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|1961 Turkey Valley Trojans
"It has now been 50 years since the remarkable
fall of 1961 for the Trojan Football Team"
It is truly one of the remarkable stories in the history of Turkey
Valley. The 1961 football team in only the second year of the
school went undefeated.
Prior to 1960 none of the players had ever played organized
football. Some had never even seen a game. There was very
little football on television and none of the schools that combined
to become Turkey Valley ever had a team.
They had a coach, Don Brooks, who knew how to get the most out
of the eager bunch of young men.
The Trojans really did not have a field, but used what is now the
Lawler softball field as their "makeshift" field. They had one set of
Although the district was comprised of the same towns as today
there were still high schools in St. Lucas and Protivin and most of
the students around Little Turkey still attended high school in
Protivin as well. The players came mainly from Lawler, Waucoma,
and Ft Atkinson.
Bill Sheridan was the center on the team and in the
interview below he shares his memories of the players, the
school, and The undefeated 1961 Turkey Valley Football
|The photo above is of the 1960 team,
but most of the players are the same
as the 1961 team...We did not have
available a good picture to use of the
1961 team. If anyone has one we
would love to have it to share.
Also if you have any articles or
anything else to share let us know
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The Book above may be about
memories of Bill Sheridan growing up
in Lawler, Iowa in the 1950s, but the
stories he tells just as easily could be
about Protivin, Waucoma, St. Lucas,
Ft. Atkinson, Cedar Rapids,
neighborhoods in Des Moines,
Chicago, New York, Washington D.C
or just about anywhere else.
If you ever grew up anywhere at
anytime you'll find the stories
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Memories...The Lawler Stories' :
For a look at photos based on stories
from my book about growing up in the
|In 1955 Bill Prochaska of
Rudolphinum HS in Protivin set
the all-time scoring record in
Iowa for a basketball player.
The record stood for 7 years.
His team that year were
Prochaska, now retired after
30+ years as coach and AD at
Upper Iowa University talks
about 1955 and his storied
Hear the interview and see
photos and stories from 1955