It wouldn’t be a stretch to term 1987 the year of the Mustangs. The Dobson Mustangs that is. Twenty years ago Wednesday, Dobson joined the dozens of high schools in the state to win a state title.
The Mustangs liked the feeling so much they struck paydirt three times that season, with football, girls and boys swimming titles in 1987.
“The momentum of those teams, the swimmers, and our kids, you could feel it start to build,” Dobson football coach Mike Clark recalled. “Then at the end it crescendoed you could say. Those kids set the mark for all Mustangs.”
Those three Dobson teams and two Mesa Mountain View teams who were champions that fall (boys golf and boys cross country) will be honored at the 16th annual Mesa Sports Hall of Fame induction. The ceremony takes place Monday at 7 p.m. at Mesa Westwood High’s auditorium.
The magnitude of those titles still resonates today at Dobson. That they were the first in the school’s history was important, but the teams they displaced as champions were just as noteworthy.
The 1987-88 boys swimming team, coached by current coach Jeff Anderson, ended Phoenix Brophy’s 5A title-run in landslide fashion, topping the Broncos 232-125. Three Dobson swimmers were individual champs — Brian Treptow, Neil Lichter and Keith Dennison.
Dobson’s girls, mentored by Connie Mickelson, captured their title the same day — Nov. 14, 1987 — in much tighter fashion, 135-133 over perennial power Phoenix Xavier. The girls featured one individual champ, Kathy Pollard.
Dobson’s 1987 football team was making only its second playoff appearance after a 12-2 record. The Mustangs steamrolled opponents in the postseason, outscoring them 169-47. The season was capped with a 35-14 win over then 5A defending state champ Mesa Mountain View.
Also being inducted Monday are 10 former athletes, coaches or individuals instrumental in sports in Mesa. Athletes set for induction are Dobson’s Dan McKinley (baseball) and Adrienne Judie (shot and discus); Westwood’s Mike McQuitty (swimming); Siaha Burley (football) and Tara Brinkerhoff (volleyball); Mesa High’s Danny Boyle (pole vault) and Jim Carter (golf) and Mesa Red Mountain’s Frankie Jo Olmos (track). This year’s coaching inductee is Westwood’s Bud Doolen (basketball). The special recognition inductee is sportswriter Skip Bryant.