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Sertoma Classic nears
by Dan Eckles
Jun 09, 2011 | 2532 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune file photo - Reed High graduate Christian Thompson surveys the field on this first-half carry of last year’s Sertoma Classic.
Tribune file photo - Reed High graduate Christian Thompson surveys the field on this first-half carry of last year’s Sertoma Classic.
The 30th annual Sertoma Classic All-Star football game is less than two weeks away. The game, which is hosted by the Sparks Sertoma Club, will be played Friday, June 24 at the University of Nevada’s Mackay Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The local service club began promoting the event this week, releasing the names of team coaches, team rosters and practice schedules for the yearly event, which features the top graduating senior football players from northern Nevada’s 2A, 3A and 4A ranks.

Spanish Springs football coach Scott Hare, who completed his fifth season at the helm of the SSHS program last fall, will coach the Silver team. Hare has guided Spanish Springs to consecutive Northern 4A playoff berths after the local program had missed the postseason in each of the previous six yeas.

North Tahoe coach Scott Everist will coach the Blue team.

Team rosters were picked by the coaches who drafted schools and then in turn get the top players from those schools. Sertoma officials changed the team selections to that process in 2004. Prior to that, rosters were made up of schools divided by geographic boundaries. The changes were made in an effort to keep the rosters competitive.

“We try to have a review session in July or August after each game to ask if there’s something we can do better,” Sparks Sertoma Club spokesman Doug Voelz said. “Out of those meetings come decisions like implementing the draft, which we’ve done again this year.”

Four Reed and three Spanish Springs players will suit up for Hare’s Silver squad. Reed quarterback, Brent Showalter, who was the High Desert League’s offensive player of the year last fall, leads the Reed contingent. Also on the Silver roster from Reed are: defensive back Tyler Puryear, linebacker Donovan Inskip and center Collin Tuttle.

The three Spanish Springs athletes set to play for Silver are: Dylan Woll, a first-team all-league receiver last fall, Austin Rauh, a first-team return man and fullback Trent Flowers.

A pair of Sparks High players, running back Henry Banks and wide receiver Doug Chinchilla, will play for the Blue team.

The Sertoma Classic is an all-volunteer fundraising event. Tickets will be $10, while children 5 and under are free. All proceeds are donated back to the community through local charities. Funds from the Classic are also donated each year to local high schools for various academic and extra-curricular activities.

“We spend a lot of time on our two main fundraisers, our Hannah golf tournament, which we hold in May, and the Classic,” Voelz said. “These are year round events to plan so it is nice to breathe a sigh of relief when they’re done.”

The Silver team beat the Blue last summer, 21-0. It was the seventh shutout in the history of the perennial all-star affair.

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