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CWU Linebacker headed to D-2 All-Star Game

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KINGSVILLE, Texas -- Central Washington University senior Bret Stray (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline HS) will have one more game in his college football career, as the Wildcats' linebacker was selected for the 2008 Valero Cactus Bowl in Kingsville, Texas. Teams for the Division II all-star game were announced Thursday, and the game will be played Jan. 11, 2008, at Javelina Stadium.

Stray started all 13 games for Central Washington this fall, playing an outside linebacker position as part of the Wildcats' newly-adapted 3-4 defense. A three-year letterman at CWU, Stray finished ninth on this year's team with 53 tackles, but ranked second in tackles for losses with 10.5 during his final campaign. He also led CWU with 5.5 quarterback sacks and three fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for his only collegiate touchdown on Oct. 27 against Augustana.

A total of 12 players from North Central Conference schools make up the 41-player West roster. Stray is one of five defensive players from the NCC.

Stray's selection to the Cactus Bowl adds his name to a list of several Wildcats who had been previously selected to the game. Prior participants in the game from CWU include wide receiver Brian Potucek (2006), running back Emilio Iniguez and defensive lineman Dustin Hawkins (2005), punter Joe Smith and wide receivers Moses Lewis and Jake Roberts (2004), defensive lineman Lance Gibson and defensive back Jeremy Jacobs (2003).

The Cactus Bowl originated as the Snow Bowl in Fargo, N.D., in 1994 before moving to Kingsville in 2001. According to the Cactus Bowl web site (, the game will be played in an East/West format, with the teams are comprised entirely of the 'best of the best' NCAA Division II college seniors. The Cactus Bowl Committee, comprised completely of volunteers, is responsible for all aspects of organization for the contest and net profits from the Cactus Bowl are donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children.