The start of the 2019 Wyoming high school football season is still 88 days away — Week Zero games begin Friday, Aug. 30 — but fans don’t have to wait that long to get their prep football fix.

Players and coaches began arriving in Casper on Sunday to start preparations for Saturday’s Shrine Bowl. This year’s game is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. at Natrona County’s Cheney Alumni Field.

The annual game features 71 graduating seniors from 35 high schools across the state. Five players from defending Class 4A state champion Natrona County will play one final game on their home field. Chase Brachtenbach, Tehl Campbell, Yahav Shraiber, Jordan Bertagnole and Trevon Smith will suit up for the North squad, which has won six consecutive games in the series.

Also expected to suit up for the North are Luke Glassock, Aaron Thiele and Cody Milmine from 2A champion Buffalo; and Seth Mullinax, Kade Eisele and Kade VanDyken from 1A/11-man champ Big Horn.

Kelly Walsh grads Brock Spiegelberg, Connor Shopp and Davion McAdam also were named to the North squad. However, McAdam and Riverton’s Treyton Paxton also are on the roster for this weekend’s Wyoming-Montana All-Star Basketball series.

The South squad features Will Johnson and Tanner Thompson from 3A champ Star Valley and Clancy Gines from 1A/6-man champ Farson.

The South squad will be coached by first-year Kelly Walsh coach Aaron Makelky, who spent the past seven seasons coaching Big Piney. Buffalo’s Rob Hammond will coach the North squad.

The North won last year’s game 13-7 and leads the all-time series 24-18-3.

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Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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