Don Kemp, who led three Triopia football teams to the state championship playoffs in 1974, 1975 and 1976, began coaching teams at Arenzville High School. Coach Kemp was named Coach of the Year three times in District 4 of the National High School Coaches Association, and in 1996, he was inaugurated in the Association's Hall of Fame in the charter class.
Coach is shown in the photo here with the 1953-54 basketball team of AHS. Photo, back row, from left: Marshall Meyer, Norman Dufelmeier, and Gordon Lovekamp. Middle row: Gayle Mullens, George Roegge, Carroll Lovekamp, Eddie Peck, Mark Dahman, Don Hobrock, and Coach Heitbrink. Front row: Don Kemp, William McLain, Bob Allen, Neal Hart, Charles Hierman, Ronnie Schnitker, and Ronnie Kleinschmidt.
[A special thanks to Theodore and Hester Lovekamp for use of the photo of the 1953-54 basketball team, taken from their book, A Local History Collection of Arenzville, Illinois, 1988.]
Offensive team, as shown in the 1959 Raider.
Back row, from left: Ray Hall, Ed Dober, Bob Schone, Joe Stinson, Gary Nelson, Coach Kemp. Front: Don Emerick, Ray Jones, Jim Beard, Bill Alexander, Mike Abernathy.
Arenzville's Raiders, the 1956 P.M.B.C. gridiron champs, will be seeking their second straight title, aided by nine returning lettermen. Boistered by veteran halfback Gary Nelson, who scored 22 touchdowns, 14 extra points and threw eight TD passes, and pass catching end Ray Hall, who accounted for nine touchdowns last season, the Raiders are the team to beat for the championship.
A tie game with Chapin last season marred Arenzville's six victories for a perfect season. Coach Don Kemp is back at the Arenzville helm for the fifth straight year. Joe Stinson and Charles Roegge stand out among the newcomers and are slated to see plenty of action. Twenty-two players donned pads for opening drills.The nucleus of this year's squad is shown above. Front row, left to right: Gary Nelson, Mike Abernathy, Ray Jones, Ray Hall, and Ron Burrus. Standing, coach Don Kemp, Dale Strubbe, Bob Clark, Lannie "Killer" Clark and Ed Dober, a 205 pound end.
Kemp picks Routt and Chapin as the two strongest threats in the P.M.B.C. race this season.
For more on Don Kemp, see related articles on this site.
With special thanks to Bob and Donna Clark, who shared their yearbooks and scrapbook, the source of the two photos and newpaper article above.