ANAMOSA - He’s already been one of the most decorated players in Anamosa High School football history, now Raider senior Connor Andresen just added yet another amazing honor to his long list of prep accomplishments.

      Andresen has been selected to play in the prestigious 2021 Iowa Shrine Bowl, slated for late July at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, pitting the elite of Iowa High School football players against each other divided into North and South teams.

      “I’m just honored that someone out there feels I’m worthy of playing in a game like the Shrine Bowl,” Andresen said. “I’ve had a great football career at Anamosa and there’s no better way to close it out than to play in a game like this and representing my school. I’m really looking forward to it and everything that comes with the week I get to spend up in Cedar Falls leading up to the game.”

      Though not officially announced, Andresen will most likely be a member of the Shrine Bowl’s North squad.

      “We are super-excited for Connor,” said Anamosa first-year head football coach Caleb Huss. “He is an extremely selfless and humble young man and I can’t think of anyone more deserving.

      “It is a great opportunity for him to showcase his talent to the entire state and we are really excited waiting for his decision of where he is going to play next fall. He is a young man that we’re going to talk about for a long time here.”

      Andresen leaves the Raider football program as one of the few two-time first-team All-State selections in school history being named to that high honor as a junior and then again this past fall as a senior on the class 2A defensive line.

      “I was always impressed with his presence on the field from the time he walked onto the field as a freshman and the respect he had from his teammates,” Huss said. “He has always been a leader and has worked to earn his spot every year and never took anything for granted.”

      Andresen, still mulling his numerous collegiate choices, becomes the first Anamosa football star to play in the Shrine Bowl since Josh Schulte back in 2013. Springville’s Jake Hulett played in the game that season with Schulte as well. Springville’s Elias Nissen was a 2014 participant while Midland’s Alex Smith was the Journal-Eureka area’s most recent participant playing in the 2018 contest.

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