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Local seniors selected to Shriner all-star football game

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Seniors Blake Traeger of Kennedy High School (left) and Zach Adams of St. Paul High School (right) will play opposite each other in the 62nd annual East West Shrine All-Star Football Game in August.Four local athletes were honored recently to compete in Oregon’s 62nd Annual East West Shrine All-Star Football Game in August.

The event is a long-running tradition, where the best senior football players from the 1A to 4A high school classifications are selected to compete in Baker City, with proceeds from the game going to the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children.

Senior lineman Zach Adams of St. Paul was selected to represent the Buckaroos on the West team, where he will be joined by head coach Tony Smith as part of the coaching staff. The Bucks finished 7-5 last fall and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1A state playoffs.

On the opposite side of the ball, Kennedy High School’s Blake Traeger will represent the Trojans for the East team. Traeger played tight end and strong safety for Kennedy, which went 6-4 last season and qualified for the first round of the 2A state playoffs.

Joining Adams on the West roster as an alternate is teammate Keenan Wood, who split time as a receiver and defensive lineman.

North Marion senior Kyle Williamson was also selected as an alternate for the West team as a receiver, defensive back and kick returner after helping the Huskies finish 4-1 in league to make the play-in round of the 4A state tournament.

Another Husky, Mikayla Olinger, was selected for the West team’s cheerleader squad.

All members of the Shrine all-star team visit the Shriners Hospital in Portland before they play to meet and visit with the children who benefit from game proceeds.

The Shrine game will take place in Baker City on Aug. 2. For more information, go to www.eastwestshrinefootball.com.




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