Pekin High School - Pekinian Yearbook (Pekin, IL)

 - Class of 1942

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SENIOR EDITION Page 34 A TOUCHDOWN SURE THIS TIME The 1941 football season, while not as successful in games won and lost as the Big Twelve championship team of 1940, nevertheless, turned out very well. In the "win" column the team was successful in gaining victories over Bloomington, Canton, Manual, Streator, and Decatur. Losses were chalked up with Rock Falls, Lincoln, Central, and Jacksonville, Florida. Thus the team ended with five wins and four loses and finished in the upper division of the Big Twelve Conference, with three wins and two losses. Outstanding performers in the backfield were Bob Trumpy, fullback; Johnny Rebuf-foni and Adolph Andreoni, halfbacks; and Ned Hough at quarterback. In the line Bob Herget was outstanding in center and was mentioned on many of the all-star teams. Other line men who played regularly all season were Bill Gasper and Ernie Petri at ends; Emil Massa and Chuck Meyers at tackles; and Ben Lampitt and Walt Davidson at the guards. Other major letter winners were Allen at guard and Apfel at center; Eldert at halfback; Helm at tackle; Newman at tackle; Noreuil at fullback; Oltman at tackle; and Sturm at tackle. Minor letter winners were Adkins, Marion, Parish, Soldwrdol, and Jenkins. Of the nineteen major letter winners, only three, namely Newrran, Helm, and RebufFoni will be back for the 1942 season. All the minor letter winners, with the exception of Marion, will return. This is not a very bright prospect for a successful 1942 season, but because practice will start two weeks before school starts this year, there may be a great many surprising developments. It is expected that Johnny RebufFoni will be one of the best running backs in the state, and Helm and Newman should he able to capably hold down the tackle sports. Dick Soldwedel is expected to take over an end position, and Jenkins should develop into a good backfield prospects. Adkins, Moeckel, O'Keefe, and Parish, while small, are also expected to make a fight for backfield jobs. The 1942 schedule is as follows: September 11—Washington here. September 18—East Peoria there. September 25—Canton here. October 2—Lincoln there. October 9—Manual here. October 16—Streator here. October 23—Central here. October 30—Spalding here. November 7—Blooming there. November 13—London, Jacksonville, Florida, there. The tennis team, coached by Coach Robert Walker, has been running into some very tough competition this spring but have managed to be in on their share of wins in spite of the strong opposition. Before the season started, the team suffered the loss of one of its stellar netmen and letter winners when Dick Seegar finished school in the middle of the semester. The tennis team now is composed of mostly all juniors, and Coach Walker looks forward to a fine team next year. Members of the varsity team now include John Moorhouse, Jack Rosenberg, George Petri, and Roland Champion. A good reserve supply of promising material makes it look as if Pekin is in for some good tennis teams for several years to come. Like baseball, track, or any other sport, the boys on the tennis team have to be out there practicing every night of the week, and swinging a tennis racket can get just as tiresome as swinging a baseball bat. These boys really deserve much credit for their fine showing. "BIG JIM" HEAD COACH

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Page 33 SENIOR EDITION Boys' Club Membership Increases "On to a bigger and better Boys' Club" would be a good slogan for the Boys' C!ub( but they couldn't be doing much more than they are doing now for the school. The attendance in the Boys' Club is increasing every year as more boys realize what a fine club it is to be in and strive to gain admittance. The Boys' Club is busy the entire year doing things for the school, and one of their most popular projects is the Christmas tree they decorate and put on top of the school by the boys' entrance each year around Christmas vacation. Money for these worthy projects is made by selling candy and refreshments at the football and basketball games and at other school functions. To be eligible for the Boys' Club, you must be a sophomore and have a record for leadership and service in all your classes. Meetings are usually held twice a month, and the boys have to be there at a bright and early 7:45 in the morning. Once a year, the club takes a trip with the money they have left over in the treasury after assisting in a various number of expenditures. Mr. Mason Grigsby is the faculty adviser for the club and usually finds time to attend their meetings. The Boys' Club actually began when Mr. Snyder was the dean of boys, and it has been going strong ever since. May they continue their great work. A club which has grown with its interest in radio and movies is the Movie Operators Club, advised by Mr. V. C. Dollahon. Among the many activities of the club during the past year have been installing a new constitution for the club, sponsoring movies to raise funds for new shades in the auditorium, paper drives with Boys' Club and Hot Stove League, and movies for the benefit of Air Raid Wardens. The officers of the club are President, Jim Blume, Vice President, Fred Heselden, and Secretary, Kenneth Miller. The members of the club ore Jim Smith, Herman Oltman, Kenneth Miller, James Bruce, Louis Sevier, Clifford Heiser, Leland Hoover, Paul Miener, Charles Kumpf, Richard Rapp, William Wattheessen, Robert Goring, Howard Hainline, Louis Clarkston, Rufus Skaggs, Jack Rogers, Robert Preston, Jack Pinkston, James Meisinger, Marvin Jenkins, Richard Jost, Virgil Elliott, Leslie Jones, Bill Young, Harvey Anderson, Russel Woodmancy, Kenneth Meyer, Sher-ril Maurer, Jim Blume, Dick Brown, Richard McLaughlin, Carl A. Johnson, Fred Heselden and Nyle Claflin. FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA HELP IN DEFENSE Under the supervision of Mr. William Dowell, another highly successful year of farm study has been accomplished by the agriculture department. During the past two semesters, numerous field trips were made to farming areas in or near Tazewell County. The planting of crops, soil erosion, and other farm problems were studied by the group on these journeys. The future farmers were also privileged to hear guest speakers, who discussed the outlook in farming and talked about problems. Another highlight was the germination tests on soy beans and other products. Mr. Dowell and students also found time to help out in the National Defense all-out problem by collecting scrap metal and old paper. In all, about two tons of metal were gathered, and over 1,000 lbs. of paper. On June 5, students from farms near Pekin will be guests of the department and will help the group celebrate the close of another campaign.

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Page 35 SENIOR EDITION CHINK BASEBALL DIAMONDS GLEAM BRIGHT In preparation to avenge the disastrous 1941 season, fifty protective diamond athletes started spring baseball practice at PCHS on Monday, April 23. Last year's squad was unable to gain even a meager .500 average and to say they looked disappointing is putting it mildly. Consisting mostly of sophomores and juniors, the team buckled from lack of experience and confidence. The new head coach, Jim Lewis, was patient with the team in their numerous defeats, pointing out their faults to them, in order that in '42 they might be a much-improved squad. Captain Bob Bowlby, who played second base, and fleet center fielder. Bob Stallings, are the only two absentees from the current roster. In the pitching department, the Celestials have looked strong in the first five starts. Virgil Romans opened the season with a 10-4 win over East Peoria and hurled brilliantly. Washington defeated the Chinks 11-9 in their next encounter, but due to the cold, the game should have been named a comedy. Dick Flynn pitched a 12-inning thriller to gain a 7-6 triumph over Woodruff, but numerous errors by his mates nearly cost them the game. Romans came back with a 7-1 win against Canton, while Vernon Campbell, in his first start, gained an 8-0 shutout over Glassford. In their sixth start of the season, the Chinks showed signs of last year's loose ploy in losing to Woodruff 10-9 in the return game at Glen Oak Park. Romans was pounded for seven runs in his three innings and was relieved by Gene Taylor who yielded the rest. The Celestials overcame their 7-0 handicap, but didn't have that extra punch to win the game. Charles Eskrich is leading the team in the hitting department with a .400 average for the first six starts ctnd is receiving behind the platter in big-time siyle. Determined to wipe out their fag of the hitless wonders, the team as a whole are hitting the ball hard and often. A tough schedule of twenty games in forty days confronts the team and will tax their stamina and test their reserve strength. At present, the starting line-up reads: Mauer at short stop, Dick Soldwedel at third base, Walt McCabe at second, and Dick Flynn or Adolph Androoni at the initial sack. In the pastures, Dick Brown is in left, Dominick Ingoiia in center, and Russ Sours in right. Deep in reserve strength, which consists of Bob Moeckle, Lou Sevier, Glenn Wieburg, and Bob Munge, the Celestials have that extra touch which goes to make a fair team a great one. Next year's team is slated to be a sure winner, due to the fact that the only graduating seniors on the current squad are Dick Flynn and Adolph Andreoni. With two years of valuable experience and training behind them, the Chink baseball star of '43 should gleam long and bright.

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