Manhattan High School - Blue M Yearbook (Manhattan, KS)

 - Class of 1939

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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. 6 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 44 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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43 HOUR HEROES M Club 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- boscises. The members in the picture are front row: Frank Prentup, sponsor, Jim Blazing, Jim Smith, Bob Keith, Max Grandfield, Ed Draheim, Bill Busenbark, Bob Nelson. 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' Woodman. Those not in the picture: Russell Minnis, Jim Pri- deaux, Denzil Bergman, Douglas Cave, Junior Lov- ell, Harold Elmer, Harold Smith, and Raymond. Tucker.



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45 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 for track. 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 positions. 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 pounder. . 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 a e. 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 fa .

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