Landon Strong will be the fifth Sleepy Eye Indian to participate in the showcase, the first since Loren Havemeier.

While he committed to MSU-Mankato this fall, Landon Strong was a known commodity locally for his athletic ability. The standout athlete will now be known statewide. Landon was selected to play in the 2018 Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game, which will take place Dec. 15 at US Bank Stadium at 1 p.m.

Strong was selected to represent the South as he will don his Indians helmet one last time. Landon adds this selection to his many accolades he has racked up through his athletic career. Strong is a three-time recipient of the All-Conference award in football, one-time winner in hockey, and has received Honorable Mention for his performance in the Indians’ run last spring when the baseball team took second place in the State Tournament.

Landon was also in the running for KNUJ Player of the Year in both 2017 and 2018. Strong ran for 3,119 yards in his career and had 34 touchdowns. Both are first in school history.

Landon has been a three-year starter and is the first Indian since Loren Havemeier to represent Sleepy Eye in the All-Star Game. Strong is also the fifth member of SEPS to be named to the team. The other members were Dean Deibele, Ryan Deibele, Shawn Kral, and Havemeier.

Since 1974, over 4,400 players and 475 coaches have participated in the North vs. South All-Star Game. 92 players from the All-Star Game have gone on to play in the NFL.

Notable players to play in this game are current Minnesota Vikings Adam Thielen (2008) and CJ Ham (2011).

There will also be a youth clinic before the game on the field at US Bank Stadium that will be led by Minnesota high school football coaches and members of the Vikings staff. The youth clinic will take place from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and are available for grades K-8. Children participating in the clinic receive a free ticket to the All-Star Game. Registration is limited to the first 500 participants.

Tickets for the game are $16 for adults and $8 for students. Children ages five and under are free.