May 03

Where it all began… #TraditionTuesday

This week’s #TraditionTuesday puts a spotlight on where it all began.

The very first football game ever played by Reitz High School was on Oct. 4, 1919. The team took on the Central High School second team, defeating the Bears, 6-0.

The only score was logged by Ralph Woods (also spelled Wood and Weeds, depending on the source).

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1919 results

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Apr 26

Zach Harris’ senior project helped add to Reitz Football Tradition #TraditionTuesday

ReitzFootball.com is proud to present a new feature, called #TraditionTuesday. Every Tuesday, we’ll post a picture, video, link etc. that helps tell the story of the Reitz Football Tradition.

This week’s #TraditionTuesday features Zach Harris. His senior project was to raise enough money to purchase a giant inflatable Panther tunnel that the team could run through at home games as they took the field.

At $8,000, this was a big accomplishment to shoot for, but that’s just the kind of guy Zach is, always setting big goals for himself.

While Zach, who has cerebral palsy, could not play football, his senior project was a success and he was able to take the field through the tunnel with his team.

This video, never before published, is from that night as the team took the field after running through the giant Panther for the first time.

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Apr 26

REITZ Football Golf Outing

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The Reitz Football Golf Outing will again be held at Helfrich Golf Course on Friday, June 10, 2016; check in will begin at 12:00pm with a shotgun start at 12:30 pm.

Your past generous donations have enabled us to provide our golfers a great time that many of our teams have returned year after year. All proceeds from the golf outing are used for the Reitz Football program and the Chris Singleton Lineman’s Scholarship.  Your involvement in this event as a golfer, hole sponsor, or auction items donations, food, goodie bags items and/or gift certificates, is greatly appreciated.

Please see the attached registration form for your donation and/or participation and mail to us by Friday, May 27, 2016. Should you have any questions, please call Melissa Turpin at 812-480-4589.

Printable Golf Brochure:  2016- GOLF BROCHURE

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Apr 25

5 Things Everyone Should Know About the Reitz Football Tradition

5 Things Everyone Should Know About the Reitz Football Tradition

As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, ReitzFootball.com is excited to bring to you 5 Things Everyone Should Know About the Reitz Football Tradition!

Early this year, we sent out a survey to the subscribers of the ReitzFootball.com Mailing List asking what they thought were the most important things that every Reitz Football fan should know. Using their input and after months of work, this booklet is now a reality.

  • Chapter 1: The Reitz Bowl
  • Chapter 2: The Legacy of Herman Byers
  • Chapter 3: What it means to wear the Silver Helmet
  • Chapter 4: The Mater Dei Rivalry
  • Chapter 5: 1961 – The Year of Perfection

And it’s available for FREE to anyone show joins our free mailing list!

Already a member? Check your inbox for an email with instructions on how to download the book. Don’t see the email? Check your junk mail box or promotions tab.

Thanks and please enjoy!

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Apr 21

Plans underway to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Panthers’ 1971 state championship season

The 45th Anniversary of the 1971 Reitz High School State Football Championship season will be fall 2016. Teammates and friends will be gathering before, during and after the Sept. 2, 2016 home game with Castle. Specific activities will depend upon interest and response.

If interested in participating, contact members of the planning committee below.

  • Larry Johnson (iamlarryj@gmail.com)
  • Tom Buck (thomasbuck0116@gmail.com)
  • Earl Milligan (earl.milligan@gmail.com)
  • Bob Fenneman (bob.fenneman@raymondjames.com)
  • Kirby Gross (kirbygross@gmail.com)
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Apr 15

Greater Evansville Football Hall of Fame to induct over a dozen Panthers into first class

Greater Evansville Football Hall of Fame

Greater Evansville Football Hall of Fame

Over 20 former Reitz Football players and coaches will be inducted into the Greater Evansville Football Hall of Fame this fall, it was announced Tuesday.

The Panthers, along with many others from the area, will be honored at the newly-formed organization’s induction banquet on Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Holiday Inn Airport.

The Hall of Fame will have a physical presence, as well, according to Tim Turpin, who has been instrumental in bringing the National Semipro Baseball Hall of Fame to Evansville. The two halls will share a facility with others (including the Greater Evansville Baseball Hall of Fame and Greater Evansville Basketball Hall of Fame), and will open sometime in 2017.

“We’ll have a football field made of engraved bricks and black granite pieces,” said Turpin.

Turpin was also excited about Logan’s Square, which will be an area at the Hall of Fame devoted to the memory of the late Logan Brown, the Reitz student who was killed last year by a drunk driver.

“I played on the Outlaws with his dad, Charles,” said Turpin.

Sam Ball, the Henderson native who played for the Baltimore Colts and appeared in Super Bowls III and V, will be the guest speaker at the banquet.

Reservations should be made by Sept. 15 and can be downloaded here.

So far, 19 former Panthers have been announced:

  • Jamie Bateman
  • Tyrone Browning
  • Tom Buck
  • Herman Byers
  • Pete Fisher
  • Marlon Flemming
  • Don Hansen
  • Andy Hape
  • Bill Hape
  • John Hart
  • Matt McIntosh
  • Paul McIntosh
  • Bob Padgett
  • Duce Reeder
  • Mick Schnell
  • Tim Shipp
  • Bob Stephenson
  • Don Waterman
  • Tom Wilson

More will be announced as the date gets closer.

“We’ll have over 300 inducted in the first class,” added Turpin. “This should have been done 30 years ago. I figure, if there had been 10 people added over 30 years, that wouldn’t leave anyone out who deserves to be in included.”

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Apr 06

MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH CAMP

 

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Reitz Football will be hosting a 4 day camp that will provide basic fundamental skills, position specific skills and TEAM building activities necessary for success at all three levels of competition at Reitz High School.  Campers will be coached by Head Coach Andy Hape, program assistant coaches and members of the 2016 Reitz Varsity Football Team.

Current 6th -8th graders are encouraged to attend all four days.  Camp starts Monday April 11th through Thursday April 14th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the REITZ BOWL.  Camp will happen rain or shine!  A middle school camp brochure is attached below in printable form.  We look forward to seeing you there! GO PANTHERS!

Printable Brochure: Reitz Football -Middle School 2016

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Apr 01

Rules committee to allow forward passes on kick returns

Happy April Fools Day!

The teams kickoff the 2005 IFCA All-Star Game

Kickoff from the 2005 IFCA All-Star Game

INDIANAPOLIS – As part of a new experiment to open up the field and reduce injuries, teams will now be permitted to throw a forward pass during kickoff and punt returns, it was announced today by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee.

“We’re trying to open up the game and make it safer,” according to Bob Crest, director of sports and sports medicine at the NFHS and staff liaison for football.

Beginning in 2016, during a kick or punt return, the receiving team may throw a forward pass from anywhere behind where the kick was caught. That spot effectively acts as a neutral zone for the purposes of determining where the pass can be legally thrown.

In this instance, should the receiving team’s forward pass fall incomplete, they’ll have the ball 1st-and-10 from the spot where the ball was thrown.

“This kind of caught everyone by surprise,” said Reitz head football coach Andy Hape. “This will completely change how we approach special teams plays.”

Only a few other minor changes were announced for the 2016 season by the Rules Committee, such as the elimination of the free-blocking zone and expanding the options on what can be worn as a legal tooth and mouth protector.

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Mar 31

Online Apparel Store Open

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The Reitz Football Football Apparel store is now open online.  This store will be open from March 30th until April 13th.   The directions, website and printable order form is attached below. This is a terrific way to get great gear at a great price!  GO Panthers!

 

Order Form: Reitz Panthers Football 2016 – F.J. REITZ HIGH SCHOOL

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Mar 31

Reitz Football Elementary Youth Camp

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Reitz Football is excited to announce that they will be hosting a ONE-DAY FOOTBALL CAMP for 2nd-5th graders at each of the four elementary feeder schools starting Monday April 4th. The camp will include basic fundamental skills, position specific skills and TEAM building activities necessary for success at all three levels of competition at Reitz High School.  Campers will be coached by Head Coach Andy Hape, program assistant coaches and members of the 2016 Varsity football team.  Camp information is listed below along with printable permission slips for each of the four feeder schools.  We look forward to seeing everyone there!  GO PANTHERS!

 

Camp Day, Location and Time – Printable Permission Slip:

Monday April 4th @ Daniel Wertz Elementary School -3:30 to 5:30 – Daniel Wertz Camp 2016
Tuesday April 5th @ Tekoppel Elementary School -3:30 to 5:30 – Tekoppel Camp 2016
Wednesday April 6th @ West Terrace Elementary School -3:30 to 5:30 – West Terrace Camp 2016
Thursday April 7th @ Cynthia Heights Elementary School -3:30 to 5:30 – Cynthia Heights Camp 2016

 

 

 

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