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Coaches Selected For Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic

Posted: 09 January, 2013

NORFOLK - Coaches have been selected and team boundaries have been established for the first Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic, which will be played on June 8, 2013 at Norfolk’s Veteran’s Memorial Park.
Retired National Hall of Fame football coach Bob Schnitzler of Battle Creek will coach the White team and long-time Northeast Nebraska area football coach Rich Rethwisch of Wayne will coach the Red team.
Mike Fuehrer, Sports Development Manager for the Norfolk Area Sports Council said the All-Star Classic Board of Directors unanimously approved both head coaches at a recent meeting. “We are truly humbled to have Bob and Rich represent the All-Star Classic Red and White teams for our inaugural game,’’ Fuehrer said. “Both of these coaches have spent lifetimes mentoring football players and are champions all of us can be proud of.’’
Fuehrer said Schnitzler will be assisted by Bill Mimick of Lindsay Holy Family, Carlie Wells of Elgin/Pope John, Joe Anderson of Oakland-Craig, Rod Brummels of Osmond and Steve Porter of Norfolk.
Rethwisch will be assisted by Jeff Jensen of Creighton, Jeff Bellar of Norfolk Catholic, Tim Kassmeier of Norfolk Catholic, Greg Warneke of Pierce and Doug Konopasek of Niobrara/Verdigre.
Neither Schnitzler nor Rethwisch are active football coaches. “Bob has given so much to high school football,’’ Fuehrer said. “He was the first one everyone on the board of directors acknowledged. And, Rich, has given 37 years of his life coaching area athletes. The idea of having an all-star football game was initially his.
“The Board of Directors are simply laying the foundation for what we think will be a top-notch event. In the future, we’ll have a nomination process to name both all-star coaching staffs, which will include assistant coaches from our area schools. They are deserving, too.’’
Fuehrer also said the Board of Directors voted to name the teams Red and White and broke down the teams from a pool of 59 high school squads representing the greater Northeast Nebraska area.
The Red team will consist of nominated players from the following football teams: Allen, Bloomfield, Boyd County/Lynch  (at Spencer), Creighton, Crofton, Emerson-Hubbard, Hartington, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Homer, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge, Lutheran High Northeast (at Norfolk), Macy, Newcastle, Niobrara/Verdigre, Norfolk Catholic, O’Neill St. Mary’s, Pender, Pierce, Ponca, Randolph, Santee, South Sioux City, Stuart, Wakefield, Walthill, Wayne, Wausa, West Holt (at Atkinson), Winside, Winnebago and Wynot,
The White team will consist of nominated players representing the following football teams: Bancroft-Rosalie, Battle Creek, Boone Central/Newman Grove (at Albion), CWS Chambers/Wheeler Central, Clarkson/Leigh, Clearwater/Orchard, Elgin/Pope John, Elkhorn Valley (at Tilden), Guardian Angels Central Catholic (at West Point), Howells-Dodge, Humphrey, Humphrey St. Francis, Lindsay Holy Family, Logan View (at Hooper), Lyons-Decatur Northeast, Madison, Neligh-Oakdale, Norfolk, Oakland-Craig, O’Neill/Ewing, Osmond, Plainview, Scribner-Snyder, Spalding/Spalding Academy, Stanton, Tekamah-Herman, West Point-Beemer and Wisner-Pilger.
Bellar, who’s Norfolk Catholic teams have won the past three Class C1 state championships, and who serves as President of the Board of Directors, said more than120 student-athletes of been nominated by their head football coaches. “The next step is for both the Red and White coaching staffs to evaluate nominated players,’’ Bellar said. “A lot of that work will be done in upcoming weeks.
“Then, hopefully by March 1st we’ll announce who will be playing on each team and their probable positions. We know we’ll have to make some adjustments as we go.’’
Bellar encourages coaches, players and fans to visit the All-Star Classic website (www.nenallstarfootbballclassic.com) for updates.
“We have a lot of work to do between now and June 8,’’ Bellar said. “Faith Regional Health Services of Norfolk is our Title Sponsor. We’re in the process of adding additional sponsors as we build momentum. We want this game to be a signature event all of our coaches, athletes, volunteers and football fans throughout Northeast Nebraska  can be very proud of.’’

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