Seven Kanzaland Area Athletes to Participate in Kansas Shrine Bowl Events

Seven Kanzaland area high school athletes and one area coach to participate in this weekends Kansas Shrine Bowl events in Emporia at Welch stadium on the campus of Emporia State University. Three cross country runners will run in the 2-mile cross country run tomorrow morning at 7:00am, while four area football stars and one area coach will participate in the 39th annual Kansas Shrine Bowl football game later in the day at 7:05pm.

Representing the Kanzaland area in the cross country race will be Rachelle Harman (Holton), Cale Heiniger (Hiawatha) and Austin Schmitz (Axtell).

Rachelle Harman (Holton) --- finished 24th at state this year in 4A cross country meet (16:27.36). She also made state in track as part of the Holton Girls 4x800-meter relay team

Cale Heiniger (Hiawatha)
--- finished 3rd at state this year in 4A cross country meet (16:48.41). He also made state in track , placing 3rd in the 3200-meter (9:43.42) and was part of the 7th place 4x800-meter relay team.

Austin Schmitz (Axtell) --- finished 13th at state this year in 1A cross country (18:19.50). He also made state in track finishing 14th in the 1600-meter (5:00.53) and was part of the 4x400 and 4x800-meter relay team for Axtell (4x800-meter team placed 9th).

The football action will start with coverage at 6:30pm, with the game time kick slated for 7:05pm. Kanzaland will be well represented with four athletes on the East squad who will be trying to snap a current five-game losing streak in the Shrine Bowl games.

Centralia's, Michael Glatzcak; Baileyville-B&B's, Cody Heiman; Riverside's, Timmy Miller and Doniphan West's, Austin Veach will all be a part of the East squad; while Miller's coach Scott Koranda (Riverside) will be an assistant on coach for the East.

Michael Glatczak (6-0, 175) QB, Centralia (2-1A) During his time as a Centralia Panther Glatczak helped lead the Panthers to two state titles in 2009 and last season quarterbacking the team to the 2011 state crown. Glatzcak a versatile player rushed for over 1,800 yards last season at the quarterback position and has been selected All-State multiple years of his career at quarterback, receiver and defensive back. He finishes with a pile of career stats that are very impressive with over 3,300 rushing yards, over 1,300 yards passing and 968 receiving yards with 84 total scores. Glatczak looks to continue his success of the football field in college as he will continue his career at Butler County Community College.

Cody Heiman (6-3, 230) LB, Baileyville B&B (8M-II) Heiman, was staple and leader of the Falcons team this season helping them make their fourth consecutive trip to the 8-man DII state title game. Falcons came up short this past year, but won the state title in 2010 and 2008. Heiman highlighted both sides of the ball for the Falcons this year nabbing three interceptions and over 80 tackles, while on offense being he rushed for over 1,100 yards and 17 TD's.  Heiman an All-State footballer finished his B&B career with over 2,200 yards rushing. Cody looks to continue his success on the football field next year in college as he will play at Washburn University.

Timmy Miller (5-7, 135) RB/DB, Riverside (2-1A) In the first year of Riverside high school it was senior Timmy Miller proving to be a key to a successful season that resulted in a run in the 2-1A playoffs as the Cylcones made it to the quarterfinals. Miller served as the main ball carrier for the Cyclones registering over 1,500 yards of offense on the season with 24 TD's. He not only was an offense threat but a threat on defense and special teams. Miller was a jack-of-all trades on defense with over 80 tackles last year, a sack and forced fumbles, while also averaging over 20 yards per punt and kick return on the season. An All-State player, Miller will continue his football career at Highland Community College.

Austin Veach (6-3, 230) OL/DL, Doniphan West (2-1A) Veach was beast on the field for the Doniphan West Mustangs this past season registering over 2,000 yards rushing and tearing up the field on defense with 90 plus tackles, six sacks, forced fumbles and blocked kicks. Austin helped spark the Mustangs to a 9-2 season which saw the Mustangs earn a spot in the state quarterfinals. On top of his football accolades at Doniphan West, Austin took home the state title in wrestling finishing 23-2 on the season, becoming the first Mustang wrestler to become a state champ.

Coach Scot Koranda, Riverside (2-1A) – Coach Scott Koranda, the coach of Wathena took over as the first head coach of the newly formed consolidated school Riverside this past year. In Koranda's first season at the helm of the newly formed Riverside high school he lead them to a 9-2 record and a playoff appearance, where they made it to the state quarterfinals in Class 2-1A. Scott will serve as an assistant coach for the East squad at this year's Kansas Shrine Bowl.

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