East-West players preparing for Shrine Game

BLOOMINGTON -- The Illinois High School Shrine Game is this Saturday. Wednesday, all the players and coaches made a special visit to the Shriners Hospital in Chicago to give back.

A number of local players will be lacing up the cleats one last time in high school when some of the best players across the entire state of Illinois ascend on Bloomington. GCMS head coach Mike Allen is the head coach of the East Squad, his first All-Star game as a head coach.

The players know the week is about more than football.

"Obviously the big thing with the hospital, that's what it's about,"  St. Thomas More's Jacob Richard said. "Being with those little kids and older people just helping them out for a good cause, put on a show that are going to be at our game."

"You see a lot of familiar faces here and you played against them," Monticello's Caleb Hanson said. "It's just a different atmosphere whenever their on your team versus when you're against them."

"Well these guys are the best in the state, can't wait to play with them," GCMS's Sam Ballie said. "I've played 7 on 7 with a few of them and them some of them have been my rivals so I know a lot of them. Should be fun."

The game kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday from Tucci Stadium in Bloomington.

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