Vilseck set to host all-star game

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The best high school football players in Europe share a field Saturday at 1 p.m. as the 2012 DODDS-Europe Football All-Star Game kicks off at Vilseck High School.

The North side features members of all three of the European champions crowned at last weekend’s Super Six. Division I champion Ramstein is well-represented with eight players on the squad, while Division II Bitburg offers four and Division III Baumholder sends two to the annual showcase.

The underdog South roster is headlined by six players from host Vilseck, followed by five from Ansbach and four from Naples. 

Steve Jewell led the North to a 23-14 win over Marcus George’s South team in the 2011 edition of the game, played at nearby Grafenwöhr.  That game renewed the DODDS tradition of postseason football all-star games after a hiatus dating back to 1982.

Here are the rosters:

#1 DB Carlton Campbell, Sr., Vilseck
#2 WR/DB Blade Straus, Sr., Vilseck
#3 WR Ryan Nestor, Sr., Bristol
#4 RB Terell Gandy, Sr., Vicenza
#5 TE/DL Elijah Smith, Sr., Aviano
#6 LB Andray Gibson, Sr., Bamberg
#7 DB Lajurren Burks, Jr., Schweinfurt
#8 RB Demar Flake, Sr., Ansbach
#9 QB Joe Pitts, Sr., Naples
#10 LB Walter Guyer, Sr., Patch
#11 QB Jake Voorhees, Sr., Ansbach
#13 LB Kyle Zeltner, Sr., Hohenfels
#15 DB Ramon Quijano, Sr., Rota
#17 WR Xavier Cage, Sr., Ansbach
#20 DB Dale Somers, Sr., Bristol
#21 OL Andrew Mineni, Sr., Patch
#22 RB/LB Shawn Peebles, Sr., Vilseck
#23 WR/DB Andrew Bert, Sr., Aviano
#44 TE/DE Brian Pfirrman, Sr., Naples
#50 OL/DT Rahim Beatty, Sr., Ansbach
#51 OL/DE Josh Pleake, Jr., Ansbach
#56 OL Jake Cramner, Sr., Patch
#57 OL Alec Chiarotti, Sr., Patch
#58 DT Armando Saldana, Jr., Vilseck
#59 DT Steven Hooks, Sr., Vilseck
#66 OL/DT Buck Reed, Sr., Hohenfels
#77 OL/DL Tom Samonig, Sr., Bristol
#80 DE Cody Holland, Sr., Rota
#82 TE/DE Jack Sly, Sr., Bristol
#83 TE/DT Victor Hernandez, Sr., Vilseck
#88 WR/DB Isaiah Wesby, Jr., Naples
#99 DE/K David Arrequin, Sr., Naples

#1 RB CJ Evans, Sr., Bitburg
#2 RB/CB Zachery Boswell, Sr., Ramstein
#3 QB/S Dylan Le Page, Sr., Ramstein
#4 LB/K Christian Burdick, Sr., Menwith Hill
#5 RB Ben Holliday, Sr., Baumholder
#6 WR/DB Robert Navarro, Jr., Ramstein
#7 WR Dennis Ringgold, Sr., Wiesbaden
#8 QB Daniel Cordova, Jr., AFNORTH
#9 K Peter Mark Swisshelm, Sr., Sigonella
#10 QB/S Ben McDaniels, Sr., Baumholder
#11 WR/DL Dustyn Le Page, Sr., Ramstein
#12 RB/DB Jared Parker, Sr., SHAPE
#14 WR Victor Black, Jr., AFNORTH
#21 RB/LB Justin Rodney, Jr., Heidelberg
#22 RB Connor Manning, Jr., SHAPE
#28 WR/DB Glenn Jones, Sr., Lakenheath
#32 LB Branden Simonson, Jr., Ramstein
#33 DL Kyla Capogna, Sr., Lakenheath
#34 RB/LB Bryce Randall, Sr., Bitburg
#40 LB Tyler Rood, Sr., Ramstein
#45 DL Drake Harness, Jr., Ramstein
#50 OL/DL Daniel Mattner, Wiesbaden
#54 OL/DL Luke Narug, AFNORTH
#55 OL/DL Devin Billups, Jr., Bitburg
#56 OL/DL Taylor Ator, Jr., SHAPE
#57 LB Tysean Hendrix, Sr., Kaiserslautern
#58 OL/DL Colton Engelmeier, Sr., Bitburg
#63 OL/LB Anthony Brown, Sr., Wiesbaden
#64 OL Wyatt Sill, Sr., Wiesbaden
#75 OL/DL Ian Hudak, Sr., Lakenheath
#76 OL/DL Joey Bahret, Jr., Ramstein
#86 K/RB Traywick Brandon, Sr., Alconbury


Branden Simonson of Ramstein was misidentified in an earlier version of this article.


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