Hall of Famers Headline Eagle Rock Homecoming

Friday was a historic day for Eagle Rock High School, filled with a busy schedule of athletic events.

Friday, October 28, 2011 will go down in history as a key date for . There are several reasons why.

To begin with, the ER Sports Hall of Fame inducted several legendary athletes into the hallowed organization at a program held in the school's cafeteria prior to the traditional homecoming game.

After the program, the homecoming court paraded in classic cars in pre-game ceremonies. The football team then played rival Wilson High School in a game in which the Eagles prevailed 28-21, with a host of prominent alumni watching from the stands.

And finally, in perhaps the most historically significant event of the night, the Eagles Stadium unveiled its first-ever stadium lights, under which the Eagles played their first night game at their home field, ending an 80-year blackout. During halftime ceremonies, the Queen and her court were crowned. All in all a very historic day for the school.

At the induction ceremonies, Curt Clinite (W-53), Steve Wahl (W-69) and Rhuben Williams (class of 2000) were enshrined into the Hall of Fame under the direction of chairman Gale Fullerton (S-62).

Among those present were many legendary athletes and coaches from the past. To name a few:

• Coach Chuck Williams (the “winningest “coach in ER history (from the 50s and 60s)

• All-City player in football and baseball, Steve Wahl, who later coached football at his alma mater.

• Sonia Most, a popular gym teacher, along with former coaches Mike Lomen and Mike Houlimar.

Among the athletic legends who attended the event were Bob Fisher, John Black, Denny Poplawski, Jim Cantore, Dean Balzarett ( one of the greatest ER athletes of all time), Bob Johnson, Rick Carey, John Pierce and Joe Conte.

JW October 30, 2011 at 05:00 PM
Historic first night game under permanently installed lights! Thanks for the great photo coverage.
Henk Friezer October 30, 2011 at 06:51 PM
As a winter 1963 graduate of ERHS it was a real pleasure to see so many legendary sports figures from the past. It was a great event put on by the organization, with a lot of reminiscing with people I had not seen since high school. I hope we can do it more often. It is unfortunate that a lot of the top ER athletes from the past were unable to attend and interact with their former teammates. Thanks for the relived memories!
STARCHY November 03, 2011 at 08:14 PM
not the first night game ever - there was a night game three years ago (or four) with rented lights - Jeremy Camacho led the Eagles on to victory on the way to the city invitational championship
ward January 20, 2012 at 02:24 AM
henk, i was wondering if you could help me, i had a great friend she went to eaagle rock named cheryl kohli, i lost touch with her, but i want to know if you maybe have a list of the all time great football players for eagle roch through the years, i am creating all time great teams for a video game, ifyou could help or know where i can get a list of names i would thank you, take care henk


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