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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Local boy is a hero

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:44 PM

MAY 23, 1974

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this day 33 years ago:

9-year-old boy saves little sister

Nine-year-old Danny Whitaker Jr. saved the life of his four-year-old sister Lisa Wednesday evening, their mother says.

The children had been watching fish from the shore of Rattlesnake Creek near their home on Ohio 601. Lisa slid on loose dirt into the creek, about six or seven feet from the bank.

"Danny's a pretty brave little boy," said Mrs. Dan Whitaker. "If he had run screaming to me and she would have gone under again that would have been it."

Mrs. Whitaker isn't sure how deep the water is, but said it was over her daughter's head. Danny slid down the bank and grabbed his sister's hand as she went under the water.

She dragged him into the water behind her, but Danny was able to stand on the creek bottom with his head out of water. He pulled his little sister to safety.

Reserve cheerleaders

Pictured in the paper were Mary Beth Schild, Judy Spoard, Laura Schmuhl and Judy Meesig, who would lead cheers for St. Paul reserve teams the next year.

Area seniors to vie for state track honors

Five area senior trackmen get their last crack at state honors at Ohio State University this weekend at the 67th annual State Track Meet.

They are Wendell Rakosky from Norwalk High, Bobby Williams of New London, Clark Maddocks of Willard, Joe Moore of Monroeville and Bill Horton of Western Reserve.

Two underclassmen John Bostater of Edison and Herb Gregory of New London get their first taste of state competition.

Rakosky is the first Trucker to go to the state for second-year coach Jim Bersche.

Oliva sparks Shambrock

Tom Oliva clubbed out four hits, including a home run, to lead Shamrock Tavern to a 19-9 victory over the Norwalk Merchants in the High School Boy's Softball League Tuesday night at McGuan Field.

Kevin Smith also had a homer and Brian Pusateri received credit for the win. Mike Ewell had a single and a home run for the losers.

48 runs, 62 hits for 1 team!

Connie's Laundry blasted out 62 hits in a 48-7 conquest of Ringholz-Meyers in the Girls Softball League Tuesday night.

Diane Tengowski clouted three home runs, two doubles and a single. Teri Harkness three doubles and three singles, Elaine Nickoli five singles and a double; and Sue Ward five singles. Mary Anne Percival, Nancy Spaar and Sue Peters each had two singles for the losers.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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