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Former Milford Coach Fanning Honored

Hall of Fame football coach Sam Fanning, a Milford graduate who returned to coach football at his alma mater, was honored at halftime of Milford-Cissna Park's Oct. 12 game vs. Attica.  The football complex at Milford was officially dedicated Sam Fanning Stadium. 

Fanning lettered 4 years in football at Milford as an offensive guard and defensive tackle (played under the legendary Dick Stearns), 4 years in baseball as catcher, and 3 years in track & field as shot putter and discus thrower.  He was active in FFA his freshman and sophomore years.  Also, Fanning was Salutatorian of his 1967 Graduating Class of 54 students. 

In a 9-year period, starting in 1988, Fanning guided the Bearcats into the playoffs 7 times, including unbeaten teams in the 1993 and 1994 regular seasons.  He retired from coaching football in 1997, but continued to be the High School's Athletic Director and Math Teacher until 2003.  He remained as Math teacher and retired from Education in 2006.  As A.D., the Bearcat athletic teams flourished in the 1990s, honored as the best in the decade by the Champaign News-Gazette.

Sam Fanning's most memorable game was against the Oakwood Comets who were at that time ranked #4 in the state.  The game was won by Milford in the 3rd overtime.