|The whole gang at half time, with the team picture and trophy.|
Coach Ted "Moon" Mullen
Overall Winning Percentage: 73%
2 CIF Championships
6 CIF Championship Game Appearances
14 Playoff Appearances in 17 Seasons (.823 Playoff Appearance win average over 17 seasons.)
Never eliminated in the first round. (14-0)
The year his team, Villa Park (VP) won the C.I.F. championship in 1977, this was the team record:
1977 Won 12, Lost 1
(6-1) 2nd Place Century League
CIF Southern Conference Champions
VP: 22 Katella 7 W
VP:36 Canyon 7 W
VP:19 Santa Ana* 8 W
VP:21 Tustin* 0 W
VP:7 Santa Ana Valley* 9 L
VP:31 El Modena* 29 W
VP:21 Estancia* 0 W
VP:25 Foothill* 8 W
VP:17 Orange* 0 W
VP:31 ARLINGTON 6 W
VP:28 SAVANNA 14 W
VP:14 RIVERSIDE POLY 6 W
VP:21 LOS ALAMITOS 6 W C.I.F. SS Championship Game
|The wonderful moment after they read the stats from my dad's career and the entire stadium cheered and cheered! |
That's him in the brown shirt.
One of the neat things was that my dad's entire coaching staff was there, except for one man who has passed on.
|The coaching staff from a program in 1977. Gotta love the short shorts! All of them were present at this reunion, except for the man to the left of my father's right! Sadly, he passed away a few years ago.|
The local paper even found it suitable to cover this event! Click this link for the story.
I find that simply remarkably, that after 35 years, these guys still want to share in this special time. For me, it was a great time in my life, both as a high school student, but of course, as my father's daughter. I saw old friends, neighbors who journeyed through the games with us, and of course my former classmates. While reuniting with friends from long ago certainly has its odd points, the one thing that is very cool is that all the boundaries that get set up in high school get torn down. Everyone is so gracious now. Status, popularity, and coolness have all gone by the wayside. Some people are bigger. Some are smaller. Some are bald. Some are gorgeous. Some are wildly successful others struggle. Some of the crazy ones have found God and settled into a different way of life. Others are still looking for a good party. In the end it didn't matter. It was just great to see everyone again and marvel at how 35 years had gone by. All of us who go to be a part of that magical season will always savor that moment for our class will always be the CIF Champions of 1977 and nothing on earth will ever change that reality.