Itinerary set for ‘perfect’ night at GHS

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Greencastle team members take a break during their perfect 1973 season.
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Greencastle High School will welcome and recognize “Perfect Purple Teams” later this week.

On Friday night, GHS will welcome back two of the most outstanding sports teams in GHS history — celebrating the 45th anniversary of their unforgettable seasons.

The Greencastle Football Parents Club will host the teams beginning at 5 p.m. in the McAnally Center Main Lobby.

While GHS seniors will be recognized before the Western Indiana Conference third-place game against Edgewood as part of the Senior Night festivities, some other “seniors” will be introduced at halftime.

The year 1973 was like no other for Greencastle High School Sports. Two teams earned statewide recognition for their athletic achievement, teamwork and sportsmanship.

Women and men, black and white, rural and town, Greencastle showed what can be accomplished when everyone puts their team, their dreams, and their friends first, event organizer Rick Wokoun said.

The GHS 1973 volleyball team reached the IHSAA Final Four for the first and only time in school history, bringing great pride to Greencastle and earning a new level of respect for Greencastle women’s athletics. Brenda Andis Brink earned the IHSAA Final Four Trophy for Outstanding Attitude and coach Ann Lawver led the Cub volleyball team to its greatest season ever.

The GHS 1973 Football team accomplished something that no Greencastle High School Football team has done before or since – perfection.

The Perfect Purple Football team went 10-0, scoring 300 points while allowing only 36. The Tiger Cubs won two games in overtime, recorded five shutouts and saw only one team score on them twice.

Fourteen players from the Western Indiana Conference Champions were named to the All-Conference team, two on both offense and defense.

Head coach Gary Cassells, Offensive coordinator Dick Crawley, defensive “wizard” John Riggs and assistant coaches John Lanie and Dan Layton led the Perfect Purple football team into history.

Unfortunately, IHSAA rules at the time did not include all teams in the state tournament. A point system was used, with teams being awarded points for victories on teams in three different enrollment classifications. The Cubs did not qualify.

“The Perfect Purple teams express their deepest appreciation to GHS, athletic director Doug Greenlee, the Greencastle football parents club and to all the fans, family and friends they hope will come to the game Friday,” Wokoun said.

For more information about Perfect Purple, visit the Facebook Page “Greencastle High School 1973 Football Perfect Season.”

Greencastle's 1973 undefeated football team.
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