Kyle Palic isn’t used to being just one of the guys, but the outstanding three-sport athlete blended in among the best in the state Saturday at the Shrine Bowl football game in Hays.
“You’re seeing the best kids in the state, and it was kind of cool to get to hang out and meet them all and see what they’re like,” Palic said.
That wasn’t what left the most lasting impression on him, however.
“Seeing the Shriners Hospital was probably the best part,” he said. “It made you feel like you were playing for something more, which you were.”
The game benefits the children’s hospital.
The athletes reported July 16 and practiced up until the game on Saturday.
“It was hot,” Palic said. “It was fun, though.”
The game itself was a 21-0 victory for the East team; Palic played for the West.
An added bonus was seeing four of his future Hutchinson Community College teammates, three of whom he hadn’t met.
After the game, Palic’s college career began. He moved into his house at Hutchinson on Sunday, with practice starting Monday.
“You put in a lot more time, but it’s not bad,” he said.
The Blue Dragons will play their first game Sept. 5.