SPRINGFIELD — The Western Massachusetts Senior Bowl is back for the second year under the current format — this time with a new location.

This year the all-star game will take place at American International College on Friday, June 22 at 7 p.m.

The Western Mass. all-stars are split into two teams: The Hills and The Valley. The Hills team, led by Wahconah coach Gary Campbell Jr., will consist of Berkshire County players along with players from Hampshire and Franklin County. The Valley, led by Holyoke coach Joe Dutsar, is made up of Springfield-area and Hampden County players. The teams will have five days of practice before the game.

The Bianchi-Barbarotta Foundation, headed by President John L. Barbarotta and longtime coach Gary Bianchi, has come on board as the primary sponsor of the event. They're providing each player with a jersey and a t-shirt to commemorate the game.

Last year's game was the first time a football all-star game was played in Western Mass. in four years. With the Senior Bowl returning for the second year in a row, Campbell Jr. said while it's difficult to put together an event of this magnitude, they're looking to continue to grow the game.

"Success breeds more problems," he said. "It was a great success last year, so the expectations are even more. We want to bring that. We've brought it AIC, that's awesome. ... Organizationally bringing in a sponsor and having the kids have a connection to the game — they take their jersey and their shirt — I think that's a cool man cave thing to have later.

"At the end of the day, getting the kids with their busy schedules, they're seniors, some of them are finishing baseball, lacrosse, track and others are graduating and working all that in. It's tough to pull together. But the kids have been awesome. They've been really, really good."

The Campbell-led Hills team dominated the Valley en route to a 33-10 victory last year. This year an eager group of players are ready to put on the pads one more time.

"Exciting," Wahconah receiver/kick returner Dane Campbell said of the prospect of playing in the game. "Ready to go and have fun, especially with kids we've never been a part of, to join together. Hoosac has been our rival and now it's an honor to play with them. Even Pittsfield and Lee. It's going to be fun."

Last year's game felt much bigger than a exhibition game. The contest was a high-energy affair, filled with big plays and even bigger hits.

"It's going to feel good, because we all get to team up," Pittsfield running back Jamal Beda said.

"It's going to be fun," added Lee running back Lukas Loehr. "It's something we've all missed. Just a fun time to play with ever one and get back to it."

Taconic linebacker Brandon Peaslee took home MVP honors for the Hills last season. Overall, Berkshire County players represented well against their foes from the Valley, giving outsiders a taste of "Berkshire County football."

"To me it means discipline, tough, hard-nosed, better than people think you are," the elder Campbell of football in the Hills. "As much as we don't like each other on the field, from afar you always respect people and you respect what they do and how they do it. When you finally get to work with people like that, it's awesome."

Tickets will be $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens.


Hills Team

Wahconah — Dane Campbell, Pat Butler, Brandon Hoffman. Frontier — Aaron Landry, Joe Hildreth, Matt Carlson, Bryce Dobosz. Greenfield — Laz Santiago, Marty Brown. Pittsfield — Jamal Beda, Edwin Rodriguez. Ludlow — Justin Debarge, Tod Holloway, Tim Saloio. Athol — Robbie Nelson, Noah Guiffie, Kris Selonis. Hoosac Valley — Adam Bush, Vance Eugene, Donald Monsees, David Critelli, Matt Hall, Matt Lesage. Northampton — Nic Sandoval, Andy Grygorcewicz. South Hadley — Marcus Larrier, Jarrett Sudyka, Mitch Robinette, Mike Pratt, Matt Loughrey. Amherst — Alex Fernandes, Kaleb Ferro, Juan Ross-Perkins, Ty Loper, Leo Kahan, Bob Marley, Isian Rodriguez. Lee — Lukas Loehr, Pete Romeo, Shane Cloutier. Turners Falls — John Driscoll. Palmer — Andrew Connors, Kyle Mastalerz, Mitch Domnarski. Schools with no players involves so far — Taconic, Monument Mountain, Drury, McCann Tech, Mount Greylock, Pioneer Valley, Belchertown, Mohawk, Easthampton, Franklin Tech, Mahar, Pathfinder, Smith Voc and Ware.

Valley Team

Agawam — Ryan White, Joe Stevens, Matt O'Keefe, Aiden Page, Nate Grondin, Zack Williams, Santino Curto. Minnechaug — Jamel Smith, Jack Coville. Springfield Central — Chauncy Cogell, Josiah Cheesboro, Jahvon Turner, Leonard Bass, Anthony Owens, Aaron Moses-Williams, Jason Williams, Zadane Williams. West Springfield — Tylor Rochefort, Jay Mitchell, Jon Lozada, Tom Cecchetelli. Chicopee Comp — Kenny Mitchell, Andrew Hernandez, Mike Demers, Chris David. Putnam — Davyn Paterson, Edrick Santiago, Malick Barrett, William Ocampo. Holyoke — Jose Luciano, Exavier Ramos, Giovanni Carrusquillo, Angel Cruz, Owen Lavelle, Isiah Lopez, Marty Keane. East Longmeadow — Jourdan Powell, Aidan Ward, Raheim Ellerbee, Matt Donahue. Westfield — Ryan Reed. Chicopee — Jose Flores, Dan Szymczyk. Commerce — Semaj Hunter, Kwamie Lowe, Nate Mendez. Schools with no players involved so far — Longmeadow.

Akeem Glaspie can be reached at aglaspie@berkshireeagle.com, at @TheAkeemGlaspie on Twitter and 413-496-6252.