Top 10 Sports Stories Of 2017: Local Filmmaker Completes Football Documentary


December 28, 2017

This photo, showing the 1963 Brevard High School football team inside their locker room, was one of many archival materials uncovered by Tom Dierolf during research for his film "Almost Cured," that detailed the Blue Devils' first football season after integrating the team.

The story of the 1963 Brevard High School football team – which was one of the first integrated teams in the state and won the state championship that year – is well-known to most in Transylvania County.

But thanks to a local documentarian, a roughly 30-minute film about the team, including a closer look at how the integration process worked and what it meant for players on the field, was completed over the summer that provides far more background and context than before.

Tom Dierolf, who moved to Brevard in 2004, began work on the project during his time at Duke's film school.


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