four-year starter at quarterback, William McNelis led Denfeld's
football program to prominence.
In 1918 Denfeld won just one game, but set a school
record for largest victory, defeating Proctor 125-0. By 1921, Denfeld's
5-3 record was good enough to play for the region championship.
The team outscored opponents 224-61 and McNelis was named to the
He was also All-Conference in basketball. Denfeld's yearbook, the
Oracle, noted that McNelis "is beyond doubt the best
basketball man that Denfeld has ever turned out.” He scored
half of his team’s points in his junior and senior seasons.
He graduated from Denfeld in 1922 and came back as a teacher, starting
the first official “pep club” for students. He also
refereed basketball games.
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