All-star football game canceled

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Monett’s Larry Gutierrez earned a spot on the Grin Iron Classic West All-Star team. Jared Lankford/sports@monett-times.com

Cubs, Eagles combine for 7 players on the roster

The 19th annual Sertoma Grin Iron Classic, southwest Missouri’s all-star high school football game, will not be held in 2020 due to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Slated for June 5 at Parkview High School’s JFK Stadium in Springfield, the annual event benefits the Tooth Truck, a mobile dental clinic for at-risk children serving the Springfield area for nearly 18 years. More than 80 local high school athletes from southwest Missouri were selected by the SWMO High School Football Coaches Association for this East versus West All-Star competition, hosted by the All-Star Smiles Sertoma Club.

Trey Sagehorn was one of three Eagles selected to the Grin Iron Classic. Jared Lankford/sports@monett-times.com

The cancelation impacted a number of bi-county and Big 8 athletes.

From Monett, Jamie Guinn, Chet Butterworth, Junior Villa and Larry Gutierrez made the team, and for Pierce City, Colten O’Hara, Wyatt Perry and Trey Sagehorn were slated to play.

Bi-county schools

Cassville: Bowen Preddy, DJ White and Andrew Prier

Marionville: Jeremy Vickers

Miller: Nick Johnson

Aurora: Jay Lee, Clayton Cordova

Mt. Vernon: Zach Jones, Cale Miller

Other Big 8 schools

East Newton: Sam Stewart

Seneca: Monty Mailes, Trey Wilson

McDonald County: Michael Williams

Nevada: Kolby O’Connell

Marshfield: Brooks Espy, Brennan Espy

Reeds Spring: J.T. Bayliff

Springfield Catholic: Kyle Alms

Logan-Rogersville: Connor Leighton, Andrew Sell

Lamar: Juan Juarez

“We were so hopeful the Sertoma Grin Iron Classic could be one of those events for graduating seniors that didn’t have to be canceled due to COVID-19,” said Bonnie Keller, president and CEO of the Tooth Truck and RMHC of the Ozarks. “It is clear the safety risks continue to be too significant at this time to hold the event. This was a heartbreaking decision for us to make.”

Despite the cancellation, these accomplished football players will be recognized through the MC22 “From the Studio” Show, hosted by Corey Riggs on June 5 at 7 pm. After the show, the 2019 GIC game will be aired. In addition, an electronic Grin Iron Classic program featuring all player bios and photos will be available to the public on June 3 at https://rmhcozarks.org/events/grin-iron-classic/

West roster

1. Jamie Guinn, Monett, Wide receiver

3. Riley Sigman, Republic, Running back

5. Daunte Stafford, Greenfield, Wide receiver

7. Kade Hicks, Webb City, Defensive back

9. Zach Jones, Mt. Vernon, Quarterback

12. Jay Lee, Aurora, Tight end/Defensive end

14. Blake Tash, Joplin, Quarterback

16. Reece Dawson, Willard, Quarterback

18. Austin Joplin, Willard, Linebacker

20. Tyler Tolmasoff, Ash Grove, Linebacker

21. Haiden Overton, El Dorado, Defensive back

23. Tyler Mueller, Carthage, Running back

25. Nick Johnson, Miller, Running back

27. Jeremy Vickers, Marionville, Wide receiver

29. Cale Miller, Mt. Vernon, Linebacker

32. Monty Mailes, Seneca, Defensive back

34. Bowen Preddy, Cassville, Defensive back

36. Trey Wilson, Seneca, Running back

38. Sam Stewart, East Newton, Linebacker

40. Colten O’Hara, Pierce City, Defensive back

41. Michael Williams, McDonald County, Defensive back

43. Gavin Surber, Webb City, Linebacker

45. Kale Schrader, Carthage, Linebacker

47. Kolby O’Connell, Nevada, Linebacker

49. Jed Brandon, Willard, Defensive back

52. Chet Butterworth, Monett, Offensive line/Defensive line

54. Junior Villa, Monett, Linebacker

56. Parker Erickson, Joplin, Offensive line/Defensive line

58. Carson Gehring Willard Offensive line/Defensive line

60. Clayton Cordova, Aurora, Offensive line/Defensive line

61. Ethan Ott, Webb City, Offensive line/Defensive line

63. Juan Juarez, Lamar, Offensive line/Defensive tackle

65. Cody Morehouse, Republic, Offensive line/Defensive tackle

67. Haiden Moody, Republic, Offensive line/Defensive tackle

69. Trent Thompson, Webb City, Defensive line

72. Wyatt Perry, Pierce City, Offensive line/Defensive line

74. Larry Gutierrez, Monett, Offensive line/Defensive line

76. Logan Myers, Joplin, Offensive line/Defensive line

78. Oscar Campa, Carthage, Offensive line/Defensive line

80. DJ White, Cassville, Wide receiver

81. Daythen Long, Seneca, Tight end

83. Trey Sagehorn, Pierce City Wide receiver

85. Andrew Prier, Cassville, Defensive line

87. Alex Martini, Carthage, Defensive line

89. Reese Vogel, Carl Junction, Kicker

West coaches

Ryan McFarland, Seneca, Head Coach

Richie Adkins, Hollister, Offensive Coordinator

Darrell Hicks, Webb City, Defensive Coordinator

Luke Rader, Lockwood, Offensive Line

Chris Yust, Seneca, Defensive Tackles

Scott Quinly, Seneca, Running Backs

Kaleb Cason, Mt. Vernon, Linebackers

Brad Hocker, Pierce City, Wide Receivers

Aaron Davied, Webb City, Defensive Ends

Will Dyal, Hollister, Tight Ends

Trey Derryberry, Webb City, Defensive Backs

Trenton Moeller, Seneca, Offensive Line

Cody Spencer, Seneca, Special Team Coordinator

Several event sponsors and contributors have ensured their financial support of the Tooth Truck, despite the event being canceled, including presenting sponsor the Heart of the Ozarks Sertoma Club, and leadership sponsor the Greater Springfield Dental Society; and all will be recognized in the event program. Donations are greatly appreciated at RMHCozarks.org.

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