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North Stafford’s Grebe set to play in elite all-star game


North Stafford senior Austin Grebe’s memorable high school football season will have one final chapter Friday night.

Grebe was selected to play in the Chesapeake Bowl, an elite high school all-star game featuring players from Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The game will be played at South River High School in Edgewater, Md.

Grebe, who was a quarterback, punter and kicker for the Wolverines this year, will kick for the South team.

“There’s a lot of legit players here,” Grebe said yesterday. “Guys that are going to Notre Dame, West Virginia. It’s been great meeting all the guys.”

Grebe was the Commonwealth District’s offensive player of the year this season and was also selected to The Free Lance–Star’s All-Area team.

He led the Wolverines to the Northwest Region, Division 5 championship. North Stafford lost to Phoebus, 27–26, in a Group AAA semifinal.

(Phoebus coach Stan Sexton will serve as head coach of the South team tonight.)

Grebe has received offers to kick for the football teams at Cornell, Navy and Maryland.

Cornell competes in the Ivy League and does not offer scholarships. Grebe has already been accepted to Navy, and all students there receive full scholarships regardless of athletics.

North Stafford coach Joe Mangano said Maryland coaches have hinted that Grebe could eventually earn a scholarship there if he joins the Terrapins.

“I’m leaning a little bit toward Navy,” Grebe said. “It would be a great opportunity.”

Although Grebe was a standout quarterback for the Wolverines, his college career will almost certainly be as a kicker or punter.

“I think what was so impressive for us was that he was able to kick and punt so well with all the stuff he still had to do on offense,” Mangano said. “He’s going to be a lot better in college when he can really focus on kicking.”

Grebe plans to play soccer for North Stafford this spring. Last year he was a co-captain on the Wolverines’ state championship team.

In other North Stafford news, Mangano said running back Kevin Daniels recently accepted a scholarship to Monmouth, which competes in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Adam Himmelsbach: 540/374-5442