SOUTH PARK SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF
BUDDY AND JANE HEBERT

THE FIGHTING GREENIES


FOOTBALL HAS ALWAYS BEEN AN IMPORTANT PART OF SOUTH PARK HIGH SCHOOL, AND ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT EXACTY KNOWN, OLD TIMERS FEEL THAT THE FIRST FOOTBALL TEAM AT SOUTH PARK WAS IN 1911, AND WAS A COMMUNITY TEAM COMPOSED OF SOUTH PARK BOYS AS WELL AS AREA BOYS SCHOOL RECORDS SHOW THAT IN 1912, FRED WHITE WAS EMPLOYED AS COACH OF THE SOUTH PARK FOOTBALL TEAM, AND IN 1913, BEN H. PARKS WAS THE COACH, WITH "RED" WILKINS COACHING IN 1914 AND 1915.

DURING THE EARLY YEARS OF FOOTBALL, IT WAS LOOSELY ORGANIZED, WITH GAMES PLAY IN OPEN FIELDS, MAKESHIFT UNIFORMS AND FANS ALMOST NON-EXISTENT. TRAVEL TO AND FROM GAMES WAS BY HORSE AND WAGON, AND LATER BY TRUCK.

RECORDS INDICATE THE FIRST "ORGANIZED" FOOTBALL TEAM AT SOUTH PARK WAS IN 1915, WITH THE TEAM CONSISTING OF 14 BOYS, WHO PURCHASED THEIR OWN UNIFORMS. THE BALL USED DURING THAT TIME WAS FOUND, AND HELD ONLY AS MUCH AIR AS THE TEAM CAPTAIN COULD BLOW INTO IT BY MOUTH. BACK IN THOSE DAYS, MOST FOOTBALL TEAMS ONLY HAD ONE FOOTBALL - SO MANY TIMES PRACTICE WAS HALTED WHEN THE BALL SUDDENLY LOST ITS AIR.

SOUTH PARK HIGH SCHOOL HAS PRODUCED MANY PLAYERS OF UNUSUAL ABILITY, MANY GOING ON TO COLLEGE AND THE PROFESSIONAL RANKS WHERE THEY ACHIEVED STARDOM. AND DURING THEIR CAREERS AT SOUTH PARK, THEY WON APPLAUSE, MADE BIG PLAYS, EARNED ALL-DISTRICT DISTINCTION AND WERE A PART OF THE TRADITION THAT "GREENIE FIGHT NEVER DIES!"

THERE WERE MANY GREAT COACHES AND GREAT PLAYERS AT SOUTH PARK, WITH FIVE OF THESE TEAMS STANDING OUT. THE GREENIE TEAM OF 1939, COACHED BY R. M. "MONK" HODGKISS - THE GREENIE TEAM OF 1962, COACHED BY, "SPARKY" ADAMS - AND THE 1972, 1973 AND 1974 GREENIE; TEAMS COACHED BY COACH STEVE MC CARTY, COACH JERRY HENTSCHEL AND COACH ALEX DURLEY ALL HAD ONE THING IN COMMON. THEY ALL WON DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS, AND WERE THE ONLY 5 TEAMS IN GREENIE HISTORY TO ACCOMPLISH THIS FEAT - WITH THE 1973 GREENIE TEAM WINNING BI-DISTRICT HONORS.

ALL OF THESE TEAMS HAD THE ABILITY TO SCORE POINTS, AND PREVENT THE OPPOSITION FROM DOING THE SAME. THERE WERE MANY OUTSTANDING PLAYERS ON THE SOUTH PARK GREENIE FOOTBALL TEAMS, WITH MIKE FLEMING OF THE 1962 TEAM POINTS 72 POINTS DURING THE SEASON BUD HERBERT OF THE 1973 TEAM SCORING 78 POINTS IN A SEASON AND "DUTCH" FEHL OF THE 1922 TEAM SCORING 90 POINTS IN ONE SEASON.

THERE WERE OUTSTANDING PLAYERS LIKE DARRELL JOHNSON, S. J. HALPIN; "BUBBA" RAY, JIMMY AND FREDDIE CLOTIAUX, RONNIE WALKER, JAKE VERDE  (THE MIGHT MITE), "CHUBBY" KIMBROUGH, AUGIE, SAXE, JR., BILLY BAGGETT, SAM PARIGI, GENE FLEMING, JOHNNY FULLER, LARRY HEAD; BILLY WRIGHT, RONNIE BOYETTE, KY BROWN, CHRIS FREDERICK, JAY AND ROBERT VERDE, BUBBA" ANDERS, KENNY HARRISON; KEN RABALIAS, EDDIE HORN, KENNETH MAXSON, CLYDE RUSH, CHARLES STARKE, "TUFFY" FULGHAM, CRAIG AND TODD CHRISTOPHER, "RED" TURNER - AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON.

JOHN E. GRAY PLAYED FOOTBALL AT SOUTH PARK HIGH SCHOOL, GRADUATING IN 1923, AND PLAYED HIS COLLEGE FOOTBALL AT SOUTH PARK JUNIOR COLLEGE - AND HE HAS THE DISTINCTION OF BEING THE YOUNGEST COACH IN SOUTH PARK FOOTBALL HISTORY. HE WAS ONLY 19 YEARS OLD WHEN HE COACHED THE 1926 GREENIES,ONE OF THE OUTSTANDING TEAMS OF ALL TIMES.

COACH GRAY LEAD THE GREENIE TEAMS FROM 1926 THROUGH 1932, AND IT WAS DURING THIS TIME THAT THE PHRASE "GREENIE FIGHT NEVER DIES" WAS FIRST USED, AND THOSE WORDS REMAINED A TRADITION WITH ALL SOUTH PARK HIGH ATHLETIC TEAMS.

FORTUNATELY, ALL THIS GREAT TRADITION ENDED WITH THE 1985 SEASON, AND IN 1986 SOUTH PARK HIGH SCHOOL WAS CLOSED. BUT I WILL ALWAYS CHERISH THE MEMORIES OF THE TEAMS, THE PLAYERS, THE COACHES WHO GAVE ME MANY THRILLS WHEN I ATTENDED HIGH SCHOOL- AND ESPECIALLY THE PLAYERS AND COACHES WHO WERE A PART OF THE 1972, 1973, 1974 SEASON WHEN OUR SON WAS PLAYING.

THANKS FOR SOME TERRIFIC GAMES, SOME EXCITING TIMES AND SOME GREAT MEMORIES.

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