Hall High School will be inducting the 1973 Red Devil football team into the school’s Hall of Fame on Sept. 12. It needs your help to get those players there.
The 1973 Red Devils of Kelly Kane finished with a 9-0-1 record and is the last undefeated team Hall has had in any sport. Their tie game came against Geneseo, 14-14. The IHSA playoffs started the next year, so the Red Devils missed out on a state championship run.
While many members of the ‘73 team remain in the area, some are not. It is hoped by listing all their names here, area relatives will see them and contact them. If you have information on these players or are a relative, you are asked to contact Frank Colmone at 815-664-4789 or Mike Argubright at 815-664-2785 so these players may be included during the Hall of Fame ceremony.
Here’s a rundown of the team including captains Argubright, Jack McNally and John Romaneli, Ray Bland, John Carey, Gene Cattani, Bill Chandler, Joe Cruz, Bob Coutts, Steve Davito, Rick Donna, Barney Fitton, Tim Garland, Nick and Joe DeMoss, Ron Faletti, Tom Jaskowiak, Paul Kasperski, Ray Lehn, Bob Lund, Pete Lunn, Bob Moats, Dale Olson, Jim Polster, Mike Pyszka, Rich Quartucci, Greg Reynolds, Mike Scheri, John Schultz, Tom Spelich, Jim Swingel, Tom Trumpinski, John Wallaert and Mick Weberski.
The 1973 squad will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sept. 12 between games at Nesti Stadium along with the undefeated 1928 Hall football team and Hall great Rollie Himes and “Friend of Hall” Jerry Stank.
• There’s nothing quite like having the town’s football team win on Friday night, like those Red Devils did in 1928 and 1973. In this case, Saturday. The Princeton Tigers gave their community something it hadn’t had for in quite a while, a winner.
It had been 20 games since the Tigers had last won on the gridiron when they downed Morrison 35-7. According to my research, it was the longest losing streak in program history.
It was a win well deserved by a coaching staff and team who have worked hard to win despite naysayers along the way.
The students swarmed the field to congratulate their classmates and friends; and the coach got dumped on by the water bucket.
It doesn’t get better than this.
Kevin Hieronymus is the BCR Sports Editor. Contact him at email@example.com