LINCOLN — Nate Rogers has sparkled this summer in All-Star games.
The recent South Sioux City graduate caught the winning touchdown pass in the Nebraska Shrine Bowl in June, then played in the Northeast Nebraska All-Star games for football and basketball the following two weeks.
In the Northeast football game, he caught two touchdowns passes in his team's 20-10 win. He was his team's most valuable offensive player. In the basketball contest, he had 12 points, nine rebounds, five blocked shots, three assists and three dunks.
Monday night's Nebraska Coaches Association boys basketball All-Star game is the last one for Rogers before he joins the Wayne State football team.
The 8 p.m. contest at Lincoln North Star follows the 6 p.m. girls game, with NET1 televising the doubleheader.
Rogers is the only athlete this year who will play in the Shrine Bowl and the NCA basketball game.
“It could be my last time playing basketball,” Rogers said. “I'll give it everything I've got, approach it like every other game.
“I'll miss basketball. I'm sure I'll be playing intramurals at Wayne, but it's not the same.”
Basketball is what the 6-foot-4, 182-pounder anticipated as his college sport.
“I played it my whole life,” Rogers said. “Junior year, I went out for football and then got a growth spurt.
“Football wasn't always my first choice, but changes happen.”
His football stock rose as he set school records with 55 receptions for 1,112 yards and 17 touchdowns while earning Class B all-state honors. He had a 310-yard game against Plattsmouth.
Rogers then led the Cardinals to their third Class B basketball state title in four seasons and was Class B's only all-stater in football and basketball.
He also was a Class A high jump qualifier at the state meet and he was a finalist for the Nebraska boys athlete of the year award.
In the Shrine Bowl, played in Kearney for the first time, he led the North team with four receptions for 70 yards. A 39-yard catch late in the first half set up a field goal and, after dropping a probable touchdown pass late in the third quarter, he came back with a 21-yard scoring catch early in the final quarter of a 9-3 win.
“I should have had the one before,” Rogers said. “It was just a great job by our offensive line and quarterback (Isaac Aakre from Millard North).
“I'm glad they trusted me to throw it again. It was time to make a big play, especially with way the defenses were playing.”
In the lull between All-Star games, Rogers said he's worked out twice a week with the Wayne State players. His summer job was working with a neighbor who owns a siding and window replacement business.
Only one All-Nebraska first-team player — Connor Lusso of Millard West — will be in the boys game. Tra-Deon Hollins of Omaha Central and Brett Dougherty of Papillion-La Vista had conflicts.
Also not playing in the boys game are All-Nebraska picks Akoy Agau of Central, who will be in summer college classes at Louisville, and Cam Williams of Omaha South.
In the girls game, on opposing teams will be Lauren Works of Lincoln Southwest and Alexa Kastanek of Lincoln Southeast. The other three girls on the All-Nebraska first team were sophomores or juniors.
Girls Blues: Dani Andersen, Lincoln Christian; Bridget Arens, Crofton; Michaela Barry, Norfolk Catholic; Darcy Barry, Wahoo; Bridget Bucher, Norris; Mikaela Shaw, Sandy Creek; Taylor Silva, Bellevue East; Mackenzie Skupa, Silver Lake; Hannah Tvrdy, Seward; Kelsey Wiemers, Kearney; Annie Wolfe, Omaha Marian; Lauren Works, Lincoln Southwest. Head coach: Linda Walker, Wahoo. Assistant: Jason Boyd, Kearney.
Girls Reds: Taylor Bahensky, Millard North; Hanah Barnard, Beatrice; Therin Baum, Kearney Catholic; Marisa Blanke, Emerson-Hubbard; Mary Dineen, Millard North; Jill Faxon, Beatrice; Alexa Kastanek, Lincoln Southeast; Allie Millard, Valentine; Daynlee Miller, Hershey; Alex Nelson, Papillion-LV; Cierra Tjaden, Waverly; Kourtney Zadina, Seward. Head coach: Trent Benjamin, Holdrege. Assistant: Mark Madison, Fillmore Central.
Boys Blues: Marcus Claussen, Wausa; Chandler Folkerts, Milford; Jake Goltl, Ralston; Noah Housh, Lincoln North Star; Alex Larsen, Grand Island Northwest; Nate Maloley, Papillion-La Vista; Gunnar Peterson, Lincoln Southwest; Austan Rath, Sutton; Nate Rogers, South Sioux City; Spencer Sharp, Millard West; Clayton Shepard, Lincoln East. Head coach: Chip Bahe, Millard North. Assistant: Tim Barada, Wilber-Clatonia.
Boys Reds: Dylan Bohlke, Norris; Brett Dougherty, Papillion-LV; Mitch Drey, Gretna; Lucas Gleisberg, Medicine Valley; Michael Hadden, Scottsbluff; Nate Kuhl, Johnson County; Connor Lusso, Millard West; Jake Nannen, Lincoln Southeast; Brian Schwetschenau, Omaha Skutt; KJ Scott, Omaha Central; Reid Williams, Lincoln Southwest; Cody Wudtke, McCook. Head coach: Jim Carlson, Boyd County. Assistant: Tony Siske, Scottsbluff.