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South Central makes it to state

By Don Hohler • Jun 12, 2019 at 3:00 PM

South Central has had decent basketball teams but baseball has been the school’s strongest sport. The 1972 team was one of them that went deep into post-season play.

Terry Hunt’s club, on the morning of June 2 in Columbus in the Class A semifinal, ran into a relentless Pickerington team, however, one that scored 20 times in a 20-3 win. And the winners did it mainly against one of the finest pitchers in the history of South Central, Guy Ebinger. They started early with two runs in the first, added five in the second, one in the third and five more in the sixth.

Meanwhile, South Central was limited to four hits, one of them an RBI double in the first by Joe Jacobs, who later scored on a wild pitch. Trojans bats were then quiet until they livened with another run in the sixth. Jacobs owned three of the four hits with John Clark having the other one.

“I did not believe before the game that they had a team batting average of .315 but I do now,” Hunt said after the game.

South Central became the first team from Huron County to play in a state baseball semifinal when what was called “Hunt’s Kiddie Corps” shocked state power Continental, 2-1 at the Deshler regional finals. Hunt’s squad included five sophomores and as many freshmen.

Hunt wavered on his starter for the game against Continental. He made the right choice in Don Pettit, who threw a seven-hitter. He could have gone with flame-throwing Clyde Honeycutt but made the decision to use him in the field.

The Trojans took advantage of a fielding mistake to score twice in the top of the sixth. Darrell Meeks pulled his foot off the bag in taking a throw at first, allowing Joe Jacobs to reach. The latter then scored on a ground-rule double by Ebinger. The winning run was plated when Dave Fidler tripled to right-center scoring Ebinger.

Continental made it interesting in the bottom of the seventh after two out when it showed enough offense to put runners on second and third but the winners snuffed out the rally to earn their ticket to play at Ohio State.

The Trojans also had a close game in the regional semifinal, beating Fayette, 3-1, getting a 12-strikeout performance from Ebinger. South Central managed just four hits but also accepted four walks as it won for the 13th time in 18 games.

What’s new

It was May 27, 1972 and the planting of corn and soy beans were far behind because of the wet weather. County 4-H Extension Agent Carlos Tucker saw the spring exactly the opposite as the year before when county farmer were almost done planting by the second week in May

“One field has corn up 6-inches while the field beside it has yet to be planted,” Tucker said. “I am sure they will get the crops in but the worry continues.”

Boys, not girls, front and center

Thomas Schwartz was the 1972 Norwalk High class valedictorian while Dave Hershey was the salutatorian. They are pictured with the class president Joseph Arthur.

Schwartz received high honors for the second straight year, named to the list of Outstanding American High School Students a second time. He will become a pre-seminary student at Capital University in the fall.

Hershey, who was also named to that high national honor list this year, will head for Bowling Green where he will major in math and computer science.

Clark brothers team up

South Central may have found a way to reach the state baseball tournament but Monroeville again found a way to win the Firelands Conference baseball title, its seventh in the last nine years.

Paul Clark, a senior, threw a three-hitter in what would prove to be a 2-1 championship game win over Mapleton. The game was a duel between Clark and Bob Ringler — neither hurler allowing a run through six innings.

A single by Monroeville’s Bob Grose started the seventh inning rally. But Ringler would fan Kim Haughawout and Paul Clark. In trying to keep Grose close at first, however, he threw one wild to the base, allowing Grose to take second setting up Jeff Clark’s RBI single. Clark took second on the throw to the plate and then scored when the Mapleton outfielder dropped Bob Wilhelm’s fly to left.

Mapleon scored its only run in the bottom of the seventh but when Clark whiffed Al Hildegrand for the final out another title belonged to Jerry Everhart’s team.

Roeder sets land speed record

Seven years prior the “Monroeville Meteor,” George Roeder, came home from Bonneville Salt Flats with a land speed record of 176.819 mph. Harley-Davidson took possession of the rocket-style motorcycle until this date. They then presented it to him at the U.S. 20 dealership, allowing him to display it as long as he wished.

Roeder, 35, and wife, Jessie, operate a 360-acre farm and also has a day care center in Bellevue. But, on weekends, George, who followed in the footsteps of his brother, Charles, as a racer, rides the national road and dirt oval circuits. He has won eight titles.

Slower speed for Shiflet

Tom Shiflet began what could be his record-breaking endurance drive in his Attex all-terrain vehicle on Norwalk streets this morning at 10 at the corner of East Main St. and North Linwood. Mayor Wayne Goodsite and Chamber President Jim Seitz saw him off as he attempted to break the endurance record of 28 hours and 15 minutes.

Originally, Shiflet was supposed to give children rides as he worked through the long drive but the V.F.W., which was going to pick up the insurance policy, did not feel right about it and withdrew, forcing Shiflet to try and break the record without a rider.

The story never did say whether or not the record was broken.

Truckers lose twice

The Norwalk tennis team ran into an undefeated Bucyrus squad on this date, losing 4-1 with Steve Zureich getting the only win for the good guys. Doug Berry, Doug Elmer, John Stewart, Mark Zorn and Mike Monnes were all turned back by a Redmen team that had won 16 straight.

Meanwhile, the Truckers golfers were losing 7-2 to Bellevue. Scott Kullman got the two points by stopping Tim Soule.

Losing matches, however, were Bill Albright to Don Wright, Hoyt Lolla to Craig Soule and George Manyak to Jay Ball.

At the theatres

John Wayne was starring in “Rio Lobbo” and Steve McQueen in “Le Mans” at the Norwalk Theatre or if you wanted to drive down to the Plymouth Drive-In for $1.25 you could see “Wild Rovers” starring William Holden and “The Last Run” featuring George C. Scott. The third feature, if you could stay awake that long, was “On A Clear Day You Can see Forever.”

How about some prices

Norwalk’s Perfected Store had a budgeted plan for 20-inch rotary mower for $49.95, a 2-speed, 4-cycle, 18-pound load washer for $249.95, a 14-inch G.E. portable TV for $89.95, a Kroehler Velvet swivel rocker for $99.95, a full-bed Kroehler sofa for $199.95 and a gallon of interior paint for $2.88.

The grain prices in Chicago had May wheat at 162 1/2 but as high as 174 1/2, corn at 122 3/4 but as high as 168 3/4. Oats at 71 1/2 but as high as 80 1/2 and soy beans at 348 1/2 but as high as 361 1/4.

On the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, June cattle were bringing $36.44, pork bellies $41.45 and hogs $28.47.

At the super market back in 1972, boneless top round was selling at $1.29 a pound, sirloin tip roast $1.39, sirloin tip steak $1.49, boneless eye of round $1.49, cube steak $1.39, minute steak $1.09, stew meat $.98 and ground round (lean) $1.09.

Catfish fillets were $1.29 and said to be a “true southern treat.”

Swanson’s 3-course dinner could be purchased or 67 cents, Ragu spaghetti sauce for 75 cents, Bachman’s pretzels 25 cents, Vlasic relishes for 27 cents, Elm Tree Bread Dough (six-pack) for 79 cents and Welch’s Grape Jelly (2-lb jar) for 57 cents.

Davis out, Ware in 

Don Davis retired as Superintendent of Norwalk’s electric generation plant, a post he has held for seven years. He retired after controversy as the city was trying to cut a deal with Ohio Edison for the sale of the plant, one Davis was not if favor of.

A few days later, Don Ware, the assistant to Davis, was named the new super with Art Reitzel moving up from maintenance foreman to the assistant’s post.

Ware will get a raise to $12,972 from $12,126 while Reitzel’s hourly rate will go to $4.73.

And, finally

The Pleasant Street track team won the elementary school title over Bronson and Maplehurst. The members of that squad were Rich Zureich, Eric Kirk, Dave Ream, Tim Dougherty, John Zureich, Terry Ray, Bill Mackey, Wayne Mintzlaff, Ray Marrett, Steve Sickle, Mike Lane, Gordon Blue, Todd Tester, Ron Stierhoff, Gary Resor, Gary Goodsite, Jeff Ryan, Gary Sanchez and Bruce Roydes.

Don Hohler is a longtime Reflector sportswriter.

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