Six local players selected to play in 2022 Kansas Shrine Bowl

The 49th Kansas Shrine Bowl will take place in Pittsburg this summer

PITTSBURG, Ks. – The rosters for the Kansas Shrine Bowl were released on Saturday. Six local players have been selected to play in the game and will represent the East team in this year’s game in Pittsburg.

Galena’s Brett Sarwinski has been selected to play as a defensive back. He’s the third Sarwinski brother to represent Galena and play in the Shrine Bowl.

“I was very excited,” Sarwinski says. “I have two older brothers that got to play in it and when I found out I got to play in it, that was awesome. I get to carry on the tradition for the Sarwinski family. It’s going to be awesome.”

Sarwinski’s  looking forward to the game being played at Carnie Smith Stadium.

“PJ and Nick both play at Pitt State. I go up there every chance I get to watch them play. Playing on that field is going to be awesome. I’ll have support from my community. I know they’ll be behind my back. It’s going to be a fun time.”

Brett was initially selected to the team, whereas his brothers were both late add-ons.

“Finding out that I was initially selected is something I can joke around with them about forever now,” Sarwinski says with a smile.

From Frontenac, Cruz Blair will play as a lineman in the game.

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Blair is a three-time all-state player and helped lead the Raiders to a state runner-up finish this past season.

“I found out when Coach Smith and some of my other coaches told me congratulations,” Blair says. “It’s always been a goal. I’ve always wanted to play in the Shrine Bowl. I’m glad I get to.  I wish there were other guys out there with me from the team, but I’m happy to be there.”

Joining Sarwinski and Blair on the roster is lineman Kody Schalk from Columbus.

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Schalk is an all-state player and is committed to Pitt State.

Linebacker Brecken Troike from Girard will also play defense for the East team. He had over 100 tackles this season and was an all conference, all-state selection.

“I’m still not grasping it all the way that I get to play in it,” Troike says. “I’m glad that I get to represent Girard and I hope everyone supports me through this.”

He joins his coach, Neal Philpot, on the Shrine Bowl East team. Philpot was named to the coaching staff in December.

“Coach Philpot and I get along really well,” Troike says. “It will be fun playing with him one more time. I also know Cruz Blair and Kody Schalk pretty well. Brett, too, of course. I’ve been playing him in basketball, baseball and football. I’m glad they’re on my team.”

Kolten Lacrone will represent Chanute in the game. Lacrone is a first-team all-state player as a defensive lineman.

Lastly, Independence’s Davis Merrick will be the East team’s kicker.

The Shrine Bowl will take place on Saturday, July 23rd in Pittsburg, Kansas.