FRONTENAC — Frontenac’s Broc Ginavan and Mark Smith formally signed their invitations to participate in the Kansas Shrine Bowl on Tuesday inside Frontenac High School.
Ginavan, senior, will be representing the Raiders on the East team in the all-star game.
“It’s a tremendous feeling,” Ginavan said. “My coach and my dad both played in the game, so to be able to do it myself just feels amazing.”
With head coach Smith at the helm, Ginavan helped lift the Raiders to a state championship appearance and a 9-4 record on the season.
“It’s a great feeling,” Smith said. “Broc had such a great career here at Frontenac and for him to get the chance to play in this game is a big deal. I look forward to being a coach, and I hope it’s a good experience for everyone involved.”
The game will be Smith’s second time to participate in the Shrine Bowl, as he took the field as a player in the high school and will now be on the sideline as a coach.
“We’ll cherish that week we have together,” Smith said. “It’s for a great cause and it’s just great that we get to help so many people. It’s a life-changing experience for the players. I played in it and I’m glad I get to be apart of it again.”
The Kansas Shrine Bowl will be played on 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 email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.