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Coach Wells deserving of Shrine Bowl honor

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Come mid-December, Buford High School head football coach Mike Wells is in for a real gridiron treat.
Wells, a veteran of 28 years in prep coaching, will experience one of the top benefits of being a high school football coach in the Carolinas as the Whare Shoals native will serve as a coach on the S.C. Shrine Bowl staff.
The Shrine Bowl is the annual all-star football game, which features the top senior players in the Carolinas.
Wells will be an assistant on the South Carolina staff as the South Carolina stars face the North Carolina stars for the 76th time for bragging rights as the top prep all-star team in the battles of the Carolinas.
“This is a major honor in South Carolina high school football,” Wells said. “As a player, coach or official, you would like to be in this game.
“It’s a week of work, but it’s also fun as you get to know the top coaches and players across the state and it’s all for a good cause,” he said. “I look forward to each football season, but the 2012 season is going to be real special.”
Game proceeds from the all-star contest go to the Shrine Hospital in Greenville for burned and cripple children.
Wells, who has led the Jackets football program for 11 seasons, is no stranger to all-star games.
When he was the Yellow Jackets’ baseball coach, Wells served as an assistant in the annual North-South All-Star baseball game in 2000.
Four years ago, Wells was an assistant coach in the annual North-South All-Star football game in Myrtle Beach where the game is played at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.
The 2012 Shrine Bowl, set for Gibb Stadium on the Wofford College campus, will kick off Dec. 15.
“I’m looking forward to the game and the week leading up to the game,” Wells said.
Wells’ selection to the Shrine Bowl has a historic twist as he is the first Buford High School football coach to be selected to the S.C. Shrine staff.
Wells will serve on a seven-man staff, which will guide the 2012 Sandlappers’ stars against the Tar Heels.
Wells, who also serves as the Jackets’ athletic director, is well respected in the Palmetto State prep football coaching ranks and his selection to the elite game bears that out.