Tahoe Truckee High School boasts five football all-stars
Tahoe-Truckee High School graduates Brad Noel, Mark Thiel, David DeCoite, Zachary “Zach” Wilson and Jose Hurtado joined the ranks of high school all star athletes when they competed in the 19th Annual Sertoma Classic All Star Football Game on Friday, June 23, at Reno High School.
Tahoe-Truckee High’s football coaches Bob Schaffer and Dennis DeCoite took the reins for the west team and coached the defensive line with rival coaches Fred Williams and Earl Montgomery from Bishop Manogue Catholic High School on the offensive charge.
“They [the coaches from Bishop Manogue] were hiding stuff from us and we were hiding things from them,” joked DeCoite.
The athletes and coaches were recruited from Nevada and California 2A, 3A, and 4A schools. The Tahoe-Truckee graduates are five of 12 students chosen from around the Tahoe region. Two arrived from North Tahoe High School, one from Incline High School, and five from South Lake Tahoe High School.
Both teams were formed from 28 high schools in Nevada and eastern California.
Highway 395 was the dividing line between teams, although Wooster High School was added to the east team to balance the competition, said DeCoite.
In an overwhelming defensive effort, the west team shut out the east and claimed a 35-0 victory.
“All the kids did an outstanding job,” said Tahoe Truckee High Athletic Director Bob Schaffer. “We were real happy with how they did against the bigger kids from the 4-A schools.”
The defense forced nine turnovers with David DeCoite’s interception in the second half.
David will go on to play football with a full scholarship from the University of Montana in Missoula. David will join his brother Dan who also plays for the University of Montana Grizzles, and is the first Tahoe-Truckee football player to receive a full ride, said Dennis DeCoite.
David was voted most valuable player in the league and most valuable defensive player of the year.
Mark Thiel, who plays wide receiver, punter, and kicker, had a 72-yard punt in the game against the east. Matt has been a distinguished scholar since his freshman year, and a competitive athlete in basketball and baseball as well.
Zach Wilson, the defensive linebacker for the Wolverines, plans to play football for St. Mary’s College. In his senior quote Zach mentioned that “Truckee football has been one of the best things in my life.” Zach also competed in track and wrestling.
Brad Noel, defensive tackle, will play for Sierra College next fall. Brad was team captain and a varsity football player since his sophomore year. He also served as senior class vice president.
Jose Hurtado was voted the Wolverines’ most valuable player offensive lineman.
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