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Locals named to Lobster Bowl classic
RIVER VALLEY -- There will be plenty of local flavor when the 22nd annual Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl classic is played on Saturday, July 23.
The football players include Cam Kaubris and Christian Durland of Mountain Valley and Spencer Ross of Dirigo, who will be on the west squad. The head coach is Mountain Valley's Jim Aylward. Dawn Blackman of Dirigo was selected as cheerleader, believed to be first ever.
The game will be played at Waterhouse Field in Biddeford with the kickoff at 4 p.m. The event is held for the 22 Shrine Hospitals nationwide and 100 percent of the net proceeds benefit the organization.
“It has been quite an honor being selected for this event,” said Kaubris. “It's the goal of every high school football player because the Lobster Bowl represents the best of the best. It is a fitting end to a career that has taught me so much.”
The trio each enjoyed stellar careers, each earned All-State honors based on their skills while standouts on offense and defense, respectively. Mountain Valley won Class B state championships in 2008 and 2010. Dirigo won a state title in 2009.
Kaubris, a quarterback, was a finalist for the James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy, awarded to the state's top senior football player. Durland won the Bruce Campbell award as the most valuable player in the Class B division of the Campbell Conference.
Aylward, who has been a coach at the Lobster Bowl, said, “I am not sure what position I'll be playing yet,” said Kaubris, may play defensive back. “I think it’s great that Mr. Aylward will be head coach. He is one guy you always want in your corner in any game and is a great leader in the heat of battle.”
Durland, defensive end, was a runner-up for the inaugural Frank J. Memorial Offensive and Defensive Lineman Awards, which was presented to one offensive and one defensive lineman in the state.
Ross, processing 4.5 speed (40-yard dash), earned a reputation for special teams play. Several electrifying long punt and kickoff returns have proven to turn momentum in games. Former Falcon teammates Dean McCrillis, Derek Sicotte, Justin Staires and brothers Matt and Ryan Laubauskas each played in the Lobster Bowl. Dirigo players included Kevin O’Leary, Aaron Fenstermacher and Nick Crutchfield.
The players each recognize the importance of academics and will en roll in college. Durland will attend Daniel Webster College and Kaubris who had numbers retired in both football and basketball, at Bates and play basketball. Ross, who ranked second in his class, will study pre-dentistry in college and hopefully go on to be an orthodontist.
Tickets are $10 reserved and $8 general admission, call 782-6831 during business hours.