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A 1954 front page of the Malheur Enterprise describes the first state championship victory for the Vale High School football team. The team, along with Doug Maag and Dottie Mendiola will be honored at the Vale High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame Banquet in October. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL).

VALE – The headline is stretched across the top of the front page of the Malheur Enterprise of Dec. 2, 1954.

“State A-2 Crown Goes to Vikings in 14-7 Grid Thriller,” it said.

Five days before, the Vale High School football team defeated St. Helens for the state football title.

The victory was the first of 12 state titles the Vikings won since and the triumph spawned five decades of Vale football dominance.

“The Vale Vikings ended their 1954 football season in . . .