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Athletics Boom in District Colleges and Schools During Past Twelve Months
G. W. U., MARYLAND PLAN
SPORTS REORGANIZATION
Construction of New Athletic Field Big
gest Project at Georgetown — lntra•
mural Activities Booming .
BY H. C. BYRD.
A REVIEW of local college athletics
for 1929 might be merely a re
cital of facts as they developed
during the year, but it seems
that the real value of any year's
activities lies more in the influence of
those activities on the future. Conse
quently, it follows that the most im
portant factors In any review should be
a recital of whatever happenings dur
ing the period to be reviewed were mast
valuable in building for coming years.
Things that have the largest and best
effect ought to occupy the most impor
tant places.
Probably most far-reaching of all
happenings during 1929 in local col
lege athletics were the beginning of
pians at George Washington Univer
sity and University of Maryland to
completely reorganize their entire phys
ical education and athletic systems so
that not only would a broader scope
for intercollegiate activities be developed
but also for intramural sports, that
form of competition by which it is
aimed to get all, or nearly all, students
in some form of competition; and the
announcement of plans at Georgetown
for the construction of a new athletic
field and the allocation of larger areas
for general use by teams and for stu
dents not members of teams.
G. W. U. Makes Start.
George Washington is the first to
make a real start toward the reorgani
sation of its personnel. The Buff and
Blue brought here from Westminster
College J. P. Pixlee. who brought with
him several assistants, and turned over
to him the job of developing a system
of sports through the department of
physical education for all students and
of reorganizing the intercollegiate ath
letics so that it might be put on a suc
cessful plane. It is the first time in
many years that the Buff and Blue
school has made a real attempt on a
fairly big scale to build up that part of
its work. Pixlee took up his burden
just this last Pall, and found the whole
university behind him wholeheartedly.
He is hard at his task and is making
appreciable headway, although the job
is a big one and no big job is easy.
Maryland has announced a plan to
throw all its work in physical educa
tion, and possibly athletics as well,
into one big department to be known as
the department of health. The univer
sity now is looking for a man to head
this department and under him will
be men who will teach the professional
side of physical education and ath
letics to future high school teachers;
others who will direct gymnasium work
and intramural sports, and others who
will tie in all this work with the mili
tary and intercollegiate phases of ath
letics. Under the department also will
fall the university infirmary and the
general health of the student body
from a standpoint of medical attention.
Stadium for Hilltop.
oeorgetown has not announced any
Ilian for reorganizing its general ath
etics, both intramural and intercol
legiate, but it is likely that some re
organization may take place, following
the resignation of Lou little as director
of athletics and head coach of foot ball.
However, what Georgetown has done
is to say that it is making plans to build
a stadium on the Hilltop, one that it
win be able to call its own and which
will give greater distinction to its teams
and also to construct new practice fields
for varsity teams and playing fields for
others that desire to enter into intra
mural games.
George Washington has not yet been
able to obtain land where it might
construct an athletic field of its own,
but is looking around and confidently
feels it will not be long before a stadium
will be erected. Maryland began a
program of building last year, and this
program is being carried out. During
the past year a new running track, a
new base ball field, two new foot ball
fields and 10 tennis courts have been
built, and the old varsity field regraded.
Another happening of the past year
worthy of more than passing comment
was the resumption of relationships be
tween Catholic University and Mary
land. Not enough gemes are being ;
played between local institutions, and
when two align themselves to meet in
several sports the action cannot do
other than exert a beneficial effect on
the students of both and probably on
, the student* of others as well. Any
thing that tends to promote good
sportsmanship between universities and
to bring the students of one university
into the right knd of contact with the
students of another helps in away to
build the future of both.
It is extremely encouraging to that
group of educators who have felt that
intercollegiate athletics is running away
with a play program to note the ten
dency among local schools to formulate
plans to enlarge their intramural ac
tivities and give great numbers of
students opportunities for competition,
and probab'y is Just as encouraging to
the other group of educators who have ,
felt that the development of intercol
legiate activities must come first and
out of tint the building of stronger
intramural systems.
Foot Ball Is Chief Sport.
As far as irtercollegiat* athletics is
concerned, nothing has yet been found
nor devised to take the place of foot
ball, notwithstanding the investigations
and criticisms to which the game is from
time to time subjected. Foot ball Ls foot
ball, and its remarkable growth seems to
be all the argument that is needed to
show that it has in it at least some
potential virtue and worth. Interest
here in that sport is not as great com
paratively as in other places, neither
from a standpoint of public interest
nor the amount of attention and time
given it bv the colleges. It is a fact
that Washington does not turn out as
good crowds for foot ball games as
Richmond. Norfolk. Roanoke, Atlanta,
or even Athens. Ga., which has only
thirty thousand population.
But be that as it is. it is a fact that
local schools turn out good teams in
all branches of sport and even in foot
ball are able to hold up their heads
without shame and at times wdth a
good deal of pride. Georgetown, gen
erally speaking, has stood the test of
the gridiron better than the oth<*r local
schools, and it holds a higher place in
the foot ball world, although *he others
have at times achieved notable things.
Consistently, year in and year out.
Georgetown teams are stronger, and the
past year has not been an exception.
Thvre were times last Fall when Mary
land might have won Georgetown
had they met on the gridiron, but from
the beginning of the season until the 1
end Georgetown consistently was
stronger
Georgetown started its season with
what it considered to be brilliant pros
pects. but in it-, second game fell before ;
Western Maryland by one touchdown. |
The Blue and Gray felt that was an i
indication of weakness, but it was later
found that actually it was the strength
of Western Maryland. From that time
the Blue and Gray began to play bet
ter and better foot ball until it reached
its peak in th» game with Navy, which
ended in a scoreless tie. The other |
h'gh spot *n the Blue and Gray season
was the defeat of New York Univers.ty, j
Georgetown played good foot ball all
year.
Maryland started with grren back
field material and took aood. sound
wallopings ?n its opening games. How
ever, the Old Liners improved gradually
until the last week in October, when
they began to play good foot ball, which
they continued for the remainder of the
season. Their best performances of the
year were the 13 to 13 tie with Yale
and the decisive beating they gave
Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Catholic University, from a stand-
Rolnt of games won and lost, does not
ave an impressive record, but its team
was one of the best ever turned out at
Brookland. It put up some brilliant
games that were lest, and especially did
its efforts at Boston College and Villa
nova'reflect great credit on the person
nel and the coaching.
Gallaudet came through with a bril
liant eleven, considering the size of its
student body. The Kendall Greeners
played some fine games and won on
every occasion in which they were
against a school that was not over
whelmingly larger. Gallaudet actually
deserves more credit for the team it de
veloped than the other local schools
deserve for theirs.
American University also developed
a good team from a small student body.
It went through a very creditable sea
son, and for the first time defeated
George Washington in its biggest game.
George Washington, going through a
process of reorganisation, did not expect
to accomplish much and did not ex
ceed its expectations. The Buff and
Blue simply did not have the material
out of which to build a good foot ball
team, but it* freshman eleven gave indi
cations of much better things to come.
Georgetown had by far the best of
the basket ball teams. In fact, the
Blue and Gray really had a great team.
One coach who watched the Hilltoppers
two or three times said, “Georgetown
has the greatest basket ball team in the
East, well coached and made up of ex
ceptional players.” Probably the big
gest triumph of the year was the vic
tory over Navy at Annapolis. It is not
often that a local school journeys to
Annapolis and brings back a scalp, and
when one does it is worth mentioning.
Elmer Ripley, now coach at Yale,
coached the Blue and Gray five and
did exceptionally well.
C. U. Quint Under Par.
Next to Georgetown, Maryland prob
ably was best in basket ball. *As a mat
ter of fact, the Old Liners also defeated
Navy, but their general record was not
near so good as that of the Blue and
Gray. Maryland, in comparison with
some of the quints it has had in the
last few years, was only fair, notwith
standing it did just as well as it ex
pected. Catholic University had about
the worst record it has had since Fred
Rice began coaching there, almost en
tirely because the material was way be
low what it was in former years. Amer
ican University, George Washington
and Gallaudet played good basket ball
at times, but, with the exception of
Georgetown, none of the local schools
came anywhere near having the peak
teams that represented them In 1928.
All the base ball teams were below
par. Georgetown, which nearly always
attains a high standard on the dia
mond, for one reason or another fell
below par. Maryland and Catholic
University had only fair seasons, while
American University and George Wash
ington were not represented on the dia
mond.
Georgetown did not have as good a
record in track as in the previous year,
and neither did Maryland. The Blue
and Gray made a wonderful showing
in the indoor intercollegiates, but did
not do so well outdoors. Maryland lost
its track stars of the previous three
years and expected very little. Catholic
University, George Washington and
Gallaudet did some track work but did
not enter into it very extensively. They,
especially Catholic University, did be
gin to build what they hope will be a
good foundation for future seasons.
Terps Good In Lacrosse.
Maryland was the only local college
to be represented in lacrosse and it had
a good year, though it lost the cham
pionship of the Intercollegiate Lacrosse
Association in the final game with
Navy. Probably the best games Mary
land played all year were in its victories
over Army at West Point arid over Hop
kins at Baltimore.
Georgetown has dropped boxing as
an intercollegiate sport, which prob
ably will not cost Georgetown anything.
From a standpoint of attendance and
general Interest, both Georgetown and
Catholic University found that boxing
might be developed to take more than
a minor place in the sports curriculum.
Whether Georgetown will resume box
ing is not known.
All things considered, local schools
have done about as well during the
year as schools of their size might be
expected to do. In competition with
some of the biggest colleges in t-ie
country they have achieved some notable
things and generally may glance back
with the feeling that they have had a
year of progress.
LITTLE ACTIVITY
AMONG CUEISTS
There has been little formal compe
tition on the green cloth among the cue
wielders in the District this year. No
title tournaments were held for the
balkline, three-cushion or straight-rail
billiard players and the tournament to
decide the District pocket billiard
champion for the year will not be fin
ished until late this week.
Eddie Espey, a youngster, is in the
lead in the pocket billiard tourney at
present. Others still regarded in the
running for the title are Isadore Cohen,
Robert Wright, Gus Smyth, Leonard
Crocker and Lawson Griffin.
No exhibitions of importance were
given here during the year. The cue
masters sidestepped the National Cap
ital and only a few’ second-rate pocket
billiard exhibitors showed their wares.
BYLER RETAINS
CHESS HONORS
Formal chess competition in the Dis
trict this year was conducted under the
auspices of the City Club, which ab
sorbed the Capital City Chess Club, and
the District Chess League and many in
teresting matches were played.
A tournament for the club champion
ship held at the City Club was won by
G. E. Bishop over a strong field. James
W. Byler successfully defended Ills title
as match champion of the City Club.
d*feating C. C Bellinger and E. M.
Knapp in set matches.
A team match between the City Club
and the Baltimore Chess Association
was won by the former, 7*/ 2 to 2*4. A
match between a five-man team of the
District Chess League and a Philadel
phia Chess Club team composed of five
former national intercollegiate cham
pions was won by the District team,
s‘i to \ V„.
Two noteworthy simultaneous exhibi
tions were given at the City Club.
Norman T. Whitaker, competing with
33 plavers, in three and a half hours
won 28 games, lost 2 and drew in 3. I. 8.
Turover. playing 24, in four and a half
hours defeated 21 and drew with 3.
Whitaker tied for second place in the
tournament of the Western Chess
League at St. Louis and Turover played
creditably in an international tourna
ment at Bradley Beach, N. J.
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1929 SEASON BEST EVER
FOR D. C. PLAYGROUNDS
IF the busy playground directors have
time at this season of the year for
a brief retrospective, they may look ,
back over the past 12 months with I
a feeling of “a Job well done,” for ;
the year 1929 was by far the best that
has been enjoyed by the Municipal
Playground Department.
More children and grown-ups fre
quented the playgrounds, and as a nat
ural consequence more activities had to
be promoted to care for the newcomers.
One of the high lights of the play
ground year was the horseshoe tourna
ment sponsored by The Star and held
on the playgrounds. It was the first
time that a tournev of this kind had
been held, but despite this a surprising
total of 3,853 persons, virtually all
adults, took part in the eliminations on
72 playgrounds. Charles A. Fort won
the Washington championship, but was
beaten in the grand finals by M. E.
Peake of Maryland after conquering the
Virginia champion, Alexander Klrchner.
With The Star horseshoe tournament
and other added features, the total of
44,853 children and adults took part in
special competitions during the year on
playgrounds, an Increase of 5,131 over
1928. Naturally many others used the
play fields, but the number mentioned
took part in special activities.
Other new events that bolstered the
number were a senior branch in the
boys’ tennis tournament —only juniors
played in 1928—seven additional con
ference meets, and a marathon and
field day at Takoma Park on July 4.
The marathon was won by William
Agee of Baltimore, and for his victory
Tne Star awarded him a silver trophy,
to be kept for a peiiod of one year,
Mrs. Susie Root Rhodes, supervisor
of playgrounds, is a firm b-liever in
encouraging parents to use the play
ground facilities as far as possible.
Consequently in the evening the tennis
and horseshoe courts and the base ball
fields were found to be populated by a
mixed crowd of youngsters and grown
ups.
Along this line was the work done by
the playground office in aiding in the
promotion of the senior soccer leagues,
the Boccer Association and the Girls’
Recreation Basket Ball League.
The playgrounds promoted interschool
i and interclass games in the elementary
schools in base ball, schlag, dodge,
track, basket ball, soccer, neucomb and
field ball, and named champions in
i each.
i The following city, champions were
I crowned by the Playground Department
during the past year:
Elementar# School Base Ball.—
li l. Will, ill
Maurice McCARTHy
Benior, Wheatlev; junior. Blow.
Elementary Bchool Track.—Senior, E.
. V. Brown; junior, E. V. Brown.
! Interplayground Tennis.—Girls, Lov
eye Adkins and Ellen Burnham (Gar
field) ; boys, senior, Anthony Latonla
(Georgetown); Junior, Everett Buscher
(Georgetown)..
Interplayground Track—Girls, Rose
dale; boys, lowa Avenue.
Interplayground Swimming Meet.—
Girls, Rosedale; boys, Georgetown.
Colored playground champions:
Interplayground Field and Track
Meet.—Girls, Barry Farm; boys. Briggs.
Interplayground Tennis. —Girls, Mar
garet Peters and Louise Lowery (Rose
Park); boys, senior, Nelson Lancaster
(Barry Farm); junior, Robert Caldwell
(Cardoza).
COLORED ATHLETES TAKE
KEEN INTEREST IN SPORTS
THERE was much athletic activity
at Howard University and among
the colored high schools of the
District this year. More sports
than ever were fostered by the
collegians, while the scholastics put
fine teams on the field, and competi
tion for their championships was keen.
Basket bal land loot ball were con
tinued at Howard, and swimming and
soccer introduced. Base ball and track
sports were discontinued early in the
Spring, due to a deficit in the athletic
treasury. For the first time in six
years How-ard failed to send a relay
team to the Penn games.
Howard basketers won 22 games and
lost 11. Among the Howard quint’s
victims was Morehouse. Southern Con
ference champion. Two of the series
of three games with Lincoln University
were won by Howard.
The foot ball eleven did not fare so
well. There were but two letter men in
the varsity squar, the other players be
ing sophomores and freshmen. The
i team was coached by Thomas Verdell,
r former Northwestern University player,
, handling a foot ball squad for the first
l time. Howard lost seven games, but
i played two scoreless ties, one with its
old rival. Lincoln.
‘ The first colored intercollegiate swlm
-1 mlng meet was held between Howard
and Hampton at Howard, with Howard
’ winning, 49 to 7. Howard later de
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HORSE LOVERS
ENJOY SEASON
Horse lovers of Washington and vi
cinity have had their innings during
1929.
Many residents of the Capital have
exhibited horses at various shows, in
cluding those conducted by the Wash
ington Riding and Hunt Club. This
club also has staged highly successful
drags, which have been participated in
by more riders than usual. Maj. W. M.
Grimes, the new master of hounds, and
John Finerty and Mrs. F. M. Andrews,
the whips, have done much to make the
rides successful.
Miss Margo Couzens’ horse Dixie’s
Child doubtless has the brightest record
among Washington show horses for the
year. Perhaps the most notable award
won by Dixie’s Child was in the hunt
er’s stake at Detroit last Summer. The
horse also gained honors at the shows
at Upperville, Leesburg and Culpeper,
Va.
Karl W. Corby, Charles Carrico. R*7
Norton. Maj. Harry Leonard. Miss Win
ifred Wtst and Eugene Meyer were
some of the other exhibitors.
Melvin C. Hazen, District surveyor, is
chairman of the committee of the
Washington Riding and Hunt Club in
charge of the monthly show to be held
by the club next Saturday, other mem
bers of the committee being Charles
Drayton, Mrs. F. M. Andrews, Miss
Winifred West, Miss Margo Couzens
and Miss Elizabeth Jackson. More than
100 took part in last month’s show.
D. C. GIRLS’ CHIEF SPORT
IN 1929 IS BASKET BALL
WITH the possible exception of
tennis, which is discussed
elsewhere in these columns,
no sport rivaled basket ball
for popularity among the
fair athletes of the District during the
1929 season. Intramural, interscholas
tic intercollegiate and interleague court
programs drew thousands of girls and
women into competition on basket ball
floors all over the city.
Hockey, fencing, soccer, archery,
track, rifle and swimming came in for
their share of attention by the girls,
especially thase of school age, but no
one of these was Indulged in to the ex
tent of basket ball.
George Washington University had
the outstanding college team of the
city and won the majority of its games,
losing only to the strong Swarthmore
and William and Mary squads. Gallau
det and American University held brief
interscholastic schedules, also, but were
not so successful as George Washing
ton, though each won some well earned
victories.
The most extensive interschool
schedule was that of the seminary
squads, several of which played out-of
town teams as well as other local sex
tets in their class. Gunston Hall played
through the most ambitious schedule
seated (he Neptune Club of Baltimore.
In soccer Howard tied and defeated
Hampton and trimmed Lincoln.
Armstrong grabbed nearly all ithe ath
letic laurels In the colored high schools.
It won the foot ball, basket ball, track
and held, tennis and cross-country
championships. The swimming title
went to Dunbar, and in base ball Arm
strong and Dunbar failed to play oil a
tie.
Prominent in foot ball in the colored
high schools were Pyne and Wallace of
Armstrong and Minn, Cole and Howard
of Dunbar. In track and held Lee
; starred for Armstrong in the distances
and Davis and Settle for Dunbar in the
i dashes. Wallace of Armstrong and
Douglas of Dunbar excelled at swim
ming. Armstrong's base ball stars were
Henderson, Fountain, Blakle and Scott,
' while Dunbar's were Blount, Crichelow,
Jones and Harlan. Armstrong's tennis
dependables were Nash and Cawthirn.
Cardoza, while it garnered no cham
pionship. participated in many sports, j
and this school put out a foot ball team)
that defeated the Dunbar eleven.
The Maj. J. E. Walker Memorial)
1 medals, awarded annually to the boy
j most prominent in athletics, scholar
; ship and deportment in his school 1
[ j went to Gordon Wilkins at Dunbar,,
1 Edgar Lee at Armstrong and Arthur!
• i Carter at Cardoza. , 1
CYCLERS HERE
LOOK TO 1930
Competitive cycling waned here this
.year. There were few races staged in
the District and none of the local cy
clists scored in sectional or national
meets.
Bob Connor continued to lead the
District cyclists. He again captured the
District championship and starred in
the meet here in which the Century
Road Club won over the Maryland Bi
cycle Club of Baltimore and Isherwood
Athletic Club of this city.
During the year, however, several
young cyclists performed so impressive
ly in the local events that those inter
ested in the promotion of bicycle com
petition already are planning a full pro
gram of contests for next year.
six soccer’ contests
ARE LISTED HERE TODAY
Six soccer games in which elevens
of the District area will figure are listed
today.
The program;
Stuart Junior High vs. Stuart Junior
Alumni (junior American League cham
pions), Monument Field, No. 2,1
o’clock.
Rockville vs. Gaithersburg (Capital
City League), Gaithersburg, Md., 2:30
o’clock.
District Knickers vs. Rosedale. (Capi
tal City League), Rosedale Playground,
2:30 o'clock.
Gaelic-American vs. Marlboro (Capi
tal City League), Upper Marlboro, Md.,
2:30 o'clock.
Langley Junior High Alumni vs.
Columbia Junior High Alumni, Bur
roughs Field, Eighteenth ’and Otis
streets northeast, 2 o’clock.
British Uniteds vs. Bethlehem Steel
Co., Baltimore, 2:30 o’clock.
and scored five times out of six starts.
Holton Arms earned second place with
three victories and one defeat. Na
tional Park Seminary also had a suc
cessful season, though that sextet did
not compete In so many local games as
did the first two named. Fairmont,
Eastman. Friends, Madeira and Mount
Vernon Seminary each picked varsity
squads and held brief schedules. Mount
Vernon, playing the annual game with
Madeira, was victorious by a 29-25
count.
after he left.
In addition to this varsity basket ball,
all of the private schools held Interclass
stries.
High school competition was restrict
ed. as usual, entirely to Interclass and
Intersectional games, each of the high
schools having basket ball on Its major
sports calendar.
Independent games were played by
various teams and clubs about town,
and the usual Washington Recreation
League schedule was staged late in the
Winter, the Eagles winning the senior
series without a defeat
Fencing has Vown steadily in popu
larity during the past two years, and
the second annual District or Columbia
women's fencing championships, staged
last May, brought out some high-caliber
roil play. Jean Builtman of Fairmont
Seminary won the title over Christine
Ekengren, former champion.
George Washington and American
University formed varsity hockey squads
and engaged In short schedules this
Fall. Holton Arms, Madeira, Mount
Vernon Seminary and Friends School
also had occasional matches on their
books, but no formal Interschool series
was staged.
Junior high school athletes of the
fair sex concentrated upon track, base
ball, soccer, volley ball and mass ath
letics. their big event being the inter
junior high school track and field meet
last Spring, in which Jefferson Junior
High successfully defended its title by
corralling the largest pulnt score.
A shadow was cast over the sphere
of women’s sports in the District this
past June by the pussing of Mrs. Vir
ginia Hopkins Russell, physical educa
tion director at George Washington
University, president of the Washington
Field Hockey Association and outstand
ing figure in the local feminine sport
world. No one gave more generously
of her time, her enthusiasm and her
energies to the promotion of clean
sports and high standards than did this
24-year-old director, whose place in the
hearts of Washington sportswomen can
not be filled.
BOXING, LACROSSE GROWING.
Sporting goods manufacturers have
doubled tne output of boxing gloves In
the last 10 years and three times as
many lacross sticks are being made.
Max Schmeltng, German heavyweight.,
U asking a minimum of 1100,000 to
i fight Phil Scot, the British champion.
EASTERN AND TECH HIGH
EACH WINS TWO TITLES
Gonzaga Is Class of Prep Outfits in Base
Ball and Basket Ball—Devitt
Strong on Gridiron.
WITH keen competition and
dramatic upsets the order,
the fast-waning year has
been a memorable one for
schoolboy athletes in the
District.
In the public high group Tech and
Eastern predominated, each winning
two titles.
Gonzaga. Devitt, St. John's and Em
erson shared the various honors in the
prep school field.
Tech gained the public high school
basket ball title, dislodging Central,
which had captured the championship
for four straight years. Eastern suc
cessfully retained its base ball crown
and also triumphed in the Spring track
meet, vanquishing Tech, which had won
the meet for five straight years, in a
thrilling battle for points, SO to 48. It
was the first time the Lincoln Park ath
letes had ever won the championship;
games.
Gonzaga handily won the first prep
school basket ball league title. Emer
son also had an unusually capable
quint and several of the other prep
school fives were formidable. Episcopal
Captured the prep school lightweight
league crown.
In base ball also Gonzaga was just
about the class of the prep schools.
Friends wpn the prep school lightweight
diamond league title. Devitt ruled the
roost in track and its foot ball team
defeated Gonzaga. 13 to 8, In a game
billed for the prep school champion
ship. Emerson refused to concede
Devitt the crown. These teama did
not meet.
Tech Springs Surprise.
Tech, shy of seasoned material, was
not expected to win the basket ball se
ries, but its rugged, hard-fighting team
time and gain was able to produce the
punch that carried it to victory. It
won six games and lost taro. The Mc-
Kinley team's triumph was a tribute to
the worth of its new coach, Artie Boyd,
former University of Maryland athlete.
Central's mediocre showing was some
what of a surprise. Admittedly, the
Blue and White had little seasoned
talent, but Coach Bert Coggins had been
building champion teams out of indif
ferent talent so long that it was hard
to figure him turning out other than a
winner. Toward the last Central showed
strongly, but it lost its first six games,
finishing last in the race, having won
just two games.
Western, finishing second with live
wins and three defeats, aid somewhat
better than expected. Clifton R. Moore
coached the Red and White for the first
time. Eastern, tutored by Harley P.
Sanborn, was third with four wins
against as many defeats, its showing
being somewhat disappointing. Busi
ness, which was fourth, with three vic
tories against three setbacks, played
brilliantly at times, but was not con
sistent enough to finish among the lead
ers. Without doubt the best player in
the series was Jake Goldblatt, the cool,
heady captain and center of the fech
team.
Goldblatt was picked for one of the
forward posts on The Star’s all-high
team, the others chosen being Ted
Capelll, Eastern, forward; Bob Freeman,
Western, center, and Paul Brown, Tech,
and Herbie Thompson, Western, guards.
In annexing the public high base ball
title Eastern confounded critics for the
second season in a row. Eastern ad
mittedly had a group of formidable
players at hand, but Tech was generally
regarded as the favorite. However, after
barely beating Western, 8-7, in the se
ries opener, the Lincoln Parkers went
on to sweep their next three games into
the bag by healthy margins. Tech was
second, with three wins and one de
feat. Central was third, with two wins
against two losses. Western was fourth,
with one victory against three defeats,
and Business was last, losing all four of
its starts.
Star's All-High Nine.
This all-h.gh nine was selected by
The Star: Bud Hanna, Eastern,
ptcher; Bob Snyder. Eastern, catcher;
Ben McCullough. Eastern, first base
man; Herbie Thompson, Western, sec
ond base; Willis Fisher, Eastern, short
stop; Bill Heflin, Tech, third base; Cody
Shapiro. Eastern, left field; Homer
Drlssell, Tech, center field, and Archie
Ware, Eastern, right field.
Gonzaga’s superiority in base ball in
the prep school group was marked. The
Purple nine did not stack up so im
pressively against the public high nine
it faced, but in the prep school group It
disposed of Georgetown Prep and Bt.
John’s. St. John's also had a clever
team. Devitt’s nine was mediocre.
Emerson's team played only two games,
but in one of these it defeated Eastern,
the public high school champion. St.
Alban's record was unimpressive.
Scholastics had an active season in
track and field. As usual, the annual
public high school championships and
the yearly “C” Club meet attracted most
attention, but many took part in the
second annual meet, held under auspices
of Devitt School, and other affairs. The
Junior high schools also had an inter
esting championship meet.
Eastern, Tech and Devitt gained
most track honors. In addition to tri
umphing in the public high meet. East
ern won high school point trophy In
the annual Devitt meet. Tech won the
“C” Club meet, in which Devitt was
third.
To win the public high meet Eastern
gained first and second place in the
javelin throw, the last and deciding
event on the program. Conrad Allison
was first and Everett Oxley was second.
This brought the Lincoln Parkers' point
total to SO, against 48 for Tech and 34
for Central. Western and Business did
not score.
Edwards High Point Scorer.
Jake Edwards of Tech and Grover
Everett and Frank Miles of Eastern
were the outstanding performers. Ed
wards, who was largely responsible for
Tech’s victory in the 1938 meet, was
high point scorer in the 1939 games,
with 20 points. He was first in four
events, winning the 100, 320 and 440
yard dashes and the shotput. Everett
was first in tht 130-yard nigh hurdles
and the 220-yard low hurdles and was
second in the broad jump. Miles had
the distinction of breaking the only
record, when he stepped the 1 mile
in 4 minutes 40% seconds. The pre
vious standard was set by John Gross
of Tech in 1920.
Tech, with 25 points, won the "C”
Club meet. Staunton Military Academy
was second with 20 1 * points. Just a
point and a half ahead or Devitt, which
was third with 19. It was the sensa
tional' work of Jake Edwards that was
largely responsible for his team's vic
tory. He won the 440-yard dash in the
meet record-breaking time of 501-10
seconds, and triumphed in the 230-
yard dash and shotput. He also ran
anchor on the victorious McKinley team
in the “C" Club mile relay champion
ship. Edwards' time of 50 1-10 seconds
for the quarter was 1 7-10 seconds bet
ter than the former mark of 51 4-5 sec
onds, made by Horace Hebb, also of
Tech, in the 1926 meet. Incidentally,
it was the lone meet record to be shat
tered this year.
Forest Park High of Baltimore, with
11 points, won the James Springman
trophy for the fifth straight year in the
junior high schools division. Episcopal,
with 7 points, was second, and Macrar
land of this city, with 6, was third.
Eastern won the high school trophy
in the Devitt m*et rather handily, scor
ing 35 Vi points to 22 for Central, which
won the trophy in 1928. Tech was a
class third with 21 points. Mercersburg
ran away with honors in the prep
school division, scoring 52 <4 points to
18 for Episcopal, runner-up. Devitt was
third with 14%.
Flock of Records Fall.
Aided by a fast track and generally
ideal conditions, many fine perform
ances were registered. A total of 21
records, established in the 1928 meet,
which was held in miserable weather
and on a heavy track, were shattered.
The meet’s sensation was the work of
the Newark, N. J., Prep School one
mile relay team in negotiating the dis
tance in 3 minutes 24 seconds, claimed
to be a world outdoor scholastic record.
Tom Nase, bespectacled Chester, Va..
high school boy, was the high Individual
point scorer, winning the mile and one
'nalf-mlle runs in the high school divi
sion. In the mile run he bettered his
time of 4 minutes 46% seconds, made
in winning the event in the 1928 meet,
by 9% seconds, covering the distance
in 4 minutes 37 seconds. Bill Summers
of Frederick High and Everett Oxley of
Eastern High were second high point
scorers, each counting 8 points. Oxley
captured the broad jump and was
second in the Javelin throw.
Tech won all three of the relay races
in which the McKinley athletes took
part.
In the Meadowbrook indorr games, at
Philadelphia, Tech's relay team placed
third. Holmes Fountain of McKinley
was second In the 50-yard handicap
race.
Eastern, with 30 points, won In the
high schools class in the Indoor schol
astic meet at the University of Vir
ginia. Tech was second in this meet
with 19 points.
In the Penn relay carnival, at Phila
delphia, Tech’s quartet, comprising Ne
! bd, Geiger, Relchman and Edwards.
! finished second in the Class B national
title mile relay race.
Relchman and Edwards of Tech won
! the 880-yard run and 440-yard dash,
, respectively, in the Princeton inter
; scholastics.
A unique feature of the season was a
quadrangular telegraphic meet, In which
Castle Heights Military Academy of
Lebanon, Tenn., was the winner with
1 51 points, followed by Eastern with 43
points; Devitt, 20, and Tech, 4. The
) three District schools competed here
and the best performances here were
, checked with the best performances
made by the Castle Heights boys at
i Lebanon to determine the winners.
Macfarland Juniors Win.
: Macfarland athletes, with 49% points,
: easily won the sixth annual Junior high
■ track meet, Stuart wu second with 27
j points, and Hine third, with 23. Lang
ley, 1928 victor, was fourth with 15%
points. Four records were broken and
‘ three equaled. Records were shattered
in the 100-pound class high Jump, 300-
’ yard relay, in the broad Jump, 115-
' pound class, and in the broad jump,
, unlimited class. Records were equaled
: In the 50-yard dash, 85-pound class: 70-
, yard dash, 115-pound class, and the high
Jump, unlimited class.
• Macfarland relay teams were vlctori
• ous in three of four races and tied with
: Langley in the other test.
J West Catholic High of Philadelphia
’ won the third annual Catholic inter
[ scholastic track meet, held in the Cath
; olic University Stadium, for the third
. year In succession, scoring 43 »i points
to 33'., points for the seccnd-place La
! Salle Military Academy team of Oak
dale. Long Island. St. James of Brook
; lyn, with 24 points, was third, Bt.
1 John's College High School of this city
' scored 6 points. Eight meet records
were broken. Pete'Pctrossi of La Salle
' Military Academy of Oakdale was the
: j Individual star, scoring 13 points. In
winning the discus and broad Jump
events he set new meet records. Rick
etts scored all of the points registered
. by St. John's of this city. In the high
; jump he tied for first place with Camp
.’ hell of West Catholic High at 5 feet 9',*
; inches, which was a :.ew meet record.
. Picketts 'also was third In the javelin
throw.
Teeh Springs Grid Upset,
r Techs, victory in the public high
> school championship foot ball series, Its
second in as many years, was a sur
i prise. The McKinley team confounded
> the critics by drubbing Eastern, the pre
. j series favorite, 14 to 2. in the opening
> game of the set. Central, which was
i beaten only 6 to 12 by Tech. Its dearest
. foe. in a red-hot battle, finished second
with three wins against one defeat.
. Eastern was third with two victories and
, two losses. Western was fourth with
, one victory and three defeats, and Bust
. ness was last, losing all four of its en
gagements. Willis Benner, Tech end
L and captain, doubtless was the most
I polished player in the series, though
there were several other fin* per
formers.
Following tine series Tech suffered
its only losses of the season, bowing to
Staunton Military Academy at Staun
ton, Va., and Stamford, Conn., High at
Stamford.
I This all-high eleven was selected by
The Star: Benner, Tech, left end;
Stutz. Tech, left tackle; Geiger, Tech,
i left guard; Owens, Western, center; La
! mond, Central, right guard; Kolker,
i Tech, right tackle; Brandt, Central,
right end; Millar, Eastern, quarterback;
i Goss, Tech, left halfback; Pinckney,
. Central, right halfback, and Draper,
Western, fullback.
i Devitt, Gonzaga, Emerson, St. John’s
and Georgetown Prep all were unlform
, ly strong on the gridiron. Devitt’s rec
ord was particularly impressive. It lost
i Just one game. Its 12-6 win over Oon
zaga in the annual battle between these
old foes was the high spot of its rec
ord. Gonzaga lost only two games.
Emerson had a colorful and, on the
i whole, a creditable season. It was host
to Baylor School of Chattanooga, Tenn.,
here late In the season and turned back
the crack Dixie schoolboys, 13 to T<
St. John's and Georgetown Prep did
unusually well, while Landon, a new
school; Woodward and St. Alban's had
■ teams which showed plenty of fight If
they did not have a deal of success.
RACQUET CLUB
PUSHES SPORT
This lias been a markedly successful
year for squash rackets here.
Approximately 100 members of the
Racquet Club, the only organisation
here sponsoring squash rackets, partici
pated in the sport.
Matches wera played with Baltimore
and Wilmington, Del., teams. In the
former the Washington combination
was beaten but in the latter it was vic
torious. Six Washington players took
part in the national championships held
In February at New York.
Allen C. Minnix won the club cham
pionship. Three club handicap toum
ments also were played during the sea
son.
Efforts are being made by Racquet
Club players to arouse interest in the
sport among other groups In the city.
MORE BALL GAMES.
The 1930 Pacific League bns«»
bsll season will extend over a period cf
28 weeks, sterling two wr-ki earlier
than usual and continuing beyond the
world series.
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