By Michael Buhler
A pair of Conway Springs Cardinals high school football players soon will get the chance to get some extra attention at a prestigious football combine.
Ethan Roth and Dakota Finstad both will compete at the Blue-Grey Super Combine II, which will be held June 21-22 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Competitors at the event will get the chance to play in the Blue-Grey All-Star Classic in Tampa, Fla. in January.
“I’m very excited,” Roth said. “It’s going to be interesting to see the different types of competition that are going to be there. It will be interesting to see how the players and coaches interact there.”
Finstad also anticipates the chance to compete at the combine.
“I’m excited for it,” Finstad said. “I can’t wait for it.”
Finstad and Roth both were sought out beforehand by those who hold the combine.
“They contacted me my sophomore year,” Roth said. “I went to the original Blue-Grey combine and I was invited to this one after the original combine. They invited 170 to the super combine in Ohio and they invited me.”
Both Finstad and Roth hope to make an impression at the combine and raise their collegiate stock as they head into their senior season at Conway Springs.
“My main goal for the combine is to raise all of my personal stats and personal records I have – and to move on to the game,” Roth said. “Seventy-five percent of the players will be chosen to the Blue-Grey All-Star Game in Tampa, Fla.”
Added Finstad: “I just want to to impress with all of my stuff and hopefully make it to the Blue-Grey game in Tampa.”
Roth still is undecided on where to go to college after his senior season.
“I still have a lot of decisions to make,” Roth said. “I hope to focus on my senior season before I have to dig too deep into that.”
Like Roth, Finstad is keeping his collegiate options open.
“I’ve been looking into a few colleges, but as of right now, I’m just focused on next year,” Finstad said.