Mid-June All-Star Football Classic Cancelled

NORFOLK – In less than two months the Northeast Nebraska (NEN) All-Star Football Classic was scheduled to showcase the talents of area high school student-athletes, but due to COVID-19 the event has been called off.

According to an April 23 announcement, the Norfolk Area Sports Council has can cancelled the Eighth annual All-Star Classic because of uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Next year’s game will be scheduled for June 2021.

The game was to be held on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Veteran’s Memorial Field in Norfolk.

In a statement from the President of the Board of Directors, Mike Sunderman said, “this decision by the board did not come lightly, but it did become apparent that the reality of having the game was not in the cards this year. Postponing the date was not a viable option as logistically, with the number of people, businesses, and sites involved, as well as finding a suitable date given the unknowns of the virus made that very difficult. We feel very badly for the players, coaches, and their families that will not get to experience this lifetime event, but we feel it is the right decision at this time. ”

Wayne selections included running back/defensive back Blake Bartos, quarterback/defensive back Tyrus Eischeid, lineman Cade Janke and tight end/lineman Gunnar Jorgensen.

The NEN White team has won the past two years over Team Red (20-13) last year and 40-35 in 2018. The last Red win came in 2017 by the score of 14-7 as Team White won back-to-back in 2015 (28-21) and 2016 (49-14). Team Red won the opening All-Star classics in 2013 (20-10) and 2014 (20-14).

To order memorabilia with game rosters printed on the back, visit the NEN All-Star Football Classic online shop at:


Orders will close June 1st @10AM.

For more information or any questions, contact Ashley Jansen, activities development director with the Norfolk Area Sports Council at 402-371-2932 or by emailing info@nenallstarfootballclassic.com.


Other area athletes from our northeast Nebraska football spotlight booklets that were selected:

2020 NEN Red Team Roster

Allen (Red): Brogan Jones

Hartington Cedar Catholic (Red): Rex Becker, Peyton Haahr, Eric Hoesing and Jacob Keiser

Hartington-Newcastle (Red): Dylan Dendinger and Shaye Morten

Pierce (Red): Dalton Freeman, Kage Heisinger, Carson Oestreich and Brett Tinker.

Ponca (Red): Brandon Kneifl

Wakefield (Red): Evan Donner

Wayne (Red): Blake Bartos, Tyrus Eischeid, Cade Janke and Gunnar Jorgensen


Wisner-Pilger (White): Mason Dimon and Colby Heller

2020 NEN White Team Roster