The idea of playing a football match in June may seem strange at first. Then the players discover the cause of the annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl, and the decision immediately becomes a no-brainer.
On Sunday, participating players and coaches gathered in Lincoln to celebrate their accomplishments and reveal the roster for the 64th annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl football game, which will be played June 4 at Nebraska-Kearney’s Cope Stadium. Outside of Lincoln North Star, every school in Lincoln has at least one participant on Team South, with a total of 12 Lincoln-area players competing in the Shrine Bowl.
These players include: Owen Anthony and Luke Blatchford (South East); Julian Castillo and James Frank (Pius X); Dylan Gray and Gavin Wilbur (northeast); Jack L’Heureux (Lincoln Lutheran); Jake Leader (Southwest), Carter Sitzman (Lincoln Christian); Billie Stephenson and Noah Walters (East); and Taylor Wieczorek (Lincoln High).
Castillo and Frank were both surprised and happy to learn that they had been selected for the Shrine Bowl, and while that would require them to maintain their training schedules before the summer, it was already going to be. for the pair of college football hopefuls.
“I’m excited for this, I love football so this is another opportunity to do what you love and have fun,” said Frank, who is committed to Wayne State.