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Olivctt is one of those orthodoxal Presbyterian schools with a classical course which put out men who believe they have a mission in the world and fill it. It was from this school that Professor Thacker started out as coach with a sound mind and a sound body. He carries just such a character as the school gives to the student she sends out. He is a man with a purpose, a man who, though at times seems gruff, is working for the good of the team. He is a man among men; a man who has a deep and strong love for men, and above all, enjoys a fight, a hard fight, a straight-forward fight. His four years of active work in all athletics at Olivett not only gave him his service stripes, but gave him a good knowledge of all-round college athletics. He proved himself a tower of strength in the football team by being able for four years to hold down the position of full-back. His first knowledge of handling teams was gained while in college. As a Junior he coached a team for Mount Pleasant Normal, and as a Senior a team at the Michigan Agricultural College. After his graduation in 1909-10 he coached the football team of his home town, Traverse City, Michigan.
His work before and after he left college has been such as to bring him in touch with all classes of people, making him a man that understands human nature and knows how to handle men.
Peru is fortunate indeed in having so efficient a coach; may his services at Peru long continue, that the White and Blue may win many victories by his coaching.
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SIMS, ’13 (P)
Full-Back. “Bazc” was 011c of the best defensive players on the team. He always carries an extra hundred weight of nerve around with him just for fun. He keeps this said nerve for just such occasions as football games. “Bazc” only had one bad habit; he would break through the line and block-kicks of the opponents. He was elected captain of the '12 team and here's hoping he captains an ever victorious team next fall.
LUDKA, ’15 (P)
Half-Back. “Lud” is a new man for Peru and has won a warm place in the heart of every Peruvian. He came from Michigan to Peru; he has three more years to play for us. In advancing the ball lie was surpassed bv none. "Lud" never missed a night's practice and was a firm believer in training.
CHRISTENSEN, ’13 (P)
Guard. "Chris” was a steady man at his position and showed ability to play the game. He has one more year for Peru.
GIFFORD, ’i2 (P)
Center. A Senior, he will be missed by the girls as well as by his teammates. "Gifif" could always be depended upon when the rest of the fellows were off their feet. He broke through the opponents’ lines several times and tackled for a loss to the opposing team.
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Although many of the old stars were missing from the ranks of the "Blue and White” this year the fine spirit that permeates the old school brought out many to fill the vacancies and the year has been a very successful one in more ways than one.
One of the most regrettable things has been the severing of athletic relations with some of the stronger schools of the state. It is hoped that this is only temporary, however, as the baseball schedule for 1912 includes most of the larger colleges.
The athletic spirit at Peru is one of the strongest and also the most wholesome to be found anywhere. None of the outside influences, such as fraternal or class, or society faction, creeps into any of the teams and each man is made to feel that there is always a chance for him if lie can “deliver the goods.”
All are brought to feel that one of the greatest honors that can come to a man is the election, by his fellow team-mates, to a captaincy. It has been the aim of the athletic management to make the athletic captains more than figureheads. So, this year, through each of the seasons, football, basket-ball and baseball “Cap” has always been the boss, and all of the squad are expected to mind him as he directs the practice or the details of the game.
The men have responded to this system very well and have worked hard and faithfully, too, in making the showing that has been made. It is perfectly fitting and proper to say here on these pages that the men who have tried for the different teams throughout the year of 1911 and 1912 have been the most aggressive and the cleanest bunch of men ever collected on Peru’s field, or on any other athletic field. The men who have formed the second teams or “scrubs” deserve especial mention for invariably these men have been as faithful or even more so, than the men who had a first team position practically won.
Owing to the late spring of ’12 and the early date on which the Peruvian goes to press it is impossible to tell of the Baseball team’s success which we are anxiously looking forward to.
The squad collected on the athletic field for the first time on “April Fool” day, there being about thirty-five out for the first practice. This alone shows good spirit and gives promise of a winning team.
Our new batting cage which was secured and put up in the gymnasium during the winter, gave the boys a good batting eye and also worked out some good material for the pitching staff. This prevents such rapid work-out for the team in getting into physical condition.
Among those in the squad previously played for Peru are Schott, Wickham, Lively, Lundy, Beck and Sims. With these old men and the promising new material Coach Thacker and Captain Lundy can certainly grind out a team that Peru will be proud of.
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