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It all started with Gary Lynn back in the summer of 1974. Now, Kyle Kevorkian and Kevin Tjon will continue the tradition later this month. In all, more than 125 former Wildcats and a number of coaches have represented Los Gatos High School in the classic summer football game actually named for a former Los Gatos coach, the late Charlie Wedemeyer.
Kevorkian and Tjon will increase that number to 130 Wildcats when the 39th annual Charlie Wedemeyer High School All-Star Game returns to the Santa Clara Valley with the North and South to collide on July 17, 7:30 p.m., at San Jose City College. And with future NFL and collegiate football stars, Major League Baseball players and even Olympic athletes filling its alumni list, the football game they call “The Best Game in Town” annually lives up to its billing.
And equal to the game’s rich reputation is the tradition of football at Los Gatos High and the representation of former Wildcats participating in the summer classic. Lynn started it all 40 years ago. The talented tailback, who would go on to start in the Stanford backfield, scored three touchdowns in that first game. It was only the beginning. The roster of former Cats competing in the all-star game is impressive indeed.
Like the game itself, the Gatos list includes NFL stars, collegiate greats and future professional baseball players, as well as many players who would go on to gain induction Advertisement in the Los Gatos High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Jared Allen (2000) used the game as a springboard to an outstanding college career and is now an All-Pro with the Minnesota Vikings, and Trent Edwards (2002) went on to play for Stanford and was the starting quarterback for the Buffalo Bills.
Oregon sensation Kiko Alonso (2008) was the Most Valuable Player for the Ducks in the Rose Bowl and earlier this year was selected by the Bills in the NFL draft. His older brother, Carlos (2006), preceded Kiko in the summer all-star game and is currently a top prospect in professional baseball as an infielder in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
The list goes on to include Todd Mayo (1985), who played baseball at UC-Berkeley and in the pro ranks; brothers Joe (1988) and Gus Farwell (1995), who each played football in the Pac-10; the Winkelman brothers, Ben (2000) and Karl (2008); the Rollin brothers, Alex (2003) and Erik (2005); Arizona State quarterback Danny Sullivan (2006); and Cal lineman John Allen (2003). Pat Geary, John Breidenthal, Kent Cooper, Tom Havens, Brock Bowman, Jeff Blaisdell, Travis Rodgers … the roster goes on and on to include 128 former Wildcats. And next week, the participation of Kevorkian and Tjon will increase that total to 130 as they represent the storied Los Gatos football program in what has certainly become a summer classic.