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4 Settlers Edition 2018 (Deer Park (WA) Tribune Deer Park's first win came against Vera High School From Page 3 While football was still in the distance for Deer Park on south Main Street Chewelah, outweighing its Deer Park counterparts by High School, other area schools were already dabbling with the sport. Colvlle and Chewelah played cach other almost 10 pounds per man, had little trouble during the as early as 1908. Both schools, however, could only find a gme. Deer Park, quarterbacked by freshman Howard handful of games each fall Slater, could not muster much offense in a 90-0 defeat, the worst loss in school history. Deer Park's first taste of high school competition was found in a church. The school embraced debate compet in 1914 with a trio of Spokane schools. The debates were hosted by the Methodist Church and drew large crowds. Slater, who would shift to fullback later in his high schl career, would shake off the disappointment and eventually have a stellar career at Washington State A more traditional sports offering came later that png College. He would later have a brief stint the Milwaukee when the school fielded its first baseball team. Unlike today's high school sports, the team was organized by students with a player serving as the manager. Badgers of the fledgling National Football League, making him the only Stag to play in the NIL Things did not get much better for Deer Park a week after the Chewelah game when the team traveled to The first baseball team did not have to worry too much about a traveling budget since all their games were against Spokane to play Gonzaga Prep, coached by the Rev. John Loon Lake High School Concannon. Gonzaga Prep scored three touchdowns in the first quarter on its way to a 61-0 win The following spring, the schedule was expanded to The Union said G-Prep's rocky field left two players injured. It also noted the fine play of Slater, lineman Merwyn Hodges and running back Robert Pember include Chewelah, Colville and Clayton High schools Football entered Deer Park's interscholastic sports world in November 1912 with a game against Colville. It, however, was a brand of football better known by the rest of the world. In other words, Deer Park's fioa game was a soccer match on Thanksgiving Day Deer Park finally tasted victory on Nov. 2 with a 200 win over Vera (Central Valley) behind the power running of halfback Carl Fornfiest. Deer Park beat Colville 1-0 on a Lee Chadbourne goal Five years later, Deer Park was ready for a more And to prove the win was no luke, the team went to the Spokane Valley the following week and beat Vera 37-0 common variety of football Deer Park's initial football season ended with a 45-3 According to the Sept. 21, 1917, Deer Park Union, The defeat would stay with Deer Park for more than a Wade's first team featured 25 boys who showed a "good lively interest" and "everything is promising for a good ear. The 1918 season was cancelled throughoit the region because of the rampant influenza outbreak. T'he team' s only scrimmage came on Oct. 4 when the Since that opening football encouter with Chewelah sophomore junior squad beat the senior freshman team 4 0. te Stags have had 99 more season openers. It would be hard to believe that any of them would be filled with more While the team prepared for the Chewelah team, the anticipation than the one 100 years ago. recent events surrounding the war in Europe dominated the news. Every day, Spokane's daily newspapers featured lists of young men who were recently drafted along with dispatches from Fort Lewis in Tacoma. Notorious spy Mata Hari was waiting in a Paris prison for her death sentence to be carried out WASHINGTON Two days before the game, the town of Chewelah gave a large sendolf to Harold Kingling, who was joining the Navy. The celebration included appearances by the high school band and Boy Scouts. N 16 Main St. Back on the gridiron, the Deer ParkFeDepartmt276-2901 ready for the game by heavily watering the almost barren field. Two years later, the team moved its games to a field