Jun 28

#TraditionTuesday The Legacy of Herman Byers

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Of all the important elements that make up the Reitz Football Tradition, one individual deserves special recognition.

Herman Byers.

The Reitz Nation will always be indebted to Herman Byers. The legacy left by the Hall of Fame coach, who compiled a 189-51-15 record while on the Hill, produced an impact that will forever be remembered.

Herman Byers demanded perfection. He was a person that didn`t take alibis. There was always a job to get done and there was only one way to do it. That was his way, the correct way.

the late Don Henry, Reitz Football Hall of Famer

Coach Byers’ famous saying was:

Winners never quit and quitters never win.

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Jun 21

#TraditionTuesday The Reitz Bowl

bowl1922The Reitz Bowl. For all those who have seen in at full capacity, its mere presence can create a polarizing response. A sense of pride, community, tradition and more is felt by those who love Reitz Football. But for those teams that must oppose the Mighty Panthers, the Bowl can create a sense of overwhelm and impending doom.

While players inevitably graduate, and coaches come and go, the Reitz Bowl is the glue that holds all the tradition and fans together.

Todd Yonts, Class of 1999

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Jun 14

#TraditionTuesday Chris Singleton Memorial Golf Outing raises money for team, scholarship

Chris Singleton was loved by all who knew him. He had such a positive affect on the Reitz Nation, that, every year, for the past 15 years, a memorial golf outing has been held that helps raise money for the Reitz Football team and fund a scholarship created in his honor.

ReitzFootball.com would like to give a special thanks to all the businesses who donated prizes for the silent auction, to the golfers who came out and braved a hot June afternoon and to all who donated their time to make this year’s event another success.

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Jun 13

ReitzFootball.com presents a special Father’s Day celebration

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and ReitzFootball.com wants to celebrate the wonderful dads who share their love of Reitz Football with those who they love!

Do you have some awesome memories of your dad taking you to games as a kid? Are you now a dad and have created some wonderful memories of your own with your kids?

Please share your stories and pictures! Send them to info@reitzfootball.com, or post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #rfdad

We’ll post them on ReitzFootball.com and the best stories will earn prizes!

I’ll share mine first:

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My oldest son, Logan, and I at last year’s Castle game.

My dad wasn’t always able to come to my games because he was working so much, but when he could, it made it more special. In the years since I’ve graduated, he’s come to several of the Reitz vs. Mater Dei games with me and other family members.

Now that I’m a dad, I’ve gotten to take my boys to watch the games. I love sharing something that I enjoy so much, Reitz Football, with my kids.

Share your Father’s Day memories one of four ways:

1) Email info@reitzfootball.com

2) Post to Facebook using the hashtag #rfdad

3) Post on Twitter using the hashtag #rfdad

4) Post on Instagram using the hashtag #rfdad

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Jun 11

ReitzFootball.com is hiring!

ReitzFootball.com is looking for someone who loves the Mighty Panthers and loves to write.

The right candidate should have a positive attitude and be able to:

  • produce regular features about Reitz Football
  • produce weekly game previews
  • be at every game and produce timely game recaps
  • bring new and fresh ideas to the table

This will be a paid freelance position. Journalism experience and skills in social media, photography, video and WordPress are helpful but not required.

To apply, please send your resume and a sample of your work to jobs@reitzfootball.com.

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Jun 07

#TraditionTuesday 1961: The Year of Perfection

What is perfection? A quick Google search defines it as:

     per·fec·tion
     noun: the condition, state, or quality of being free or
     as free as possible from all flaws or defects

When it comes to football at any level, this is tough to achieve.

But what makes the 1961 edition of the F.J. Reitz football team unique is that not only were the undefeated, they went untied and unscored upon.

Think about that for a second…

No one scored on the Mighty Panthers all year.

No one.

They were free from all flaws or defects. They were, quite literally, perfect.

The 1961 team epitomized what the football program is about. At Reitz, it is a total effort that includes everyone that has ever attended Reitz. I am 73 and still have season tickets and believe it is my responsibility to attend the games in good and bad years.

Wayne Hettenbach, Class of 1960 & U.S. Army Veteran

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May 31

#TraditionTuesday Reitz alumni continue their love of football with Evansville Enforcers

Panther alumni playing for 2016 Enforcers (From left to right: Nate Eickhoff, Chuck Capshaw, Chris Tuck, and Brent Schnaare)

Panther alumni playing for 2016 Enforcers (From left to right: Nate Eickhoff, Chuck Capshaw, Chris Tuck, and Brent Schnaare)

For most football players, their career ends when they graduate from high school. But for six Reitz Football alumni, their love of the sport has given new life to their time on the gridiron.

This season’s Evansville Enforcers, a semi-professional football team, features Chuck Capshaw, Mike Clem, Nate Eickhoff, Zach Harris, Brent Schnaare and Chris Tuck, all graduates of Reitz High School.

ReitzFootball.com had the opportunity to chat with several of these men recently.

Desire to continue playing

Chuck Capshaw, Class of 2006, had previously played semi-pro football for the Ohio River Bearcats. That team, after playing for the semi-pro national championship in 2009, was eventually compelled to change their name due to similarities with the University of Cincinnati.

“Deciding to play for the Enforcers was just like okay we are transitioning into new uniforms,” according to Capshaw. “I was recruited into playing with the Bearcats halfway through their first season (2008) by a former Reitz teammate, Eric Kendall. I’ve been a part of the organization as a player and now as general manager and player, ever since.”

Mike Clem, Class of 2010, said that other former Reitz players had recruited him as well.

Clem said he has a “never ending feeling of the need to play football.”

Zach Harris serves as Assistant Head Coach for the Enforcers

Zach Harris serves as Assistant Head Coach for the Enforcers

While Zach Harris, Class of 2012, didn’t play, he was involved for years with the Mighty Panthers as the team’s football manager.

“I was nearing the end of my sophomore year at USI…and I had the itch to get back in the game,” said Harris. “I knew about the Enforcers, but I wasn’t sure how to get involved. Markel Snoddy (Reitz Defensive Tackle, Class of 2009) was playing for the team… and he told me that they were looking for new additions to their coaching staff. I’d never coached before, but I figured I’d give it a shot. Two days later, I was given the Assistant Head Coach position. For only being 19 at the time, that’s something I’ve always taken great pride in.”

“My friend, Chris Tuck, who I played football with at Reitz, told me they were in need of some players,” added Nate Eickhoff, Class of 2014. “I still had the itch to play, so I gladly joined.”

Similar goals for each Enforcer

Setting goals are part of every football player’s DNA, and these Panthers-turned-Enforcers are no different.

“There are two goals that I’ve yet to check off the list,” said Harris. “The first one, bring a championship back to Evansville. The second goal somewhat coincides with the former. When I decide it’s time for me to step away from the Enforcers, I want to be able to say I gave the organization everything I could, and that I left it in a much better place than it was when I first started. I’d really like to see the Enforcers become a staple in Evansville.”

“My goal for the Enforcers is to become a leader and to help further the success of the organization,” said Eickhoff.

“Obviously the number one goal for me as a player is to help the team win a championship in our league,” according to Capshaw. “I would also like a chance at redemption in a national championship because we lost that game as the Bearcats. My goals as an administrator of the team are to build the brand in Evansville into a popular summer pastime and give our young players a platform to improve and gain opportunities to reach higher levels of football, collegiate or professional.”

“Obviously every player has the goal of coming home with a championship title,” said Clem, “but as a whole my goals are to do what I can to help my team get there, all while letting out a bit of that built-up aggression.”

Added Clem, who recently lost close to 100 pounds, “the team helps me to stay in shape and active, all while dong what I love.

2016 Enforcer Clem

What the Reitz Nation should know about the Enforcers

“I want Reitz Nation to know that if they have young men that are interested in advancing their football career past high school and they don’t get the full ride athletic scholarship, that there are still opportunities available to them,” said Capshaw. “Players from our level around the country use this level of competition as a springboard into smaller and junior colleges as well as indoor and arena league football or the Canadian football league. Reitz football players have always been a strong group for the Evansville Enforcers and we are always proud to accept another one into our brotherhood.”

Clem’s message was simple. “Come out support our local guys doing what they love.”

While the deadline to try out for this year’s team has passed, there are still plenty of opportunities to see the team play this year.

The Enforcers’ next home game is June 11 at Romain Stadium, kickoff at 7:30 p.m.

“We have great family-friendly entertainment, quality football, at a great price,” added Harris.

Admission is only $8 for ages 13 and up and kids 12 and under get in free.

Stay in touch with the Enforcers

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Note: as of publication, Brent Schnaare and Chris Tuck were unavailable for this article

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May 24

#TraditionTuesday The Mater Dei Rivalry

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Every year during the final game of the regular season, 12,000+ fans pack the Reitz Bowl to watch two rivals battle it out in an environment many college teams would be happy for. While Reitz has played Mater Dei every year since 1952, it wasn’t until 1970 that the first trophy game for the West Side Nut Club’s Golden Acorn Trophy was played.

The Panthers lead the series, 44 games to 20, but the Wildcats have won the past three, and this rivalry is always a highlight of any West Sider’s calendar.

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May 20

VIDEO: Panthers earn first SIAC crown since 1954 #ReitzBaseball

The Panthers used a 5-3 win over Castle yesterday to earn a share of the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference championship with the Knights.

Reitz won the city title Wednesday after beating Mater Dei.

The co-SIAC champs will battle again on Wednesday in the first round of the IHSAA Class 4A Sectional 16 tournament.

Local coverage
Reitz Wins First SIAC Title Since 1954 (TriStateHomepage.com)

Tri-State News, Weather & Sports

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May 19

Panthers earn city title with 9-5 win over Mater Dei #ReitzBaseball

Reitz defeated their West Side rivals Wednesday evening, 9-5, in a make-up game that was postponed from Tuesday.

The win gave the Panthers the city championship and kept them in contention for the SIAC title. A win over Castle tonight would give the Panthers at least a share of the conference crown.

The Knights will play as host for the Panthers’ regular season finale, and Reitz will take on Castle again next Wednesday in the sectional first round.

Standings through games played May 18:
TEAM       SIAC    CITY    OVERALL
Castle      9-2     ---    17-8
Reitz      10-3    10-2    17-7
Harrison    8-5     8-3    13-8
Central     7-6     6-5    15-10
Memorial    6-6     5-5    15-9
North       5-6     5-4    14-11
Mater Dei   4-10    4-8     8-16
Bosse       0-11    0-11    2-21-1
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