Brian Seward tapped for Shrine game; Rob Younger to coach

Senior Brian Seward will represent the Huskies and the Capital Conference at the 51st annual Shrine East-West football game in August at Bulldog Stadium, Baker City.

Seward won’t have to adjust to a new coaching style for the game. Husky Coach Rob Younger has been tapped as the head coach of the East team. He will be joined by Dave Courtney, Burns, personnel manager; assistant coaches Monte Nash, Grant Union High, John Day, Wapiti League and Alan Stanfield, Powder Valley High, North Powder, Old Oregon League.

Head coach for the west team will be Kurt Hargett, Newport High School, Newport, Valco League.

Some 150 high schools participate in the Shrine game program, contributing 120 players and six coaches.

Players are considered on the basis of athletic ability, grade point average, character, absence of any juvenile criminal record and graduating senior status in the year selected.

Each team consists of a 30 man player squad and a 30 man alternate squad. 14 players come from 3A schools, 12 from 2A schools and 4 from 1A schools.

The Shrine game started in 1952 to recognize athletes from smaller schools. All proceeds from the event benefit Shrine hospitals.

Seward, 6-0, 195, was selected as a wide receiver. He joins fellow Capital Conference players Pat Burke of Sisters, Casey Dark of Stayton, and Dan Liechty of Molalla.

Seward was a key leader for Coach Younger’s Huskies last fall. The Huskies went undefeated in league (5-0) and earned a berth in the state playoffs, losing to Baker City.

In post season honors, Seward was named first team league safety. He was co team MVP along with fellow quarterback Donnie Cliver.

He completed 53% of his passing attempts and carried the ball 19 times for 169 yards.

In nine games, sharing the quarterback slot with Cliver, Seward completed 23 of 47 poasses for three touchdowns and 281 yards. On the other end of the football, Seward caught three aerials for 39 yards.