Hart, Jenkins run at 1955 state track meet


Duane Bachman


THE HISTORY OF PIQUA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS – A JOURNAL

SPRING 1955

Baseball

“Coach Dale Beckett’s youngsters found the going rather tough in their lone game of the week played yesterday in Celina, At the conclusion, Central had dropped a 3-1 game for their second setback in five outings this year.”

“Coach Dale Beckett’s baseball squad dropped their second straight game at Fountain Park yesterday as they bowed to Arcanum 13-9. George Garrett started for the local nine, but was relieved by Bob Strohaver. Strohaver, however, found the task rather tough and bowed out in favor of Eddie Christy at the midway point.”

“Central High school’s baseball squad returned to the diamond after an almost complete week of idleness to down the visiting Xenia Buccaneers 6-4 for their first league win of the season. A six-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth inning proved too much for the visitors as the Indians never trailed trailed after that.”

“Coach Dale Beckett’s Central High baseball team clicked behind the eight-hit pitching of righthander Dale Robinson to win their second game in as many days with a 9-4 victory over Fairborn on the Flyers diamond. Robinson, who went the route, became the first Indian hurler to accomplish that feat this season.”

“The local nine won their third straight game of the week without a setback when they rallied in the fourth inning for a pair of runs to grab the lead and were never headed after that. Spencer Levering pitched the route in allowing the visitors from Northeastern one run in seven innings.”

“Central High’s baseball squad made Troy their third straight Valley League victim as the local nine downed the Trojans 9-3 at Troy yesterday afternoon. It was the Indians’ seventh win of the season against three setbacks. The win was their fourth straight as they remained unbeaten in still league competition.”

“Coach Dale Beckett’s squad suffered their fourth setback of the season and dropped out of the Dayton District baseball tourney when handed a 5-0 whitewash at the hands of Roosevelt yesterday afternoon at Triangle Park.”

“Piqua Central’s baseball team romped over Miamisburg 15-0 in their biggest onslaught of the season at Fountain Park yesterday to remain unbeaten in the Miami Valley League. Dave Robinson, Piqua’s steadiest pitcher throughout the season, hurled the shutout and was tagged for only one base hit.”

“Fairmont’s Dragons made it a clean sweep of all four major spring sports with a 6-4 victory over Piqua in the Miami Valley League championship game at the Dayton school’s field yesterday afternoon. In the big Indian sixth, Alvin Wheeler singled and Bucky Wise followed with a two-bagger. After Glenn Honeycutt took a third strike, George Mc Kinney singled home the two tallies for the 3 all tie. Snyder then flew out and Ed Purk tagged a single. When Robinson reached base on an error to load the sacks, the Tribe failed to capitalize further as shortstop Don White was called out on strikes.”

“Coach Dale Beckett’s nine slated early in the season to just be along for the ride, rolled past a host of foes and with Fairborn’s stunning surprise upset of Fairmont 3-2 Friday the Indians tied the Dragons for the league title. Yesterday, the Indians ran headlong into a well-rounded Chaminade crew and were disposed of by a 10-6 count.

Track

“The local track team continued on its winning ways this past week with three rather easy victories. Making Bradford, Tipp and Miamisburg their victims on three consecutive days, the cindermen have looked extremely good for this early part of the season. However, Coach Dick Pearson warned that the Indians have rather meek competition in a few of the class B schools.”

“Central High school’s track team placed in only one event at the Springfield Relays Saturday. Tom Jenkins placed fifth in the 100-yd. dash to score Piqua’s only point, but coaches pointed to four other good showings by Piquads.”

“Piqua’s track squad, under the direction of Dick Pearson and Jack Bickel entered a dual meet at Sidney a week ago Thursday at the Roosevelt Stadium. The local team was defeated 61 1/2 – 56 ½ Tuesday of this week. The Indians played host to Bellefontaine at the home stadium earlier this week and defeated the Chieftains 87 2/3- 30 ½.”

“Fairmont ran away with the team championship in the fifth annual Troy Relays Saturday at Troy, but for the second straight year a Piqua youngster was the meet’s high individual scorer. When the cinders had finally cooled on the fast Troy track Saturday evening, Fairmont was head and shoulders ahead of the 17-team field with 62 ½ and Piqua fourth with 33. Jenkins, a good eight points ahead of his nearest competitor for the individual trophy, finishing with 16 ½ points after setting a new Troy Relay and Troy Memorial stadium record in the 220.”

“Piqua’s track squad was edged out on Thursday of last week by Greenville at Roosevelt Stadium. However, Tom Jenkins, senior anchor man on the Indian squad, set a new Piqua record of 0:22.7 in the 220 yard dash. The Tribe was guest to a tough Xenia team on Tuesday and was defeated 76 ¾ to 41 1/4 by its host. Favored Fairmont won the 1955 Miami Valley League track and field championship at Troy’s Memorial Stadium Wednesday night, but only after beating back a determined bid by second place Piqua. Displaying tremendous ‘kick’ in the final turn, Jerry Hart of Piqua ran a 4:39.7 mile to beat the record of 4:42.5 set by Long of Miamisburg in 1949. Hart proved himself the ‘iron man’ of the meet by going on to capture the half-mile in the very respectable time of 2:06.”

“Central High school’s Indians placed 12th in the Class A district track meet Saturday afternoon at Dayton’s High school stadium. Only two Piquads placed in the 14 events. Jerry Hart, the Miami Valley League mile champion, placed third behind state champion Bob Schul of West Milton and Tom Jenkins was fourth in the 220-yard dash.

“Two members of Coach Dick Pearson’s Central High school track team will compete in the State Class A track meet in Columbus today and Saturday. Tom Jenkins, a senior, will attempt to qualify for finals in the 220-yard dash. Jerry Hart, a junior, qualified for Saturday’s finals in the mile by finishing third in the district event last Saturday. Hart is the Miami Valley League mile and half-mile champion.”

“Piqua Central’s two tracksters failed to place in the state meet at Columbus on Saturday. Tom Jenkins failed to make the finals when he was unsuccessful in an attempt Friday in the 220-yard dash. Jerry Hart grabbed a lead in the mile-run in his heat at the half-way mark but was unable to maintain the pace, finishing far back in the pack with s surprisingly slow 4:50 time.

“After winning a doubles match at Walnut Hills in Dayton earlier Saturday morning, Hart said that he was retiring from his senior year of tennis in an attempt to devote more time to track. After competing in the two sports this spring, track has proven to the most promising field for the Central junior.”

Tennis

“Miamisburg’s Vikings downed Central High school’s tennis team 4-1 in the first tennis match of the season Wednesday afternoon at Fountain Park. The Indians seemed slack and far from form in winning only the second doubles match with the team of Allen Rundle and Jack Gabriel coming out on top 5-0, 6-2.”

“Piqua Central’s netters brought home the school’s first tennis victory in two seasons Wednesday as the now experienced local team evened its season’s record with a 4-1 victory over Sidney. The Indians, wearing their new red and blue uniform sweaters for the first time, swept all three singles and came from behind to win first doubles on the Sidney courts.”

“Winning their second match of the week, the Indians found the going slightly rough in being extended to a 4-1 win over Xenia yesterday. After losing the number one singles in a slight surprise, the local netters rallied to win the remaining singles and sweep both doubles to insure the win.”

“Slamming out a well earned 5-0 win over Greenville, Coach Howard Reed’s forces showed some of the finest tennis displayed in recent years by Indian netters at Fountain Park. In the number one singles, Jerry Hart trounced Fred Brumbaugh 6-0, 6-0 for the only clear cut victory of the day. Jack Gabriel and Allen Rundle found the path easy to follow as they matched the singles-men score with a 6-0, 6-1 win.”

“The Miamisburg Vikings dumped the Central Indians 4-1 in a tennis match played on the winner’s courts yesterday afternoon. The only Piqua point came as a result of a first doubles win by the team of George Inglis and Jerry Hart. The pair was victorious over Mike Shahan and Mike Shields, 6-3, 6-2.”

“Central High’s netters registered their fourth win of the season against a pair of setbacks as they easily downed Troy 4-1 on the Troy courts Monday afternoon. In number one singles, a repeat of last year’s county finals was in store as Jerry Hart rolled to a 6-4, 6-2 win over senior Tony Long. In the number two singles Jerry McGonagle romped to an easy win as he was never headed in disposing of Don Scott, 6-0, 6-1. Rounding out the singles activity to make it a sweep for the Indians, George Inglis spotted Tom Buckles a set, then came back strong to register another Piqua point with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 win.”

“Coach Howard Reed’s tennis squad registered its fifth win of the season against a pair of setbacks as they downed Xenia for the second time this season by a 4-1 count at Fountain Park yesterday. The Indians swept all three singles to secure the win, then split the doubles matches with the Bucs for their second straight win this week.”

“Paced by Jerry Hart and George Inglis, the Piqua High school tennis turned in the school’s biggest upset this year, with a 3-2 win over confident Chaminade at Fountain Park yesterday. The match, played before some 50 people at one time or another came to a highlight when Hart-Inglis teamed to win the first doubles 6-2, 6-3 and sew up the match 3-1 with still a second doubles marathon being staged.”

“Piqua Central’s well rounded tennis team coasted to its seventh win of the season and fifth straight by walloping Troy 5-0 on the local courts yesterday afternoon. It was the second shutout of the current campaign for the netters and improved their showing over the Trojans. Piqua won the first meeting 4-1. Central High school’s talented tennis team eased their way to their second shutout this week and sixth consecutive win yesterday by walloping Greenville 5-0 in the western city.”

“Lured on by the inspiration of an upset, Sidney High school’s tennis team pounded out a 5-0 whitewash of the Piqua netters at Fountain Park yesterday afternoon. The loss completed the Indians regular season with eight wins against three setbacks for the best spring sport at Piqua Central. Central’s netters were eliminated at Troy last Saturday when competing for the M.V.L. tennis title. Each of Piqua’s entries scored a point in their initial match but all dropped their second one.”

“Howard Reed’s doubles team of Jerry Hart and George Inglis upset Chaminade in the first round match of the district finals at Walnut Hills in Oakwood last Friday. After defeating Sidney in the quarterfinals, the Indians bowed out of tourney so Hart could go to Columbus to participate in the state track meet.”

Golf

“Very jubilant over their first win in two years, the local golf team should be after crushing Greenville 4-0 at the Greenville Country Club yesterday. This match was their opening one. On the par 35 course Bob Winter was medalist with a score of 37.”

“Sidney High school’s golf team handed the Indians their first defeat 11-3 at the Sidney course yesterday afternoon. Bobby Winter shot the best golf for the losers as he finished with a total of 76.”

“Fairborn’s all-senior golf team turned in a smashing 14 ½ to 1 ½ win over the Piqua Central golfers in a match played at the Country Club yesterday afternoon. Orville Scherer scored Piqua’s only point even though he found himself on the short end, 3-1.”

“Piqua Central’s golf squad defeated Troy Friday of last week by a score of 6 ½ – 1 ½. A previous game with Troy had resulted in a 8 ½ – 7 ½ victory over Troy.”

“Robert Wysong with his golfers then journeyed to Sidney last Monday, where his boys dropped a match to the Yellow Jackets 11-1. Central’s golfers were unsuccessful for the third straight time as they fell to one of the best teams in the valley, Fairmont, by a 10 ½ – 5 ½ at Echo Hills yesterday.”

“Sidney’s defending league champion golf team easily walked away from host Piqua 10 ½ – 1 ½ at the Country Club in a league match played yesterday afternoon. Freshman Bob Wilcox collected all of Piqua’s points in the one-sided match. Robert Wysong’s golfers were host to the Greenville squad on Monday of this week at the Echo Hills course. Although Piqua, having only three men present, had to ‘spot’ the Wave four points, the Piquads edged Greenville 8 ½ to 7 ½. The following evening the Indians smashed West Milton at Piqua 13-3. Bob Winter took medalist honors for the day, and wound up only two strokes over par.”

“Robert Wysong’s squad traveled to Dayton Community Country Club last Friday for the M.V.L. golf tournament. Piqua finished sixth in the eight-team field with a 385 team score. Coach Robert Wysong’s golf team shot a 379 to wind up 17th in a large field of teams in the District Golf tourney held at Dayton yesterday afternoon. The Piqua scores: Wilcox – 97; Scherer – 91; Thyer – 97: Leonard – 94.”

Duane Bachman
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