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Chicago Community Publications (Newspaper) - November 24, 1971, Chicago, Illinois Community publications wednesday november 24,1971 Page 9they�?Tre shrine bowl bound its a dream come True for these West Northwest area players who have been a major Factor in bringing the Wright Junior College football team the first bowl bid in the schools history. In the photo on the left is a Grid quartet which did its High school playing at Steinmetz. They Are from left Tom Voss John St. John Guz Kezios and pay Goduto. The Trio in the Center Are James Frazer from Crane Kevin Keag from Prosser and Ronald Ray from Orr. And the Bunch on the right Are Grinders who did their High school stints in area Catholic schools. They Are from left Frank Calabrese Weber Cliff Leahy Fenwick Luis Medina James Golden Nick Patella and Fred Miller All of Weber and Larry Lesniak of St. Phillip. sex Tiger coaches Wright by nails Florio and it could t have happened to a nicer Guy lest you be confused we re talking about Wright Junior College football coach Ernie Wickstrom who has piloted the Austin Boulevard eleven to the Pinnacle of Junior College Success a bowl bid our first recollection of Ernie came 25 years ago when he was lugging the leather for the Grid tigers during Bill Heiland s hey Deys at Austin. Wickstrom was a hardworking plugged in those Days and he has been Ever since. During his two year stint at Marshall his five year stay at Prosser and his six year term to Date at Wright Wickstrom has won the admiration of All his colleges As Well As his underlings on the Gridiron. From the standpoint of the probing journalist he has been without a peer accommodating and gracious at All times. Our biggest Hope at the moment is that he and his band of hard charging rams put the icing on a glorious season by coming Home with a Green county shrine bowl Crown under their arms. We repeat it could t have happened to a nicer Guy. By Way of coincidence the coaches of the two Public league teams that will Battle this coming saturday in Soldier Field for the City football championship were both assistants at Austin at one time. They Are Joe Stepanek of Morgan Park whose Mustangs rolled Over perennially powerful vocational last saturday 40 to 14, and Mike pols of Sullivan Semi final achievement was especially noteworthy since the tigers became the first White division team to make it to the title game in three years. Incidentally pols did his High school playing for Sullivan. It was a lean year Grid Wise for the Fenwick friars but that did no to take any Luster off of the Fine play of John Cahill. Cahill a senior was chosen to the All Catholic defensive team As a linebacker and was it named to the second offensive team. Mike Coyne of Weber a hard hitting tackle was named to both first teams. The Lawless awards Given in Honor of the venerable Fenwick athletic director. Tony Lawless went to Bill Marek of St. Rita As the outstanding player and Chuck Kelly of my Carmel As the top coach. Amos Alonzo Stagg bowl game tomorrow will not be played in Soldier Field As initially planned. It will be played instead at the Phenix City Columbus memorial stadium shared by the communities in Phonix City al., and Columbus. Sanford University of Birmingham Ala. Lack of enthusiasm and limited ticket sales were the main reasons the game was taken away from Soldier Field. And while we appreciate that Park District officials were enthusiastic about bringing a bowl game to our fair City we could also predict that it would fail since there is really no identity in our City with the teams involved. Nother Champion for North Austin North Austin boys club has another championship Teany the heavy lights of the George Halas league. The lights clinched the championship recently by beating Downers Grove 20 to 0. The touchdowns were scored by ends Bob Panuncialman and de Feley and fullback Jim Lapitino. This topped off a season in which the lights led by head coach Ken Depaola and his assistants Dale Smith and Bill Calabrese compiled an 11-1 record. The teams offence scored 344 Points which was chiefly done by the throwing of quarterback Del Erlandson the pass catching of end Pat do Andrea and running backs Tim Moylan Steve Johnson Frank Caputo and Lew Alfet to. The offensive line of Frank orto Bill Dorety Carmen Presto Tom of Donnell and Ted Strandt contributed greatly to the cause. The team s Strong defense which permitted Only 58 Points also boasted some outstanding individuals defensive ends Tim Mylan and Carmen Presto linebackers Tom of Donnell and George Ivanoff safety Pat do Andrea and guard Frank Caputo. Many of these boys will be headed for the Florida bowl today wednesday with another Triumph in mind. Into shrine bowl game unbeaten champs Hie North Austin boys Hub s Junior varsity team pictured Here with their coaches cheerleaders and mascots came Home from Glen Ellyn last sunday afternoon with the Chicago suburban league title tucked under their arms. They had blanked Glen Ellyn 26 to 0, in the championship game played in Glenbarr West s stadium. It was the twelfth Victory in As Many starts this season for the crack boys club eleven whose running Star Steve Abruzzo tallied three More touchdowns. Top Row from left Are coach Rich Greco coach Yale Corcoran Jim Thompson de Kartheiser Alex Gatziolis John Walsh Tom Yardley and coach Bob Kahn second Row Trainer Mike Dorsey Mike Lupa capt. Steve Abruzzo Bob Quinn Frank Calistro Dan Frasco co captained Kinsella co Captain Joe Kielbasa and coach Mike Vaia third Row Jim Mcguire Mike Caronti Jim Wheeler co Captain Bryan holy Joe Mcmahon and Glenn Tuntland fourth Row Pat Dorsey Frank Randazzo Steve Colling Brian Giampoli scan Murphy Nick Digregorio Bob Hanrahan and Scott Volin cheerleaders Rosemary Bastone Barbara Becket Mimi Deluca Jodeen of Donnell Colleen Burke Dana Morelli Rosemary Dibenedetto Sabrina Louis and Chris Altman. The two mascots in the front Are Donna Abruzzo and Debbi Corcoran. Boys club to Florida North Austin boys club Grinders Are off today wednesday on another bowl junket. When the Eastern airlines chartered plane takes off from of Hare for Florida it will have on it players from three North Austin teams 60 parents a Host of coaches and boys club officers headed by director John of Gara and league president Jim Dorsey and a band of cheerleaders. A total of 135 will be in the party. The three teams that will represent North Austin in three games saturday evening against Merritt Island on the Cocoa Beach High school Field Are the Junior varsity 125 pounds and under the lights too and under and the pee Wees 85 and under. The Junior varsity is the unbeaten Winner of the Chicago suburban league and has on its roster Steve Abruzzo who shattered All club scoring records this season with a total of 50 touchdowns in 12 games. The pee Wees Are co champions of the Chicago suburban league. While in Florida the youths will be taken on an extensive sight seeing tour. Bear kicker to Bare Bear facts tuesday friars win hockey opener Are the Chicago bears Chiba go so a cinderellas team super bowl bound can they emerge As number one in the Power Laden varsity wins varsity unit of the North Austin boys club closed its Grid season on a Victory note by defeating Maryville Academy in Desplaines 14 to 8. Touchdowns were scored by Kevin Kapustka and Mark Sitkowski. Sitkowski also ran Over for two additional Points. The varsity unit which won four out of its last five games was 6-4 in Hamas league play and 6-5 for the season. The team was coached by Mel Williams. With the schools 1971 football history already in the archives Fenwick High school sports fans Are getting ready to direct their attention to three other major sports that will soon be in full swing hockey basketball and swimming. The hockey sextet coached by Paul Hruby has already had its first game a convincing win Over it. Carmel 4 to i and will resume its Catholic league schedule this coming sunday against St. Rita at 6 15 . . All games Are played in the Ridgeland commons rink at Ridgeland and Lake in Oak Park. All in All the Friar hockey team will play in 13 games before taking part in the playoffs on feb. 20. On saturday dec. 4 the team will journey to Milwaukee to meet the University High team. The Fenwick High school basketball teams started heir warm up Campaign last Friday by entertaining Mendel. The Friar Cage destinies will again be guided by de Galvin of Elmwood Park who is also the assistant athletic director at the school. His coaching assistants Are Mike Goldrick 1817 n. Lotus and George Salituro 7428 Belmont. All games Are played in the Ridgeland commons rink at Ridgeland and Lake in Oak Park. All in All the Friar hockey team will play in 13 games before taking part in the playoffs on feb. 20. On saturday dec. 4 the team will journey to Milwaukee to meet the University High team. There Are la warm up games on the friars schedule. During the from dec. 17 through dec. 20 the seniors will participate in the knights of Columbus tournament. The juniors will be Host at Fenwick from dec. 26 through dec. 30of the 33rd annual pre season olympics basketball tournament. League play will Start on Jan. 7 at Loyola Academy. Fenwick a perennial powerhouse in swimming will Start its 1971-1972 schedule on sunday dec. 5 5 against it. Carmel. The Friar tank men coached by Bob Groseth and his assistant Terry Townsend will continue through March 12 when the senior championship finals will be held at Loyola Academy. The Fenwick water Polo team just recently captured third straight Catholic league water Polo championship by defeating Loyola 6 to 4. Inami Central division of the National football league can a Prince charming Bobby Douglass keep his Majic formula alive George Halas the Tightwad he a reported to be for the answers to these and other questions the place to be next tuesday evening at 8 of clock is our lady help of christians school Hall 847 n. Leamington. Mac Percival place kicking specialist for the Chicago bears will be the featured speaker at the menus athletic clubs annual football night. Admission is $2.00 for adults $1 of for High school students and fifty cents for Grade school kids. Refreshments will be available and Raffles held for some nifty door prizes. Athletic club president Edward Sherlock and Moderator Rev. John p. Calix guarantee an informative and enjoyable evening and extend a special invitation to All a football widows. This is their special Chance committee members say to Garner some inside information As to Why this particular athletic contest a turns men on. Fathers and sons Are encouraged to take the ladies in the House to this colourful event. The doors will open at 7 . Children must be accompanied by adults. Thanks to the coaching wizardry of one time Austin High school Star Ernie Wickstrom and a gang of talented Grinders Many of whom won their spurs in West Northwest area High schools before going to College the Wilbur Wright Junior College will be represented next week in the first annual Green country shrine bowl at Tahlequah okla. Wright which finished its regular season with an 8-1 Mark will meet northeastern a or m of Miami okla., which this season had a 7-2 Mark proceeds from the game will go to shiners crippled children a hospitals. The game will be played on dec. 4. Wright is the first Chicago area College to have been represented in a Grid bowl game. And the rams reached this Pinnacle despite being set Back in their opener Back on sept. 18 by Illinois Valley College 20 to 12. From that Point on they bowled Over in order Centerville Community College Thornton Junior College Harper College Prairie state College Joliet Junior College Rock Valley College College of Dupage and Kennedy King College. The setback in the opener occurred largely because of the loss of Steve Desecki one time Prosser High school quarterback who in 1970 was the second leading passer in the nation. Oddly enough it was another Prosser Field general Kevin Keag who filled in the quarterback breach for the rams and has developed into one of the nations finest Junior College quarterbacks. The cagy 160 Pound Field general has completed 87 out of 162 passes for a 53.7 per cent average. Seventeen of his passes have gone for touchdowns. He has averaged Over 170 Yards per game. Keggs scintillating performance has placed him in the running for All America honors together with tight end Pat Goduto from Steinmetz High school and Ronald Ray outside linebacker from Orr High school. Goduto led the rams with 33 pass receptions in 46 attempts while Ray led the defensive unit with 47 Solo tackles 36 tackle assists three interceptions and one Fumble recovery. Coaching the rams to the bowl bid is the highlight of Wickstrom a Grid career which started with Bill Heiland a Austin Grid teams of 1944, 1945 and 1946. In the �?T46 Campaign the last for Wickstrom the tigers won All their games in sectional play but had to forfeit five of them because of the ineligibility of one player Bob Phillips who was found to be Over age. Phillips has for years been a Hollywood actor. After graduating from Austin Wickstrom attended Northern Illinois University where he excelled for the huskies As a Back. He was named the teams most valuable player in 1950. Wickstrom a first coaching stint was As a practice assistant at Austin in 1951 with his former coach Bill Heiland. He then spent two years at Marshall and five at Prosser before going on to Wright where he is now completing his sixth season. His two coaching assistants Are Ronald Altpeter and r. Dennis Lewis. The four Austin area contributions to the Wright Junior College bowl bound eleven Are from left James Tate Kelvyn Wallace and Houston Wiley who performed for the tigers during their prep Days and Allen Grier now an Austin resident who had played for the Farragut admirals. Austin bears lose Austin bears Hopes of returning to championship form were erased by a Tough defending Champion Clearing Brewers team last sunday in Lane tech stadium As the Brewers won the playoff game 14 to 0. A pass interference Call led to the first Brewers tally. The second came late in the game after a desperation attempt by the bears deep in their own territory. The Brewers will meet the gladiators this sunday in Rockne stadium for the Chica Goland football league Crown. The gladiators won an overtime tussle from the bulls last sunday 25 to 1�

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