NORFOLK — Several area athletes will play their final games in high school uniforms at this Saturday’s Northeast Nebraska All Star Volleyball game and All Star Football game.
Cedar Catholic head volleyball coach Denae Buss will lead a Northeast Nebraska All-Star Volleyball team this year.
The annual All Star volleyball contest is set for 3 p.m., June 8, at the Cox Activities Center, Norfolk.
The Dark Team will be coached by Buss and assisted by Cami Oelsligle (Humphrey Lindsay Holy Family).
Buss will coach three of her players for the final time. She will be joined in the All Star line-up by Maddie Wieseler, Brianna Miller and Jada Cattau. Wieseler and Miller both plan to continue their volleyball careers in college. Hartington-Newcastle’s Isabelle Harms will also be on Buss’ squad.
The All Star Football Team will feature seven area athletes and one area coach.
Hartington-Newcastle head coach Corey Uldrich will be an assistant coach for the Red Team, and a Wildcat football player will be joining him for one last game.
Turner Korth was one of 36 players selected to the Red Team.
He joins Cedar Catholic’s Matthew Becker and Josh Pinkelman, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge’s Izac Reifenrath, Randolph’s Noah Scott, and Wynot’s Landon Wieseler as Cedar County athletes selected to the Red Team.
“Every All-Star game that I have been a part of has always been a really fun group because I think when you get a bunch of players together that are as skilled as what we are going to have together that they naturally gravitate towards each other anyways,” said Uldrich.
The game that will take place on Saturday, June 8, at noon at Veterans Memorial Field in Norfolk will feature a week of practice leading up to the game.
Uldrich says it will be interesting to see how players prepare for a week of football in the middle of June, since it is out of season from other sports. For many of these players though, college athletics is awaiting in the fall so workout programs will help them be ready for this game and their new adventure with a new team in college.
“I’m sure it will make everything easier to get back in the mode of a football schedule,” said Randolph’s Noah Scott who will be playing running back at Wayne State next year.
For Scott, the All-Star game also offers an opportunity for him to see action on the field following a broken bone that ended his senior season early.
“I broke a bone and it re-grew better this time, so I don’t think it will take a toll on anything. I will strengthen it up all summer and be ready to go.”
Scott and many of these players on the roster have spent their high school careers playing against each other in multiple sports. It has helped build friendships between players from different schools.