Scottsbluff’s Aratani to play in 56th Annual Shrine Bowl of Nebraska
     2014-06-05      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Andrew Aratani 
LINCOLN — Andrew Aratani of Scottsbluff is one of 70 recently graduated high school senior football players who will compete Saturday in the 56th Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl.

The game will be played at the Ron and Carol Cope Stadium on Foster Field at the University of Nebraska at Kearney on Saturday at 2 p.m. This will be the second consecutive year that the Shrine Bowl game will be played at Cope Stadium.

Aratani, who will play at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, was an All-District B-8 defensive lineman as a senior. Aratani had a team-leading 71 tackles (39 solo) with one quarterback sack and two tackles for 9 lost yards for the Bearcats.

In wrestling, Aratani was the 285-pound district champion and finished second in the Class B State Wrestling Championships in Omaha. He thus placed for the third straight year after earning a fifth-place finish last year and taking sixth as a sophomore, all at the 285 class.

The Shrine Bowl festivities will begin Saturday with a parade at 10 a.m. The parade route runs along Central Avenue starting at East Railroad Street.

All former Shrine Bowl participants are invited to walk in the parade alongside the Shrine Bowl float. Shrine Bowl Alumni are encouraged to wear their old jerseys while participating in this event.

The Shrine Bowl Alumni group is welcome to come and meet above the student union on the East side of the field during the game. There will be an alumni picture during halftime. Please listen for the announcement.

Proceeds from Shrine Bowl ticket and merchandise sales benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. With 22 locations nationwide, Shriners Hospitals are on the cutting-edge of medical care and research.

For information on location, ticket sales and other ways to support the Shriners Hospitals for Children, please visit http://www.neshrinebowl.org.

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