Pekin High School - Pekinian Yearbook (Pekin, IL)

 - Class of 1942

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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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Paae 37 SENIOR EDITION Swinging Down James Field CHEERLEADERS Backing the team with vigorous and peppy enthusiasm are Pekin High's cheerleaders. Always ringing out cheers for the team, whether winning or losing, they show their loyalty for the team! Known as one of the finest tumblers in Pekin or anywhere, Jim Bramlage has shown his ability to the crowd of cheerers by his stunts in cheerleading. His backward flip, which he does without the use of his hands, stirs many a spectator. More of his skill was shown in the Variety Show. Jim has indeed done his part to help the team on to victory. Completing the cheerleading squad are three pretty PCHS girls. When these girls take the floor, the spectators are always ready to do their part. Leaving the squad this year, Jean Meyer, with her charming smile can really get the crowd to "raise the roof." Working together, she and Jim Bramlage have provided many a breath-taking moment for on-lookers. Jean and Jim worked together as an acrobatic team for the Variety Show. Jean will be greatly missed by both the cheerleaders and the spectators. Another competent cheerleader is Helen Hayes. She may be little, but she has the technic for handling the crowd. Serving on the cheerleading squad for two years, Helen will next fall become captain of the cheerleaders. Winning praise in other fields, she has become an outstanding girl of PCHS. GAA Bidding their last farewells to GAA are eight graduating seniors. Each one extends her best wishes to the club and congratulations to the new officers. In return, the GAA members wish good luck to those they are losing as the school year ends. Serving as officers for the past year were: president, Helen Hayes; vice-president, Lois Garls; secretary-treasurer; Donna Jean Snyder; and program chairman, Mary Ellen Champion. As she planned some very nice programs for the last year, program chairman, Mary Ellen Champion, will be greatly missed. Being a faithful member and participating in many activities, Mary Ellen receives the best wishes of the remaining GAA girls. Quiet, but full of pep is Phyllis Gunsten. Yet, get her and Bette Ann Jones together on a team and you really have a whirlwind. Full of dynamite and with plenty of vim, these two girls plunge their teams to victory. Another of the same calibre is Adeline McDaniels. Those daring, dashing, red headed GAA members, Lois "Red" Arnold and Charlesa "Chuck" Cramer, will be sorely missed when activities start next fall. Without the laugh of Charles (laughing at her own jokes), that certain spark will be missed wherever an evening of sports is to be enjoyed. "Red" Arnold's quick smile and friendship will be missed by all GAA members. Another one to be greatly missed will be petite Dorothy Hill. Always willing to participate in any sport, baseball, basketball, tennis or volley ball, and a faithful GAA member, Dorothy bids goodbye to her place in sports, hoping that someone else can step into her small, swift shoes. Lastly we come to the end of the trail with Lois Garls. For the past year, Lois has been vice-president of GAA. Always willing to try anything from tumbling to basketball, she has indeed proved herself a fine example of good sportsmanship. Her greatest thrill was attending GAA camp last summer, and due to her fine selling ability she will attend camp again this year. As you know, the girl selling tickets to the Spring Frolic received this award. Through her unending amount of energy Lois has participated in many activities which allowed her to earn several GAA awards. To this fine girl, we bid "Au revoir" and a "Keep up the good work." At the last GAA meeting of the year, four awards were given out. Lois Garls received the State letter "I", while a school letter "P" was given to Ruth Betxleberger. Receiving class numerals were Wilma Zimmerman and LaVerne Michael. Miss Eleanor Frabcis and Miss Mary O'Connor lead the successful group on each year to a "bigger and better GAA." T H E Y P L A Y I T F A I R A N D S Q U A R E T 0 W 1 N H E I R F A M E G A A

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