|Paper||Salt Lake City South High School Student Newspapers|
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|Publisher||Digitized by J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah|
|Paper||Salt Lake City South High School Student Newspapers|
Tuesday, June 6, 1944 SOUTH HIGH SCRIBE Page 5 War Conditions Hamper South High's '44 Athletic Records Victorious Only in Baseball Sport; "C" Gridders Go Undefeated With high school commencement arrangements underway and special assemblies honoring outstanding prep athletes being held a consensus of opinion among the coaches, students and athletes of South seem to have the opinion that the athletic records have dropped from past years. Speaking from a standpoint of how the city school make out in state competition, it is the opinion that the move of getting East, South and West into state com-petition was the best move the UHSAA had made in several years. East tied with Davis in Football, placed second in Track and tennis and finished sixth in the state basketball tournament. South got its foot in the door of the UHSAA when it took the state baseball championship. Looking over the athletic records this year we find that the ,'Cubs came through with one undefeated outfit, namely the "C" football equad. Under the watchful eye of "Tate" Wardell, the midgets wound up a very successful sea-son with three wins, one tie and no defeats. Thus proving that again they are best of the three city "C" teams. Highlighting the mid-gets season was the 6-- 0 victory o,ver East when Bill Bryan scirted 80 yards to a touchdown behind perfect blocking. Leading the Cub offensive and backing up the defense were these first string fellows: Grant Woodward, center; Bill Dubbeld and Earl Johnson, guards; Evan Ashworth and Stan Fivas, tackles; Bob Dell and Reed Howick, ends. The backfield con-sisted of Walt Gehrke, quarter-back; Bob Sidwell and Marion Gregory, halfbacks; Owen Wright, fullback. The baseball team gave South its only varsity championship this year. Under the excellent leader-ship of Jimmy Gilbert the Cubs went through the Big Four league with only one setback in six con-tests. This qualified them for the semifinal game with Box Elder at Brigham City. Behind the mas-terful two hit pitching of Sonny Pratt the Cubs then qualified for the finals with Carbon high nine. Kent Peterson flanked the Car-- b o n baseballers a t Community Park, 9-- 4, giving South its first athletic championship. All other athletic teams met defeat but no effort was put forth. Pat Ryans gridders walked all o,ver West but the powerful East eleven proved to have too much power for the jumbled Cubs. Baseball, track and tennis teams didn't give a very good account of themselves. "B" basketeers and "C" basketeers won several games this season but couldn't manage to go undefeated. Viewing over th state titles this year it is found that East and Davis tied for the grid champion-ship because a playoff date could-n't be arranged between the two schools. Provo swept through the state basketball tourney to be-come the basketball champs. Gran-ite tucked away track honors at the State Track Meet on May 13 after garnering some 3512 points. Lehi tennis stars took the indi-vidual tennis crown after beating East. South took the baseball championship. ! The Saga of South High By Glen Crookston Then sun was shining brightly, the sky was cloudless blue. The score was six to nothing, the game was nearly through. South's team was fielding lousy, the pitching wild as hell. The hitting, what there was of it, had a sickly smell. The team came slowly off the field with the look of beaten men. They sat there looking straight ahead, while Gilbert's eyes were growing red. Then Gilbert swore for hours and hours, tore up trees, shrubs, and flowers. The grass turned brown for miles around where Gilbert's cuss words hit the ground. The words he used were not meant to be wrote, and the old boy damn near took a stroke. But his words had their marked effects, the team knew they better win, or he'd break their necks. The first man up, we all knew well, a handsome cuss and smart as hell. He hit the ball a mighty blow, ran past first and slid in low. With Sook on second and nobody out, we had started a rally, without any doubt. Then came Powers, South's mighty mite, he cut at a fast one and hit it just right. The crowd gave a roar, then grew tense, as the ball dropped over the fense. In the stands, they yelled their wild acclaim, at six to two, South High was back in the game. Then up came Jack Bale, called Speedy by all, now it was his turn to hit the ball. The ball came in as if shot from a gun, crash went the bat, and for first base he run. Coming out with a strut that could be seen for a mile, Captain Dalebout, turned and gave the crowd a big smile, and without a doubt the best second baseman in town. Dutch knew now was the time to do his best, he hit a high hard one, you know the rest. Jake safe on third with another run scored, the other coach must have thought, it never rains but what it pours. Then in the stands- there arose a twitter, as on the field strolled South's heavy hitter. The girls in the stand sighed and said, "Oh my, what do you have to do to meet that guy?" With Gabby at bat, the fielders, played back, and the poor third baseman looked for a place to hide. Brewer looked calm and cool as could be, hit the damn ball as far as the eye could see. But with a lucky stop and a good throw in, they held him two and the other coach looked at his pitcher and said, "After that, my boy you're through." Now up to bat, stepped catcher, Bob Story, here was a chance to get him some glory. Bob was a good looking lad, plays ball best, when he gets mad. He hit a long home run, that was second to none, came in himself and drove in a run. Gilbert said, "The teams' pride and joy." and up in the stands a voice hollered, "That's my boy." Hoodie played shortstop, did a bang up job, when at bat, he hit after Bob. He was tall, dark, and handsome, had two wrists just like Sampson's. Now this Thomas was a mean little runt, he crossed them all up by hitting a bunt. The pitcher went mad, tore out his hair, told the umpire, "That ain't fair." Then the infield shrank back in fear, they were afraid their time was near. For up stepped big Lyle, his bat held high, watched strike one go roaring by. Koller spit on his hands, wiped off his chin, he knew South High was in the game to win.. The ball he drove through the pitcher's box went by the second baseman down around the socks. The score was tied at six all, the winning run on base, if the pitcher could hold them now, it would help to save his face. Then swinging two bats, his head held high, waving at the girls as he walked by, Came in a pitcher of great fame, and here was a chance to win the game. The pitcher threw a high one in, and he took a strike across the chin. He got strike two just above his shoe, and then took strike three, across his knee. The crowd roared for they knew without a doubt, the mighty Kent Peterson had just struck out! Gets Career Kent Peterson Signed By Cincinnati Signing of Kent Peterson, South high's ace hurler, to the Cincin-nati Reds recently, was announced by Pat Patterson, the Reds scout who clinched the deal. "Pete" pitched the South high Cubs to the state championship and is the leading chucker for the Pinney semi-pr- o nine. He will report directly to Cincinnati at the close of school, about June 12th. Terms of the contract were not announced by Patterson. He is not reporting for a farm club assignment but will go directly to the Cincinnati club. If he can make the grade he will stick with the Reds. For the past three years "Pete" has been in the sport spot-ligh- t. Looking over his athletic achieve-ments the past three years, it is found that he started playing "B" football, "B" basketball and baseball. Last year "Pete" started ' on the football team as passer nH PTf virnc n1r nn flip i basketba 11 team. Then came spring. Here is where he made a name for himself in sport circles. As ace hurler on Gilbert's nine Peterson struck out 19 batsmen from West high in the opening game on the Cub diamond. He worked with a semi-pr- o baseball squad last summer and gained valuable experience. Peterson's kicking and passing on the "A" team last fall was spectacular. He helped the basket-ball team considerably this winter and although the "A" team didn't hold up past standards they were always in trying. He held down the major role on the baseball team this spring winning two games in two starts. As you can see he has held down three regular positions on three major teams which ranks him among the best at South high school. The Scribe sports staff wishes Kent all the lunck and success which is due to him in the majors. Jimmy Gilbert Praised By Students By Bruce Goates In many articles carried in today's sports pages credit i3 almost always given to the men who brought home the athletic bacon. That, of course, is the right thing to do. But it is sel-dom the coach or person behind those feats that is acknowledged. Generally the boys who perform-ed get all the credit, and the men who taught them and developed their skill are left out entirely. Successful Season Jimmy Gilbert has just finished a very successful season as men-tor of South high's baseball team, guiding the Cubs to the state championship. Considering that Gilbert started his coaching pro-fession at South high four years ago, he has done very well. At South Gilbert coaches three sports in the prep season, in the fall "B" football, in winter "A" basketball and in the spring he handles baseball. Looking over his record the past four years, you find he helped bring the basketball championship to South for three years with the "A" team .. goin,gundefeated one of those sea-sons. Of course the city schools were not in the state setup .at that time. Therefore one team did not do all the work. It was divid-ed between the three teams in the school. But just the same he did a very fine job. Gilbert brought the baseball title to South three out of four years, which included the Southerners first state cham-pionship. In the baseball situation the team did not have to depend on another team to help them through the season, like the bas-ketball and football squads. They were on their own. Need "Big Six" Gilbert experssed his desire for a "Big Six" baseball league simi-lar to the football and basketball setup now, stating that as long as there was a six-scho- ol league already, the schools should go the whole way and compete in all sports. When the "Big Six" was formed it was agreed that all sports would be recognized. When asked his preference out of the three activi-ties he coaches, he remarked that it did not make the least bit of difference, they were all in sepa-rate seasons and meant the same to him. Winning the state baseball championship recenty has brought him to the foreground. The Cubs were defeated ony once this past season, by Bingham the second time they played. The state title was the first one to have ever been bestowed on the Southerners, which is quite an honor for the Cubs and for Coach Gilbert. As coaches go, Gilbert must be classed as a "character." His chat-tering from the bench is in direct contrast to the more staid mem-bers of the profession, who stol-idly survey the field, keeping to themselves on and off the field. But if Gilbert is a "character," South high fans hope he builds plenty of the same type of charac-ter in the years to come. Sports al a Femme Girls sports for the 43-4- 4 year have been limited to baseball, hockey, basketball, tennis and dancing. Although the gym class-es have had many outside duties, this year has proved very suc-cessful. In the fall of the year the fa-vored sport was hockey as long as weather permitted. Before Christmas the girls participated in dancing and calisthenics. A Christmas assembly was arranged by the gym classes and folk dan-ces were so successful they were presented to Bryant high and to the faculties of the city schools on later dates. Basketball, the most popular game among the girls was soon underway. Both the seniors and juniors displayed some real skill in floor and hoop work. It proved to be a big sea-son! Dorothy Corwin's team was the champ from the senior classes while Joyce Stephens' team took the honors as the winning junior team. The Leaders club's annual dance and al dance drama fea-turing a spring motif were thi3 clubs outstanding events.