06 Apr 1965
South Haven Cagers Feted SOUTH HAVEN — The South Haven Rams didn't win the state championship, but they won the hearts of their townspeople and a host of others who saw them in action. That was apparent here Monday night as more than 200 admirers gathered to pay trbute to coach Joe Lineman and his Class B finalists at a special basketball banquet iat the Red Carpet. “You’re the greatest,” said Tom Slaughter who coached the 1940 South Haven team to the state semifinals, and his words summed up the sentiment of the evening for the 1965 Rams. “I couldn’t have been any prouder of them if they’d won the state championship,” Lineman said. “In ability I don’t think they were one of the best Class B teams in the state. . . but I don’t think there was any team with more desire and determination.” Lineman introduced the entire varsity squad and singled out five who received special honors by vote of their teammates. Sophomore center Kennedy McIntosh was named Most Valuable Player, senior forward Wally Danapilis Most Improved Player, senior guard Dave Guminski received the leader ship award, and juniors Bill Plochocki and Willie Sledge were elected co-captains for 1965-66. Slaughter, now at Western Michigan University, recounted some of the highlights of the 1939-40 season and cited the 1965 squad for sportsmanship and off-court demeanor — a tribute echoed by other speakers and officials who picked the Rams for the Wolverine Conference sportsmanship award. In addition to the verbal plau dits, the Rams also received a resolution from the South Haven city council honoring them for their achievements. The formal presentation was made by alderman Mert Jones to high school prncipal Edwin Grunist. Other speakers on the program included banquet chairman Claude Mann; school board president Lou Chappell, assistant coach of the 1940 team; Keith Knapp, captain of the 1940 team; assistant coach M.H. White; 1965 co-captain Dave Guminski and representatives of press and radio. The banquet was sponsored jointly by the South Haven Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Dad’s Club, Chamber of Commerce, American Association of University Women, Business and Professional Women and the high school.