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Local flavor to Shrine Lobster Bowl
RIVER VALLEY -- The event continues to gain greater recognition and the local flavor will be present when the 24th annual Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl classic is played this Saturday.
The football players include Jake Theriault of Mountain Valley and Spencer Trenoweth of Dirigo, who will be on the West team.
They will don full football equipment against a team from Eastern Maine.
Michelle Morrison of Dirigo was selected as cheerleader, believed to be the second ever. Former Cougar Dawn Blackman was a cheerleader at the 2011 game.
The game will be played at Waterhouse Field in Biddeford, 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.
The Kora Temple (Lewiston) has presented the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic since 1990, showcasing some of the Pine Tree State's premier high school senior football players and cheerleaders in a summer all-star game.
The players each enjoyed stellar senior seasons, each earned all-state honors based on their skills while standouts on offense and defense, respectively. Theriault in the Class B division of the Campbell Conference and Trenoweth in Class C.
Theriault was a standout in the Falcons defensive secondary, but also showed his versatility. Theriault caught several passes out of the backfield, including touchdowns. Trenoweth shifted to running back in 2012 and the move proved to be quite successful.
The Cougar gained over 1000 yards and scored approximately 17 TDs. Theriault (5-10, 180) will wear number 1, Trenoweth (6-2, 190) will wear number 6 and they will be joined by Nick Mills (6-1, 215) of Telstar who will don number 44. The trio will each be wide receivers.
In recent years, the River Valley has been well represented, including former Falcon players Dean McCrillis, Derek Sicotte, Justin Staires and brothers Matt and Ryan Laubauskas, Cam Kaubris, Christian Durland and Taylor Bradley each played in the Lobster Bowl. Dirigo players included Kevin O’Leary, Aaron Fenstermacher and Nick Crutchfield and Spencer Ross.
The players each recognize the importance of academics and will en roll in college.
Tickets are $10 reserved and $8 general admission. Call 782-6831 during business hours.