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Stahlman, CLV’s Higgins named to 2020 Big 30 game

Salamanca’s Kawliga Stahlman and and Cattaraugus-Little Valley’s Sully Higgins are among the latest group of eight players named to the 2020 Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic rosters.

The 12th group of roster additions bring the total to 80 players named to the Classic, 40 to each roster nearly completing the squads. The 47th annual Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic is set for Aug. 1 at Bradford High’s Parkway Field.

Added to the New York’s team are Pioneer’s Tyler Ely, Portville’s Dalton Tobola, Stahlman and Higgins. Pennsylvania’s additions are Sheffield’s Caden Smead and Jacob Disshon, Kane’s Chris Stewart and Warren’s Alex Anderson.

The all-star football game, founded by Don Raabe, matches graduated senior stars from each side of the Big 30 border with New York leading the series, 22-21-3, though Pennsylvania hasn’t lost since the 2015 renewal.

Proceeds benefit area charities and, over the first 46 years, the game has donated more than $1.7 million to local causes.

Stahlman was a 6-2, 200-pound offensive tackle/defensive end who was the Warriors’ Most Improved Player in both football and wrestling.

He aspires to be a veterinarian or a vet tech assistant.

Of the Charities Classic he said, “I have watched the Big 30 Game for years and have dreamed of playing in the game.” Stahlman added that he wants to show his skills and his love of the game of football.

His favorite football memory was “getting heckled against Olean my junior year.”

Stahlman’s hobbies include watching college football and the NFL and playing Xbox with his friends. He also likes pushing his brothers to new heights. His favorite NFL team is the New England Patriots.

Higgins was a 5-10, 160-pound wide receiver/cornerback who received the Coaches Award as a senior and was tabbed Character Athlete of the Week.

He will enter the Army after the Charities Classic.

His favorite moment playing football was “a 55-yard touchdown reception against Ellicottville.”

Higgins said the Big 30 Game could most likely be his last game of football he'll ever play. His hobbies include, snowboarding, hunting and working out. His favorite NFL team is the Philadelphia Eagles and his favorite player is Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill.

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