North Tahoe football coach to lead Blue all-stars in Sertoma Classic
North Tahoe head football coach Scott Everist and his staff will lead the Blue team into battle in the 30th annual Sertoma Classic all-star football game at Mackay Stadium in Reno on June 24.
Scott Hare of Spanish Springs will coach the Silver team opposite Everist.
The Sertoma Classic features the best senior football players from about 30 Northern Nevada high schools, including California schools in the NIAA such as North Tahoe, Truckee and South Tahoe. The game, sponsored by the Sparks Sertoma Club, first began in 1981.
Joining Everist’s Blue team are six seniors from Truckee and one from North Tahoe. They’ll team up with all-stars from North Valleys, Dayton, Sparks, Spring Creek, Hug, Reno, Fallon, Galena, McQueen, Wooster, Whittell and Lincoln County. All players were nominated by their coaches.
Justin Blend, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound tight end and defensive end, will represent the Lakers, while Truckee seniors Ben Bolton (QB), Morgan Nevin (FB/LB), James DePew (TE, DE), Shane Fisher (C), Trevor Houghton (OL) and Dillon Sheedy (DL) will represent the Wolverines in the game.
Truckee seniors Mitch Nelson and Colin Christian had prior commitments and will not play.
The Blue squad is made up of 44 players and#8212; a robust number Everist and his staff are not accustomed to seeing at North Tahoe, particularly in recent years as the Lakers have struggled to field more than 20 players.
and#8220;It’s neat to have an offense and a defense,and#8221; Everist said, joking about the luxury of being able to platoon players on both sides of the ball. and#8220;We’re not used to that, so we’ve been doing a lot of work figuring out who’s going to play where.and#8221;
Everist said the all-star teams are allowed to practice the week before the game only.
Last year, the Silver squad coached by Truckee’s Bob Shaffer and#8212; and with players from both Truckee and North Tahoe and#8212; defeated the Blue all-stars, 21-0.