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Area football youth standouts to compete in All-Star game at Allstate Arena

In April, the Chicago Rush hosted a scrimmage between Homer Glen and Joliet youth teams. The Rush will host an All-Game Saturday, June 16. (Chicago Rush photo)

In April, the Chicago Rush hosted a scrimmage between Homer Glen and Joliet youth teams. The Rush will host an All-Game Saturday, June 16. (Chicago Rush photo)

Several TribLocal-area youth players have been invited to the Chicagoland Youth Football League All-Star game at 3 p.m. June 16 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
Before the Chicago Rush play the Georgia Force, the All-Star teams from the West and East will play three quarters. The fourth quarter will be played at halftime of the Rush-Force game, which is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.
Area players representing the West squad and the community team they are on are Kyle Condon (Batavia/North Aurora), Blake Holly (Barrington), Tyler Pennington (Cary), Kyle Vega (Crystal Lake), Jacob Narayan (Elgin), Steven Palacios (Grant/Fox Lake), Christian Lathem (Huntley), Jack Wright (Lake in the Hills/Algonquin), Kyle Wheat and Lucas Wheat (McHenry), Jared Frey and Jared Drake (Plainfield), James Queen (Prairie Ridge), Alex Machan (Wauconda), and Justin Tillman (Woodstock).
Area players representing the East squad are Matt Haufe (Antioch), Lucas Wax (Buffalo Grove), Jack Dobonsky (Grayslake), Peter Stanfel (Lake Villa), Jack Ruskell and Wesley Klepac (Libertyville), Tony Baumgardt (Mundelein), Luke Hedges (Oak Park-River Forest), Josh McDermott (Prospect Heights/Wheeling), Anthony Johnson (Round Lake), Trey Hommer (Vernon Hills) and Brandon Ry and Jacob Lange (Warren/Gurnee).
Former Chicago Bears Desmond Clark and Alex Brown will act as honorary coaches for the East and West teams.
“Anytime we can partner with a youth organization that incorporates life lessons beyond the athletic field the Rush organization is always going to be welcoming,” Chicago Rush President/GM Roger Wexelberg said in a news release. “Matching our platform of Arena Football to youth athletes is vitally important to us.’’
The All-Stars are also receiving the opportunity to practice at the Chicago Rush indoor facility out in Palatine with select Chicago Rush players directing the youth athletes in proper football drills, as well as speaking on the importance of football safety. The final practice is located on the grounds of the WGN9 studios.
Earlier in the season, the Rush hosted the Homer Glen Stallions and Joliet Ravens for an April scrimmage before a game.
“To have people in the stands like this and cheering in a big arena is a great opportunity for the kids,” said Ravens president Frank Bermudez after the event. “This is something they will always be able to talk about. It’s an experience that most kids don’t get the opportunity to do. This was like going to Disneyland for some of these kids.”

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