Shrine Game kicks Saturday
Madras' Devin Ceciliani to suit up for West team
The 61st Oregon East-West Shrine football game, the states summer all-star game for players in 4A-1A, will be at 12:30 p.m., Aug. 3, at Bulldog Stadium in Baker City.
The game, featuring Madras High School graduate Devin Ceciliani on the West roster, will be televised by ROOT Sports Northwest, DirecTV channel 687 or Dish Network channel 426.
Ceciliani will join fellow all-state wide receiver Paul Revis of Scappoose to create an incredibly dynamic passing attack, along with quarterbacks Grant Schroeder of Santiam Christian, North Bends Hamilton Mateski and Astorias Jeramy Poyer.
The game is a fundraiser for the Shriners Hospital for Children, located in Wilsonville. Before the teams take the field for practices, the players visit the hospital to see the kids, sign autographs and lift the spirits of the kids in the hospital. Ceciliani called it an eye-opening experience, as most of the athletes do.
It was unclear if Ceciliani was going to be able to play in the game, however, following the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in June. Ceciliani was selected in the 34th round by the Tampa Bay Rays, but did not sign a contract with the organization by the July 13 deadline.
If he would have signed, he would be with a minor league club right now and would not be able to participate.
He will go through with his commitment to play football for Western Oregon University, and the plan is to play baseball there, which wasnt part of the deal when he decided to sign the letter of intent for football. He will now be eligible to be drafted once he completes his junior year, or third year, of NCAA eligibility.
There is a collegiate all-star game, also known as the Shrine Game, and there are other states that hold high school Shrine games. Montana, Iowa, North and South Carolina, Kansas, New Hampshire and Vermont (each state has a team, and they play each other in the Shriners Maple Sugar Bowl), Illinois, Maine, Wyoming, California, Texas and Nebraska all host games.
The Shriners Hospital for Children admits any child, through referrals, under the age of 18, regardless of the familys ability to pay.
There are 22 hospitals spread across the United States, Canada and Mexico.