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.

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.

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.

Jun 17

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Class and Sportsmanship

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

The 1992 Wheaton Warrenville South Tigers exhibited class and sportsmanship on and off the field as they gave the proud program its first-ever state football title.

Jun 16

The Ghosts of Wheaton — The Red Grange Tigers

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

With his players surrounding him in the first practice in the summer of 1992, Tiger Coach John Thorne explained that they were no longer the Wheaton Central Tigers. He also understood that they might not be ready to call themselves the Wheaton Warrenville South Tigers. “So maybe instead this season, we can just be the Red Grange Tigers,” Thorne told them.

Jun 16

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Dawn of a new Era

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Bruised and battered Wheaton Central running back Marvell Scott looks for running room in the Tigers’ 7-0 1990 semifinal round playoff victory over undefeated Deerfield that propelled the program into its first-ever state title game.

Jun 15

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Up & Over

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Wheaton Warrenville South quarterback Ben Klaas goes airborne to score in the Tigers’ 34-13 victory over undefeated Class 6A 5th-rated Naperville Central during the 1992 regular season.

Jun 15

The Ghosts of Wheaton: A Ticket to History

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

It cost only $6 in 1992 to watch the Wheaton Warrenville South Tigers make history.

A ticket to witness not only the 1992 Wheaton Warrenville South Tigers Beat Joliet Catholic Academy 40-34 in double overtime in the Illinois Class 5A state title game for the program’s first state title in the school’s 80-year history as well as Naperville North’s 21-11 victory over Chicago Loyola Academy in the 6A title game cost only $6. Talk about a bargain!