Shrine All-Star Football Game set for July 23rd

football 1Northwest Iowa — The Shrine Bowl All-Star Football Game is set for July 23rd at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa. Kick off is set for 4:00 pm. Dean Jacobson a Shrine Bowl representative was in the KIWA listening area Wednesday Morning making stops at the West Lyon High School along with Boyden Hull Rock Valley and Western Christian Schools to formally announce three area players selected for this years game. Beu Kellenberger of the Wildcats, Myles Van Maanen of the Nighthawks and Taylor Meidema of the Wolfpack have all been selected to the North roster. They will be joined by Logan Backhaus of Spirit Lake.

Players are selected through an extensive process as Jacobson explains

Along with athletic ability character is a strong consideration

When players gather at the UNI Dome this summer it’s an experience that will go beyond football

All proceeds generated by the game go to the Shriners Hospitals

After years at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames on the Iowa State Campus the game was moved to the UNI Dome site of the state football semis and finals. A place where every Iowa High School football player would like to end their career.

Area players selected for this years game include:

Beu Kellenberger a 6’2”, 220-pound offensive and defensive linemen who played three years for the West Lyon High School football team. Kellenberger is a two-time all-district selection and helped lead the Wildcats to a postseason playoff berth and a 6-4 overall record this year. He totaled 58 tackles and two sacks on defense and helped pave the way for one of the top rushing offenses in the state as a member of the o-line. Kellenberger was also a member of a West Lyon team that was the state runner-up in 2014. He is the son of Ladell and Michelle.

Taylor Miedema caught 42 passes for 618 yards this season in helping Western to a Class 1A State Runner-Up finish. He caught six passes for touchdowns and returned two punts for touchdowns and had a 14.5 yards per return average. He also handled kick return duties and had a 25.1 yards per return average and returned one kick for a touchdown. Miedema also played defense and had two interceptions and was in on 22 solo tackles. Miedema is listed 5-10, 165 pounds and played wide receiver at Western Christian. Miedema holds school records for career interceptions, receiving yards, and receiving yards in a game (197). Taylor is the son of Todd and Shelly Miedema of Sheldon

Myles Van Maanen is a 6-3 200 pound running back who led Boyden Hull Rock Valley in another playoff season with 1108 yards on 174 carries averaging 6.4 yards per carry and 15 touchdowns. He also caught 22 passes for an aditional 295 yards and 3 scores averaging 13.4 yards per catch. All told he produced 1403 yards of total offense and 18 touchdowns on the season. Myles is the son of Terry and Sue of Rock Valley.

Logan Backhaus played a key role on both sides of the ball for 2015 Class 2A state champion Spirit Lake High School. He ranked second among all players in the state for total offense with 3,866 yards by throwing for 2,251 yards and rushing for 1,615 yards. On defense he recorded 40 tackles (six for loss), intercepted three passes and averaged 46.3 yards per punt. Logan was named the outstanding player of the state championship game after accounting for more than 500 yards of total offense and six touchdowns, along with catching a pass for 24 yards and intercepting a pass on defense. The 6-4 197 pound Backhaus is the son of Todd and Nicole Backhaus of Spirit Lake.

Named to the North All-Star Game Cheerleader squad were Leavitt Payton of Marcus Meriden Cleghorn along with Paige Menage and Hannah Sieperda both from Central Lyon George Little Rock.

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