THE HISTORY OF PIQUA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS – A JOURNAL
“A Dayton Roosevelt quintet that looked like a beaten team at half-time came roaring back to capture a 37 to 36 victory over Piqua’s Indians in an overtime contest played Friday night at the Piqua field house. The ‘sudden death’ ending of Friday’s game came with 20 seconds remaining in the second three-minute overtime period. With the score 36 to 36, Murray, Roosevelt forward, stepped into the foul circle and dropped a free toss for the one point victory.
“Lima South High school’s Dragons defeated the Redskins of Central High 33-26 in a game at the Roosevelt Field House here Saturday. Lima led at the end of three quarters 27 to 12 and a last minute spurt by the Redskins fell short of the mark, but the made the contest a tense, exciting one.”
“In a weird contest which saw both teams make less than 20 per cent of all shots attempted, Piqua Central’s high school Indians eked out a 20-17 win over Celina’s Bulldogs in the spacious Celina coliseum. Inaccuracy plagued both teams from the start as evidenced in the fact that Piqua made only eight of 42 attempted shots while Celina tried 60 times and made but five field goals. Charles Andy’s looping hook shot in the last 20 seconds of play enabled the Redskins of Central high school to nose out an aggressive Bellefontaine quintet 31-30 in a hotly contested game there Friday night.
“Trailing 29-30 going into the last 30 seconds of play, the Redskins sought possession of the ball. And when a Bellefontaine attempt to score fell short, the Tribe took the leather and moved down the court. Andy found an opening and plunked in the game winning bucket. The crowd went wild. The Tribe then held possession of the ball until the final gun cracked.”
“Leading 9-2 at the end of the first quarter, Chaminade of Dayton stayed in front the distance to hand Piqua a 37-33 defeat here Saturday. The defeat was the Redskins third of the season and snapped a win streak at two games. It was a dull contest for three periods, but both teams opened up to show more action in the fourth quarter than in the entire first three.
“Paced by Don Cline and Center Jack Steward, who poured 16 points apiece through the hoop, Central high school’s Indians defeated Dayton Parker Co-op 49-46 here Wednesday night. It was the most impressive performance of the season for Coach George (Mac) McFarland’s Piqua cagers.”
“Less than 1,000 basketball fans who attended the opening of the holiday tournament at the field house Wednesday night, saw the Piqua Indians swamp a crippled Urbana team, 64 to 34. Piqua had no trouble with the crippled Urbana team. The score would have undoubtedly been even more one-sided, but Coach McFarland played his second team for a portion of the third quarter and for the complete final period. Leading all the way in a ball game that was dull by comparison, Wilbur Wright’s Pilots edged Piqua Central 27-23 to win the Holiday invitational tourney here Thursday night.”
“The championship contest was a dull affair until the final minutes. Neither team could hit the hoop with any consistency, although the Dayton team managed to stay just one step ahead of the Tribe all night. A crowd of 500 or more witnessed the contest.”
“Sidney high school’s Yellow Jackets defeated Piqua Central 33-31 Friday in the Miami Valley League debut for both schools, played before a capacity crowd at Sidney. The defeat was a bitter one, for the Indians came within a hair’s breadth of victory. Leading 31-29 with but three minutes to go, the Red and Blue saw Sidney suddenly rush back to overcome the lead and go out in front.”
“Troy’s vastly improved Trojans led an underdog Piqua team all the way Friday and defeated the Tribe 44-33 to realize their second straight Miami Valley League cage win. The game was played before a capacity crowd at Troy’s Van Cleve gym. Although the Red and Blue kept pace with the Trojans throughout the first two quarters, and went ahead briefly in the early minutes of the third period, Troy proved too strong a club for the Piquads.”
“Miamisburg’s relentless Vikings, in a last-half runaway, defeated Central high school’s Redskins 64-47 to score their third straight Miami Valley League cage victory. It was Piqua’s third consecutive defeat. The Tribe made it 23-23 in the third period, but the ‘Burgers soon went out in front in a lead they never relinquished.”
“Jack Stewart and Don Cline formed a one-two punch that proved too great for West Milton’s fighting Bulldogs here Saturday night as Piqua muzzled the ‘Dogs 45-33 to gain their sixth win of the season.”
“Central high school’s Redskins, in their fourth bid for a conference victory, turned back Fairmont’s defending Miami Valley League champions, 28-19, Thursday night at the field house. Piqua’s best weapon was its defense, a tight zone that time after time kept Fairmont from what basketball coaches call the ‘effective area.’ So effective was the Piqua defense that the Dragons scored but a foul shot in the entire third period. The contest was actually won on the strength of that performance.”
“Oakwood’s Lumberjacks, who hadn’t won a Miami Valley League game until Piqua came to town, defeated the Tribe 38-35 Friday night in a rough and tumble ball game. Friday’s contest, a close race all the way, had all the ear marks of a football game. The ‘Jacks rough and tumble style of play not only threw the Tribe off balance but literally sent them tumbling to the floor while the whistle tooters stared in apparent amazement.”
“Tipp City’s inspired Red Devils weathered a late push by Piqua to hand the Tribe its ninth defeat here Saturday night, 43-41 in a close knit contest. Don Cline, operating at forward and pivot, paced Piqua with seven field goals and a foul shot for a total of 15 points. Chuck Andy added ten points with five goals.”
“Central high school’s Redskins led an underdog Greenville team all the way here Friday night to score their second Miami Valley League win, 48-33. Jack Stewart, at pivot for the Tribe, dumped in nine field goals and a foul shot to lead the scorers with 19 points. Kenny Thorpe dropped five field goals for ten points and Don Cline, the other half of the double pivot, tallied four buckets and a free throw for nine points.”
“Xenia’s Buccaneers polished off a determined Central high school quintet, 35-25, at the field house Friday, thereby cinching the 1949 Miami Valley League title – unbeaten in seven games. Piqua, decidedly ‘up’ for the contest, led throughout the first half, but faltered in the third period long enough for the Bucs to catch up, go ahead and cinch the victory.”
“St. Marys literally stole a ball game from Central high school’s Indians Friday night as the Roughriders stole the ball from Piqua during a last minute freeze and tossed in the basket that won the game for St. Marys, 40-39. The defeat was Piqua’s 11th of the season as compared to eight wins.”
“Osborn Bath’s Flyers outclassed Central high school’s Indians Tuesday night at the fairground coliseum in Dayton to eliminate the Tribe from Southwestern District Class A cage tourney action. Jack Stewart led the Tribe with four buckets and three foul shots for a total of 11 points. Don Cline added nine points to the Piqua cause and Ed Cox, reserve guard who appeared in the contest less than three minutes, dropped in three field goals for six points.”