The Western Nebraska All-Star Football Game was launched 40 years ago this summer. It is played annually at Bearcat Stadium in Scottsbluff. This year’s game will kick off at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bearcat Stadium.
This year’s West roster includes Coy Bila, Brayden Richardson and Logan Tiensvold of Chadron, Blaine Flack of Crawford, Korby Campbell of Gordon-Rushville and Miles Davis of Hemingford. Jordan Haas of Hemingford is the West head coach.
The West won last year’s game 21-10, but the East leads the all-time series 23-16-1.
The accompanying West Nebraska All-star Volleyball Match, started in 1985, will be played at Cougar Palace, starting at 2 p.m. Saturday. No girls from the immediate area were selected for this year’s contest.
Following are the football all-star game participants from the immediate area through the years. A * is used to designate most valuable player selections:
1978: Chadron—Mike Marron. Crawford—Pat Rotherham. Hay Springs—Bryan Varvel. Hemingford—Grant Campbell, Bryan Wacker.
1979: Chadron—Jay Alderman, *Bob Ferguson. Crawford—Nick Lecher. Gordon—Scott Mills. Rushville—Joe Vodicka.
1980: Chadron—Gordy Stitt, Mark Welsh. Gordon—Jim Connealy.
1981: Chadron—*Gary Colgate, Rick Myers. Gordon—Tom Borders. Hemingford—Jim Manning. Rushville—Rod Sones.
1982: Chadron—Rocky Dvorak, Phil Shepherd. Crawford—Terry Rotherham. Gordon—*Rod Bussinger. Rushville—Leonard Haller, Terry Hinn, *Kelly Stouffer.
1983: Chadron—Rex Stahla, Damon Tyree. Crawford—Vince Vieyra. Gordon—Bud Saults. Rushville—Ron Watson.
1984: Chadron—Larry Yeradi. Gordon—Mike Bayless. Rushville—Ron Bayne, Don Molitor.
1985: Chadron—*Phil Kaus, Chris Stein, Cory Voycheske, Paul Wess, Marty Wrage. Hay Springs—Kevin Osborn. Hemingford—Dan Hudson. Rushville—Rick Bayne, John Dohrman, John Haller. Sioux County—Scott Skavdahl. Note. Tim Jones, Rushville, was chosen for the game, but was unable to play following an appendectomy.
1986: Chadron—Manny Kim, Pat Wess. Crawford—J.D. Willey. Hemingford—Tim Campbell, Trevor Williams. Rushville—Kenny Larson.
1987: Chadron—Eric Hanson, Tucker Thompson. Gordon—Tom Peddicord. Hay Springs—Allen Terwilliger. Hemingford—Dan Pianalto. Rushville—Herb Haller, Jeff Jaggers.
1988: Chadron--Mike Brown, Jay Waldron. Gordon—Mitch Gallant, Grant Hutchins, Scott Witt. Hemingford—Clint Bruhn. Rushville—Brent Graham.
1989: Chadron—Mike Coomes, Dana Edwards, Craig Wallace. Gordon—*Gary Fluckinger. Rushville—Rick Hinn, Mike Jaggers.
1990: Chadron—David Carrick, Sean Lowry, Mark Ritterbush. Gordon—Paul Vinton. Rushville—Bob Tiensvold. Sioux County—Josh Skavdahl.
1991: Chadron—Bill Kaus, Dean Nitsch, Osvaldo Santos. Gordon—Aaron Paul. Hemingford—Corey Campbell, Kalvin Kresl. Rushville—Osvaldo Santos, Cory Shedeed. Note: Tim Tausen, Rushville, was selected for the game but was pitching in the state baseball tournament.
1992: Chadron—Jeff Fankhauser, Matt Stetson. Hay Springs—Jon Hansen. Hemingford—Darby Jespersen, Craig Kumpf, Ed (Slim) Planansky. Note: Matt Cogdill, Chadron, was selected for the game, but was at National Guard basic training.
1993: Chadron—Boone Huffman. Hay Springs—Jason Alcorn. Rushville—Rick Kearns, Kenny Loosvelt.
1994: Chadron—Eric Fuller. Hemingford—Eric Baker. Rushville—Ben Wegner.
1995: Chadron—Rick Barry, Jarod Moeller, Tye Pourier. Gordon—Eric Halverson, Colby Leeper. Rushville—Chad Thies.
1996: Chadron—*Beau Huffman, Brock Musgrave. Crawford—John Murphy. Gordon—Chris Evans, Mike Ziller.
1997: Chadron—Jason Carnahan, Eric Schaffer. Crawford—Travis Stolldorf. Gordon—Justin Simmons, Hay Springs—*Jeff Turman. Hemingford—Tim Buskirk. Rushville—Bill Kearns, Curtis Loosvelt.
1998: Chadron—Ben Hessler, Shawn Rogers, Joe Wild. Crawford—J.R. Wasserburger. Gordon—Kalon Fancher, *Austin Forster, Chad Wallace. Hay Springs—Joe Dorshorst. Hemingford—Brandon Vogel. Rushville—Cody Beguin.
1999—Chadron—Zac Alcorn, *Michael Wahlstrom. Gordon—Shawn Eisenreich. Hemingford—Dusty Gonzales.
2000: Chadron—Mitch Barry, Luke Ford, Kyle Rogers. Crawford—Ryan Osmotherly. Hemingford—Travis Buskirk, J.J. Gonzalez, Adams Wacker.
2001: Chadron—C.J. Bach, Drew Margrave. Gordon—Chris Grover, *Anthony Rosane. Hemingford—John Haas, Brett Sorensen. Rushville—Michael Bourne, Zach Kearns, Ben Marcy. Sioux County—Levi Gray.
2002: Chadron—Jake Hahn, Erich Landon, John Williams. Gordon—Beau Fotchman, Travis Kling. Hemingford—Silas Cheek. Rushville—Brady Johnson.
2003: Chadron—Phil Dickerson, Micah Smith. Gordon—Andrew Benben, Ross Janssen, Pierce Petersen, Mitch Ross. Rushville—Brad Marcy.
2004: Chadron—Keith Mann, Tristan Taylor. Crawford—Chance Galey, Danny Hanlon, Luke Norman. Gordon—Sean Cicmanec. Hemingford—Tyler Prochazka. Rushville—Brandon Johnson.
2005: Chadron—Aaron Bauer, Seth Grant, *Joe McLain. Gordon—Sterling Ostrander, Eric Roth, Perrien Schmidt, George Viher. Hemingford—Dylan Petersen, Ryan Schledewitz, Taryn Wood. Rushville—Jared Janssen.
2006: Chadron—Joe Mann, Drew Pope, John Ritzen. Crawford—Cameron Kolling, Alex Smith. Gordon-Rushville—Todd Strasburger.
2007: Chadron—Jeff Alcorn, Will Pope. Crawford—Clayton Kolling. Gordon-Rushville—Joe Cirmanec, Richard Fairhead, Kirk Mohr. Hemingford—Kyle Campbell. Sioux County—Josh Windsor.
2008: Chadron—Allen Osborn, Cody Roes, Mike Sandstrom. Gordon-Rushville—Joey Krotz.
2009: Chadron—Garrett Johnson,*Jonn McLain, Travis Reeves. Crawford—Thomas Emerson. Gordon-Rushville—Taylor Fairhead, Kirk Fotchman. Hemingford—Anthony Adamson, Joe Bob Haas.
2010: Chadron—Zac Bargen, Alec Holmquist, Charlie Marsh, Nick Mitchell. Gordon-Rushville—Matt Pribil. Hemingford—Trey Ramos.
2011: Chadron—Brady Roes. Crawford—Drew Wohlers. Gordon-Rushville—Chris Conroy, Nick Yardley. Hemingford—Chance Campbell. Sioux County—Jake Murphy, Clint Nunn.
2012: Chadron—Austin Brown, Wade Reeves. Gordon-Rushville—Trey Allison, Daylan Black Calf, Tanner Johnson.
2013: Chadron—Colin Deines, Calen Johnson. Gordon-Rushville—Lemur Gardner, Thomas Sandoz. Hemingford—Kyle Kumpf. Sioux County—Jonny Dunn, Garret Gray.
2014: Chadron—Cooper Cogdill, TD Stein. Hay Springs—Stevin Horrocks. Hemingford—Blake Hansen, Kyle Kaman.
2015: Chadron—Jackson Dickerson, Keenan Johnson, Vonsinh Sayaloune. Hay Springs—Seth Nowak, Hemingford—Colt Foster, Ethan Skinner, Brady Turek, Matt Wood. Sioux County—Nathan Woodrum.
2016: Crawford—Taylor Alcorn. Hemingford—Tanner Benge.
2017: Chadron—Marquis Burwell and Brendinh Sayaloune. Hemingford—Denton Payne and Jamey Wood of Hemingford.
2018: Chadron—Coy Bila, Brayden Richardson, Logan Tiensvold. Crawford—Blaine Flack, Gordon-Rushville—Korby Campbell. Hemingford—Miles Davis.