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SIL.TENNIAL EDITION, (Thn-Nows, Mt. Pulaski, IlL) THURSDAY, JULY 1961 MPTHS Proud Of "ROARIN' 30s' BROUGHT STATE. WIDE REPUTATION IN BASKETBALL Strong Teams In 30's Always Rated State Contenders. (Mcuch'23, 1939) A comprehensive, record of the Mount Pulaski high school bas- ketball teams, starting in 1932, when the local school, under the initiative of Coach George Dert- inger, inaugurated the idea of playing what was then thought to be "suicide schedules". The heavy schedule which was needed to give Mt. Pulaski teams the kind of competition that they were worthy of meeting and the fans would support, proved to be a big step forward in the basketball prestige of the local school. A glance thru the records that follow will be convincing evidence. Coaches Stanley and Halberg continued the heavy schedules. The highlight of the period since 1932 was when the local colors were taken to the state with Dolph Stanley as the coach In 1936. The team won two games before losing 36.33 to Danville in the semi finals. Sectional Competitor Since 1932 The team, since 1932, has gone to the sectional as a winnner of the regional each" year. They fin- ished in the sectional, semi-fin- alists four times, were in the fin- : als twice, and went to the state the other year and finished in the semi-finals. The state tourney team of '35- '36 aggregation made 999 points in 33 games, while their oppon- ents were getting only 655. This was an average of 30 points per game against their opponents 20 points. The 1934-35 team scored more points per game by a very small fraction, but played few- er games. In the 10-year period from 1929 to 1939, the Hilltopppers played 260 games, winning 200 and losing 60. Against Big Twelve competition 43 games were played since 1932 the Hilltop cagers winning 32 and losing 11. 1932- 1933 Team--Blout, Beckers, Zimmer- mann, Waddell, VanHook. Re- serves -- AndersOn, Connolley, Wagner, Schroth, Scroggin, H. Blout. Coach--Dertinger. Won 18, Lost 4. Defeated--Athens (2), Spring- field, Canton, Elkhart (2), Peoria Manual, Lincoln, Atlanta, Trin- ity (2), Decatur, Havana. Won District games from Hartsburg, New Holland, Williamsville, Mc- Lean. Defeated Decatur in Sectional, 24-19, but lost to Springfield 25- 14. Lost season games to Univers- ity High (2), Decatur. Won 5 games from Big 12 schools, Springfield, Peoria, Man- ual, Lincoln, Decatur (2). Lost to Decatur and Springfield. 1933 - 1934 Team -- Anderson, Van Hook, Wagner, Connelly, Scroggin. Re- serves -- Stockton, Schroth, Mart- in, Zimmermann, Horn. Coach Dertinger. Won 21; Lost 3. Scored 589 points to opponents 411. Defeated: Athens (2), Canton (2), Trinity (2), Pontiac, Pekin (2), Decatur (2), University High (2), Lincoln, Havana. Lost to Mahomet 29-26. Defeated Lincoln again in Dis- 37-17. Won in Sectional from Felts-i hans, 27-16; Taylorville 30-13; Lost in finals to Charleston 28-20. Lost to Quincy in Pontiac Tour- nament 23-13. (Quincy won state championship that year). Won six games without a loss from Big 12 teams; Pekin (2), Decatur (2), Lincoln (2). i 1934.35 I -- stockton, Schroth, J. ,, Wagner, H. Martin, D. I Kinert, Zimmermann, F. Milner, H. Horn. Coach Stanley. Won 20; Lost 7. Scored 824 points to opponents 553. Defeated Athens (2), Trinity (2), Havana, Springfield, Ma- homet, Williamsvillle, Lincoln, Canton, University High (2), Clinton, Pana, Kenney, Harts- burg, Athens, Rantoul, Pekin, Downers Grove. Lost to Havana, Athens, Clinton, Springfield, Cow- den, Pekin, Elgin. SecUonal Mount Pulaski 36; Athens 32. Mount Pulaski 30; Pekin 32 (ot) Pontiac Totmaament Mount Pulaski 39; Rantoul 13. Mount Pulaski 25; Pekin 18. Mount Pulaski 42; Downers Grove 25. Mount Pulaski 20; Elgin 43. Won three games from Big 12 teams, Springfield, Lincoln, Pek- in. Lost 2, Pekin and Springfield. 1935.36 Team -- D. Staley, Martin, Wil- ham, Stockton, H. Hahn, B. Hahn Milner, M. Wilham, F. Connol- Icy, G. Connolley. Coach, Stanley. Won 26; Lost 7. Scored 999 points to opponents 655. Defeated: I.S.D., Pekin (2),' Athens, Havana, Champaign, Normal, Litchfield (2), Trinity (2), Lincoln (2), Edwardsville, Jacksonville, Pana, Clinton, Hartsburg, Beason, Waynesville. Lost to Johnson City (2) Havana, Edwardsville and Canton. Sectional Defeated Rushville 30-17; U. High 41-17; Lincoln 32-17. State Tournament Mount Pulaski 22; Joliet 16. Mount Pulaski 32; Fulton 18. Mount Pulaski 33; Danville 36. Lost to Josnson City in con- solation game. Won 6 games from Big 12 !teams -- Pekin (2); Champaign, Lincoln (3). Lost 1 to Danville. 1936-37 Team  D. Staley, B. Hahn, H. Hahn, J. Zimmermann, G. Con- nelly, $. Staley, F. Connolley, Wilham, Martin, Rentshler, Ten- dick, Ayers. Coach, Stanley. Won 24, Lost 3. Scored 720 points to opponents 421. Defeated Hartsburg, Blooming- ton (2), Havana (2), Flora, Lin- coln (2), Champaign Edwards. ville (2), Canton (2), Rushville (2),Clinton, Litchfield (2), Jack- sonville. Lost to Pekin, Clinton, and Springfield. Won all Region- al games. Regional Finals Mount Pulaski 38; Lincoln 18. Sectional Mount Pulaski 25; Feitshans 16. Mount Pulaski 20; Springfield 22. Won 5 games from Big 12 and lost 2, Pekin and Springfield. De- feated Bloomington (2), Cham- paign, Lincoln (2). 1937-38 Team---$. Staley, Connolley, B. Hahn, Connelly, Kolp, Rentsch- ler, Ayers, Tendick. Reserves: Mc- Cullough, Martin, Jones, Carter. Coach--Halberg. Won 15, Lost 11. Scored 620 points to opponents 621. Defeated Bloomington, Atlan- ta (2), Springfield, Rushville (2), Taylorville, Havana, Normal (2). Lost to Athens (2), Joliet, Champaign, Taylorville, Bloom- ington, Lincoln (1 point), Clin- ton (2), Havana. District Games Mount Mount Mount Mount Mount Mount Pulaski 29; McLean 24 Pulaski 32; Hartsburg 29 Pulaski 30; Elkhart 24. Sectional Pulaski 30; Feitshans 20 Pulaski 39; Monticello 37 Pulaski 25; Decatur 31. (Finch) Won 2 games from Big 12 and Lost 3. Defeated Bloomington and Springfield and lost to Cham- paign, Bloomington and Lincoln. 1938-39 Team -- J. Staley, l Connol- ley, N. Kolp, B. McCullough, Cart- er, Jones, Martin, Bertoni, J. Mc- Cullough, Ross. Coach, Halberg. Won 19, Lost 8. Its Fine Cage DISTraCT CHAMPIONS IN 1523. This group of basketball players represented Mount Pulaski Township High School in 1923 and won the dis- trict championship at Lincoln, going to Decatur for "the finals. They lost a heartbreaker to Villa Grove by one point in the final game, thus los- ing their chance to enter the state tournament. A special train to Decatur carried rabid fans to Scored 879 points to opponents 712. Defeated, Athens (2), Bloom- ington (2), Taylorville (3), At- lanta (2), Monticello (2), Normal (2), Lincoln (2), Champaign, Lanphier, Havana, Hartsburg. Lost to Clinton (2), Rushville (2), Saybrook, Feitshans (2), Divern- on. Regional Scores Mount Pulaski 35; Atlanta 18 Mount Pulaski 47; Hartsburg 25 Mount Pulaski 38; Lincoln 32. Sectional Mount Pulaski 40; Taylorville 35 Mount Pulaski 21; Divernon 40; Won 5 games from Big 12 teams. Lincoln (2), Big 12 Champs; Bloomington (2), and Champaign. HILLTOP CAGE RECORD 1929-1939 Year Won Lost 1929-30 21 6 11930-31 15 6 1931-32 21 4 1932-33 18 4 1933.34 21 3 1934-35 20 7 1935-36 26 7 1936-37 24 4 1937-38 15 11 1938-39 19 8 Totals 200 60 Percentage -- .769. Mr. Palaski's Big 12 Standing 1932-1 Year Won Lost 1932-33 5 2 1933-34 6 0 1934-35 3 2 1935-36 6 1 1936-37 5 3 1937-38 2 3 1938-39 5 0 Totals 32 11 Played 43 and lost 11 for a .744 standing. " JOHN WEST PITCHES NO-HIT GAME (June 1, 1944) 3ohn West, senior at Mount Pu- laski high, set a new record for i the baseball annals of the local: school as well as entered base. balrs Hall of Fame, when he )itched a perfect game against San Jose in the sectional tourney I play at Bloomington Thursday of  last week, winning 4-0. T the game and it was a sad "cortege" ed that night. Front Row, left to J. Foster Morris (deceased), Keith Springfield; Roman Romer, Dee Ward Back Row: Ira Wrigley, principal Tom Witt, Pender, Nebr.; Robert Keck, Beebe, coach, San Marino, Calif. 1923 HIGH SCHOOL CAGE RATED AS ONE OF SCHOOL'S (april 1933) The Mount Pulaski Township High School basketball team made the best-record this year of any team the school has ever had. In fact, they made the best i record that has ever been made by a basketball team of any high school in Logan county. They not only won the State District tournament, but lost by only one point to Villa Grove in the cham- pionship game of the sectional tournament, which team later won the state championship. { Below is given "a list of games! played this year and the scores made; 16 wins, 3 losses: Mount Pulaski 56; Niantic 11 Mount Pulaski 26; Atlanta 10 Mount Pulaski 26; Williams- ville 6 Mount Pulaski 24; Athens 28 (overtime) Mount Pulaski 50; Hartsburg 25 Mount Pulaski 26;'Maroa 32 Mount Pulaski 19; Lincoln 15 Mount Pulaski 30; Morrison- SUMMARY OF BIG TWELVE GAMES A short summary of the open- ing years of this epoch will be of interest. In 1932-33, the Hilltoppers, un- der George Dertinger, won 4 of their 5 games against Big 12 competitions: Springfield 20, Mt. Pulaski 28 Peoria Manual 20; Mt. Pulas- ki 30 Lincoln 20, Mt. Pulaski 27 Decatur 18, Mt. Pulaski 25 Decatur 26, Mt. Pulaski 24 1933.34 Seascm Pekin 15, Mt. Pulaski 24 Decatur 16, Mt. Pulaski 24 Lincoln 16, Mt. Pulaski 24 Decatur 16, Mt. Pulaski 26 Pekin 12, Mt. Pulaski 30 In the 1934-35 season, under Coach Dolph Stanley. The sea- son's record was 18 wins and 13 losses. They won 3 out of 5 from Big 12 competition: Springfield 13, Mt. Pulaski 18 Lincoln 21, Mt. Pulaski 25 Pekin 18, Mt Pulaski 25 Springfield 20, ML Pulaski 13 Pekin 32, Mt. Pulaski 30 OT Mount Pulaski 43; Mount Pulaski 50; Mount Pulaski 23; Mount Pulaski 30; District Mount Pulaski 19; Mount Pulaski 25; Mount Pulaski 17; Mount Pulaski 47; Sectional Mount Pulaski 22; Mount Pulaski 20; Mount Pulaski 16; Vill$ ( Total points MoUnt 588; opponents 309. Team Men.._= The members of were: Foster Keith Tomlinson, ward; Roman Romer, Dee Ward, guard, to Ey, center; Tom Keck, juniors. Earl the coach and Ira was principal. Congratulations to hers of the team, to to Principal Wrigley, many supporters ox from the Mount munity. --Lo. Co. SchoOl A. C. Wacaser County Supt. ot (April 1911) A. C. Wacaser, Emden school, has assistant county of schools, and new duties in MaY- Mr. Wacaser's Pulaski and he is a the high school of He has had further the teaching paraiso University Indiana. His teaching es two years in of the countY, cipal of the years as school at ML years as school, thus he for the work of