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Share our heritage: 1945 Bellefonte High School football team

Pictured is the 1945 Bellefonte High School football team. 1945 was the last time that Bellefonte and State College played each other twice in one season. The Little Lions won both match ups.
Pictured is the 1945 Bellefonte High School football team. 1945 was the last time that Bellefonte and State College played each other twice in one season. The Little Lions won both match ups. Photo provided

Today’s photo is from Ralph Gray.

It features the 1945 Bellefonte High School football team.

Gray writes: “1945 was the last football season that Bellefonte and State College played each other twice in one season; and State College won both games — 37-0 and 9-0.

“It was coach Jack Weber’s initial year.”

Pictured are, first row, from left: Frank Peters, Jack Willar, Ralph Bottorf, Bill Ginter and Dick Hazel. Second row: Dick Rockey, unknown, Jerry Gordon, Jim Fleck, Joe Garbrick and Jerry Tierney. Third row: Marlin Teaman, unknown, Tom Cowan, Bob Garbrick and Norman Shawley. Fourth row: manager Clair last name unknown, Glenn Dunklebarger, Don Bottorf, Phil Smith, Bill Tate and first name unknown Beatty. Fifth row: manager Joe DeHaas, coach Jack Weber and Bill Smead.

Readers can contact Gray with the missing names at 349-5740 or RNK12161@verizon.net.

Gray has written “The School on the Hill,” a history of the Bellefonte Academy Cougars. It is available on amazon.com and at the Centre County Historical Society in State College. “The Battle of Benner Pike,” a history of the Bellefonte-State College football rivalry, is available at the Centre County Library and Historical Museum in Bellefonte, the historical society and the home of Mike Williams in Boalsburg.

ABOUT THIS SERIES

Each Monday, the Centre Daily Times will publish an installment in our “Share our Heritage” series, featuring photos from Centre County’s past.

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