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RED BIRD b1sketh1ll hopes for the 1936 37 se1son h1d 1 gr1nd heglnmng hut 1 r1ther d1s1strous
endmg the boys won 7 out of the1r nrst 8 g1mes pl1yed 1nd It the close of the se1son dropped
5 out of 8 to thelr opponents Durlng the season 24 g1mes were played w1th 13 wrns and 11 losses
The Red B1rds scored 573 polnts whlle opponents got 1Wly for 627 tallres In Conference play
the B1rds spht thelr 12 QIIHCS evenly wmnmg both contests lg11I1St Gr1n1te M1dlSOH and Belle
vllle wh1le droppmg hoth contests to Collmsvxlle East bt Louls 1nd Wood Rrver In Conference
pl 1y the Blrds ch1lked up 302 poxnts whxle opponents gr 1hhed 1 total of 343 pomts Alton finlshed
fourth 1n Conference standmg trfulmg the wrnnlng Coll1nsv1lle qulntet Wood R1ver runner up
thxrd place East Sxders and Hmshmg 1he 1d of Gramte C1ty Mad1son 1nd Bellevxlle Bellev1lle
f uled to ga1n a smgle Conference Wm Durmg the hrst semester the Red Bxrds won 8 and lost 3
games wh1le wmnmg 5 and losrng 8 the second semester
The Red B1rds got a break ID first round of tournament play 1t Wood Rrver 1nd met Chesterfield the
runner up of the Jerseyv1lle tournament of the precedmg week Followmg the Wm over Chester
Held the Collmsvxlle Kahoks took the measure of the Red Blrds On S1turday nlght the Holt
coached crew matched tr1cks wrth Edwardsvdle T1gers Cwho w1ll be 1n the conference agam next
year but the consol1t1on 1n the1r game went to Edwardsvllle when 1nd1v1dual play faxled to
score enough pomts to Wm
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ones Cook Reynolds Ba1ley Second Row Tackwell M1ller Howard Hu1sh Matthey
Berry Patterson McKee Leady McCarthy Holt Thwd Row Baxter McManus Horst
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LeRoy for HGVTISOD if F W-M .wma
IT is beyond doubt 'a truth that Fat Harrison has made
the best athletic record of any Alton High player in the
last twenty years and one of the best records in all the
athletic history of Alton High Fat has always had
size natural athletic ability personality good manners
ease elegance poise honesty honor reputation and
character on his side Endowed hy nature with some
of these attributes he had the happy faculty to develop
Fat began his athletic career in Alton High in the
fall of 1933 when Coach jackson was badly in need of
another lineman Fat clicked and clicked so well that
he not only won a football letter but made the all con
ference team Fat never laid down in a football game
and never failed to be in his regular place at the start of the
game throughout 4 years of play If deception in play
was needed Fat could qualify however straaght football
was usually his choice and opponents frequently used 2
quite often 3 men to stop Fat A keen example of
Fat s deception came in 34 against Western Military
Alton High 3 Wcstern7 4th quarter Fat dropped out
of the line to the backheld on offense a punt formation
but Fat just didn t punt He dashed down the field
and a surprised Western outnt finally downed him deep
in their own territory and before Western could pull them
selves together an Alton touch down gave that thrilling
scintillating heart pounding never to be forgotten 97
game But Fat did not make the touch down he was
back in the line and the regular back held got the touch down credit
and a member of the starting line up all his high school career Size and determination found Fat
recovering far more than his share of re bounds and a threat under the basket
Track puts a player on his own Here Fat won honors He set conference records in shot
put and discus In the State meet in 1936 Fat won hrst in the discus and fourth in shot put
4 football letters 4 basketball letters 3 track letters 3 years All State Football Team Cfirst
high school athlete so honoredl 36 track medals and trophies Captain of football and basket
ball teams in senior year Member of Boys Cabinet and Times Staff Met requirements for
honor roll two semesters A legion of friends among Alton High athletes pupils teachers and
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Page 69 text:
Fat Harrason and Ball Forrester closed thear athletac careers an mad year and the loss of these men
showed up an sex eral of the second semester games Cook and lones replaced the mad year grad
uates and played good hall gettang experaence that wall he x aluahle to them an next year s play
Spurgeon at forward was hagh poant m an an the season aust closang whale Reynolds at forward
was much stronger on defense than offense Barley played a good game at qu ard Craduataon
an Iune claams Spurgeon and Reynold vxhale Baaley has another semester next year lones and
Cook wall he on the team mother year Tackwell Travas Lau Lock Patterson Schwartz and
others look to he good prospects for next year s squad and team
Nlount Vernon Tournament
THE Red Bard quantet showed thear best and most consastent haskethall of the season 1n the Mt
Vernon Tournament In these games the Red Bards were usually traalang thear opponents hy fa
few poants ewen as late as the maddle of the fourth quarter but an each game were able to put on
a rally that netted a 'yactory Cranate Caty lohnson Caty and West Frankfort each lost to Alton
hy 2 poants Coach Holt and the hoys returned wath a beautaful cup is the reward for wannang
thas anvatataon al tournament
Second Team Basketball
THE destany of second team ha kethall was placed an the h ands of Foster McCarty at the hegmnang
of the season and after gettang aw ay to a had start the squad eased up on thear fear of opponents
and lwegan to vean The lvoys lost thear hrst hae g ames and then won 6 out of thear next O games
closmag the season wath 6 wans and 8 losses seormg a tot al of 272 poants to 336 for thear opponents
A large numher of pl avers were gaxen a eh ance an each game the polacy of Coach McCarty was
to gaxe players a chance to dex elop ha kethall ahalaty under hre rather than attemptang to land a
vnannang hxe The tarst team squad for next ye ar wall have to dr aw he avaly from thas year s second
team squ ad
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