Farewell, old friend.
Those words were heard over the summer for at least four former San Diego-area football players.
Doug Dunnam, 75, was a starting guard on the 1956 City Prep League-champion Hoover team that upset San Diego High, 20-12, before a roaring, record, overflow crowd of 9,000 persons at Hoover.
Dunnam also was a member of the San Diego team that played the Los Angeles City Section all-star squad in the annual Breitbard College Prep game after his graduation in 1957.
Hal Krupens, 78, was a standout on Don Giddings’ 1953 Point Loma squad and scored 7 touchdowns and 42 points, plus touchdown runs of 72 and 2 yards as Point Loma routed Hoover in one quarter of play, 14-0, in the annual City Schools’ carnival before 24,000 fans in Balboa Stadium in 1952.
Krupens was head coach at Clairemont from 1986-90 and also coached track at Crawford.
Bill Harvey, 76, quarterbacked Bennie Edens’ first Loma squad in 1955 and was named to the Breitbard Athletic foundation all-City Prep League backfield.
Dave Saska, 68, whose family has owned a popular Mission Beach restaurant since the early 1950s, was a 210-pound all-San Diego Section lineman at El Capitan in 1963.
The Vaqueros upset Hoover, 27-12, in the playoffs and were beaten, 20-6, by Kearny in the finals.
Ron Loneski who coached Lincoln to six section basketball championships and state runners-up in 1988 and ’91, passed away at age 77 in Lawrence, Kansas.