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Page 72 text:
The 1943 tennis team, left to right: Bob Schelble, Father Bingen,
coach, Gene Serres, Bill Opitz and Bob Hanus, Not pictur d a
Bob Schaefer and Sonny Beranek.
Racquet men ....
The Blugold netmen came out of the 1943
season with a record of one win and five losses.
The racqueteers had one returning letterman,
Bob Hanus, besides Bob Schelble, Bill Opitz,
Gene Serres and Bob Schaefer.
Aquinas got off to a good start, defeating
the Logan netters 4-1, May 5, when the match-
es were called off because of rain. Bill Opitz,
Gene Serres and Bob Schelble won, while Bob
Hanus lost a close match, 3-6, 6-1, 9-7. Bob
Schaefer was victorious 5-7, 6-4, 7-5.
Central gave the Blugolds a 7-0 beating on
the Teachers' college and Myrick park courts.
Bill Graham defeated Bob Hanus, 6-0,6-0, and
Bob Schaefer lost 6-1, 6-1. The Central boys
also won both doubles matches.
May 12 the Aquinas netmen lost to Ona-
laska 6-1. Bob Schelble took the only winning
match 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. Opitz, Hanus, Serres, and
Schaefer were beaten by the winning team.
Logan edged out the Aquinas boys in the
Logan courts, 5-4. Bob Schelble and Bill
Opitz scored for the Blugolds, while a combin-
ation of Serres and Opitz won the third point
in their doubles match.
May 18 Onalaska. defeated Aquinas 6-1.
Gene Serres captured the only Blugold point,
goiing fhree sets to hold Bob Gullickson 2-6,
6- , 6- .
Central gave the Blugolds a second 7-0
beating May 27. Bill Graham, Central's num-
ber one man, trounced Bob Hanus 6-0, 6-0.
Opitz lost to Sib Felton and Ben Overton
downed Bob Schelble.
The 1944 Aquinas mittmen are, left to right, back row: L. Bott,
J. Dayton, R. Justin, L. Knutson, N. Gittens, R. Proksch, Coach
Michuta.. Front row: J, Dolan, C. Boma, J. Wanner, R. Boma,
V. Sweeney, and G. Cina,
Aquinas fight fans got their first eyeful of
the 1944 mittmen Friday, March 24, when 30
hopeful leather slingers battled it out for po-
sitions on the Blugold ring squad. Len Knut-
son and Lawrence Bott battled to a draw in
three furious rounds. Jim Knutson, Ray Boma,
Erwin Volk, Jim Wanner, Jim Dayton, Jim
Bennett, Ralph Shedivy, Bob Bagniefski, Bill
Knothe, Bill Buckner, Bob Justin and Jim No-
lan defeated their opponents in the other
In the initial match, the mittmen fell be-
fore the Viroqua team 71,0-315. Vincent
Sweeney started things out right for the Blu-
golds by winning his 92-pound match from
Viroqua's Norm Sidie, while Ray Boma lost to
Everson at 100 pounds. In the 108-pound
division Charles Borna dropped a decision to
Groves, as Bob Justin fought Brinkley to a
draw in a 116 pounder.
Gabe Cina, plucky Blugold pugilist,
pounded out a decisive win over Orrin Arne-
son at 132 pounds. The Aquinas team took it
on the chin in the following bout when Kelley
Morrison of Viroqua scored a TKO over
Lawrence Bott. Len Knutson then fought
Lyle Wanner to a draw, as Bill Knothe lost to
The Michutamen avenged their defeat by
edging out Mauston in a close match 6-5.
Sweeney again started the evening out by gain-
ing a point for the Blugolds, this time defeat-
ing Sorenson at 92 pounds. Gittens was the
next Aquinas winner, defeating Grefe in a
close match, while Bob Justin gained a de-
cision over Steiner. Gabe Cina, scored a TKO
over R. Mauer in the second round of their 132-
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Slug ers . . . .
The Aquinas diamondmen finished the
1943 season with a record of six wins and two
losses. West Salem formed the Blugolds' first
opposition April 22. Aquinas won 7-2 with
Walljasper and Hecht leading the La Crosse
nine with two hits apiece. Johnston and Wall-
jasper handled mound duties for Aquinas.
April 30 the Blugolds defeated Winona at
Copeland park 8-2. Three runs were scored
in the third inning and two in the fourth and
three more in the fifth. Quinn, Ingham and
Schmikla had doubles. Walljasper and John-
ston shared hurling duties.
Logan diamondeers, aided by "Babe"
Rieber's one-hit hurling, outscored the Blu-
golds 2-1. Schmikla scored Aquinas' only run
in the last inning.
In a return game with West Salem, the
Blugold nine defeated them 8-1. Frank Quinn
knocked a long one into the left field fence that
gave him a home run and brought in Pavela
for Aquinas' first two scores. In the fourth,
Walljasper walked to load the bases after
Wright had doubled and sent Shimshak to
third. Finn brought in two runs and Pavela's
bingle the third.
The 1943 edition of the Blugold diamon men r , e o rig 3
d 21 e 1 ft t ht
front rowz G. Hecht, W. Wright, C. Walljasper, F. Quinn, D.
Finn, and E. Dwyer, Standing: Coach Michuta, C, Schmiokla, R.
Monsoor, R. Shimshak, K, Ingham. G. Johnston, d J, Pavela.
May 14, the Aquinas boys played error-
less ball on the Hixon diamond, defeating the
Central Red Raiders 16-3. Johnston, the Blu-
gold hurler, allowed only two free passes while
giving up ten hits. The Central nine began
scoring but Aquinas held a sizeable lead the
rest of the game.
Traveling to Winona, the Aquinas nine
outplayed Winona 8-3. Johnston pitched for
the Blugolds, giving up 7 hits. The Minneso-
tans were ahead during the first five innings,
when walks by Quinn and Ingham were fol-
lowed by Wright's triple.
Meeting Central a second time, Aquinas
again beat the Raiders, this time 7-5. Central
started scoring and the Blugolds got their
first run in the third. Finn singled in the
fifth to bring in Ingham. Both teams got two
runs in the sixth.
June 2 Aquinas came out second best in
the intra-city competition, losing to Logan -1-3.
The Blugolds got all three runs in the third.
Logan scored two runs in the fourth and two
in the sixth.
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