Wildcat duo head to All-star football game
Phelps, Medina represent Cassville on Friday night
In what has become one of the ultimate honors in southwest Missouri, Gilbert Medina and Devin Phelps will represent Cassville on Friday in the 16th annual Sertoma Grin Iron Classic.
Phelps will anchor the West All-Stars’ offensive line.
“Devin has been a three-year starter for us on both sides of the ball,” said Lance Parnell, Cassville coach. “He’s going to go on and play at the next level at Missouri Southern. he had a great career for us and was an All-State lineman. He and the other four guys on our line kept the team moving forward.”
Parnell said Phelps’ leadership and determination are what set him apart from the typical football player.
“He’s a big, physical kid with a bit of nasty in him,” Parnell said. “When you design a football player, you use Devin as your model.”
Medina missed the first game of his senior season because he did not have enough practices to qualify to play.
The reason for missing practices was due to him attending basic training for the National Guard.
Once back and eligible for the Wildcats, he terrorized opponents and became a dependable force for the Cassville football team.
“Gilbert did everything I asked of him and stepped up his leadership role,” Parnell said. “He was a joy to coach and made plays on the field.”
Parnell said he is blessed to have players that are chosen to play in this game.
“You want to nominate players that will go up to this game and represent the school, community and our program well,” Parnell said. “Then, you get your players chosen and that tells you that they are going to play well for the West side, and as a coach, you can’t help but be proud.”
The West All-Star roster contains several familiar faces. Of the 48 players named to the squad 18 (38 percent) are from the Big 8 Conference.
Monett sends Ian Meyer, quarterback; Mason Swearingen, defensive back; Michael Branch, running back; Alex Turner, tight end; Aiden Brown, offensive lineman; Kurran Bartkoski, offensive lineman; and Cameron Cody, kicker.
From East Newton, linebacker Coleman Booker will participate.
Mt. Vernon will be represented by Garrett Hadlock, quarterback; Jarrett Massie, wide receiver; James Lee, offensive line; and Shain Lester, offensive line.
Aurora quarterback Payton Evans will play, as will Seneca’s Lance Hymer, linebacker.
From Lamar, Anthony Wilkerson, defensive back, and Angel Contreras, offensive lineman, will attend.
Parnell will serve as the linebackers coach, and Cassville’s Rick Lawson will be the assistant head coach of the West All-Star team.
The Grin Iron Classic will also feature tours of the Tooth Truck, ICON CHEER, the National Guard colorguard, a visit from Ronald McDonald, concessions and commemorative programs and T-shirts.
Since its inception in 2002, the Tooth Truck has helped almost 22,000 children with dental treatment valued at more than $13 million through 50,800 dental appointments.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6, and children 6-and-under are free.
The Grin Iron Classic is presented by Delta Dental of Missouri and the Heart of the Ozarks Sertoma Club.