Thursday March 06, 2014
The stage is set for the 61st Annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl with the recent announcement of the two Shrine Teams representing the finest high school football talent of New Hampshire and Vermont. Three South Burlington High School players were named to the Vermont Shrine team: Paul Valgoi, Tanner Contois, and Malik Hines.
Over 200 players, 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.
The Vermont Shrine Team is coached by Mike Williams from BFA- Fairfax and New Hampshire by David Jackson of Merrimack Valley High School.
Twenty-seven high schools are represented on the New Hampshire Shrine team and seventeen on the Vermont team. Formal practice will begin in late July for both teams at Castleton State College.
The summer classic is scheduled to be played Saturday, August 2 on Dartmouth College’s Memorial Field at 5:30 p.m.
The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl is played for the benefit of the Shriners’ Hospitals for Crippled and Burned Children and in its first 60 years has raised nearly five million dollars. The Bowl Game is one of 30 Shrine games played every year across the country. The twin state game is sponsored by the three Shrine Centers of New Hampshire and Vermont, Bektash (Concord), Cairo (Rutland) and Mt. Sinai (Montpelier).