MARTY SPORTS PAGE
Over the years, Marty's athletic teams put fear into opponents and for good reason. They were awesome and they won.
Photos on this web site capture the excitement and accomplishments of those who brought respect to Marty's athletic program. To
add to the site, we are inviting athletes, cheerleaders, spectators, siblings, and fans to share their memorable moments.
We will publish them on the site. Send comments to our web site e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a special place on the site where you want your comments, please let us know. Thank you in advance.
|Deanna Cournoyer, Agnes Azure, Connie Rae Hudson, Jeanette Archambault, LaVonne LaRoche
Top: Patricia Pearman, Juanita Carrier,
and Bernita Waters
Bottom: Gaylene Jeanotte, Thelma Gipp, and Judie Holmes
Elementary Cheerleaders 1949-50
Back row, L-R: Fr. Roger, Ed Poitra, Andy Bradford, Cliff Marshall, Tim Longie, Clarence Frederick, Coach Emil
Redfish. Fron row, L-R: (Not known) Vernon Gourneau, Gene Buckman, Joe Gilbert, Fred Lonefight, Bill Monette, Mgr. Ron Prichard.
(If anyone knows the unknown team member, please e-mail the Marty website.)
MARTY MISSION BRAVES
MARTY MISSION BRAVES
Marty Braves Break Sioux Falls Jinx
Sometimes its three strikes and out. But not for the
Marty Braves, the new champions of the South Dakota Catholic High School tournament.On the third try here Wednesday night, the cagers of Coach Moe Shevlin finally broke the
jinx that hung over them when they wrestled the title away from the Sioux Falls entry in the annual classic, 66 to 50.Wednesday’s championship tilt was the third straight time that
Sioux Falls and Marty met for the big trophy. But in the previous two meetings the Cathedral Irish walked
off with the championship.For two quarters it was
a typical Marty – Sioux Falls battle as the lead changed hands 11 times with Marty holding a slim 31 – 30 lead
at halftime.But sophomore Gene Wright and senior
Cletus Goodteacher broke the game open in the third quarter when the Braves struck fast and the Knights were never a serious
threat after that.All-stator Frank Larsen pushed
O’Gorman ahead 32 – 31 at the onset of the third period as he hit from about 15 feet, but the Knights scored only
one more field goal in the period while Marty built a comfortable 10 point cushion, 47 – 37.After falling behind 32 – 31, Wright meshed six straight points, followed by two
consecutive fielders by Goodteacher. The sudden explosion gave Marty a 41 – 32 advantage in the three
minutes time and before the rally ended, Bob Walker added a free throw and Goodteacher notched another field goal for a 44
– 32 advantage.The nearest Sioux Falls came
after that was nine points, 52 – 43, with 3:23 left in the game. But Butch Drapeau,
Mr. Everything in Marty’s attack, and Goodteacher put the Braves out of reach as they combined forces for another seven
straight points.Drapeau, who serves as the floor
general, led all scorers with 24 points, Wright, a promising sophomore prospect, added 15 points as well as pulling down a
lion’s share of rebounds. Goodteacher, with some timely shooting, added 14 points while Walker chipped
in 10. Goodteacher and Walker also grabbed the rebounds for the winners. Other senior
standouts were Grover Yellow Bird and Larry Dauphanais. (Taken from The Wagner Post, March 8, 1962)
Marty Mission Braves
1962 Basketball Champs
Cletus "Goody" Goodteacher, Bob Walker, Coach Moe Shevlin, Grover Yellow Bird, Butch
Drapeau and Larry Dauphinais
We're Number "1"
Grover Yellow Bird, Bob Walker, Cletus Goodteacher, Coach Moe Shevlin, Butch Drapeau, Larry Dauphinais,
and Gene Wright
Butch Drapeau, holding his trophy, was named to the All-State Basketball Team.
NORMAN WHITE SHIRT - Cross Country Runner
Norman is an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota and was a student and distance runner
for the South Dakota School of the Deaf, as he could not hear or speak. It didn’t matter where the
race was, the School of the Deaf athlete ran with a floating style unlike any other runner competing in South Dakota in the
early 1960’s. One sports writer stated, “even if inaudible, victory tastes just as sweet.”He couldn’t hear the shouted congratulations as he crossed the
finish line, but it didn’t matter. The place card they handed him read, “No. 1,” that
and his smile said it all. Another sports writer described Norman’s running style as, “gliding or flying, he seemed
to be on a higher plain, running somewhere above the grass.” Two of Norman’s
notable cross country wins were at Lennox, SD, October 1961, in the time of 8:58.6, a new record, and a first place win at
the South Dakota State cross country race, October 1961, on a 2.3 mile course, in the winning time of 11:36.5. At the International Olympic Deaf Games, held in Helsinki, Finland, August 1961, White Shirt competed only in the 1,500
meters. He was scratched by his coach in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, although he wanted to run. Norm
was not up to physical par the coach felt. He finished 8th place in the 1,500 meters. He earned
his spot on the 1961 USA Deaf Olympic team and received needed contributions from area sports fans, Today, Norman
is fine and doing well, he resides in the Sioux Falls area. He enjoys each day and lives them to the fullest.
We feel his personal running achievements, despite his handicap, need to be known.
Rapid City Journal (December 20, 2008)
Lakota Nation Invitational honors
For most of them, they no longer play the game.
Yet on Friday night, more than 30 Native American coaches and former players met at center court of the Rushmore
Plaza Civic Center-Arena-to be honored as legends by Lakota Nation Invitational.
Former Rapid City Central High School coach Dave Strain was honored for his groundwork in blending talented
Native American players into the Cobbler's basketball teams. He not only created championship seasons for Rapid City's
Central High School but also created Native American heroes for generations of children to admire.
"It's always nice when it happens. You make an impact along the way," Strain said.
Marty Waukazoo, chief executive officer of Native American Health Center of Oakland,
Calif., and a former Cobbler all-state basketball player, said Strain underestimated his legacy and what he had achieved.
"He gave the American Indian an opportunity to belong," Waukazoo said.
As a teenager, Waukazoo crossed racial barriers when suiting up for the Rapid City
basketball team. Strain wanted talented boys ready to work hard, study — and most importantly, to build a team. "We
weren't Indians and whites, we were Cobblers," he said.
said that after games, young Native children would often ask for his autograph.
He said Strain's teams would go on to expand their talent on the basketball courts and into their lives
as well. "I have a great deal of respect for him," Waukazoo said.
players honored, part of the Catholic State Tournament, had long left their rivalries behind — along with their youth.
Silver haired, some bald, using a wheelchair or even canes, these once big men of the
basketball arena reached out to shake hands and laugh in recognition at their old teammates and rivals.
The Catholic tournament ran a basketball conference among Catholic schools from 1937
to ~1964r The teams" included the Stephan Chieftains, Marty Braves, St. Francis Warriors and the Holy Rosary Crusaders.
Harlan Gunville of Flandreau recalls that Stephan offered a great education, but it
was on the basketball court as a Chieftain that he learned sportsmanship — something he used in his rodeo career and
throughout his life. "I still have friends from 50 years ago," he said of his days in sports. A White Horse native
of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, Gunville, 70, said that when he played for the Chieftains from '55-'58,
.it was a much more deliberate game.
"We sped it up," Gunville said.
Larry Mendoza, 63, played center for the Chieftains 45 years ago. It was the year they
won their chance to play for the championship title. Like the movie "Hoosiers," they were the little guys with a
lot of heart, he said.
"There must have been all of 65 students
enrolled in Stephan, and then we played Sioux Falls O'Gorman. They were big," he said.
At 6-foot-4-l/2, Mendoza was 5 inches taller than the O'Gorman center. Although the Chieftains weren't
necessarily deep on their bench, they introduced the private Catholic school to a Native basketball style of run-and-shoot
that exhausted their opponents.
Mendoza still feels the elation
and happiness of that 1963 victory and championship. The bond with his teammates has not dimmed, even after nearly a half-century,
"It's like it was yesterday," he said.
Those honored included:
Stephan Chieftains —.
Pete St. John and Dale Ducheneaux, '50-'54; Harlan Gunville, '55-'58; Melvin Hawk, 1961, All Tourney; the
1963 team — Lonnie Spotted Bear, Joseph Culbertson, Roger Lawrence, Justin Lawrence, Ed Grandboice, Saul Fleury, Larry
Mendoza, Ronald Howe and Coach Mike Reddy.
— Larry Dauphinais, Grover Yellow Bird, Joe Merrival, 1955; John Duane Goes In Center Witt, Dean Brewer, Walt Cournoyer
and Jerome Witt.
St. Francis Warriors -Skeeter Leader Charge, Leroy Swalley
Sr, Vincent Brewer and Lionel Bordeaux, '57-'58.
Holy Rosary Crusaders —
Basil Brave Heart, Billy Swift, Floyd Hand Jr. and Melvin Clifford, both '57-'58; Percy Little Bear, '63-'64;
and Herb Colhoff, '45-'49 and All State, '48.
*Joe Merrival played in 1955
the rest of the Marty Braves listed above played in 1962 except for Duane Goes in Center Witt who played after 1962.
Valarie Markley, Millie Martin, Patty Baker, Roberta Drapeau and Kay Baker.
Marty Wins Catholic Track Crown
Springfield, SD: Coach Moe Shevlin’s Marty Braves made
it a clean sweep in the S.D. Catholic High School ranks during the 1961 – 62 school year when the Braves topped off
a brilliant season with an easy victory in the First Annual S.D. State Catholic Track Meet.The Braves’ victory in the track meet put the frosting on the cake which was baked
when the Braves’ won the SD State Catholic Basketball title the past winter and after its football team went undefeated
this fall.And once again it was a veteran performer,
Butch Drapeau, who led the way for the charges of Coach Shevlin. Drapeau, an all-stater in football and basketball during
his senior year, led the Braves to victory in the state track meet by walking off with three individual titles, the shotput,
pole vault, and discus. He also was third in the broad jump.Marty won 10 events in the 16 event meet. The Braves swept all four relays including
the 440 Yd. Relay which was run by four freshmen, Gino Stabler, Ron Yellow, Larry McKinney and Lonnie Goodteacher.
Carl Hudson was another mainstay in Marty’s relay quarters as he ran on the winning 880, mile, and medley relays;
Gene Wright and Gino Stabler each ran on two relay teams.Other first place winners for the champions were Frank Phillips in the low hurdles and 220 yd. dash, and Bob Walker
in the high hurdles.Because this was the first annual
meet, all marks went into the books as records. Team points were:
195 5/6; Stephan 107 1/3; Notre Dame 67; Dell
Rapids St. Mary’s 44; Howard St. Agatha 37 1/2; Salem
St. Mary’s 24 5/6; and St. Francis 20 1/2.
Marty individual results were:
Hurdles: 1. Bob Walker, 3. Grover Yellow
Bird, 5. Wayne Witt
1. Butch Drapeau, 2. Bob Walker
100 Yd. Dash:
2. Carl Hudson, 3. Lonnie Goodteacher, 5. Gino Stabler
High Jump: 2. Larry Dauphanais, 3. Lonnie Goodteacher
880 Yd. Relay: 1. Marty (Carl Hudson, Frank
Phillips, Gino Stabler, Gene Wright)
440 Yd. Dash: 2. Cletus Goodteacher,
3. Grover Yellow Bird
1. Frank Phillips, 5. Gino Stabler
880 Yd. Run: 2. Lonnie Goodteacher
Medley Relay: 1. Marty (Bob
Walker, Larry Dauphanais, Carl Hudson, Truman
Long Jump: 3.
Butch Drapeau, 5. Frank Phillips
Yd. Dash: 1. Frank Phillips, 3. Gino Stabler
1. Butch Drapeau, 3. Grover Yellow Bird
Marty (Carl Hudson, Grover Yellow Bird, Gene Wright, Cletus Goodteacher)
440 Yd. Relay:
1. Marty (Gino Stabler, Ron Yellow, Larry McKinney, Lonnie Goodteacher)
Discus Throw: 1.
Butch Drapeau, (Taken from Daily Republic, Mitchell, SD)
Look who visited Marty! It is Rocky Marciano, heavy weight boxing champ in the 50's. He visited Marty
in the fall of 1962. Those in the photo with rocky Marciano are as follows:
Top row - Orlin
Jewett, Tom Skye, Billy Gayton, Paur LaFrance, Francis Woods, Francis King, Thomas Haitai, Connie McBride and Howard Klyne.
Middle row - Alfred "Bud" Jetty, Toby Moran, Matthew Decora, Coach Emil Redfish, rocky Marciano, Father
Roger, Joe Skye, Morris Houle and Bob DeCora.
Bottom row - Francis Croteau, PeeWee Lonewolf, John
Stricker, Robert "Goofus" Houle, Gary Moran, Wayne Powers and Jame Vanderblomen.
you to everyone who participated in identifying the people in this photo)
8th Grade Cheerleaders 1953-54
Sully, Bertina Waters, Ina Rose Omaha, Norma Jean Wright, Mary Ann Simon and Beverly Powers
The following is printed below the Marty Mission Braves 1955 photo above:
row, l to r: M.Houle, J.Two Hearts, R.LaVelle, N.Walker, H.Klyne. Middle row: Fr. Roger, Athletic Director, P.Azure, R.Decora,
W.Gayton, C.Frederick, Coach Emil Red Fish, Back row: B.Lovejoy, M.Anderson, T.Longie, J.Fitzgerald, C.LaFloe, D.Young, J.Marrival,
1937 to 1964
Let's Talk Football
Cletus Goodteacher and others have been
gathering information about
outstanding basketball teams and players who went to Marty. I have been visiting with
friends who went to school when I did and we wonder if Marty's outstanding football teams and players have ever been recognized.
I attended school at Marty from the fall of 1948 as an 8th grader and graduated from Marty in 1953.
Evidently some organization had donated football equipment to Marty
Mission and a football team was started there in
the fall of 1948. I played as a freshman and don't remember much about that year, but do remember that my nose was
broken when I blocked a kick while playing St. Mary's of New Salem.
Marty and most teams of their size played
six-man football in those days. With very few who knew how to play, the team had rough going the first two and a half
years due to a lack of experience. But the team gained strength after each game so much so that we started
on a winning streak midway through the 1950 season. We went undefeated the rest of that year and the winning streak
continued for several years. Some of the players at the start of the winning streak were Joe Skye, who quarter
backed the team. Joe who is now a real estate salesman in San Antonio, Texas
was outstanding. I don't recall any of his passes ever being intercepted. Matthew DeCora, who lived in California, is
now deceased. Matthew was a threat to score any time he touched the football. Standing 6 feet two inches, he was also an outstanding
basketball player, and was the first guy from Marty to make the All State basketball team. Others on the football team in
addition to myself were Toby Moran who is retired from the B.I.A and lives in Aberdeen. He now works part time as a Chaplain
at St. Luke's hospital. Cletus Gau and Robert Houle are both deceased. Maurice Pahmahmie, who came from Kansas, hasn't
been heard from since our high school days at Marty. Myron White Bear, who was
from Elbow Woods, North Dakota, was the fastest runner I had the pleasure to play with. I think he could have
hung in there with Jim Thorp and Ray Lewis among others.
Then there were Ralph LaVelle and Nathan Sully who left the team, joined the army, and got killed In Korea. Others I
remember are John Stricker, who is deceased, Andrew Woods, Francis King, Albert Moore,
Tony Powers, Robert Leedom, Dale Moran, Orlin Jewett, Gerald White, Howard Klyne, Cornelius McBride, Thomas Skye, Paul
LaFrance, Ernest Kepllin, William Gayton, Charles LoneWolf and Robert DeCora from Winnebago, Nebraska. He lead the team to
Marty's last three undefeated football seasons. Robert was a great player. Like Matt Decora, he was a threat
to score any time he had the ball. At one time he scored 8 touchdowns in a game. And if I recall correctly, he scored well
over thirty touchdowns that year. With so many guys mentioned above I suppose there are others who are deceased.
One year we defeated Rapid City Cathedral. They had been rated number one in the State. Coaches during my time were
Ben Dickhause, who was our first coach followed Ben McGillis who installed a winning attitude in the team. Ben had come to
Marty from Montana where he had coached teams that had won State Championships. He was followed by Emil Redfish who came to
Marty from St. Francis where he had success as a basketball coach. But, he had never coached football before coming to Marty.
Emil, who is deceased, was very humble and smart. He let the team use plays that Coach
McGillis had brought to Marty. Emil's first football team went undefeated. As a matter of fact, his football teams went
undefeated the first five years he coached football.
Since our high
school days, I have kept in close contact with Joe Sky and Toby Moan. We played offense and defense. I liked to
play defense but on offense I had to center the ball to our quarterback, Joe Skye, who hated to be tackled. And we always
knew who had missed a block because he would scold those who had failed to protect him. We all felt bad when Joe was
sacked and on the ground, so we did our best to protect him. To Joe the worst thing that could happen to him was
to get sacked for a loss. Our tight end, Toby Moran, was a fearless player. He could catch the ball, block and play
Outstanding basketball players who attended Marty during my time there
were Matthew DeCora,
Paul LaFrances, Floyd Taylor, Maurice Pahmahmie, Howard Klyne, Ernest Wabasha, and Norbert Goodteacher among others. There
was another fellow, Ed Poitra, who was the brother of Sister Frances Poitra. He was the best outside shooter that I ever saw
play basketball. He played in the late fifties and early sixties under Moe Shevlin. I never had the pleasure to see Max Marion
play, as he had graduated from Marty in the early 40s, but others who had witnessed his playing mentioned that he was outstanding.
As we think back on those days of football and other sports, it is understandable that the Marty students still share a special