Central High School - Red and Black Yearbook (St Louis, MO)

 - Class of 1947

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1946-1947 In one of the more exciting and close games of the season, Soldan handed Central its fourth straight league defeat, 34-33, in an overtime thriller. Ackerman's 19 points were too much for the Central cagers, as they failed to hold a one-point lead in regular time, and lost a three-point lead in the overtime session. Beaumont trounced Central in a non-league game, 44-22. Leading at the half, 24-6, the Bluejackets played their second team in the majority of the second half and breezed to its victory. Central traveled to Cape Girardeau for its next game, as they avenged a previous defeat at the hands of the Cape five, and ended a six-game losing streak. lt was the first time a Central live had defeated Cape Girardeau on its home floor since 1940. Final score was 25-23, as Al Potolsky forced the Central at- tack with 10 points. An improved Central five pressed a strong U. City team throughout, before they finally succumbed to a 32-28 defeat. Failure to make free throws was the major cause of defeat. Jack Howell led Central scorers by hitting the net for 10 points. Central continued its fine play against the No. 3 ranked team in the district, Roosevelt, as they lost their fifth consecutive league game, 45-33. Skewes' l0 points was high for Cen- tral, but Lum Edwards' 18 points for Roose- velt proved to be the margin of defeat. Central went on to win its first league game against a hapless McKinley five. After a close first half the Midtowners pulled away and won by a decisive score of 35-28. Jack How- ell's 13 points paced Central. 3 Beaumont was the last regularly scheduled and last league game for the Central Red- wings. In this game the Bluejackets won their 18th straight game of the season. How- ever, this game was in direct contrast to the previous meeting of the two schools. The Central cagers jumped off to an early start and battled the mighty Jackets on even terms for three and a half quarters, when the fight- ing Redwing squad finally let up and Beau- mont scored 15 of their total points. Final score read 44-26, an injustice to the close play of the game. Skewes' ll points paced Central scorers. X K X 5 wi' -we N60 L Xb, .- Z 1 F- X Cf N Nm, ,A ,X XX vows F it -' 13 xx, IFXT jf? fi ig ' 'T aw Il F 0 , Qi 'fr A 2 A - fm Q f s' f- 5 NSY gala- F I dill? Central was again entered in the sub- regional tournaments. For our first opponent we drew Normandy, strongest team in the County and ranked second only to Beaumont in the district. This game marked again the improved playing of the Central squad. The Redwings battled on even terms throughout the whole game except for a lapse in the second quarter, when Normandy scored 16 points. Inaccuracy of shots caused the Mid- towners to lose a very well-played game as the Redwings outshot the mighty Normandy team at least two to one. Jim Brislane led Central scorers with seven, as a valiant Cen- tral team lost 42-30. Central wound up its season by winning only three of their eighteen games. The Red- wings landed in seventh place in the Public High League, with a one and-six-record, while winning only two of its eleven non- league games. The prospects for a successful season is bright, as three regulars are return- ing for next year. LETTERMEN Al Mirth Bill Skewes Jack Howell Earl Lawrence Jim Brislane Jim Patterson. Manager Al Potolsky

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Basketball . . , . l-:nr Row Al Minh, Jack Howell, l'r.ink Weber, Alvin Polol ky Bill Skewes. James Bnslane. XVayne l.emen. Earl Lawrence, Second Row' Harry Thompson. Harold Maul, Jack Humphreys, Richard Green, William Sanford, Leo Caradonna. John Ellis, David lee. Plnicr Gerhard! Third Row: Mr. Bradburn, James Patterson. Rudy Schildrolh, Bill Ciray. Donald Davis, Joe lukiwch. Doyle lD.irr, John Lipinski, Mi. Marltland. MR. BRADBURN, Coach The outlook for the 1946-47 season was not too bright, for the Central cagers did not have one regular returning from last year's team. Only three lettermen were returning. Jim Brislane, Bill Skewes, and Al Mirth, all substitutes the previous year. The first game of the season was against a fairly good McBride five. Inexperience and the inability to hit their shots cost the Red- wings their first defeat, by the rather large score of 34-22. After leading South Side Catholic, another strong Prep League five, throughout the first quarter and midway through the second, in our second game of the young season, the South Side cagers came to life and went on to trounce the smaller Central five by the overwhelming score of 48-33. St. Louis U. High was our next opponent. The defending State Champs had to go all out against a fighting Redwing five, to defeat them 28-23. lnaccuracy on the free-throw line was a main factor in their defeat. After holding Southwest to an 11-IO score at the half, in the opener of the Public High League, the Midtowners again got the second-half jitters as Southwest went on to win. decisively, 42-22. During the Christmas holidays, Central again entered the Normandy Invitational Tournament. Our first opponent in the meet was Fairview, one of the stronger County fives. The Redwings took the measure of the Fairview boys 24-17, with the first sign of showing spark and spunk enough to play well a whole game. Central had to over- come a half-time lead of 6-5, but once the lead was taken it was never diminished. Our next foe in the tourney was McBride, who again defeated the hapless Central team, 43- 29. After a first-quarter score of 9-6, the "Micks" pulled away and we never threat- ened throughout the game. Blewett was our next league opponent. Again the Red Wings failed to last a whole game, as a close score at the half, 20-18, was turned into a trouncing at the end, 55-33. Cleveland, a perennially strong five in the district, was pressed all the way, with a slightly improved Midtown five succumbing to the tune of 45-33, in the third successive league defeat. Central then traveled to Bayless High School, of the South County League. After overcoming a 10-point lead in the first quar- ter and trailing by only one at the half, the Redwings again faded to lose 39-31. Al Mirth garnered 14 points for the losers. Our next non-league affair was the annual game with Cape Girardeau, the first of a home-and-home series. The Redwings were ahead at the half, for the first time in the season, but again dwindled in the second. The final score was 31-21.

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Baseball 1 if X BASEBALL TEAM, 1946 lfirst Row, Don lxupfcnslcincr, ltlmer Roberts. James Brislnnc, NValrer Kopp. Eugene lVlcRoberts CCnptainl. Harlan Murray, Bill Mirlh. VI S d R XX . nrvin Tnlghadcr ji-con ow' 'nync Lcmcn, Bill Skcwes, xvilllff Hoclscher, Edward Baumann, Bill Gabler, Jack Howell. Ralph Herr, Jessi: Bell Third Row, Eugene Leeper, Mr. Kassing. Leon Heincker. Gregory Burns, Joe Hcnningsen. Dave Hall, Mr. Bradburn. R h d XX d QN1 5 l ic ar 'oo s . .innrcr . The Central High baseball team of 1946, under the guidance of Vernon J. Bradburn. had a fairly successful season. Starting this year again in the Public High School League each school plays every school twice, making a total of 14 games to play. The season opened on March 26 in a non- league affair, with the Redwings losing a close hard-fought game to McBride, 3-2. Another non-league experimental game was played with U. City in which the Tigers won 9-6, I-Iousher doing a fine job of relief hurling. The next non-league game was with South Side Catholic and resulted in the first victory for Central. It was an extra-inning ball game, with Don Kopfensteiner hurling a fine game. The hard-hitting Bill Mirth won the game in the ninth inning by slugging out a home run. The following day South Side visited Cen- tral and the Redwings won 4-2, with Elmer Roberts pitching and with help from Bris- lane, lVlcRoberts, and Talghader at the plate. The first league encounter was with South- west and resulted in a 3-2 victory, Kopfen- steiner doing the pitching and also driving in two of his team's three runs. The next league game was with Roosevelt, in which Central pounded out 15 runs to Roosevelt's 7. Cleveland visited Central for the next league game, which Cleveland won, 6-5. In another non-league game, East St. Louis had an ll-8 victory over the Redwings, Jess Bell and Elmer Roberts sharing plate honors. A few days later the East Siders again proved too strong for the Central nine and won the game 12-l.

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