One more time under the lights

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Wildcats send a pair for one more gridiron game

Hunter Bailey will take the field one more time for Cassville on Friday. Kyle Troutman/

In what has become one of the ultimate honors in southwest Missouri, Garret Knight and Hunter Bailey will represent Cassville on Friday in the 17th annual Sertoma Grin Iron Classic.

Cassville Coach Lance 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 41 players named to the squad 13 (32 percent) are from the Big 8 Conference.

Monett sends Coy Butterworth, offensive lineman, to represent the Cubs.

From East Newton, defensive lineman Zach Whittlesey will participate.

Mt. Vernon will be represented by Andrew Montemayor, free safety; Jayden Buttram, kicker; and Samuel Robinson, running back;

Aurora tailback Clayton Dunning will play for the Houn’ Dawgs of Aurora.

For Seneca, Max Roark, wide reciever and Gavin Dunnam, defensive end will strap on the pads.

From Lamar, Cooper Lucas, running back; and T.W. Ayers, defensive end, will attend.

McDonald County is sending Isrrael De Santiago, linebacker.

Mt. Vernon’s Tom Cox will serve as the head coach of the West All-Stars. He will be joined by his assistants Chris Johnson, Kelly Beckner, Garrison Earnest and Joy Mayberry. East Newton’s Broc Wolfe, along with Cassville’s Craig Weldy, will be on staff. From Republic, Dustin Baldwin and Zac Nelson complete the West coaches.

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 23,100 children with dental treatment valued at more than $14.3 million through 53,00 dental appointments.

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

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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