Five Huskies Seniors Play in All-Star Game

    Juneau Huskies Wyatt Harvey, Nathan Burkhart, Noah Chambers, Mathias Wiederspohn and Wallace Adams at the 44th Annual Shriners Football Classic in Anchorage.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau Huskies had five players participate in the 44th Annual “Al Aska” Shriners Football Classic on Saturday at The Dome in Anchorage, going shoulder pad to shoulder pad against the top senior players across the state.

      “It was a great way for some of our players to cap off their year,” said Huskies coach Rich Sjoroos, who watched the game in Anchorage after attending a coaches' meeting. “They were glad to get the pads on one more time before it all ends.”

      The game featured a mix of players across all three football divisions divided into two teams, Maroon and Silver.

      Huskies seniors Noah Chambers, Wallace Adams, Mathias Wiederspohn, Wyatt Harvey and Nathan Burkhart were on team Silver. Gaby Soto and James Connally were selected but did not play due to injuries from the season. Players on first team all-conference teams were eligible for selection to the game.

      The teams practiced together for three days under their head coaches. The Maroon were led by West Anchorage’s Tim Davis and the Silver were led by Soldotna’s Galen Brantley Jr.

      Although the Maroon team won 44-30 and athletes had a chance to show off their skills in front of three cameras that will be used for recruiting purposes, the game has a more significant meaning, with all proceeds going to Shriner’s children’s hospitals. The game’s motto is "Strong legs run so weak legs may walk."

      Offensive, defensive and lineman MVPs were awarded after the game and Chambers earned the Silver team offensive MVP honor, completing three touchdown passes.

      In a comment to Anchorage media Chambers said, “I didn’t even know what the Shriners was before this game, we came and they gave us a great dinner and introduction on what they do and everything out here is bigger than football.”

      The final play of the game was Adams kicking a 42-yard field goal.

      “Just to kind of electrify the crowd a little bit,” Sjoroos said. “Everyone was watching him in warmups and hoping he had the chance to try a long field goal attempt. It had plenty of distance. That was pretty neat.”

      Sjoroos noted that Harvey played defensive end for most of the game, Wiederspohn defensive line and Burkhart on the offensive line.

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