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The Saints of Beloit started the 1954-
1955 season with a thriller of thrillers
against Rockford East. Trailing the E-
Rabs 46-40, jim Ewing found his form
as he hit for six points in the closing
moments. To climax the game he sank
two free-throws after the final buzzer
to give the hometowners a 48-46 triumph
and himself individual honors with 15
Hitting the road the Purple met Ra-
cine Horlick who handed them their
first defeat of the season, 73-56. A lack
of experience was costly as Beloit's tall
team committed numerous offensive and
Beloit continued their streak of home
court victories by beating their arch-
rivals from janesville in an exciting
68-51 contest. Jim Ewing matched Janes-
ville's Bob Kreul with 18 points to share
top scoring honors. Beloit displayed a
good amount of "scrappiness" as they
continually killed rival rallies.
A highly regarded South Milwaukee
team met their match in the crew under
Coach Roy Melvin. A couple of new
faces took eminence in this game as lit-
tle Dave Schneider and big Dwayne
Berg gave Beloit a long and short shot
punch respectively. Berg sank 20 points
as he established a career high and gained
individual scoring honors. jim Ewing
backed Berg with an important 15 more
in the 64-47 tilt.
The Saints then moved back into con-
ference competition with Madison West
and gained a 59-41 verdict for their sec-
ond loop triumph. jim Ewing paced the
Beloit offense with 17 points as well as
being a steady influence on his team-
mates. Beloit's control of the boards was
shown by the fact that 9 of their 21
field goals were on rebound shots.
Dwayne Berg and jim Adams had 14
points apiece as they supplemented the
Returning to non-conference play Be-
loit edged the Belvidere Buccaneers, 59-
58. Again Ewing captured the position
of top pointmaker with 21 points to his
credit as the Purple cagers made 19 of
their 28 field goal attempts. In the final
minute with Beloit nursing a one point
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ROW 1-T. Nitzsche, J. Blair, L. Pohlman, D. Schneider, E. Henry, G. Bonier, D. Hardyman. ROW 2-D. Watson, G. Har-
rell, J. Adams, J. Reimer, D. Berg, D. Mackey. J. Swannack. J. Ewing.
Coach Roy Melvin fielded a very young team this year as only three seniors gained
regular berths. This seems to be a good indication that next year's cage coach, Johnny
Erickson, will have the material to go far in his return to the Beloit High School bas-
The Saints were co-captained through the season by seniors Jim Ewing and Dwayne
Berg. In a post-season election Berg was voted honorary captain while Ewing's worth
was indicated by his being named via his teammates as most valuable. Ewing, consistently
the top Purple offensive and defensive threat, was the only Beloiter to receive any rating
in the Big Eight honor teams as he staked down one of the all-conference guard posts.
The team was only able to reach the .500 mark in fourteen conference tilts. In non-
conference play the Purple had only one defeat, the finale of the Dubuque-Beloit series,
raising their regular season record to a satisfactory 10-8.
Two streaks were ended this year. The first was a string of sixteen consecutive home
court victories. The other was the Saints failure to reach the State Tournament after two
straight appearances. The Beloiter's Madison trip was abruptly ended in their second
game by a fine Monroe cage congregation. The Cheesemakers Went on to Madison and
made an impressive showing.
The Saints receiving major letter awards were Dwayne Berg, James Ewing, David
Schneider, George Harrell, James Adams, Larry Pohlman, Terrell Nitzsche, and Donald
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lead jim Adams and the game's top
scorer, Tony Asherns of Belvidere, com-
mitted a double foul. Both made their
pressure shots giving the Saints an-
The Beloit four game winning streak
came to an abrupt halt on this December
eve as johnny Orr's Dubuque Rams wal-
loped the out-of-staters, 87-52. Their
main attack came from Bob Hulburt and
Gene Grunau who combined for 55 mark-
ers, more than the entire Beloit squad.
jim Ewing led the losers with a mere
11 points in the Hnal of two-year series
which saw Dubuque victorious twice.
Beloit's four game road trip was con-
cluded with a 50-49 heartbreaker. Keno-
sha was paced by the night's top scorer,
Bob Hartman, a southpaw long artist.
Behind Hartman's 14 came jim Adams
and Dwayne Berg at 12 each. Beloit,
who jumped to an early lead, had some
closing shots, but they were all in and
out, consequently our Big Eight record
dropped to the .500 mark in four games.
Led by big "Dink" Berg, Beloit gained
the lead in the fourth quarter after a
poor display prior to that point.
The Madison East Purgolders nearly
caught up, but the score ended at 50-49.
jim Adams was the evening's number
one scorer with 16 tallies as the Purple
captured an undisputed claim to third
Going neck and neck into the final
three minutes with Racine Washington
Park the Saints lost several offensive
big guns including Dwayne Berg and
jim Adams. Minus these men Coach
Me1vin's charges slipped to a 65-57 de-
feat. All-conference forward, Bob Har-
rigan, had 18 for Park. Guards, jim
Ewing and Dave Schneider had 12 points
apiece for the losers.
Sounding like the early 1900's Beloit
beat Madison Central by a score of 17-8.
Electing to freeze the game Central
found the Saints willing to let them
and consequently the only action much
of the time was that of Dwayne Berg
and Central's Tim Chasey moving around
the pivot positions. The host team failed
to make a single field-goal while Beloit's
little senior guard, Dave Schneider, was
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