Newton's Connor Bierman and Teddy Frichtl were chosen to the East Squad for the Illinois High School All Star Shrine Football game on June 15th on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University.

Bierman suffered a torn ACL in his junior and senior seasons, causing him to miss games at the end of those seasons.

"It's huge for Connor," said Newton head coach Jason Fulton. "Connor is a tough kid and bounced back from his injury and played the entire baseball season and had really nice season there.

"We're really excited he gets to participate in the Shrine Game, which is a fantastic organization with what they do with the nice fundraiser. For Connor to be able to go up there and experience all of that, it's going to be a great thing for him."

Four-year starter Teddy Frichtl will also suit up along the defensive line with his teammate.

"Teddy was a great player for us," Fulton said. "He started both ways a lot of the time and was just a force for us. It's going to be a good send off for him. He's really excited about it, to get to play ball again.

"Teddy also has a big heart. What he's going to get to experience with the Shriners is going to be a really big and eye-opening thing for him as well."

The game is designed to raise money for Shriners Hospital for Children, the official philanthropy of Shriners International.

"It's a great cause," Fulton said. "What they do for Shriners Hospital and those kids is amazing. The players will be able to see first-hand the progress they're making and what the Shriners are all about. There's a purpose there. I'm thrilled and honored that we have a couple of guys getting to play."