Thursday March 10, 2016
The stage is set for the 63rd Annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl with the announcement of two Shrine teams representing the finest high school football talent of Vermont and New Hampshire. Colby Barrett, a senior at South Burlington High School, is one of those athletes. The summer classic is scheduled to be played August 6 on Castleton University Spartan Field, in Castleton.
Over 200 players from Vermont and New Hampshire, all graduating high school seniors, were nominated by their head coaches and, in each state, screening committees chaired by the Shrine head coaches selected the two teams. Brian Grady of Fair Haven High School coaches the Vermont Shrine Team and Justin Leonard of Epping High School will coach the New Hampshire team. Both teams will meet with their respective coaches in Lebanon at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center to review game plan. Formal practice will begin July 31 at Castleton University.
The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl is played for the benefit of the Shriners’ Hospitals for Crippled and Burned Children and in its first 61 years has raised nearly five million dollars.