Lincoln Pius X Catholic High School

1973 Football

1973 - Present | Hall of Fame Class of 2014

An unforgettable season packed with highs and lows concluded with a Thunderbolt squad named both city champion and Class B Football State Champion.

Injuries and inclement weather attempted to derail the tenacity of the 1973 team, but the spirit of Pius X resonated game after game, reaching its apex the final two games of the season. Trailing Lincoln Southeast 14-7 in the closing moments, a Joe Millard punt return preceded a touchdown pass from Jim Hamersky to John Magsamen. A dramatic two-point conversion from Hamersky to Doug Charko concluded a 15-14 victory that Vince Aldridge would call “The greatest win of my career.”

The following week provided similar excitement when the Thunderbolts came from behind to defeat Lincoln East 13-12. The school spirit surrounding the 1973 season created a sense of unity present in so many storied Pius X teams throughout our history.

John Strope (via the 1974 Lincoln Journal Star): “Winning demands consistency. Our teams do not tend to be ‘rah-rah’ types. This football championship has been met with outward quietness. I think, however, that this mellowness is part of what the coaches teach – being a champion means more than telling people you’re a champion. Winning is important to a school. A winning tradition unifies a school. It provides a rallying point – a common cause. It becomes contagious; it carries over to all sports, as it has in the last year for Pius X athletics.”

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Speeches as Podcasts
Lincoln Pius X Catholic High School
Lincoln Pius X Catholic High School
Hall of Fame speech with John McLaughlin '67
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  • Hall of Fame speech with John McLaughlin '67

    Hall of Fame speech with John McLaughlin '67

    Aug 12, 2021 •

  • Hall of Fame speech with Coach Ray Forycki

    Hall of Fame speech with Coach Ray Forycki

    Aug 12, 2021 •

  • Hall of Fame speech with Lynde Thelen '92

    Hall of Fame speech with Lynde Thelen '92

    Aug 12, 2021 •

  • Hall of Fame speech with the 1975 Football Team

    Hall of Fame speech with the 1975 Football Team

    Aug 12, 2021 •

    Team representative is Ron Coniglio

  • Hall of Fame speech with Rory Ryan '96

    Hall of Fame speech with Rory Ryan '96

    Aug 12, 2021 •

  • Tim Aylward - Hall of Fame 2017

    Tim Aylward - Hall of Fame 2017

    Aug 11, 2017 •

  • George Easley - Hall of Fame 2017

    George Easley - Hall of Fame 2017

    Aug 11, 2017 •

  • Adam Treu - Hall of Fame 2017

    Adam Treu - Hall of Fame 2017

    Aug 11, 2017 •

  • Elizabeth (Lange) Maggio - Hall of Fame 2017

    Elizabeth (Lange) Maggio - Hall of Fame 2017

    Aug 11, 2017 •

  • 1997 Football Team - Hall of Fame 2017

    1997 Football Team - Hall of Fame 2017

    Aug 11, 2017 •

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