PRESS RELEASE – EMBARGO
DECEMBER 25, 2017
rosters for the 72nd Annual Montana East-West Shrine
Game have been announced.
The game will be played July 21, 2018 in Great Falls, MT.
The Montana Shrine Game is the premier all-star game in Montana
and has a long history of distinguished players and coaches.
It is one of the oldest high school all-star football
games in the United States. Every year since 1947, Montana high
schools’ finest players are selected to compete in a game to
raise money and to help make the public aware of the expert
orthopedic and burn care available at the Shriner’s Hospital for
Children in Spokane, Washington. In recent years, the Montana
game has become one of the top Shrine Games in the nation for
hospital donations. In the last five years this game has raised
Montana’s finest are selected to compete on each team.
East Team will be coached by Levi Wesche from Bozeman High.
Levi played his high school football for Choteau and
graduated from Dutton High School in 2001. He played football at
MSU-Northern and started his high school coaching career in
Bozeman in 2007, the last two years as head coach. Wesche will
be coaching in his third Shrine game, this being the first at
Heading the West Team will be Kyle Mihelish from Helena Capital.
Kyle played his collegiate career at Montana Western, playing in
two national semifinal contests. His first coaching opportunity
was in 1996 as an assistant coach to Dale Pohle at Great Falls
High. He returned to his alma mater in Helena as an assistant
coach and the last three years as head coach at Capital, leading
them to three consecutive state semifinal appearances. This will
be the fifth time Kyle has coached in this game, the first as
These players were nominated by their schools and coaches across
the state, and finally selected as the “best of the best” to
participate in the 72nd Montana Shrine Game. They join an elite
fraternity of players, many of whom have gone on to
distinguished collegiate and professional careers.
2017 Patient Ambassador for the 71st Annual Montana East-West
My name is Addison
and I am 9 years old and I’m going to be a 5th grader! I belong
to Syd and Andrea Benson and I have a big sister, Josie. Seven
years ago when I was in an accident and became an amputee, The
Shrine organization stepped up and wanted to help me. I can do
anything I want to do – and that is everything! I love to ride
my bike, swim, jump, run, play sports, climb the monkey bars,
play with friends….I love it all! I have an outgoing
personality, a can-do attitude, and a smile a mile wide. Thank
you for supporting an organization and the people I love!