50TH ANNIVERSARY ATHLETIC BLOG--TURN THE CLOCK BACK TUESDAY

FALL 1966-THE MUSTANG ATHLETIC TRADITION BEGINS

Although DGS opened the doors in 1964, the first year of varsity sports was 1966.  DGS joined the Des Plaines Valley Conference along with East Leyden, Glenbard East, Morton West, Proviso West, West Leyden, and Willowbrook.  The conference would change over the years until we finally landed in today's WSC Gold.  More on conference changes in a later Blog.

 

DGS competed in a total of 8 sports: football and cross country in the fall, basketball and wrestling in the winter, and in the spring, baseball, golf, tennis, and track and field.   These sports were for boys only;  the girls participated in cheer and dance until the Girls Athletic Association gave them opportunities in sports and then finally Title IX.

 

Being the first year for varsity sports with only three classes of students, ther wins did not come easy.  Yet the fall season was not without it's successes and it was clear the future was bright.

  

-The sophomore boys cross country team won the conference for coach Kegebein and the varsity team had two All Conference runners in Engstrom and Ryan.

-Coach Sig Harbak’s football team had two All-Conference players.  They were fullback Eric Tweedy (who was also team MVP) and guard Norm Riha.  The sophomore team went 5-1 finishing 2nd in the DPVC.

 

Interesting tid bit:  

The Caracole had this to say about the Fillies,  "Their Columbia blue blouses, dark blue skirts and vests, and small light blue felt cowboy hats identify the Fillies in a crowded gym or football stadium

"

 

9/7/2014 4:38 AM

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