One of the five notorious Mooney
brothers who were athletes at Centralia High
School, Sam played three years of varsity
football and basketball and is one of seven
CHS athletes to be named All-State in both
football and basketball.
In basketball, he was named News-Gazette
honorable mention All-State in 1939. The
Cardinals of A.L. Trout finished fourth in
State that year with a record of 29-14. In
1938, the basketball team also included his
brothers June and Ben and finished with a
record of 17-13. The 1937 team was 26-4.
As a Sophomore, he was a member of the
fabled 1936 11-0 football team. He led the
1937 (6-3-2) and 1938 (6-5) football teams
in scoring with totals of 37 and 52 points
respectively. Mooney was named honorable
mention All-State in 1938 for his efforts.