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Gridiron Alumni offers chance to suit up one more time

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:35 p.m. CST

Are you an old football player who would like to strap on the pads one more time and hit somebody on the gridiron? Here’s your chance.

Gridiron Alumni travels the nation pitting old football rivals against each other one more time. It is seeking interested area players to participate in a local full-contact, full-pad alumni game

Wouldn’t it be nice to see some old grudge matches reignited with the likes of Princeton’s Nate Norman butting heads again against the likes of Joey Reed and the old gang at Hall High School?

Who wouldn’t like to see former Bureau Valley star Garrett Barnas play again along with other members of the Storm’s state championship team?

Players from the local area are invited to register and play.  The first 40 players on each team get to play. The team that gets 30 people registered first gets home field advantage.

In conjunction with games, Gridiron Alumni helps schools set up fundraisers for the alumni events.

For more information, visit www.gridironalumni.com.

Going into the Hall: Neponset official Dave Mueller will be inducted into the lllinois Basketball Coaches Association Saturday in Normal. He has officiated three IHSA State tournaments in his long career. He will be joined for enshrinement with his longtime game partner, Chuck Frail.

Also to be honored Saturday, is Chips Giovanine, who will received the Buzzy O’Connor Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously. Giovanine, who had a highly successful coaching career at Bureau Township, Buda Western and LaSalle-Peru high schools, learned of his honor prior to his passing this January.

• We lost another member of the Famous Five with the passing of Gary Mulally, 76, in his Washington, Ill. home. He was one of the starters for coach Don Sheffer’s 1955 Princeton Tigers that captured the hearts of the whole community and north-central Illinois with their mythical march to the IHSA State Tournament in Champaign. The Tigers captured fourth-place in the one-class system. No PHS team has made it back to the State Tournament.

Teammate Joe Ruklick said Mulally’s humor and easy-going encouragement kept the team loose, often using his uncanny ability to imitate the voices of movie stars of the day.

The Famous Five consisted of Mulally, Ruklick, Lew Flinn, Forrie Finn and the late Dick Hult. Sheffer also passed in recent years.

Mulally also played football for PHS and was a state track qualifier. He served as a member of the chain gang for Washington High School football for more than 20 years.

My condolences to the Mulally family.

Kevin Hieronymus is the BCR Sports Editor. Contact him at khieronymus@bcrnews.com

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