Steiner's perseverance is my Shrine Bowl highlight

By: Matt Gilmore, Kpreps Editor
Jul 26, 2013

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For me the most compelling story of the 2013 Kansas Shrine Bowl game is that of Central Plains’ Bryce Steiner.

Bryce completed a strong senior season for the Oilers by accounting for 1,150 yards of total offense and had a hand in 19 touchdowns.  He shined from his defensive back position where he recorded nearly 90 tackles, picked off two passes, and registered 17 pass break-ups.  For his efforts, he was named Kpreps 8-Man, Division-I All-State at defensive back. 

Central Plains finished just 4-5 but four of those five losses were to playoff teams, and the Oilers upset highly ranked Solomon 56-52 in Week 8. 

After the season’s end, Steiner sought treatment for a nagging knee pain.  What he received was a much more serious diagnosis; non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.   As you can imagine, his treatments sidelined him during basketball season, but he was ultimately able to return to the baseball field this spring. 

With his cancer now in remission, Steiner will take the football field once again on Saturday in the 40th Kansas Shrine Bowl at Yager Stadium in Topeka.  He will be the fourth member of his family to participate in the Shrine Bowl; joining his father and high school coach Chris (Claflin), his uncle Shawn Steiner (Claflin), and his cousin Marshall Musil (La Crosse).

Bryce has signed on to continue his football career at Ottawa University this fall.  For me, the highlight of this year's Shrine Bowl will be just seeing him take the field on Saturday, and we at Kpreps wish him the best of luck in the future.

 

 

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