MOUNTAIN VIEW — Coming on the heels of its second 2A State Championship in three seasons, the accolades continue to pour in for the Mountain View High School football program.
Five seniors have been named to the 2020 Shrine Bowl roster, with three of those committing to play together at the next level.
Rosters were released last Saturday for the 47th annual Wyoming Shrine Bowl All-Star Game, scheduled for June 13, 2020, at Cheney Alumni Field in Casper. The South squad will be led by Mountain View head coach Brent Walk, with the Buffalos placing five seniors on the roster: Breckin Barnes, Briggin Bluemel, Hunter Gross, Kimball Madsen and Braeden Walk. The five represent the most players
from one team on the South roster.
“Mountain View is very well represented for the Shrine Bowl this year, so we’re pretty excited,” said MVHS head coach Brent Walk. “All five of those guys -- three of them are going on to play college football next year, and the other two are going on LDS missions. The two that are going on their missions [Gross and Madsen] have aspirations to play at the next level. So long story short, I’ve got five guys in this 2020 class that are going to be college football players.”
All five seniors earned first team All-State honors this past season, while coach Walk was named 2A Coach of the Year by the Wyoming Coaches Association. Walk said he’s looking forward to coaching the 2020 South squad.
“We’re really, really excited for our guys on this, because that’s a huge award,” coach Walk said. “For Briggin and Hunter to be selected for that, that’s a huge compliment to them and their character. They take care of their academics, and obviously they’re very good football players. Those two kids have represented our program remarkably well these last four years, and they just continue to do so.”
And on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 29, at MVHS, Walk, Bluemel and Barnes signed their National Letters of Intent to play football next season for Dickinson State University in Dickinson, North Dakota. All three were recruited by and made visits to a number of colleges; the chance to play together at the next level was just too good to pass up.
“DSU’s offensive coordinator Michael McGuire had been recruiting these three kids all year long,” coach Walk said. “I’ve had a relationship with coach McGuire from back when he coached Big Horn High School, and at the end of the day, all three [Walk, Bluemel and Barnes] made the decision that was best for them.”
Walk, Bluemel and Barnes have been best friends since elementary school, according to coach Walk, and for them to have the opportunity to keep playing together is exciting, not just for their families, but for the whole town. Add to that, the three will be reunited with an old teammate, Blake Murray, who is now a starting offensive guard for the Blue Hawks.