Swinehart selected to play in 41st Shrine Bowl

LYNDON—Lyndon High School senior Dawson Swinehart was formally selected to participate in the annual Kansas Shrine Bowl All-State Football Game during the basketball games Friday evening in Lyndon.

“I’m very happy for Dawson,” said LHS Head Football Coach Brent Hoelting. “He’s a great player but an even better kid who deserves every honor that comes his way.”

The 41st Shrine Bowl will be played July 25 at Lewis Field Stadium on the Fort Hays State University campus. The football game will feature some of the state’s best just graduated seniors from across the state. Players are selected by being nominated by their coaches and then picked by media from all over Kansas.

Swinehart earned first-team all class honors in the Wichita Eagle, Topeka Capital Journal and KPreps.com last season, and was named Osage County’s offensive player of the year.

He moved the ball more than any other player in the county, with 2,592 total yards, in addition to 316 return yards. Swinehart had 66 tackles, 3 interceptions, a 35.2-yard punting average and scored 30 points as Lyndon’s place kicker.

“He had over a 1,000 yards rushing and receiving combined his junior year,” Hoelting said. “We had to ask him to switch to quarterback and he responded by throwing for 734 yards and 6 touchdowns and rushing for 1,858 yards and 30 touchdowns. He was also our kicker and punter and did a great job there as well.”

Swinehart joins other area players on the East team, including Bo Krueger, Olpe; Cooper Allen, Holton; Jace Freeman, Silver Lake; and Taylor Watkins, Columbus. The East team will be coached by Harry Hester, Cherryvale; with assistants Walt Alexander, Topeka; John McCall, Lansing; Bob Campbell, Ft. Scott; Brad Burkdoll, Wellsville; and Chris Schmidt, Olpe.

The events produced by the Kansas Shrine Bowl, which include a cross country event and banquet, bring attention not only to the state’s finest young talents but are put on primarily to raise money for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Children are treated at no cost in Shriners Hospitals for Children, regardless of race, religion, nationality, creed or relationship to a Shriner.

Since 2010, over $2.5 million has been raised by the Kansas Shrine Bowl for the care and treatment of children. There are currently about 950 Kansas children receiving expert medical care and treatment at the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children around the world.

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