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2013 Season Trivia
Week 10
Question: Michael Mason broke some old school records set by Jimmy Crawford in 1969. Jimmy Crawford scored a lot of points in his career, what is the most TDs Jimmy ever scored in one game?

Answer:  Jimmy Crawford was an All-State and High School All American running back in the 1969 season. He holds the school record for most points in the regular season at 151 points. The most TDs he ever score in a game was 4. He scored 4 touchdowns in back to back games against Andover and Clearwater during his senior year in 1969. Along with being the running back, Jimmy also returned punts and kickoffs and was the place kicker. That year he scored 151 points for the season with 22 Touchdowns, 13 PAT's, and 2 Field Goals.

Jimmy continued his football after high school and attended Kansas State University for one season. Jimmy is among the athletes featured on the Mulvane High School Wall Of Fame.

Week 9
Question: What is the furthest college away that a Mulvane graduate has went to play college football?

Answer: Mike Stump graduated in 1986 and was part of the 1985 Mulvane team that went deep into the State Playoffs and had an 11-1 record. Mike attended school at Butler County CC for one year in 1986-87 and then transferred to the University of Oregon as a Kicker for one season in 1987. Although he didn't see any field time at Oregon, he was able to suit up for a few games (Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! - Just kidding Stump!).


Side Notes:
  • At Butler, Bruce Perkins was on Mikes intramural basketball team. In the first game, Bruce went and dunked it hard and ripped the rim off the backboard! Bruce Perkins played football at Butler and then Arizona State as a RB then ended up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then the Indianapolis Colts
  • Mark Cranston played for Utah State University in 1977 and 1978
  • Mickey Davey played for the Air Force Academy in 1966.
  • No Mulvane player played at Santa Barbara CC (CA).

Week 8
Question: Where did the 1916 Mulvane football team hold their first training camp?

Answer: The Mulvane team of 1916 had their first training camp on the Arkansas River. According to a newspaper article on 9-7-1916:
The members of the high school football team spent last Friday evening in camp on the river, in the vicinity of Alley's Grove. They had a preliminary practice on the river beach, and afterwards talked it over with the coach and the professor, and camped till morning. The prospects for a team this year, while not flattering in the way of individual stars, promises to give Mulvane a fairly good season of football games.

Mulvane went on to have a 4-3 record that season.


Week 7
Question: In the early 60's, Mulvane grad Gary Bowers played college football at WSU. What now famous NFL coach was Gary teammates with at WSU??

Answer: Gary Bowers (Mulvane 1959 Grad) played college football at Wichita State University (Wichita University back then) from 1959 to 1962. During the 1961 and 1962 seasons, Gary was teammates with Bill Parcells.

Upon graduating from high school, Parcells arrived at Colgate University. As a freshman, he was offered a contract by the Philadelphia Phillies. His father disapproved of a career in sports and wanted him to study law, so the younger Parcells declined the offer. He soon transferred to the University of Wichita (now known as Wichita State University), where he played linebacker and earned a physical education degree. He was drafted in the seventh round by the Detroit Lions, but was released by the team before playing a single NFL game.

Parcells won two Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants, defeating the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI and the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV. He led the New England Patriots to Super Bowl XXXI, but lost to the Green Bay Packers 35-21. He also led the New York Jets to the 1998 AFC Championship Game. He announced his third retirement from football on January 22, 2007 before returning to the sport later that year as the Vice President of Football Operations with the Miami Dolphins. He resigned from his role as the "football czar" with the Dolphins in September 2010, working as a "consultant" with the team until he took a leave of absence in October 2010, and left the team after the season. He is currently an NFL analyst for ESPN.

Noteworthy Items:
  • Wichita University won the Missouri Valley Conference titles in 1960 and 1961.
  • Wichita University played in the Sun Bowl in 1961 and lost to Villanova.
  • Wichita University didn't become Wichita State University until 1964.

1961 - Bill Parcels (#87), Gary Bowers (#40)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Parcells

Week 6
Question: What college met with Southwestern U. in Mulvane and drew up a peace treaty to hopefully end the bitter athletic rivalry in the 1920's?

Answer: According to accounts in the Southwestern yearbooks, in the 1920's during Dr. Albert E. Kirk's administration of the college, the athletic rivalry between Southwestern and Fairmount (WSU):
"grew to such proportions that raiding of each other's campuses and battles between students in automobiles, with rocks and gunfire occured." Representatives of the two student bodies met on neutral ground (Mulvane) and drew up the "Treaty of Mulvane", abolishing the warfare. This treaty being violated by certain Southwesterners, Dr. Kirk declared that if caught they would be sent home and would not need to pack their trunks, as the latter would be shipped home after them. With many another admonition, he kept peace for ten years. In 1928, he resigned to accept the position of head of the college division of the Methodist Board of Education.

Note: Wichita State University began as Fairmount College, a private Congregational school, founded in 1886 by the Rev. Joseph Homer Parker. The college continued the preparatory program of Fairmount Institute, which started in 1892. Collegiate classes began in 1895. In 1926, by a vote of the citizens of Wichita, the college became a public non-denominational institution named the Municipal University of Wichita (popularly known as "Wichita" or "WU"); it was the first municipal university west of the Mississippi.

After 38 years as a municipal university, WSU changed its status on July 1, 1964, when it officially entered the state system of higher education. Wichita State University is one of the three research institutions in Kansas, along with the University of Kansas and Kansas State University.

Week 5
Question: What is the current longest winning streak for Mulvane Football?

Answer: The current longest winning streak for Mulvane football is 33 Wins. Starting with the game vs Anthony in 1962, Mulvane went on to win 33 games in a row all the way through the 1965 season. Mulvane lost the first game against Derby in 1966 but went on to win all the games the rest of that season.
  1. 1962 - vs. Anthony: 41-12 ( W )
  2. 1962 - vs. Clearwater: 21-0 ( W )
  3. 1962 - vs. Valley Center: 41-7 ( W )
  4. 1962 - vs. Andale: 13-0 ( W )
  5. 1962 - vs. Caldwell: 46-2 ( W )
  6. 1962 - vs. Belle Plaine: 14-7 ( W )
  7. 1963 - vs. Derby: 19-14 ( W )
  8. 1963 - vs. Harper: 27-7 ( W )
  9. 1963 - vs. Augusta: 19-6 ( W )
  10. 1963 - vs. Goddard: 47-0 ( W )
  11. 1963 - vs. Clearwater: 41-0 ( W )
  12. 1963 - vs. Valley Center: 33-7 ( W )
  13. 1963 - vs. Caldwell: 42-0 ( W )
  14. 1963 - vs. Andale: 46-0 ( W )
  15. 1963 - vs. Belle Plaine: 67-0 ( W )
  16. 1964 - vs. Derby: 27-0 ( W )
  17. 1964 - vs. Harper: 7-6 ( W )
  18. 1964 - vs. Augusta: 13-12 ( W )
  19. 1964 - vs. Goddard: 33-6 ( W )
  20. 1964 - vs. Clearwater: 7-0 ( W )
  21. 1964 - vs. Valley Center: 19-0 ( W )
  22. 1964 - vs. Caldwell: 26-0 ( W )
  23. 1964 - vs. Andale: 20-0 ( W )
  24. 1964 - vs. Belle Plaine: 21-6 ( W )
  25. 1965 - vs. Derby: 21-6 ( W )
  26. 1965 - vs. Harper: 27-0 ( W )
  27. 1965 - vs. Augusta: 34-6 ( W )
  28. 1965 - vs. Anthony: 26-2 ( W )
  29. 1965 - vs. South: 32-7 ( W )
  30. 1965 - vs. Valley Center: 32-7 ( W )
  31. 1965 - vs. Andover: 36-6 ( W )
  32. 1965 - vs. Chilocco: 60-14 ( W )
  33. 1965 - vs. Circle: 65-13 ( W )
  • 1966 - vs. Derby: 7-26 ( L )
  • 1966 - vs. Harper: 38-0 ( W )
  • 1966 - vs. Augusta: 19-2 ( W )
  • 1966 - vs. Anthony: 40-6 ( W )
  • 1966 - vs. South: 18-6 ( W )
  • 1966 - vs. Valley Center: 26-6 ( W )
  • 1966 - vs. Andover: 32-0 ( W )
  • 1966 - vs. Chilocco: 47-0 ( W )
  • 1966 - vs. Circle: 27-7 ( W )

Week 4
Question: Former Mulvane Wildcat Neil Gosch tried out for the NFL after his college career. What NFL team did Neil try out for?

Answer:
Neil Gosch graduated from Mulvane in 1997 (1st Team All League OL and DE his SR Year) and spent one season at Coffeyville Community College. Neil then transferred to Kansas State University to take on the long snapping duties for the next three seasons. Neil earned several awards while at KSU:

  • Earned KSU Purple Pride Award in the 1999 season, given to the walk-on who best represents Kansas State football with quality play, leadership and work ethic both on and off the field.
  • Earned 2nd Team Academic All Big 12 in the 2000 season.
  • Earned KSU Special Teams player of the year honors in the 2001 season.
  • Earned Special Teams All Big 12 Honorable Mention in the 2001 season.
  • Earned 1st Team Academic All Big 12 in the 2001 season.
  • Neil was also the Long snapper for Wildcats in the following Bowl Games:
  • 1999 Culligan Holiday Bowl (December 29, 1999)
  • 2001 Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Classic (January 1, 2001)
  • 2001 Insight.com Bowl (December 29, 2001)
Following his college career, Neil was invited to try out for the NY Giants. Neil sums up his experience with the following:

It’s not every day that you golf with Terrance Newman and get a call on the third green to come tryout for the New York Giants. Well, it happened.

We landed in New York in late May 2002 (the week of my wedding) and got off the plane to meet an assistant GM for the Giants. I knew I was in trouble when the GM essentially asked me “who are you? And what position do you play?”

My tryout was fun. There was a large number of potential players; several from OU, Alabama, Georgia, and other football powerhouses. We warmed up together and then I went to the sideline and began snapping directly for Coach Fassel and the Mara family (the owners). Literally, the entire Mara family. At the time, the grandson was in college and he caught my snaps during the tryout.

In the end, it didn’t work out. Of course they never tell you the reasons why you didn’t make it. But it seemed to me I was undersized and probably not strong enough to handle an opposing professional athlete. Overall, it was a great experience and I wouldn’t change a thing.

~ Neil Gosch ~

One side note of irony, that season the NY Giants lost the playoff game to the 49ers due to a botched snap during a field goal attempt. Garcia and Owens led the way for the 49ers, though Giants long snapper Trey Junkin also helped out with two terrible snaps in a monumental momentum shift that wrung every drop of emotion out of a sellout crowd at Candlestick Park. http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=230105025

Week 3
Question: What was the first year a Mulvane football helmet was installed with a face mask?

Answer:
According to photos in the yearbook, there was one helmet with a facemask in the 1954 season. Throughout the next few seasons more and more helmets received facemasks. Many were just one or two bar facemasks and didn't offer much protection and discussions with players from that time revealed that the helmets in general did not fit well and were very flimsy. It wasn't until the late 50's that all the helmets had some sort of facemask.

Week 2
Question: Mulvane has had many players go on to play college ball after high school. What KS college football team has had the most Mulvane players?

Answer: As of the 2013 season (and information available), Southwestern University has had the most Mulvane players play college football for the Moundbuilders.

Here is the breakdown of the top four:
  • Southwestern University - 16 players
    • Larry Standiford (1951)
    • Jon Brown (1960)
    • Gary Travis (1961)
    • Don Reed (1962)
    • Jim Forshee (1963)
    • Gail Jones (1964)
    • Dallas Johns (1965)
    • Richard Dame (1965)
    • Mark Crawford (1981)
    • Joseph Belden (1982)
    • Jeff Powell (1985)
    • Jeff Belden (1986)
    • Jason Belden (1988)
    • Todd Fagan (1997)
    • Josh Sears (1999)
    • Chase Fishel (2003)
  • Butler County Community College - 12 Players
    • George Wayman (1957)
    • Van Tarr (1957)
    • Ronnie Turner (1976)
    • Robbie Fry (1977)
    • Scott Butler (1986)
    • Mike Snow (1986)
    • Ty McMahon (1997)
    • Randy Johnson (1999)
    • Troy Johnson (2002)
    • Matt Demicoli (2003)
    • Zach Burkhart (2011)
    • Kolby Fennewald (2013)
  • Wichita State University - 8 Players
    • Abe Dye (1928)
    • Clarence Howard (1937)
    • Herb Harrison (1946)
    • Cather Galvan (1950)
    • Gary Bowers (1959)
    • Gordon Long (1966)
    • David McKinney (1975)
    • Forrest Wise (1975)
  • Friends University - 6 Players
    • Claude Reynolds (1931)
    • Frank Ellis (1932)
    • John Rogers (1951)
    • Scott Young (1990)
    • Jamie Belden (1994)
    • Joey Caskey (1996)


Week 1
Question: Mulvane is part of the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail league. How many leagues are there in the state of Kansas?

Answer: There are 37 Leagues in Kansas as recognized by the Kansas High School Athletic Association.

The KSHSAA Leagues are as follows:
  • Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League
  • Big Seven
  • CNC (Cherokee-Neosho-Crawford)
  • Centennial
  • Central Kansas League
  • Central Plains League
  • Central Prairie League
  • Eastern Kansas
  • Flint Hills
  • Frontier
  • Great Western Athletic Conference
  • Greater Wichita Athletic League (more commonly known as the Wichita City League)
  • Heart of America League
  • Heart of the Plains
  • Hi-Plains
  • Kansas City-Atchison (formerly the Kansas City Kansas League)
  • Kaw Valley
  • Lyon County
  • Mid-Central Activities Association (MCAA)
  • Mid-Continent
  • Mid-East
  • North Central Activities Association
  • North Central Kansas
  • Northern Plains (consolidation of Cheyenne, Pike Trail and Twin Lakes starting in 2011-12)
  • Northeast Kansas
  • Northwest Kansas
  • Pioneer
  • Southern Plains-Iroquois (SPIAA)
  • Santa Fe Trail
  • South Central Border
  • Southeast Kansas
  • Sunflower League
  • Three Rivers
  • Tri-Valley
  • Twin Valley
  • Western Athletic Conference
  • Wheat State League


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_State_High_School_Activities_Association





2012 Season Trivia
Week 15
Question: The current KSHSAA Football classifications are 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2-1A, 8Man-I, and 8Man-II. What year did this current classification system go into effect?

Answer:
In football, teams are placed by the KSHSAA into districts in both 8-man and 11-man competition, and the top two teams in each district advance to the state playoff tournament. There are eight districts in Classes 6A, 5A, 2-1A and both divisions of 8-man football, and 16 districts in Classes 4A and 3A. Football is the only sport where schools are contractually required to play other schools during the regular season. Football contracts are signed on a two-year, home-and-home basis to begin in even-numbered years.

In some sports and activities where not all small schools may field a team, classifications are combined for purposes of state championships. For example, in policy debate, there are state championships for 6A, 5A, 4A, and 3-2-1A combined.

Historical Classifications
Football:
  • 1985 to present: 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2-1A, 8 Man-I, 8 Man-II
  • 1983 to 1984: 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A, 8 Man-I, 8 Man-II
  • 1978 to 1982: 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A, 8 Man
  • 1969 to 1977: 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A, 8 Man
Basketball:
  • 2011: 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A-Division I, 1A-Division II
  • 1969 to 2010: 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A
  • 1952 to 1968: AA, A, BB, B
  • 1941 to 1951: AA, A, B
  • 1931 to 1940: A, B

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_State_High_School_Activities_Association

Week 14
Question: What year did the KSHSAA start sponsoring state championship playoffs for football?

Answer:
State titles before 1938 were claimed as champs by school or by a newspaper which more often than not names a school from the papers circulation area. These are not official state titles.
The Topeka Daily Capitol started a ranking poll in 1938, these are not official state titles.

Starting in 1946, the Associated Press had a ranking poll for Class AA State Champion. To many, these are official state titles

Starting in 1969, the KSHSAA started the state championship playoffs for football (and the 3-game District play in 1981). These are official state titles.

Prior to the playoff system, there was not a clear state champion because there were different polls from different areas. For example, in 1963 Mulvane (9-0) was ranked #1 in state for All Classes in one poll and Lawrence (8-0) was also ranked #1 in All Classes in another poll.

Below are last years state champions:
2011 6A Olathe-South Yager Stadium, Topeka
  5A Hutchinson Welch Stadium, Emporia
  4A Rose Hill Salina District Stadium
  3A Conway Springs Gowans Stadium, Hutchinson
  2-1A Centralia/Wetmore Lewis Field Stadium, FHSU, Hays
  8M-I Madison/Hamilton Fischer Field, Newton
  8M-II Kensington-Thunder Ridge Fischer Field, Newton


Mulvane was ranked #1 in State/Class A in 1963, 1965, 1966, and 1968 (Class AAA in 1968).

Click here for complete history of State Champions back to 1969
Week 13
Question: Mulvane has been district champs 8 times since 1985. What year did the KSHSAA introduce the 3 game district play system to make it to the state playoffs?

Answer:
District play was introduced to determine playoff participants in 1981. From 1981 through 2001, only district champions advanced to the playoffs. In 2002, the top two teams in each 11-man district began to qualify for the playoffs; district runners-up were added to the playoff brackets for 8-man in 2004.

Mulvane was district champs in 1985, 1991, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Week 12
Question: Since 1978, what team has won its League/Division the most times in the CTL and AVCTL combined?

Answer:
Since 1978, Andale has won its league/division more than any other team in the CTL and AVCTL combined. Andale has won league 16 times while Goddard is in second place with 10 league titles. Below is a table with the league/division winners since 1978 (as far back as I can find league standings).

Click the year to see the complete season standings for that year.

  CTL Div 1 CTL Div 2
1978 - Goddard Chaparral
1979 - Goddard Chaparral/Andover
1980 - Goddard Circle
1981 - Wellington Chaparral
1982 - Goddard Andover
1983 - Goddard Clearwater
1984 - Goddard/Mulvane Chaparral
1985 - Mulvane Maize/Andover
1986 - Goddard/Augusta Andale
1987 - Augusta Chaparral
1988 - Buhler Andale
1989 - Valley Center Rose Hill/Chaparral/Andale
1990 - Goddard/Wellington Andale
1991 - Goddard/Wellington Andale
1992 - Buhler/Wellington Andale
1993 - Buhler/Wellington Andover
1994 - Wellington Chaparral
1995 - Valley Center Mulvane
1996 - Wellington/Andover Andale
1997 - Maize/Augusta Andale
1998 - Valley Center Andale
1999 - Valley Center Kingman
2000 - Maize Wellington
2001 - Valley Center Wellington
2002 - Maize Andale
2003 - Rose Hill Andover Central

  AVCTL Div 1 AVCTL Div 2 AVCTL Div 3 AVCTL Div 4
2004 - Salina Central Newton Wellington Andover Central
2005 - Salina Central Goddard/Winfield Augusta Andale
2006 - Hutchinson McPherson Rose Hill Andale
2007 - Hutchinson McPherson Mulvane Andale
2008 - Derby McPherson Andover Central Andale
2009 - Hutchinson McPherson Buhler Andale
2010 - Hutchinson McPherson Buhler Andale
2011 - Hutchinson McPherson Buhler Clearwater
2012 - Salina South Maize South McPherson Collegiate

Week 11
Question: Mulvane's first high school football team was formed in the 1914-15 school year. What football rules change was newly implemented for the 1914 football season?

Answer:
Several rules changes during the first third of the 20th century had a profound impact on the game, mostly in opening up the passing game. In 1914, the first roughing-the-passer penalty was implemented. In 1918, the rules on eligible receivers were loosened to allow eligible players to catch the ball anywhere on the field—previously strict rules were in place only allowing passes to certain areas of the field. Scoring rules also changed during this time: field goals were lowered to three points in 1909 and touchdowns raised to six points in 1912.

As a result of the 1905–1906 reforms, mass formation plays became illegal and forward passes legal. Bradbury Robinson, playing for visionary coach Eddie Cochems at St. Louis University, threw the first legal pass in a September 5, 1906 game against Carroll College at Waukesha. Other important changes, formally adopted in 1910, were the requirements that at least seven offensive players be on the line of scrimmage at the time of the snap, that there be no pushing or pulling, and that interlocking interference (arms linked or hands on belts and uniforms) was not allowed. These changes greatly reduced the potential for collision injuries. Several coaches emerged who took advantage of these sweeping changes. Amos Alonzo Stagg introduced such innovations as the huddle, the tackling dummy, and the pre-snap shift. Other coaches, such as Pop Warner and Knute Rockne, introduced new strategies that still remain part of the game.

Source: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_American_football

Week 10
Question: Mulvane football player and graduate Barry Milligan went on to play college football at Cowley County CC. Cowley's football program was ultimately discontinued. What year was the last year that Cowley County had a football program?

Answer:
Barry Milligan was a Running Back for Mulvane from 1980 to 1982 and graduated in 1983. Barry finished his career with 1091 rushing yards and was the top scorer for Mulvane in the 1982 season with 25 points. He went to Cowley County Community College and played football in the 1983 season. Unfortunately that was the only season he played for Cowley because the football program was discontinued after the 1983 season.





1983 Cowley County Football Team

Week 9
Question: Up until the early 1950's, Mulvane played Leon High School many times in football. What was the Leon mascot in the early days of Leon HS football?

Answer:
The Leon High school sports teams were the "Cowpunchers" back in the 30's and 40's. Mulvane first played Leon High School in football in 1934, where the Wildcats beat the Cowpunchers 31-0. The Mascot was changed to the "Lions" sometime in the mid to late 1940's. The Leon Lions is first referenced in the newspaper when Mulvane played them in 1947. Mulvane's last time to play Leon High School was in 1953, where the Wildcats and the then Lions tied 13-13. Leon High School is now Bluestem High School and their mascot is still the "Lions" to this day.
Week 8
Question: The 1962-65 Mulvane football standout Steve Carmichael went on to Kansas University and had a good college career. Steve was getting some NFL looks before injuries ended his football career. What was one of the NFL teams scouting Steve?

Answer:

Steve Carmichael HS Senior year 1965
Steve Carmichael played for Mulvane from 1962 to 1965, during those years Mulvane was 34-2 with the two losses occuring during his freshman year in 1962. Steve was an All-State selection his senior year with Mulvane and went to Kansas University after high school and had a good career in college.

His senior year at KU in 1969, Steve:
     
  • Earned Academic All Conference
  • Was teammates and went to Orange Bowl in 1969 with John Riggins (NFL Hall Of Fame for Redskins)
  • Was Co-Captian of the team along with Larry Brown (who won 4 Superbowl Rings with Pittsburgh)
Steve was getting some looks from NFL teams, one of them being the Pittsburg Steelers. According to his son Jake Carmichael (1992-1995 Mulvane Football Running Back) Steve got requests from the Pittsburg Steelers and the Washington Redskins.

Unfortunately Steve had some injuries that prevented him from pursuing a career in the NFL.

Steve Carmichael KU Senior year 1969

Steve Carmichael KU Senior year 1969

Steve's picture hangs on the "Wall Of Fame" in the hallway at Mulvane High School.

Week 7
Question: The current Mulvane High School newspaper "Cat Tracks" has been published every year for some time. What was the first year the "Cat Tracks" was published?

Answer:
In 1995, English Teacher Charlie Mason submitted entries into a contest for the name of a new student produced High School Newspaper (the first one in over a decade at the time). "Cat Tracks" was Charlie's winning submission for the name of the newspaper and it has remained that name for the past seventeen years.

The current Cat Tracks is published by Coach Abasolo's Journalism Class.


The Cat Tracks currently has an online version at: http://www.myhsj.org/mhscattracks

Week 6
Question: Former Mulvane football player and graduate Merwin Wilson was inducted to the KSHSAA Hall of Fame in 1977 as a football coach. What was one of the schools he coached at during his coaching career?

Answer:

Merwin Wilson in 1928
Merwin Wilson was a student athlete/football player who graduated from Mulvane in 1929. After high school he attended and graduated from Fort Hays State College and began his teaching/coaching career. Merwin coached at several schools including Larned, KS. While in Larned, he began the annual Larned Relays in 1953. Although he coached all sports, his specialty was football. Coach Wilson was noted for his devotion to hard work, his influence for personal integrity, and good sportsmanship.

Coach Wilson also coached and taught at Cawker City, Hunter, Alden, Axtell, Downs, Haven, Lewis, and Offerle. At Lewis his teams had two undefeated seasons and at Lyndon the last two years his teams won nine games and lost one - both losses coming in the state playoffs.
 
Coach Wilson passed away on May 28, 1976 and was inducted posthumously into the Kansas High School Activities Association Hall of Fame at Emporia on March 12, 1977.

Honored Members of the KSHSAA

Week 5
Question: In the early 50's, the Mulvane News ran a section in the newspaper where the MHS Wildcat mascot would ask students questions about student life once a week. What was the name of the Wildcat mascot at this time?

Answer:
In the 1952 newspaper there was a small section called "Willie The Wildcat" where Willie would pose questions to Mulvane students about student life. Questions such as "If you had your choice what would you rather be?", "What is your pet peeve on a date?" - (which yielded some intersting answers) and "What would you do if you could be superintendent for one day?". This feature was pretty short lived as it's only found during the spring semester in 1952. Today the Wildcat's name is "Victor E. Wildcat".
Week 4
Question: The old field on Mulvane street was basically just pasture grass that they painted into a football field. What was one of the distinct issues they had with the old field?

Answer:
The field was uneven from one end zone to the other. The West endzone was higher than the East endzone. Either way, one team was always running uphill while the other team was running downhill.
Week 3
Question: One of the end zones on the old football field on Mulvane Street was particularly interesting and didn't consist of pasture grass like the rest of the field. What was the end zone made from?

Answer:
The "West" end zone in the old football field was covered in Coal Cinders. This is where they dumped the cinders after the coal was used in the furnaces to heat the building. The "East" endzone consisted of pasture grass like the rest of the field.
Week 2
Question: Where was the previous location of the Mulvane football field prior to moving to the current location of Lyle Couch field in 1955?

Answer:
Up until 1955, Mulvane's football field was located just north of the old Jr High/High School (the current location of the Mulvane Rec Center) on Mulvane Street. That building was the high school at that time until the new high school on second street was completed in 1954. At that time there was only one building of classrooms and one building with the gymnasium. The rest of the buildings were added on at a later time.

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The above is a satellite image of the current Mulvane Rec Center. The "approximate" location of the old field is layered in (see the green field just north of the parking lot). The field ran east-west and was one of the very few fields in the state that ran east-west. Most field run north and south.

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The above is a picture of the marching band on the old field around 1952. Notice the fancy stands they had back then. Wood benches only 3 rows high.
Week 1
Question: The Mulvane Football Stadium "Lyle Couch Stadium" is undergoing reconstruction with a new turf field. What year was the first game played at the current location?

Answer:
The Old Mulvane High School building on second street was completed in 1954. The first football game played at the current Lyle Couch field location was vs Derby on September 23, 1955. Derby edged out the Wildcats 6-0 in front of a record breaking crowd. The previous location of the field is the subject of a future trivia question.



2011 Season Trivia
Week 11
Question: The Mulvane Football Stadium "Lyle Couch Stadium" is named after the Mulvane resident Lyle Couch. What capacity did Lyle serve in the Mulvane School District?

Answer:

Lyle Couch was born on Sept 9, 1928 in Helena Oklahoma. He graduated from Helena High School in 1946. Lyle received his bachelor's degree from Northwestern State College of Alva Oklahoma in 1952. He received his Master's degree from Wichita State University in 1962. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Marines.

Lyle Couch was the Principal of the Mulvane High School for 8 years, joining the staff in 1963. He was highly regarded by his peers, students, and the community. He played a vital part in the administration of Mulvane High School where his knowledge, his capability, and his interest in education and the community helped provide the outstanding educational program in Mulvane. He encouraged all students to practice good study habits and to be impatient to learn. His interest in the students and the school gained him respect and admiration not only from the students and faculty but also from the Mulvane community. He loved sports, especially football, and he was tougher on the athletes and cheerleaders more than anyone else…it was drilled in the athletes that they were representing MHS and they should be held to a high standard. He is remembered by friends and family as tough with a soft heart.

During the fall of 1970 Lyle was diagnosed with a brain tumor. During his sick leave, Jerry Webster (a former Mulvane student and star athlete) took over the duties of Principal. Lyle passed away on November 23, 1971. The football community, faculty, and students held several fundraisers to help the family and the school board led by Superintendent Dean Parks honored Lyle Couch by naming the football stadium after him.

Week 10
Question: Mulvane has played many teams throughout its 98 years of football. What team has Mulvane played more times than any other team?

Answer:From 1914 to 2011, Mulvane has played Valley Center 82 times, sometimes more than once in a single season. The record between Mulvane and Valley Center with the data available is Mulvane-40 Wins : Valley Center 41 Wins (and one result/score unknown in 1940).
The table below shows the 10 teams that Mulvane has played the most times as of the 2011 Season:

Valley Center 82
Clearwater 73
Augusta 64
Belle Plaine 48
Wellington 34
Goddard 33
Buhler 32
Derby 29
Rose Hill 28
Andale 27

Week 9
Question: In the 1919 football season, during one of the away games a small brawl broke out in the stands between the Mulvane and Home town spectators. Who was Mulvane playing when this happened?

Answer: On October 3rd, 1919 Mulvane traveled to Douglass for a Friday football game. Mulvane fell to Douglass 7-18 and according to the newspaper accounts, "the sideline was about as strenuous as the game. The Douglass rooters seemed to have the idea that the proper way to support their team was to make it unpleasant for their visitors. There was much snatching of colors, a scrap or two, and some unseemly hair pulling. One Mulvane girl had her watch broken, her beads scattered, anther was badly scratched, and a small boy had his clothes damaged in a roughing that a crowd of youngsters gave him." (Mulvane News 10-9-1919)

Mulvane did play Douglass again in the last game of the 1919 season and lost 0-18 but there are no reports of crowd shenanigans from that game. That game was played at Mulvane.
Week 8
Question: The Mulvane High School mascot has not always been the "Wildcats". What other mascots has Mulvane High School been?

Answer: Mulvane adopted the "Wildcat" as her mascot around 1925. Up until then there was was not much mention of an official mascot, but in 1922 a newspaper article reference "The Mulvane Lions" (9-28-1922). The same football season the newspaper referenced "The Mulvane Bears" (11-9-1922). It's unclear why they referenced two mascots in the same season. The first mention of the "Wildcat" I can find is in the newspaper article for the game vs Douglass on 11-5-1925.
Week 7
Question: How many "leagues" has the Mulvane Football been a part of since the first team formed in 1914? (not counting any division changes within a league)

Answer: From the evidence compiled in old newspaper articles, Mulvane has been part of four leagues since the first team formed in 1914 - Sedgwick County League, Sumwick League, Chisholm Trail League, Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League.

1914 - 1938: Sedgwick County League
1939 - 1954: Sumwick League
1955 - 2003: Chisholm Trail League
2004 - Present: Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League

Some years in the 30's, the Sedgwick County league champs would go on to play other league champs as a season closer game and the winner would be the "Mythical Dual League Champ". Mulvane were dual league champs in 1933, 1934, lost to Caldwell in 1935, and tied with Caldwell in 1936.
Week 6
Question: The Mulvane High School colors have not always been green/white. What other colors has the Mulvane High School been?

Answer: Up until around 1920, the Mulvane school colors were the Orange and Black. The 1917 yearbook was titled "Orange and Black" (see image below)

The year 1920 was the first year that Mulvane's Green/White colors were referenced in the paper. In fact this came about in an article about an incident where some unruly students marked up Belle Plaine's School with green paint prior to the scheduled football game, which was subsequently cancelled.

Week 5
Question: What is the most points a Mulvane Football team has scored in a single game?

Answer: On October 27, 1921 Mulvane beat Clearwater 105-0. That year Mulvane outscored the opponents 441-9, which included two teams that forfeited their second games vs Mulvane (Valley Center and Clearwater). Mulvane was Sedgwick County League Champs.

Mulvane's 1921 schedule was:
vs. Valley Center: 39-6 ( W )
vs. Cheney: 46-0 ( W )
vs. Viola: 62-0 ( W )
vs. Mt. Hope: 81-0 ( W )
vs. Clearwater: 105-0 ( W )
vs. Cheney: 7-3 ( W )
vs. Valley Center: 1-0 ( W )
vs. Mt. Hope: 27-0 ( W )
vs. Clearwater: 1-0 ( W )
vs. Viola: 72-0 ( W )

Week 4
Question: The years 1920-1923 featured Mulvane's football star and outstanding athlete "Frank Harris" in Football, Basketball, and Track. Frank almost missed his sophomore season of Track due to a what leg injury?

Answer:
Frank Harris played on the football team for four years, three as a halfback and one as a fullback. Four years on the basketball team as guard and three years he was the high point man in track. He was almost put out of track during his Sophomore year due to a gun shot wound in his leg. He still ran track that year and was still able to place some 2nd and 3rd places in the 50, 100, and 220 sprints despite his leg being in bad shape.

A yearbook quote described Frank in this fashion: "If things were divided up on a basis of reward for faithfulness and Frank were given his share, there would be little left for the rest. For absolute loyalty to MHS and general stick-to-itiveness, Franks puts everyone else in the shade. He never says anything about it but he just goes ahead and does the square thing by everybody."



How did he get shot? A newspaper article from 3-10-1921 has the following story:
Shot Through the Leg - Last Sunday afternoon Frank Harris, who works in the Dye restaurant near the Santa Fe Station, was the victim of a peculiar accident, but which fortunately did not have serious results. He was washing dishes just after noon and in whipping a dishcloth off a nail under the counter he jarred a .38 caliber revolver from the nail at the same time. The gun fell to the floor and was discharged, the bullet boring a clean hole through the calf of Frank's right leg. He was really more scared than hurt. He was able to hobble across the street to the office of Dr. Michener and was given prompt attention. The wound was only a slight one and no serious results are anticipated.

Apparently they thought the wound wouldn't be serious, but a newspaper article about a track meet on 5-19-1921 said his leg was in bad condition.
Week 3
Question:1914 was the first year that Mulvane ever had a football team. Most kids had never seen a football game and had no idea what the game was all about. What was one of the problems the coaches ran into during the first weeks of practice?

Answer: In a newspaper article "Lecture In Football" it talks about how many of the boys have never seen a football game and only two players had any prevoius experience. In the first week of practice the coaches were having problems with the boys grasping the concept of team instead of the individual, in fact some of the kids were smoking pipes and cigarettes on the sidelines, some while in their football uniform.
The coaches eventually got the boys turned around and went on to have a 2-2-1 season in 1914 as well as a string of winning seasons until they went 2-4-1 in 1919.
Week 2
Question: In 1918 the Mulvane Football season was cut short after 2 games and the schools closed down due to the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic. Where was this disease first observed?

Answer: In the United States, the disease was first observed at Haskell County, Kansas, in January 1918. On 4 March 1918, company cook Albert Gitchell reported sick at Fort Riley, Kansas. Within days, 522 men at the camp had reported sick. By March 11, 1918 the virus had reached Queens, New York.

Although the first cases were registered in the continental U.S. and the rest of Europe long before getting to Spain, the 1918 pandemic received its nickname "Spanish flu" because Spain, a neutral country in World War I, had no censorship of news regarding the disease and its consequences. Spanish King Alfonso XIII became gravely ill and was the highest-profile patient about whom there was coverage. Hence, the widest and most reliable news coverage came from Spain, giving the false impression that Spain was most affected.

Soldiers from Fort Riley, Kansas ill with Spanish influenza at a hospital ward at Camp Funston
in 1918, where the worldwide pandemic began.
Source: Wikipedia

Week 1
Question: In the 1920's and 1930's one of Mulvane's main rivals was Belle Plaine. What was Belle Plaine's mascot during this time?

Answer: The Belle Plaine sports teams were the "Applepickers" up until sometime around the late 1940's or early 1950's where they changed to the "Dragons" which is their current mascot today.

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