BY JOE GODDARD
November 9, 2012
HINSDALE — The Hinsdale Central Football Club luncheon was memorable in more ways than one Sunday, including an inspirational talk by 2006 all-state Red Devil and Northwestern starter Jack DiNardo that had fathers as well as players wanting to strap on their helmets one last time.
“Jack was the perfect role model for the kids,” a parent said. “His theme was, ‘It’s all about the journey.’ He delivered it without notes.’’
Coach Rich Tarka’s 7-2 team had eight all-West Suburban Silver selections, including Andrew Pyle, the team’s top defensive player for the second straight year. He set a school record for linebackers with 228 tackles, a mark that his dad Randy Pyle once held, along with former standouts Joe Mack and Tyler Quast.
“I wanted to get it back in the family,” said Andrew, who will play for Pennsylvania in the Ivy League.
Nose tackle Peter Nelson was a double-winner. Teammates voted him the recipient of the Red Devil Award, and coaches presented him the Bill Huskisson Spirit Award.
“Hearing my name will be special forever,” said Nelson, a tri-captain with standout quarterback Brian Owens, the team’s Most Valuable Player, and running back Jack Adams, the co-Offensive MVP with John Claussen.
Adams ranks among Hinsdale’s top rushers in the last 58 years. His name will be linked with: John Magda, Tony Carmignani, Pete Hambrick, Herb Feris, Al and Ken Koranda, Larry Grandy, Bruce Elliott, Bob Hardig, Will Faville, Paul Drazin, Tom Stephens, Bill Eickhoff, Jim Klein, Jeff Carr, Brendan Lynch, Eric Mahorn, Rob Horvath, Brian and Scott Musso, Ryan Swift, Mike Mangan, John Perkowski, Brian Grzelakowski, P.J. Beuke, Brett Morse, Zach Leathers, Rich Zajeski and John Whitelaw.
Other all-WSC selections were Chris Miller (Most Improved) and juniors Brian Allen and Jacob White.
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