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1/3/2013 9:33:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
Loeb to represent Indians in Shrine football game
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville High School senior football player Max Loeb is one of 66 from throughout Illinois who have been chosen to play in the Illinois Coaches Association Shrine All-Star game, scheduled for July 13 in Bloomington.

Loeb has been selected as a defensive lineman for the east team in the game that will be played in Tucci Stadium on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University.

"It's a great thing for Max, but it's awesome for the community, the high school and the (football) program," said LHS coach Greg Wood. "This is a really big deal."

Wood says the game is for "the best of the best."

"It's the culmination of a great career for Max and anybody else playing in the game," Wood said. "He's excited about it. He's talking about putting on some weight and he's already working hard. I'm sure he'll put on a good show for us."

While Loeb has been chosen as a defensive lineman, he'll likely serve as the East team's long snapper, something that has become a specialty. Loeb was good enough to have recently been invited to a long-snapping contest in Bradenton, Fla., and placed third among the 10 competitors on hand.

The honor is the latest in a long line of them for Loeb. Listed at 6-2, 270 pounds on the LHS roster last fall, Loeb was recently chosen to the All-Little Illini Conference first team for the second straight year. He is a three-time All-Area choice by the Vincennes Sun-Commercial. Loeb was also named as an Academic All-State team member by the Illinois Football Coaches Association. He was a two-time captain of the LHS team.

His carries a 4.0 GPA at LHS, and plans to attend the University of Illinois - possibly to major in economics - unless he receives an offer to play football at a different school. He's also contemplating walking on to the team at the U of I.

Wood hopes Lawrenceville shows its support.

"We want to get the community to hop on board and support Max through this whole thing," Wood said. "Being that it's a Shrine game, the money raised will go to the Shriner's Hospital, which is a great thing in itself."

Loeb will seek help from local businesses and individuals to advertise in the game program. Those who contribute also have the option to purchase game tickets, which can be distributed in a variety of ways.

"There are a lot of ways for the people in the community to get involved," Wood said. "They can sponsor an ad (in the program book), buy tickets or just make a donation. Doing any of those things will help showcase Max and also highlight our football program."

Practice for the game starts July 9, as players will be housed in dorms at Illinois Wesleyan. Kickoff for the July 13 game is set for 6 p.m.


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