The pre-game reception was held in the 'Cheer Garage' at CD Middle School - the former bus garage/weight room.
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1972 Football Team Reunion, 10/26/12

The 1972 Rams Central Penn Champion Football Team celebrated the 40th Anniversary of their accomplishment with a reunion at Landis Field on October 26, 2012.  A pre-game reception drew over 60 people - 23 former players, 8 coaches, 4 cheerleaders, and family members - and the alumni team was recognized on the field at half-time.  After the game, the celebration continued at Gilligan's.

Thanks are extended to:
  • Bob Rogers, CD '77, "Mr. Bob's Subway" for donating subs & cookies.
  • Jeff '74 & Debbie Groff Hoachlander '72 for donating bottled water, chips, pretzels, candies, guest gift bags.
  • Diane Miller Pattison '73 for providing a great Memorabilia display.
  • The CDHS Alumni Assn. for donating balloons & signs, copies of 1973, '74 & '75 Centralians & Alumni Directories, name badges, reprints of 1972 team photos & programs, can koozies, Alumni Discount Cards, and the appetizers provided at Gilligan's.
  • The Rams Club for donating 2012 Keepsake Football Programs.
  • CD Head Football Coach Glen McNamee & Athletic Director John Confer for their inspiration and assistance in making the reunion possible.
  • John Urban, Jr. '59, Debbie Gross Bayura '71, Diane Miller Pattison '73, Mike Heilig '73 and Debbie Groff Hoachlander '72 for their help with planning.
"The 1972 Central Dauphin Rams' success can be explained very easily.  How they were able to win the Central Penn Championship was a combination of vision, hard work and a lot of talent - with a fair share of luck added of course.
This was not a team like years past -- they were smaller, both in the backfield and on the line.  The question was: "How could they compete with the other teams?"
Head Coach Gary Sheeler and his staff had to find a way.  The answer came -- SPEED.  No, not the tremendous team trainer in 1972 and for many years to come - Mr. Speed Ebersole.  The first and foremost SPEED came from the player who was to become the fastest halfback in the Central Penn Conference - one Steve Musser.
Every day, the team worked on SPEED - not just Musser and the running backs - but also on the offensive/defensive lines AND the Special Teams.  From all those wind sprints to running the Hill, every day was a practice focused on getting faster and searching for more SPEED.
With every game, the concept of a TEAM also became stronger.  Everyone did what was asked of them and EVERYONE gave 110%.  SPEED helped the team to victory, but what actually won the games and the Championship was a group of very talented young men who came together in that magical 1972 season as a true TEAM.  GO RAMS!!" 
Submitted by Mike Heilig,Class of '73, Co-Captain of the '72 Rams.

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