North Dakota Shrine Bowl football games canceled

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FARGO — The North Dakota Shrine high school all-star football games scheduled for July 18 have been canceled, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation across North Dakota and how it may impact what we refer to as ‘Shrine Bowl Week,’ inclusive of the player camp in Mayville, game day activities in Fargo and the ability to effectively conduct fundraising activities to support our mission,” said Shane Heiberg, a member of the Shrine Bowl board of directors. “Based on the information available at this time, the North Dakota Shrine Bowl Board has come to the difficult decision to cancel this year’s game and the events surrounding the game.”

The Shrine Bowl was scheduled to be held at Fargo South High School on July 18, with the 11-man game at 4 p.m. followed by the 9-man game. Heiberg said the Shrine Bowl board of directors will try to formulate a plan to still honor the senior players selected for the games.

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