Imblerís Rowdy Graves is one of five local players selected to participate in the East-West Shrine football game scheduled to be played Aug. 3 in Baker City. (Observer file photo)
Five local players have been selected to participate in the 61st East-West Shrine football game scheduled for Aug. 3 in Baker City.
Representing the East squad will be La Grande’s Leon Fuller, Imbler’s Rowdy Graves, Cove’s Cameron McCowan, Powder Valley’s Colton Eubanks and Enterprise’s Blu Risseeuw.
Those five will team with 25 other players from the eastern region of Oregon to take on the West’s best in the annual event.
Fuller was selected as an offensive tackle/middle linebacker. The nomination concludes what has been a stellar senior year for Fuller.
“It’s a pretty big deal to me,” Fuller said. “I wasn’t expecting this at all.”
“Leon’s work ethic is second to none,” LHS head football coach Kenny Mace said. “He’s always there to work hard, and he finds himself in the right spot because of that.”
Mace said Fuller should make an impact in the East-West Shrine Game.
“He definitely does whatever it takes to get the job done. He was a leader for us at the (middle) linebacker spot.
“He was a team captain the day I was hired. He’s a motivating kind of guy.”
Fuller wants to make a good impression for fans.
“I want to do well for my team. Hopefully, we can give people a show.”
Graves was a key player on offense and defense for the Panthers. He helped Imbler to a 10-1 record and a spot in the state semifinals.
The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Graves was selected as a center and nose guard for the summer showcase.
Eubanks was one of the top running backs at the 1A level last season for the Badgers. His season highlight was a 305-yard, nine- touchdown game against Pine Eagle.
“Colton is a fun player to coach, one that doesn’t come along very often,” Powder Valley head coach Dan Townsend said.
“It seems strange saying a 300-yard night with five touchdowns is typical, but that’s the amazing effort Colton gave us all season. Every time he touches the ball, you know something great might happen.”
McCowan earned first-team all-Old Oregon League honors on the defensive and offensive lines last season for the Leopards. He was picked as a guard/
defensive lineman for the Shrine Game.
The do-everything Risseeuw was a threat on both offense and defense for the Outlaws last fall.
At 6-1 and 160 pounds, Risseeuw will play running back and defensive back in the Shrine Game.
The West won last year’s game on a last-second field goal, 31-28.
It was the third consecutive win for the West, and the fourth in the last five years, pulling the West within 29-28-3 in the series.