Finishing an undefeated season with a 7-0 record and having outscored its opponents by a 316-92 margin, the 1948 Six Star Conference, 6-Man football champion Okabena Bluehawks posed for a team picture with their trophies and engraved footballs. The “starting six” are in the front row (left to right) senior back Darold Baumgard, senior end Curtis Pietz, senior center and co-captain Weldon Bayerkohler, senior back and co-captain Robert Hotzler, senior end Norman Atz, junior back Wesley Baumgard and head coach Dudley Townsend. In the middle row are student manager Donald Mead, Lloyd Kruse, Franklin Seydel, Kenneth Gehrls, LeRoy Hoefker, Roland Pomerenke, Randall Sohn and Ronald Bloom. In the back row are superintendent H.H. Schaefer, Rodney Groff, Virgil Gerdes, Vernon Gehrls, Warren Darr, Allen Ackerman, Robert Pomerenke and Harlan Place.
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