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Page 78 text:
FOOTBALL 195 3
The 1953 Football Season saw Central mak-
ing its most impressive showing of recent years,
and saw several of our players earning the honor
of being chosen for the All-District and the All'-
Public League teams.
In each game our "Redwings" battled until
the last second of the clock ran out, but still
they were unable to win a game out of the six
played in the league, and were only able to tie
In the first game, our Varsity fought McKin-
ley, the 1952 League Champion, to a CO-OD
checkmate. A strong Beaumont team defeated
Central C14-Oj in the second game, and South-
west, the strongest team in the league, passed
over Central C34-181 in a gruelling game.
Soldan-Blewett fought Central to a C14-145
standstill,, and the Redwing's last two games,
though sharply contested, were lost to Cleveland
i Central's "B" team showed their strength by
winning four of ten games, losing only four and
tying-the other two. With some of the "B"
team moving up to Varsity next year, chances
are that we will have a good season.
Varsity letters were awarded to Les Bush-
mann, Joe Crowe, Wayne Cupp, Bill Clarke,
Jim Daugherty, Bob Griner, Ed Gambill, Bill
Davis, Elmer King, Gene Knopp, Bob Lukitsch,
Art Moser, Bob Panosh, Bill Root, Norman
Wanger, Ronald Schnur, Bob Winter and Dave
"B" Team letters were awarded to Ernest
Fields, Don Fox, Jim Gambill, Farro Giannola,
Leroy Killian, Gerald Lancaster, Don Mason,
Mike Moran, Bob Murdock, Alan Polley,
Charles Richardson, Fred Ryan, John Smith,
Bob Tompkins, George Viviano, Charles Wal-
ters, Larry Randazzo, Ray Stiffler, Glynn
Miller, Don Svoboda and Tim Montelione.
CROSS-COUNTRY 19 5 3
Central's Redwings ran a long way last year
and made some good showings. But this year,
as in past years, our Cross-Country team was
suffering from Central's most dreaded disease, an
undermanned team. While most high schools
put ten or twenty men on the Held, we had only
The six, R. Allison, E.Brunk, R. Norvall, J.
Rimini, A.Rios and M. Tarpley, all lettered.
And they earned their right to those letters by
refusing to give up against all odds.
Our Redwings were pretty tired by the time
the season ended, for they had been able to cap-
ture third in the City Meet, seventh in the East
Side Invitational and eighth in the State Meet.
When one of our boys had an off day and did
not take his usual place, we lost many points.
Other schools always had somebody to fill in a
Central did not have a good season last year,
but we had a good team - a team that never
forgot it represented Central.
In the 1953-1954 Swimming Season, Cen-
tral's 'iMermen" captured third place in the City
League, and tied for fourth in the State Meet.
To show exactly how good our team was in the
individual events of the City League, at least
one of our men took either first or second place:
and then in the stiff competition of the State
Meet, we had two Hrst place winners. With
all but a few of the boys returning next year,
Coach Ray Clilfe has high hopes for just as
good if not a better season in 1955.
The first two City meets saw Cleveland and
Beaumont swimming by our "Tankmen", but
Central's swimmers came back in the third meet
to defeat Roosevelt C61-265. In the last three
meets, the Central' "Mermen" scored continually
to overcome Soldan-Blewett C62-143, then
Hadley C42-351 and, finally, McKinley Q68-
9l. The two extra meets against St. Louis U.
I-Iigh, our "Mermen" won by the scores 41 to
36, and 43 to 34.
Those receiving Varsity Letters were: R.
Davidson, J. Hogue, C. Morgan, L. Smith, L.
Bushman, W. Cupp, H. Bittick, J. Bittick, D.
Mana, J. Wolfe, W. Freebersyser, J. Gunn and
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Though the Redwings' season of 1953 does
not look impressive from its record, it must be
remembered that Coach Bradburn had to rebuild
on the remnants of the Championship teams of
'50, '51 and '52. Using the remaining regu-
lars that he had and working with mid-termers,
"Brad" -as he is called by the team-gave
every player a chance to gain experience from a
high school game, thereby preparing for the sea-
Of the fourteen league games played by the
Redwings, our team won two while losing
twelve. ln the first five games, Central lost to
Soldan-Blewett, Roosevelt, Hadley, Cleveland
and McKinley. But then the Redwings came
back to defeat Beaumont C4 to 35 in a closely
contested game. The next two games were lost
to Southwest and Roosevelt, only for the team
to overwhelm Soldan-Blewett C11 to 21 in a
one-sided slugfest. But still, the season ended
with Cleveland, Hadley, McKinley, Beaumont
and Southwest, winning in that order.
In our only State Game, St. Louis University
High won by the score of twelve to six.
Lettermen for the year were: L. Bushmann,
T, Carroll, J. Goudy, D. Kahre, R. Mathews,
A, Moser, R. Schnur, E. O'Connor, F. Pisciotta,
R. Ritz, W. Root, H. Spink and R. Burling,
The 1953 Track Team had a very successful
season, winding up in third place in the Inter-
scholastic Meet behind Roosevelt and Beaumont.
In the District Meet the Juniors took seventh
place and the Seniors took eighth place. In the
Maplewood Relays, Vernon Reed tied for first
place in the pole vault and Max Tarpley took
fourth in the mile. The team won most of its
dual meets, winning notable victories over
Cleveland, McKinley, Southwest and Soldan-
Joe Crowe was high point man for the
Juniors, scoring consistently in the 100, 220
and broad jump. Brunk scored in the broad
jump and 880. Other good performers were
Newmann in the low hurdles, Rimini in the
880, Dave Reed in the high jump, Ryan in the
shot put, Skelly in the high jump, and Tomp-
kins in the 100 and 220. The Seniors also had
several real' stars. Vernon Reed usually won the
pole vault and broad jump. Max Tarpley usu-
ally took the mile and half mile, Harry Lemke
scored in the high and low hurdles. In one meet
Gary Couch took hrst in the four dashes and
second in the high jump. Among the other
Senior point winners were Choate in the
hurdles, Rios in the 880 and Davidson in the
hurdles and pole vault.
There can be no mention of Centralws Tennis
Team without first speaking of its star and
nucleus, Al Holtman. Al, an outstanding stu-
dent as well as a great tennis player, has over
a period of three years, twenty-One victories
without a defeat - this is, of course, in league
play. In that time he has captured the State
High School Singles Championship three times
running. And he still has one more season
Last year he joined Hal McKeever, another
fine Central player, in the Country Day Tourn-
ament. They were able to pile up enough points
to bring back the Tournament Trophy, though
they only went as far as the semi-finals. Al'
brought the singles cup back also.
Unfortunately, Central has its same disease
un the Tennis squad. We have a small team
that needs more players, especially if we expect
to win a couple of league championships.
Of course, if you do not think that this sport
offers enough challenge, why not go out for the
team and find out. lf you expect to be any good
you'll have to have strength, balance and perfect
timing. Come on out and see if you have the
stuff that it takes.
Holtman and McKeever were the only letter-
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