Hastings High School - Saxon Yearbook (Hastings, MI)

 - Class of 1943

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BASKETBALL First row: Mr. Brozak, first team coach, Keeler 66, Ottosen 50, Lane 44, Kenyon 33, Banash 77, Garrison 99, John Coleman 55, Mr. Goodell, second team coach. Second row: Bechtel, manager, Brown 00, M. Thomas 88, R. Thomas 60, Stamm 30, H. Fuller 40, Townsend 22, Gray 11, Hewitt, manager. Third row:Frandsen 12, P. Myers 2, L. Fuller 7, Grable 8, Benham 11, Foster 13, F. Bush 15, L. Keeler 3, Hill, manager. Fourth row: Kinney 5, Blough 16, James Coleman 4, Gies 10, Baymond Bennett 8, Cortright 10, Abbey 17, Manker 9, Long 14, Hinman 6. Absent from picture: O. Bush, Ayres. FOOTBALL First row: John Coleman 7, Ayers 14, R. Thomas 19, Ottosen 10, Garrison 1, Capt. Kelly 6, Stamm 12, Townsend 9, Myers 4, M. Thomas 11, Banash 17. Second row: Hewitt, manaber, Foster 21, Frandsen 8, Endsley 13, Payne 5, Martin 18, Lane 15, Basey 16, Beck 22, O'Donnell 3, Brown 2, Bechtel, manager. Third row: Mr. Brozak, assistant coach, Mr. Goodell, coach. Absent from picture: Wilcox, Goggins. FOOTBALL The Hastings football squad had a very successful season under the leadership of Coach Goodell and Captain Kelly. The Saxons scored 138 points against their oppon- ents 13 which speaks well for the Saxon line and proves that they were one of the best class B teams in the state. Lettermen back this season were: Kelly, Stamm, Garrison, Wilcox, Goggins, Banash, B. Thomas, M. Thomas, Ottosen, Myers and John Coleman. The first game of the season was against Lowell September 18 at the fairgrounds. Hastings' smashing attack brought them twice within a few feet of the goal line in the first half. A series of fumbles gave Lowell possession of the ball on the Hastings 30 yard line, and from there a long pass allowed them to score. The try for extra point was good. During the last quarter the Blue and Gold climaxed a 60 yard drive with a pass from Wilcox to Coleman for the touchdown. The Saxons outgained their opponents by CContinued on next page.J

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72 yards. Tl1e encounter was also disheart- ening for they lost the services of Goggins who was injured during the game. Hastings journeyed to Greenville Septem- ber 25 weak from injuries, losing two of their prize backs. The Saxons drove down the field to Greenville's 1 foot line only to lose the ball on a fumble. Greenville then kicked out of danger. Both teams showed strong defensive play, so that neither team's offense would work. The game ended i11 a scoreless tie. October 2 the powerful Hastings machine overpowered Marshall by a 19-0 count, Wilcox doing the scoring. The Saxons' line held the supposedly strong Marshall eleven scoreless. In the only afternoon game of the season, the undefeated record of the Zeeland Chicks was shattered by a 12-0 victory for the Saxons October 9. Hastings started the game off with a dazzling drive to the Zeeland 13 yard line where a pass, Banash to Coleman, scored the first touchdown. The extra point attempt failed. Early in the second period, after another long drive, Wilcox went over for the second marker. Again the try for extra point failed. This ended the scoring for both teams. Throughout the whole game there were no penalties called on either team which, to our knowledge, no Hastings team ever had to its credit. The following week Hastings defeated our traditional rival Charlotte, on a muddy field 14-0. Charlotte, although on the tail end of the score, was no soft touch. On the run back of the kick-off, Matthews carried the ball to Hastings 10 yard line, but the Saxons' forward wall held. Hastings then drove down the field to score. The second touch- down was made during the third quarter after sweeping runs by Banash and Myers and line plunges by M. Thomas. Wilcox took the ball over from the Oriole 2 yard stripe. Hastings played Allegan at the fairgrounds on October 23. Eight plays after the kickoff, Hastings scored. At the half they were ahead 38-0: in the third quarter they scored but one touchdown, but in the last they scored four more. The final score read 69-0. On October 30 Hastings went to Ionia where the field was in terrible condition. The mud and lonia's eight-man line all but stopped Hastings' offense. loniais touch- down was the result of a blocked punt deep in Saxon territory. Two quick passes brought them within 2 ft. of the goal line from where they carried it over. They did not make the extra point. In the third quarter Hastings scored with a pass from Banash to Coleman. Under ordinary conditions the game would have been an entirely different story. The final score was 6-6. .The last and most important game of the season was on November 6 with Belding, the West Central League co-championship being at stake. It was also the last time that a lot of the boys ever played ball for Hastings. On the third offensive play, a 45 yard pass from Banash to Kelly was responsible for the first touchdown. ln the last quarter Wilcox smashed over from the 3 yard line making the final score 14-0. At the close of the season, the team selected Dick Thomas as the captain of the ,44 squad and also as the best blocker. Wilcox was chosen as the team's most valuable player. BASKETBALL When Coach Joseph Brozak, new cage mentor, issued the call for first practice, he was greeted by seven lettermen including Captain Kenyon, Garrison, Banash, Lane, Stamm, Dean Keeler, and O. Bush. Along with these were eight promising reserves: John Coleman, M. and D.Thomas, Townsend, Ayres, Ottosen, Brown, and H. Fuller. The first game was played against the Saxons' ancient rivals, Allegan, on November 27. The Saxons presented a new type of lightning offense not seen in this part of the state before. The results proved very favor- able for the Saxons as the final count showed Hastings holding down the long end of a 61- 29 score. Banash was the big gun on offense clicking for 17 points, while Captain Kenyon proved to be a defensive demon. On December 4 the Saxons journeyed to Lowell to search for new worlds to conquer. They promptly found them and conquered the Maroons by the score of 71-30. Lane and Banash scored 19 and 12 points respec- tively. Kenyon and Garrison starred on defense. The following week the Saxons took on their first league opponent which was Ionia. This was a rough game, but the Saxons proved to be the superior team and defeated the Bulldogs by a 46-20 count. Banash connected for 16 points as Capt. Kenyonis floor game excelled. In the Saxons' second league encounter, they tangled with Belding. This game was billed as a crucial affair, but the Saxons proved too powerful in downing the Redskins by a 48-31 count. Banash and Lane again countered 19 and 12 respectively. Kenyon and Garrison played their usual tight defensive game. CContinued on next page.l

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