Berg selected to Class 4A all-state football squad
Chad Berg received a surprising 16th birthday gift from his father Monday morning.
The Baldwin High school sophomore awakened to find out he was chosen as an honorable mention running back on the Topeka Capital-Journal's Class 4A all-state team.
“That was awesome,” C. Berg said. “My dad showed me when I woke up. It was exciting.”
His dad, BHS coach Mike Berg, read the news Sunday night and passed it on to his son on his birthday.
“I know which Sunday this comes out ever year,” coach Berg said. “I just checked and I was just shocked. I was just checking to see who made first-team from our league. I was scrolling through the honorable mention and saw his name. It made a nice birthday for him.
“I was shocked,” he said. “I guess it shows that he impressed some coaches. He was pretty surprised and I was shocked he was on there.”
He wasn't the only one surprised by the news.
“I was shocked,” C. Berg said. “I think all of the team's success goes toward individual awards. I was lucky to be part of a good team. I was really excited. I didn't think I would be on there at all.”
C. Berg is one of five sophomores on the entire all-state team. He is one of 17 Frontier League players chosen, five of which are first-team players.
“Our league has a reputation of being very tough,” Berg said. “If you look at the last six state championship games, we've had four in the finals. The reputation around the state is we are a good league. By the all-state representation, you can see people are impressed with our league players.”