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Norberg makes most of one more HS gridiron clash

Douglas Etten

Tribune file photoWade Norberg (No. 50) gets set to lay the wood to a Truckee passer during a game last season. Norberg was honored as the lone South Tahoe football player to make an appearance Friday at the 30th Annual Sertoma Football Classic in Reno.

RENO, Nev. – The 30th annual celebration of recognizing some of the best young football players in Nevada happens Friday, June 24 in Reno.

Along with those who stole headlines for nearly four years are a collection of some of the best offensive lineman who blocked, opened holes and kept quarterbacks on their feet. South Tahoe High School graduate Wade Norberg is one of them who after an outstanding prep career was honored with a nomination and selection into the annual Sertoma Classic.

For Norberg, the Classic offers up a chance to prepare for the next level. He’ll enter junior college at Santa Barbara this fall where he’ll continue working out with his peers who or the most part all share the same future ambitions – becoming an NCAA student athlete.

Ninety of the best Northern Nevada high school football graduates will play, and regional college coaches are expected to be in attendance.

So far Norberg said the week leading up to Friday’s culmination has been great.

“All the guys have been really cool and it’s been fun getting back on the field and hitting again,” he said. “We spent a good majority of the week learning the formations and the plays. It hasn’t been anything real complicated. For the most part the coaches just want us to get a feel back for the game.”

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For Norberg, he’s not put the pads on since last taking them off after South Tahoe’s final game of the 2010 season. That in itself made the announcement of his selection music to his ears.

“I was very excited when I got the call,” Norberg said. “To have the chance to play one more game is really all I could ask for. It’s one more chance to go out and have fun for the summer and when football is one of the most fun activities it makes it even better.”

Norberg will get a look at tackle for the

Spanish Springs football coach Scott Hare, who completed his fifth season at the helm of the SSHS program last fall, will coach Norberg and the rest of 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.

“It’s all about having a good time and winning,” Norberg said. “Winning is important, but so is having fun and representing my school and community.”

South Tahoe’s season this past wasn’t a burn-burner by any means. That being said, for Norberg it made it all the more gratifying when he was selected.

“Everyone talks about Carson and Douglas having these great programs, which plays into their selection process. But it says a lot about the first team, second team all-league,” Norberg said.

Norberg was a second team all-league selection at offensive tackle where he says he feels comfortable locking down the right side. Friday, he’ll likely get a look at either side of the line which he says shouldn’t matter.

“I am hoping they’ll give me some more reps at the right side, but we’ll just see where the coach goes,” Norberg said. “We’ll get this thing done and then head on to the next.”

Norberg’s plan past Santa Barbara City College lie with the hopes that he’ll transfer into another football program and continue to pursue his college degree.

“I want to play football while I can and just enjoy life,” he said. “I really want to thank my coaches and my family for everything they’ve done. My parents especially. I mean they’ve been with me through it all so it means a lot.”

Last year, the Silver squad coached by Truckee’s Bob Shaffer defeated the Blue all-stars, 21-0. It was only the seventh shutout ever in the history of the Sertoma Classic.