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1933 Roster:

T - Francis Miller

E - D. Watkins

E - Petersen

E - J. Watkins

T - Knoernschild, Paul

G - Castagno, Merve

G - Leaf, Art

G -Castagno, Frank

C - Banfill

QB - Castagno, Bill

HB - Reini, George

HB - Pedigan, Merle

HB - Hagar

FB - Yourglich, Martin

 

1934 Roster:

LHB Stonebridge, Harold
L End Darst, Andrew
Marenokos, Jim
Center Fury, Wayne
R End Johnson, Gene
LHB Reini, George
RHB Pedigan, Merle
QB Castagno, Bill
FB Yourglich, Martin
Hagar, Charles
L T Castagno, Frank
LG Castagno, Merve
RG Leaf, Art
RT Knoernschild, Paul
QB Anderson, Albert
End Ward, Bob
Shew, Linn
Monti, Silvio
Brolio, Silvio
Jarvinen, Bill
Nikko, Toino
 

 

 

 

 

1949 Players

LE - Dick Brundage

LT - J. Bakamus

LG - Jack Confer

C - Tom Hickman

RG - R. Crossley

RT - Nick Bakamus

RS - Bartlett

QB - Larry Totten

LH - Pete Bakamus

RH - Bill Erspamer

FB - Charlie Bachman

QB - Art Wallace

DL - Dave Chevalier

DL - Jack Evans

 - Barker

DL - Bobby Alma

 - Holmes

 - Pepsidero

 - Chalfa

 - Ley

 - Saulsman

QB - George Parks

C - James Hailstone

LE - Robertson

 - Klinkenberg

PK - Ledo Malmassari

 

 

 

  Issaquah Firemen (1934 - 1937) aka Issaquah "Alpines"

Alpines Dairy Products (1938 - 1950)

Years of Operation: 1934 -1941

 

Overall Record: 62-4-9

 

First Game: 1933 Capitol Hill AC

 

First Win: 1933 Capitol Hill AC

 

Final Game:

 

League Affiliation:  

Puget Sound 160 pound "B" League (1934-1941)**

Northwest 175 lb Conference (1947-1949)

 

**Also known as the "Commercial League"

 

Team Headquarters:

Owner: Issaquah Athletic Club

 

General Manager: Edward "Ted"  Stonebridge (1934-1950)

President:  Remo Castagno (1949)

 

Coaches: Doc Hobbs (1934), Roy  Eddie Parker (1949) Tim Davidson (1949 - Interim)

 

Home Field(s): Memorial Field

Titles Won

1933 South End Champions

1933 Commercial League Champions

1934 Commercial League Champions

1935 Commercial League Champions

1936 Commercial League Champions

1937 Commercial League Champions

1940 Commercial League Champions

1941 Commercial League Champions

1947 Northwest 175 lb Conference Champions

 

 

 

 

The Issaquah Volunteer Fire Department entered their first team in the 1933 160 lb League, which went by a number of names:  Seattle "B" League, Puget Sound "B" League, and Commercial League.  Players only weighing under 160-pounds were allowed to play in the league

 

In that first year, the Firefighters went undefeated and unscored upon beating Crown Hill for the 1933 Title.  Merle Pedigan rumbled into the endzone against the Taiyo's while Reini added the extra point for a 7-0 win with games remaining against Interbay and Atlantic Street, one win would claim the South End title.

 

Their legend was just beginning.  Ed Stonebridge knew he had a scrappy bunch of players, but he had no idea they would go nearly six years before being defeated in league play winning 44-straight league games. 

 

1934 was another unbeaten season with Crown Hill finally crossing the goal in the Dec 23 Championship.  The teams tied and by virtue of their unbeaten season, won the league title.

 

1935 was another unbeaten 5-0 season and league crown, and it wasn't until an exhibition game with the Wenatchee Rainbows on Oct 11, 1936 that the Firemen tasted defeat on the gridiron.  The 12-7 loss was due in large part to being outsized as many on the Wenatchee squad were well over the 160-pound weight limit the Firemen played by.  No one would cross the Fighting Firemen's goal line the remainder of the year as they won their fourth straight title.

 

In 1937, the Seattle teams decided it was time to unseat the small town boys.  The Kent Red Raiders would become the Firefighters nemesis, but could only manage to tie Issaquah as the Firemen won the league championship with a 7-0-2 record giving up only 12 points on the season.

 

The Red Raiders of Kent became the Purple Raiders and finally broke through taking the league title from Issaquah when the now named Alpine Dairy Products team stumbled against Rainier District in their first league loss in team history.  The streak halted at 44, the "Alpines" exacted some revenge on Dec 4, with a 14-0 rout of the Rainiers.

 

Hans Forester of Alpine Dairy Products was convinced by Ted Stonebridge to purchase new uniforms and equipment for the purple and gold, with the teams helmets painted to match Alpines colors.  This prompted the team to become the Issaquah Alpine Dairy Products football team...later shortened to Alpines.

 

Fullback Johnny Castagno was becoming a force with his 2nd straight season scoring 7 TD's in a season.

 

The 1939 Alpines were enjoying their most productive season to date ripping off 11-straight victories before losing the Championship game to the Enumclaw Wolverines, a new team that finished 10-0. Castagno finished the season with 15 touchdowns under the direction of new head coach Roy Hall, a prominent Broadway High and Centralia coach.  The season opener was a game with Grays Harbor dedicating the new stadium opening in Aberdeen.  The normal weight limit of 160 was not used by the Harbor who had a 265-pound tackle and a 235-pound running back in former University of Washington player Tony Gasparovich.  Issaquah came away with the 7-0 victory nonetheless.

 

1940 brought another undefeated Championship season to Issaquah rolling to a 7-0 season.

 

1941 was unusual as the Alpines stumbled against rival Enumclaw in the season opener losing 6-0.  Six straight wins later Issaquah and Enumclaw squared off for the season finale with Issaquah winning 27-6.  Their seventh league championship in nine years was secured.  Bill Castagno became the coach in 1941 after breaking his collar bone in 1939.  Johnny Castagno rejoined the team midway through the year and bolstered the teams lineup.  Johnny would finish as the top touchdown rusher in team history.

 

A week later the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor thrusting the United States into World War II and many of the leagues' outstanding athletes headed to war.

 

The Issaquah Firefighters/Alpines locked up their place as one of the nations most dominate football teams in semi-professional history winning 62 games, losing 4 and tying 9.  59 of those 75 games were shutouts, making the Issaquah defense one of the best ever over a 9 year span.

 

 

In 1946-49 James Hooker Hailstone played center for the Alpine Dairy team and the Seattle Cavaliers as a fill in tackle in the 50's.  His teammates included:

Jim, Nick and Pete Bakamus, Tommy Bevin, Dave and Harold Chevalier, Frank Crosly, Ellie Croston, Jack Evans, Al Pankey, Bill and Rex Seil, Mike Sernitch, Jack Shelfa, Larry Totten, Art Wallace.

The 1948 season came down to the undefeated Rainier Beach Athletic Club Ramblers (later to become the famous Seattle Ramblers), and the once beaten Alpines.  A win by the Alpines would force a tie for the 175lb League Championship.  A tie is what the Alpines got, only not for the title, but a scoreless tie in the game and a runner-up finish to the still undefeated Ramblers.

1949 was a rough season for the Alpines just 2 seasons after a conference title.  A huge blowout to the Ramblers in the first game, prompted the Alpines to pull a fast one in the 4th quarter of a one TD game and were caught with illegal players in the second game.  Two ex-UW players who were over the 175 lb limit and unrostered were spotted on the Alpine line and Dick Sprinkle pulled his Ramblers off the field in protest.  The umpire agreed and awarded the Ramblers a 1-0 forfeit victory.

When football was finished and the pads put away, many of the men played for the Athletic Club baseball team as well.

 

August 19, 1961 the Seattle Cavaliers defeated an Issaquah Town Team 7-0.

 

1933 Schedule/Results (5-0-3):  
Capitol Hill 13-0
Rainier Beach Athletic Club 0-0
Oct 7 - Youngstown Athletic Club 12-0
Oct 14 - Taiyo Athletic Club 7-0
Rainier Beach Athletic Club 0-0
Bryn Mawr (Atlantic Street) 12-0
Crown Hill (Interbay) 0-0
Crown Hill * 7-0
   *160 pound League Championship  
    
   

1934 Schedule/Results (6-0-3):

 
Sept 23 - Youngstown

W FFT

Sept 23 - "A's" vs "B's" Scrimmage 7-6
Sept 30 Crown Hill 7-0
Oct 7 Uptown Athletic Club 7-0
Oct 14 Woodland Heights 34-0
Oct 21 Crown Hill 8-0
Oct 28 Mount Baker 38-0
Nov 11 Rainier Beach Athletic Club 0-0*
Nov 18 Crown Hill 0-0
Dec 2 Seattle All-Stars 13-0
Dec 23 Crown Hill ** 6-6
   **160 lb League Championship  
* Protested: Rainier used illegal players  
   
   
1935 Schedule/Results (5-0-0):  
Oct 6 University Market 47-0
Oct 13 University District 20-0
Oct 20 Crown Hill 13-6
Oct 27 Capital Hill 13-6
Nov 10 Crown Hill * 6-0
   * 160 lb League Championship  
   
   
1936 Schedule/Results (6-1-0):  
Oct 4 Port Townsend 13-0
Oct 11 Wenatchee Rainbows Exhibition 7-12
Oct 18 National Guard"B" 31-0
Oct 25 White Center 14-0
Nov 3 Broadway 20-0
Nov 10 Georgetown 38-0
Nov 17 White Center * 18-0
   *160 lb League Championship  
   
   
1937 Schedule/Results (7-0-2):  
Oct 3 - Georgetown 9-0
Oct 10 - Broadway 14-6
Oct 17 - Snoqualmie 14-0
Oct 24 - Green Lake 33-0
Nov 7 - Kent Red Raiders 0-0
Nov 14 - Ballard 13-0
Nov 21 - World Of Woodmen's 69 13-0
Nov 28 - Greenwood 6-0
Dec 5 - Kent Red Raiders 6-6
   
1938 Schedule/Results (8-1-1):  
Sept 25 - Greenwood 19-0
Oct 2 - Eastside Athletic Club 14-6
Oct 9 - Snoqualmie All Stars 6-0
Oct 16 - Fremont 19-0
Oct 23 - Rainier District 7-14
Oct 30 - Green Lake 19-0
Nov 7 - Cleveland Athletic Club 21-0
Nov 14 @ Kent Purple Raiders 0-0
Nov 21 - White Center 14-6
Dec 4 - Rainier District 14-0
   
1939 Schedule/Results (11-1-0):  
Sept 24 @ Aberdeen 7-0
Sept 30 @ Everett Rams 7-0
Oct 8 - Eastside 22-0
Oct 15 - Eastlake 27-7
Oct 22 - Rainier District 19-0
Oct 29 - White Center 33-0
Nov 5 - Japanese Marmots 16-0
Nov 12 - Cleveland Athletic Club 53-0
Nov 19 - Green Lake 40-0
Nov 26 - Brown Bombers 45-0
Dec 3 - Kent Purple Raiders 13-0
Dec 10 - Enumclaw Wolverines 6-17
   
1940 Schedule/Results (7-0-0):  
Oct 6 - Eastside 7-0
Oct 13 - Cleveland Athletic Club 13-0
Oct 20 - Japanese Marmots 31-0
Oct 27 - Rainiers Athletic Club 28-0
Nov 3 - Green Lake 14-6
Nov 10 @ Kent Purple Raiders 7-0
Nov 17 @ Enumclaw Wolverines * 2-0
  * 160 lb League Championship  
   
   
1941 Schedule/Results (7-1-0):  
Sept 28 @ Enumclaw Wolverines 0-6
Oct 5 - Peter's Palace 7-6
Oct 19 - Japanese Marmots 7-0
Oct 26 - Cleveland Athletic Club 7-0
Nov 2 - Green Lake 23-0
Nov 9 - Kent Red Raiders

20-0

Nov 16 @ Kent Red Raiders 6-2
Nov 30 - Enumclaw Wolverines * 27-6
   *160 lb League Championship  
   
   
   
   
   
   
1948 Schedule/Results (1-1-1):  
 - Rainier Beach AC Ramblers 0-14
Aug 24 - Sand Point Naval Station 32-0 
 - Rainier Beach AC Ramblers # 0-0
  # 175lb Northwest League Championship
   
1949 Schedule/Results (1-3-2):  
Sep 4 - Fort Lewis 7-7
Sep 25 - Enumclaw Silver Barons 6-7
Oct 2 - White Center 0-20
Oct 16 - Seattle Boys Club 6-0
Oct 23 @ Rainier Beach AC Ramblers 0-51
Oct 30 - Enumclaw Silver Barons  
Nov - Rainier Beach AC Ramblers * L FFT
Nov 20 - White Center 0-0
  * Issaquah used 2 illegal players  
   

 

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