Some of Marion County’s best football players will have one last chance to hit the field as high school athletes before college begins this weekend.
Pella’s State Champion quarterback and corner Nick Finney, Pella Christian’s record-book torching quarterback and linebacker David Kacmarynski, Twin Cedars’ Jake Crozier, and PCM’s stellar wideout Luke Greiner have all been invited to participate in the 45th Iowa Shrine Bowl this Saturday, July 29th at 4 p.m..
For Finney, it represents what is likely his final time in a football uniform, as he has no plans to continue his career at college.
“It’s obviously a really big honor to be selected to the Shrine Bowl. Coach Mac (Jay McKinstrey) nominated me and then I was selected by the south head coach. It’s an honor to get to have one last chance to play football in high school and to get to raise some money for the Shriner’s organization.”
Kacmarynski is following in the footsteps of his father Rich, who played in the Shrine Bowl as a senior at Mallard and is also an assistant coach this year.
“It’s great, and it’s something that he talked about playing in the Shrine Bowl when he was in high school. Ever since I was a little kid I heard the stories and it’s something I wanted to emulate and now I get a chance to do that.”
The Pleasantville Dance Team has also been selected to represent the state as the All-Star Dance Team.
All Shrine Bowl participants are playing for more than just an all-star showcase — each player is tasked with raising funds for Shriner’s Hospitals located in the Midwest. The Shriner’s provide care to hundreds of Iowa’s physically handicapped children and thousands in the Midwest.