Blu Risseeuw, a recent Enterprise High School graduate and only local participant in last Saturdays 61st Annual East West Shrine Football Game held in Baker City, describes playing his final football game as a bittersweet experience.
Playing with and against the best 3/A and 2/A high school football players in Oregon, Risseeuw played significant time both on offense and defense for an East team that held the lead entering the fourth quarter, and then lost by a 33-23 score.
Although on the field for the final time playing a sport he loves, Risseeuw felt good about how it ended. It was an honor to play in that game, he said. Its really a big deal. It was cool playing with kids that good. Nobody was a star because everyone was a star.
Every year, before practices begin for the annual football game staged to raise money for Shriner hospitals, participating players tour the Shriners Hospital for Children, in Portland.
The 2013 EHS graduate called the visit moving, adding the children from Shriner hospitals are why the football game is played.
Still, Risseeuw said, We didnt get to visit with the kids as much as I had hoped.
After playing three years of high school football in Elgin, the three-sport athlete completed his high school playing days in an Enterprise uniform.
Winning football games is a standout memory for Risseeuw during his senior year at Enterprise. He adds that, playing for the Outlaws provided him his only opportunity to play in a state playoff football game.
This fall Risseeuw will attend Lewis-Clark State College, in Lewiston, Idaho. Risseeuw says he will try out for that schools nationally recognized baseball program this fall, yet even if asked to be part of the team not make a commitment to play the spring sport until a later date.
I imagine Ill be pretty busy, he says.