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Tuesday, March 16, 1954
Johnson The Best
Hastings Plays Brilliantly
In Winning Class A Title
By GARY FRANDSEN
Well, it's all over for another year, until the month of March
reappears on the calendar. The 44th annual Nebraska State High
School Basketball Tournament, which attracts more state-wide
interest than any other single sporting event came to another
noisy close Saturday night after four days of solid basketball.
When the standing-room-only crowd of over 11,000 started
to inch their way out of the Coliseum, four new class champions
had been crowned, all four winnjng the coveted titles for the first
time. The new cage kings of Nebraska are Hastings, Class A;
Lincoln Teachers, Class B; Syracuse, Class C; and Western,
Hastings and Syracuse both looked very Impressive in rolling
to their respective championships, but Coach Earl Applegate's
Class A Tigers was the team that really caught our fancy. No
mistake about it, the Orange and Black was one of the finest
squads to win a state tournament crown in years.
The Tigers had surprising speed to go along with their excel
lent height plus some well-coached basketball saavy and plenty
of rugged aggressiveness. With all of these factors, the Tigers
would be hard to knock off by any team at any time.
CAL JOHNSON, our vote for the most outstanding player of
the tournament, was undoubtedly the key man on the Hastings
squad. The 6-5 senior center drove hard, played a rugged and
smart brand of ball and had a fine assortment of shooting ability.
Johnson, who broke Chuck Sticker's season-scoring record at
Hastings this year, climaxed his prep ball career in the finale
with Omaha Benson by coming throurh with a nifty 82-polnt
performance that was just too much for the Bunnies to cope with.
In the semi-finals against a strong Lincoln High aggregation,
Johnson didn't go on any scoring rampage; but his number one
assigment called for the stopping of Allen Graves, the 6-8 Link
pivot who burned up the nets with a 40-point avalanche against
Boys Town the night before. Graves got 17 points, far short of
his opening accomplishment
Everyone on the Big Six of Appiebee't came through with
extra-fine performances at one time or another during the tourna
ment Larry Detter, who was also an extra-bard driver, led the
Tiger scoring against Scottsbluff with 19 points, added 12 against
the Links and displayed excellent defensive ability and floor play
In all three games.
John Swanson, a 6-5 redhead, carried the Tigers past Lincoln
with a fine 24-point performance while Jack McQeery came in
as a substitute in the Scottsbluff clash and promptly pumped in
Dick Kleiber, another big boy and probably the most under
rated player on the Hastings team, didn't do anything astonish
ing in the scoring column; but did do a tremendous job in the
rebounding department for the champs in all three contests. It
was the best job of clearing the boards in the tourney.
Tom Osborne, who alternated with McCleery as a starter,
played a good floor game from either the forward or guard position.
SYRACUSE, PACED by another great tournament performer
in Lyle Nannan, staged somewhat of a surprise in whalloping
highly-touted Franklin as easily as they did. The tussle was rated
a near toss-up before game time with the Franklin crew receiving
the nod of most.
But the Rockets threw up a defense that stopped the Flyer
offense cold with the lone exception of Forward Russ Peterson
who managed to get 16 points. Center Al Stout, a Flyer ace in
earlier games, was chilled without a field goal. In fact the Syra
cuse defense was so tight that Stout could get only a few shots
at the bucket Most of the team's shots were sets from far out .
For a while' in the semi-final clash with Chadron Prep, there
was a time where Syracuse's chances of reaching the finals was
definitely not too good. Nannan, the all-important figure in the
Rocket attack, picked up four fouls in the opening quarter; but
he failed to draw number five and Coach Joe Moss's team rallied
The big unexpected came with Western winning the Class D
laurels. The tall team from southern Nebraska wasn't figured to
do too much in the pre-tourney evaluating. Instead, Palmyra,
Millard and Edison were the squads that looked like champion
In the Class D. finals Millard, a short team who picked up
most of their points from out-court, started red hot and it looked
like dead-eye Gary Reimers and his mates were in. But the
Western height finally paid off as big Don Hinzmann and Boyd
Thomas scored from close in as well as grabbing most of the
JIM THOM, the 6-7 center for Lincoln Teachers, was just too
tall for the other Class B clubs to halt.' When Thom was out of
the lineup, the Teachers' offense sputtered. This was plainly evi
dent in the Tecumseh skirmish when Thom fouled out early in
the fourth quarter and Tutors nearly lost the game after blowing
a sizable lead.
In picking a tournament team we would have a first five
something like this: Cal Johnson, Hastings; Al Graves, Lincoln;
Lyle Nannan, Syracuse; Erik Olsen, Benson; and Gary Reimers,
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Class A champions. The hust- ter, Jack McCleery, Maynard Kleiber, Cal Johnson, John
Sig Eps Take Frat Crown;
Dubbers Independent King
Brandon, Enge! Pace Sig Eps Past Cold Phi Delts;
Lee Dobler Leads Dubbers Over Frosh Dent Team
By FRANK SORENSON
Sports Staff Writer
Sigma Phi Epsilon and the Dub
bers were among the champions
crowned in the Coliseum Satur
day. Phi Delta Theta and the Den
tal Frosh were the victims of a
scoring barrage that saw both of
their unbeaten records go by the
The Sig Eps took advantage of
a cold Phi Delt team to romp to a
52-32 win. Meanwhile, the Dubbers
were having no trouble at all
with the Dents by coming out on
the long of a 52-30 count.
Jim Walsh opened the Sig Ep
scoring parade with a charity toss
and the Phi Delts' Joe Carter
tied it up with another toss. Bill
Giles put the loser's ahead with a
gift shot only to have Corky En
gel hit a side shot for a 3-2 mar
gin. Giles again put the contenders
NU Rifle Squad
Second In Meet
The University of Nebraska
rifle team won second in an eight
team meet in Lincoln Saturday
The Husker marksmen finished
with 1,383. points, eleven short of
the winners, Coe College of Iowa.
Sixty-three men represented the
eight schools participating in the
meet. The Creighton team can
celled its appearance because of
Individual honors went to Claire
Seglen of Kansas State who hit
193 of a possible 200 targets. Ne
braska's Paul Jordon led his team
in the various events. Another Ne
braska entry was Phi Delta Theta
fraternity. Team placings: (1,500
possible ) :
1. Coe College 1.394
2. University of Nebraska 1.383
3. Omaha Unlveraity 1.381
4. Iowa State 1.3R0
5. Iowa University 1.374
6. Kanaaa State 1.360
7. Missouri School of Mines 1.3.19
8. Washburn 1.312
(. Phi Delta Theta (NU) 1.3M
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Courtesy Sunday Journal and Star
Two Small Men Meet
, , . - .r-i-, h hail with Omaha Benson's urday night's battle between the
tings squad wins the battle for (50). All the action came in Sair A title.
ahead for the last time with two
tosses from the line. Another two
pointer by'Engel, two by Duane
Schmelling and one by Dave
Brandon gave the winners an
11-5 first quarter lead.
THE HAPLESS Phi Delts could
could manage only three field
goals in the second stanza while
Schmelling, Walsh, Engel, Bran
don and Don Peters connected to
give the Sig Eps a 26-12 halftone
In the last half the lossers
found the range a little better with
the third frame ending 37-19. In
the final quarter the winners out
scored the Phi Delts by only 15
13 to bring the score to the final
Engel and Brandon led the win
ners with 13 points apiece while
teamate Walsh and Schmelling
garnered 11 and 9 respectively,
garnered 11 and 9 respectively.
Giles was high for the Phi Delts
Blima Phi Bp's (52) Phi Bella Theta (3D
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18 14 23 8
12 8-13 20
GOOD PASSING and shooting
featured the Dubbers 52-30. con
quest of the Frosh Dents for the
Bob Pelligrino opened the scor
ing with a fielder and a charity
toss for a 30- lead. Then Lee Dob
ler hit three straight buckets fol
lowed by fielders from Pelligrino
and Phil Haas for an 18-6 first
The Dents, who just couldn't
do anything right, did not score a
field goal in the first half while
the winners hit 12 from the floor
for a 21-9 halftone lead.
The count went to 33-12 before
the Dents found the range. Then,
on baskets by Bill Shainholtz and
Bill Ellison, the losers trailed by
39-24 entering the final stanza,
outscoring the winners 15-8.
In the final quarter the scoring
just about reversed itself with the
champions hitting 13 to the run
The Dubbers scoring was very
balanced with Lee Dobler hitting
13. Bob Baker and Shainholtz led
the Dents with 8 markers apiece.
The Dubbers earned their tick
et to the finals by downing the
NROTC 47-34 while the Dents
overpowered the Ramblers 47-34.
The Dubbers and the B Cham
pions, Alpha Gamma Rho, are
the only two unbeaten teams in
the University leagues now.
Dubbers (52) Frosh Dents (30)
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8 14-22 14 Shainholtz 2 4-7
3 3-4 3 Allen
S 3-6 2 Baker
20 11-18 IS
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Bill Johnson and Stan Matzke,
two University of Nebraska bas
ketball stars, were honored dur
ing the half of the Friday night
clash between Hastings and Lin
Johnson, a senior and starting
center on the basketball team,
received a chest of silver for be
ing nominated as the Huskers'
most valuable player during the
1953-54 season. A poll of the
conference coaches decided the
honor. Johnson was this year's
high scorer on the Husker team
and also was third high scorer
in the Big Seven. Fred Seger
received last year's award.
Matzke received the Joe E.
Brown Sportsmanship Award. The
honor was decided by a vote of
Matzek's teammates, Mrs.
Brown presented the trophy.
Matzke, a junior forward, will be
back next year. Last season the
honor went to Joe Good, a senior
In Big Seven
The strong Oklahoma wrestl
ing team won their fifth con
secutive Big Seven Conference
title Saturday night at Mannat
tan. Kansas. Onlv two Sooners
won individual titles, but three
others reached the finals of their
The Oklahomans got 35 team
nnints to win the meet while
Iowa State was second with 27
points. Colorado was third with
19, Kansas State had 16 and Ne
braska managed 15. Missouri and
Kansas did not compete in the
Max Kitzelman, Husker foot
baller, won the heavyweight
division by outpointing- Ken El
lis of Kansas State 7-5. Kitzel
man was the only Husker to
reach the finals. Three Huskers
Hibnere Deines, Chick Gra
ham and Charley Bryant lost
Iowa State led the first-place
winners with three. Kansas
State was the other team besides
Oklahoma and Nebraska to grab
a first place. There were no falls
in any of the final matches.
122 Pounds Hugh Linn. Iowa State,
outpointed Tom Torgerson, Colorado, 6-1.
ISO Pounds Don Hart, Oklahoma, out
pointed Jinn Jong. L-oioraoo, i-i, reieree
137 Pounds Sam Rusio, Iowa State
outpointed Lee Young. Oklahoma, 1-1.
147 Pounds Tommy Evans, Oklahoma,
outpointed Don Ellingson, Iowa Stale, 8-1.
157 Pounds John Eagleton, Oklahoma,
outpointed Con Gerdes. Iowa State, 11-4.
167 Pounds Ron Larson. Iowa State,
outpointed Royal Smith, Colorado. 1-1,
177 Pounds Ted Weaver, Kansas State,
outpointed Gene White. Oklahoma, 12-4.
HeavyweiKhl Man Kitreiman, Nebraska,
outpointed Ken Ellis, Kansas State. 7-6.
In Big Seven
Fourteen records wert
smashed as the Oklahoma swim
ming team splashed their way to
an impressive Big Seven Title.
The powerful Sooners finished
with 154 points compared to
second-place Iowa States 119
The Sooners and the Cyclones
won every first in shattering
four national collegiate records
and 10 Big Seven marks. Iowa
State's Mike Lamair hurried
through the 100-yard breast
stroke finals in 1:01.1 to rut one
tenth second off the collegiate
mark he set in the preliminaries
The Cyclones also had the
only triple winner of the meet
in Jim McKevitt. McKevitt
broke the collegiate mark in
winning the 120-yard individual
medley in i:il.B.
Kansas was third with 26
points, Nebraska had 23 and
Colorado managed 20. Missouri
and Kansas State did not enter.
t-Meter Pivins 1. Esrl Hallum. Okla
homa, 393.05: 2. Tom Gilbert, Oklahoma.
353.0; Ernest Deiong, Oklahoma. 346.0t
4 Jerry Jester, Kansas. 844.25: fi. WallT
Snow, Colorado, 337.85; 6. John KicboU
Iowa State. 304.1.
1 nfl-Yard Back Stroke 1. Lynn Merrtnav
Oklahoma; 2. Loren Braught, Iowa 6tatel
3. Melvin Van Helsdingen. Oklahoma; 4.
Joe Wilson, Iowa State; S. David Bangh,
Oklahoma; 6. John Green, Oklahoma. Time:
:59.5. (New Big Seven record of ;57.8 set
by Meiring in preliminaries.)
100-Yard Breast Stroke- 1. Mike Lamair.
Iowa State; 2. Julian Dyason, Oklahoma;
3. Bob Best. o State; 4. Jim McKinney.
Oklahoma: 5 Bill Thombura. Iowa Ststel
6. Roger Koppock. Oklahoma. Time 1:01.
(Betters National Collegiate and Big Seven
record of 1:01.1 aet by Lamair in preliminaries.)
100-Yard Free Style 1. Jim McKewftU
Iowa State; 2. Sandy Stewart. Iowa Statet
3. Gerry Deiong, Oklahoma; 4. Maunu
McCullen. Iowa State; 5. Bob Hollowell.
Iowa State; 6. Dick Storts, Oklahoma. Time
:51.4. (Big Seven record of 51 seconds flat
oy McKevitt in preliminaries.)
440-Yard Free Style -1. Graham John
son, Oklahoma; 2. Peter Duncan, Oklahoma:
3. Jack Hurtack, Oklahoma: . lAltls
BEIS'TZ, NEBRASKA; 6. Charles Toms,
Colorado; 6. Leigh Stratton. Kansas. Time
4:!S. (New Big Seven record. Old mark by
Duncan pf Oklahoma 4:47.7 in preliminaries.)
120-Yard Individual Medley 3. Jim Mo
TCpvltt. lfwt State: 2. Melvin Van Hels-
dinger. Oklahoma; S. Bob Best. Iowa State;
4 Jim McKinney, Oklahoma: ft. mi la.
HILL. VFBRAflKA; 6. Hal Donnelly.
Colorado. Time 1:11.9 (New national col
legiate record. Old time 1:12 aet in pre
liminaries by McKevitt.)
800-Yard Medley Relay 1. Iowa State
(Loren Braught, Mike Lamair, Jim Valleau):
2. Oklahoma; 3. Kansas; 4. Colordo; S.
NEBRASKA. Time 2:53.7. (New Bis
Seven record. Old mrk 3:01.5 by Iowa
State in 1951.)
Alain Feature Clock
Varsity: "Beat The Devil,
1:42, 3:41, 5:40, 7:39, 9:38.
State: "The Joe Louis Story,"
1:00, 3:54, 6:48, 9:42. "Captain
Scarlet," 2:39, 5:33, 8:27.
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