The Pella High boys basketball team is trying to advance to the Class 3A Substate Finals, and forward Grant Gustafson has been a key component in the success of the Little Dutch this season. The standout student-athlete talked with KNIA/KRLS Sports Director Eric Gotschall about the team’s success on the hardwood, his plans after graduation, and the excitement of being chosen for this summer’s Iowa Shrine Bowl game.
Football season may be a couple months away, but over the next week, the top senior football players from across the state of Iowa this past season will strap on the pads and helmets and get ready to hit somebody as the 38th annual Shrine Bowl All Star football game will be played on Saturday.
Players, cheerleaders and coaches for the 38th annual 2010 Shrine Bowl All Star football game were introduced yesterday during a media day at the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine Temple in Altoona and Pella senior Blaine Forsythe will be a member of the South squad.
Not many athletes get the chance to play in the annual Shrine Bowl All Star football game. Pella Christians Eli Groenendyk not only got that chance, but he caught a touchdown pass on the games opening offensive possession and was voted the Offensive MVP of the game. Groenendyk says he really enjoyed the entire week leading up to the game, but never expected to have a touchdown just a couple of minutes into the game: He says it took a few days to get back in football mode and adjust to playing with and against the best players in Iowa: Groenendyk just graduated from Pella Christian and says he plans to attend Northwestern College in Orange City on a basketball scholarship in the FalL. You can hear the entire interview with Groenendyk later tonight on the Marion County PM Sports Page show on KNIA/KRLS starting around 6:20pm.