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Reitz's i954 Varsity basketball team and SIAC champs are, from left to right, first row: .lim Boyd, student man-
ager, Larry Higgins, Bob Fisher, Tom Greenberg and Ted Weiss, student manager. Second row: Jim Byers, Harold Hal-
brook, Jim Russell, Bob Martin and Wally Stramming, student manager. Third row: Head Coach Clarence Riggs, Gary
Sprinkle, Charles Graff, Bob Carnal, Ken "Skip" Knight, Dick Carroll and Assistant Coach Bob Gilham.
Rolling past Huntingburg 49-44, the Panthers made their
season opener a successful one. The Hilltoppers traveled to
Terre Haute and dropped their first game to the Gerstmeyer
state finalists, 5l-65. Bicknell then came to the Pant'her's den
and dropped a 68-54 engagement. Tell City invaded Reitz next
and went home on the short end of a 56-46 score, Washing-
ton's Hatchets fell before the Panther onslaught, 5l-47, in an
overtime affair as the Panthers continued their domination of
The Panthers met disaster in the Holiday Tourney, falling
to Princeton and Winslow 45-52 and 44-53 respectively.
Lincoln dropped Reitz 56-36, and then Terre Haute Garfield,
previously unbeaten, bowed to the Riggsmen 54-48. Still hop-
ping mad from last year's one point defeat, the Panthers rolled
past the Bosse Bulldogs for an avenging 55-44 decision. Travel-
ing to Bedford, the hot Panthers won their sixth straight SIAC
Princeton cooled Reitz off as they won their second game
from the Panthers in a tightly played ballgame 50-53. The
Reitzmen came back in a whirlwind to stop Boonville 48-35.
Jerry Clayton and the crew from Central, with twelve wins
and two losses ,challenged Reitz and went home on the short
end of a 5l-48 score, The red hot Winslow Eskimos put' the
freeze on Reitz for the second time, 6l-4l. New Albany fell
52-49 in a game that' had the fans screaming. Memorial
was the last victim of the Panthers in the regular season as
the Hilltoppers snowed them under in a 60-42 rout. Coach
Bud Ritter's Peru squad stopped Reitz 50-4l as the Panthers
couldn't hit the Tiger's basket, Jasper's Wildcats stopped
Reitz in the season's final game 57-4l as the Wildcats fin-
ished second in the Sl-AC.
Sectional time came with twelve teams all aiming at one
goal, the Evansville championship. Wadesville invaded E-town
to play the Panthers and went home dazed as the Reitzmen
unloaded a barrage of field goals and free throws for a 82-46
victory. Lincoln was the next opponent of the Panthers and,
putting on one of the longest and most amazing stlals ever
displayed at Central gym, they downed the Riggsmen 30-32.
This year's team won twelve games and lost nine. They
won the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference championship
with ten wins and two defeats in league play. They finished
second in the city race with three victories and one loss as
they played one game less than Central who had a four and
on record. They also placed one player on the all-city team
and one on the all-SIAC team.