Jun 25

The Ghosts of Wheaton — On One Leg

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

Wheaton Central quarterback Andy Lutzenkirchen, injured for most of the season, tries to elude a Chicago Mt. Carmel defender in the 1990 Illinois Class 5A state title game. Making their first championship game appearance, the bruised and battered Tigers would fall 24-0, but would emerge as a program on the rise.

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 — 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 — 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 — 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.

Jun 20

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Championship Hardware

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

Wheaton Warrenville South defensive back Mike LaFido holds the 1992 Class 5A Illinois State Championship trophy after the Tigers’ 40-34 double overtime victory over Joliet Catholic Academy.