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Shrine Game July 26 in Ames will have lots of local connections

Monday, July 7, 2008

The 36th annual Iowa Shrine All-Star Football Game will be played on Saturday July 26 at Jack Trice Stadium, on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.

Coach Myron Radke
Several players, coaches and officials from this area will be involved in this year's game, which is scheuled to kick off at 7 p.m.

Long-time Aurelia coach Myron Radke is the Head Coach of the North Squad, and his assistant coaches include Keith Hanks of Sioux City North, who is married to 1989 Aurelia High School graduate Nickie Pierce, and Kevin Hammer of Alta.

Chris Campbell
The North squad player roster includes Aurelia quarterback Jared Bruce (who may possibly be playing a different position in the Shrine game); Cherokee Washington wide receiver Chris Campbell; and Storm Lake lineman Jordan Carlson, who is the grandson of Cliff and Doris Carlson of Aurelia.

Jared Bruce
The head coaches are allowed to choose a six-person sideline "chain gang" to run the yardage and first down markers on the field, and Radke has chosen a crew which has worked the sidelines at Aurelia's home games for nearly 30 years - Bob Nelson (the longest-tenured member of the gang), Dar Evans, Dana Honsbruch, Ron Anderson, Larry Reilly and Bruce Jones, who replaced his brother Ron on the gang many years ago. All but Evans are alumni of Aurelia High School.

This competent group will be handling "chain gang" duties at the July 26 Shrine football game in Ames. File Photo by Dan Whitney
The "Aurelia Chain Gang" members are especially appreciative for the opportunity to work this game, as they were hoping to work the State 8-Man Championship game a few years ago, but those plans were scuttled when the Bulldogs lost to Central Fenton in the semifinals of the State playoffs.

Avid Bulldog Booster Bruce Jones, also a certified official, is a proud alumnus of Iowa State, as is his son Bart, who spent some time on the Jack Trice sidelines himself a few years ago, serving as an equipment manager for the Cyclone football squad when he was a student at ISU.

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