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Baking With Love In Times Of Grief – WFAE07.09.21

Kacie Smagacz sat outside the Common Market on Monroe Road on a recent day. She had about an hour before she started her shift inside, where she bakes and dreams up new creations for her company Move that Dough.

"I think since I was raised by a grandma who lived through the Great Depression, it's very classic, American-style baking," Smagacz said. "Cake donuts and yeast donuts and cinnamon rolls and cookies and stuff that is comfort food to me."

Comfort food with a twist, that is. All of her creations are vegan and more than half of the menu is gluten-free.

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Smagacz bounced between different households while growing up in Nebraska. Her grandmas was where she felt the most safe and loved and a big part of that was learning to bake alongside her.

A tattoo on the 33-year-old's arm of a mason jar surrounded by flowers reminds her of her grandmother.

"Since I have an ADHD brain, I experienced a lot of adults who would avoid me or talk to me like I was an idiot," Smagacz said. "And my grandma holding that space for me was huge. My grandma kept her sewing notions and all of her things in these mason jars in the basement. And I'd go downstairs and just spin them and look at them, you know? So I got that for her. She was a gardener (too), so thats why there are flowers all around it."

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Smagacz sells her baked goods through pop-up shops and in local eateries around Charlotte. Her home base is the kitchen in Common Market, but she doesnt have a storefront.

And that helped when the pandemic hit.

Business wise, things were going pretty good in the early days of the shutdown. There was a surge of support for local businesses. She worked by herself at night in the kitchen so she didnt have to worry about social distancing with a co-worker. Her partner would care for their 3-year-old; when she got home, he would head to work and she would take care of their daughter.

A big challenge came when she had to deal with opinionated customers.

"I had never before faced certain customers who are very anti-mask trying to put pressure on small businesses to stand up to the government and, you know, this kind of narrative," she said.

And then there were the customers who still wanted to place orders but wanted absolutely no contact.

"And so I felt very kind of like I was being demanded upon by both ends of a spectrum of people who wouldn't meet in the middle at all," she said.

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But she kept pushing forward and baking continued to be the same outlet it was for her when she was a little girl.

She's used baking to work through tough times before. She remembers going through a period of depression after she gave birth where she felt isolated and alone. Similar feelings bubbled back to the surface during the pandemic.

"When you combine art with business, I can't go through a season of being like I'm not inspired. I can feel uninspired, but I still have to show up," she said. "And the pandemic was no exception. And it's become therapeutic, in that way, where it can be my hardest teacher, but also like my greatest lessons learned have been through this business."

There was another lesson Smagacz would learn during the pandemic, one about family.

Smagacz says she experienced emotional and physical abuse from both her mother and father growing up. She says that abuse was tied, in part, to her very religious upbringing.

"I would say it's cult-level fundamentalist Christianity," she said. "I wasn't allowed to do anything outside of that circle. And it was the kind that reinforced like I was the chaplain of my senior class and I wasn't allowed to pray at graduation because I was a female."

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On top of that, her mother suffered from bipolar disorder, Smagacz says, and her mother also struggled with prescription drug abuse. Smagacz helped take care of her mother when she got sick. There was a song she would sing to her by the Christian artist Phil Wickham, "I Will Wait For You There."

"There were several times in her life where she got very sick and I was the youngest, so I was with her through those years the most," Smagacz said. "So I'd be holding her on the bathroom floor, like, calling an ambulance and singing her that song or in the hospital with her, singing that song."

During the pandemic, Smagacz and her mother werent on speaking terms. But she would hear updates from her brother on how she was doing. In April, he contacted her again. Their mother had COVID-19 and was in the hospital.

Smagacz tried to reach out to her mom she texted her the lyrics to that song "I Will Wait For You There," the one her mother loved, but no reply. Then, later that day, as she was getting set up to serve customers, she got another call from her brother. Nurses were setting up a FaceTime call for the family. Their mother was dying.

"And we basically just had to watch our mom die on FaceTime. And it was disturbing for me on a lot of levels," she said. "So, to know that she was scared, alone and to know that she ultimately died alone which was all she felt her whole life like she forced herself into solitude and loneliness and that was her final experience. And that is heartbreaking because I only ever wish that I could have convinced her that she was as loved and talented as she was."

As they watched their mother die, the only thing they could do miles apart, was play a recording of her favorite song, the same song Smagacz had sung to her mom so many times before.

"I think I was in denial when it was happening because she had been so sick my whole life that I just thought this was going to be another one of those times where she almost died and didn't," Smagacz said. "And so I thought I was going to have time to repair with her."

And then, the FaceTime ended. And she had to turn around and serve customers.

She had help in the kitchen that day and everyone surrounded her, trying to support her through what just happened. If a wave of grief hit her, she would go to the bathroom and take a moment.

"But the grind didn't stop," she said. "Then, that night, I had to come in and bake. The next morning I had to serve customers. And so it took a couple of days till I could actually sit with myself and process the shock because it happened very quickly."

Part of processing her grief was realizing she wanted to help others avoid the position she was in when her mother died. In a way, she was already on that path. In the year before her mother's death, Smagacz got certified to become an end-of-life doula someone who advocates on behalf of the dying person, helps them navigate the funeral industry, and cares for them in whatever way makes sense. She also sees that role as helping repair relationships before that person passes away.

"If we know someone is about to die, is there not like a mediator or a grief counselor who can come in and try to facilitate families talking to each other so that that person can for one final time hear that either they were loved or hear 'This caused me pain, but I forgive you and I've wanted to forgive you,'" she said.

She plans to go back to school to become a grief counselor. She wants to works with people and families at the end of life. In her words, she realizes that her actual heartbeat is not in the sugar and the flour she sifts its in the work she feels called to do with end-of-life care. She wants to help others avoid the trauma and regret that came with her mothers passing.

Much like how she found her way to baking in her grandmas house as a little girl, she wants this new path to have love and understanding as key ingredients.

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This Memorial Day, remember those who died in Afghanistan, and the loved ones they left behind – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel05.31.21

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It was a graduation gift from his mother, a chance to skydive.

Quinn Johnson-Harris of Milwaukee made that first jump anddeclared: "I'm going to live in the sky."

And he did, joining the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Homestead High School, carving out a career and a calling, visiting 17 countries as he served his nation,just like his brothers and grandfather.

On Oct. 2, 2015, Johnson-Harris, an aircraft loadmaster,was ona C-130J Super Hercules plane that took offfrom Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan.

The flight lasted 28 seconds. There was a stall. The plane crashed, killing all 11 people on board, and three otherson the ground.

Quinn was 21.

A photo of Quinn Johnson-Harris, who was killed in Afghanistan on Oct. 2, 2015, is seen at his fathers house on Monday, May 24, 2021 in Milwaukee.(Photo: Angela Peterson / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Think of Quinn Johnson-Harris and his family on this Memorial Day weekend, as we mark a holiday suffused with sadness and reverence.

We remember those in the military who gave their lives defending the country. And this yearespecially,we recall sacrifices made in Afghanistan.

More than 3,100 members of the U.S. military have died in Afghanistan since 2001, including more than than 30 Wisconsinites.

"It's time to end America's longest war,"President Joe Biden declared in April when he orderedthe withdrawal of all remaining U.S. forces in Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021.

"We went to Afghanistan in 2001 to root out al Qaeda, to prevent future terrorist attacks against the United States planned from Afghanistan," Biden said. "Our objective was clear.The cause was just."

Families of the fallen, and veterans of the war, are left with their own reflections on their sacrifice and their service.

Yvette and LaMar HarrisSr. remember their son Quinn every day. His laugh, his smile and his exuberance. He's buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Yvette is raising his daughter and says the little girl looks just like him.

Yvette, a nurse, wears a button that shows her son's smiling face. LaMar, a retired operating engineer, has a tattoo on his left arm that honors his son.

They're divorced. But they retain a strongbond.

The military ties run deep in the family.

LaMar Harris, the father of Quinn Johnson-Harris who was killed in Afghanistan, holds a framed photo of the other airmen who were killed in the aircraft with his son on Oct. 2, 2015.(Photo: Angela Peterson / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Yvette's father was a Marine. When he died, her sons stood, saluted his casket and promised to serve in his honor.

There was Jeremy, who served in the Marines and passed away in a motorcycle accident in Indianapolis shortly before the first anniversary of his brother's death.

LaMar Jr. is a West Point graduate who is a U.S. Army captain in the Special Forces.

LaMar's stepson, Christopher Schaffer, just graduated from U.S. Army Ranger School.

And, of course, there was Quinn.

Yvette and LaMar wrestle with the war in Afghanistan.

LaMar said he agreed with the war's aims to help Afghanistan and the Afghan people.

"You don't want to lose loved ones, but any war you're going to lose loved ones," he said. "And they know when they sign that paper to defend the country, there's a possibility they may not come home."

"Our kids don't go in there and say, 'I want to fight and die,'" Yvette said. "Our kids go in there and say I want to serve this country. And because we are America and we're free and we have rights that so many people don't have, when we see suppressed people in the world, we go to help rescue them.

"Our purpose was to keep the Taliban at bay," she added. "And we did that, we did that very well."

The family suffered terrible loss.

"We just wake up every morning, knowing your child gave all he wanted to give to help other people," LaMarsaid.

"My heart as a mother, yeah, I wish we would have pulled out sooner," Yvette said. "But if this is your job, I actually put it on Facebook the day my kid left, anybody who wants a yellow ribbon to tie around a tree, come get it from me. You never think it's going to be you, people knocking on the door (to deliver news from overseas) but what keeps us free are the people who are selfless and serving.

"We gave," she added. "I've given a lot. And what I wish is that people in America don't forget. I don't want anybody to forget what my son did for us. I don't want them to forget his sacrifice for our nation."

Chris Kolenda, a retired U.S. Army colonel now living in Milwaukee, served fourcombat tours in Afghanistan. In 2008, Biden, then a U.S. senator, visited Kolenda's main outpost in the Kunar River Valley in eastern Afghanistan.

Chris Kolenda poses for a portrait Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at his home in Milwaukee. Kolenda is a retired colonel who did several tours in Afghanistan. Kolenda has received many awards and medals during his time.(Photo: Ebony Cox / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

After the visit, Kolenda received a letter from Biden that said: "No matter how many PowerPoints one may view, there is no substitute for being able to get out to a Forward Operating Base and get some ground-truth."

Kolenda's memories of Afghanistan are vivid.

"The absolute beauty of the country, the kindness of the people, the joy on kids' faces," he said.

But there are other, darker memories. During his tour, six soldiers he commanded died in combat.

"I think of my six soldiers, their faces, their families," he said.

Next summer, he plans a bicycle trip to honor those men in the places where they are buried, a journey that will take him from Nebraska to Arlington, Virginia.

He can still hear the boom of a rocket-propelled grenade that took the life of Maj. Tom Bostick, July 27, 2007. For his actions, putting himself between enemy fighters and his troops, Bostick received the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest medal for combat valor.

Chris Kolenda points to Afghanistan on a map Wednesday, May 19, 2021, in Milwaukee. That is the location where his captain died.(Photo: Ebony Cox / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Ask Kolenda what he would tell families who lost loved ones in the long war, and he said: "The question you ask is very difficult because you don't have the sort of war that ends with a ticker-tape parade down 5th Avenue in New York, or with a big surrender ceremony. That's not how these wars typically end."

There may be a lack of closure, he said, but at the same time, "soldiers were fighting alongside the people that they trained with, that they were friends with, and ultimately when you get in a firefight soldiers are fighting for one another, to protect one another. They all did that."

Kolenda agreed with the decision to end American involvement in the war. There are many ways the future may play out as the Afghan government and Taliban struggle for power and control.

"My thinking has evolved on this over the last 10 years," he said. "I think our presence at 2,500 soldiers, it was doing very little good and it was encouraging the worst behavior on the part of the key actors. So, peace hasn't been possible with our troops present. It might be possible with our troops no longer there and creating these perverse incentives."

Kolenda, who has authored a book called "Zero-Sum Victory: What We're Getting Wrong About War," said the U.S. is in need of national security reform.

"A war that goes on inconclusively for 20 years is not acceptable," he said. "We need to fix it."

In Beloit, a family remembers Tyler Kreinz.

Tyler was in middle school when the Twin Towers collapsed and the Pentagon was attacked.

He was upset, determined, andtold his mom that fateful day, Sept. 11, 2001: "I want to join the Army."

Tyler loved the outdoors and plannedto go to college and become a conservation warden. But first, hemade good on that youthful pledge, enlisting in the U.S. Army after he graduated from Beloit Memorial High School.

On June 18, 2011, in Uruzgan province of Afghanistan, Tyler was on a night patrol when the MRAP vehicle he was riding in overturned while crossing a river.

There was a desperate rescue attempt but Tyler and three others perished.

The next day, Father's Day, soldiers came to the Kreinz home to break the terrible news.

Tyler was gone. He was just 21.

U.S. Army Specialist Tyler Kreinz, of Beloit, died June 18, 2011, in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered during a vehicle crash.(Photo: Kreinz family photo.)

"His friends are in their 30s now and getting married and having children," said Tyler's mother, Mary Kreinz.

She and her husband, David, holdtight to the letters their sonsent home from training, and Germany and Afghanistan.

"I remember him feeling horrible for the women and children there," she said of his tour in Afghanistan. "I remember going to Goodwill to pick up Happy Meal toys that he could then give to the kids."

Her son shielded the family from his combat role in Afghanistan, telling them he mostly handled calls and did paperwork. Only later, after his death, did they learn he was on dangerous night patrols.

Mary Kreinz said she was glad that the war is now ending.

"It's been too long," she said. "9/11 made us realize there are some vicious people out there in the world."

She said she understood why American soldiers were sent to Afghanistan that al Qaeda needed to be disbanded but she is at a loss to make much sense of what occurred.

"We can't be fighting everyone's wars," she said. "They're fighting about religion, fighting about things we don't understand, we don't have business in."

Mary and her husband keep their son's memory alive through a memorial scholarship through the Wisconsin Conservation Warden Association.

"I would love everybody to know what a gentleman he was," Mary Kreinz said of her son. "And how strong he was."

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Signing Day makes official what’s always been true Thomas Fidone is a Husker – Omaha World-Herald12.16.20

Like hes done every fall Saturday since before he can remember, Thomas Fidone settled in to watch and cheer on Nebraska football.

This was Nov. 21, nearly three months after the top-rated tight end in the Class of 2021 made national headlines when he committed to the Huskers in a televised ceremony. Taking in games as a pledge felt different if anything, he was even more invested in the process and the outcome than when he was a grade-school super fan.

Nebraska fell flat that day, losing at home 41-23 to Illinois to drop to 1-3. Fidone posted a message on social media, wondering what went wrong. As the television broadcast ended and the afternoon wore on, the Council Bluffs Lewis Central standout received at least a dozen calls or texts from coaches of other Power Five programs.

Just seemed like a good time to check in, theyd say.

Pretty much all told me the same thing: Come be a part of something great. Wed love you here, Fidone says. And some of it was hating on Nebraska.

Fidone didnt listen. How could he? His first outfit as a 3-year-old was a red Nebraska jersey with a little white plastic helmet. The Huskers were among the first to discover him, back when he was a relatively unknown lanky receiver who showed up at a 7-on-7 summer camp in Lincoln in 2019. He built relationships with fellow commits that far exceeded anything he experienced elsewhere.

In a way, Fidone has always been a Husker. It simply becomes official Wednesday. By January, the top-ranked prospect in coach Scott Frosts third full recruiting class will be on campus, interested only in the future of a team with which he has much history.

Ill compete with anybody in that tight end room, Fidone says. Theres no doubt in my mind that Ill be better than all of them at one point.

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Fidones first Nebraska outfit comes with a story. Come to think of it, his father recalls, it was the first time he thought his son might be well suited for football.

The two went outside to play, Thomas Jay Fidone and 3-year-old Thomas Jay Fidone II. On this particular fall day, the elder Fidone decided to introduce some contact. Little Thomas grinned when he took the first hit. The second came hard enough that his helmet popped off his head before he fell to the ground.

Father looked at son. You OK?

Hes like, Do it again, Dad, the elder Fidone recalls. Im like, Theres my Husker man!

The Fidone family is big and notoriously rowdy. The original Thomas Fidone is one of four boys to Salvatore II and Shirley along with Salvatore III, Rich and Mark. That meant the younger Fidone had plenty of cousins around growing up, especially when everyone gathered at grandma and grandpas house just outside Missouri Valley, Iowa, for Nebraska games.

Thomas Fidone is consideredthe No. 1 tight end among all 2021 prospects byRivals and 247 Sports.

The tradition dated back to when Fidones father and uncles were kidsand they would put a big speaker with the radio broadcast outside while they played football, imitating Nebraska heroes like Jarvis Redwine and Mike Rozier. Their own children witnessed their passion in later years multiple Fidone men have left marks on the basement ceiling from when they banged their heads jumping in anger or jubilation at however the Huskers were doing that day.

I dont know if you want to call us that loud Italian family, Mark Fidone says. But we were loud, wed scream. The little kids would kind of look at us, but they loved it.

Says the younger Thomas Fidone: There was a whole room filled with insane emotion of every play, of every game. It was basically a holiday every Saturday.

Fidone and his cousins mostly played football outside while the men hollered indoors. Often they would re-create the plays they heard described on television. Sometimes they made up their own. They always imagined it was happening in Memorial Stadium.

But as Fidones recruiting profile began to take off during his junior season, he realized childhood fandom couldnt have anything to do with how he evaluated schools. And it didnt.

Its hard for people to understand who havent been through the process, Fidone says. The relationships and the way I felt about that program was a lot better than any other program.

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Fidone can jump. He counted 27 in-game dunks from his junior year of varsity basketball.At last Januarys All-American Bowl combine, he touched higher than 12 feet, beyond the range of the device measuring him.

Thomas Fidone runs a sprint during the Warren Academy Top Prospects Showcase in July.

None of it compares to how fast hes risen in recruiting circles. Now hes the 6-foot-5, 235-pound teenager whom Rivals and 247Sports consider the No. 1 tight end among all 2021 prospects. But few knew who he was in December 2018 when he tried out for a 7-on-7 spot with the Warren Academy, a football training group run by former Husker defensive lineman Steve Warren.

The following summer the team competed in a camp tournament at Nebraska, playing nine games in a day and reaching the title game out of a field of opponents from around the Midwest. Recruiting websites that covered the event didnt even mention Fidone among 2021 players. Warren pointed him out to Frost and his staff, who hadnt heard of the receiver.

Lots of credit goes to Fidones father for his sons meteoric rise, Warren says, calling him an old-school guy who set high standards. The older Fidone, now an engineer with the City of Council Bluffs for waste management, had formerly played defensive line with the U.S. Air Force and later dabbled in semipro and arena football. In the 80s he raced dirt bikes, a pastime his son now often enjoys with his cousins at a rock quarry around Logan, Iowa.

It trickles down in that family, Warren says. Hard-working people, and Thomas brings a hard-hat mentality. Hes coming to work, and when hes out here, hes giving everything.

Indeed, Fidone was all-in by the time he received his first scholarship offer from Iowa in July 2019. Weightlifting every day, thanks to early guidance from then-Lewis Central teammate and current Iowa lineman Logan Jones. Dedication to the intricacies of being a receiver footwork, route-running, good hands. He caught 39 balls for 576 yards and seven touchdowns that junior season as the Titans reached the state semifinals.

Ill compete with anybody in that tight end room, Thomas Fidone said. Theres no doubt in my mind that Ill be better than all of them at one point.

We consider him a grinder, a guy that just loves to work, Lewis Central coach Justin Kammrad said. And its almost to the point that he works too much and doesnt give himself enough breaks because he wants to be the best on the field and the best in the state. All that work that he has put in has translated to success. His physical traits and his unbelievable work ethic and mentality of wanting to compete is what has separated him from a lot of other people.

Fidone broke out nationally in January 2020 after an elite showing at the All-American Bowl combine, where he ran a 4.7-second 40-yard dash and showed off his massive catch radius in one-on-one drills. Most top-level FBS programs offered from there, and well-known coaches began attending his basketball games and dropping by the school.

A bona fide national prospect, Fidone started to plan his all-expenses-paid official visits to schools hed never seen LSU, Michigan, Georgia, Notre Dame, maybe Alabama when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down recruiting in mid-March. He had already been to Lincoln and Iowa City more than half a dozen times each.

Thomas Fidone has finally found a college football home. And Nebraska has secured its tight end of the future.

The NCAA kept pushing back the dead period, keeping Fidones process in a holding pattern. Daily FaceTime sessions with LSU coach Ed Orgeron. Lots of phone calls and texts with other schools, including Frost and tight ends coach Sean Beckton at Nebraska. Some NU commits included him in a dunk contest on social media, which all begrudgingly agreed he won. Nearby Husker pledges quarterback Heinrich Haarberg (Kearney Catholic), linebacker Seth Malcom (Fremont-Mills in Iowa) and offensive linemen Henry Lutovsky (Mount Pleasant, Iowa) and Teddy Prochazka (Elkhorn South) drove him to Lincoln for an official visit with Nebraska players in early August.

When the dead period extended past September, Fidone knew he was ready to make his decision. In a sense, it was always Nebraska.

LSU finished second, he says, and Iowa third. And as strong as the Hawkeyes recent history is with developing tight ends George Kittle, Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson were all draft picks in the past three years Fidone says he didnt have the best relationship with mostof the Iowa staff. Plus, the man who developed those tight ends, assistant LeVar Woods, had moved to coordinate special teams.

I didnt want to join a program that was already decent, Fidone says. Iowas decent. I wanted to join a program that I wanted to turn around and be part of something great. Thats what were going to do in this 2021 class at Nebraska.

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The future could come quickly for Fidone in red and white.

Nebraska coaches tell him they project a big impact his freshman year. He could flex out wide or fill a hybrid tight end role, similar to Florida Gators star tight end Kyle Pitts. NU may return all four upperclassman tight ends on the roster in 2021, but Fidone represents the first prep recruit under Frost who may stick at the position. He is the third-highest-graded Nebraska recruit in the past decade via the 247 composite (.9604) behind only receiver Tyjon Lindsey (.9769 in 2017) and offensive lineman Turner Corcoran (.9749 in 2020). He is also one of three scholarship tight ends in the class along with James Carnie (Norris) and A.J. Rollins (Creighton Prep).

After gaining 40 pounds and two inches between his junior and senior seasons, Fidone traveled southwest Iowa in the fall giving previews of whats to come. He set a school record with 244 receiving yards on nine catches one week. He made 43 grabs overall for 845 yards and 10 touchdowns in 10 games while frequently facing double and triple teams.

Fidone says his blocking needs some work, but thats no problem for someone who embraces the grind like he does. He sees that trait in his future Nebraska teammates too, guys who will help bring consistent success back to Lincoln.

Were a few stupid mistakes away from winning, Fidone says of the 2020 Huskers. One more year will make a difference. Were just young. Once we get acclimated to the system and ready to ball, I know were going to turn this thing.

Jumping and screaming with every play will be the entire Fidone clan. Thomas plays for them, too, especially Uncle Sal, who was killed in a roadside accident while filling potholes on an Omaha street in January 2017 at age 48. He wore No. 24 to remember the day Sal died (Jan. 24) and has a tattoo on the left side of his chest in his honor.

The elder Thomas Fidone says his late brother was like a second father to his son. At those chaotic Saturday family gatherings over the years, both men heard time and again from the boy whose dream it was to be the reason his family was jumping.

He always said, Someday, someday, not realizing that someday is an actual day that I hope well see soon, the elder Fidone says. Its almost like a family tradition that continues to go on. To actually see it and have someone you know thats in it, its going to mean so much more.

Nebraska football's 2020-21 recruiting class

St. Thomas More Prep (Tex.) athlete Marques Buford

Omaha Westside safety Koby Bretz.

Norris tight end James Carnie

Buford (Ga.) running back Gabe Ervin

Council Bluffs Lewis Central tight end Thomas Fidone

Irvington (N.J.) linebacker Mikai Gbayor

Palmetto Ridge (Fla.) wide receiver Kamonte Grimes

Kearney Catholic quarterback Heinrich Haarberg

Camden County (Ga.) wide receiver Shawn Hardy

Washington (S.D.) outside linebacker Randolph Kpai

Mount Pleasant (Iowa) offensive lineman Henry Lutovsky

Fremont-Mills (Iowa) linebacker Seth Malcom

Hightower (Tex.) wide receiver Latrell Neville

Miami (Fla.) Northwestern outside linebacker Patrick Payton

Elkhorn South offensive tackle Teddy Prochazka

Omaha Creighton Prep tight end AJ Rollins

Buford (Ga.) defensive back Malik Williams

Grantsville (Utah) offensive tackle Branson Yager

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