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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (March 10, 1954)
Wednesday, March 10, 1954
By GARY FRANDSEN
"Can Boys Town do it again?" That seems to be one of the
more popular questions as the 44th annual Nebraska State High
School Basketball Tournament gets underway at the Coliseum
A partial answer to that question will probably be available
late Thursday night after their rusred opening round engagement
with a powerful Lincoln High aggregation. In a regular-season
meeting the Cowboys slapped the Links 50-39, but past perform
ances usually don't mean too much at tournament time.
If Coach Skip Palrang's defending Class A champs should
happen to bump the Links, the general consensus is that they'll
be mighty tough to beat from there on out.
Jim Cook, who has been Mr. Everything in most of the Boys
Town games this year, is the only returning regular from last sea
son's championship team. So goes Cook, so goes Boys Town could be
one pattern of logic to follow in evaluating the Cowboys' chances.
THE BEST bets to end Boys Town's one-year reign as Class
A ruler appear to be the Links, Hastings and Omaha Benson, with
Fremont rated as a darkhorse.
Towering Al Graves, a 6-8 center, and Guard Bob Lee are
the mainstays of Lincoln's Red and Black. Hastings, playing in
the lower bracket with Boys Town and Lincoln, will have a
definite height advantage over every team in the field.
Cal Johnson, a smooth, high-scoring pivot, is the Tigers' top
boy and if he gets some solid help from his mates Coach Earl
Applebee's lads could go all the way.
Benson seems the logical favorite on the basis of their sea
sonal record, but last year a highly-publicized Bunnie crew lost
In the opening round. Again they have the experienced hands
and If they can whip the tourney Jinx, well then who knows
maybe the Omahans will pick up their first state championship,
something Hastings Is seeking as well.
It happened in 1951 and it could happen again, to Fremont,
that is. The Tigers entered the big affair two seasons ago with
little more than a chance and everyone knows the rest. This year
the situation is somewhat the same. The pesky Black and Gold
could come through.
LINCOLN TEACHERS, Seward, Minden, Tecumseh and Loup
City on paper look like the strongest in the Class B battle, but
again don't bet on it. Mitchell has played a rugged western schedule
and could ride undefeated Loup City right out of the tourney in
this afternoon's feature.
Another certainty is that either Seward or Minden will be
all done after the first round. The two clubs meet in tonight's big
game which should be one of the'best of the tournament's opening
Teachers will be rough mainly because of a big boy like Jim
Thorn and the Coliseum floor, the club's home grounds during the
regular season. Seward and Minden both have fine performers In
Ray SIoup and Kendall Peterson, Loup City Is undefeated and
Tecumseh has a' well-balanced attack although lacking height.
The Class C scramble for honors could easily be the tour
nament's best. There are four excellent teams in Franklin, Syra
cuse, Geneva and Chadron Prep.
Franklin Is undefeated, having averaged a sizzling, hard-to-believe
average of 79.8 points per game, and Coach Jerry Koch
bas two fine performers in Al Stout and Russ Peterson. Syracuse
has Lyle Nannan, enough said.
Coach John Haberman's Geneva Wildcats have played an
exceptionally rugged schedule, meeting mostly Class B schools
while Chadron Prep again has another fine club, having bowed
only to Crawford.
ONE CLUB is undefeated and no team has lost more than
four gaoes in a well-balanced Class r field. Edison has a spotless
24-0 mark while Potter has lost four games. Millard, with Gary
Eeimers usually going wild, has a 70.3 scoring average while
tall Western has averaged 70.5.
We probably should have stopped right here, but like every
scribe, we love to try and pick the winners. Without any more
hesitation Benson, Seward, Franklin and Palmyra are our choices
to win it alL Enough said right?
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Defending A Champs
Boys Town, the defending Class
A basketball- champions will
meet fugged Lincoln High in a
first round game in the State
High School Basketball Tourna
ment Thursday evening. Coach
Skip Palrang's team is shown
above. Left to right (front
row): Robert Hicks, Robert
Maddux, Robert Wright, Al
Sybil, Robert Ford and Wil
liam GrilL Back row (left to
Courtoy Lincoln Star
right) : F. J. Mahoney, assistant
coach; Dale Gearhart, Thomas
Render, Glen McKinnon, Ed
ward Render, James Cook,
Richard Badillo and Coach pal-rang.
Frandsen's Form Char!
Northeast to trip Alliance
Benson to squeeze past Fremont
Hastings to outscore Scottsbluff
Boys Town to edge Lincoln
Tecumseh to outshoot Gordon
Mitchell to surprise Loup City
Teachers to whallop Wayne
Seward to slip by Minden
Syracuse to stop Hartington
Chadron Prep to conquer Newman Grove
Geneva to best Wood River
Franklin to race by St. Patricks
Palmyra to topple Ruskin
Western to club Brady
Millard to smash Belgrade
Edison to get by Potter
Three Gridiron Hopefuls Promoted
As Husker Spring Drills Progress
Three Husker grid candidates
were promoted by Coach Bill
Glassford as the spring football
drill moved into its second week.
Moved up were Fullback Jim
Yeisley, a two-year letterman;
Sophomore Don Comstock, a half
back; and Mark Lonecar, a cen
ter candidate and transfer from
Yeisley was moved up to the
second team fullback slot while
Comstock was lifted to a second
team berth at left halfback. Lone
car was working at the center
Main Feature Clock
SehliilcFumlBhed by Theaters)
Lincoln: "The Glenn Miller
Story," 1:00, 3:05, 5:10, 7:15, 9:30.
Stuart: "No Movie Today,"
"Lincoln Symphony," 8:30.
Nebraska: "Half a Hero," 3:17,
6:36, 9:55. "Escape From Fort
Bravo," 1:28, 4:47, 8:06.
Varsity: "Beat The Devil,"
1:42, 3:41, 5:40, 7:39, 9:38.
State: "Island Rescue," 1:05,
3:54, 6:43, 9:32. "Adam and
Evalyn," 2:44, 5:33, 8:22.
Joyo: "Go, Man, Go," 7:08,
10:18. "War of the World," 8:45.
position on the number three out
Two ends were on the sick list
during Monday's workouts. Don
Hewitt, working with the first
team, has the flu while sopho
more Ted Westervelt was under
observation at the Student Health
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In Action Friday
Coach Hollie Lepley's Nebras
ka swimmers will be at Ames,
Iowa, Friday and Saturday for
the annual Big Seven swim
ming championships. The pre
liminaries will be on Friday
with the finals slated for Satur
day. Oklahoma is the pre-meet
On the same dates Coach Al
Partin's Husker wrestling squad
will be at Manhattan, Kansas,
for the conference wrestling
championships. Iowa State is
the favorite in the big grappling
event with Oklahoma considered
a serious threat
Phi Delts, Co-op, Sig Eps,
ATO's Win I-M Games
Giles, Falloon Lead Phi Delts;
Walsh, Longacre Among Stars
By FRANK SORENSON
Sports Staff Writer
Top-ranked Phi Delta Theta
moved one step closer in their
bid for Fraternity A honors by
pulling away from Theta Chi in
the last two minutes to win 49
43 Monday night.
The Theta Chi five led for the
last time early in the first quar
ter 7-5, but several times pulled
up to within a point of two of
the powerful Phi Delts. Leading
10-9 at the end of the first quar
ter, the Phi Delts jumped to a
19-9 lead, their biggest of the
night, early in the second stanza
and led at halftime 22-17.
Sparked .by Fred Longacre,
Theta Chi outs cored the winners
16-13 in the third Quarter to
close In S5-S3 at the end of the
third period, but couldn't over
take Bill Giles, Frank Falloon
and their Fhi Delt mates.
Longacre and Giles tied for
scoring honors with 18 apiece
while Falloon aided the winners
IN THE big Independent
game an underdog Nebraska Co
op team stopped the league
leading Ag Jokers 37-33. It was
the Jokers' first loss in 14 games.
Neither team enjoyed more than
a four-point lead in the ragged
'The Co-ops lead 14-10 at the
first quarter and enjoyed a slim
21-18 lead at halftime. The Jok
ers led briefly 24-23 early In the
third quarter, but the winners
rallied to lead 28-24 at the end
of three periods.
Dave Beadle led the winners
with 11 points while Bob Dostal
added 10 to the cause. The loser's
Larry Raddle was the game's top
scorer with 15 points.
In two other important Fra
ternity A games Sigma Phi Epsi
lon walloped Theta Xi 53-31 and
Alpha Tau Omega defeated
Farm House 39-28. Both teams
picked up comfortable 13-point
margins in the first half and
coasted to a win.
Jim Walsh led the Sig Ep
scoring with 18 points while
Theta Xi's Bill Soelburg con
tributed 16. Center Bob Brown
led the ATO win with 17 mark
ers while Dwight Jundt hit 15
for the victims.
UNBEATEN PRESBY House
made it 13 in a row with a close
36-32 win over twice-beaten
Phi Delta Phi. The winners held
a 17-9 halftime lead. Kent Briggs
paced the victors with 13 points
while Ray Svehla led the losen
with 14 tallies.
In the evening's closest game,
the NROTC cagers nosed out the
Hayseeds 38-37. The Middies led
22-20 at halftime and moved out
in front 31-24 at the end of three
quarters. Glen Koca and Ron
Svec starred for the winners.
In other games the Dorm Bul
lets edged their near-by rivals,
the Dorm Comets, 37-27; the
Dubbers plastered the Oliver
Oilers 46-32; the AGR Grads
nipped the Sig Chi Sox 46-39;
the Frosh Dents conquered the
Inter-Varsity 59-42; the Ram
blers trampled L.S.A. 53-37; and
surprising Phi Gamma Delta
stopped favored Pioneer Co-op
Lee Dobler led the Dubber
win with 13 points while Ken
Johnson paced the losing Oilera
with 14 markers.
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