Whether it's in football, basketball or soccer, summer all-star games offer former prep stars a good opportunity to get a head start in their college careers.
Michael Sadd knows this and isn't going to take anything for granted.
The former Hastings High soccer player was selected to play in the 20th annual Nebraska Shrine Soccer Classic. The boys game is 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Hastings College's Lloyd Wilson Field, with the girls game beforehand at noon.
Sadd, who plans to continue his soccer career as a Bronco on the same turf for the next four years, said it was honor to be named amongst the state's best players.
"(HHS boys head coach Mike Nanfito) called me one morning before the team banquet, and told me to be expecting a call about the Shrine bowl because I was selected," said Sadd, who will also be joined by Nanfito as he was named the coach of the South team. "He said he'd tell everyone at the banquet about it. I was pretty excited and honored to be a Shriner."