BELOIT, Kan. - Chalk up the Kansas 8-Man All-Star Football Games as the latest casualties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Division I and Division II games scheduled for June 13th in Beloit have officially been cancelled.
8-Man All-Star Game Committee Chairman David Dubbert issued the following statement on behalf of the committee on Monday.
"Due to Covid 19 in the best interest of Public Safety, the Mitchell County Health Board and the Kansas 8 Man All Star Game Committee has officially cancelled the 2020 All Star games." Dubbert said. "The plan is to resume the games in 2021."
Vestal Teeter is the head coach at Ingalls High School and is the president of the Kansas Eight Man Football Association.
"It's with a heavy heart that we are cancelling the 8-Man All-Star Games this year." Teeter said in a release. "This decision was made with the players' best interests and safety in mind, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am very sad for all the young men that have worked so hard to earn a chance to play in the game, and we wish them all the best as they pursue their future endeavors."
Several area players were selected to participate in the games. Selected to the Division I West team was Dillon Dunn and Hunter Price from Trego, Nate Gabel and Hector Rodriguez of Ness City and Kirk Huser of Victoria. Trego's Pat Haxton was an assistant coach.
Steele Wolters, Darrian Holloway and Connor Goheen of Osborne were all selected to play in the Division II game along with Reece Struckhoff and Joe Ferguson of Thunder Ridge and Seth Hooping