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The Cavemen of 1968
And the Athletic Hall of Fame

Class of '68's Randy Shayler and Byron Aldrich have been named to the Mishawaka High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Randy was inducted in 2001; Byron, in 2003.

The Hall of Fame began in 1986. MHS describes the Hall of Fame as "a team united by the shared personal qualities of character, leadership, and sportsmanship."

Randy was on the football, wrestling, and track teams at MHS. Byron was on the football, wrestling, and baseball teams.

Because as Randy says, "Football is a team sport," it's appropriate to name all from the Class of '68 who were part of the varsity football team during our senior year:
Byron Aldrich, Hilary Asher, Mike Bellovich, Henry Catalino, Chuck Hoffman, Joe Jasiewicz, Jim LaBelle, Don Plummer, Tom Robinett, Craig Salyer, Randy Shayler, Phil Stillson, Steve VanOoteghem, Larry VanCamp, Brent Ward, and Steve Wiseman.

Phil Larry Don Chuck Steve Byron
Phil Larry Don Chuck Steve V. Byron
Tom Craig Doc Mike Joe Henry
Tom Craig Hilary Mike Joe Henry
The
Cavemen
Randy Steve Jim Brent Class of
1968
  Randy Steve W. Jim Brent  

Some others in the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame:

Russell ARNDT, J.D., Class of '21, teacher when Class of '68 was in 9th grade.
Ward BAKER, Class of '24, teacher for Class of '68.
John DANAHER, teacher and coach for Class of '68.
Raymond DeCOOK, Class of '28, Director of Mishawaka's Parks and Recreation when Class of '68 was in high school.
Eugene DYKSTRA, Athletic Director and Dean of Boys for Class of '68.
George GULYANICS, Penn Township Assessor while Class of '68 was at MHS.
Margaret HARRIS, Mrs. Ward Prickett (Maggie Prickett), Class of '26, mayor of Mishawaka for 16 years, 1964-80.
Jack KLAER, Class of '29, organized MHS Alumni Association, founded MHS Booster Club, filmed football and basketball games, sportswriter for the South Bend Tribune.
Jim MILLER, Class of '42, coach and teacher for Class of '68.
Walter THURSTON, Principal while Class of '68 was in 10th, 11th, 12th grades.
Milton ROSS, Class of '50, coach and teacher for the Class of '68.
Al SMITH, coach and teacher for the Class of '68.
Frank STEELE, Director of Health, Physical Education & Safety for Mishawaka public schools from when the Class of '68 began kindergarten thru 4th grade; Tupper Field was re-named for him in 1980.
Marv WOOD, coach and teacher for the Class of '68; the real coach behind "the Milan miracle" of 1954, the basis of the movie Hoosiers; a genuine Hoosier gentleman.


MHS Fight Song

March, march on down to fame.
We’re out to win this game
Our coach and all the team are just what they seem.
So give a loud cheer for Mishawaka
Hear all those Boosters talk!
____________ High may fight to the end.
But we will win! Rah! Rah! Rah!


Fight on Mishawaka;
Live up to your name
Raise high all your standards,
Spread ‘round you all your fame.
We’re marching to Victory.
Won’t stop till we’re there.
So fight, Mishawaka, fight,
And win this game.



Above 1968-era photo is from Chuck Hoffman. Co-captains of the football team with the coach. From left: Craig Salyer, Coach William Karpinski, Randy Shayler.



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