Three area football players and one coach will participate in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Games on Saturday at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Titan Stadium.
The event is in connection with the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin located in Milwaukee, which is hoping to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer victims.
On the roster for the Division 1-3 North squad are a pair of linebackers, Manitowoc Lincoln’s Eli Steimle and Two Rivers’ Shawn Shillcox. Joining them will be Valders’ co-head coach Mike Arendt, who will be in charge of the defensive line for the game.
Steimle, the reigning Herald Times Reporter All-Area Football Athlete of the Year, was a jack of all trades for the Ships last season. He replaced Lincoln’s starting tight end at the end of the season due to injury and finished with five touchdowns on eight receptions.
In an October game against Pulaski, Steimle blocked a punt that led to a touchdown. In the same game, he had two touchdown catches — including the game-winner, a 24-yard reception on the last play of the game. The game extended the Ships’ win streak to eight and secured the team’s Fox River Classic Conference title.
Like Steimle, Shillcox played on both sides of the ball for Two Rivers, finishing sixth in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference with 56 tackles. Shillcox, also a standout quarterback, led the EWC in completion percentage at 68 percent, while finishing second in touchdowns (15) and fourth in yardage (1284).
Kiel’s David Esswein will be the area’s lone representative in the Division 4-7 game. Esswein led the area in receiving yards this past fall with 47 catches for 988 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Division 4-7 game will kickoff at noon followed by the Division 1-3 game at 5 p.m.