The prep column (Dec. 13) praising the accomplishments of the 1988 South Gate football team could have dug back 12 years earlier, past the 1955 City champions, to the '43 South Gate Eastern League champions.
World War II restricted the '43 Rambler squad severely (limiting it to 6 games), but that should not diminish what this Charlie Hastings-coached team was able to accomplish.
Hastings' squad defeated all four Eastern League opponents without giving up a score and then went on to defeat the Catholic League champions and runners-up (Mt. Carmel and Cathedral) for an undefeated season--a gentle reminder to the '88 squad that it was not the first undefeated South Gate team.
JOHN D. GATHINGS