'66 grid squad, Ryan Smith take places in GHS history
The 1966 varsity football team and 1991 graduate Ryan Smith are slated to become the newest inductees into the Galva High School Wall of Fame, with induction ceremonies scheduled for tonight (Friday, Jan. 15).
The inductions will be held approximately 7 p.m., between the fresh-soph and varsity boys basketball games against Mercer County. A large crowd is expected. A reception will follow the game in the high school cafeteria.
Smith was a three-sport athlete who earned seven varsity letters. He was All-Western Illinois in football and basketball, and an honorable mention all-state honoree in basketball.
The football team earned its place in GHS history by recording an 8-1 record and being a tri-champion of the Blackhawk Conference.
Team members included seniors Jack Hawkins, J.B. Hopping, Dud Lee, Keith Luymes, Mike Nordstrom, Dan Schwartzkopf, Jerry Scott, Richard Talbot and Steve VanDeVelde; juniors Rodger Manning, Richard Rosander, George Cederberg, David Anderson, David Howerton, Chuck Nelson, Larry Johnson, Gail Wexell, Joe Kempin and David Moline; sophomores Michael Johnson and Steven Nelson; and freshmen Bob Lewin and Mike Tarleton.
Head coach was Joel Colbert. Assistant coaches were Donald Cender and Jim Paar.