Clipped From The Daily Inter Lake
Better Balance For New Season By, DON PLARSKI Inter Lake Sports Editor Six lettermen were among the basketball hopefuls who greeted Coach Rollie Schauble as the Whitefish High School Bulldogs leaned heavily on Ed's touch, but he's not with us this time and I look for better balance." As for the Northwest Conference, Conference, Schauble was not hesitant in naming the teams he thought opened cage drills last week for .would be much improved over last preparation of their 20 game [season and the teams to beat. "Ronan, Thompson Falls and Columbia Fulls will be the clubs to watch," said Schauble. "This Coach his record includes by conference for three if "checiule. With the first game less than i two weeks away, Schauble inlen- jsified drills this week. Whitefish, 'a member of the Northwest Class |B Basketball Conference, has been working on passing, finding the rim 'range and fundamentals. Two of last season's first five return for another tour of duty. Senior Gary Smith and junior Jim Baker are the "combat" veterans veterans heading the Bulldog contingent contingent for the 1956-57 campaign. BAKER LAME Baker, who stands an even six ed quarterback, is a doubtful starter for the Inaugural against Flathead County High School, Wednesday, November 28, at Whitefish. Smith, the other first stringer, is 5' 10". Four other lettermen, who saw action last season, checked in. Tallest of the 'group is senior Mike McNeilly, who stands 6' 3". Two others reach G' 1". They are Paul Hinman, a senior and Doug Knapton, a junior. Wayne Hedman rounds out the vets. Hedman, who played halfback halfback on the class B conference champion eleven, is 5' 11". Schauble. who Is at the helm of I Ronan will be a scrappy bunch. They lack height but will fight for their lives. They're fast and will give anybody trouble." Though six seasoned campaigners campaigners are gone from the team, Schauble Schauble is hopeful of improving the record of 1955-55, which showed 14 wins against nine defeats in overall play. In conference competition, the Bulldogs finished with an 8-5 mark. During the regular season the Whitefish lads compiled a v . Â» w " iÂ»in-*i~lJl AU14O t u U I J J l U J V A feet, has been hampered in early chart of 11 victories and eight practice by a lame knee, injured during the recently completed football season. Baker, who play- losses. THIRD IN B MEET In the eight team class B district district tournament the Bulldogs finished third behind tournament champion Poison and Northwest Conference champion, Mission of St. . Ignatius. Mission later went on to capture the state crown, but not before the downstaters had edged out a stubborn Whitefish Whitefish quint in the district semifinals, semifinals, 61-59. Coach Schau'ble's five wound up with three wins and the Mission loss in the tournament. tournament. While Schauble will be busy in the pre-season practices with the varsity squad, Don Dornfeld, football football coach, will take over thb reins of the B team members. ,,_.,,. , -,, . ,, seco " d ! Following is the 1953-57 White- year, wall have seven other candi-, fjsh HJ h School schec , lT - e . tnrxrxcm -fVrvrv* 4-r\ l*Â«i Â«1- *.Â« Nov. 28 Kalispell, here. Nov. 30 Shelby, hero. Dec. 7 Eureka, th?re. Dec. 8 Kalispell, there. Dec. 14 Columbia Falls, there. Dec. 15 Dillon, here. Dec. 21 Columbia Falls, here. Jan. 4 St. Ignatius, here. Jan. 5 Ronan, here. Jan. H Thompson Falls, there. Jan. 12 Poison, here. Jan. 19 Libby, there. Jan. 25 Columbia Falls, here. Jan. 2 Eureka, here. Feb. 1 St. Ignatius, there. Feb. 2 Ronan, there. Feb. 8 Poison, there. Feb. 9 Columbia Falls, there. Feb. 15 Libby, here. Feb. 1 Thompson Falls, here. dates to choose from to back up returning letter winners. Four are seniors, Gordon Conn, Ron DeMotts, Lauren Buckland and Kenny Phillips. Junior Dick Stoll and sophomore Danny Paolini are on hand. Duane Hartmarii a junior, is not eligible until the second semester. SIX VETS GONE Schauble lost six men from last year on a team that finished fourth in the Northwest Class B Conference. Gone Is sparkplug Ed Barker, the Bulldog's leading scorer. But, Schauble, who played college college basketball at Gonzaga University University in Spokane, was not on the verge of tears. Asked about his team's outlook, the little mentor answered, "we should be a better balanced team than last year, not depending too much on Barker. Last season we Michigan State plans to enlar, Macklin Field, now seating 60,033, to a double-decker stadium holding holding more than 76,000.