The 70th Annual Montana East-West Shrine Game will be played July
16, 2016 in Butte, MT. The Montana Shrine Game is the premier
all-star game in Montana and has a long history of distinguished
players and coaches.
It is one of the oldest high
school all-star football games in the United States. Every year
since 1947, Montana high schools’ finest players are selected to
compete in a game to raise money and to help make the public
aware of the expert orthopedic and burn care available at the
Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Spokane, Washington. In
recent years, the Montana game has become one of the top Shrine
Games in the nation for hospital donations. The Montana Shrine
Game has raised over $400,000 the past six years.
the third year this game again with have an international
flavor. Forty of Montana’s finest are selected to compete on
each team and two players from Calgary will join them, one for
the East and one for the West.
East Team will be coached by Mike Ludwig from the Laurel
Locomotives. Coach Ludwig has been with the Laurel program since
1993 and head coach since 2002 and has been a perennial playoff
team in Class A, winning the championship in 2002. Prior to
returning to his home town, Mike assistant coached at Butte
Central from 1993 to 1997. This is Ludwig’s first opportunity to
be at the helm of the East team after assistant coaching the
game twice. Mike will have the chance to coach his son, Connor,
an all-state safety who was unanimously selected for the game.
Heading the West Team will be Chad Ross from the state champion
Whitefish Bulldogs. Coach Ross has been with the Whitefish
program for seventeen years and as head coach for the last
seven, leading the Bulldogs to their first gridiron title since
1979. Chad played his college football at University of Arizona
from 1990 to 1994 helping his team to a Pac-10 championship and
a Fiesta bowl will over Miami in 1994.
players were nominated by their schools and coaches across the
state, and finally selected as the “best of the best” to
participate in the 70th Montana Shrine Game. They
join an elite fraternity of players, many of whom have gone on
to distinguished collegiate and professional careers.