Local history: Looking ahead to the big high school football battle of 1961

Local history: Looking ahead to the big high school football battle of 1961

Local history

In 1911, Albert Stahl, who was shot Tuesday night in north Champaign by James Young, died this morning at Burnham Hospital. Stahl was 31 years old and had no known relatives. Jailer John McKinney notified Young of Stahl’s death this morning. The accused said, “I hate to hear that. It is all up with me now.” Young, a black man, had been taken to the county jail soon after the shooting, as he feared being lynched.

In 1961, Urbana torpedoed Mattoon, 18-0, and Champaign defeated Danville, 31-0, setting up “the big one,” a season-ending game the following Friday between the crosstown rivals. With its win Urbana was now 7-1 while Champaign was 4-4.

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