McPherren to lead athletes onto field at CSG

Ten Sleep, Wyoming native Ed McPherren

Lincoln-Cornhusker State Games officials have announced that recently-retired Lincoln East High School Basketball Coach Ed McPherren has been chosen to lead the athletes onto the field at its July 19 Opening Ceremonies, set for 8 p.m. at Seacrest Field in Lincoln.

Officials also revealed that Jeff Barclay and Scott Ritter, owners of Goodcents Deli & Subs, will serve as the Games' Honorary Chairmen. Over 10 years of sponsorship, Ritter and Barclay have contributed more than 20,000 volunteer lunches and 50,000 free kid's meals to the Games.

Most of the 60+ Cornhusker State Games sports take place July 20-29 at more than 80 venues in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities. Swimming takes place July 13-14. Those who register by June 17 will receive a discount, and the final deadline is July 1 for most events. Information and online registration are available at

McPherren retired this Spring after 43 years of teaching and coaching. Over 18 years as head boys basketball coach at East, McPherren compiled a 473-303 record and guided the Spartans to the 2001 State Championship. The native of Ten Sleep, Wy., came to Lincoln on a UNL basketball scholarship and never left.

"The Parade Marshal role traditionally recognizes a lifetime of service to sports in Nebraska and Ed certainly fits that role. While his teams played hard and won games on the court, Ed consistently turned out great students and great people, which makes us very proud to recognize him during the Games," Executive Director Dave Mlnarik said.

As the CSG Honorary Parade Marshal, McPherren will be the first of more than 4,000 to march onto the field for a star-studded Opening Ceremonies featuring skydivers, fireworks, the SpinTastic show by the Crevier Family, popular Nebraska cover band Groove Puppet and the unveiling of the mystery torchlighter.

All registered participants receive free admission to the Opening Ceremonies and a CSG Athlete Shirt with their entry. Admission for non-participants is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-18 and free for kids five and under, including a meal ticket at SportFest, which takes place prior to the Opening Ceremonies from 5-7:30 p.m.

SportFest and the Opening Ceremonies are sponsored by Lincoln Benefit Life, the Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau and Arby's of Lincoln, with contributing support from the Sowers Club, Runza, Pepsi-Cola of Lincoln, Lincoln Public Schools, the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame, Frito Lay, Roberts Dairy, Amigos/Kings Classic and the Nebraska National Guard.

More than 12,000 Nebraskans are expected to participate in the 29th edition of the Games. Learn more at

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