This summer's Shrine Bowl will showcase some stars of Wallowa County.
Wallowa High School quarterback Tyler Harshfield, Enterprise lineman Jaymes Butterfield and Amity linebacker Chad Chitwood, a native of Enterprise, will play July 31 with the state's best graduates in Baker City at the 58th annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game.
Harshfield earned a spot on the East team by engineering a prolific season. In just 10 games, including six victories and a state playoff, the Old Oregon League all-star threw for 3,057 yards and 43 touchdowns. He also scrambled 152 times for 1,441 yards and 21 TDs. His best performance happened Sept. 11 at home against St. Paul, which eventually won the state's Class 1A championship. That afternoon, Harshfield produced 524 yards on 27 pass completions and added another 204 yards on 22 carries.
As a senior, Harshfield put together a stellar season in a league brimming with talented quarterbacks. Jered Witty of Cove and Imbler's Bryan Mills also earned all-district honors.
Butterfield will join Harshfield on the East. Butterfield was a big reason Enterprise enjoyed four wins, its most since 2002. On defense, the nose guard made 58 tackles, including three sacks, and caused four fumbles. Meanwhile, his blocking guided an offense oriented around the run. Sophomore tailback Marcus Lynn managed 89.3 yards per game. He rushed for 178 against Liberty Christian.
At Baker High School's Bulldog Stadium, Harshfield and Butterfield will team up to challenge Chitwood and the West. The son of Don and Tonya, and grandson of Harold and Bobbi, he was born in Enterprise before moving at age 5. As a senior at Amity High School, he helped the Warriors win the Class 3A championship. The linebacker totaled 115 tackles and 3 interceptions. He made 14 tackles in the championship final. Coaches in the West Valley League voted him co-Defensive Player of the Year.
This summer, Chitwood will play in Baker City alongside Amity quarterback Bobby Hatch.