Grin Iron Classic All-Star rosters announced

Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Jericho Farris scoots away from a tackler during the state semifinal against Maryville this season. Farris was selected as a running back for the Grin Iron Classic. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

June 4 game cancelled due to COVID-19

Nearly 100 local high school athletes from Southwest Missouri, including five from Cassville, have been selected as part of the 2021 Grin Iron Classic (GIC) All-Star High School Football Teams.

However, in light of continued social distancing requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sertoma GIC will not be played this year, though the team members will be recognized. The event typically is held the first Friday night of June and benefits the Tooth Truck, Springfield’s Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.

Zach Coenen breaks a tackle in the Wildcats’ state semifinal game against Maryville this season. Coenen was selected as a Grin Iron Classic All-Star. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

The East and West Sertoma All-Star players selected for the 20th Annual Grin Iron Classic have been acknowledged in an online version of the game program with photos and bios, celebrating each player’s accomplishments throughout the year. In addition, Mediacom will showcase the GIC All-Stars, sponsors and charity in a special “From The Studio” airing on MC22.

To access the game program, and dates and times of the MC22 show, people may visit https://rmhcozarks.org/events/grin-iron-classic.

Local gridiron stars recognized this year include:

• Jericho Farris, running back, Cassville, son of Betty Issler, 5-10, 190 pounds, First Team All-State, All-District, All-Conference and All-Area

• Zach Coenen, linebacker, Cassville, son of Susan and Tom Coenen, 6-1, 220 pounds, First Team All-State, All-District, All-Conference, All-Area, All-Big 8 West, MFCA and SWMFCA, Academic All-State, 220-pound wrestling state champion, football scholarship to Pittsburg State

• Jaiden Reibert, offensive lineman, Cassville, son of Chris and Billie Reibert, 6-4, 300 pounds, First Team All-Conference, All-District, All-Region, All-State and All-State Media, football scholarship to Evangel University

• Patrick Dunker, defensive tackle, Cassville, son of Steven and Kristie Dunker, 6-0, 285 pounds, First Team All-State and All-District, Second Team All-Area, Third Team All-Conference and Big 8 West, National Honor Society, 4-year Academic Letter, Academic All-State, Technology Student Association, Track & Field (shot put)

• Drake Reese, kicker, Cassville, son of Stacy Reese, 6-3, 200 pounds, First Team All-Conference wide receiver and kicker, First Team All-State kicker, Second Team All-conference defensive back, All-Region wide receiver, state semifinalist

• Cole Davis, linebacker, Monett, son of Elmer and Dianna Davis, 5-11, 235 pounds, First Team Big 8, Second Team All-District, All-Area and Big 8, football scholarship to Evangel University

• Dylan Lynch, defensive back, Monett, son of Nathan and Michelle Wilson, 6-3, 195 pounds, First Team Big 8 West and SWMFCA, Second Team Big 8 West, scholarship to Evangel University

• Chanse Ford, running back and linebacker, Pierce City, son of Michele and Anthony Ford, 5-11, 185 pounds, Third Team All-State, First Team All-District, All-Conference and All-Area

Sponsors of the GRIN IRON CLASSIC are generously supporting the Tooth Truck despite the event’s cancellation including Presenting Sponsors, the Heart of the Ozarks Sertoma Club and Delta Dental of Missouri; Leadership Sponsor, the Greater Springfield Dental Society; and In-Kind Sponsor, Mediacom.

The GIC is hosted by the All-Star Smiles Sertoma Club, the SW MO High School Football Coaches Association, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks. Contributions from ads in the game program will also directly support the Tooth Truck program.

The event is titled Sertoma Grin Iron Classic due to its beneficiary. The Tooth Truck is a mobile dental clinic for at risk children who qualify for free and reduced school lunches. Since its inception in July 2002, the Tooth Truck has completed the treatment plans of more than 28,000 at risk children with $19.1 million in dental services.

The Tooth Truck is the only nonprofit dental program in the area offering unlimited free services to children without Medicaid who qualify for free and reduced school lunches. Every dollar donated to the Tooth Truck provides nearly $4 in dental treatment for children in need.

Despite the cancellation of the 2020 event last year, sponsors continued their commitment and contributed $35,000, which was instrumental in the Tooth Truck’s 2020 achievements of helping 1,250 children with nearly $1.2 million in dental treatment, even through the pandemic.

For more information about the Tooth Truck and to experience a virtual tour, people may visit ToothTruck.org.

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