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Austin Wranglers Foundation announces Lone Star Arena Football Classic

December 14, 2006 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Austin Wranglers News Release

AUSTIN TX -The Austin Wranglers Foundation, in conjunction with the Arena Football League's Austin Wranglers and Clear Channel Radio-Austin, announce the first annual Lone Star Arena Football Classic, which will take place on Friday, February 23, 2007, at 7 p.m. at the Frank Erwin, Jr. Special Events Center. This new event celebrates football in Central Texas by gathering outstanding seniors from Capital Area high school football teams to participate in an Arena Football style all-star game.

"We are very appreciative of the rich football tradition in the Capital Area. It is important to honor all the individuals from the student athletes to the support staff as well as the avid supporters of high school football in this region," said Wranglers President Doug MacGregor. "We are excited that the Lone Star Arena Football Classic will give us an opportunity to pay tribute to what has become the lifeblood of our community."

There will be two teams of 30 players from the North and South (school districts from Georgetown to Seguin) with Westwood Head Coach Anthony Wood coaching the North and Lake Travis Head Coach Jeff Dicus coaching the South. Assisting these men will be Arena Football coaches from the various teams in Texas.

Players will be selected by the North and South coaches, AM1300 The Zone Sports Director and The Voice of Texas High School Football Craig Way, Sports Writer Rick Cantu and other media members. The game will be aired on the Austin Wranglers Flagship Radio Station, AM1300 The Zone, with Craig Way and Erin Hogan calling the action.

All tickets to the game are general admission for $10 and can be purchased by telephone at 512.339.3939, at the Wranglers Box Office located at 2209 W. Braker Lane and throughout the community.

Proceeds from the Lone Star Arena Football Classic will be donated to the Austin Wranglers Foundation for purchase of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) for the Capital Area schools that are participating in the game. In addition, Westlake High School senior Matt Nader, whose life was saved on the football field with a defibrillator earlier this fall, will take part in the game's coin toss.

"Providing financial assistance for defibrillators will ensure the continued health and well-being of our community's student athletes as AED's have proved to be so critical in saving lives in the Capital Area during the recent months, " said MacGregor.

The game will include all of the excitement of Arena Football games including pyrotechnics during player introductions and the participation of select high school bands, cheerleaders, and mascots. At halftime, the 2007 Austin Wranglers players and coaches will be introduced. Following the game, the high school all-stars along with the Wranglers players, will be on the field for a post-game autograph session.

The winner of the North-South match-up will receive a commemorative trophy and a most valuable player will be selected. All players and coaches will keep their jerseys and apparel to represent their accomplishments throughout their high school football careers.

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