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Football players to go to Australia

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Northview High School seniors (from left) Chance Talbot and Ethan Stewart are currently raising money with the hope of being able to play in an all-star football game in Australia later this year. [Order this photo]
Two Northview High School football players have an opportunity of a lifetime in their sights.

All they need now is a little financing.

Ethan Stewart and Chance Talbot, both seniors, were invited by Down Under Sports -- an organization based in North Logan, Utah -- to compete in the 24th Down Under Sports Tournament, which will take place in Australia in the summer.

Northview football coach George Gettle said both were quite deserving of the chance to play football in Australia.

"Both of these kids played a lot of football at Northview," Gettle said. "Both Ethan and Chance worked very hard throughout their career to better themselves as football players."

Gettle said two 2011 graduates, Taylor Pinnick and Shaun Hauser participated in the All-Star game.

"I've had kids invited every year I've been here," Gettle continued. "I do know both (Pinnick and Hauser) enjoyed it, not only the football experience, but the sightseeing and the different things they got to do when they were there."

Both Ethan and Chance were invited to represent Indiana Football in the game, which will pit youngsters from the United States against an Australian team.

Both players will also play in the Wabash Valley All-Star Coaches Association All-Star game in June at Memorial Stadium at Indiana State University.

Stewart was an offensive lineman for the Knights and earned second-team All-Wabash Valley honors this year.

"Ethan was a starting offensive lineman," Gettle said. "He was also our long-snapper and a very important cog of our offensive line. We rushed for about 250 yards a game, and obviously he was a huge part of that."

Gettle added Stewart has a 4.0 GPA and is tied for No. 1 academically in his class.

Talbot was a defensive end and linebacker for the Knights and was honorable mention All-Wabash Valley this year.

"Chance was a three-year starter," Gettle added.

Both Stewart and Talbot are currently seeking sponsorship money for the trip. Stewart's father, Jeff, recently told The Brazil Times he has helped Ethan raise approximately $1,300 so far.

Jeff added sponsorship letters will soon be filtered throughout the community to area businesses.

The sponsorship letters ask anyone to send contributions to the International Sports Specialists, Inc., in the player's name. Those who do make contributions will be placed in a drawing for a trip for two to Australia and Hawaii and/or another drawing for a five-day Caribbean Cruise for two.

Down Under Sports was founded in 1989 by George O'Scanlon of New Zealand. Since its formation, an international basketball game and the Down Under International Games have been established.

The 2012 Down Under Sports program includes competition in football, cheerleading, basketball, volleyball, cross country, wrestling and track and field.

Past players in the football game include former Denver Bronco's quarterback Jake Plummer, former Green Bay Packer's running back Ahman Green and former Indianapolis Colt's linebacker Rob Morris.

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Is this the first mention of players going there? I don't recall reading about any other players in the past. Good Luck and have fun!

-- Posted by smallguysmalltown on Wed, Feb 15, 2012, at 11:17 AM

The best of luck to you both. What a fantastic opportunity!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Feb 21, 2012, at 1:35 PM

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