Sweetwater Reporter (Sweetwater, Tex.), Vol. 55, No. 216, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 11, 1952 Page: 2 of 16
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J SwMtwator Reporter, T«x«, Thursday, September 11, 1952
400 Schoolboy Grid Teams
Launch Season This Week
By ED FITE
The Texas schoolboy football
powder keg explodes in near mid-
season fury this weekend.
From the Red River to the gulf
and from the Sabine to the Rio
Grande there'll be action under the
lights as more than 400 of the
stale's teams in the top four divi-
sions swing into action for the first
It'll be the second time out for
some 30 teams who broke the ice
last week, including one defending
champion—Giddings of Class A.
Seventeen games Thursday night
and one Wednesday night in which
Highland Park defeated Adamson
of Dallas by a 25-0 coi'"< got the
week's proceedings und. way.
But, most of the highlight games
will come Friday night.
Games like Odessa at Port Ar-
thur. Abilene at Fort Worth Arling-
ton Heights and Galveston at Hous-
ton S. F. Austin in AAAA; Big
Spring at Breckenridge, Denison
al Temple and Lufkin at Port
Neches in AAA, and Texarkana
at Baytown, Vernon at Wichita
Falls, Cleburne at Waco, Palestine
at Tyler and Kerrville at Austin in
This Week's Area
I.evelland at Sweetwater.
El Paso Jefferson at Snyder.
Big Spring at Breckenridge.
Vernon at Wichita Falls.
Lamesa at Fort Worth Paschal
Roseoe at Colorado City.
Stamford at Haskell.
Baird at Albany.
Iowa Park at Munday.
Throckmorton at Olney.
Seagraves at Hermleigh.
Ixjraine at Divide (conference).
Coahoma at Grand Falls.
Robert Lee at Bronte.
I.ueders at Hobbs.
Ira at Highland.
games matching AAA and AAAA
Baytown was a runnerup to Lub-
bock for the AAAA title last year
and again is being touted as a title
contender, so the Ganders' debut
will be watched with state-wide in-
Breckenridge and Temple finish-
ed one-two in AAA play a year ago
and, like Baytown, again rate high.
Odessa and Port Arthur report-
edly have their usual powerhouse
teams, but they also are still in the
districts with Lubbock and Bay-
There also will be some fast ac-
tion in clashes of AAA and AA
teams—such as Stephenville at
Brownwood, Levelland at Sweet-
water, Edinburg at Mission, San
Benito at Donna, McAllen at Wes-
laco, Brenham at Bryan.
Class A champion Giddings, with
a 33-6 verdict over Lexington al-
ready stowed away, jumps into AA
for its opposition this week when
it meets LaGrange.
Thursday's games include:
El Paso High vs. El Paso Cathed-
dral, Dallas Forest vs. Dallas Jes-
uit, Houston Lamar vs. Houston St.
Thomas, Lufkin at Port Neches,
Piano at Garland, Buckners Home
at Mesquite, East Mountain at
Pittsburg, Texarkana B at Hooks,
Temple B at Gatesville, Nederland
at Port Arthur Bishop Byrne, Dal-
las Sunset B at Richardson and
Sunset C at Ferris, Royse City at
Farmersville, New Diana at Queen
City, Dickinson at Cedar Bayou,
Freeport B at Sweeny and San An-
tonio Central Catholic B at Pleas-
Rice, Surprise Of 1951,
Rated Near Top In SWC
3333 - 4878
Ortega Hurls Oilers
Past Arfesia 7 to 6
ODESSA, Sept. 11—Odessa eked
out a 7-6 victory over Artesia Wed-
nesday night to take a 2-0 lead in
j their first-round Shaughnessy play-
I off match.
Evelio Ortega, the Oiler ace,
I spun a six-hitter, while his mates
backed him up with an 11-hit at-
! tack against Ruyle, Mills and Rod-
I riquez. Mills was the loser.
Paul Halter and Rudy Briner
I slammed two-run homers for Ar-
Second game of the Midland-at-
i Big Spring series was postponed
I by cold weather.
I The line score:
ARTESIA 200 202 000—6 6 1
I ODESSA 002 302 OOx—7 11 3
I Ruyle, Mills, Rodriquez and Bri-
ner. Ortega and Castro.
If you'll kindly dim the lights
and provide us with a little violin
music in the background, we'll
sing our Sports Spurts' swan song
Moving on to "greener pastures"
(in more ways than one, we hope),
we'll become associated with the
sports staff of the Wichita Falls
Record-News and Daily Times.
Being a native of Sweetwater and
one of its high school graduates,
naturally we find it hard to leave
the old homestead. But no one is
indispensable, especially a sports
Our only regret is that we'll rniss
what should be the greatest sports
year in Sweetwater High School
history, the football and basketball
However, please don't bellyache
about the coaching situation in the
event the high school youngsters
fail to have an all-conquering sea-
After all, a coach can tell and
show a boy how to play the game,
but there's little he can do if the
boy doesn't carry out his assign-
To Coaches Pat Gerald, Mel
Grigg, Tommy Hinson and Bennie
Rutherford, we wish the best of
Ditto to our many friends and
We'll always be pulling for
Sweetwater's sport success and
will be looking forward to the city
continuing its production of cham-
pions such as Sammy Baugh, Bull-
dog Turner and Lew Jenkins.
Before our final farewell, here's
the first and last edition of Wacky
Worsham's Weekly Winners for
Sweetwater 13, Levelland 7.
Wichita Falls 27, Vernon 6.
Port Arthur 20, Odessa 13.
Arlington Heights 13, Abilene 0.
Breckenrigde 27, Big Spring 6.
Baytown 12, Texarkana 6.
Brownwood 35. Stephenville 0.
Paschal 20. Lamesa 13.
Colorado City 13, Roseoe 6.
Stamford 33, Haskell 7.
This it another in a series of
articles on Southwest Conference
football teams and is about Rice
HOUSTON, Sept. U—UP—Rice
Institute's Owls, whose sophomores
of 1951 developed into the surprise
power of the Southwest Confer-
ence. come back this year "load-
ed" with those same sophomores,
only this time they're juniors with
a year's experience under their
That alone is sufficient justifica-
tion for the general opinion that
the 1952 Owls are going to be tough.
So tough, in fact, that most pre-
season dopesters believe the Owls
will finish no lower than third in
the rough-tumble Southwest loop
with the understanding they could
go all the way if they come through
in a few unproven spots.
Looking at weaknesses first, a
good place to start is at end, where
all-conference Billy Howton, his
mate Sonny McCurry and top re-
serve Al Boughton all have depart-
It was Howton who tagged seven
of quarterback Dan Drake's heaves
for touchdowns and all told netted
the Owls 747 yards on the receiving
end of those passes.
To replace them, Coach Jess Nee-
ly probably will call chiefly on
James Hei'lin and Jack Day as
offensive terminals with Lavon
Cox, Hans Wagner, Tommy Wilson
and Blois Bridges among those
struggling for defensive end spots.
Roseoe Soldier Now
Training In Japan
WITH THE 24TH /INFANTRY
DIV. IN JAPAN—Pvt. Vernon E.
Hollingshead. son of Mr. and Mrs.
Walter F. Hollingshead, Route 1,
Roseoe, Texas, is now training
with the 24th Infantry in Japan.
The first American division to
fight in Korea, the 24th fought
from Pusan to the Yalu River in
its 19 months of combat. It was
relieved last February to become
part of the security force guard-
ing the Japanese islands.
Private Hollingshead arrived in
Japan Aug. 7. A veteran of more
than six months of Army service,
he received basic training at Fort
110 E. Bdwy.
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Sweetwater High School's Mus-
tangs taper off with a light drill
this afternoon on the eve of their
1952 opening non-conference battle
with the Levelland Lobos.
The Mustangs and Lobos clash
Friday night at 8 o'clock at Mus-
Although Sweetwater is favored
to emerge victorious, Levelland is
in a good position to pull an upset.
The Lobos have one of the heaviest
squads in Class 2-A and are pac-
ed by 11 lettermen, including four
regulars from the 1951 club.
Sweetwater's probable starting
offensive lineup will find Hal i Fox •
Byrd and Mark Bishop at ends, J.
W. Patten and Jack Leonard at
tackles; Frank Glass and J. B.
Moss at guards; Charles Cupp,
center; Joe Feagan, quarterback;
James Butler and Don Reagan,
halfbacks; and Angel Olvera, full-
The Mustangs are two-deep in
experienced personnel at virtually
every position. Players who figure
to see a lot of action with the
Quarterback Freddie Armstrong,
Center Jack Summerville, Half-
back Eugene Kouri, Tackle Alan
Thompson, End Cloyd Shillings,
Tackle Billy Stone, Guard Clifford
I Wilson, End Dickie Amos, End Dell
Greer, End Jackie Lawrence, End
! Harold Green, Halfback Theron
Dorsey, Tackle Red McEIroy,
Guard John C. Morris, Tackle Joe
McCutchen, Back Coy Berry, Back
Ken Young, Fullback Busier Da-
vidson, Fullback Glwyn Parish.
It likely will be Heflin who'll fall
heir to the pass-catching role held
by Howton last year. So far he's
shown great ability, but he saw no
varsity time last year.
Another spot yet to be proven Is
at defensive halfback where last
year's top performers, Billy Burk-
halter and Gene Silver are both
gone. A sophomore, Gordon Kel-
logg and junior Don Whittaker are
Those two spots—defensive half-
backs and ends—are the only
prominent weaknesses in the whole
squad which contains 21 returning
lettermen, including last year's of-
fensive "spark," Drake, who com-
pleted 51 of 109 pass attempts for
859 yards. And he was only a soph-
But even in the weaknesses, the
Gods are with Neely as the Owls
schedule won't open until Sept. 27,
giving them a full week additional
work over most of the conference
They take- on Texas Tech in the
opener then go on to Louisiana
State, UCLA, Southern Methodist,
Texas, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Tex-
as A&M, Texas Christian and Bay-
lor, without a break between any.
There are 10 candidates for tac-
kle with four of them, Dick Chap-
man, John Hudson, Bill Crockett
and Max Schuebel, lettermen.
Chapman and Hudson are both
capable of double duty.
At guard there are eight good
prospects, including veterans Gene
Little, Skip Lee, offensively, and
W. C. Treadway defensively, as
well as James Timmons and Dan
Veteran Bobby Moore is almost
a cinch as offensive center with
the tried-and-true Don Rhoden and
he offensive backfield will have
Leo Rucka for defensive and
The offensive backfield will have
punch with Drake the man under
and Billy Ed Daniels, Carl John-
son, Dickie Bob Iladdox, Bill Gas-
kamp and others turning in lots of
help at halfback spots.
In the fullback slot, David
(Kosse) Johnson will likely have
an inside track offensively. Pint-
sized Horton Nesrsta is again the
top candidate at safety.
This manpower, combined with
Neely's "new" approach of mixing
his straight T attack with some
split-T variations and spreads,
should make the Owls a bitter pill
for Southwest Conference loes.
Bralton Cops Easy
ny Bratton Thursday was a step
closer to the top of the welterweight
list which he once ruled, and aged
Ralph Zannelli was on his way out
as a boxing headline!'.
Bratton, a 23-year-old Chicago
Negr<), pounded out a ridiculously
easy 10-round decision Wednesday
night over Zannelli, a 37-year-old
ring campaigner who has been
stabbing for glory for almost 10
Bratton, who won the National
Boxing Association's version of the
welterweight crown 18 months ago,
didn't even work up a sweat as he
turned back the game-but-tired
Both boxers weighed in at 150
pounds, but age was the deciding
Bratton toyed with Zannelli
through the early rounds and didn't
start working until referee Tom
Brisco questioned his "dogging"
after seven rounds.
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