BELOIT, Kan. - The Kansas 8-Man All-Star Games scheduled for June 13 in Beloit have officially been cancelled. The decision came down on Monday morning as the coronavirus pandemic continues to be a threat to the health of the public. 8-Man All-Star Game Committee Chairman David Dubbert issued the following statement on behalf of the committee:
Due to Covid 19 in the best interest of Public Safety, the Mitchell County Health Board and the Kansas 8 Man All Star Game Committee has officially cancelled the 2020 All Star games. The plan is to resume the games in 2021.
Vestal Teeter, head coach at Ingalls and the president of the Kansas Eight Man Football Association also presented this statement on behalf of the KEMFA:
It's with a heavy heart that we are cancelling the 8-Man All-Star Games this year. This decision was made with the players' best interests and safety in mind, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am very sad for all the young men that have worked so hard to earn a chance to play in the game, and we wish them all the best as they pursue their future endeavors.
Many area athletes were selected to play in this year's games. Those area athletes picked to play include: Connor Goheen, Darrien Holloway and Steele Wolters of Osborne, Joe Ferguson and Reece Struckhoff from Thunder Ridge and Beau Batchman and Kilby Meyer of Sylvan-Lucas for the DII West team. Ben Labertew of Sylvan-Lucas was also chosen as an assitant coach for the DII West. For the DII East, Wyatt Darnell and Alex Ketter of St. John's/Tipton were picked as well as Carter Brown of Lakeside and Rylee Whelchel from Rock Hills. Rock Hills coach Colby Hamel was selected as a DII East assistant. For more historical info on the games, visit www.8manallstars.com.