Two Mining City Gridiron stars to play in 77th annual Shrine Game

The Mining City will have 2 young men playing in the 77th annual Shrine Game June 15th 2024 in Billings, and two listed as alternates on the roster.

Kade Schleeman of the Butte High Bulldogs and Zane Moodry of the Butte Central Maroons, both of which will be dawning Tech colors next season.

Bulldog defensive lineman Kade Schleeman looks to the sideline before a play. (Butte Sports Photo)

Schleeman will play guard for the West while Moodry will play wide receiver. Bo Demarais and Kyler Stenson were listed as alternates at their respected positions. Demarais has still yet to announce his decision at the next level while Kyler will be joining Zane and Kade at Montana Tech.

(#8 Zane Moodry runs for yards after catch in this Butte Sports file photo.)

Schleeman and Stenson were a wrecking crew for opposing offenses this year, Schleeman recorded 41 tackles and a sack, while also helping to bolster the offensive line for the dynamic duo of Trey Hansen and Karson Pumnea this past season. Stenson recorded 3.5 sacks and 26 tackles and had a senior night for the ages, scoring a touchdown on both sides of the ball.

(#44 Kyler Stenson pressures the punt in this Butte Sports photo.)

Bo Demarais had quite the season as well, as he had 25 total touchdowns this year 16 of them through the air and 9 on the ground, he also threw for over 2200 yards.

(Bulldog QB Bo Demarais celebrates after a rushing TD against Missoula Hellgate in this Butte Sports  John Robbins photo.)

The full Rosters and alternates can be found on  www.mtshrinegame.com.

The Montana Shrine Game is the premier all-star game in Montana and has a long history of distinguished players and coaches.  It is also one of the oldest high school all-star football games in America. Every year since 1947, Montana high schools’ finest players are selected to compete in a game to raise money and to help make the public aware of the expert orthopedic and burn care available at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Spokane, Washington.  Expert care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. The Montana game is the top Shrine Game in the nation for hospital donations. In recent years, this game has contributed several million dollars to the Shriner’s Hospital in Spokane, and the Montana Shrine Game is the top contributing game in the country.

The East Team will be coached by Rob Stanton of Billings West.  Stanton completed his ninth season and led the Bears to the “AA” state championship in 2018.  Stanton’s teams were runner up in 2020 and 2021.  Stanton’s teams have made 9 consecutive quarter final appearances.  Stanton is also the head boys and girl’s track and field coach and led his teams to 9 state championships.  Stanton was elected to the Montana Coaching Hall of Fame in 2020.  His coaching and teaching career began in Miles City, Montana from 1994-2002.  He coached football, basketball and track.  Stanton played at Baker High School and was and All-American running back at Dickinson State University.  Stanton has an amazing son, Connor who he had the pleasure of coaching at Billings West.

Heading the West Team will be Pat Duchien of Florence-Carlton.  Pat graduated from Canby Union High School (OR) and Montana Western.  He began his coaching career in 2012 as an assistant at Florence, becoming the Head Coach in 2017. The Florence Falcons have won State Championships in 2021, 2022, and 2023.  He and his wife Christy have two sons: Patrick (2023 Montana Shrine Game) and Brody.

These players were nominated by their schools and coaches across the state, and finally selected as the “best of the best” to participate in the 77th Montana Shrine Game. They join an elite fraternity of players, many of whom have gone on to distinguished collegiate and professional careers.

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