December 25, 2014
Montana East-West Shrine Game (Billings, MT) – The rosters for
the 69th Annual Montana East-West Shrine Game have been
announced. The game will be played July 18, 2015 in Great
Falls, 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
$200,000 the past two years.
This year’s 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.
Gary Lowry has been selected as head coach of the East Team.
Coach Lowry was assistant coach at CM Russell from 1984 until
taking over the reigns as head coach this fall, finishing runner
up in Class AA his first year at the helm. Gary is a graduate of
CM Russell where he was all state in football and competed in
the 1980 Shrine game. Lowry was a four year letterman at U of M
and was a member of the 1982 Big Sky Championship team. He
coached as an assistant in the Shrine game in 1991.
Don Peoples of Butte Central has been selected head coach
of the West Team. Don is a graduate of Butte Central and a 1986
graduate of Carroll College. Coach Peoples was assistant coach
at Central for two years and has been the head coach since 1989.
Don participated in the Shrine Game as head coach of the West in
1991 and 2002 in addition to assistant coaching three other
years. He is currently the President of Butte Central Catholic
These players were nominated by their schools and coaches
across the state, and finally selected as the “best of the best”
to participate in the 69th Montana Shrine Game. They join an
elite fraternity of players, many of whom have gone on to
distinguished collegiate and professional careers.