Recently there was an insert in the News that recounted the last 40 years of Cambridge-Isanti High School football. Of course, football at the high school has been around much longer than that.
For example, the 1943 team, coached by Bill Adam, were the District 16 Champions that year. That achievement was celebrated at a banquet, sponsored by the Cambridge Business Association, on Nov. 29, 1943. The featured speaker was Hubert H. Humphrey, a professor of political science, at Macalester College in Saint Paul. The very same person who later was the vice president of the United States and a candidate for president. Humphrey was an eloquent speaker, and the address he made on Civil Rights at the 1948 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia is considered by many to be the most significant political speech of the 20th Century.
A number of members of that 1943 football team continued to call Cambridge their home, and contributed along the way to make it a good place to live. For example, George Johnson, a co-captain of the team, has been a civic leader for all these many years. Others who fall in this category include Ray Treichel, Ronald Fredlund, Robert Becklin and Jerry Fredlund. Other team members spread far and wide where they made their own mark.
Football has always been an important sport at the Cambridge High school, and I am sure that tradition will continue in the future. Incidentally, the Homecoming Game in 1943 was played against Mora, and the cost of student admission was $.25.
Printed in the Wednesday, Nov. 17 Isanti County News.