CARMICHAELS - Cree, Stuvek and the "boys of '52" will
be reunited once again during the weekend of Sept. 13.
Team members from the 1952 championship Cumberland Township "Mikes" football team will travel from as far away as Surprise, Ariz., and Puyallup, Wash., to celebrate the team's 50th anniversary. Cumberland Township High School began its first football season in 1923.
Although it's the same school, in 1963 Cumberland's named changed to the present day Carmichaels Area High School.
Festivities for the event will begin at 7 p.m. Friday before the Carmichaels High School home football game against California and culminate at the sold-out recognition banquet to be held Saturday evening.
Twenty-seven men will return to relive the 1952 season during which they won the western Pennsylvania Class B football championship.
Tammy Cree Christopher and Billy Cree will represent their grandfather, the late Al Cree, who was the head coach. Tom Stuvek and Fred Stuvek Jr. will represent their father, the late Fred Stuvek, assistant coach.
The team members will be introduced at the game in their replica championship game jerseys Friday night and gather for breakfast Saturday morning in Carmichaels, before touring their alma mater. At the banquet, an audio of the game highlights will be played.
Jim Zalar, superintendent of the Carmichaels Area School District, is the featured speaker and plans to speak about the strong football tradition of the high school. The original WPIAL championship trophy, which has been refurbished, will be rededicated to the school during this gala evening.