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Section champs reunite

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BACK ON THE FIELD — Steve Buethe, Jim Mirande, Brian Rusk, Brant Gasink, Mike Watkins, Mark Hatch. Photo by Brian and Pamela Gasink

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From page A9 | November 01, 2013 |

The 1983 El Dorado High School Varsity football team reunited last weekend to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their San Joaquin section championship.

That special season culminated in a 57-7 thrashing of the Oakdale Mustangs and a string of eight straight victories.

Players and coaches traveled from all over the country (Alabama, Idaho, Utah, Oregon and throughout California) to share cherished memories. Many had not seen one another in decades.

The players and their families joined together Thursday evening for cocktails/conversation at the Best Western banquet hall, reliving the special bond of brotherhood they shared through their accomplishments.

The ’83 Cougars and coaches were honored at Friday night’s game against Liberty Ranch. During halftime, the ’83 team, like old times, burst through a banner and were recognized for their achievements on the football field.

A moment of silence was observed for four deceased members of the ’83 team: Kurt Bergmeister, Craig Locher, Kyle Kenworthy and Brad Mirande.

Head Coach Mike Coulson, Coach Dick Perry, Coach Gary Kenworthy, Coach David Bolster and Coach Ray Everingham put together this special weekend with a big assist from players Mike Watkins and Brant Gasink.

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