The 36th Annual Kansas Shrine Bowl will be held on Saturday, July 25 at Cessna Stadium in Wichita. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 on Saturday, and this year there is some local flavor added to the mix as players Cas Spangler of Beloit High School and Justin Nixon of Smith Center High School will team up with Beloit High coach Greg Koenig to try to put together the winning formula for the West squad.
Greg Koenig is honored to be an assistant coach this season for the West squad. Koenig came to Beloit High School in 2006 and along with him he brought the double wing offense. The new system has produced 22 wins and just 9 losses since Koenig has been in Beloit. This past season, the Trojans saw their best season since 1996 as they went 10-2.
A major part of the success was Cas Spangler who will be playing in the game as well for the West. The success did not go unnoticed as Shrine Bowl representatives picked Koenig to be the 3A coach for the West squad as one representative is picked from each class to be on the coaching staff. Koenig knows himself that the team accolades are what led to him and Cas being able to make the trip to Wichita this weekend, and they are both taking advantage of the opportunity.
Practices have been going on this week as they started with three a days at the beginning of the week, but the load was lightened mid-week in preparation for the game. As both the East and West look to put together the right playbook and scheme to get a victory on Saturday, they also realize what they are playing for. Last week, Shrine Bowl participants were able to visit the Shriner’s Hospital in St. Louis and see first hand just who they are playing for as well. Coach Koenig took a lot from the trip to St. Louis.
Greg Koenig and Cas Spangler will take the field for that higher purpose on Saturday and look to entertain those in attendance as well. After a full day of activities benefiting the Shriners Hospitals for Children, kickoff will be at 7:00 on Saturday night at Cessna Stadium in Wichita.