Shelby’s Mark Clark, left, and Tabris Correa, right, team up to bring down a Chinook ballcarrier during a playoff game last season. Clark earned all-state lineman honors a year ago, while Correa was an all-conference defensive back.

Shelby Coyotes football team opened practice Friday, August 16, with 30 players taking the field. They return two all-state performers in senior lineman Mark Clark, and senior running back/linebacker Tanner Parsons. Four other seniors will be on the team and they are Tyler Larson, Briton Bunnell, Josh Buck, and Tanner Watson.

There will be eight juniors on the squad including All-conference defensive back Tabris Correa. He will be joined by fellow classmen, Logan Leck, Jackson Appley, Chase Evans, Slade Chippewa, Kyle Peltier, Brock Stores, and Alex Zimmerman. 

Ten sophomores will suit up this year, including Cameron Brusven, Aiden Torgerson, Taylor Parsons. Kolby Lohr, Rhett Reynolds, Garrett Hansen, Tanner Tustian, Bryant Mertz, Harold Miller, and Robert Thornton.

Six freshmen joined the team, including Bryce Lee, Trenton Emerson, Ryan Simpson, Tanner Deeble, Joryn Bunnell, and Austin Kluber.

Head coach Mike White’s coaching staff includes Bob Brusven, Paul Schilling, and Logan Erikson. This marks the first time in many years the coaching staff has not changed from the previous year.

Coach White looks to Fort Benton and Great Falls Central as the teams to beat in the conference, however he feels everyone should be tough. Coach feels team speed will be an asset for the Coyotes this year.

The Coyotes will open at home Saturday Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. against Joliet in the Gold Rush Game.

White says he is looking forward to a competitive season that brings fun and excitement to Shelby.

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