Joseph running back Dusty Witherrite and Enterprise offensive lineman Jimmy Van Belle have been chosen as alternates for the 51st Annual East West Shrine Game. The game is scheduled to be played Saturday, August 9 at Baker City High School Stadium.
Approximately 150 high schools participate in this activity contributing 120 young men as players and six of Oregon's league winning coaches to direct them. Player selection is conducted solely by these six coaches.
Players are considered on the basis of athletic ability, GPA, character, absence of any juvenile criminal record and graduating senior status in the year that he was selected. Each team will consist of a 30 man player squad and a 30 man alternate squad, each of which is comprised of 14 players from the 3A schools 12 from the 2A schools and 4 from the 1A schools. Should any one of the players be disqualified they will be replaced from the alternate lineup.
Rob Younger from Sweet Home High School will serve as head coach for the East team. Assisting him will be Monte Nash from Grant Union High School and Alan Stanfield from Powder Valley High School.
The West coaching staff is headed up by Kurt Hargett from Newport High School. assisting him will be Jim Keizur from Harrisburg High School in Springfield and Dan Perry from Perrydale High School in Keizer.
The Shrine East West Game began in 1952 for the specific purpose of recognizing the athletes and coaches from the smaller schools that have lacked the backing to become notable.