Alton High School - Tatler Yearbook (Alton, IL)

 - Class of 1912

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Saturday night Alton met Mt. Vernon to decide second place. "The Alton High School team defeated Mt. Vernon by a score of 25 to 20. It was quite a sur- prise, as it was not generally believed Alton would defeat Mt. Vernon. The latter team has been showing considerable strength, but in the last few games the Alton boys have displayed considerable playing ability and, although very small, seem to withstand the onslaught of the heaviest teams. The games, although quite close at times, always saw Alton in the lead. The first half ended with the score of 16 to 9, favor of Alton. Mt. Vernon took a brace in the second half and the game ended 25 to 20, favor of Alton." The standing of the teams at the close of the tournament was: Games played. Won. Lost. 1. Granite City ............ 3 3 0 2. Alton .,..,, -- 4 3 1 3. Centralia ..... 3 2 1 4. Mt. Vernon ..,. 4 2 2 5. Duquoin .... 3 1 2 6. Benton- .... 3 1 2 7. Robinson Ma- 1,.. ,,,.. , 2 0 2 8. Eldorado M-- ..... ..... 2 0 2 Reviewing the tournament, it can easily be seen that the showing made by Alton was truly marvelous. Granite City played the easier teams first and defeated Centralia when they were in a crippled condition. Had Alton met Centralia after defeating some of the easier teams instead of the first game, the result would un- doubtedly have been different. Also comparing the number of games played, Granite had played 27 games before coming to Centralia, and Centralia 30 before entering the tournament, while Alton had played but 8. The whole team deserves great credit, but too much praise cannot be given to Captain Taylor who had entire charge of the team during the season. It is a difficult position for a captain to hold when he must coach his team and take the entire responsibility, especially when playing away from home, as on the Centralia trip. Taylor took hold of a bunch of new players, no two of which had ever played together before, and with- out any assistance, whipped them into one of Alton's greatest basket ball teams. Second place in the Southern Illinois Basket Ball Tournament is a great achieve- ment for Alton High. But one team in the history of the school can be compared with the 1912 team. The team was characterized all the season by splendid team work and a desperate fighting spirit which is always found in a well managed team. The basket ball season of 1912 is a proof of the fact that this year has and will have been the greatest in the history of the school. "0h! wad some power the giftie gie ye, To hear yourself as others hear ye." --TAYLOR HYA'rr. 101

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truly a game that kept the crowd on its feet. Nearly the entire game one or other of the teams led by 1 point. Each basket brought either hope or despair. Finally with not half a minute to play, the score stood 45-45. But with a last desperate effort Alton got the ball in the basket and won 47-45. Winning from a university was going some for A. H. S. Tuesday, the 26th, Alton showed Edwardsville that we were not only their superiors in football but also in basket ball. The team had no trouble in walking all over them. The final score was 46 to 21. February the 9th, the team journeyed to Jacksonville and met Jacksonville High School before an immense crowd. The gym. was evidently built for seating capacity, not for a basket ball court, as even the baskets were not the regulation size and it was impossible for the team to hit the basket. Added to this, the team had one of those unexplainable off days and lost by the score of 25 to 8. The next week the team brought the Crescent Athletic Club to Alton and although the first half was desperately contested, in the second half they tasted of revenge, the score being 35 to 24, favor of Alton. Thursday, February the 22d, Alton High School, for the first time in the his- tory of the school, entered the Southern Illinois Basket Ball Tournament which was held this year at Centralia, In this tournament are usually represented the pick of the Southern Illinois teams. Schools which do not have a football season and who begin basket ball practice in September, playing from twenty to thirty games a year, are represented in this organization. The contesting teams were: Granite City, Centralia, Mount Vernon, Duquoin, Benton, Robinson, Eldorado and Alton. Friday, Alton met. Centralia, which had previously defeated every team of Southern Illinois, and, playing on a strange gym. and before an immense crowd, Alton completely lost their heads and lost by the overwhelming score of 60 to 16. Friday night Alton met Eldorado and, since a defeat meant elimination, Alton hit their old pace and showed the crowd what they could do. By splendid team work they won easily 41 to 11. Saturday morning Alton played Benton. The Benton team was confident of victory and, at the end of the first half, led 19 to 13. But in the second half Alton came back and, quoting the Centralia Sentinel, "with only live minutes to play, the game was practically won by Wood, the smallest man on the team. This plucky lad, always on the go, rushed in from his position as guard and threw two successive field goals. Benton, try as they might, could not overcome this lad and lost by four points, the score being 33 to 29 in favor of Alton." N "I am not in the roll of common men."-MR. BIRD. 100

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