Taking part in within the Large Sky Class B All-Star Soccer Sport is a dream for Rylin Burns from Colstrip | Highschool soccer
SETTLEMENTS – Even the best athletes get butterflies and wonder how they will do in competition.
On a hot Wednesday afternoon at Rocky Mountain College, Colstrip’s Rylin Burns was expecting to play the Big Sky All-Star Grade B football game at Lockwood High School on Saturday at 11 a.m.
One of the finest high school senior grade B football players, the Colstrip Colts linebacker and running back attended the first training session of the All-Star Week in glorious sunshine.
“It was nice to meet some of these guys I’ve never met,” said Burns, a five-foot-long, 190-pounder. “They are cool guys and it’s a good environment, especially on the field. I was nervous when I walked in, but I feel like I can keep up with these guys. “
Burns, a linebacker for all first team conferences and a running back for all second team conferences, has been selected to replace the Montana East-West Shrine Game.
Burns is also an outstanding wrestler who has won three championships in the states of BC. He’ll be wrestling for Montana State-Northern.
It didn’t take long for Burns to settle in and get into a rhythm with his teammates from the south on Wednesday afternoon.
“I’m not too nervous anymore, not after the first 20 minutes of practice,” he said as the players gathered for lunch in Rocky’s air-conditioned cafeteria. “I got into a zone and wanted to play. It was pretty hot yesterday too; that could have been part of it. “
Burns is honored to play in the game where he said he will see time with linebackers, running back and special teams for the south.
“Since I found out about it, I’ve always wanted to be there, this or the shrine game,” said Burns. “Every player who plays in this game wants to be there, or the shrine.
“I’ve probably always wanted to be there since I was in middle school. I thought it would be good to play with the best guys in the state. “
Last year, the Big Sky All-Star Game was not played due to the coronavirus pandemic. In 2019, the North beat the South 41-34 to gain a one-game lead in the annual series, 16-15.
This year’s southern squad would like to balance the number of points.
“We just want to win and beat the north,” said Burns. “We have the kids from Manhattan. They were national champions and we have good players from Whitehall. We have a lot of talents. “
This will be Burns’ last competitive football game before starting his wrestling career at MSU-Northern, where he enrolls in electrical engineering courses with the goal of becoming an electrician.
“Just leave everything out there,” said Burns of his goals for Saturday. “You can’t ask for more than the best I have.”
NAIA-level wrestling will be a welcome challenge, Burns said. The Lights finished 11th in the NAIA Wrestling Coaches Postseason Top 20 Poll last year.
“There’s a lot of good competition in the room and a good trainer (Tyson Thivierge). He was a national champion and went to Northern as well, ”said Burns, who paid tribute to his Colstrip teammates and coaches for driving him along the way. “You also had a national champion (Isaac Bartel) last year.
The time to struggle will come. The focus is initially on football.
“As soon as I walk into the locker room, I’ll be ready to go,” he said. “It’s going to be kind of cool to see my talent compared to other people’s talents and just the competition. What I love about sport is that you have to be competitive to be good at everything you do. “