Jul 01

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Climbing That Hill

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

The Tiger defense defends against the Joliet Catholic Academy offense during the 1991 playoffs. The 28-6 victory over the Mike Alstott-led Hilltoppers gave the Tigers their second shot at Chicago Mt. Carmel in the state title game.

Jun 30

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Tiger Blood

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

There are a handful of names that best evoke the aura of Tiger football. Red Grange is the obvious first name that comes up. A strong argument can be made that the second is fullback and 1992 team captain Phil Adler.

Jun 27

The Ghosts of Wheaton — What Dreams are Made Of

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

Tiger offensive lineman Chris Kirby cradles what he and his teammates had dreamed about for years — the Illinois Class 5A State Championship trophy after their 40-34 double overtime victory over Joliet Catholic in 1992.

Jun 23

The Ghosts of Wheaton — The Brown Bomber

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

Wheaton Central quarterback Jeff Brown launches a pass against Oak Lawn in the 1991 playoffs. The Tigers’ 34-0 victory was a crucial step to the Tigers’ march toward the 1991 Illinois Class 5A state championship game.

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.