There have been many, many changes in the United States in the last 100 years, but one thing still in existence today that was here a century ago is the North Tonawanda versus Tonawanda football game. This year marked the 100th game in the rivalry’s history and marked another big win for Coach Eric Jantzi’s North Tonawanda Lumberjacks.
Mike Tuzzo is a two-year starter at quarterback on the varsity football team and a three-year starter on the varsity baseball team. He was a 2009 pre-season All-Western New York nominee. Mike has a 95% GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. He plans to study architecture while pursuing college athletics after graduation.
Phil Lockhart is a two-year varsity football starter for Tonawanda and one of this year’s co-captains. He has also won the coach’s award on the varsity track and field team. His 96.97 GPA has him ranked fourth out of 154 students in his class. He is a member of the jazz and concert band as well as the National Honor Society.
Nick Sebek played in the rivalry from 1944-1945. As a senior, he led the Lumberjacks to a 14-6 victory over the Warriors and kicked the go ahead extra point in the game. After high school, Nick went on to play for Indiana University and was drafted in 1950 by the Washington Redskins. After his playing career ended, he went on to be an assistant coach at North from 1958-1968 and is a member of both the North Tonawanda Hall of Fame and Indiana University Hall of Fame.
Clinton Small is a legend in the Tonawanda area. Mr. Small was a 1934 graduate of Tonawanda High School, where he played football, basketball, and baseball. He coached the football team at Tonawanda from 1949-1973 and baseball from 1947-1979. He won five championships in football and five in baseball, and did not have a losing record between 1954 and 1979. The stadium at Tonawanda was named in his honor in 1973. Accepting for Mr. Small was his son, Dr. Thomas Small.