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Cheney's 1966 Boys of Fall

Members of 1966 Blackhawks football team look back to their year of greatness a half century ago


Last updated 11/10/2016 at 1:18pm

Paul Delaney

Members of the 1966 Cheney Blackhawk's football team, and others associated with the group gathered at Tom Oswald Field. They include (L-R): Aaron Hudson, Timm Shepard, Tom Whitfield, Lori Wyborney, Wayne Foland, Gary Sooy, Cliff Thompson, Krisann Hatch, Phil Conrath, Bob Crabb and Les Harris. Hudson is the son of 1966 team member Jerry Hudson. Coach Jim Hatch's wife, Betty Hatch, is pictured in the middle.

Fifty autumns ago, a strange alignment of the football stars was taking place in Cheney.

Over to the west, Eastern Washington State College was making a march to the NAIA football national championship game on the brand new green grass at the latest rendition of Woodward Field.

The Savages, who were making their first playoff appearance for the school, would ultimately lose to Fairmont State College 28-21 on Dec. 9 in Morgantown, W.V. and finish the season 11-1.

Then down off of North Sixth Street a talented crew of Cheney Blackhawks were making their own history by becoming only the second...

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