Reitz Memorial High School - Memorial Review Yearbook (Evansville, IN)

 - Class of 1954

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Members of the 1953 Reitz varsity and reserve football teams are, from left to right, first riw: Jere Richardson and John Vaught, managers, Lowell Jackson, Larry Stofleth, Bill Iglehart, David Austill, Norbert Hancock, James Byers, James Horr, Don Vandeber, Bob Martin, Fred Tramel, Joe Herron, Bob Fisher, Phil Aramowicz, Wayne Moore, Jim Bromrn, Jim Pirtle, David Cox and Managers Tommy Schmidt and Skip Williams. Second row: Cub Coach Wayne Weller, Equipment Manager Raymond Jones, Freshman Coach James Barnett, Principal Neil V. Pierce, Bob York, Harold Stone, Lowell Farrar, John lmel, Fred Russell, John Marshall, Gary Bailey, David Deer, Emerson Tornatta, Geralo Branham, Richard Bogard, Jim Julian, Jerry Paul, Joe Lamble, Aaron Bolton, Bob Davis, Coach Herman Byers and Athletic Business Manager Cecil Couts. Ellerbrook, Louie Garst, Allen Steve Garrett, Michael Bentzen, Jim Harding, Gerald Crowley, George Hape, Tony Weller, Pat Lyons, David Huff and Coaches Third row: Jim Evans, Orvel Happe, Gary Reke, Bill Zinn, Gerald Wallace, Ronald Talley, Frank Carr, Frank Harrington, Dailey, Harry Gonterman, Larry Jack Schaeffer and Alan Horn. City, SIAC, and State Championships were gathered on the hilltop this year by the football team. To win all these honors they had to complete a ten game schedule without a defeat. The Panthers opened their season with an easy win over Barret of Henderson, 34-O. The team displayed the power in that game that was to carry them all through the season. Traveling next to Indianapolis, they played Cathedral and showed fine form by defeating them 20-O. Gerstmeyer of Terre Haute proved to be the Panthers' stiff- est early season competition. Taking advantage of a Hilltopper fumble, they were the first team to score on the Reitz eleven. The Panthers won by a 20-6 margin. At New Albany the Panthers gave a sturdy Bulldog team a 47-6 walloping. Coming home to play a hepped-up Bosse Bulldog squad, the Blue and Gray gridders eked out a I4-7 victory in a game that was played hard all the way. Mater Dei, a young school trying to engineer a triumph over the Hilltoppers for the first time, was leading 7-6 at half time. This was the first and only time during the entire season that the Panthers were behind. In the second half they recovered, and wound up with a l9-7 victory over the Wild- cats. Highly touted Muncie Central, undefeated leaders of the Northern Conference, traveled to Evansville to meet the Blue and Gray. Last half touchdowns by Jim Byers and Bob Martin paced the southern defenders in a convincing I3-0 victory over the Bearcats. The Vincennes Alices were the next to fall, 44-7, in a game that featured many long touchdown plays. Don Siscel's 75 yard jaunt and Larry Stofleth's 85 yard punt return were the highlights of the game. Memorial's Bengals ventured to the West Side only to receive a 40-O trouncing at the hands of the Panthers. End Bob Fisher caught two TD passes to set the determined pace for the Blue and Gray. Central's strong Golden Bears were the last hurdle for a perfect season. Rolling up a 27-O triumph, Fred Russell's 75 yard touchdown run in the opening minutes was one of the many bright spots, Don Siscel, playing his last high school game, showed fine form as he scored twice for Reitz. Page 57

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Members of the l954 Reitz reserve basketball team are, from left to right, first row: Ron Wilson, Paul Rice and Tom Terrell. Second row: Bill Goins, Ottie Droste, Gary Moore, Bill Thurneck and Bill King. Standing: Ron Talley, Leonard Deeds, Charles Graff, Mike Bentzen, .lim Harding, Russell Kuhn and Coach Bob Gilham. l Members of the l954 Reitz freshman basketball team are, from left to right, first row: Charles Scherer, manager, Don Pfohl, Andrejs Mezmalis, Bob Nichol- son and Bob Veeck, manager. Second row: Richard Henderson, Albert Roehr, Clifford Trainer and Don Matthews. Third row: Coach William Trott, Bill Loos, Larry Schultz, Russell Dutton, George Bruner, Lowell Volkman and Tommy Turpen. Mike Mobley was not present when the picture was taken. Page 58 Coach Robert Gilham's reserve team had a good season and brought home another city championship. The squad started the year with three victories, de- feating Huntingburg 140-293, Bicknell f4O-363 and Tell City C39-24l. They were defeated by a rugged Washington team C52-379. Not letting the defeat' affect them, they rolled up four more victories before losing to Bedford C5l-3ll. They completed the season with a total of nine vic- tories and six losses. The Panthers had plenty of height-ranging from 5 feet ll inches to 6 feet 4 inches. The team consisted of five juniors and nine sophomores. Junior-sized cagemen ended a good season for Reitz by downing the Southern Indiana Conference Champs, Central. Starting the season, the young Panthers lowned two city teams in a row, Mater Dei and Bosse. Then they traveled to Tell City to con- tinue the trial of victory. Returning to the city they met Memorial's Tigers head-on, but the little Tigers fell to the wayside of the strong shooting tactics of the Panthers. Lincoln also felt the sting of defeat from the young Hill- toppers. Then the Panthers had their first round with Cen- tral's Bruins. lt was the Panthers' first loss for the season. But' the tide turned and the Panthers snatched two more victories from the hands of Mt. Vernon and Bosse. Losing in the SIAC tourney, the Panthers bounced back to win the four final city games, Coach William Trott's boys had a good season.

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Page 56 Reitz's rough and ready freshman squad came through wiht an excellent season, losing only one of six city duels. Coach James Barnett's boys went out to meet the Mater Dei Wildcats with determination, and came out with a I4-7 vic- tory. ln the next game, the frosh squad pushed the Central "greenies" over defeat's bluff by a scor of 2l-7. The Panther gridmen broke a halftime tie, and went ahead to score two more touchdowns. Bosse's freshman team fell under the rolling wheel of vic- tory the young Panthers were pushing. They held Bosse score- less, beating the little Bulldogs 6-O. They also downed Me- morial and Mater Dei, for the second time, before they felt defeat. As a result, they tied for the city crown. Cub Coach Wayne Weller's little grid-team ended the season in second place in the Evansville race. The only team to give the young ones defeat was the Central Bear Cubs, who downed them twice. They placed second by defeating the Bosse Bulldogs twice, once on their own field and once on the home gridiron. Coach Allen Horn's reserve boys played a tough schedule this year ago. Horn's pigskin packers won four games and lost two. The reserves scraped by the Mater Dei Wildcats and the Bosse Bulldogs by one touchdown each time, whipping Mater Dei l4-7 and Bosse 6-O. They also trampled over Memorial Members of the l953 Reitz Freshman football team are, from left to right, first row: James Martin, George Greathouse, Tom Mackay, Jerry Nellis, Richard Cot- tingham, Tim Rainey and Marion Lantaff. Second row: James McCutchan, Bill lCareyl Williams, Rich- ard Henderson, Alan Kobomoor, Ronald Berry, Bob Nicholson, Don Pfohl, Bill Hemmer, James Hatfield and Bill Hickrod. Fourth row: Mickey Owen, Lanny Ward, Robin Holder, Jim Coomer, Charlie Ligon, Jerry Wilson and Bob Davis. Fifth row: Larry Water- man, Tippy Trainer, Albert Roehr, Charles Dilback, Andrejs Mezmalis, Coach James Barnett, David Rick- ard, Tom Turpen and Manager Charles Scherer.

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