Piqua baseball wins City Championship in 1957


Duane Bachman


THE HISTORY OF PIQUA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS – A JOURNAL

SPRING, 1957

Baseball

“Coach Jim Hardman’s baseball club holds a victory over Piqua Catholic 9-8. Central has dropped two contests to Celina 7-5 and 8-7. Piqua Catholic later rebounded to stop the Tribesmen 14-11. Coach Jim Hardman’s baseball nine met the Fairmont Dragons in the first night contest of the year last Monday. The Dragons defeated the Indians 4-1 before a crowd of over 300 people. It was the first schoolboy night contest in the history of Piqua baseball. The Indians dropped a 3-2 decision to Troy, but rebounded with a 14-5 defeat of Miami Central in a practice tilt.”

“Two games ‘under the arcs’ highlighted last week’s activity of the Central baseball scene. The Indians bounced host Greenville last Friday in the Tribes second league contest of the season. Bradford was the next victim by a 4-1 score. The Railroader victory was the fourth in a row for the ‘high flying’ Indians. Arcanum got the best of the Tribe last Wednesday with a 6-4 victory. Fairborn also handled the Redskins on Friday evening 5-4. Glenn Honeycutt stands as the Tribe’s leading hitter with a percentage of .382.”

“Last night’s game with Piqua Catholic was the highlight of last week’s baseball activity. Played ‘under the arcs’, it was the deciding game for the city championship. Coach Jim Hardman’s Indians entered the contest with a nine and nine won-lost record. The Tribe’s most recent victory is a forfeit encounter with Xenia Central, which automatically credited the Indians with a 7-0 victory in the MVL standings. Central finished in the number four position in the MVL this season. The Indians were victorious three times, and dropped the same number of contests. League victories came over Miamisburg 17-2, Greenville 4-3, and Xenia 7-0. The Tribe’s district play was halted last week with an 8-1 defeat at the hands of Beavercreek High school. The Indians had won two dual encounters previous to the date, one over West Milton and the other over Versailles.”

“The addition of a new baseball trophy at the high school trophy case was the highlight of last weekend’s baseball club, under coach Jim Hardman. Hardman guided his 1957 boys to the first annual city championship when the Indians upended Piqua Catholic 10-3 Friday of last week. The game, which was played under the lights at Fountain Park, was the first of its kind in Central’s baseball history. Besides the handsome trophy, which was presented by the Sportsman Store in Piqua, a new batting limelight was discovered in Craig Pastori, who emerged with three hits in the same number at bat. His total for the evening was five runs. Coach Jim Hardman will lose only four lettermen to the college ranks next year. They are Glenn Honeycutt, Skip Vosler, Craig Pastori and Dean Francis.”

Track

”The track squad, under head coach Dick Pearson, is undefeated in three outings this year. The club is shaping its 1957 hopes around the MVL crown. This year’s Piqua squad is ranked to finish in the first division. The Indians hold victories over Covington, Bradford and Urbana. The squad dumped Greenville last Monday 79 ½ to 28 ½. The victory was the fourth straight this year under Coach Dick Pearson. A victory over tough Sidney highlighted the track last week. The Indians defeated near-by Sidney in the last event of the evening – the mile relay.”

“Coach Dick Pearson’s forces fell on the short end of a 65 1/2 -52 ½ decision to Dayton Fairmont. The meet was more of a mental victory than that of physical efforts on the part of the Dragons. Ron Snyder, Kent Slaby and Ray Baker were the individual limelight for Central. A victory in the mile run concluded its evening’s performance. Coach Dick Pearson’s forces received the runner-up trophy in this year’s MVL meet held at Fairborn. Ron Weldy set a new stadium and league shot put record at this meet with a toss of 54’ 11 ½. The Indians grabbed ten firsts against nearby Troy last Friday to trounce the Trojans 71-47.”

“The track squad, under head coach Dick Pearson, had little trouble finding the winning ways this year. The big highlight of the track season for Piqua is the Miami Valley League track meet. Central finished in the number two slot with a total of 35.7 points. The real battle of the night was between Central and Xenia, the latter succumbing by a mere one point. Coach Pearson entered only 15 boys in the annual running of the district last week, at which the Tribe grabbed eight points. The Troy Relays and the Miami Relays were also a part of the Tribe’s schedule this spring. In the Troy Relays the Indians grabbed third place and in the Miami running they settled for a fifth place tie with Dayton Dunbar.”

Golf

“Coach Bob Wysong’s golf squad defeated Fairborn 10 ½ to 5 ½ for its first victory of the season. Troy High school, however, held the Indians to an 8-8 tie. The Miami golf course in Troy was shy two holes, which halted the match at 16 holes. The undefeated Tribesmen captured match honors in a triangular meet last Tuesday. The golfer winning score was 23 ½, followed by Greenville with 17 1/2, and Sidney with seven. Winning golf matches is uppermost in the minds of Central’s golf team who captured its fifth win of the season Tuesday against Xenia with final score Piqua 12 ½ and Xenia 3 1/2,. Both clubs are tied for the Miami Valley League lead with one defeat apiece.”

“Piqua Central’s golfers finished in fifth spot in the recent Miami Valley League meet held at Greenville with a score of 332 for 18 holes. Bob Wilcox, Bob Winter, Sonny and Ronnie Williams were the four representatives from the Piqua club, with Wilcox posting the best score with a 78 for the 18 hole match. The Redskins most recent victory is held over Dayton Fairborn 14-2. The Tribe took third place honors in a recent triangular meet held on the Community Club golf course in Dayton. Bob Winter’s final score of 74 for the 18 hole encounter was one of the best scores recorded by a high school student this year. Winter had 37’s on both nine hole rounds.”

“Coach Bob Wysong’s 1957 golf squad has just completed one of the most successful golfing seasons in the history of the sport at Piqua Central. A winning streak of five straight was established by this year’s outfit. The fifth victory as a 13-3 smashing of nearby Troy. One week later the Indians entered their forces in the district meet and raised their final standings one notch to fourth place.”

Tennis

“Coach Jack Bickel’s 1957 netters are now 1-3 on this year’s campaign slate. The club stopped Greenville 4-1 earlier this year, but has suffered defeat at the hands of Sidney 5-0 and Xenia 3-2. The young netmen of Piqua Central have been unable to keep in winning fashion in their dual meets to date. Coach Jack Bickel’s squad dropped its third match of the season last Tuesday to Fairborn 4-1. The strength of the Dayton club was too great against Bickel’s sophomore group. The Indians victory of the season came with the season opener over Greenville.”

“The team dropped a 4-1 decision to nearby Troy last Monday at Troy. Don Woods pulled through with the only first place in the days activity. Coach Jack Bickel’s forces dropped its 7th match of the season last Monday to the Xenia Bucs. Tim Townsend, Central’s newly crowned first man, was the only Indian performer to come out on top. Piqua’s club was defeated by the Troy Trojans last week 3-2. The Indians also dropped a 3-2 decision to the Fairborn Flyers on Thursday.”

Experience was the main thing gained in Central’s tennis season this year under head coach Jack Bickel. The five regulars on this year’s squad all played tennis for the first time. The club won only one match in the entire campaign and dropped nine outings. The season’s only victory came over the Green Wave of Greenville 4-1 in the first outing of the season. Tim Townsend, Stubb Wright and Don Woods are the top sophomore members of this year’s outfit. Blair Sims and Charlie Popham are the only two senior representatives. The club will definitely be the team to watch next spring with three of the top performers returning for two more years of tennis competition.”

“Three members of the Piqua Central senior class received athletic awards at the annual Class Night exercises at the Central High school auditorium last night. Spencer Neth, Stan Pumbly and Glenn Honeycutt were presented the awards by Jack Bickel and Dick Pearson, members of the Piqua Central coaching staff. Spencer Neth received the Bob Snow Memorial Award for the outstanding football player of the year. The 165-pounder was named to the Miami Valley League team and was definitely an important cog in Coach Jack Bickel’s outfit. Neth is an honor student and will attend Miami University next fall. Stan Plumly was recognized for his success and sportsmanship on and off the athletic field. Dick Pearson had quoted earlier in the year that if everybody wanted to and played as hard as Plumly did at all times, that his coaching days would be easy. ‘Plum’, as he was known to his varsity teammates, will enroll at Wittenberg College this fall to major in physical education.”

“ Glenn Honeycutt was presented the All Sports Award for the 1956-57 athletic year. Honeycutt won varsity letters in cross country, basketball and baseball in this year’s campaign. He was the first senior at PHS to be named captain of three sports while winning the All Sports Award in 1957. ‘Mr. Versatile’ can do just about anything he is called upon to perform. The senior athlete was a crack basketball guard and played center field, shortstop, pitcher and catcher for this year’s Indians. Honeycutt has still not decided upon his college preference.”

Duane Bachman
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