Clipped From The Kane Republican
St. Marys Wins B Title In District 9 Norm Sundstrom's St. Marys Dutchmen battled back gamely In the second half here last night to nip Smethport High. 62 - 59. and win the District 9 Class B championship. championship. The Dutch had their hands full. Ted Vesper's Smethport team ran to a 23 - 12 first quarter lead and held a 37 to 31 advantage at the half. Big Joel Mertel scored 12 of his team's 20 points in the third quarter s the St. Marys team caught Smethpori and went ahead, 51 - 49, going into the last quarter. Smethport lost two players 'by fouls, Simms in the third quarter and McKay in the fourth period, and it hurt. Guard Jim Fox led St. Marys in the last quarter with five points ns the Dutch outscored the Hubbers lt - 10 to win. Mertel wound up with 12 field goals and seven out of 10 free throws for 31 points. Fox and Bill Gaffey had nine points each for Ihe champions. Skippy Role and Rod Hauek led Smethport with 19 nnd 13 points respectively.