Panthers loaded up for Six-Man Shootout

 


Two local student athletes have been selected to play in the Wyoming/Nebraska Six-Man Shootout’s third-annual all-star football game in Kearney, Neb. this summer.

Wyoming’s 2014 roster includes Saratoga’s Tate Stinson and Ryan Malone. Hanna-Elk Mountain-Medicine Bow’s Roy Tomkins will also play for the team.

The team is selected by nominations from every six-man football coach in Wyoming and Nebraska. Matthew Jensen, this year’s Team Wyoming Head Coach, said the 2014 Wyoming team features players from all across the state, who will play a team of high school seniors from Nebraska.

Last year Jensen also coached Meeteetse’s varsity football team, which brought home the 2013 State 1A Six-Man Football Championship.

“This year’s team has players from almost every corner of the state, from Meeteetse to Hulett, Saratoga to Dubois, and all places in between,” Jensen said. “They are not just selected because of their athleticism, they are also exemplary young men that have represented their communities and schools for the past four years.”


Malone said the team is made up of 18 seniors who were nominated, and later chosen for the team, from football coaches around the state.

“Our coaches nominate for us, and I think all the coaches around the state vote on the seniors they want,” Malone said. “It’s just for all the seniors from the state, and then coaches who are coaching the Wyoming Team voted on who they wanted. Pretty much any senior was eligible for it, and we have to raise $500 apiece to play, which is $9,000 for the team.”

Stinson said it would be interesting to play on a team with players he has competed against before.

“I think it will be fun to play with the guys that we’ve played so hard against, and just play football,” he said. “It will be fun to compete with them and meet new guys from around the state and Nebraska. We’ll go out a week before the game, and have a week-long practice with the team. We’ll do whatever the coach says to win.”

Malone said he is hoping their home state can pull another win for a third time.

“This will be third year for it, and Wyoming is 2-0 right now,” he said. “It’s a big rivalry game, and now we’re going for 3-0. The coach coached a state championship team, so he knows what he’s doing.”

The game takes place at noon on June 28 in Kearney, Neb.

 

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