Two recent graduates of NCHS were back on the gridiron this weekend, as they competed in the 42nd Illinois High School Shrine Game. Jaris Dalman and Hunter Schultze suited up for the East squad, along with other memebers of the Southern Illinois River to River Conference. Also playing in the game representing the SIRR was Marshall Grammer, Derek Mann, Gavyn Gosha, and Clay Rendleman.
In its 42nd year, the game was played on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. Shriners from all over the state were on hand to compete on each side. Every year the game is a week-long event that hosts events such as a parade, a banquet, a barbecue, and a visit to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Schultze, Nashville's all-time career offense leader, was chosen as a running back for the game. Schultze ended his career at NCHS with 3,982 career yards, and will attend McKendree University in the fall. Schultze said of the experience, “very honored to have played in this game. It was an eye opening experience that I will have with me for the rest of my life. It made you realize that we truly do take many things in life for granted. I was also honored to play in this game because my father is a Shriner and one day I plan to be one as well.
Dalman also played in the game representing the Hornets. Dalman, a three-sport athlete at NCHS, starring in football, basketball, and baseball, played in the game as a defensive lineman. Dalman described his experience as, “eye opening, made you realize how tahnkful we should be to be able to do this.”
Both Dalman and Schultze played on the East Squad. The West Squad won the game 34-12.