Siletz Valley School senior quarterback Chris Bayya throws under pressure from Eddyville Charter senior Wayne Nephew III during a 1A-SD 3, 6-player football game Sept. 17 in Eddyville. Bayya, Nephew and Eddyville senior Payton Rockmore will play in the inaugural 6-player east-west all-star football game this Saturday, June 18, at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. Eddyville head coach Abe Silvonen will coach the west team. (News-Times file photo)

LA GRANDE — Eddyville Charter School seniors Payton Rockmore and Wayne Nephew III and Siletz Valley School senior Chris Bayya were picked to play in this weekend’s inaugural 1A, 6-player east-west all-star football game, scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Eastern Oregon University. Eddyville head coach Abe Silvonen and assistant Mark Elkins will coach the west team.

Prior to the game itself, players and coaches began preparing Monday with practices, classroom learning and team-building exercises that are expected to run through today (Friday).

In a post to Facebook, Silvonen thanked local sponsors who donated money to defer the cost of the trip for area athletes, including South Beach Church, Newport Pawn Shop, Newport Brewing Co. and Newport Yaquina Cab.

The News-Times hopes to receive details from Saturday’s game to run in the Wednesday, June 22, edition.

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