On field and off, Lute football players provide leadership for scouts
PLU's 'Fighting Fools' boosted school spirit in '35
first fifth-floor dwellers say thanks
Eight of the original Fifth-Floor Gang have stayed in touch for 41 years with a round robin letter and an occasional weekend in Seattle. We come from around the country to reunite as the Fifth-Floor Gang for one weekend every other year. Thanks, PLU, for cleaning up that "musty old attic."
players provide leadership for Scouts
Coach Frosty Westering,
On May 10, Marcus Womack, Mark Mariani, Aaron Sonnichsen, Matt Hoffman and Jess Nelson were truly inspirational in reintroducing the PLU method of building a team.
Your Lutes served as superb role models, explaining to our junior leaders how to build the Scouting team by sacrificing for the younger Scouts. Once again, the Lutes let our Scouts know that winning doesn't have to consist of beating someone else, but rather of doing your best, serving others and serving God.
Marcus, Mark, Aaron, Matt and Jess explained how important it is for older Scouts to make young Scouts feel welcome, supported and appreciated.
The Lutes' training served as excellent preparation for Troop 266's equivalent of Breakaway - our annual Outdoor Leadership Camp, where the older Scouts model positive leadership to the younger Scouts and welcome them into Scouting and into the Troop 266 program.
When the guys of Troop 266 talk about PLU and its leadership/football program, they use words like "awesome." It's probably no accident that one of our extraordinary young men, Jeff Fehring, is a freshman at PLU this year. Jeff will be a great addition to a great university.
It comes as no surprise that our junior leaders have scheduled their second annual "October getaway" event at Sparks Stadium. On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 25, we're planning to be in the grandstands, cheering the Lutes on - in football and in life.
Scoutmaster, and parent of PLU journalism major Kara Klotz '98 and environmental studies major Kirsten Workman '99.
boosted school spirit in '35
Before our class of '35 disappears over the horizon, I would like to tell of our exploits. It was in the very heart of the Great Depression, and PLC was a very struggling school. The teachers sacrificed to the bone to keep the school going.
It was our football team that I believe brought courage and hope to the school. Several returned from previous teams to become a team with a marvelous chemistry. We could sense the affection we had for one another. We played with utter abandon.
The Tacoma newspaper dubbed us the Fighting Fools of PLU. We started to win. At homecoming we defeated a strong team from a state school (Bellingham).
This attention by the newspaper encouraged more talented athletes to enroll at PLU. In a few years PLC defeated such football powers as Gonzaga University. I believe their lift benefited the entire school and put PLC on the way to becoming the outstanding private school it is today.
Some of our football men did not return from World War II. I offer a salute to the class of '35.
Paul Gerhardt Hvidding '35