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New Haven, Townsend-Wakeman advance in popular county basketball tournament

By Don Hohler • Apr 17, 2019 at 12:00 PM

One last column from 1953 with the lead story being the popular county basketball tournament.

The semi-final games were between New Haven and Monroeville and Townsend-Wakeman and New London.

New Haven won the first game, 50-45, while T-W took the second, 71-53, mainly on the strength of the record-breaking shooting accuracy of guard Dick Sherwood. The outcome meant the same two teams as the previous year would meet in the finals, both advancing to the district.

Monroeville used the balanced offensive attack of Tommy Fries (13), John Herner and Dale Scheid (both 11), and Ray Christman (seven) to hold the lead for the better part of the game but when New Haven won the last quarter, 17-7, it put the Eagles on the sidelines with an overall record of 5-10.

Monroeville had two problems in the end, Beecher Caudill who scored 20 points and the only senior on the New Haven team, Bill Van Zoest, who tossed in 15.

Townsend-Wakeman just plain out-scored New London, especially in the final quarter when it rolled up 24 points. It was not that way in the beginning, however, as the Cats led 5-0 and 9-2 early.

Sherwood’s 31 set a T-W school record and possibly a tournament record. Stan Brumby’s club also got double-digit scoring from Fred Palmer (13), Larry Becker (11) and Bill Dauch (10).

New London, which also finished with a 5-10 record but did win the league championship with that mark, got 19 from Jack Evans, 12 from Tom Erlenbach and 10 from Russ Edgington.

The finals, played at New London in front of more than 1,000 fans (Is that possible?) went to the Roughriders, 55-51, giving the school it first county title since 1947. A preliminary game between junior high teams was played that night with Lyme topping New London, 44-20.

It was the middle quarters that proved to be the difference in the championship game, periods that saw T-W hold 18-13 and 11-7 advantages.

Sherwood again had a big game with 21 while Palmer had 18.

Freshman Wayne Robinson led the Yellow Jackets with 16. Bob Newmyer followed with 13 and Caudill 11.

For everyone’s information, the same two officials, Enderle and Dickerhoff, worked every game of the tournament.

T-W drew a first-round bye in the district before losing to North Baltimore. New Haven got 25 from Caudill and 19 from Robinson in a double-overtime, first-round win, 75-72, over Oak Harbor but then lost to perennial-power, Troy-Luckey.


Let’s check on what Huron Countians tuned into on the radio station on Saturday night as few people had a television set.

Playing on WJR-Detroit was Vaughan Monroe, Gene Autry, Tarzan, Gangbusters, Big Barn Frolic and then the news at 11 p.m. with Will Sheehan.

CKLW-Windsor featured The Family Theater, 20 Questions, Lombardoland, Youth on the March and The Human Side.

WSPD-Toledo was the third major station. Treasury of Music, Pee Wee King, Here’s To the Vets, Meredith Wilson followed by the news with Ed C. Kutz.


Back to the table tennis tournament. The men’s division semi-final match winners were Jack Carpenter, Jay Berezin, Bill Slattengeren, Joeseph Geoghan (he beat veteran Harry Shadle) and Claude Martin.

In Senior Boys, defending champion Terry Turner advanced as did Jim Crandall, Jim Luxon and Jim Spettle.

In Junior High Boys, Jack Godfrey beat Clark Downing while Don Zureich stopped Irv Oglesby.

Four Junior High Girls remain in competition. They are Mary Bolding, Carol Ann Shelley, Debbie Battles and Jackie Helsel.


A new athletic league, one that will replace the 19-year-old Firelands League, was formed last night. It would also replace the Huron County League.

Included in the new league are Monroeville, Townsend-Wakeman, North Fairfield, Greenwich, New Haven, Berlin Heights and Milan.

New London decided to merge in what will be known as the Lakeland Conference. 


On the national news front, undefeated heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano had to postpone his match with Jersey Joe Walcoot due to a nose injury suffered in training. The match, scheduled for Chicago Stadium in front of 25,000 fans, has been rescheduled for May 15.


The basketball season closes with the Reflector-Herald staff selecting its All-Star team. The top two vote-getters were both 6-4, Jim Armstrong from Huron and Chuck Linkenbach from Margaretta. On the second team was Mike McIlrath from Milan, Butch Shively from Berlin Heights, Harold Landoll from St. Paul, Russ Edgington from New London and Ray Christman from Monroeville.


And finally, Clarence “Bevo” Francis from Rio Grande College down on the Ohio River, had his scoring records invalidated by the NCAA. The reasoning was that many of his 1,954 points scored this year “was not against suitable opponents”. According to his coach, Newt Oliver, Bevo scored 48.5 points against what the NCAA called “suitable” opponents, and an even 50.0 points against all comers. On a personal note, if you can find a copy, read the life of Clarence Francis. It is truly inspirational reading.


To those who read this column and would like me to touch on other subjects, shoot me an e-mail. I’ll do what I can to accommodate you. The address is [email protected] Don Hohler is a longtime Reflector sportswriter.



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