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 05

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Dominating Defense

The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the 1992 'Red Grange' Tigers Conquered Illinois High School Football

Tiger defenders Steve St. Meyer (#4), Christian Olsen (#44) and David “Moose” Mickelsen (#92) stop a Lake Forest running back for a loss during the 1992 playoffs. During the 1992 regular season, the Tiger defense allowed only six offensive touchdowns and trailed only once – for three-and-a-half minutes – while outscoring opponents by an average of 30-6. “I’ve never been on a team that had that level of motivation,” team captain and starting fullback Phil Adler said. “We never worried about anything but the next play. We never thought in terms of winning or losing. We only thought about dominating the football game. We never had to worry about our guys not giving every ounce of effort.”

Jul 02

The Ghosts of Wheaton — The World

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

Tiger linebacker and team captain Christian “The World” Olsen returns an interception against Niles Notre Dame during the 1992 playoffs. The 52-0 domination of the Dons avenged the ghost of the Tigers’ devastating 6-3 “Snow Bowl” defeat during the 1989 playoffs that denied the program its first-ever title game appearance.

Jun 26

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Bunny Ears

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

Tiger players practice at the new Grange Field at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in the summer of 1992. There’s a funny story about this picture. You can ask Coach John Thorne or team captains Pete Economos or Christian Olsen about it … or you can read all about it in The Ghosts of Wheaton.

Jun 26

The Ghosts of Wheaton — A New Grange Field

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

Tiger captains Pete Economos and Christian Olsen at the Dedication of Red Grange Field at the new Wheaton Warrenville South High School in 1992. The Tigers did Grange proud with a 34-19 victory over Glenbard South.

 

Jun 17

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Oh Captain, my Captain

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

1992 Wheaton Warrenville South football Captains Christian Olsen, Phil Adler, Pete Economos and Ben Klaas enter the stadium in search of gridiron glory.