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Tony Frank makes Shrine All-Star team

July 3, 2013 by

Tony Frank, class of 2013 Lakeview High School graduate, has been invited to play in the 61st annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football game in Baker City on Saturday, Aug. 3.

Frank, who played all four years for Lakeview, played on defense as the middle linebacker and this past year played his first year on the offensive line, protecting the quarterback’s blindside as the left tackle.

The 6’2”, 210 lb. Frank joked that he “got drafted” to play on the offensive line after playing mostly tight end on the offensive side of the ball.

“We didn’t have very big people this year,” he said, so he was asked to assume the role of left tackle.

It has been a long-standing goal of Frank’s to make the Shrine All-Star team.

“I’ve been wanting to play in it since my 8th grade year when I first saw one of the guys from our team play on it,” he said.

His grandfather, Gary Arntz, recalled that when he was contacted for comment, saying it’s something Frank always wanted to do. “He was so excited, he called me from school to tell me,” he said.

When asked why he wanted to play on the team, he affirmed that he always wanted to be in that class of player.

Frank’s football coach, Sean Radford, said he is definitely going to show up to the game to cheer on his former player, noting that his participation is as much a testament to his character as it is his football ability. “The Shriners select players based on character first and then athletic talent,” he said. “Tony emerged as a leader for us this year and was recognized by his teammates as a captain of our team every week.”

General admission is $10, and reserved seats are $12.

For more information, contact Dick Kirby at 541-523-3506.

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