Iola High’s Shapel signs to play Butler football

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High senior John Shapel signed to play football at Butler Community College next year. On hand for the signing were his parents (seated) Randall and Yetti Shapel and Iola High head football coach Rick Horton.

Following in his big brother’s footsteps is John Shapel, Iola High senior. Well, not exactly.
John Shapel is a 6-4, 185-pound wide receiver which a little smaller than his brother, Robert, who goes at 6-4, 300 pounds.
John Shapel is following Robert to Butler Community College in El Dorado to play football. He recently signed a letter of intent to play for the two-time defending NJCAA national champion Grizzlies.
“I was familiar with their program and they knew me because my brother played there,” Shapel said.
Shapel played only five full games this season before he tore the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee during a game. He caught 29 passes for 553 yards and had five touchdown receptions. Shapel made six interceptions in the five games he played, which led the team.
“The Butler coaches knew I was on track with my rehab with the knee,” Shapel said.
Butler head coach Troy Morrell said he was confident Shapel would come back strong from the injury.
“John is a person of character and very athletic. He is a wide receiver that will fit in our scheme here,” Morrell said.
Shapel earned honorable mention state honors in Class 4A and was named to the All-Southeast Kansas League first team two years in a row.
Shapel is undecided on a college major. He is the son of Randall and Yetti Shapel of Iola.
His brother, Robert, played two years at BCC.