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Nebraska Shrine Bowl off and running in Kearney

North and South teams hold first day of activities before Nebraska Shrine Bowl on Saturday, July 11.
Published: Jul. 6, 2020 at 10:03 PM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Players and coaches for both the North and South Teams began preparations early Monday for the 62nd Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl. The South Team held practice at Kearney High, while the North Team held practice at Horizon Middle School.

Head coaches Mark Macke (North Team) and Ryan Thompson (South Team) said it is unique following health guidelines but they are thankful for the opportunity to compete.

“We’re doing the best we can. We’re trying to keep our masks on as much as possible, especially when we’re indoors,” Macke said. “Trying to do as much social distancing as we can inside but you know when you’re out on the football field. You cross the line it ends there.”

For the players, they look forward to when they can put on their school’s helmet one last time.

“It means a lot to get to represent the Hastings community and Adams Central and just put on a show one last time,” Adams Central graduate Evan Johnson said.

“Grand Island football has meant a lot to me so to be able to represent them on more time is a really big deal and I’m proud to do it,” Grand Island graduate Ace McKinnis said.

The Shrine Bowl kicks-off on July 11 at 2 p.m. CT from Ron & Carol Cope Stadium.

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