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Gazette-Mail (Newspaper) - December 26, 1965, Charleston, West Virginia PARADE'S THIRD ANNUAL ALL-AMERICA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM by HASKELL COHEN ho will be the great football stars of the 1970's Jimmy Browns, Johnny Unitases, Cookie Gil- christs of tomorrow? The answer may be among the selections for PARADE'S third annual high school All-America foot- ball team. As in the past, PARADE talked to hundreds of high school, college and pro football coaches and scouts. They, together with sportswriters who spe- cialize in covering high school activities, were asked to choose the best players from the thousands who played for the nation's high school football teams this year. A total of 33 boys were picked and divided into three squads (only a whisper divides the third from the first The starting line presents plenty of beef at a 216-pound average. The high school grid hot- Texas, Ohio and dominate the PAKADE squads, although a total of 17 states are represented among the 33 players. FIRST TEAM DENNIS WIRGOWSKI, End, Bay City, Mich., Central H.S., 6-5, 226. Mike Sturm, Bay City Times sports editor, says, "He is the best we've had in 20 years." Considering that Jim Kanicki, Cleveland Brown tackle, and Jerry Gross, U. of Detroit All-America, preceded Wirgowski, Sturm's evaluation speaks for itself. Bay City team rated No. 1 in Michigan. JOHN EBERSOLE, Tackle, Altoona, Pa., H.S., 6-2, 215. Sever Toretti, Penn State assistant athletic director, writes, consider John Ebersole one of the finest interior linemen I have ever seen in the state." A standout on both offense and defense for one of Penn- sylvania's better high school elevens, Ebersole also han- dles kickoff chores. JOHN DETHMAN, Guard, Wy'East H.S., Hood River, Ore., 6-0, 210. Made All-State as a sophomore. Only N.F.L. stars Terry Baker and Mel Renfro ever rated such attention in soph seasons. In his first six games this year he blocked two punts and accounted for an amazing 125 yards lost by opponents as he drove in for tackles behind the line of scrimmage. PAUL MARKS, Center, Washington H.S., Massfflon, Ohio, 6-0, 200. Coach Bob Shaw of Niles, Ohio McKinley H.S. writes, "I have scouted him in four games and he led his team to a 22-8 victory over us in a fifth game. He is outstanding on offense and as a linebacker." VITO RACANELU, Guard, Weber H.S., Chicago, 111., DENNIS 6-1, 215. Probably best line prospect in Illinois and the most sought-after football player in that area since Dick Butkus graduated from high school. He averaged 13 unassisted tackles per game. At the end of the sea- son he played halfback to relieve an injury-riddled backfield. CHARLES HENDRICKS, Tackle, Robert E. Lee H.S., Bay town, Tex., 6-4, 230. "He's so big and strong that he can whip an entire side of the line by one college recruiter remarked after watching this giant at work. His agility and quickness made possible over ten tackles per game. In addition to two-way play, he averaged 39 yards on punts. RICH SAUL, End, Butler, Pa., H.S., 6-3, 212. Comes from a football family, brother with Pittsburgh Steel- ers. Butler is not a passing team, but Saul had five T.D.'s on 20 passes with two games remaining to be played. Rated best defensive end in the state. Ranks scholastically in upper fifth of senior class of 900. DARRELL CHANEY, Back, Morton H.S., Hammond, Ind., 6-0, 177. All-State quarterback on both UPI and AP polls. A magician with the ball, he directs the club, does the passing, punting and runs when necessary. Halfback on defense, Chancy stole many passes for state's number one team. BUB DEERINWATER, Back, S.H. Rider H.S., Wichita Falls, Tex., 6-0, 196. "He is as near the complete football player as I have ever seen in high school. A great competitor, he also is a standout defensively, either in secondary or at says mentor Joe Bob Tyler. He rushed for 763 yards and ten T.D.'s in his first five games. Bub is of Cherokee Indian descent. His team rated among top ten in Texas. GREG JONES, Back, South San Francisco, Calif., H.S., 6-0, 180. Despite illness and an injured ankle, Jones averaged 166 yards per game in the early part of the season. Named "Player of the Year" as a junior in league competition. Also all-league in basketball and has solid" A-minus scholastic average. ROGER GANN, Back, Fayetteville, N.C., H.S., 6-2, 202. Through his first seven games he scored 16 T.D.'s. Had 8.6 average per carry. Three times had three touchdowns in a single game. Coach Red Wilson says, "Roger has Billy Cannon's speed and strength, and potentially is as fine a runner as Jimmy Brown, with the same power and quickness." JOHN JOHN DETHMAN-SUMO PAUL VITO CHARLES RICH DARRELL BUB GREG ROGER SECOND TEAM POS. NAME SCHOOL NT. WT. E Terry DeKraai Wilson H.S., Long Beach, Calif. 6-1 190 T Forrest Wiegand Edna, Tex., H.S. 6-2 190 C Dave Wtiitfield Washington H.S., Massillon Ohio 6-0 175 C Tim Backhus Moeller H.S., Cincinnati, Ohio 5-11 195 6 Glenn Halsell Permian H.S., Odessa, Tex. 5-10 195 T George StarKe New Rochelle, N.Y., H.S. 6-3 220 E Ray Parson Uniontown, Pa., H.S. 6-5 230 B Lewis H. Ritcherson Moore H.S., Waco, Tex. 6-1 180 Roosevelt Robinson Ashland, Ohio, H.S. 6-1 192 B Wesley Garnett Westinghouse H.S., Pittsburgh, Pa. 6-2 190 B Reggie Smith West Point, Neb., Catholic H.S. 6-0 205 THIRD TEAM NAME SCHOOL NT. WT. E Jim Mandich Solon, Ohio, H.S. 6-3 210 T Mike Ballou Los Angeles H.S., Calif. 6-3 190 Don Murphy Aquinas H.S., La Crosse, Wis. 6-0 195 Mickey Rosier Alhambra, Calif., H.S. 6-2 200 Mike Rendler Mullen H.S., ft. Logan, Colo. 5-11 210 Alvin Samples Tarrant, Ala., H.S. 6-2 215 Ron Young Agawam, Mass., H.S. 6-2 260 Brian Healy Sandusky, Ohio, H.S. 6-1 175 Charles Pittman Edmondson H.S., Baltimore, Md. 6-0 185 Pete Moore Hopkinsville, Ky., H.S. 6-0 190 Tom Nash Holy Cross H.S., Flushing, N.Y. 6-1 225
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