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Pekin High’s “41” Track Team Has Most Successful Season in Years; Defeats All Peoria Schools
This year’s track season started off with a bang when the interclass meet was held May 7. 8. and 9 on James Field. Up to this time, the '41 track team was a team that seemed to lack distance runners. However, there were between ten and fifteen who were trying out for the long runs, and this meet showed just what Pekin had. (lydo Parrish pulled down the first big surprise of the meet by winning the mile in 5 min. 1 sec. Towne, Soldwedel, and C. A. Johnson were right on his heels, and these first four all came in under the old record of 5 min. 12 sec.
Again in the half-mile, these same boys came in the first four, but Towne and Parrish switched places. This race lacked .1 sec. of tying the old record of 2 min. 10.9 sec.
The Juniors won the inter-class meet, with the Sophs, Seniors, and Freshmen coming in in that order.
Win Four Out of Four Dual Meets
Lincoln, our first dual opponent. was soundly trounced to the tune of 75 to 38 V2. In this meet Jim Von Hoorknian ran the high hurdles in 16.6 sec. This was the first time he had topped the barriers in competition, and he continued to do so with the same success. While Howard Witt of Lincoln was a little too goo for our newly-found milers. Clyde Parrish and Don Soldwedel ran abreast for second place. These boys ran in 4 min. 57 sec, which was their best time up till then.
T. Eldert, J. Von Boeckman.
B. Trumpy, D. McNaughton R. Athey.
The next two meets—Central and Woodruff—were rained out. and postponed till later, but this didn't give the Peoria schools any advantage anyway. We beat them both!
Woodruff gave the Chinks the most trouble. They were beaten by the score of 57 2-3 to 55 1-3. The relay was the deciding factor and either by good luck or good running, (probably both) we won.
Peoria Central was the next victim of Pekin High’s formidable team. Here again was no pushover, but by copping a big share of the blue ribbons. Pekin managed to pile up enough points to win either with or without the relay. We did however, win the relay, thus winning the meet by the score of 60V to 52V .
The last dual meet—with Peoria Manual—was won in an easy fashion, as evidenced by the score — 74 to 38 M2. This meet finished up the first perfect dual-meet season Pekin has had since 1935. All three Peoria schools were met, eaten and thoroughly digested by the tough and fast Pekin thin-clads.
Pekin Enters Three Relays
The first relay meet which Pekin attended was the Geneseo relays. Many large schools were entered in this meet, but Pekin came away with fourth place honors. This was very good considering that this was one of the biggest meets in the state. At this meet. Cliff Towne turned in a 2 min. 11 sec. anchor half-mile for the distance medley team. Also at this meet, the low hurdle shuttle relay team copped first, defeating Wheaton’s team which had the advantage of indoor practice all winter.
Traveling to Galva. the Chinks were again able to place fourth. In this meet, both the low and high hurdle relay teams took first and set records. In this meet also Hob Trumpy won the shot.
At the Lincoln Relays Pekin did better than ever by taking second, while Decatur’s strong team took first. Winning first in three of the eight varsity relays, Pekin piled up many points on the track but fell down in the field events. Two Pekin all-time records were broken in this meet—the distance medley, and the low hurdle shuttle.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL GRADUATES!
May your graduation prove the gateway to a long and prosperous life, filled with happiness in a determination to make the w’orld a better and happier place to live in for your having lived in it.
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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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CHEER LEADERS Drum Majorettes Step Lively in New Costumes
Peppy enthusiasm and colorful flips and tumbles are personified in the antics of Pekin High’s popular cheerleaders. They never seem to fail the team, for when the breaks are against us their cheers ring out louder and stronger than ever.
Head cheerleader for the 1940-41 season was Jim Dielil, who is certainly worth his “salt.” Jim leads the cheer leaders, who lead the crowd, who cheer (rather complicated, isn't it?). And on him rests the responsibility of keeping everyone’s spirits high.
The other male mainstay on the squad is .lim Hramlage. Jim is one of the finest tumblers in Pekin, having wrorked with his brothers in the LaRlonde troup, and given a chance to show his prowess, actually makes the crowd gasp.
No cheerleading squad would be complete without its show of pretty girls, so Pekin must have a super-super squad, because of the four charming maids who pull rafter-splitting yells from excited and tense spectators. Helen Hayes claims the distinction of being the smallest of them all, but size holds no limit, for her light body is put through all sorts of contortions.
Jean Myer is another active miss who has proved she can handle the audience, for with her ‘razzle-dazzle, dizzle-dip” she holds all attention. Jean collaborated with Jim Hranilage in presenting a tumbling act for the first annual variety show and deserves every bit of acclaim given her.
A well-known song-and-dance star has added more laurels to her wreath since she joined the cheerleaders. She is “Snooks” Schaefer, and has one of the finest cooperative spirits to be found in this knowJedge-filled institution. Always ready to defend her team, she forms a valuable addition to our squad.
Finally, we direct our praise at a girl who has also won ardour in other fields. We present Ruth Hehnig, skater supreme, who is alw'ays willing, when the score looks bad, to go out and pitch
With a silver twirl and a flash j of colors, five shapely drum majorettes moved down James Field, leading the band thru their maneuvers.
At our Streator Homecoming game, our girls initiated their new costumes—white boots, hats.
and short, full skirts. Jean Rogers, one of the majorettes, claimed, “We’re bound to look cute!”
These girls include Marguerite Hinds, Mary Ann Parsons, Alba Trenti, Lois Splittgerber, and Jean Rogers.
TENNIS AND GOLF
Although this year’s racket swingers didn’t have a fully successful season, the boys displayed some fine play against some very tough opponents. The boys on Coach Walker’s squad played their best, and they deserve a place in this issue honoring all Seniors.
Two of the doubles members are graduating seniors. Dale Srhlieman and Howard Veerman
into the work of bringing those cheers to a deserving team. Ruth had been active in G. A. A. tumbling and with her leading, the crowd really “raises the roof.” Everyone in attendance at football and basketball games knows how invaluable our cheerleaders have been. We laud and honor them at this time, for no other tribute is ever given them literally. We know we can depend on them for a bigger and more successful 1941-42 season!
are the members who are wedding the racket for the last time. Dale is also one of the fellows that plays in single matches.
Let on by hard driving Dick Seegar, Pekin will be represented at the state tournament by Dick himself. Dick was runner-up at the district held in Peoria and thereby became eligible for State competition. Dick will not be eligible for tennis next year as he will finish at mid-smester time.
Coach Jen kin's golfers have also finished their season and [ look forward to a successful season next year. Although the boys traversed the fairways with tough club-swingers they have showrn plenty of winning form.
Three of the five regulars are graduating seniors. They are: Ralph Xaven, Tom Ross and Roland Carls. These squad members combined w ith Don licrardi, Louis Xoreuil, and “Hud” Maquet, have already played in the district.
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