INDIANAPOLIS | Dave Pishkur got to the parking lot just south of Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday morning. There were about 25 people in red and gold standing about.
An hour later things had changed. Dramatically.
“Look at it now,” said Pishkur, the Alumni Director at Andrean. “You can't even get into the tents.”
They got what they came for later in the day when top-ranked Andrean won the Class 3A state championship, 35-27, sealed by Donovan Chandler's 46-yard interception return with 1:00 left in the game.
Roughly 300 Andrean fans had fun at the alumni tailgate party before the 59ers' Class 3A state championship game against Indianapolis Brebeuf. Kids played bags. Adults ate food and partook in some pre-lunch beer.
And all were there to pull for their alma mater.
The event was put on by Kevin Wolf, a 1986 Andrean grad who lives in Fishers and provided the Coors RV that the tents were attached to.
“We wanted to give everyone one place to go,” said Wolf, a Merrillville native and a member of an Andrean business club located in Central Indiana. “It's been cool. I've seen people who went here in the 1960s, 1970s and 2000s. I've seen people here who I haven't seen in 30 years.
“It's a great time and we're all pulling for the 59ers,” he said prior to the game.
Former Andrean head coaches Brett St. Germain (Lake Central) and Ivan Zimmer (Calumet) were there, too.
Al Holok, a 1966 Andrean grad, was also there. The Indy resident played on three of Andrean's first four football teams. He was also the principal at Indianapolis Chatard.
Holok coached at Andrean from 1971 through 1975.
“They had some great games against Chatard,” Holok said of Andrean's losses to Chatard in 1997, 2001 and 2002 in the state championship. Andrean won its only state final in 2004 over Hertitage Hills.
“It's always great to see Andrean in the state finals,” Holok said. “I'm looking for another one here today.”