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Page 75 text:
15 Members Return for Football Seasong
Shuker, Grinwis Make All-State Teams
Seniors who have completed their efforts on the gridiron field of
battle as shown in the larger photos are, upper left, Reed, captain and
stellar end: directly beneath him Halfback DeShane. Top row, left to
right, Shuker, all-state guard: Grinwis, all-state second squad center:
Fletcher, halfback. Middle row: Bailey, tackle: Perkins, halfback:
Ph'll' d Th' d O t d M'll h lfb k Van't Hof
1 ips, guar . ir row: r man, guar : 1 er, a ac : ,
flanker. Lower right is Hall, tackle, while above him is the guiding
genius, Coach Van Wingen.
Flanking these seniors and the coach are the under-graduates who
are, starting from the left-hand corner: Ross, end: Williams, halfbaek:
Balbach, tackle: Harris, fullback: DeFouw, quarterback: Raven, half-
back: McGee, quarterback: Robinson, lineman: Mol, tackle: Calkins,
halfback: Silverman, tackle: Sorenson, guard: Johnson, end: Den Herder,
lineman: Lindblom, center.
With fifteen members who comprised the Hrst squad in
football returning, prospects for Coach Martin Van
Wingen next fall seem very bright.
Heading the list of twelve seniors who graduate is Capf
tain Howard Reed, quiet but capable end and a smart
leader. Bob Shuker, one of the towers of strength in the
forward wall at guard, was selected as allfstate representaf
tive at his position. Big and fast, "Mart" Grinwis received
allfstate second squad recognition at his center position.
'LChuck" DeShane proved to be a powerhouse in the
backfield by charging through the line and carrying op'
posing backfield men on his broad shoulders for precious
yards. Gordon Miller at halfback was the speed merchant
on the squad, excelling at wide end sweeps.
Harold Hall was a fixture at tackle where he received
very little credit but did a great deal of work breaking up
the opponents drives.
Other senior linemen who have played their last game
for Creston are Ed Bailey, giant tackle, who saw quite a
few minutes of play at that position and also as place kickf
er: Ralph Phillips who played a hardffighting, dependable
game at guard when in the fray: jack Ortman, another
guard, who was a sturdy, reliable player when substituted
in the line: and Leonard Van't Hof who was used freely
because of his adeptness at passfsnatching.
Other ball carriers who have concluded their high school
careers are Jack Fletcher who frequently was sent in to
block for his teammates and to strengthen the defense: and
Don Perkins, who saw little service but was the longest
punter on the squad.
Undergraduates on the team saw considerable service
with several of them having regular positions. DeFouw
was the fullfduty quarterback and established himself as a
capable field general.
Another regular backfield man was Harris at fullback
where he distinguished himself by heaving those bullet'
like passes that wreaked havoc with the opposition. Sorenf
son served full time at the guard post where he took untold
punishment as the result of his size. Starting every contest
at tackle, Mol was at the bottom of many of the pilefups
after a smash at the line. Johnson and Ross were promising
as alternates at end.
Cther nextfyear men are McGee, veteran quarterback:
Williams, southpaw halfbackg Raven, injured halfback:
Calkins, speedy halfback: Balbach, scrapping tackle: Silver'
man, big tackle, Robinson, sturdy lineman: and Lindblom.
Page 74 text:
BEARS WIN DEDICATIUN CIINTEST 13-0
Maize and Blue
Team Trips Union
Wallop Parochials, Tie Hilltoppers,
Lose to Trojan Bunch
Climaxing the dedication day ceremonies of Novcmber
13 with the outstanding event of the year, the Polar Bear
football eleven decisively trounced the Union squad 13f0
on a wet and muddy field to take the first gridiron contest
from the Red Hawks in the history of the school,
The Bear team opened the season inauspiciously by los'
ing a close tussle 6fO at the home field of the Holland lads.
Returning to Grand Rapids, the Northenders walloped a
highlyftouted Godwin eleven 47fO in the first night game
to be played.
In the first scheduled city contest, the Crestonians met
the Tech Wildcats under the lights and were held to a
scoreless tie as the gun ended with the Bear forward wall
lined up near the last stripe for the final effort. Playing
the first game on Briggs field, the Bears were held to a
0f0 deadlock by Central's Hilltoppers with neither goal
being endangered at any time.
journeying to Muskegon Heights to face the Tigers on
Phillips Field the Creston team ran up against some stiff
competition and went down to their second defeat by a
13fO count with some of the best performers out of action.
Catholic Central opposed the Polar Bears in the third
night tussle which proved to be the most thrilling seefsaw
grid classic of the season as the Creston players left the
field victors 2Of13 after making a secondfhalf tally to end
a 13f13 deadlock.
After taking an early lead in the final night contest, the
Bears were played off their feet in the second half with
the South Trojans taking the victory 2Of6. Then came the
Union game which was won mainly by the charging tactics
of the backs, a long pass, and the stout defense set up by
the forward line.
The last game was played on the home field with the
Ottawa squad playing its best game, a 7f7 tie.
The result of the season was two victories, one defeat,
and three ties in the city league while winning one game
and losing two in outside competition
The scores of the games, listed consecutively, are:
Creston O Holland . 6
Creston 47 Godwin . O
Creston O Tech .... O
Creston O Central ..... O
Creston O Muskegon Heights . . 13
Creston 20 Catholic Central . . . 13
Creston 6 South . . . . 20
Creston 7 Cttawa . 7
In the picture, upper left, Quarterback Delfouw is tucking the ball
under his arms after receiving a pass in the Creston-Union game during
the Briggs Field dedication ceremonies. Two Union men are on his heels
while Grinwis, center, is following up the play. DeFouw toted the pig-
skin to the five-yard line marker before his pursuers overtook him. The
first score in the 13-0 contest was scored a few moments later.
Miller, Polar Bear halfback, is shown in the picture, lower left,
desperately attempting to complete an aerial toss in the 47-0 slaughter
administered to Godwin Heights in the first night contest of the season
under the lights at Houseman Field. The Godwin backfield men managed
to break up this play.
Halfback Miller, lower right, is skirting Union's right end into the
shadow of the Red Hawk goal line in the second half of their annual
battle which was played in the mud. Smashing line plays pushed the
ball over the final line. The Bear victory was the first ever to be re-
corded against Union by a Northend team.
Page 76 text:
CAGE FIVE TAKES TWO LEAGUE TILTS
In the action shots beginning top left, the cage artists arc Captain
DeFouw, heady forward: Balbach, scrappy guard: Van Horn, sharp-
shooting guard: Vander Klip, dependable forward: Hensch, steady pivot
man: Schriber, a southpaw center artist: Fultz, hard-playing guard:
Johnson, tall guard: Van Oeveren, untiring forward: and Calkins, elu-
sive and high-scoring forward.
The center picture shows the action following an under-the-basket
shot by Calkins in the third quarter of the Creston-Central tusslc in the
E. C. Buss Gymnasium which the Bears won by a two-point margin.
The shot went in and gave the Polar Bears a momentary lead as Rip-
master, 61: Pound, 59: and Barrows, 50, all of Central, wait for the ball
to bound out of the basket. Calkins and Schriber are the Bears under
the basket following the shot.
Taking the ball as it swishes through the net is Rice, 60, of
the Central five. Other Hilltoppers watching the basketball are Van
Overloop, 54: Pound, 59: and Ogren, 55. The Maize- and Blue-clad
players are from left to right, DeFouw, Calkins, and Schriher. This was
thellast game of full strength for the Centralite cagers as several of the
stellar performers were lost through graduation.
Lose Close 0nes
Polar Bears Meet Defeat by Small
Margins: Scare Redskins,
Trojans in Bouts
Taking two city contests and throwing scares into the
leaders seemed to be the chief merits of the Maize and
Blue basketball squad which was composed largely of
juniors, foreboding tough competition for the other schools
next winter. Central by a 2Ofl8 loss and Tech by a l7fl5
margin were the only Bear .victims while one game was
dropped by one point and four games were marked down
as defeats through a margin of two tallies.
In the annual warmfup game with the Alumni team, the
regulars dropped a close 3128 battle. The initial city conf
test was lost as the Cttawa Indians leading all the way on
their home floor administered a 3323 licking.
Meeting the traveling Battle Creek five, the Polar Bear
cagers were decisioned in their third straight game 3326.
The Bears were at a disadvantage in the Davis Tech band'
box of a gym and were downed 20fl6 in the final period
after holding a lead throughout the first three quarters.
Again running into hard luck, the Northenders journeyed
to South where they were eked out in the last quarter
The Bears visited Catholic and absorbed their seventh
defeat by a onefpoint 2120 score in the inal stanza follow'
ing a Zlfli Union victory.
With a 2Ofl8 upset victory over Central's Hilltoppers the
Polar Bears came out of their doldrums for their first win
after a onefperiod overtime. For the second time the Bears
succumbed to Ottawa 2321 on a hook shot in the sudden
death overtime. Q
A lowfscoring fracas was taken by the Polar Bears from
Tech's Wildcats by a l7'l5 count for number two victory.
Reduced from Bears to Cubs by close guarding and a high
scoring offense the Maize and Blue five suffered a 2942
debacle from South's Trojans. Union champions won the
finale in a 3323 trouncing of the Bears.
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