Shrine Bowl North team readies for Saturday’s showdown

Published: Jun. 10, 2022 at 12:07 AM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Wyoming’s best high school football players have made their way to Casper to put their skills on display in the 49th edition of the Wyoming Shrine Bowl. The game will feature Wyoming’s most elite group of graduated high school seniors on the gridiron.

“My sister[’s] boyfriend played in this game, and I watched him play in it awhile back, and ever since then I wanted to play in it,” said Kelly Walsh’s Cameron Burkett about being a part of the festivities. “It’s just been a good time.”

Teams have been divided between the North and the South. The North will look to get back on track after dropping last summer’s contest for the first time since 2012.

“It was like super honoring to me because my whole family’s been in it,” said Natrona County’s Billy Brenton about having the opportunity to play in Saturday’s game. “My dad [and] my brother [have played in it, so] it’s cool for me to be in it too because it’s just like what my family’s been through.”

Brenton will also play with his high school teammates Brendyn Nelson and Jake Sides from Natrona County. Burkett will be the lone Trojan representing on Saturday.

Nathan Cousineau will represent reigning 1A 9-man state champions Shoshoni. Ernesto Cabriales and Robert Koivupalo will represent Lander Valley on the North squad, too.

The game will kick off at 2 p.m. at Natrona County High School on Saturday. Proceeds from the game will be donated to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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