Five to play in Kansas 8-Man All-Star game

Ericson, Johnston selected for 2009 Shrine Bowl football game

Register Sports Editor

Brandon Newton
Garret Ericson
Todd Johnston

Five area high school football players and a coach have been in Beloit all week readying for the annual Kansas Eight-Man Division I All-Star Football Game.
Southern Coffey County High’s head coach John Chanley is the head coach for the Division I East Squad. Playing on the team are Jeremy Raaf and John Kraft of Southern Coffey County, Brandon Newton and Todd Johnston of Crest High and Garret Ericson of Marmaton Valley High. All five were graduated from their respective high schools in May and are finishing up their high school football careers this summer.
The 24th annual Kansas Eight-Man All-Star contests, Division I and Division II, are slated for Saturday at Trojan Field in Beloit. The Division II All-Star game is at 10 a.m. with the Division I game at 1 p.m.
The games have 2008-2009 senior players from the east and west playing.
Raaf is a 5-10, 185-pound defensive end and offensive guard. Kraft is a 5-11, 175-pound quarterback and linebacker. Johnston is a 6-0, 170-pound quarterback and defensive back and Newton is a 6-3, 215-pound wide receiver. Ericson is a 6-4, 180-pound offensive and defensive lineman.
Ericson, who has signed to play football at Fort Scott Community College, will be on the Kansas Eight-Man All-Star Team in a border showdown with Nebraska eight-man all-stars. That game is June 27 at Fort Hays State University in Hays.

2009 Shrine Bowl

Ericson and Johnston will meet again in July as teammates for the 2009 Kansas Shrine Bowl All-Star Football Game’s East Squad. They were selected by a mail ballot of over 30 sports media professionals in December.
The East Squad head coach is Rod Stallbaumer of Lyndon High School. The West Squad head coach is Bo Black of Great Bend High School.
The Kansas Shrine Bowl game is July 25 at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Advance reserved chair back tickets for the game are $20. Adult general admission tickets are $12 in advance. Student tickets (K-12) are $6 in advance. Game day tickets, if available, are $1 more at Cessna Stadium.
The Kansas Shrine Bowl All-Star Football Game is an annual event featuring two football teams composed of 68 of the best graduated high school players from the east and west.
Other Shrine Bowl events scheduled in Wichita on July 25 are an open 2-mile road race that includes 60 cross country all-star runners, a giant Shrine Parade, a kids fair, a high school combine, and a poker run for bikes, autos and trucks.
Additional information is available and tickets may be purchased through the Shrine Bowl office at 1-800-530-5524.
Proceeds from all Shrine Bowl events support the Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of 22 hospitals that provides expert, no-cost orthopedic, burn, and spinal care to children under 18.
Children are admitted free to Shriners Hospitals for Children without regard for race, religion, nationality, creed, or relationship to a Shriner.