Area football players learn from the best
     2014-06-26      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photos by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Husker great Tommy Frazier speaks to the campers during the Panhandle Football Camp held last week at Bearcat Stadium. Former Huskers were on hand to teach basic skills and share tips with the area’s young football players last Friday and Saturday. Austin Dolberg, son of Lane and Melanie of Gering, builds strength and endurance. Kobey Paez, son of camp organizer Ralph and Lisa Paez of Scottsbluff, executes a conditioning exercise. 
About 100 boys gathered at Bearcat stadium in Scottsbluff for Panhandle Football Camp. There were many former Husker and NFL players in town to teach the aspiring football players, including Husker great Tommy Frazier.

The founder and CEO of the Panhandle Football Camp is Ralph Paez. “Today we are here putting on a fundamentally based camp for local area youth,” he said. “We hope to raise some money to donate back to local football programs.”

Paez added the primary age group is 3rd through 12th grade; however, they have taken 1st and 2nd grade students before. He said the reason the program officially starts with 3rd grade is because that is when the Carpenter Center tackle football program starts.

Assisting Paez with this camp was household names like Tommy Frazier, Jamel Williams, DeWayne Harris, Keith Mercer, Ramone Adams, Tony Leland, Cody Glenn, and Marlon Lucky. “I love to hear that kids say they picked something up, whether is a stance, running in proper form or anything,” Paez said. “More important is the art of competition, taking it on into their lives, and being productive young men.”

The future players took part in drills and were split apart into groups for various positions. The instructors kept a careful eye on the players and took frequent hydration breaks as the day grew warm. Before the campers ate lunch they gathered together and were encouraged by Tommy Frazier to stay in school, compete at their best and be good citizens.

Keep your eyes open as you will see these boys on the gridirons at football stadiums all over the Panhandle starting this fall.

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