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4 Columbus Coaches Optimistic
As Teams Play 1952 Inaugurals
Coaches at four Columbus Catholic high schools all
agreeing that they're embarking on one of the toughest grid
campaigns they ever faced were mildly optimistic today on
the verge of 1952 s first games
Although,two of the teams, St.
Charles and Aquinas, saw’ preview
action last week, all four teams
will be getting their first tests
tonight (Friday) against top, Class
A opposition.
St. Charles
Coach Jack Ryan of St. Charles
was typical of the mentors he
said: "We lack experience but
should improve as the season goes
along. I think we ll have a pretty
fair team after we get a few
games under our belt.”
According to Jack, the St Char
les lineup is pretty well set with
seven lettermen, augmented by
several promising newcomers, giv
ing the Cardinals a strong line.
The monagram-winners on the
foreward wall are ends Dick Wrob
lewski and Pat Kuskowski, tack
les Pat Mazuzan. who’s been out
recently with a siege of asthma,
and Clem Amrosc, guard John
Pulskamp and center Joe Tracy.
Augmenting these boys on the
line will he sophomore Allan Fink,
at 180 Joe Ryan, junior, 145 Dave
Savely, junior. 185, sophomore
Brian Donahue, at 186 and Dick
Connie, giant. 220 lb. sophomore.
Five lettermen will return to the
backfield but the biggest burden
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formation
be letter-
Running Ryan’s
from quarterback will
men Lee Kletzly and Dan Rankin.
"We’re heavier than we've been
for some time,” commented Ryan,
but we’ll need it. The line should
average around 160 and the backs
a little less.”
The Carolians travel to Bexley
for their tradional opener with the
Blue Lions tonight.
Neither St. Charles nor Bexley
was too impressive in preview ac
tivity last week. Both participat
ed in the carnival at Columbus
South with the host team and Co
lumbus East.
In the eight minute quarters, St.
Charles played to scoreless ties
with South and, East while the
Lions tied South 0-0 and lost to
East, 6-0.
At St. Mary high school. Coach
Ken Neville’s plans were thrown
in an uproar last week when it
was discovered that quarterback
Sal Nocera wouldn’t be allowed
to play this year. Nocera trans
ferred from Holy Family this fall
and will have to sit out a year be
fore participating in football.
The sad part is, said Neville,
the team was, just about being
built around the fine Ihtle passer
and signal-caller.
With Nocera out of the lineup,
South Side fans can expect a wild.
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wide open offense on the part of
the Ramblers. "We'll use the
Southern Methodist double-wing al
most exclusively,” said
That’s the pass-happy
made famous by Freddie
Neville,
offense
Benners,
have a
The Ramblers should
strong line sparked by three boys
who have been especially impres
sive in practice. They are John
Casey, who lettered on the reserv
es last year, at defensive end and
offensive tackle Buck Edgington,
defensive end, who is really a
"standout” according to Neville
and Bernie Vogel, a swift letter
man who was out of action last
year because of Injuries he’ll play
offensive end and defensive half
back.
Other returning monagram-win
ners are guard Bill Hilsheimer,
center Dave Fugle end Julius Var
go, halfback John Magaw,
quarterback Jack Waldo.
“This is a funny team,”
mented Neville. "They might go
all the way and they might not
win a
we've
break
might
fidence they need.”
and
com-
game. The ability is there
we have more talent than
had for some time. If we
in front the first game, it
just give the boys the con
Howevci the Ramblers may
have a tough time getting in front
for the first game is tonight at
Delaware with Willis’ defending
Central Buckeye
In a preview’ at
week. Willis lost
den. 6-0 and tied
League champs.
Delaware last
to Columbus Lin
Aquinas, 0-0.
Columbus Rosary will have to
depend on speed and spirit if the
Crusaders wish to come up with a
successful season. That’s the word
of head coach Forrest Sharrock
who said:
"We are light but our speed
will help us. Only nine return
ing lettermer gives us a very
green team hut the spirit is high
and that may pull us through.”
Returning lettermen are:
Co-captams John Noll and Ted
Luke, the former at 145 and Luke
at 175. Noll will start at left half
while Luke will play both offense
and defense al left end.
Ronald Stoltz. 138, and Robert
Seifert, 135, will go at the guard
spots while Jim McConaglc prob
ably will play offensive center
and defensive middle linebacker.
Don Wilhelm, a bulky, 192 pound
er will go at a tackle slot.
Jerry Connor, 135, will play
safety on defense hut is running
behind sophomore Ronald Cald
well in the battle for quarterback
Final letterman is Frank Eshel
man who has the fullback spot
just about sewed up.
Other boys who have nailed
down starting assignments are Rog
er Gibson, junior, at offensive
end Charles Hammond, defensive
end. James Trant, 165, junior
tackle and William Fishbaugh, 165
senior at right half
1'hc Crusaders will travel to
Circleville tonight for their an
nual opener with the always tough
Roundtowners Last year, they rc
turned with a 6 0 victory.
.4 (/iiinas
Aquinas will depend on 13 let
termen in its quest for a City
League pennant Coach Bob Mc
Quade is slightly optimistic. He
said: "We ought to be better this
year, since we have good depth and
nearly all the boys are showing
up well. It should be an inter
esting season."
Aquinas’ line will be light but
fast At the ends will be co-cap
tain Rudy Tiburzio and Ralph
Rieser, while co captain Jim Cor
rova and Marve Connett will man
the tackle slots.
ferry O'Mahoney and Bill Higg
ins are likely guard starters and
Jerry O'Rourke has nailed down
the center spot.
Filling All-City Russ Recklings
quarterback slot will be the job
ot passer Bob Fagen Fighting for
halfback positions are Al Zahonik.
Bill Felice, Bob Griesenbrock, Bob
Tiben and new comer Bob Lester.
lack Wihl and Ed Carfagna will
probably alternate at fullback.
The Terriers play a back-break
ing schedule and tonight’s opener
is no exception. The travel to
Zanesville Municipal SJadium
where they'll meet defending Cen
tral Ohm League champ Zanes
ville Lash.
In preview action last week,
Aquinas played scoreless ties with
Delaware and Columbus Central
while Zanesville was blanking New
Philadelphia 13-0 a 16-nunute
half.
THE CATHOLIC TIMES, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1952
Parochial Schools To Open Grid Campaigns
Columbus Mentors Throw Party
Coaches at four Columbus Ca.
tholic high schools will trot their
squads onto the field tonight for
their first regular games of the
1952 grid season. Forming a
formation are, top, left to right,
Bob McQuade, coach of the Aqui
nas Terriers Ken Neville, coach
of the St. Mary Ramblers and
Forrest Sharrock, coach of the
Rosary Crusaders At the bottom,
center, is th® dean of Columbus
parochial mentors. Coach Jack
Ryan of the St. Charles Carol
ians.
Notre Dame
Faces Rough
Grid Season
Portsmouth Squad. Luder
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With only two regulars and five
lettermen returning from last
year’s squad which posted a 6-4 rec
ord. Coach Pat Darone foresees a
not too-bright football season at
Portsmouth Notre Dame high
school this fall.
When the Titans open the sea
son at Wheelersburg tomorrow
night, they’ll be playing under the
banner ot Notre Dame for first
tiny' in regular season play. With
the construction of a new school
building, old Central Catholic high
became a thing of the past.
Major lot*** from lotf year's
foam wore two backfield acet
Fred Perri and Frank Porgin
tki. These boyt provided motf of
the offentive punch at the Titant
rolled up 204 points to the op
ponents' 192.
Other losses included Jim Varo
vas from the backfield and Jim
Fleming. Tom Gavin. Don Grierson.
Tom Haley, Dan Kilcoyne John
O'Conner. Paul Orlett. Gary Pier
ron and Ted Varovas from the for
ward wall.
Only returning letterman on
the line is John Gill. 154 lb. sen
ior who will start at left end John
Middlecamp. 150 lb. senior letter
man will hold down the other
flanker spot if he decides to play
this year.
thc tackle positions
Rush. 200 Ih. frosh
lot of promise, and
Starting at
be Jerry
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will
who
Jim
who
’51.
Gemmerlme, 160 lb. senior
saw only limited action in
At the guards will be Jerry Born,
158 lb senior, and Bob Albrecht.
155 lb. senior. Center will be no
problem with Kenny Stamm 168 lb.
senior letterman, showing up well
there.
There'll be no difficulties at
quarterback or fullback, either.
Returning at the signal-calling
post is Pat France, 142 lb. junior
who will direct the Titans' aerial
game he's the only returning
backfield regular.
France was the here in ND’s
squeaky 13-6 preview loss to pow
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Football, king of sport in Colum
bus, opens its season for good this
week end and all four of the Ca
tholic High schools having teams
will be in the midst of the scene.
There is no league as such and so
no supremacy can be gained by one
or the other of the teams. There
is, however, a mythical title claim
ed by three of the participants—St.
Charles, St. Mary and Holy Rosary
which teams meet during the grid
season. Aquinas—the other Cath
olic squad takes part in the City
High league and does not play
the other Catholic teams Which
teai will be the strongest? That
will be known only some ten weeks
from now after the season has
been completed. Bui there’s no
doubt that Aquinas high holds the
title of being the ‘oldest’ team of
the Catholic squads. The once
known “Dragons” fielded teams
soon after the school was founded
but really came into being w'hen it
entered the City league in 1923.
Mike Boland was the Irish grid
coach and all who remember any
of the history of Coluinhus high
school foothall will remember
Mike” as an Aquinas institution.
Mike guided the destinies of the
Aquinas athletes till 1936 w'hen he
resigned and entered private busi
ness. Some years later passed
away Mike was followed by Fred
Wheling. Frank Comiskey. Frank
Zadworney. Jack McAndrews and
Rob McQuade who is at present the
Irish mentor. Of course, Aquinas
isn’t the only school that played
football or good football, and that
stands today. Here's a little proof
of that The following paragraph is
taken from one of the Sunday
dailies on October 9. 1932:
“Under the tutelage of George
Van Heyde, St. Ma.,a Ca
tholic high school in the South
End, has advanced by leaps and
bounds in the sports field. Now
the Ramblers have a cracker
jack football team. They are so
confident that they have the best
Catholic eleven in these parts
that they have fired challenge
after challenge at Aquinas which
had to battle for its position in
erful W. Portsmouth Washington
high school last week. Standing at
mid field he flipped a 30-yard aer
ial to Ed Russell who snagged it
on the 20 and went the rest of the
way for the TD.
Running at fullback will be an
other monogram winner, John
Bauer, a 190 lb junior who should
provide loads of trouble for the
opposition. Halfback spots will be
plugged by two featherweights.
Mike Doyle, 110 1b. junior, and Ed
Russell, 133 1b sophomore.
Other outstanding secondary can
didates include Tom Russell, Bob
Hock and Bob Evans.
Altogether Coach Darone has
only 25 boys on the squed, which
won't provide much insurance if
any of the first line men are in
jured—especially in these days
of two-platoon football. As usual,
he'll rely mostly on the forma
tion.
But the outlook isn't Incour
aging.
Six Out-Of-Town Teams ace
1st Regular-Season Opposition
Six Diocesan high schools outside the city of Columbus will un
veil their 1952 football machines for the first time in regulation
games this weekend, but only three of the games will be played before
the home folks.
Three of the teams showed in
previews last Friday but this week
with two games tonight (Friday)
and four tomorrow evening, will be
the real test for the sextet.
In tonight’s activity, Marion St.
Mary will travel to Mt. Gilead and
Dover St. Joseph will trek to Brew
ster for inaugurals. Last year, Ray
Robbins’ St. Mary’s crew walloped
Mt. Gilead. 34-0.
Dover St Joseph will take the
field tonight minus many of the
stars of last year's undefeated
crew which was ranked as the
best class team in the state.
Major loss, of course, was the
brilliant back Sam Mascotti who
THE
TIMES
the City High School League.
Mike Boland, out at Aquinas
has wisely decided to ignore
these challenges completely. This
does not mean that Aquinas is
afraid of St. Mary's, although it
may be easily misinterpreted as
such. Aquinas had to strain ev
ery muscle for its position—
now let St. Mary's do the same—
that's
Mr. Boland's philosophy.
Mary would well to
its step. There's such a
as overconfidence—and
St.
watch
thing
St. Mary's seems to be just too
cocky for words ."
Since that time, of course, St.
Charles has emerged on the scene
as a good and “very respected”
football power. Rosary high school
has also held its own—hut and this
is a seeming coincidence that
same St. Mary's is rearing its head
in the South End with reports that
it is out to challenge the suprem
acy of all of the schools Under the
tutelage of Kenneth Neville it
looks and sounds tough
only the attitude of overconfi
dence is not there in this smallest
of all the schools. Well, regard
less of “the oldest” or the “best”
team, all four of the schools under
the superb guidance of the best in
coaching will be out slamming
away at the opponents in a great
sport.
Mi Cobbledick, sports writing
for the Cleveland Plain Dealer dur
ing the last week of August, pre
dicted that Ray Boone’s removal
from the Indian line up would pos
itively be the factor which would
cause the team to go right ahead
and take the pennant or go imme
diately to bottom of league, hut to
date of this writing, no such hor
rible fate has overtaken the lake
side stadium performers.
Seems like Cleveland is always
having shortstop trouble but
maybe if they'd wiseup they'd
discover thet there's four men in
an infield—plus the pitcher.
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finale to Dover St. Joseph.
Zanesville Rosecrans, under the
tutelage of Dick Mattingly, will
open its second gridiron campaign
tomorrow' night in Zanesville’s Mu
nicipal Stadium. The Bishops meet
W. Lafayette, a team they blanked
14-0 last season. Rosecrans was
edged 7-6 by Philo in a 16-minute
preview at Zanesville last Friday.
Newark St. Francis six-man
squad will prep for its first sea
son in the newly formed Tri
County League by hosting Kirk
ersville in a non-league go, to
morrow night. The game will be
played at Newark's Arnold Park.
Last year the Green Wave finish
ed with a 5-1 record, and, although
all six starters from that team are
gone, they’ll still rate the favorite’s
role in lorrow’s battle.
Portsmouth Notre Dame will be
guest of Wheelersburg in its lid
lifter tomorrow night.
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