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Central sends five players to Mexico all-star football game

November 25, 2011
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PELLA—Five Central College senior football players have been named to a team of Division III all-stars to compete in the Tazon de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) Dec. 17 at the El Tempo del Dolor (Temple of Pain) in Puebla, Mexico. Selected to the squad were Brady Hill (senior, Carroll, Kuemper Catholic HS), a 6-foot-2, 250-pound defensive lineman, Jake Petersen (senior, Gladbrook, Gladbrook-Reinbeck HS), a 5-9, 165-pound defensive back, Ryan Schmidt (senior, Keswick, Tri-County HS), a 5-10, 180-pound defensive back, Preston West (senior, Swisher, Cedar Rapids Prairie HS), a 5-7, 230-pound running back and Casey Tanner (senior, Greenfield, Orient-Macksburg HS), a 6-2, 270-pound offensive lineman. Petersen was a 2010 first-team all-Iowa Conference selection while Schmidt was a second-team pick. Hill received second-team honors in 2009. Central posted a 7-3 mark this season, finishing tied for second in the league. Over 200 players were nominated for the 44-man squad, which is led by coach Bill Manlove, former La Salle, Delaware Valley and Widener coach. Also on the U.S. staff is Dutch assistant coach Don De Waard, who recently finished his 30th season, and John Roslien, director of Central’s athletic training education program. De Waard is the defensive coordinator while Roslien is the player personnel director. Both are on staff for the third straight year. Team Stars and Stripes will play a Mexican team chosen from a national conference of private colleges. The all-time series is tied 1-1. The U.S. squad won 48-7 last year after falling 24-12 in 2009. Five Central players participated in last year’s game and two were selected in 2009. The Bowl of the Stars follows in the tradition of the Aztec Bowl, which was staged in Mexico for 11 years under the leadership of the late Ron Schipper, long-time Central coach. Twelve Central players participated in the Aztec Bowl during that span including current Dutch assistant coaches Jeff Sanger, Reid Evans and Matt Paulson.

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Jake Petersen, Gladbrook



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