2023 North Dakota Shrine Bowl rosters announced

One hundred twenty-eight players from North Dakota and Minnesota will participate in this year's football all-star games June 24 at Mayville State.

Kindred's Trey Heinrich drags Central Cass' Josiah Crandall as he scores a third quarter touchdown in Casselton on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022.
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FARGO — Rosters for the 2023 North Dakota Shrine Bowl were announced Monday.

One hundred twenty-eight players from North Dakota and Minnesota will participate in this year's football all-star games, which are slated for Saturday, June 24, at Mayville State University. Kickoff in the 11-man game is 4 p.m. at Jerome Berg Field with the 9-man contest to follow at 7 p.m.

Rosters for each game are split between East and West. The 9-man teams consist of 26 players per roster while the 11-man teams have 38 players rostered.

This year's 11-man East roster features 16 student-athletes who were all-state selections in 2022. Leading that group is North Dakota High School Football Player of the Year Michael Rostberg, who helped guide Fargo Shanley to the Class 11AA state championship last season.

In 12 games last season, Rostberg threw for 2,969 yards and 34 touchdowns while rushing for 373 yards and nine scores. With Rostberg steering the ship, the Deacons' offense was by far the best in North Dakota, averaging 37.2 points per game.


Fargo Shanley's Michael Rostberg carries against West Fargo Sheyenne during their football game Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at Sheyenne.
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Other notables on this year's 11-man East team include West Fargo's Payton McGregor and Josh Balstad, Fargo South's Zack Thomasson and Valley City's Gavin Gerhardt.

McGregor and Balstad were both all-state first team selections last season, with McGregor leading the Eastern Dakota Conference in receiving with 47 receptions, 882 yards and six touchdowns. Balstad impressed on defense, leading the EDC with 83 total tackles, two interceptions and one pass breakup at linebacker.

West Fargo's Payton McGregor grabs a touchdown reception against Fargo North at Essentia Health Packer Stadium on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022.
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Thomasson was a first-team all-state pick for the Bruins at linebacker, recording 65 total tackles, three sacks and one pass breakup.

Gerhardt joined his EDC opponents on the first-team all-state list, leading the conference's A division in rushing average with 118.9 yards per game. Gerhardt also racked up 951 yards and 11 touchdowns to pace the Hi-Liners' ground game.

On the B side, the 11-man team will be represented by the likes of Central Cass' Owen Wiersma and Kindred's Trey Heinrich.

Wiersma led the Squirrels with 20 total touchdowns last season and rushed for 1,043 yards to earn an all-state first team selection. Heinrich joined Wiersma on the first team and was named Class 11B's Senior Athlete of the Year.

Central Cass' Owen Wiersma carries against Velva-Drake-Anamoose-Garrison during their North Dakota 11-man Class B State Football Championship game Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in the Fargodome.
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Representing the East in the 9-man game include Hankinson's Cruz Hernandez, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood's Andrew Arth, Mayville-Portland-C-G's Xyler Carlson and Maple River's Clay Hovelson, all of whom were first team all-state selections in 2022.

The North Dakota Shrine Bowl was created in 1974 with the goal of honoring high school football athletes who excel both on and off the field and display high character, to raise awareness and funds for the Shriners Children's nonprofit, and to inform the public about the organization, according to its website.


The weeklong event, hosted by the El Zagal Shriners and Kem Shriners, begins June 20 and concludes with gameday on June 24.

For a full schedule and more information, visit

This year's rosters are:

11-man East

Jacob Shriver, Bottineau

Ryan Stafford, Central Cass

Owen Wiersma, Central Cass

Cooper Johnson, Central Cass


Colton Schneider, Devils Lake

Christian McCarthy, Fargo Davies

John O'Neill, Fargo Davies

Michael Rostberg, Fargo Shanley

Will Mehus, Fargo Shanley

Vuciri Hakim, Fargo Shanley

Damon Hospidales, Fargo Shanley

Tyler Christianson, Fargo South


Emanuel Spiyee, Fargo South

Zack Thomasson, Fargo South

Dylan LaMont, Grand Forks Central

Logan Arason, Grand Forks Red River

Hudson Flom, Grand Forks Red River

Peter Dryburgh, Hillsborro-Central Valley

Riley Olsen, Hillsborro-Central Valley

Easton Baesler, Hillsborro-Central Valley


Trey Heinrich, Kindred

Jack Packer, Kindred

Mason Nipstad, Kindred

Jack Romfo, Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich

Boeden Greenley, Lisbon

Grant Lyons, Lisbon

Noah Sundby, Oakes

Max Roller, Thompson


Broden Muske, Valley City

Gavin Gerhardt, Valley City

Beau Arenstein, Wahpeton

Payton McGregor, West Fargo

Josh Balstad, West Fargo

Ty Schlichting, West Fargo Sheyenne

Bryce Cain, West Fargo Sheyenne

Caleb Zejdlik, East Grand Forks, MN

Charlie Kalina, Detroit Lakes, MN

Brock O'Keson, Detroit Lakes, MN


Scott Olson, Hillsboro-Central Valley

Tommy Butler, Casselton

Vyrn Muir, Grand Forks Red River

Tyler Kosel, Fargo South

11-man West

Armani Smith, Beulah

Tarren Larson, Beulah

Ryan Brynjolfson, Bismarck Century

Joel Edland, Bismarck Century

Jacob Burckhard, Bismarck Century

Jayden Sherwin, Bismarck High

Jaxon Kellogg, Bismarck Legacy

Vegas George, Bismarck Legacy

Carl Henry, Bismarck Legacy

Jaxyn Richter, Bismarck St. Mary's

Jonathan Plante, Bismarck St. Mary's

Grant Kees, Bowman County

Brenden Hedges, Des Lacs-Burlington

Chase Selle, Dickinson

Max Wilkinson, Dickinson

Ben Carlson, Dickinson

Kaison Kaylor, Hazen

Payton Hochhalter, Jamestown

Jackson Walters, Jamestown

Ethan Gall, Jamestown

Devon Church, Mandan

Karsyn Jablonski, Mandan

Lincon Wiseman, Mandan

Kaydn Turnbow, Minot

Jayden Speraw, Minot

Tyson Enget, Ray-Powers Lake

Gracin Schroeder, Ray-Powers Lake

Joey Desir, Shiloh Christian

Kyler Klein, Shiloh Christian

Darrick Even, Shiloh Christian

Payton Bodine, Velva-Garrison-Drake-Anamoose

Kyle Sandy, Velva-Garrison-Drake-Anamoose

Gabe Lakoduk, Velva-Garrison-Drake-Anamoose

Preston Kraft, Velva-Garrison-Drake-Anamoose

Jason Hogue, Watford City

Ethan Boll, Crookston, MN

Landon Gilespie, Lake Park-Audubon, MN

Zeke Noel, Lake Park-Audubon, MN


Jim Dooley, Beulah

Matt Weidler, Velva-Drake-Anamoose

Chauncey Hendershot, Minot

Cory Volk, Bismarck Century

9-man East

Jacob Steele, Cavalier

Landon Carter, Cavalier

Levi Hinkle, Cavalier

Cruz Hernandez, Hankinson

Ruston Kath, Hankinson

Brock Wendel, LaMoure-Litchville-Marion

Garrett Hebl, LaMoure-Litchville-Marion

Colton Ness, LaMoure-Litchville-Marion

Colter Thorsell, Larimore

Jebb Gerszewski, Larimore

Clay Hovelson, Maple River

Andrew Aarsvold, May-Port-C-G

Ethan Bergstrom, May-Port-C-G

Xyler Carlson, May-Port-C-G

Lucas Fugleberg, May-Port-C-G

Holden Lenz, Nelson County

TJ Cosley, North Border

Carson Brown, North Border

Nicholas Mears, North Prairie

Isaac Herbel, North Prairie

Mitchell Leas, North Prairie

Bryce Prouty, North Star

Andrew Arth, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood

Jake Kuchera, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood

Jason Barton, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood

Chisum Schmiedeberg, Kittson County Central


Mitch Greenwood, Cavalier

Josh Keller, North Prairie

Adam Sola, May-Port-C-G

Jason Monilaws, Hankinson

9-man West

Trey Swanson, Beach

Keaton Rust, Central McClean

Easton Eriksmoen, Divide County

Max Dhuyvetter, Divide County

Wyatt Carballo, Divide County

Layton Woodbury, Grant County-Flasher

Kayedenn Rivinius, Grant County-Flasher

Wyatt Ottmar, Grant County-Flasher

Brandon Brunelle, Grant County-Flasher

Cole Manolovits, Hettinger County

Keaton Luhmann, Kidder County

Trenton Erbele, Napolean-Gackle-Streeter

AJ Heins, New Salem-Amont

Ty Wolding, New Salem-Amont

Levi Becker, New Salem-Amont

Alex Pitman, New Salem-Amont

Dylan Kessel, Richardton-Taylor-Hebron

Brayton Baker, St. John

Jaydynce McCloud, St. John

Caden Belgarde, St. John

Isaac Charbonneau, St. John

Johnny Luger, Standing Rock

Ethan Hanson, Surrey

Tyler Blowers, Towner-Granville-Upham

Easton Andel, Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn

Kyler Card, Park Christian


Steve Kleinjan, New Salem-Almont

Jamie Krenz, Grant County-Flasher

Cory Davis, St. John

Connor Hill, Surrey

Ryan Spitza joined The Forum in December 2021 as a sports reporter. He grew up in Marquette, Mich., a city of 20,000 on the southern shore of Lake Superior. He majored in multimedia journalism and minored in public relations at Northern Michigan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in May 2019. While attending college, Spitza gained real-world experience covering high school and college athletics for both The Mining Journal and The North Wind.

Spitza can be reached at 701-451-5613 or Follow him on Twitter @ryspitza.
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