Future Cyclones on Display Saturday

The Cyclone Nation will have an opportunity to get a sneak peak at future ISU football players, when Ames hosts the 2005 Iowa Shrine All-Star Game on Saturday.


Representing the ISU football team will be:


- Matt Berg             Aurelia HS

- Justin Gross           Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn HS

- Tyson Unkrich        Mount Pleasant HS

- Levi Kanwischer     Urbandale HS

- Logan McGee         Chariton HS

- James Smith Council Bluffs (Thomas Jefferson) HS

- Mike Knapp            West Des Moines Valley HS

- Jake Leazer           Fairfield HS


Highlighting the list is 5-foot-9, 175 pound Smith and 6-foot-1, 185 pound Kanwischer.


Smith wrapped up his senior season with 836 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had 115 total tackles and one interception as a defensive back. His junior year, he rushed for 1,369 yards on 239 carriers.


Kanwischer was a Des Moines Register Elite Team All-State Selection. The wideout had 56 career receptions for 1,202 yards and 19 touchdowns. 


Every fall each Iowa High School coaches is asked to recommend a defensive and offensive player whom he believes will be a good representative of the school and community.


Then in November the Iowa high School Coaches Association selects a head coach for each team. Assistants are chosen from all of Iowa's classes (4A-1A/A and eight man). From this point the coaches select players from the nominations submitted by their high school coaches.


In all 44 graduating High School seniors are selected by each coaching staff. The squads are divided by geography, with the division line between the north and the south being Highway 30. Going east to west, the western extension is from Denison to Onawa. Schools boardering Highway 30 have players on the south squad, except for Cedar Rapids. Those schools players are on the north squad, with the lone exception being Cedar Rapids Prairie, which represents the south.


Nine years ago an All-Star Cheerleader program was added. The cheerleaders are nominated by their schools and then attend a tryout. Nearly 60 cheerleaders are honored each year.


The Iowa Shrine All-Star Football Game was established in 1973. The contributions from this annual event now total over $1.8 million dollars in support of the Shrine Hospital programs for children. All profits from the game are distributed to the hospital programs.


Each year total contributions continue to rise – in 2001 the game raised $64,000; in 2002 - $70,000; in 2003 - $72,000 and the 2004 game raised a record $101,000.



                                 EVENTS FOR THE 2005 ALL-STAR GAME


 July 22         Honor Banquet, 6:15 P.M. Hilton Coliseum. Parents, family members,

friends, and sponsors welcome to attend.  Advance registration

required. Meal price will be $30  each.  Game participants are complimentary.

July 23        Parade 10:30 A.M.  Main Street Ames  Route to be announced.
                  Game: 7:00 P.M. Jack Trice Stadium, ISU Campus - gates open  

        4:30 P.M.


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