A new take on Old Glory: South Tahoe set to unveil motorized American Flag in Blue Gym on Friday | TahoeDailyTribune.com

A new take on Old Glory: South Tahoe set to unveil motorized American Flag in Blue Gym on Friday

Anthony Gentile
agentile@tahoedailytribune.com
South Tahoe will unveil this 15-by-25-foot American flag at the Blue Gym on Friday, Dec. 11, prior to the Vikings' girls game against Fernley.
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Vikings basketball doubleheader

South Tahoe vs. Fernley

Friday, Dec. 11

Girls 6 p.m., Boys 7:30 p.m.

Motorized American flag to be unveiled prior to girls game

When the national anthem plays in the Blue Gym at South Tahoe High school prior to the Vikings’ league basketball doubleheader against Fernley on Friday, Dec. 11, the focus will be on the American flag. And it will highlight the gym’s newest edition.

South Tahoe is unveiling a 15-by-25 foot motorized flag in the middle of the gym prior to the tipoff of the girls game at 6 p.m. on Friday. The flag that hangs above center court was the idea of Vikings girls head coach Mike Neiger and will memorialize Keith Gottschalk, the father of 1983 STHS alum Darren Gottschalk.

“This flag will be a welcome and long-lasting addition to the Blue Gym,” Neiger said.

After seeing similar flags in eastern Nevada gyms during his four seasons as head coach, Neiger felt South Tahoe needed something similar. The large version of Old Glory has a remote control to lower and raise it from just below the white vents in the gym.

“This flag will be a welcome and long-lasting addition to the Blue Gym.”Mike NeigerSTHS girls basketball head coach

“When they lowered the flags in their gyms, it’s just awe inspiring and gives you goosebumps,” Neiger said. “I wanted to bring that sense of pride to our gym and our community.”

Darren Gottschalk covered half of the cost for the flag, with the other half raised by local community members and businesses. More than 20 donors put forth money to make the idea a reality, and Neiger said they will be recognized on a plaque in the gym.


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