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Monett's Ryno Johnson to play in all-star game

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Monett senior Ryno Johnson has been selected to participate in the 10th annual Sertoma Grin Iron Classic on Friday, June 3 at JFK Stadium at Parkview High School in Springfield.

The 2011 game features 89 athletes and 18 coaches from southwest Missouri, all selected by the SW Missouri High School Football Coaches Association.

"I'm excited to get the opportunity to play one more time," said Johnson. "It means a lot to me that I would be selected to play."

The annual all-star football game has grown into a tradition for area seniors and their families, celebrating the final football game in the athletes' high school careers.

"Ryno is a good athlete and a better individual," said Monett Head Coach Chad Depeť. "Ryno was a key art of any successful play we had this year. He could plow a lane for us to run behind or hold his block to allow a receiver to get open. I wish I had more like him."

Johnson plans to attend Ozark Technical College in the fall and has yet to determine a major.

Johnson's fondest memory is playing his senior season.

"We ran a play called 36 wham," said Johnson. "My job was to pull and take out the linebacker. It was nice to hit a smaller guy from time to time."

Johnson's work ethic is what Depeť says is unique about him.

"Most kids pack it in after November, especially if they know their playing career is over," explained Depeť. "Ryno works hard every day in the weight room. He set a school record in the bench press this spring. He is a young man who leads by example. I am honored to be called his coach."

The Grin Iron Classic also serves as a benefit for the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile also known as the Tooth Truck, a mobile dental clinic for at-risk children who lack access to dental care.

Since its inception in 2002, the Tooth Truck has helped nearly 11,000 children with dental treatment valued at more than $6.4 million through 30,000 dental appointments.

The Grin Iron Classic is presented by Delta Dental of Missouri and the Heart of the Ozarks Sertoma Club.

Although the game is the main attraction, there will be other activities for children and families to participate in throughout the evening, including an official Kansas City Chiefs Punt, Pass & Kick

That competition begins at 4 p.m. and is open to children ages 6 through 15. Participants may visit ww.nflppk.com/competitions/register/index/7355 to register in advance or they may register onsite. There is no cost to participate.

In celebration of the Grin Iron Classic's 10th anniversary, all alumni are invited to the game and will receive complimentary tickets.

Editors note: The full roster can be viewed at www.monett-times.com.

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