Generally played at the biggest venue in the county which was the Norwalk gym on East Main Street, the 1951 tournament was won by New Haven as the Yellow Jackets took care of business, 58-46, against Wakeman.
As an example of the importance of the game, city editor Jay Greulich covered the game.
County superintendent of schools Elmer Brown presented the trophies to the finalists as both advance to the Bucyrus District Tournament. He also presented the Sportsmanship Award to Coach C.J. Burkle from Townsend, an award that goes to that school permanently as it won it for the third straight year.
New Haven, said to be one of the finest teams “ever developed” in the county, was hard-pressed in the beginning of the title game in trailing early 12-9 as Bill Burke and Jack Alexander threw in shots. But, New Haven ran off the next 10 points to take a lead that was never threatened.
In first round games, New Haven used a 15-point game from Stan Holthouse and 10 from Teglovic to get by Monroeville, 47-39. The Eagles, who won the middle two quarters, 25-14, but managed little in the first, 14-5, and the fourth, 19-9, got 10 each from Jim Ground and Ivan Lasch. Schild, Stang, Shibley and Perry combined for the other 19.
Eagle player Howard Schild suffered a concussion in this game and was transported to the Norwalk Memorial Hospital to get checked out.
Wakeman humbled North Fairfield, 67-45, in the middle game that night. Nine scored for the winners headed by Jim Alexander with 16. Burke and Bernard Wolfe had 14 each. Sam Risner had 18 and Wheeler 11 for the Indians.
New London stopped Greenwich in the final game of the night, 58-32. Russ Edgington had 14 points, Ed Ferber 12 and Hook 10 for the winners. Center Norm Enzor led Greenwich with a dozen. Scoring advantages of 16-7 in both the second and fourth quarters had much of the crowd leaving early.
New Haven wins league
The week before the tournament, the Huron County B League title was on the line. Like the tournament, New Haven would top Monroeville, this time, 48-40.
New Haven finished with a 15-3 record, the best record in school history.
New Haven, coached by Harold Carrick, held small scoring advantages in each of the first three quarters, enough to withstand a 17-13 advantage by Monroeville in the final eight minutes.
Center Gene Ritz led the winners with 13 while guard Glen Penrose had 11.
Schild led Monroeville with 16 while Stang had 11.
St. Paul out early
St. Paul went out in the first round of the protest tournament, bowing to Kenny Herman’s Fostoria St. Wendelin team, 75-59.
St. Paul got the balanced scoring as Kenny Spaar had 17, Harold Landoll and Joe Hipp 13 and Ron Jaworski 11 but those number did not offset what Jim Holman and Gene Henneley were combining for — 46 points.
St. Paul had no better luck in trying for its first league championship in 14 years two weeks prior to the tournament. They had their chance but got upset by Berlin Heights, 57-38, in the pivotal showdown game.
St. Paul, on a basket by Kenny Spaar, led just once, 20-19, in the contest. Bill Hoffman put the Tigers back out front with a goal, points that started a 15-6 run. Hoffman finished with 16 points while Bob Bellamy had 15 and guard Irv Olds 12.
Sparr had 10 and Ronnie Jaworski eight for Bill Mazzocco’s team.
Norwalk also goes early
Norwalk, which lost twice to Sandusky during the season, found no better luck in the Class A sectional, losing 63-39.
The Truckers had a 13-12 lead at the end of one but the Blue Streaks stormed to a 24-7 advantage in the second period and it only got worse after that.
According to the statistics of Homer Lawrence, Norwalk was 13 of 42 from the field and 13 of 29 from the foul line.
John Storer led Norwalk with nine points while Bob Beveridge had eight.
Jim Holzmiller had 15 and Bill Rice 14 for Sandusky.
The Truckers had a tough season, making just 22 of 74 shots in their final regular-season 71-54 loss to Bucyrus.
Jim Seitz led them with 14 points while Storer and guard Mike Sweet had 12 apiece.
On the radio
The Thursday evening radio shows on WTAM Cleveland featured the Aldrich Family, Father Knows Best and Dragnet. On WJR Detroit it was Beulah, F.B.I. Show and Suspense Theater. CKLW Windsor was listening to Gabriel Heater, The Cisco Kid and the Rod & Gun Club. WSPD Toledo featured Guy Lombardo along with Counter Spy and a full hour of Playhouse.
During the day, the popular shows were Arthur Godfrey, Eddy Arnold, Dave Garroway, Kate Smith, Aunt Jenny and Helen Trent.
Weber is toastmaster
The local plant manager of Durkee’s Famous Foods, Elmer Weber, will be the toastmaster at the Huron County McKinley Club Banquet. Ticket committee chairman Helen Lippert claims ticket sales are brisk. Dinner servings are from 5 to 6 p.m. for local ticket holders while visiting guests will be served at 6:30 p.m.
The menu will include both turkey and fish.
Franklin Davidson, Ann Arbor, Mich., who has attended 44 of the 45 McKinley Club gatherings, will again be present. He was a close friend of the former president.
Joe Louis continues comeback
It was anything but an impressive win for the one-time heavyweight champion but his 10th-round TKO win over the California heavyweight champion Andy Walker, kept his hopes alive of getting a re-match with champion Ezzard Charles.
The 18,000 fans at the Cow Palace paid $90,000 to see Louis chase Walker around the ring for nine-plus rounds. He knocked the home-town fighter down twice but could not keep him down.
One week later, the main boxing story was Sugar Ray Robinson’s savage beating of Jake LaMotta in front of 14,802 at Chicago Stadium. The fight ended in the 13th round with Robinson winning his third world title, a fete both Mickey Walker and Harry Greb tried but failed to do.
No Class B Tournament
Jackson County School Superintendent V.W. Barnes said enough-is-enough.
There are only two Class B schools in the county and as Oak Hill beat Coalton twice during the season, he reasoned they were the best. Period.
Washington and Bloomfield were the other two Class B schools in the county but they gave up the sport some time back.
Elk’s bowlers doing well
Bob Bell heads the singles event in the 7th Annual North Central District Elks Bowling Tournament held in Galion. He rolled a 170, 214 and 192 for a 576. He gets a 132 pin handicap for a total of 708.
Ollie Zink rolled games of 200, 197 and 172 and when his 120 handicap was tacked on, he has a 689 total, good for 5th place.
The Pitkin Jewelers team is in third place in the team standings with a 2334, numbers rolled by Carl Spettle, Verl Brouhard, Harry Robey, Frank Hiltz and Gus Sommers.. In ninth place is the DeSoto-Plymouth team composed of Bob Bell, Ray Balderson, C.K. Walters, Louie Frey and Red Haynes. That is one spot ahead of the team sponsored by Oscar’s Cafe (Carl Woller, Harry Bishman, Tennis Miller, Walt Baker and Art Thomas).
Also placing the five-man event will be the Elks No. 1 team of Jack Heaston, Bob White, Holly Spangler, Nig Schneider and Harry Amato and the Gerber Funeral Home team of Curt Todd, Kenny Hurst, Maynard Clark, Len Gerber and Al Steyer.
In doubles play, Todd and Hurst lead the local teams with a pinfall of 1242 with Ralph Lorko and Larry Carpenter second at 1239. Frey and Spangler (1232), Leo Spino and Heaston (1228), White and Bill Terry Sr (1209), Schneider and Amato (1209) and Balderson and Clark (1207) rounding out the top seven.
Bill Ewell leads the singles with a 665 followed by Lorko (654), Tennis Miller (649), Terry (647), and then Todd and Al Steyer (645).
OSU fans in waiting mode
Ohio State fans are waiting and hoping the new coach of the Buckeyes, the one that will succeed Wes Fesler, will come to them by way of Miami of Ohio University. His name, Woodrow “Woody” Hayes.
Monroeville society scene
The society page included a Monroeville column that included the following news:
Mrs. Waldo Menck will welcome members of The Original Club to her home for a book review by Mrs. W.D. Holloway.
The Clayton Sargeant’s left Tuesday for Bradenton Beach, Fla.
Garden problems will be discussed by the members of the Profit and Pleasure Garden Club at the home of Mrs. Henry Mayer. Mrs. George Drake, Mrs. Earl Binsack and Mrs. Carl Stotz will have input.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Winslow were Sunday dinner guests at the Zorn household in Avery.
Clarence Miller is a patient at Crile Veterans Hospital in Cleveland.
Mrs. Edward Gross entertained members of the St. Veronica Study Club of St. Joseph Catholic Church. The program was presented by Mrs. John Everett and Mrs. Gross.
Don Everett, a student at Ohio State, spent the weekend with his parents.
Miss Leona Ground of Detroit, was a recent house guest of Rev. and Mrs. Ralph Ground.
Don Hohler is a longtime Reflector sportswriter.