SPARTANBURG — Union County standout wide receiver Shi Smith will represent UCHS and the state of South Carolina as he will compete in the 80th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
In late September, Shrine Bowl coaches from North and South Carolina gathered at the Oasis Shrine Center in Charlotte for the announcement of the 88 players — from over 400 nominations — who would compete in this year’s Shrine Bowl.
Shrine Bowl Athletic Director Ron Long said, “Tar Heel Head Coach David Gentry of Murphy High School in Murphy, North Carolina and Sandlapper Head Coach Phil Strickland of Newberry High School in Newberry, South Carolina along with their respective coaching staffs selected 44 players each, in what they termed would well represent their respective states. The final selection process culminated nearly a year of extraordinary work that these coaching staffs’ dedicate to the selection process in addition to their regular jobs.”
Union County’s Shi Smith — a University of South Carolina commitment — was one of the 44 players selected to represent South Carolina in the annual game.
This year’s Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas will take place Saturday, Dec. 17, at Wofford College’s Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. The game will be aired live on the Watch ESPN App and re-aired on ESPN U. The broadcast times for airing on ESPN U are 7 p.m. Dec. 26; noon Dec. 28; and 4 p.m. Jan. 9.
The schedule of events for game day in Spartanburg is as follows:
• 8:30 a.m. — Parade Lineup – Church Street and East Kennedy Street in Downtown Spartanburg
• 9 a.m. — Parade Steps Off – down Church Street to Evins Street, turning right on Evins Street to the stadium
• 10 a.m. — Junior Shrine Bowl Kickoff
• 11 a.m. — Distinguished Guest & VIP’s lunch in the Veranda Room of Richardson Center
• Noon — Pre-game ceremonies: Jim Crawford, Master of Ceremonies. This will include the introduction of Shrine Bowl cheerleading squads, recognition of Shrine Bowl sponsors and supporters, recognition of Shrine Bowl alumni, Invocation by Shrine Bowl Chaplain Ray Fields, PP., introduction of JROTC and Shrine Center Color Guards, the National Anthem, introduction of North and South Carolina teams, coaches, trainers and officials, play-by-play announcer Joe Sessoms, the 2016 Shrine Bowl Queen, and delivery of the official Shrine Bowl footballs by South Carolina Football Run.
• 1 p.m. — Coin toss and Kickoff
• Halftime will include introduction of North Carolina and South Carolina Shrine Bowl King and Queen, introduction of Shrine Bowl distinguished guests and potentates. The Potentates of the six Shrine Centers of the Carolinas will present a check for the funds raised by the sponsoring Shriners, to Imperial Potentate. A high school marching band to be announced will present the musical half time show.
• Post-game ceremonies will include the presentation of MVP trophies and interviews of Shrine Bowl coaches and players at the 50-yard line.
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128.