Jun 28

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Giant Slayers

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Tiger kicker Chris Johnson (#23) celebrates his game-winning field goal against nationally ranked Oak Lawn Richards in the 1991 playoffs. The 17-15 victory propelled the Tigers to a semifinal round matchup with Joliet Catholic Academy.

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 25

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Winging It

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

Filling in at quarterback for the injured Andy Lutzenkirchen, defensive back Christian Wing runs the offense against the Glenbard East Rams. The 27-12 victory for the battered and bruised Tigers kept alive Wheaton Central’s 1990 hopes of advancing to its first-ever state title game against Chicago Mt. Carmel .

Jun 24

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Tiger Mania

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

Wheaton Central fans cheer on their team during the Tigers’ 7-0 victory over Deerfield in the 1990 semifinal playoff round. The victory would send the program to its first-ever state title game against Chicago Mt. Carmel.

Jun 24

The Ghosts of Wheaton — One-Two Punch

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

Fullback Phil Adler (#32) clears the way for running back Bobby Nelson (#2) during the Tigers’ 16-0 semifinal round playoff victory over Rockford Boylan that earned Wheaton Warrenville South a trip to the 1992 Illinois Class 5A state championship game. The rest, as they say, is history …

Jun 23

The Ghosts of Wheaton — That Next Step

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

Tiger linebacker Tom Cione (# 44) celebrates during Wheaton Central’s 7-0 victory over Deerfield in the semifinal round of the 1990 playoffs. The victory propelled the Tigers into their first-ever state championship game.

Jun 21

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Winning Combination

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

After two decades as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator, Ron Muhitch took the reins of the proud program in 2002. His record as Tiger head coach stands at 118-29 record – an .803 winning percentage with three state titles and two second-place finishes.

Jun 21

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Taking the Next Step

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

Wheaton Central/Wheaton Warrenville South Coach John Thorne took over an average football program in 1980 and by 1988 had turned it into an annual contender. Thorne retired from Tiger football after the 2001 season with a 181-65 record (a .736 winning percentage) and four state titles and two second-place finishes in 22 years.