“Fab – 5”, 1958-1962
by Cletus "Goody" Goodteacher
In the warm Labor Day weekend of the 1958-59 school year at Marty Mission, the “Fab 5” registered in
St. Ben’s Hall with Fr. George. These five students would remain classmates and teammates for next
four years until their graduation of 1962.
As Freshmen classmates, they began their sports careers
under the watchful eye of Coach Moe Shevlin, who taught them the basic fundamentals of football, basketball and track. As Sophmores and Juniors, these five athletes got to know the moves of each other and developed
into a team oriented group. Each year their athletic skills improved and so did their
team records. In their junior year, they lost only one game in football and were runnerup to Sioux Falls
O’Gorman at the Catholic state basketball tournament.
In their senior year and with four
years playing sports together they were undefeated in football with key wins over Howard Highschool and Springfield and placed
fifth in the final South Dakota state football poll. Each of the Fab 5 played key roles in this victorious
season. These five players, in their senior year 1961-62, capped off their careers by winning the Catholic state basketball
tournament with a 66 to 50 win over the Sioux Falls O’Gorman Knights. You can say that the team of 1961-62 accomplished
and completed a successful career with hard work and four years playing together.
With four years of eating Marty foods,
such as, “brown slabs (bread) and mush (corn meal or malt of meal), and washing them down with milk, I always figured
it was these two foods that gave us the edge over teams we played. At the time we ate
them, I promised myself I would never eat brown bread or mush ever in my lifetime. Years later I finally found out the nutritional
value these two meals gave us. When we were down and needed that final surge of energy to overcome a lead in basketball or
a touchdown in football, thanks to the “brown slabs and mush” that gave us that extra energy. The
sport drinks of today can take a back seat to our “brown slabs and mush.” To day, these two
are a daily part of my diet and I really enjoy them.
“Darn it, who were these “Fab 5” guys:“
They were Larry Dauphanais (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), Bob Walker (Omaha Tribe of Nebraska), Grover Yellow Bird (Three Affiliated
Tribes, Ft. Berthold, ND), Francis “Butch” Drapeau (Yankton Sioux Tribe of SD), and yours truly,
Cletus “Goody” Goodteacher (Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska) Among the Sioux, Chippewa,
and other plains Indians on up to the Canadian border, the argument still continues, who ate the most “brown slabs and
mush”, Larry or Grover?
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