Tag Archives: Sprint Football

1984 150 Team

5-2 Lost to Navy 17-0

Destroyed Navy in the Anthracite Bowl scoring 52 points

Eastern Co-Champions


1971 150 Team

5-1 Beat Navy 29-0

League Co-champions

No Team Picture Available









1970 150 Team

Eastern Champs

6-0 Beat Navy 19-7









1968 150 Football Team

Eastern Champs

6-0 Beat Navy 17-14







1990 150 Football Team

6-0 Beat Navy

Eastern Champs

1969 150 Football Team

4-2 Lost to Navy





1966 150 Football



1965 150 Football

Columbia 10-22-1965



1964 150 Football

Eastern Champs

6-0 Beat Navy

Slip the block and make the tackle

Bob Fritz finds a hole

Tarrant on the move


1963 150 Football

2-3 Lost to Navy

Flint tests Middie Secondary

Bennett envelops Penn flank

Flint on the move in 62

1962 150 Football

Eastern Champs

Undefeated 6-0

Beat Navy

Army 15 Navy 12

Conlon rolls

and throws




Flint on the move


1958 150 Football

Undefeated First Season

6 – 0

Army 33 and Navy 0

The Team

Ralph Wensinger – Turned Back to Class of 59 —
Killed in Action Vietnam – like the year before, he again has the ball

24 Oct 1958 With the stands full of Cadets – Navy made a few tackles

Provided by Russ “Skip” Grimm – Class of ’76

1961 150 Football

5 – 1
Lost to Navy

As a Cadet Quarterback, Asst. Manager, (blew his knee out Cow Year) Asst. Coach, and Team OR, Jim Kays Gave 26 Years to the 150s

Ronnie Brown – Captain

Russ DeVries



1960 150 Football Season


Lost to Navy

Eastern Champs


The Record

Coach Tipton and Gene Witherspoon


1959 150 Football Team

Record of 5-1

Lost to Navy


Doc Sutton on the way to another smashing drive.


Princeton Game photos 1959



1957 150 Pound Football Team

Ralph Wensinger – Turned Back to Class of 59 —
Killed in Action Vietnam

The Record

The Team

Undefeated First Season —- Army 7 and Navy 0

Here are “John Brinson”‘s recollections of that first season from his emails earlier this year. He obviously has better recollection than the rest of us. It probably seems like ancient history now. A great experience.

The asterisk denotes Navy star, which we all received. (Somehow mine was omitted from the Howitzer. How’ll I ever convince my grandchildren I was there?)

We were all there on that final drive of 45 yards, running on every play, 4 yards, 5 yards, 4 yards until we got to the goal line, and “Ralph Wensinger” took it over behind Brad and the rest of us. They couldn’t stop us.

Yes, Ralph was a Classmate of ours, and a great quarterback. KIA, RVN

There were 600 at the screening in May; 150 made it to the tryouts in September; Coach “Eric Tipton” had 2 weeks to cut the squad to 48, teach plays, and play our first game. All 6 of us made the starting team. Center, LG, LT, LE, QB, RB.

Brad was elected team captain, and a good one he was.

This Fall, 52 years!

John —–

Class of 58 Starters

QB “Ralph Wensinger” (’59 x ’58) KIA, RVN Ralph was ’58 for 3 years.

RB “Jude Thiebert”

Center “Brad Johnson”

LG “Bill Shely”

LT “John Brinson”

LE “Dick Schonberger”

We were all starters – first team. It was not easy making the starting team, because the coach rightfully preferred Yearlings, then Cows, who would return next season. We played both offense and defense – under the then-current NCAA rules.

We were undefeated, beat Navy, and won the (EIAA) Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship in Army’s first year – in a league that had been dominated by Navy for years. It was great fun. President Eisenhower attended one of our games.

(Note:) My recollection is two games that year, one when the President was visiting WP and came down on a Friday evening and the other was the first 150# A/N game at Annapolis Our great coach, “Eric Tipton”, went on to become the all-time winningest coach in Army history (lightweight football, baseball).

Eric was All-America at Duke in 1938, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1965. We all loved him, and honored him at a 150 lb. reunion at West Point in 1993 when he was 78 years old. He died at age 86.

MacInerney (22) running against Navy


1967 150 Football




The Lightweights also contributed to the success of the “Big” Team…two 66 stars – Jim Greenlee and Van Evans –  were called up by second-year Head Coach Tom Cahill and made timely contributions in the highly successful 8-2 season.  Van Evans, also an indoor/outdoor track sprint star, scored three touchdowns (1 rushing, 1 receiving, 1 punt return) and is still (as of 2013 Press Guide) Army’s 4th all-time leader in season punt returns, season punt return yards, and 7th in season punt return average (min 20 returns), 19th (min 10 returns).  Two touchdowns came in Army’s win over Virginia.  However, his punt return against Stanford was even more notable, as described in the on April 29, 1968 Sports Illustrated article – ‘On, Brave Old Army Team’ :

“Early last season in a game with Stanford, Army punted from its 36-yard line though trailing 20-17 with less than five minutes to play. For the first time since he took the job, Cahill got booed. Really booed, by 31,500 people crammed into Michie Stadium. “That was some voice,” he said. “Whew!” But shortly after the punt, Army’s 150-pound halfback, Van Evans, ran back a Stanford kick into scoring position, and Army pulled the game out. A cheerleader with tears in his eyes came up and apologized to Cahill, for himself and the corps, for ever doubting….”



51st Year of The Academy’s Sprint / Lightweight / 150 Football

Please go to


Draft Reunion Page

Reunion Objectives:

Celebrate 50 years of Army 150s/Lightweight/Sprint football.

Let former players meet and mentor current players

Let former player reminisce

Raise money and awareness for the program


Honorary chairpersons

BG(R) James L. Kays, LTG Franklin L. “Buster” Hagenbeck


LTC Mike Kwinn (chair), Mr. Gene McIntyre (ODIA), Mr. Doug Fillis (A-Club), LTC(R) Vince McDermott (DAA), MAJ Matt Cuviello, MAJ Will Freds, LTC Dan McCarthy, CPT Jay Shell, COL Doug Boone, COL Tom DiBeradino, COL Tom Kastner.


MAJ Mark West (Head Coach), MAJ James Chastain (Acting Head Coach)

Reunion — proposed schedule of events:

22 Oct 08 Arrive

23 Oct 08

Potential golf outing

Practice at Shea

Mentors meet players after practice

Barbeque gathering (with players until 1930, without players

24 Oct5 08

Reunion tours (gym, Kimsey, Library)

Supe Presentation

Memorial Service

Pre-game tailgate in Kimsey (Silent auction)

Sprint football beats Cornell

25 Oct 08

Parade (reserved seating)

Army Fatboys beat La Tech

Pre- or post-game (likely) tailgate at 49er Lodge (depending on
game time)

Introduction of 150s at Fatboy game

150, Lightweight, Sprint Lore

They were badly mauled in the first half. Just prior to the start of the 2d half they were told. Steve will quarterback. You will have to figure out how you are going to protect him since he will play with his separated shoulder in a sling. On the first offensive play he took the snap and went untouched for the score. The rout was on.

Leading 14 to zero it was 4th Down, on their own 38. The play had been sent in. They were operating out of the Texas Wishbone and he saw that the middle was clogged with defenders. He checked off to a slant pass to his wide open split end. Ten men momentarily stiffened, for if the play failed, each knew they would all be in for punishing comments. Number 51 snapped the ball, as he raised up to pass Coach Tipton nearly swallowed his cigar; but then was to never say a word as Donnie took the pass for 61 yards to the 1 yard line. The Army defense led by numbers 83 & 67 dominated the field. Number 40 piled up yards resulting in a 41 to 0 score. Glynn Mallory a 150 player, Class of 61 enjoyed the humor when Mrs. Tipton ordered Crab Cakes that evening in Annapolis.

He took himself out of the game. The trainer wrapped his arm. He went back in making tackle after tackle with his broken arm.

Coach Tipton wanted to cut him because he could not make weight over four years. His Plebe Coach said no; that player would never let the 150’s down. For 3 years, he was the starting fullback. In his last game against Navy at Annapolis, his former Plebe Coach watched him run out onto the field in front of thousands of screaming Navy fans. He consistently slashed through the front 7 and into the Navy secondary that afternoon. There was no more screaming.

As Plebes each Team played both the Goats and Engineers to a standstill. Although they did not score the points, it was the line standing calf to calf, ankle to ankle out weighted 50 to 75 pounds that won the games. Their coach called them a line of tight butts. As Upper Classmen, members of these two teams contributed to the domination of the league over the next four years, losing only one, but never to Navy.

The five photos are from the 1959 Princeton Game.

Charles Flint

awaiting data

Ernie Webb

150 Football – Army A

Latest Book – – “Rescuing America”

Author — Ernie Webb served two years as a US Army enlisted soldier, then entered West Point through an Army wide competitive appointment. After graduation, he held a variety of Infantry and Armor troop leadership positions in Vietnam, Germany and the U.S. During his two years in Vietnam, he was awarded the Purple Heart and five decorations for valor, including two Silver Stars.

After his military service, Ernie spent 12 years as a financial planner and stock-broker, and 20 years as a leadership consultant for Fortune 500 companies around the world. Ernie has written extensively on management, leadership, ethics, and inter-personal relationships. As Editor-in-Chief of Military Review, he edited and produced an award winning issue on leadership. This issue received the largest request for reprints of any issue in the magazine’s 74-year history.

While teaching at West Point, he also co-produced a unique book on life at the Academy, titled “West Point Sketch Book.” He is currently working on a book about finding inner peace titled, “The Inner Core.”

In addition to a B.S. from West Point, Ernie earned an MA in English Literature from Columbia University in New York. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval College of Command and Staff with advanced studies in Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis.

Ernie lives with Pat, his beautiful wife of 48 years, in Pensacola, Florida. They have two grown children. In his spare time Ernie enjoys walking on the beach with Pat, weight-lifting, recreational runs, and playing with his two fantastic grandchildren, Makenna and Miller.