One more time under the lights

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Mason Hendrix, middle, is one of four Wildcats that will play one more time under the lights. Kyle Troutman/

Wildcats sends quartet for gridiron game

In what has become one of the ultimate honors in southwest Missouri, Shannon Haney, Anthony Tolbert, Evan Kessinger and Mason Hendrix will represent Cassville on Friday in the 18th annual Sertoma Grin Iron Classic at JFK Stadium in Springfield.

Cassville Coach Lance Parnell said he is blessed to have players that are chosen to play in this game.

The West All-Star team will be headed by Shannon Haney and 13 other members of the Big 8 Conference on Friday at the Grin iron Classic. Kyle Troutman/

“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 43 players named to the squad 14 (33 percent) are from the Big 8 Conference. Other Big 8 players joining Cassville’s include:

• Monett: William Murphy

• Seneca: Elijah Dodson

• Marshfield: Austin Porter, Brock Utecht, Truett Gardner, Brandon Pogue and Keegan O’Dell

• McDonald County: Oakley Roessler

• Nevada: Trey Beachler and Tristan Mitchem

With the conference’s expansion, another five Big 8 members are on the East Team.

• Springfield Catholic: Tyson Riley

• Mt. Vernon: Luke McKinzie

• Reeds Spring: Seth Stamps, Ben Moler, and Justin Miller

Full rosters are:

East coaching staff

Steve Ary, West Plains, Head Coach and Defensive coordinator

Scott Womack, West Plains, Co-Offensive coordinator.

Matt Perkins, West Plains, Co-Offensive coordinator.

Corey Porter, West Plains, Offensive Line

Steve Hancock, Springfield Catholic, Offensive Line

Ryan Smith, West Plains, Wide Receivers

Ethan Smith, West Plains, Defensive Backs

Tyler Spittler, Cabool, Defensive Backs

East roster

Seth Stamps, Reeds Spring

Zeke Sappington, Carthage

Jayden Morgan, Carthage

Tyson Riley, Catholic

Garel McGinley, West Plains

Weston Mitchell, West Plains

Andrew Holden, Mtn. View – Liberty

Blaize Klossner, Rolla

Cash Calton, Camdenton

Beau Ary, West Plains

Colten Foster, Mtn. View – Liberty

Sam Ball, Salem

Trevor Thompson, Mtn. Grove

Nic Lewis, Joplin

Colton Winder, Carthage

Braden Hufstedler, Thayer

Tallon Heimbach Willard

Trey Cressman, West Plains

Lane Jett, West Plains

CJ Lee, Houston

Ian Ary, West Plains

Ethan Sandoval, Ozark

Daniel Cobb, West Plains

Kylan Draper, Camdenton

Ben Moler, Reeds Spring

Jack Myers, Joplin

Marlin Briggs, Camdenton

Dylan Wemer, Joplin

Justin Miller, Reeds Spring

Luke McKinzie, Mt. Vernon

Sebastian Agnew, West Plains

Andrew Raney, Carthage

Dylan Scaggs, West Plains

Ivick Chittenden, Ava

Jadyn Withrow, Joplin

Jacob Swope, West Plains

Logan Armitage, Hollister

Dylan Spencer, Thayer

Shawn Smith, Cabool

Mason Bryant, Carthage

West coaching staff

Cody Bull, Marshfield, Head Coach

Wes Beachler, Nevada, Tight Ends

Nate Thomas, Kickapoo, Offensive Coordinator

Matt Holt, Marshfield, Defensive Backs

Adam Wright, Marshfield, Wide Receivers

Keaton Patterson, Marshfield, Linebackers

Roy Kaderly, Marshfield, Offensive Line

Paul Lewis, Marshfield, Defensive Line

Trevor Casterlin, Marshfield, Defensive Backs

Scott Smith, Marshfield, Running Backs

Ben Glidewell , Cassville, Defensive Coordinator

West roster

Shannon Haney, Cassville

Austin Porter, Marshfield

Blake Delacruz, Parkview

Durand Henderson, Webb City

Alex Gaskill, Webb City

Brock Utecht, Marshfield

Ty Glendenning, Lebanon

Jacob Monroe, Webb City

Truett Gardner, Marshfield

Brenden Weaver, Hillcrest

Anthony Tolbert, Cassville

Oakley Roessler, McDonald County

Tyler White, Carl Junction

Blake Neal, Bolivar

Jaden Duvall, Republic

William Murphy, Monett

Tyler Huffman, Carl Junction

Jayden Ivey, Lebanon

Trent McFall, Nixa

Seth Smith, Bolivar

Tre’Von Letts, Neosho

Evan Kessinger, Cassville

Race Cottongim, Lebanon

Kenesareta Moi, Hillcrest

Brandon Pogue, Marshfield

Tristan Mitchem, Nevada

Elijah Dodson, Seneca

Isaac Morgan, Marionville

Caleb Gouge, Lamar

Matt Miller, Webb City

Jordan Gold, Republic

Keegan O’Dell, Marshfield

Cooper Wallace, Bolivar

Mason Hendrix, Cassville

Kipp Box, Neosho

Malik Culp, Lebanon

Ethan Day, Parkview

Trey Beachler, Nevada

Austin Hutson, Kickapoo

Tyrone Newburn, Parkview

Jevin Huddleston, Parkview

Brock Pitts, Bolivar

Grant Burkett, Webb City

The Grin Iron Classic will also feature tours of the Tooth Truck, ICON CHEER, the National Guard color guard, a visit from Ronald McDonald, concessions and commemorative programs and T-shirts.

Since its inception in 2002, the Tooth Truck has helped almost 25,000 children with dental treatment valued at more than $16.1 million through 56,100 dental appointments.

The philosophy of The Tooth Truck is to complete each child’s treatment plan so every patient has a healthy smile.

The Tooth Truck operates Monday through Friday, all year-round, visiting sites such as Great Circle, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Salvation Army when schools are not in session. There is no charge for services provided by the Tooth Truck as it operates entirely on donations from the community and Missouri Medicaid reimbursements.

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.

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