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Page 46 text:
A Scrappy Griliron Squad
Beginning his first year as the head coach of MHS
athletics, Frank Prentup had rather a gloomy situ-
ation to start with. With only five lettermen return-
ing and no outstanding reserve men coming up
Prentup found no bed of roses ahead of him.
One of the largest squads in 1'ecent years-63
strong with only five lettermen-Jim Johns, Tom
Quinn, Pat Farrell, Ralph Scott, and Alfred Wood-
man-reported out for football a week before school
began. The squad was rather slow in whipping into
shape and much time was spent learning funda-
mentals which the Blues had slight knowledge.
To begin the season they had Hashy new suits. The
blue jerseys trimmed with red, white, and blue
stripes on the shoulders and sleeves and plain
trunks. The red, white, and blue tri colored socks,
topped off by their shining white helmets, made a
gleaming array for their first game of the season.
The Blues lost the opener to Concordia 13-6, how-
ever, in spite of a sensational 85 yard run back of a
kick off by Bob Stewa1't.
Prentup's protegees showed a lack of experience
and playing against many large, well balanced out-
fits, they dropped the next game to their arch rivals,
Junction City, who had one of the strongest teams
in the state. The following week the Blues, a de-
cided under dog, faced a mighty Newton team,
champions in their respective league and Manhattan
did everything to the Railroaders except cross their
goal line, losing 13-0. This was one of the Blues
better games and up to that time it was their best
performance. This gave the fans hope but their
hopes were all for naught. For the next week at
Emporia it turned out to be nothing more than an
Emporia track meet. Scoring on the first play, Em-
poria never stopped the touchdown parade until the
game was over. After recovering somewhat from the
bombardment of the past week, Manhattan's winless
Blues faced Topeka High, rated by many as the
State Champions. The Blues were definitely out
classed and they bowed 32-0. The fray with Ottawa
the next week proved to be their best chance to win
a game, but Ottawa, the Blues opponent, had other
ideas and they smothered the Blues hopes 6-O-.
The mud battle of the century took place a week
later with Clay Center, here at Griffith field. The
Clay Center boys, runnerups to Junction City, had
a fine team, but they found no easy going against
the Blues and from the point of thrills produced an
amount of play shown it was the Blues best game
of the year. Jim Johns slid away in the mud for
a 70 yard run and it was not until the last few min-
utes of the game that the score was decided. Clay
won a hard fought decision 13-20.
Finishing their season the same way they started
it, the Blues lost their last chance to win a game,
and they were completely outpowered by the Law-
rence Lions 20-0.
The seasons record.
Manhattan Concordia 13
Manhattan 0 Junction 33
Manhattan 0 Newton 13
Manhattan 0 Emporia 45
Manhattan 0 Topeka 32
Manhattan 0 Ottawa 6
Manhattan 13 Clay Center 20
Manhattan 0 Lawrence 20'
The season could hardly be called a successful
one. It is just one of those things that happens to
a school every now and then. Certainly the coach
could not be blamed, although he absorbed plenty of
Co-Capt, Quinn Co-Capt. Johns
Leaders Last Time
Jimmy Johns and Tom Quinn were the two boys
who led the '38 football team through ltsnfightmg
season. Johns, being one of our few Junior Cap-
tains, sparked the backfield and held down more
than his share of the line during the seasons. play.
Modest "Sliver" lettered in both football and track
in his sophomore year. He ran the quarter under
50 seconds to get second in the state track meet of
'38. Tipping the scales at 165 and having 5 feet
8 inches of bone and muscle he will be welcome on
the football squad of '39. .
Tom Quinn our chunky boxer drew most of his
honor in his junior year. He played brilliant foot-
ball throughout the season only to be disqualified
before our well remembered heart breaking game
with Topeka. This year he played equally as well
on a less successful team in both center and full-
back position. Five feet eight inches and weighing
165 pounds he heaves the shot well over 40 feet for
the track honors. Tom will be a serious loss on the
athletic field of MHS. W
the blame. No one stood up for his boys more loy-
ally against the Saturday morning quarter backs
than Coach Prentup. The school body also was be-
hind the boys very loyally, considering the circum-
stances. l ,
The underclassmen that lettered this year in some
of the latter games will be a great help for next
years team. They will provide a foundation on
which to build a rejuivenated football machine.
It is hard to say, individually who shined the
brightest for the Blues this year. Co-captain Tom
Quinn made the honorary all conference second
team and was the only Blue to do so. Johns, Smlth,
and Blazing all received honorable mention. Johns
was the leading scorer for the team making 13 of
the team's season total of 19 points. At times cer-
tain players would show up well one week and then
not so well the next week. There was hardly a week
that the whole team clicked together.. Buthevery-
body felt as they saw the games "walt until next
year. Then we'll show them." .
That feeling is also present in all of. the under-
classmen. So without a doubt things will be differ-
ent. The ones that received first team letters were,
Tom Quinn, Jimmy Johns,Merle Bottger, Gene Lake,
Dick Doryland, Alfred Woodman, Russell MIUDIS,
Ralph Scott, Raymond Tucker, Phil Smith, Jim Pri-
deaux, Neal Hugos, Jim Blazmg,.J1m Heter, John
Scholer, Bob Pickett, Wayne If9WlS, JT- AYld9l'SQU,
Raymond Nelson, Edwin Draheim, Howard Hamlin,
Bob Stewart, Herbert Vanderlip, and Douglas Cave.
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Showing more interest in the M Club than has
been seen for several years, the club took on added
life under their new sponsor, Coach P1-entup.
The two football captains, Quinn and Johns,
proved to be popular with their fellow members and
were elected president and vice-president, respec-
tively. The complete list of ofllcers were Tom Quinn,
president, Jim Johns, vice president, Russell Min-
nis, secretary-treasurerg Bob Gahagen, program
chairman, and Merle Bottger, Sergeant at arms.
Every year the highlight of the CIub's entertain-
ment is the traditional "M" initiation. This year it
also was radically revised. Smelling' heavily of the
scent of onion bulbs, the boys came to school, walk-
ing in the Notre Dame shift, wearing odd shoes and
signs distinguishing the "cats" from one another.
Girls boiled with jealousy when they saw the "deli-
cate" curls which were worn by the initiated "pus-
sies" on initiation day. Having to have a proper
respect for the members, the pledges had to carry
out various orders, such as proposing to teachers, re-
citing poems, and pushing peanuts with their pro-
The members in the picture are front row: Frank
Prentup, sponsor, Jim Blazing, Jim Smith, Bob
Keith, Max Grandfield, Ed Draheim, Bill Busenbark,
Second row: Bill Payne, Ted Miller, Bob Stewart,
Lauren Edgar, Bob Kendall, Bob Gahagen.
Third row: Gene Lake, Herb Vanderlip, Jim
Johns, Tom Quinn, Pat Farrell.
Fourth row: Bob Wright, John Scholer, Neal Hu-
gos, Howard Hamlin, Bob Yapp, Merle Bottger.
Back row: Bill Wichers, Frank Fenton, Alfred'
Those not in the picture: Russell Minnis, Jim Pri-
deaux, Denzil Bergman, Douglas Cave, Junior Lov-
ell, Harold Elmer, Harold Smith, and Raymond.
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Co-Capt. Lake Co-Capt. Vanderlip
Leaders Next Time
Gene Lake and Herbert Vanderlip are the two
juniors who are to pilot the Blues 1939 football
squad through its tough season. Gene Lake was the
short but mighty end for 1938. He played in every
game and started well over his share of them. He
is about 5 feet 7 inches and tips the scale at 155
pounds. He earned a reserve football letter in his
sophomore year and this year is his third letter year
Herb Vanderlip lettered this season for the first
time after playing in only four games. He had the
bad luck of breaking his arm early in the season
and watched from the sidelines for the rest of the
year. Herb is 5 feet 9 inches and weighs 165 pounds.
Going out for football for the first time this year he
held down the guard berth like a veteran.
In these two leaders we tie our hopes for the title
of the new conference next year.
A Promising Reserve Squad
The reserve team this year played four games.
Folowing in the foot steps of the varsity brothers
the second stringers lost all of their games. How-
ever, most of them were closer than the score indi-
cates, every game being a hard fought battle. Soph-
omores made up a large share of the team.
The scores were:
Manhattan B Team 7 Clay Center 13
Manhattan B Team 0 Abilene 14
Manhattan B Team 6 Junction City 26
Manhattan B Team 9 Wakefield 19
Those that received reserve letters were Bill York,
Frank Fenton, Bud Kiser, Charles Holtz, Fred Bud-
den, Bill Wickers, John Saylor, Harry Corby, Ken-
neth Carlson, Bill Busenbark, Harley Milliken, Jim
Smith, Harold Smith, Jim Bowman, Duane Ander-
son, Ted Miller, Bill Payne.
Next Year's Preview
Next year will bring without a doubt a much im-
proved football machine at MHS, with the largest
number of returning lettermen in recent years. Coach
Frank Prentup, who will be starting his second year
here, will be able to start a complete team of letter-
men besides having the usual amount of second
stringers returning for action.
In 1939 fans will again see a small, feather weight
edition of Blue footballers. It well might be a
speedy, smart aggregation, depending on deception
and speed, instead of weight and crushing power
plays. If Coach Prentup can find a good passing
combination and he ought to be able to find a fair
one, with four letter wing men returning, fans may
be treated to a Hashy display of razzle-dazzle. This
type of play takes precision and accuracy with
plenty of speedy, experienced men in the positions,
but the Blues should have these requirements.
To take the squad individually, in the backfield
there will probably be Sliv Johns, the work horse of
the Blues backfield this year. Sliv is a good, sturdy
player whom the coach can depend upon. Jim is a
fast man and once he gets in the clear its too bad
for the opponents. Spanky Blazing, the diminutive
whirling dervish, will be expected to give the oppo-
sition some nightmares on how to catch him and
hold him for no gain. Another lad who has shown
plenty of promise as a hard driving back is Frank
Whipple. He will probably add plenty of drive to
the Blues' attack. Then of course there will be Ed
Draheim, Swede Nelson and Jim Bowman, who de-
veloped rapidly during the end of last season and
will be expected to carry the mail for Manhattan
again next year. Then there is the possibility that
some of the present linemen will be shifted into the
backfield to add to this list and of course there will
be several reserve backfield men who will fill in the
On the line there will be, as we mentioned above,
a host of veterans, with Co-capts. Vanderlip at
guard and Gene Lake at end. The line will again
be as light as the backfield. Lauren Edgar and Bob
Yapp add plenty of weight but htey will be the only
ones that can approach the 200 pound mark. Pat
Farrell, two letter man, will probably be able to fit
into any position that he is needed. He played
center, end, and fullback last year, so Coach Prentup
can effectively plug a gap in his lineup with this 180
The returning lettermen are, Ed Draheim, Pat
Farrell, Bob Yapp, Jim Heter, Jim Johns, Jim Blaz-
ing, Phil Smith, John Woodhouse, Lauren Edgar,
John Scholer, Swede Nelson, Howard Hamlin, and
311 tow co-captains Herbert Vanderlip and Gene
One can expect much more pep from next year's
team, for they will be out to make up for this sea-
son's dismal record. Starting play in the new Cen-
tral Conference the Blues, should find the sledding
much easier. But this doesn't mean that all Man-
hattan will have to do is go on the field and soy
boo. Junction City, always one of the strong foot-
ball contenders in the state, will be ready to
knock the pegs out from under anyone who thinks
they have a setup. McPherson also will be strong,
the strength of the other opponents is not known.
Manhattan may not play all of the new conference
teams because of prearrangements with old confer-
ence teams. It is highly possible no matter who they
play, however, that the Blues of next year will have
a good record when the final game rolls around next
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