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Pair share football experience
RIVER VALLEY -- Simply having been chosen for the annual Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl classic is quite an honor and that was just a beginning because the student-athletes earned and discovered so much. The week leading up to a football game was almost secondary.
For Cam Kaubris and Spencer Ross, they not only shared a room throughout the week, but also shared the stage together by being honored by their peers and coaches.
The aforementioned tandem were teammates along with Christian Durland on the West team that won 16-13. It snapped a two-game losing streak to the East all-star team. The eye-opening event had began with a bang.
“On the first day of practice, Coach (Jim) Aylward said it best,” said Kaubris, referring to Aylwards directive, "This is an experience you will remember for the rest of your lives."
Kaubris added, “And he was right. The high level of competition and the great cause we were playing for (the shrine hospitals) is something worth participating in.”
The event is held for the 22 Shrine (Children) Hospitals nationwide and 100 percent of the net proceeds benefit the organization.
“I made some great friends from other areas of the state, as well as strengthening relationships that I had with high school teammates,” concluded Kaubris.
Ross, from Dirigo, and Kaubris, from Mountain Valley, have been close friends since the days of roaming the halls and playgrounds of what is now known as the Holy Savior School. Ross won the Team Advisor Award given out by the coaches to the player who demonstrated the most character and leadership throughout the long grueling week of practices at Hebron Academy.
Kaubris won the John R. Schmidlin Trophy for the most outstanding football player in Class B.
“It was quite an honor,” said Kaubris. “Especially to be recognized on Maine high school football's biggest stage with all the other worthy candidates.”
It was presented by coach Mike Haley, who coached football at Stephens in the late 1960s.
“The week was a fitting end to my high school football career,” said Kaubris, who is excited to follow the Falcons squad this fall as a fan. ”I hope to see them make it back-to-back state titles. Good luck and thanks to all the players and coaches who helped me with my four years at MVHS.”