a 6-3, 285-pounder; Chance Rodriguez of Class 4A-II state champion Holcomb, a 6-2, 185-pound receiver/linebacker; and Cimarron’s Josh Seabolt, a 5-9, 205-pound running back/linebacker.
The three players are among 33 chosen to participate for the West squad against the East on July 28 at Pittsburg State University’s Carnie Smith Stadium.
“We are very excited about the great group of young men selected for this year’s game,” said B.J. Harris, executive director of the Shrine Bowl.
Elliott, who has yet to sign a college scholarship, accounted for 82 tackles, 35 of which were unassisted, 18.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and one interception. He blocked three field goal attempts and had one fumble recovery for the Buffaloes, who completed an 8-3 record by reaching the third round of the Class 6A state playoffs. The Buffs also won the Western Athletic Conference title and Elliott was recognized as the WAC Defensive Player of the Year.
Rodriguez was one of the big play receivers for the Longhorns, the recipient of 50 catches for 801 yards and 14 touchdowns, three of which came in the state championship game win over Frontenac. He recorded 84 tackles on defense, 53 of those solo, had 8 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 1 interception and 3 fumble recoveries. He was chosen to the all-Great West Activities Conference team.
Seabolt was the chief running threat for the Bluejays during the 2017 season, finishing his final season with 1,592 yards and 17 touchdowns. From his linebacker position, he recorded 106 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries and 1 blocked punt.
The 2018 event will be the 45th annual contest between top graduating seniors across Kansas.
Each year, the game’s proceeds benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children, a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovate research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals.
Children up to the age of 18 are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.
The Kansas Shrine Bowl is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity that produces annual events and related activities, with net proceeds benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Kansas Shrine Bowl has contributed more than $2 million to the hospitals.
The first game was played in 1974, and since then the West has won 27 times while the East has captured 16 victories. There has been one tie, prior to the implementation of overtime.
Notable participants include current Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson, NFL Hall of Famer Barry Sanders, former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Gary Spani and former Super Bowl champion Mark Simoneau, among many others.
Other weekend bowl activities will include a banquet, the state’s largest Shrine parade, a 2-mile run for charity/walk, junior all-star challenge (ages 5-14), high school football combine and a four-person golf scramble.
For more information, contact the Kansas Shrine Bowl at www.kansasshrinebowl.com or calling 800-530-5524.