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Stephensons very 1st football season

Postby steve grinsteiner » Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:30 pm

Does anybody in the Stephenson area know when the Eagles had their very first football team? I really don't have any idea when it started.
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Re: Stephensons very 1st football season

Postby ecangits » Tue Jun 25, 2013 5:18 am

http://michigan-football.com/f/stephson.htm

Check this site out. Great site for the history of Michigan football.
Looks like it is documented as 1956 (6-2)
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Re: Stephensons very 1st football season

Postby steve grinsteiner » Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:19 pm

I looked at a 1949 Stephenson high school yearbook and Stephenson football started earlier than that. The michigan-football.com website only has results from 1955 to present. Know where I could get some more info?
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Re: Stephensons very 1st football season

Postby ecangits » Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:42 pm

I know when I need information from years gone by, I make the trip to the nearest coffee shop. You can get more information in one
hours from the old timers. They don't forget their football.
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Re: Stephensons very 1st football season

Postby Hueby » Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:17 am

steve-

What ecangits posted is very correct. I'd try the WW2 vets as a source & talk to them. Maybe some played. (But better act quick! haha)

I just made a nice weekend trip up to Marquette & was able to spend a little time at the library. I thought I could help and my plan was to research different football seasons to see when Stephenson scores popped up and when then didn't. Then maybe from there narrow down to a year.

Stephenson did have a football team back in 1939, however they did not play 6-7 games like most of the other U.P. schools who had football. When I can dig up my notes I can come back here to tell you who they played. I believe they only played a few games.

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Re: Stephensons very 1st football season

Postby Hueby » Wed Jul 17, 2013 6:15 am

Steve-

Found my notes. In 1939 Stephenson played at least 3 football games throughout the season.

Here was their season:

Crystal Falls 26, Stephenson 0
St Josephs (Escanaba) 25, Stephenson 0
Stephenson 13, Niagra (WI) 0

I didn’t see any U.P. football scores for the final week. They could have been printed on a later date, not sure. So not sure if Stephenson played a 4th game or not.

Well, with that at least we know Stephenson had a team then. Maybe someone from this era can remember about the time football started there. Otherwise it’ll take scrolling through microfilm. Hope this helps.

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Re: Stephensons very 1st football season

Postby Hueby » Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:54 am

I believe I found the answer.

Here in Green Bay I had asked this man from Stephenson this question. This past weekend he went home and asked a friend who he says is a "Stephenson historian." He said this man has "Tons of newspaper clippings as he loves Stephenson basketball." Apparently he has a lot of newspaper clippings when his grandfather played too.

This man went into his house, came back out a few minutes later and said

"1923-24 season"

We're pretty sure 1923 was Stephenson's 1st year of football.
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