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REDS BREAK EVEN IN ’41 BASKETBALL FORAYS
Although the 1940-41 basketball season at PCHS is a thing of the past, we still like to have it pass in review and recall some of the season’s highlights.
The Glassford game proved to be only a warm-up as Pekin
romped to a 34 to 12 win, but in the Morton game, stiff competition held the team in place, and the Chinks put in a 21 to 18 win.
Connecting with Farmington meant another win for the Reds, raking the Farmers to the tune of 36 to 25. Spalding was the next victim of the Chinks, and another decisive victory. The Institute boys had the height advantage over the locals but not quite polished enough to balance the 25 to 10 score.
The bitter with the sweet part of the games opened the loss column for business as the Haussler-men took the lashing of “Pop” Dale and the Streator Bulldogs. With Don Morris at the front, the final buzzer found the Chinks at the short end of a 34 to 32 heart-breaker. The hoopsters joined with the Normal quintet in the next game in which Pekin came out on top in a 32 to 27 win. Toluca joined the roster of Pekin’s foes and. not proving a deadly one. fell off at the wayside by a 38 to 22 score.
In trying to find another victim. Pekin ran up against the tough Champaign outfit and fell before them. 35 to 25. The Lewis-town team, a member of the “sweet sixteen” of the year being streak running to 4 games,
fore, had most of its men back, and with their smooth play turned the Chinks back and added another loss to the Chink’s column.
Bouncing back from these two j defeats the Hausslermen found I little resistance in the University High bunch, scoring 53 to 29.
On the armory hardwood. Pekin ran up against Manual and lost a tight one by a 35 to 34 count. Pekin’s heartbreakers came in doubles, as in the next game they lost another. 32-30.
In the Illini conference game with Canton, the little giants escaped with the Plowshare and Pekin fell before their fine play,
| 32 to 33. In another Illini game. Woodruff carried home the bacon with a 4 4 to 31 win. With the los-
Pekin checked their fall into the Big 12 cellar by defeating the Lincoln Railsplitters 46 to 24.
In an attempt to avenge their former defeat by Canton, the Hausslermen journeyed to another defeat at their hands, 40 to 35. Many Canton fans said that the Chinks were the fightinest outfit j they had played.
Pekin again met Manual, this time on the home grounds, another lead sinker to weight the hopes of Chinks. The score this time stood 33 to 24. To balance the defeats of the other Peoria teams, the Reds next trounced Woodruff in another close game. 46 to 43. Another turn at defeat, this time at the hands of the tenacious Streator Bulldogs. “Pop” Dales’ boys ended the game with a 38 to 27 victory under their belts.
The Institute boys from Spalding were defeated 4 2 to 29 Meeting Central for the second time meant another defeat for the Reds but this time a worse defeat at the hands of the Maroons. The final tabulation stood at 51 to 42.
Bloomington, a highly touted team, was imported for the Band Benefit game. The Chinks, noted as giant-killers in every sport, trounced the Bloomers, 27 to 19.
Ending the season, Pekin polished off the Lincoln Railsplitters 39 to 32. Only the two Lincoln defeats counted in the Chink’s Big 12 win column.
Going into the regional the Reds blitzkrieged the tiny Dan- ers outfit by the score of 56 to 30.
Their next tourney victim was the Morton Potters, wrho gave less trouble than they did at the beginning of Lhe season.
The Chink men met a Waterloo in the finals when they bucked up against East Peoria’s Red Raiders. They were beaten 35 to 29. but qualified for the sectional as they were runner-up.
Entering the sectional they played Havana first in a game that was hard to determine as
either football or basketball. Pekin won 39 to 21.
Meeting the Bloomington team again the Reds were beaten in an overtime. 25 to 23.
During the past season, the Reds won fifteen games and lost thirteen. All their players will be back, with the exception of Captain Roy Athey and Dean Mc-Naughton.
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boys returned victorious, 13-6, and Pekin had added another notch in the great inter-school rivalry.
Perfect Year Spoiled
Spalding spoiled hopes of a perfect Celestial season by holding the boys to a scoreless tie, despite superior play by their adversaries. Luck seemingly was on the side of the Irish.
Celestials Take Big 12!
The season’s end was at hand —jubilant Chink followers noted that but one obstacle stood in the team’s way of the cherished Big 12 title, namely Champaign. Five Hundred loyal fans went the distance to see the Chinks blast Les Moyer’s boys’ defenses and dim Yon Boeckman play his greatest game, plunging over from the 14-yard stripe. Pekin won the contest, 7-0. The Chinks had won the Big 12!
Von Boeckman’ great play throughout the campaign merited him a fullback job on the second all-state team. Highlight of next year’s schedule is the trip to Florida, where the boys engage Landon High, one of the South’s finest prep outfits. This is one of Illinois’ greatest steps in intersectional football. Next year’s schedule:
Sept. 12—Rock Falls at Pekin.
Sept. 19—Bloomington at Pekin (non-counting Big 12 game).
Sept. 26—Canton at Canton.
Oct. 3—Lincoln at Pekin.
Oct. 10—Peoria Manual at Peoria.
Oct. 17—Streator at Streator. Oct. 24—Peoria High (Central) at Pekin.
Oct. 31—Spalding at Peoria. Nov. 6—Decatur at Pekin.
Nov. 14—Pekin at Landon High School, Jacksonville, Florida.
PERFECTION OF 1941 SPRING FROLIC DISPLAYS ABILITY OF DIRECTOR FRANCIS AND GAA
MISS ELEANOR FRANCIS
Pardon, please, if this sounds like an elegy, for it is not meant to be one. Yet, it seems hard to rejoice when so many friends are leaving to try their luck in another world. The G. A. A. is one of the many organizations which will lament the departure of graduating seniors.
Eight girls are bidding their last adieus to dear old G. A. A. Everyone of them wishes luck to the club and extends her congratulations to the newly-elected officers.
We have two girls leaving who will be responsible for a serious decrease in the Senior baseball team’s batting average. They are South Pekin’s gift to the diamond, Ina Mae Cross and Janey Ray Hughes. Both of them have been faithful members of G. A. A. and will be sorely missed.
Two other inseparable chums are Wilma Hayes and Barbara Traub. These two, willing to try anything, play tennis, baseball, or basketball with equal proficiency, and always rouse the spectators to laughter when they appear in eye-hurting color combinations. These two have become synonymous with the word “style.” and
have set many entrancing (?) fashions in girls’ outdoor wear.
Paying tribute to a rather reserved young lady who has made many friends in her year with G. A. A., Xoreen Hilst, another familiar figure on the baseball diamond. Petite and quiet in manner, she can really make the leather fly when given a bat and ball. Phyllis Mnyliall is another with the same calibre!
Bidding "au revoir” to friends in Pekin is Marzella Denman. After graduating, she will vacation in Florida before matrimony bells toll. Marzella is one of the most versatile members of G. A. A. An expert swimmer, she has won many laurels in swimming meets. She plays tennis, baseball, and basketball with apparent abandon, yet she’s usually on top.
Reluctantly we come to the fork of the road with Jessie Frazier. “Lefty,” as she is known to her friends, has been vice-president this past year, and with her vim, vigor, and vitality, has kept things moving rapidly. Never will there be a girl so willing to work, so eager to help a new member, as this fine girl. With her enthusiasm, many a wrinkle has been ironed out. and many a knot untied. We bid farewell to a grand American girl. Jessie Frazier.
And now, as was said in the beginning, this is not an elegy, so we’ll look on the brighter side of things. Next year promises to be a successful one under the leadership of Miss Francis and the new officers. Helen Hayes was elected president. Phyllis Trask, vice president, I) o n n a J e a n Snyder, secretary-treasurer, and Mary Ellen Champion, program | chairman. Good luck to you all!
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CHINKS LOSE THREE VALUABLE MEN—STALLINGS, BOWLBY, AND BENNETT
1'MO T«»iuu- II. . Mkins, A. Amlreonl. B. Bowlhy, B. Stallings, II. Tones, Coach Jim Lewis, B. (Jasper, B. Cannon,
J. Bong. It. Bong, K. Adkins, G. Hied, B. Itoby.
Senior Athletes Farewell
To ye senior athletes the Peki-nois says farewell. We want to thank you for giving us dope to write about, but moreover, we want to compliment you on the splendid way you held Pekin High’s head high in athletic accomplishment.
To ye Big Twelve Co-Champs of the football world, we send orchids. You gridsters brought the first conference victory to our door since 1926. We’ll never forget that 7-0 victory over the strong Champaign eleven. So orchids go to Seniors Ray Becker, Burnett Brumms, La Vern Campbell, Joe Kelly, Jim McCleod, Dean McNaughton, Bruno Romet-ti, Jim Von Boeckman, and James Baches.
Then ye senior basketball heroes (two to be exact). Captain Roy Athey and Dean McNaughton. You didn’t bring a Big Twelve victory, but you did show real PCHS spirit.
To ye track team, we owe a compliment, completing an unde-
With the end of the baseball season comes the last baseball activity for three of Coach Lewis baseball nine. This is not such a great loss as usual, but it takes away some of the more seasoned players.
Playing his last year, is one Boh Bowlhy. Bob is the versatile keystone sack man. Bob is playing in his second year of diamond play, having seen action last year with the team representing Pekin in the State tournament at Peoria. Bob is one of the heaviest hitters on the squad.
Stepping down from the mound for the last time in prep baseball
feated duel season. Here we’ll mention such heroic stars as Gene Adkins, Cliff Towne, and Bill Pinkston.
No expression of appreciation would be complete without mentioning the baseball, tennis and golf teams, so we say, "We're proud to know you"—to all you fellas who participated in these sports. Now all you senior athletes join together and say, "May ; you juniors show us up!"
play is Iah Bennett, capable right-hander on the twirling staff. This is Leo’s first year of baseball and through his will to win he has shown some fine slants in pitching.
Journeying into the green pasture we see Bob Stallings tramping the sod for his last year. Bob, a power-hitter for his size, has been on the regular nine for the past two years.
Both Stallings and Bowlby have another semester ahead of them, but they will be ineligible for baseball next season.
Rounding out the rest of the team is: Kskrick, catcher; Andre-oni, first base; Maurer, shortstop; Soldwedel, third base; Flynn, left field; and Monge in right. Fitzan-ko and Homans are the other two hurlers.
These players deserve congratulations for their fine play this season.
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