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This year Miss Erna Driftmier very efficiendy took the place of physical training
director in Creston High. She is to be commended on her wonderful work during the year.
She has worked hard with the girls and under her capable training they have put forth
fast basketball, volley ball, soccer, and baseball teams. They have also shown great
ability in their regular gymnasium work during the year. The girls are all looking for-
ward and hoping to have Miss Driftmier with them again next year.
A new entertainment was held this year that had never before been given by any of
the classes in previous years. The demonstrations of gymnasium work were given before
the mothers of the girls. These demonstrations consisted of Swedish gymnastics and the
folk dances of different countries. Each time one of these demonstrations were given
a very good attendance was reported. In April, the boys and girls gymnasium classes are
going to combine and make one large demonstration for the whole public.
The first actvity taken up by the classes was soccer. The Seniors and Freshmen tied
for first place in the tournaments. However, the Juniors and Sophomores were not far
behind in the race.
Next in the season came basketball. Many of the girls came out for this and the
classes selected their teams from these girls. The gymnasium was given over to the girls
for practice every Tuesday and Friday nights after school. The girls teams were very
well trained and they furnished very exciting tournaments. First place in the tourna-
ments was won by the Juniors. Runners up were the Sophomores.
Each year the girls have formed and carried on the Girls' Athletics Association. The
purpose of this association is to win letters by acquiring five hundred points by hiking,
basketball, volley ball, soccer, baseball, tennis, swimming, and by keeping training rules.
Many of the girls are going to receive 1ette1's this spring. The officers of the association
are: President, Ruth Reeves: Vice President, Betty Quackenbushg Secretary-Treasurer,
One of the spring games to be looked forward to is baseball. In the previous years
this has been quite a feature among the girls. The classes are expected to get together
some very efficient teams. Sometime during the spring tournaments will be played
on the Irving football field and they are sure to furnish plenty of excitement for every-
one who turns out to see what these girls can do.
Volley ball did not go over so well this year as it has in previous years. The girls
did not seem so interested in this game as they did in the faster games. However, those
who went out for volley ball displayed great enthusiasm and the classes fought hotly
between themselves for the championship.
Perhaps the most popular game among the girls is tennis. Although this will go to
print before the tennis season opens, according to Miss Driftmier, many of the girls have
inquired as to when they can begin practicing in the gymnasium. There are sure to be
many very good tennis players and many interestng matches will be played to determine
determine the girl tennis champion of the school.
Miss Driftmier reports that the gymnasium classes have been doing exceptionally
well this year. The girls have displayed fine ability to do difficult stunts. They have also
shown good unity in doing their exercises. Clogging has been the main dance which the
girls have worked on during the year and they have all types of games during their class
periods, some of which are very strenuous and amusing, and the girls have all worked to-
The above activities have made physical training and athletics very interesting both
to those girls who participated and to the spectators of the various tournaments.
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In 1928 Creston had a very successful track squad and the Panthers never failed to
at least place in a meet. In the first dual meet we swamped Afton by winning first place
in everything but the high jump in which Killion ranked highest. We went to the
Stuart Relays and placed in many events, but the star of the meet was Harne, who set
a new meet record in the javelin. We then invaded Orient for their annual relays and our
440 and 880 yard relay teams both copped high honors. Then Corning invaded our home
town, but the Panther track and field men completely blanked the Adams county boys.
We then entered the Conference track meet at Atlantic and as usual we ranked among the
The high spot of the track season was arrived at on May 19, 1928 at Creston when
the annual Iowa High School Athletic Association District Track and Field Meet was held.
At 1:30 ln the afternoon of May 19th the fastest 100 yd. dash that was ever run in
this part of the state was negotiated by five men, and two of these were Creston boys.
Penn, this year's track captain, sprinted the century in 10.0 seconds to tie the state record
and he broke the old Blue Grass record made by Murdy of Corning in 1927. Walters of
Creston finished a close second, and Ackley of Gravity finished third.
At 1:40 the record for the mile run was shattered by Crow of Winterset who finished
just ahead of Powell of Creston in the fast time of 4:57 which eclipsed the old record of
5:00 made by Melroy of Winterset in 1927 by 3 seconds. Thomas of Corning finished third
in this race.
The 220 yd. dash was won by Charlie Walters of Creston who was clocked in 24.4
seconds. The Blue Grass record is 23.5 set by Rastofer of Clarinda in 1927. Reynolds of
Delphos raced to the finish in second place.
At 2:00 Baird of Greenfield copped the 120 yd. high hurdles in 17.4 which hardly
compares with the record of Hickman of Chariton who stepped the distance in 16.2 in
1926. W. Grounds of Greenfield and Sissell of Kellerton tied for second and third, and
Fidler of Creston finished fifth.
The pole vault was won by Paige of Zion who set a new Blue Grass record of 11 feet.
The old record was 10 ft. 4M inches made by Cessna of Winterset and Walsworth of
Greenfield in 1927. Johnson of Stanton and Buchanan of Tingley tied for second and third.
At 2:15 Baird of Greenfield set a new shot put record of 43 ft. 5 inches which eclipses
the old mark of Storie of Chariton in 1926. Storie put the 12 lb. weight 42 ft, 424
inches. Dingman of Kellerton and Jandrey of Creston finished second and third re-
The 440 yd. dash was won by Penn of Creston in 55.1 and Howell of Winterset finished
second and Ackley of Gravity got third. Bill Kelly also of the Panther institution
At 2:35, Harold England set a new record in the 220 yd. low hurdles. He ran the
distance in 28 seconds. The old record was 28.6 set by Niblo of Winterset in 1926. William
Davenport finished third. George Beatty finished fifth in the 880 yd. run which was run
in 2:09 which set a new record, the old record was 2:11.5 made by Melroy of Winterset
in 1926. Harold England finished fifth in the high jump which was copped by Killion of
Afton who cleared 5 ft. 5121 inches by Niblo and Hale of Winterset in 1926. i'Doc" also
finished fifth in the discus which was won by Baird of Greenfield. The distance was
108 ft. Creston's 880 yd. relay team set a new record by beating Kellerton and Orient
in the fast time of 1:3'7.6. Creston finished third in the mile relay which was run by
Greenfield in 3:51. England set a new broad jump record of 21 ft. 1 inch. The old record
was 20 ft. 11 inches. A special 440 yd. relay was held in which Creston finished first
beating Orient and Osceola in the fast time of 4612. The big event of the day was the
javelin throw in which Nelson of Clearfield set a new record of 188 ft. 4 inches. Harold
Harne finished fifth in this event.
Creston finished first in the meet with 54 points. Greenfield finished second.
Creston ..... . ... 54 points Orient ......... . .. ll points 'llingley ... .5lf, Imims
Greenfield ..... 431,13 points Delphos ....... .... 8 points Zion ... ... ...T points
Kellerton ... . .... 20 points Murray ... .. 8 points Afton ... . 5 points
Winterset ...... . .. 16 points Gravity . . T points Corning' ... .. 3 points
Clearfield ..... 1-UQ points Stnnwn , 315 points Osceola .. . ... 1 point
New Market ...... 12 points
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