By Faythe Harris
Dalton Risner attends the All American Bowl
Hometown hero Dalton Risner and 49 other chosen football players competed in the All-American Bowl in Arlington, Texas, on February 7, 2014. This is the second bowl that Risner has attended this year. At both of these games, Risner was named starting center and was a team captain. “It felt really good to get invited, let alone be a captain,” said Risner. “It was like all my childhood dreams were coming true.”
Risner played with Team USA against Team Canada in Arlington. His team won 44 to 7. Risner played as starting center, but had to alternate with the other center on the team. Risner said that he had a good game and was proud that all of his hard work had paid off. The team had been practicing twice a day all week starting at 5:30 in the morning.
Risner also received a surprise the day before his game. Friends and teammates Kolvyn Baessler and Terran Freauff flew in to watch him. Risner walked into his hotel lobby after a morning practice to find his friends sitting there. “His reaction was absolutely perfect and exactly what we had hoped for,” said Freauff. The two boys were able to make this trip down to Arlington because of the generous acts of Susie Bostron. She was able to get them stand-by tickets; otherwise they would have not have been able to go, said Freauff.
“The biggest part of this experience for me was mainly the memories and the confidence,” said Risner. “I met some of the coolest people that I ever will in my life and made memories that I will have the rest of my life.” Risner is also now officially signed with Kansas State University, and is looking forward to attending and playing football this coming fall.