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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
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
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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.
Al Mirth Bill Skewes
Jack Howell Earl Lawrence
Jim Brislane Jim Patterson. Manager
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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
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 TEAM, 1946
lfirst Row, Don lxupfcnslcincr, ltlmer Roberts. James Brislnnc, NValrer Kopp. Eugene lVlcRoberts CCnptainl. Harlan Murray, Bill Mirlh.
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Herr, Jessi: Bell Third Row, Eugene Leeper, Mr. Kassing. Leon Heincker. Gregory Burns, Joe Hcnningsen. Dave Hall, Mr. Bradburn.
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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
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
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
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
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