McKeesport High School - Yough A Mon Yearbook (Mckeesport, PA)

 - Class of 1955

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THE VARSITY-Dennis Kuremsky, James Falis, David Rankin, 'Gene Danko, George Krajack, Walter Gibbons, Stewart Heller, Tom Markovich, Ronald Protz, Bruce Keen, Argyle Robinson, Edward Ziobro, Robert Mintz, Ronald Ivkovich, Glenn Shample. All the Way ED BY COfCAPTAINS Tom Markovich and Gene Danko and coached by "Neenie" Campbell, the 1955 basketball team broke record after record to attain the top rung of the basket' -ball ladder: the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athf leticaAssociation championship. Fine teamwork, sharp shooting, and smooth ball handling were marks of the Tiger team that earned a total of 1987 points in 29 games. The champions averaged better than 68 points per game, set a new record of 26 wins in one season, and scored a recordfbreaking high of 91 points against Elizabeth. Gene Danko, named to the Allf State Team, shattered individual records, he made 163 free throws and tied with Stu Heller with 138 field goals to lead MHS scoring with 439 points. Fan support for the team was high throughout the season with packed houses for regular games at Vocational Gym and playoffs at Pitt Field House, culminating in a burst of enthusiasm with 4280 fans trekking 'to Philadelphia for the chamf pionship match with Chester. Cne thousand stu' dents and adults joined the band aboard a chartered train, others traveled by plane, bus, and automobile. In all, 8482 spectators crowded the Palestra to witness the thrillfpacked finale. A whirlwind first quarter in the championship tilt saw McKeesport High School outdistance Chester by a score 22f11. In the second quarter the Tigers were overtaken, the lead seesawing until the third period ended in a 40'40 tally. Early in the final stanza Chester gained a four-point lead. With four minutes remaining, McKeesport High School closed the breach as Glenn Shample made two points, Tom Markovich, three, Stu Heller, one, and Dave Rankin, two, Final score-McKeesport 54, Chester 48. The first state championship to come to Mcf Keesport since 1921 brought a cityfwide day of celebration. At 10:00 students gathered for a rallyat Vocational Gym, followed by a parade led by school and city officials to downtown Mc' Keesport. An overflow crowd attended the stu' dent Victory Dance in the evening.

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