The best and brightest Class C football players are arriving in town today for the 31st Bob Cleverley Class C 8-man All-Star Game.
The game, known affectionately as “The Clev,” will be played at 7 p.m. Saturday on the Bob Green Field in Alumni Coliseum.
This year marks the 25th time the game will be played in the Mining City.
It will be the first time since 2012 that the contest will be held on the Montana Tech campus. Last year’s installment of artificial turf pushed the game to Butte High’s Naranche Stadium.
For the first time the game will be played on a 100-yard field because of Tech’s artificial playing surface is permanently painted. Temporary paint, though, will make the field the regulation width for an 8-man game. (Games are usually played on 80-yard fields.)
All 16 of the 2013 Class C 8-man playoff teams will be represented in the game, with state champion Ennis sending four players — Chad Johnerson, Derek Wham, Reid Farnes and Roy Moen — to play for the Blue team.
Jacob Bakken and Chase Bertelsen of runner-up Wibaux will play for the Red team.
In all, 11 players from the final four teams will play in the game. Tyler Delaney, Jacen Peterson and Ryan Fullerton will represent Charlo on the Red team, while Holden Maki and Hunter Croff will represent Belt on the Blue.
Area players include Kevin Oberweiser and Gregory Schindler of Drummond and Jerry Metesh of Philipsburg playing for the Red Team. Sheridan’s Zavier Harris and Twin Bridge’s Zach Amos will play for the Blue.
Zeboriah Bloom of Simms is a Montana Tech signee who will play for the Blue team.
The Blue team is made up of All-Stars from the Northern and Southern divisions. The Red team is comprised of players from the Western and Eastern divisions. That changes every year.
Belt’s Jeff Graham will serve as the head coach of the Blue team. He will be assisted by Jim Vinson of Chester/JI, Barry Hedrich and Jay Keaster of White Sulphur Springs, Jay Fredrickson of Ennis and Joe O’Brien of Simms.
Mike Krahn of Charlo will be the head coach of the Red team. His assistants will be Brandon Howell of Victor, Jeff Bertelsen of Wibaux, Dave Helmer of Culbertson/Bainville and Allan Labbe of Superior.
The honorary coach will be Jim Petersen of Charlo. He will coach with the Red.
Players will practice on Leonard Field and at Alumni Coliseum. The first practices are at 5 p.m. today.
The week will also a night of swimming at Fairmont Hot Springs, a night at the movies and a day of bowling and mini golf.
A banquet will be held on Friday night.
Tickets for the game are $10 for general admission and $15 for reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time by calling 496-4292.
If available, reserved tickets will be sold at the southeast ticket booth at Alumni Coliseum before the game. General admission tickets will be sold at the southeast and southwest ticket locations.
Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday for the tailgate party.
Originally called the Treasure State All-Star Classic, the game was named after its founder Bob Cleverley, who died of cancer several years ago.