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Truckee football | Wolverines to be honored by Sen. Gaines at California State Capitol

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun
Sylas Wright / Sierra sunTruckee High football coach Bob Shaffer gets the Gatorade shower after his team won its 3rd straight state title this past November.
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The Truckee football team’s three-year, 36-game win streak has even captured the attention of the California state government.

Bob Shaffer, Truckee’s longtime head coach, received a phone call last week from the secretary of Sen. Ted Gaines inviting the entire team to the California State Capitol in Sacramento to be honored in a ceremony Wednesday at 11 a.m.

and#8220;She said that she’d like to have us down there and get us up on the Senate floor and get us some recognition of some sort,and#8221; Shaffer said. and#8220;I guess they’re going to have some certificates for each one of the kids, and then they’re going to have a person there to take pictures if anybody wants to take their picture with the senator.and#8221;

Shaffer said the Truckee players and coaches likely will receive a tour of the capitol building as well. The Wolverines will travel by a charter bus funded by the Truckee football program.

and#8220;They can’t wait to go,and#8221; Shaffer said of his players. and#8220;A lot of them have never even been down there yet (to the state capitol). And they get a chance to meet a senator, so the kids are excited about all that.

and#8220;I’ve never been there, either,and#8221; the coach continued. and#8220;This is my first trip. So it should be a lot of fun.and#8221;

The Truckee football team, which competes in the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association due to its close proximity to the Nevada border, has won three consecutive NIAA 3A state titles.

The Wolverines’ 36-game win streak ranks fifth in the nation in 11-man football. It’s the longest current streak among California schools and second in Nevada only to Pahranagat Valley, a 1A school that plays eight-man football.

Sen. Gaines represents California’s 1st Senate District, which includes Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento and Sierra counties.