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S. TORGERSON, SKYBERG, NYSTROM
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NYSTROM and Herkal scored fourteen points each in turning back the
highly touted Northerners. The defensive work of May4was outstanding in
that he stopped many Yellowjacket drives for the basket.
Following the Superior game the Red and White Cagers journeyed to
Menomonie to play Stout. This was a slow, uninteresting game, which the
Falcons won by a 26 to 17 score, The Blue Devils presented a fair defense, but
not much offense. The defense did, however, succeed in holding the high scoring
Falcons way below their average number of points.
After the victory over Stout, the locals met the strong La Crosse squad on
the Falcon court, coming out this time on the short end of a 35 to 34 count.
This game was featured by one of the most unusual freak shots ever seen on a
local basketball court which proved to be the deciding factor in the game. Herkal
and Nystrom again paced the Falcons in scoring, getting twelve and nine points
In the return game with Stout, the Falcons chalked up their third conference
victory, turning in a 37 to 28 win. Coach Lowery used the whole squad in this
game and each one played good ball. Individual scoring honors were taken by
Nystrom, who scored fourteen points.
The Falcons suffered their second conference setback at the hands of the Eau
Claire Zornadoes in a tight game by a 45 to 43 score. Mert Wulf paced the
Falcon attack, garnering sixteen points. However, his loss on fouls with four
minutes remaining, was probably the main reason for the Falcon defeat.
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CUDNEY, MAY, WULF, NELSON
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COACH LOWERY'S call for basketball candidates was answered by a large
turnout, including five lettermen from last year's championship five. These
men were Captain Walter Herkal, an all-state forward for three seasons, Russell
Nystrom, last year's all-state guard, James May, Stanley Torgerson, and Merton
After two weeks of intensive practice, Coach Lowery sent his boys into
action against Augsburg in a non-conference game. The Falcons got off to a
fine start, defeating the Auggies by a 42 to 28 score. I-Ierkal paced both teams
in scoring with thirteen points. The Augsburg victory was followed with a win
over Macalester, Minnesota State College Champions, by a 31 to 25 count.
Herkal, again, led the scoring with eleven points, but was closely followed by
Nystrom, May, and Wulf. The Falcons continued their winning ways by
beating Oshkosh 55 to 39, and St. Olaf 54 to 30. In these two games, the play
of Nystrom and Herkal was outstanding. In a return game with St. Olaf, the
Falcons again won by the score of 33 to 32. To close the non-conference season
Coach Lowery took his squad on a three-day t.our of the southern part of the
state, meeting Milwaukee and Oshkosh, The trip proved to be disastrous for
the locals, as they were beaten in both games, 39 to 32 by Milwaukee and 33 to
27 by Oshkosh. '
In the opening game of the conference schedule the Falcons were pitted
against one of the strongest teams in the conference, the Superior Yellowjackets.
In a sensational battle, the Falcons came out on the long end of a 40 to 38 score.
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JOURNEYING to Superior for a return game with the Yellowjackets, the
Falcons again got the short end of the deal, taking a 40 to 34 defeat. The
Superior lads, scenting a tie for the championship, were not to be denied. Herkal
and Nystrom, the Falcon all-state stars, again played brilliant ball, getting
iifteen and ten points respectively.
Playing one of the best ball games of the season, the Falcons handed the
La Crosse Maroons their only conference defeat by a 34 to 28 score. The feat
was the more remarkable in that the game was played at La Crosse. The offensive
play of I-lerkal, Nystrom, and Cudney was outstandingg however, May and
Wulf shared honors with them by turning in fine defensive performances.
A second half rally which scored thirty-eight points, paved the way for a 53
to 41 victory over the Falcons by Eau Claire. This game closed the career of
Captain Walter Herkal, one of the finest players to ever represent the Falcons on
the hardcourt. He led a courageous lighting Falcon team in a brilliant battle,
but Eau Claire was not to be daunted. Nystrom turned in a marvelous game,
scoring seventeen points which gave him' conference scoring honors for the sea-
son. Cudney played the best game he had played all season, contributing eleven
points to a lost cause. Mert Wulf also turned in a fine performance in the last
game of his career. The whole team showed up well, but Eau Claire was hot
and was not to be defeated.
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