By saying that, I mean this. When you induct two football teams in one year, it is quite a bit of work.
There are a lot of people that you have to get in contact with. Our committee has attempted to call every member of the two football teams at least twice, and we have sent out a mailing to everyone on the two teams. The fact is those two means of contact do not guarantee success.
It has been over 40 years since the 1971 and 1972 TCHS football teams dominated on the gridiron. Over nearly half a century, many of the football legends have moved far away, and figuring out some phone numbers and addresses has become as difficult as Chinese arithmetic. That said, there is a huge number of the state championship teams coming in for the Hall of Fame ceremonies. There are, however, a few members that we have not heard from yet. I am hoping that the good readers of Coach’s Corner will help me out.
Here are the folks that have not answered the letters we sent or returned phone calls. It could be possible that the addresses and numbers we have are outdated. HELP PLEASE!
Does anybody know how to contact the following players and managers: Don Grubbs, Jim Henning, Oscar Jessup, Sonny Thomas, James Tyler and Johnny Walles. Also, there are a few managers who have not responded including: Kenneth Wadlington, Danny Siegler and Charlie Wharton. If anybody can help our committee with these remaining few names, please contact me at 270-350-0767.
As we approach the induction ceremony, my closing thoughts are these. I have always known that the ‘71 and ‘72 football teams were loaded with talent. Through talking with them on the phone, I became more and more impressed with the sense of team that they had. One thing that stood out to me was the respect that the starters have for the guys on the second string who took a pounding every day in practice.
Speaking of respect, I hope the cafeteria will be full of Trigg County folks Saturday morning. It will be a great time of celebration and reunion. There will even be videos of the two state championship games playing in the background. The doors open at 10 a.m. and the program starts at 11. See you there.
Enthusiasm Makes the Difference
Mike Wright is the former head coach of boys basketball and cross country at Trigg County High School. Emails concerning Coach’s Corner can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.