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THE 19 3 4 PERUVIAN
ATHLETICS THROUGH THE YEARS AT PERU
Prior to 1901. Peru students were forced to forego the advantages of a suitable field for athletic sports. The only place sufficiently level to afford competition was on the "flats" northeast of the depot Obviously enough, the inaccessibility and absence of school control rendered these "fields" unsatisfactory. Hence about the only sport left was footracing—Normal Avenue being the scene of numerous hotly contested racing duels.
With the increased interest in athletics among secondary schools throughout the state came the realization that if the Normal School should do its full duty by the students, it must provide for the various forms of athletic contests. Accordingly, plans for the building of the present Athletic Field were in full sway by the fall of 1901. There was no fund available for the meeting of construction expense. and so Professors Howie. Whitenack. and Porter bore the financial burden. The above named men personally guaranteed the money necessary for construction, and the work was begun early in Octobor of 1901. Space forbids details of that eventful Saturday when, to quote "The Normalito."' school monthly magazine, "every young man in school, including members of the faculty, appeared at 7:00 a. m. in overalls on the slopes of the hollow cast of the building and began to make 'dirt fly.’ "
That was the beginning of our Athletic Field. Since that time, improvement has rendered it one of the best in the central west.
This same year witnessed Peru's entrance into organized athletics. On Thanksgiving Day of 1901 the first football game was played. Falls City High School furnishing the opposition. This was the dedicatory game and proved to be a gala day as the Falls City aggregation was repulsed by a 30 to 0 count. That year, and for several years later, victory in college games was not hoped for. Comparison of that position with the one Peru now holds is sufficient summary of our progress.
During these years of advancement certain men. both coaches and players, maintain outstanding places. Peru athletics have mado their most conspicuous advance during the Spear, Graf and Gilkeson regime. This trio of mentors have been at the helm since the Blue and White won state and even nationwide fame. As inseparably linked with these coaches are certain stars of the period—the great "Bitzy," "Gilk." "Swede" Hertz, and more recontly—Homer Hatcher, all-state performer and captain of both the football and basketball teams. The year 1901 also marks basketball's beginning in the institution. Especially did the girls enjoy success in this field. During the first six years of intercollegiate competition, the girls had the enviable rocord of averaging a single loss per year. Three of these wore at the hands of the State University of Lincoln.
The male basketballers were somewhat slower in getting started, but once under way achieved real fame by establishing a world's record of 54 consecutive victories. Our own Coach Gilkeson was instrumental in attaining the record. The great "Bitzy" was also a member of the "world's record" quintet.
Tennis and track development in tho college have been less conspicuous but fully as important as growth evidenced in the fields of sport already discussed. Tennis advancement has been most rapid in recent years. Two years ago three new clay singles courts were added to the two concrete ones then in use. Last year, the Bobcat netsmen closed what was probably the most successful season Peru ever enjoyed, winning six of their seven intercollegiate matches. The Tracksters have also been highly successful in recent years, and bid fair to go far in the seasons to come.
Baseball is the only sport to have been dropped from tho athletics program. This is due largely to the lock of a field, and the general absence of interest in Nebraska intercollegiate baseball. Coach Lorbeer, big league catcher, has givon some valuable first hand information in his classes, concerning the game's fine points.
Unlike the women, the men's sports proaram is largely on an intercollegiate basis. Especially during the past two years, however. Coach Gilkeson has given special attention to an intramural sports tournament. Through participation in this every boy in school is given an opportunity to engage in his favorite sport. Basketball, tennis, track, handball, swimming, and volleyball comprise the various divisions of the tournament.
And so, Peruvians of 1934 look with just pride upon a sports program that is highly commendable. May the inevitable future development of Peru athletics further enhance our sports reputation.
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First Row: Mendonholl. Casey. Sheldon, WrigHsman. Cavey. Davidson.
Copo. Hogue. Moans, Munn, Hile Socond Row: Hoslins. Pugh. Naviau«. Wilas. Deaver. Darting. Regers, Borgman. lorimor Third Row; Scott. Hanlon. Seller, Davey
The w. A. A., an outgrowth of the G. A. A., was organised in 1924 under the direction of Ruby Damme. Since that time no organization has been more vitally alive. To the athletically inclined girl it opens a most varied program of health and recreation: hit-pin ball, volleyball, baseball, basketball, hockey, swimming, pyramid building, and hiking. The tournament gomes played at the end of each sport season prove of intcrost to the general studont body as well as to the participants.
Points are awarded for entrance into the various activities. Five hundred such points entitle a girl to a letter, and for earning one thousand she is awarded a sweater, which it is possible for a girl to earn within a period of two years.
To build a cabin was the goal set for this year. Through sponsoring an all-college dance, and presenting. among other activities, a Sport Review, one of the most unusual, successful entertainments given at Peru, they have raised sufficient funds, and the cabin has become a reality.
To any girl is extended the opportunity of becoming a member of W. A. A.
MARJORIE MENDENHALL . Vice President HELEN DAVEY..................Secretary
ELLEEN MEANS . Corresponding Secretary
PHYLLIS DAVIDSON . . Faculty Director
RUTH HANLON..............................Hit-Pin Ball
MARIAN MUNN......................Basketball DORIS DEAVER . -
MELBA COPE.......................Volley Ball BERYL DARTING . .
LaVERNE SETZER........................Hiking LOUISE SCOTT . .
LaVERNE SETZER......................Baseball HELEN DAVEY . .
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MAXWELL (Coach). WEST. ROHRS. SHUMARD. MILLER
The 1933 Bobcat netsters enjoyed a highly successful season. They dropped a single meet, boing eked out by the crack Tarkio outfit in the season's first game.
Cotner College of Lincoln invaded Peru for the home opener and were repelled by a 5 to I count. Cotner's Misner moasurcd West for his team's only tally.
Next came a slightly overconfident band of netsters from Omaha University. They paid the bill by submitting to a "white-washing." The Douglas County clan failed to garner a single point as compared to Peru's six.
Tarkio followed Omaha's fruitless invasion and the Bobcats completely avenged their early season loss by copping a 6 to 3 win. The victory embodied special significance for Peru inasmuch as it was Tarkio's first defeat in three years.
Marysville followed Tarkio to Peru and were dealt the same fate as their Missourian predecessors.
The Bobcats journeyed to Omaha for a return match and again finished on top, this time by a 5 to 2 margin.
Peru's return engagement with Cotner again found the Lincoln crew unable to cope with the Peru netsters. The Bobcats won by a 5 to I count.
The nucleus of the 1933 team returns to the fold this year. If Wost's threatened ineligibility materializes, Fred Rohrs and Delbert Miller will probably vie for the number one position.
The 1934 schedule, as yet incomplete, will be essentially the same as that of last yoar.
At Peru 1933 SEASON Away
Peru . 5 Cotner . . 1 Peru . . 4 Tarkio
Peru . 6 Omaha U. . . 0 Peru . . 5 Omaha
Peru Peru • . 6 1 Tarkio Marysville . . 3 . . 0 Peru . . 5 Cotner
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