Aug 02

The Bowling Ball

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the Red Grange Tigers Conquered Illinois High School Football

Fullback Phil Adler (dubbed the Bowling Ball by teammates) churns out the yards during the Tigers’ 1992 Championship season. On the season, Adler would churn out 2,043 yards and score 28 touchdowns in leading the Tiger football program to its first-ever state title.

Aug 01

In the Mud

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the Red Grange Tigers Conquered Illinois High School Football

Fullback Phil Adler gets down and dirty during the Tigers’ 16-0 semifinal round victory over Rockford Boylan in 1992.

Jul 31

Running with Authority

Fullback Phil Adler takes the handoff from quarterback Ben Klaas during the Tigers' 1992 championship season.

Running back Jim Johnson takes the handoff from quarterback Ben Klaas during the Tigers’ 1992 championship season.

Jul 30

The Mud Bowl

Running back and team captain Phil Adler fights for yardarge in the Tigers' 16-0 victory over Rockford Boylan in the 1992 semifinals. The win would give the Tigers their date with destiny in the 1992 title game.

Running back and team captain Phil Adler fights for yardarge in the Tigers’ 16-0 victory over Rockford Boylan in the 1992 semifinals. The win would give the Tigers their date with destiny in the 1992 title game.

Jul 18

Title Town, Illinois

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the 'Red Grange' Tigers Conquered Illinois High School Football

The Tigers celebrate their double overtime victory over Joliet Catholic Academy to win the 1992 Illinois Class 5A title.

Jul 17

Champion in the Making

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the 'Red Grange' Tigers Conquered Illinois High School Football

The 1992 Illinois Class 5A State Champion Wheaton Warrenville South Tigers

Jul 16

The Price of Watching History

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the 'Red Grange' Tigers Conquered Illinois High School Football

Entrance to the 1992 Class 5A and 6A football title games costs a mere $6 for the opportunity to watch history being made as Wheaton Warrenville South outdueled Joliet Catholic Academy 40-34 in double overtime while DVC rival Naperville North topped Loyola Academy 21-11 for the 6A title — the first time two teams from the same conference had both won state titles.

Jul 15

You always remember your first

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the 'Red Grange' Tigers Conquered Illinois High School Football

Coach John Thorne (center) and (left to right) Ben Klaas, Mike LaFido, Steve Schnurstein, Christian Olsen, Kasey Klaas, Phil Adler, David Brumfield, Coach Ron Muhitch, Joe Remes and Doug MacLeod celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their 1992 state title.

Jul 14

Growing Pains

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the 'Red Grange' Tigers Conquered Illinois High School Football

1991 Tiger football captains and Coach John Thorne accept the Runner-Up trophy after the team’s heartbreaking 21-14 loss to Chicago Mt. Carmel in the Class 5A title game. The gut-wrenching, last-minute defeat would become the battle cry of the magical season that was to come.