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Stan Lewallen


Stan lettered in football and basketball three years and track two years,opting to visit prospective colleges in the spring of 1950. A high jumper and pole vaulter, he won the frosh NIHSC title in the former at 5 – 6 1/2 . He started at guard as a soph in basketball and also played forward and center, despite being 6 2 . He never missed a quarter of action in three years of football, being named MVP of the East Division of the NIHSC in 1949, after earlier being given All-State honors and was the first Redskin to be named to an All-American team. A quarterback and linebacker, Stan scored five touchdowns in his final game, the only one he played at fullback. He also was the punter and placekicker and returned punts and kickoffs. He had a 5.5 per yd rushing average, completed more than half of his pass attempts and was a leading tackler. The 1949 team set a nine-game scoring record, claiming rival Elkhart among its victims, 21-13. Stan earned the first letter jacket ever awarded at GHS. On a football scholarship at the U. of South Carolina, he played a Friday night frosh game against the U. of Miami freshmen in the Orange Bowl. After leaving USC, Stan spent three years in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea in 1952-53. After his discharge, he attended Michigan State University, where he was offered a grid scholarship but declined on advice of his family doctor. Stan was sportswriter and editor for The Elkhart Truth for 20 years.