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B SHETB LI.
Although the Bulldogs were hampered by the
loss of seven lettermen from last year's outstanding
squad, Coach Max Gecowets came up with another
brilliant quintet in the 1956-57 basketball race.
Paced by holdover starters Jerry Harris and Chet
Harter, Defiance compiled an overall record of
twelve wins and seven losses for the season. En-
countering perhaps the roughest schedule ever
faced by a Defiance High School team, the boys
combined good sportsmanship with a will to win
to produce a highly successful season.
Defiance opened their season by downing Celina
Dick Ryan takes a long one,
and Van Wert before losing to Dayton Stivers in
a hard fought game. The Bulldogs slumped in their
next five games, winning over Toledo Woodward
and Toledo Whitmer while losing close games to
Findlay, Dayton Dunbar, and Columbus West. Com-
ing out of the slump, the boys attained a five game
winning streak, downing Napoleon, St. Mary's,
Toledo Scott, and previously undefeated Bryan and
Anthony Wayne. After having their winning streak
broken by Van Wert, the Bulldogs went on to defeat
both Napoleon and Bryan before losing their last
game to a strong Delphos St. Johns team.
Seated: Tom Gottwalcl, Dick Ryan, Chet Harter, Jerry Harris, Bill Hultz , . . Standing:
Ted Beindorf, Mgr., Chuck Shock, Dan Ducatt, Ken Jenkins, Dick Wasnich, Coach Gecowets.
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Dont take it so seriously, Tom,
In tournament play the team was not so successful
as teams of several previous years. Defiance had
little trouble doing away with Montpelier in the
first round of sectional play, but Bryan avenged two
regular season defeats with a 66-64 squealcer to
knock Defiance from tournament contention.
During the season, Jerry Harris, a 6' l" Junior,
led D. H. S. in both scoring and rebounding. Chet
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l.et's see you get out of this one, Jeb.
Harter, a 6' 4" Senior, was another valuable asset
to the Bulldogs, pulling in rebounds and as an
offensive threat. Outstanding ball handling and
natural ability made Bill Hultz, Tom Gottwald, and
Dick Ryan invaluable throughout the year.
Harris set new school records by hitting 140 foul
shots for the season together with a single game
mark of 19 foul shots against Delphos St. Johns.
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