Tomorrow is today's future, which of course makes today tomorrow's past.

Tomorrow is today's future, which of course makes today tomorrow's past.

Let's turn the knob on the "way back machine" and take a gander at the class of 1965 at both Delaware Valley and Port Jervis high schools.

The DV yearbook was gold, black and white and was titled "The Delaware." This class had many outstanding scholars and athletes.

Lanky scoring threat Harold "Hallie" Orben was the star of the Warrior basketball team. He wound up with 1,049 career points. Orben was coordinated and an accurate shooter from both inside and outside.

Coach Ron Robacker's DV varsity soccer team posted a 9-0-1 record and captured the Pike-Wayne County League championship. Contributors to the unbeaten season included players Frank Brigham, Doug Billman, Ted Strohl, Gary Bowers, John McGoey, Dale Greeves, Earl Theodore, Deg Carroll, George Reidinger and Benedict Anthony.

On the basketball court, Orben was joined by fellow starters Bill Jones, Jim Coxe, Ray Orben and George Gregory. The Warriors of coach Bob Rhoades were a rugged and talented group of players who shot the eyes out of the basket. Home games were jammed with spirited Warrior fans, and the school band helped form basketball spirit like no school in this area.

Some outstanding athletes in the class included Mike Theodore (soccer), Ray Orben (baseball), Charlie Vogt (golf) and Anton DeVries (track).

Across the river at PJ High, the blue-and-white Class of 1965 yearbook was called "Archives."

The most versatile athlete in the class was Rick Spears, who now lives in Florida. Spears was an all-DUSO quarterback under Port football coach Joe Viglione, as well as being a fine basketball player — a guard — and a superb golfer.

Spears went on to star in golfing at the University of Florida. Spears competed in the U.S. Open in San Francisco at age 19 and played in the Masters in Augusta, Ga. He wound up turning professional at the Concord Open in the early 1970s.

The 1964 football squad posted a 6-2 record, recorded three shutouts and tied Newburgh Free Academy and Middletown for the DUSO League title.

Six Port Jervis players made the first team All-DUSO list along with Spears, including Ed "Ziggy" Rutan, Bill Hallock, Bill Blasberg, John Bell, John MacKechnie and Dave Simmons.

In varsity basketball, Port suffered through a 3-15 season that included five defeats by a total of 10 points. Spears was Port's top scorer, while the rebounding leader was tall athletic standout Walt Lederhaas.

In varsity wrestling, coach Al Wilgard's grapplers posted an 8-1 record while nailing down both DUSO and DUSO Tournament titles. Mike Drapala garnered a Section 9 wrestling crown while teammate Eric Keyes grabbed a second place.

In cross country, coach George Graeber's Port Jervis harriers went undefeated (7-0) and handed Kingston High its first loss in five years.

Red Raider John Kinney smashed the Port Jervis course record by four seconds (10:17) and ran a 4:18.8 indoor mile in the Westchester County Games.

In track, Kinney ran a 4:15.2 outdoor mile in the New York state meet. Under coach Gordon Short, Port Jervis was an area powerhouse, went 5-0 and wound up winning 26 of its last 27 meets.

This team smashed countless school records on the way to its undefeated season. The Raiders won their fourth straight DUSO crown in May of 1965.

Bill Tangen is a former Gazette sports editor. He can be reached at