As it turns out, football season is not quite over. The best of the best have one more opportunity to compete. On July 23, the 40th Annual Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Football Game, the Silicon Valley Youth Classic, will take place. The game is organized by the Rotary Club of Almaden Valley.
The game is named after Charlie Wedemeyer, a Los Gatos coach who passed away several years ago due to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The money raised by the game will go to foundations seeking to cure ALS.
Each head coach from the Santa Clara County High Schools was asked to nominate several seniors from their respective teams. This area includes about 50 schools ranging from Gunn High School to Gilroy High School. This area is divided into two sets of teams: North and South. The North will be coached by Los Altos’ own head varsity football head coach, Trevor Pruitt, while the South will be coached by Christopher High School’s Tim Pierleoni. Both coaches hand selected their rosters from the coach nominations, trying to pick at least one player from each school.
“It is a huge honor to be coaching the North squad in the game,” Pruitt said. “It was an amazing year this season and it is a tribute to all of the players who worked so hard every day in practice to help make our season so successful at Los Altos. Personally, it has been a long journey getting to where I am at and I am very thankful to have the opportunity to coach in the game and at Los Altos.”
The four Los Altos senior players who will be competing for the North this year are quarterback Lambie Lanman, wide receiver Victor Ruiz, defensive lineman Ofisa Pati and left back Josh Williams. It will be one last chance for these Los Altos seniors to represent their area and their coach.
“I am very honored and humbled to receive this award and to be able to compete for coach Pruitt one last time,” Lanman said.
These Los Altos players will join, several famous NFL players including Jeff Garcia, Pat Tillman and Jared Allen who have participated in this game.
The game will be played on July 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the San Jose City College.