Tomorrow's sports stars' last high school hurrah - WBAY

Tomorrow's sports stars' last high school hurrah

Oshkosh - This weekend, Oshkosh's Titan Stadium hosts the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-star Game.

Many of the all-stars are suiting up in pads and helmets for one final time.

That group includes former Oshkosh North quarterback Nate Neveau, who's giving up the gridiron to play college hoops at Division 2 Hillsdale College.

Saturday, Neveau gets one last football hurrah on his home field.

"We've played so many games here, this being our home field for high school, and now we get to have one final game here, and kind of a nice way to finish off my football career. Football has always been something that I really enjoyed, but basketball has always been a passion of mine, and I've liked it a little bit more," Neveau says.

Xavier quarterback Matt Ferris is similarly transitioning to basketball. He'll walk on to play for Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin Badgers.

But Ferris, who threw a state record 50 touchdown passes last year, is hoping to throw a few more this weekend before leaving football behind.

"It was tough," he acknowledges. "I did a lot of talking with parents, with my family, with my friends, about you know, what's the right decision. But ultimately I think made the right decision and I've got no regrets about it. Football is a great sport; I loved playing it in high school."

Ferris and Neveau are leaving football behind all together. Fellow North squad all-star Nate Jenson of Waupaca is also leaving his quarterbacking days in the rear-view mirror, but he's not leaving the game, just reverting to his old role as a pass catcher to play college football at North Dakota State.

"Playing quarterback was obviously a lot different. You know, you've got to lead the team, that's a big thing about being a quarterback. I learned a lot of things playing quarterback, so I'm happy I did it, but I'm excited to be going back to the tight end position, something I'm a lot more comfortable doing."

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