The rosters for the 73rd Montana East-West Shrine Game were released Christmas morning, and six Mining City players got the call.
Butte High’s Rylan Waananen and Butte Central’s Clay Fisher were named to the West roster for the game, which will be played July 20, 2019 in Butte. Butte High’s Carl Anderson, Kash Kelly and Kale McCarthy were named alternates to the West roster along with Butte Central’s Cade Holter. (73rd Montana East-West Shrine Game rosters)
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Fisher was named to the West roster as a specialist. The honor comes after Fisher signed to play football at Montana Tech.
During this pas season, Fisher chalked up more than 1,000 yards of total offense in eight games for the Maroons. That includes running for 942 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was named All-State at running back and second-team all-conference at safety.
The 6-1, 200-pound Waananen makes the team as a defensive end. The selection comes after Waananen registered three sacks this past season for the Bulldogs.
Waananen, who also played on offense, was named honorable mention All-State at defensive end following the season.
The 5-9, 170-pound Anderson is an alternate at inside linebacker. This comes after Anderson led the Bulldogs with 98 total tackles in 2018. He was named second-team All-State.
The 6-1, 160-pound McCarthy is an alternate at corner back. McCarthy, who signed to play football for Montana Tech, was named second-team All-State at the position.
Kelly, who is listed at 5-9, 150-pounds, is an alternate at receiver. In 2018, Kelly caught 43 passes for 448 yards and three touchdowns. He received an All-State honorable mention.
The 6-foot-180-pound Holter made the alternate list as a safety. Holter, who played quarterback for the Maroons, received an all-conference honorable mention on defense.
Mike Cutler, the head coach of the two-time defending Class C 8-man state champion Flint Creek Titans (Drummond/Philipsburg), will serve as head coach of the west.
Cutler played for Montana Western from 1988-92 and started his coaching career as an assistant at Missoula Big Sky in 1994. His coaching career has spanned 24 years with stops at Denton, Townsend and finally Flint Creek. Cutler played in the 1988 Shrine game and assistant coached this game two previous years.
The East Team will be coached by Les Meyer of Fairfield. Meyer started his coaching career at Rocky Mountain as an assistant in 1993 and coached at St. Cloud State in Minnesota a couple years before landing in Fairfield in 1997 where he’s head coached for 22 years. During his tenure, Meyer has lead his Eagles to the playoffs 17 of the last 18 years. That includes eight appearances in the state championship game and three state titles, including 2018.
Meyer will have the opportunity to coach his son Ryder, who will play for the Montana Grizzlies, one last time.
The players were nominated by their schools and coaches across the state, and finally selected as the “best of the best” to participate in the 73rd Montana Shrine Game. They join an elite fraternity of players, many of whom have gone on to distinguished collegiate and professional careers.
The 2019 game will be played in the Mining City for the fourth time. It was previously played in Butte in 2010, 2013 and 2016.
The game is a fundraiser for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane.