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Published September 18, 2013, 06:53 PM

Shanley’s first state title in 1953

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The more things change, the more the stay the same. Shanley High School has represented football dominance in North Dakota, they are the defending state champions and when WDAY signed on the air in 1953, the Deacons claimed their first title. Tom Wold was the starting quarterback of Sid Cichy's 1st title winning team.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The more things change, the more the stay the same. Shanley High School has represented football dominance in North Dakota, they are the defending state champions and when WDAY signed on the air in 1953, the Deacons claimed their first title. Tom Wold was the starting quarterback of Sid Cichy's 1st title winning team.

Tom Wold: “The longer I played football, the more I realized how good are coach was Sid Cichy, he had us prepared very, very well, we were in good shape, I always thought we were a touchdown or two ahead before we started the game because we were well coached.

Cichy's reign over North Dakota began with that 1953 season as the Deacons beat St. Mary's in the championship game and Wold recalls watching WDAY.

Wold: “I remember going home and watching the highlights with Bill Weaver, he was the sportscaster at the time and then it occurred to me that our game was televised.’

Wold went on and quarterbacked the Deacons to another title in 1954 and was named an All-State quarterback and says to be a part of Shanley football unites players from 60 years ago to today.

Wold: “Coach invited us to make a comment to the team before they played their championship game and say how important that was they will never forget if they win today that will be a big moment in their career so yeah there's a tradition there that current Shanley athletes want to maintain and continue.”

Wold went to UND and became a lawyer after his playing days were over, he said he last attended a Shanley football game in 2011 at the state championship.

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