Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York on April 4, 1958 · Page 11
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Rochester, New York
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Friday, April 4, 1958
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Democrat and Chronicle Rochester, N. Y., Frl.,Apr. 4,1958 Brockport Puts 3 Players on Class AA Unit Brockport and East Roch ester players dominate The Democrat and Chronicle 1957-58 Monroe County Class AA All-County has ketball team with Fred Lawrence of Brockport as coach. Brockport, the County and Section 5 champs, is represented by coach Law rence, Ron M c Oa u 1 e y, George Kruger and Dick Allis, with East Rochester nailing down the other two positions by placing Kurt Koenig and Pete Obourn. The Blue Devil cagers from Brockport were by far the class of the area high school quintets. If you don't think so ask East Rochester, who faced them three times at East Rochester, at Rrncknort and at the Vm- vcrsity of Rochester and each time the Bomber five came out on the short end of the score. Operating out of a pressing zone defense the Blue Devils went through the season with a 20-1 record, and captured the Section 5 Class AA champion ship in their first season as i Class AA school. East Rochester finished set end In the league standings drooping only two games, both in BrockDort. They went through the Section 5 tourna ment with relative ease until the final round and once again it was Brockport playing the part of the spoiler. Compiles 6314 Record Lawrence came to Brockport four seasons ago from Alma College, Mich., where he spent three seasons as head basketball coach and backfield coach in football. His previous basketball education had been at Illinois College, Pensacola and Philadelphia Navy teams, and coaching at Holt High, near Lansing, Mich. At Brockport he has compiled at 63-14 record. . Ron McCauley, the soring-legged, 6-2 senior still hasn't reached his potential, according to Lawrence. A great re- bounder who has a fine one-handed jump shot, Mac, as -he is known to his friends in Brockport, has a great desire to play basketball and is a good student. George Kruger was the playmaker and shotmaker for the Blur Devils. He was also one of the dogging front men in the Brockport zone. Lawrence says Kruger is one oi tne best high school back court men he s seen, both offensively ana defensiveiy. Dick Allis, was the rugged retriever and defender for the Blue Devils. The 6-3 center is only a junior, he still hasn't got all his coordination, but what a player he will make wnen he gets it! ile's last and smart ana really blocks those shois on defense. "Funny thing though. 1 had to ask him to come out for basketball three years ago. He was kind of awkward, but you couldn't miss the potential," said Lawrence. Koenig 'Big Man' Kurt Koenig was the big man in the East Rochester attack tnis year, coach Dick Barooay said, "Kurt was the one that carried us into second place. His rebounding was a tremendous asset and he was one of the leading scorers on the squad." Operating around the key hole, Kurt was a steadying influence with his accurate passing to the past-breaking Bomber players. Pete Obourn, small in size for basketball players, but he made up for it with his cat-like quickness and his ability to go at top speed for 32 minutes. He was a deadly shot from the outside and if guarded too closely could drive around his man equally well. Pete is only a junior. Name School Year Ron Mc Cauley, Brockport Senior George Kruger, Brockport Senior Dick Allis, Brockport, Junior Kurt Koenig, East Rochester Senior Pete Obourn, East Rochester D & C Names 15 Players, 3 Coaches to Cage Teams Class A Quint Dominated by Pittsford.Hilton Hilton and Pittsford each grab two spots to lead The Democrat and Chronicle 1957-58 Class A All-Monroe County basketball selections. Honeoye Falls takes the other spot and Ron Eck-ler of Hilton is honorary coach of the dream team. Hilton is represented by Bill Boothby and Bob Gates. Pitts-ford places Irving Hallings and Barry Sens, while Harwood Years of Honeoye Falls rounds out the squad. Hilton suffered only one setback en route to the league championship. The Crimson Cadets met runner-up Pittsford twice and set them down both times. Pittsford, however, tasted the fruits of victory over Hilton when it " defeated the Crimson Cadets in the semifinal round of the Section 5 tournament. Pittsford then lost to Avon irr the finals. Eckler There 4 Years Ron Eckler took over the coaching reins at Hilton four years ago. His first season was none too impressive as his charges posted a 5-13 record. But this was one of two guild-ing years. In his second year the Crimson Cadets batted .500 with nine wins against as many losses. Eckler brought the Hilton five out of the red in his third season, winning 12 out of 18 games. This year was the big one for Hilton, with 16 wins out of 20 and the championship, giving it an over-all four-year record of 42-32. Ron Eckler started his basketball education at Webster High School, where he was an All-County selection. Bill Bothby, 6-2 center, was the mainstay of the Hilton team. Operating in and around the key hole, Big Bill averaged 20 points a game, many of them via the tapin route. A tower of strength under the boards, he averaged 15 rebounds a game. Bob Gates was Mr. Everything of the Hilton squad.. If you wanted a high scorer stopped, you put Bob on him. You needed a couple of points, you gave the ball to Bob and he cither got them or set someone up wno aiu. a tireless performer, he got his share of rebounds and when the points were added up, there was Bob in double figures. . Fine Competitor Irving Hallings, 6-1, a fine competitor who rang the bell with a jump shot from outside or murdered you with a driving layup when guarded too close. A good defensive ball player who grabbed the rebound when needed and fought like a tiger under his offensive board. Barry Sens, short as basketball players go, but big in heart, play-making, ball-handling and dribbling. On several occasions he won the fancy of the fans with his dribbling and ball-freezing technique. His leadership was largely respon sible for the sudden rise of the inexperienced Pittsford five. Harwood Years, a ball play er's ball player, he played offense and defense eauallv well, giving his team all he had every minute he was on the court. A fine shot, Harwood led in scoring and played a major role in what success Honeoye Falls had. TEAM School Hilton Hilton Pittsford Pittsford x V Jtf I - 'fSJ: if vf f- mi i ir T-niMiiMrtm wii iiii'ii I'liiMMii.'iiiiiMi 'n' u f.V Am-tr- r---TH---iif";-"iii-iiiiMiit--ii i - jr"-"ii"Trii'irr-r' r-'-f " - - ' ---' .j-...--k-.M.fc .Ci -.. THREE IN ONE These fifteen players and three coaches were named to The Democrat and Chronicle all-star basketball team. Voted to the All-Scholastic city unit, with coach Mauro Panaggio, left, holding the "strings" are clockwise, from bottom, Bob Higham (Marshall), Fred Cohen (Franklin), John Newport (Madison), Leo Miller (Edison) and Bill Bricdis (Monroe. Directing Monroe County Class A choices Is Ron Eckler, with players, top row, Harwood Years (Honeoye Falls), Barry Sens (Pittsford), and in lower trio are, from left, Bill Boothby (Hilton), Bob Gates (Hilton, Irving Hallings (Pittsford). The quint at right is handled by Fred Lawrence, whose players are clockwise, from bottom, Kurt Koenig (East Rochester), George Kruger (Brockport), Dick Allis (Brockport), Pete Obourn (East Rochester) and Ron McCauley (Brockport). Panaggio tutored Franklin, Lawrence guided Section 5 champ Brockport, Eckler led Hilton. 5 Schools Honored on D&C's All-Scholastic Cage Team Cohen, Miller, Higham, Newport, Briedis Make Up Mythical All-Star Quintet By JOHN DEWHIRST CIVE Interscholastic schools and the first coach ever to be picked share honors on The Democrat and Chronicle 1957-58 All-Scholastic basketball team, i , Franklin, city champions, lead selections by plating coach Mauro Panaggio and Fred Cohen. Others named are Leo Miller of Edison, Bob Higham of Marshall, John Newport of Madison and Bill Briedis of Monroe. The Quaker five headed the field in both halves of the split season, compiling a 15-1 record and the title. Marshall, Madison and Edison battled right down to the wire for the runner-up spot, with the Jurists coming out best, followed by Madison and Edison. Only one point separated the three teams in the final standings, making for one of the most hectic finishes seen in the Interscholastic League in some time. However, in the last three weeks pressure made its presence known on the top three city clubs when they failed to play up to their capabilities' and were eliminated in the first round of the" Section 5 tournament.- Coach Mauro Panaggio is not new to the All-Scholastic team. It's just another step for him in his relatively young career. Mauro learned his basketball from the dean of area coaches, Dip Murray at Madison High School. Mauro starred for the Wilson Parkers in the middle forties, being named All Scholastic Cage Team Name ' School Class Fred Cohen Franklin Senior Leo Miller ' Edison Senior Bob Higham Marshall Senior John Newport " Madison Senior Bill Briedis Monroe Junior twice to the All-Scholastic team and led Madison to a sectional title in 1944. Mauro was a freshman sensation at Canisius College. He transferred to Brockport State for his last three years and starred for the Golden Eagles quintet. He finished his second season as Quaker coach with a 32-7 over-all record, finishing second his freshman season and capturing the city title this year. Fred Cohen, the only holdover from Franklin's 56-57 first five, led the Quakers to the championship. Considered by many as the best jump shooter in the league, Fred averaged 18 points tnis season. Panaggio says: ' fred is the best team player I have ever had. Even though he's a scorer he would rather pass off than shoot. Very easy to coach." Leo Miller shot, fed and defended in making Edison Tech a threat in every game. The best foul shooter in the league, Leo averaged 19 points. His coach, Vito Costanza, rates Leo as an excellent player. "He did everything for me but take tickets and sweep the gym floor," said Costanza. Bob Higham gave Marshall a tremendous amount of drive. The quarterback of the Jurist five, he held the club together when it lost the services of two of its starting five at mid-season. Bob is a fine dribbler, has excellent speed and change of pace. On top of this he found the range for 248 points to lead his team in scoring. Despite his size, coach Bill Bushnell rates him as a good college prospect. John Newport, a gentleman on and off the court, was the leader of the young and scrappy Madison five. "A fine team player, John showed an excellent attitude and set a fine example for the young squad," said coach Dip Murray. Bill Briedis at 6-4 is the baby of this year's squad. He's only a junior. Bill missed the first three games of the season due to the flu, but came back strong in the second half and operating out of the key hole averaged 21 points, leading his club to a 4-4 record. Coach John Strassner said, "Bill is a fine shooter and I'm glad he will be around for one more season." 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