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.

Jun 19

The Ghosts of Wheaton — In a Flash

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Fullback Phil Adler led the 1992 Tigers to the program’s first-ever state title as he ran for 186 yards on 24 carries (a 7.8-yard-per-carry average) and three touchdowns in the 40-34 double overtime victory over Joliet Catholic Academy. Adler rushed for 2,043 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns in the 1992 season and for 3,055 yards rushing and 40 touchdowns for his career. While Adler will never admit it, he has become the epitome of the Tiger football player.

Jun 19

The Ghosts of Wheaton — Lightening Strike

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

Wheaton Warrenville South running back Bobby Nelson breaks away during the 42-0 victory over Glenbard East in 1992 that gave the Tigers their first-ever uncontested DuPage Valley Conference crown. Nelson would lead the team in rushing on the night with 139 yards and three touchdowns.

 

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.