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Lohman and McNabb will star for Indians in Oregon East-West Shrine Football Game

64th annual game will air on ROOT Sports on August 6 in Baker City


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians senior quarterback Brennen McNabb, senior wide receiver Robert Lohman and coach Sean McNabb will take part in the 64th Oregon East-West Shrine Game set for August 6 in Baker City.
Pictured, back row from left: Sean McNabb, Lohman, Brennen McNabb, Vernonia coach Thor Ware and Rainier coach Mike King.
Middle row, from left: Jesse Exton, Larry Evey, Vernonia senior running back Blade Ware, Rainier senior quarterback Casey Tripp and Clatskanie senior defensive lineman Wyatt McKay.
Front row, from left: past potentate Bob Walliker, Ron Gamble, potentate John Nershi, Art Hermanson and past potentate Rennie Johnson.Indians senior quarterback Robert Lohman and senior wide receiver Brennen McNabb were announced to the Oregon East-West Shrine Football Game on Saturday, May 7, at the Columbia County Shrine Club in St. Helens.

The 64th annual East-West Game includes players from Class 1A to Class 4A high schools, benefits the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children and will air on ROOT Sports on August 6 in Baker City.

The grand marshal is always a patient from the hospital.

"You're going to be part of the exposure," Al Kader past potentate Bob Walliker said. "You're selected because you are the best players in your position in your school. Your strong legs run so that weak legs can walk."

Shriners send letters to coaches on the east and west ends of the state, and the coaches nominate players for the game.

Lohman, who will continue his football career at College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif., and McNabb, who will play basketball at a junior college to be announced, closed their prep careers in Scappoose's first state championship appearance in 13 years.

Indians coach Sean McNabb will lend his coaching talents in Baker City.

"I am absolutely blessed with what I do and to have the opportunity to coach my son and one of his best friends," McNabb said. "At Scappoose High, we want to keep kids active all year long."

Also introduced for this year's game were Class 2A Vernonia senior running back Blade Ware, Class 3A Rainier senior quarterback Casey Tripp and Class 3A Clatskanie senior defensive lineman Wyatt McKay.

Vernonia coach Thor Ware and Rainier coach Mike King are also in.

"It's really the Al Kader guys from Wilsonville who get it going," Columbia County Shriners Club president Casey Garrett said. "We're getting close to 100 years in St. Helens. We wanted to make sure the kids are appreciated, and we're going to show up in Baker City to support the kids."