A coach and 24 players came home again to the Puncher dome to mark the 50th anniversary of their State Semifinals team of 1958. On September 5th at pregame, a former Head Coach Carmen Bonner was introduced, walked onto the field and greeted his 1958 players, eleven of who earned all-district and four all-state honors.
Those attending were Jerry Turner, Sammy Martin, Jay Brown, Don Gipson, Robert Reardon, Reudy Loeffler, Bill Martin, Sidney Kothman, George Hale, Raymond Brandenberger, Jim Brelfeldt, Slaly Schuch, Garland Black, Gerald Bratton, Tommy Chew, Dean Gipson, Ronny Zesch, and Billy Don Martin.
Four deceased members of the team were represented by relatives: Dorman Henrich by his son, Lee; Mike Jordan by his son, Jim; Freddie Schmidt by his brother, Dick; and Erin Schmidt by his nephew, Charlie.
Earlier a letter from former assistant coach, James Cox, was read expressing his memories of this team.
Before the game a reception was given at the old MHS by the 1958 Cheerleader: Janice Starks Bellows, Darlene Doyal Brandenberger, Deanna Dannheim Handlin, Marsha Bodenheimer Kothmann; and Maribelle Shay Hoeister. Many thank to friends and family who helped us.
This event was organized at the request of Matt Underwood and the MISD administration who desired to honor this team for their accomplishments on the football field. Many thanks for the game passes and the excellent reserved sealing at the game.
There were others who were instrumental in making this night memorable. One was Paul Rice of the Puncher Club who gave an enthusiastic introduction of the team.
Another group who deserves thanks is the Band Boosters and Marla Schooley for the drink coupons.
And our thanks to the 2008 Mason Puncher team who gave the alumni quite a show with their never-give-up playing attitude. Go Punchers!