PITTSBURG — Pittsburg High School quarterback Chase Curtis and football head coach Tom Nickelson officially signed their invitations to take part in the Kansas Shrine Bowl on Monday inside Pittsburg High School.

After a standout senior season for the Purple Dragons, Curtis will take the field one last time to represent PHS.

“I think it’s a really cool opportunity,” Curtis said. “I’ll get to represent Pittsburg High School and the community which has supported me throughout my time here. I’ve worked really hard my entire life on football, and getting a chance to play in the Shrine Bowl proves that hard work pays off. It’s just great that I get to play with my coach one last time and end on a high note.”

Under the direction of Nickelson, Curtis led Pittsburg High School to the sectional round of the state tournament and finished with an 8-3 record.

“Chase was a tremendous player and a tremendous leader for us,” Nickelson said. “He earned a spot on this all-star team not only because of his talent, but also because of his high-standing character and great leadership. It’s a big deal to play in the Shrine Bowl, and he isn’t taking it lightly. We’re just excited to watch and support him as he plays.”

Nickelson said he’s thankful to have been selected as a coach and hopes the game will be a good experience for everyone involved.

“The Shrine Bowl is really important to Pittsburg High School,” Nickelson said. “It’s a huge honor to be named a coach, but this game is all about the all-stars that are playing and the impact it’s going to make at the hospitals.”

The Kansas Shrine Bowl is scheduled for July 28 inside Carnie Smith Stadium on the campus of Pittsburg State University.

 — Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at jbuckamneer@morningsun.net and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.