The Pryor Times


July 1, 2014

Four Pirates earn national team look

LOCUST GROVE, OK — Locust Grove football players Jason Pirtle, Mason Fine, Jaren Dirtseller and Will Bates have been chosen by USA Football to attend tryouts for the International Team July 21-26 in at Towson University.

If chosen for the International Team, they will play against Team Canada in February of 2015.

Pirtle had the opportunity to compete in the International Bowl last year against Team Canada in Arlington, Texas. Locust Grove Head Football Coach Matt Hennesy said “After every camp Jason attended and he was chosen to compete on the next level, I saw him grow as a player, as well as a young man. Team USA competition made him perform on a higher level of excellence, not only for Team USA, but for the Locust Grove Pirates.” 

Fine was chosen to attend the tryouts because of his standout performance last season at quarterback.

Dirtseller and Bates were nominated by Coach Hennesy to attend a regional developmental camp in Kansas City, Mo. on May 10 and 11.

There were 18 regional camps held throughout the United States this year with approximately 2,000 attendees. Of those 2,000, 200 freshmen and sophomores will compete for a spot on the 45-man Team USA roster during next month's tryouts.

Team USA is sanctioned by USA Football and is recognized as the developmental league for the NFL.

“These four young men have a unique opportunity," Hennesy said. "They have the chance to better themselves as football players and citizens. They get to represent the Pirate Nation, Locust Grove, Mayes County, and hopefully Team USA. I am proud of these young men and cannot wait to see what the coming months hold for them and the Locust Grove Football Team.”

Hennesy was chosen by USA Football to attend the camp in Baltimore where will be given a role as a coach. It is likely he will have to coach against the very athletes he coaches throughout the high school season.

As this is a costly trip, these young men have spent the summer working hard at fundraising. So far, they have served concessions for the Locust Grove Chamber of Commerce’s 2nd Annual Watermelon Festival, helped with offering CPR Certification classes, and will host an Indian Taco Dinner July 12 at the Locust Grove Free Will Baptist Church starting at at 5:30 p.m. A live and silent auction will also be held that night that will include Amish made desserts.

Lastly, they are holding raffles for a chance to win a Russell Westbrook autographed basketball, valued at $300, a Ruger 1022 TacStar Long Rifle valued at $419 and on display at Doc’s Gun Shop in Pryor and a $250 BassPro gift certificate.

Find up to date info on their Facebook page, “Sending Our Pirates To Team USA.” To make a donation or for more information, go to or contact Mark Pirtle at 918-277-9919, John Dirtseller at 918-557-6474 or Terrah Fine  at 918-931-0111.

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