Four senior players from the Mining City will get to play one more home high school football game.
The rosters for the 76th Montana East-West Shrine Game were released on Christmas morning, and three Butte High Bulldogs and one Butte Central Maroon got the call.
Representing Butte High on the West Side roster will be Jace Stenson, Cameron Gurnsey and Zach Tierney. They will be joined by Butte Central’s Kyle Holter.
The game will be played June 17 in Butte. The premier All-Star football game will be making its first appearance in the Mining City since 2019.
Helena Capital head coach Kyle Mihelish will once again lead the West Side into battle. Mihelish has 24 years of coaching experience in Montana, the last 15 of which came at Capital. Mihelish’s Bruins won the Class AA State title this past season.
The East Team will be coached by Lewistown coach Derek Lear, who guided the Golden Eagles to the Class A State crown.
Stenson, who started at quarterback for the Bulldogs the last two seasons, is listed on the roster as an athlete. He earned All-State honors behind center this past season, leading Butte High to a playoff appearance and playoff win. Stenson has committed to play football at Montana Tech.
Gurnsey will play receiver for the West Side, the same position he will play at the University of Montana. He took home All-State honors at the position as a senior.
Tierney will play guard for the West Side. The future Montana Tech Oredigger earned a first-team All-State nod at that position as a senior. He was also honored as a defensive lineman.
Holter will play cornerback for the West. He received All-State recognition at that position this past season. He also received all-conference honors as a receiver. Holter has yet to announce his college plans.
No Butte players were named to the alternate list.
The players were nominated by their schools and coaches and selected as the “best of the best.” They join an elite fraternity of players, many who have gone on to distinguished collegiate and professional careers.
In the last 10 years, the game has raised more than $1 million for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane.
Note: Tyler Kovick of Helena Capital was also named an alternate at defensive back for the West Side. His name was inadvertently omitted from a list sent out by the Shriners.