SHRINE GAME SPOTLIGHTS TOP TALENT
By Raenelle Kwock
Four local players will suit up for the East in the East-West Shrine All-Star Football game Saturday at Baker Bulldog Memorial Stadium.
Powder Valley High School graduate Todd Baxter, Wallowa's Randy Spaur, Elgin's Blake Eckstein and Joseph's Randall Eschler will play for the East.
Picked as alternates were Deven Thompson of Powder Valley, Travis Hoskins of Imbler and Collin Cunning-ham of Enterprise.
Baxter, the Pacific Northwest 8-man Player of the Year for Oregon, Idaho and Washington, led the Badgers to the Class 1A state title. Baxter had 3,951 yards passing, rushing and receiving last year, and generated 10,645 yards of offense for his varsity career, passing for 111 touchdowns and rushing for 53 more.
Spaur broke bones in his leg near midseason, ending his high school career. Spaur had 708 yards of offense in 4 1/2 games. He had 523 yards rushing and gained another 185 yards on nine catches.
Eckstein was a tailback and linebacker. Eckstein also won the Class 2A state wrestling championship at 215 pounds last year.
Eschler gained more than 1,400 yards rushing. He had 367 yards of offense against Union and 283 yards rushing against Enterprise.
Hoskins was a wide receiver for Imbler, while Cunningham was a guard and linebacker for Enterprise.
The East head coach is Bill Yester of Myrtle Point. He will be assisted by Siuslaw's Tim Dodson and South Wasco County's Dan Taylor.
2004 Shrine Schedule
1 p.m. Depart for East/West Day - Baker City Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
View downtown window displays
Tour Bulldog Memorial Stadium in Baker City
Shrine Day at Baker County Fair
6 p.m. Barbecue at Baker County Fairgrounds on Campbell Street
7:30 p.m. Board buses for Eastern Oregon University
10 p.m. Shrine ceremonial at Quality Inn in Baker City (for Shriners only)
8 a.m. Shrine Golf Tournament at Buffalo Peak in Union
5 p.m. Player/family barbecue at EOU football field
6:30 a.m. Cattle women's breakfast at fairgrounds
9:30 Parade lineup
10:30 Shrine community parade
12:30 p.m. Queen's social (past and current queens) - Sunridge (invitation only)
1 p.m. Al Kader barbecue at Sunridge
4 p.m. Game officials dinner at Elks - Call Ric Sherman at 541-567-9492 for tickets
6 p.m. Pre-game ceremony Bulldog Memorial Stadium
7 p.m. 2004 East-West Shrine football game kickoff
9 a.m. Game critique meeting -E-W Shrine committee members