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Third Annual Wildcat Football Alumni Reunion


September 5, 2019

Photo courtesy of Doug Viney

From left: Floyd Viney, Rich Hendrickson, Doug Dillman, Bob Flanagan, Joe Donlin, Ron Babler, Bill Meyer and Yvonne Remy. Missing from photo: Greg Hageman and Gary Kahl.

The third annual Wildcat Alumni Reunion was held at the Belleville vs New Holstein game Friday night, August 23rd, at the Sports Complex. It has been 92 years since football started being played at Belleville High School and 79 seasons under the lights! Each year the Alumni Night game focuses on a group of teams and honors them for the contributions they made in their day to what Belleville football is today. At halftime, members of these teams, including players, cheerleaders, managers and coaches, were recognized and a few made it onto the field along with the sons of former coaches CH Hageman (Greg) and Darrell Dillman (Doug). Floyd Viney, Class of 1946 and grandfather of a current player, was the oldest in attendance.

A 104-page commemorative program covering the 1928 through 1963 Wildcat football seasons with photos and articles originally published in the Belleville Recorder was made available for a donation of $10.00, with the proceeds going to the Belleville Wildcat Youth Football program. In it you will learn that:

From 1928 through 1931, Belleville played 11-man football before the program was dropped during the Great Depression.

1941 saw football re-introduced and we played under 6-man rules.

Belleville became the 'Wildcats' during the 1942 season as the name changed from 'Purgolders'.

Belleville was named the state champions of 6-man football in 1943.

The Wildcats won seven conference championships and had five undefeated seasons during this period, including back to back undefeated teams in 1955 and 1956.

The 'leaping' Wildcat logo was first introduced in 1960 and was originally called 'Willie Wildcat'.

The Wildcats won four conference championships in a row (1962-1965) and five in six years (1960) to open the 1960's as we made the transition from 8-man to 11-man football.

There are still a number of copies available and if you would like one, please send a request to Bart Morrick at

Next year, we will celebrate them teams of 1964 through 1970 – hope to see you there!


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