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PAGE TEN. THE DAILY COURIER, CONNELLSVILLE, PA. THURSDAY, MARCH 10, ,1938. Basketball Basketball Sporforials By JOHN H. WHOEIC Sports Editor BUCCANEERS Loop Wrestling SURE TO STAY Tourney Friday IN TOP GROUP GENE HASSON BATED Â· CINCH AT FIRST Bed Smith, writing for the Philadelphia Record, is with the Philadelphia Athletics at Lake Charles, La., where the Mackmcn are in spring training. His article in Wednesday's edition pays n fine tribute to Gene Hasson, Connellsville's only exponent in the big time today, declaring that the veteran Connie is confident he has a boy who will hold down the initial sack for his American League contenders this season. Here's what Smith said in his article from Lake Charles, La.: "When Connie Mack sailed into harbor and started sorting through his winter's accumulation of baseball bricabac, his incorrigibly hopeful eyes sought material to bolster thvee positions. "He dreamed of finding a major league second baseman, an outfielder with punch, a top flight flrst bass- man. The quest is in its third week now,* and as far as second base and the outfield are concerned Connie still :s . searching. But he thinks he has his first baseman. "Heir apparent to the sack once festooned by the burly figure of Jimmy Foxx is a large young citizen with barn-door shoulders, a sloping neck and a face like the harvest moon. "It is some sort of testimonial to Gene Hasson, of Connellsvllle, Pa., that although he has contrived to look incredibly bad afield in the Ath- Ictic's exhibition games thus far, not a soul in camp doubts he will be the regular first baseman when the season opens. "In games here with the Giants Gene dropped throws "your sainted Aunt Mathilda could have caught with a watermelon under each arm. But such is the respect engendered by his fielding last fall that Gene can commit the deadliest oÂ£ defensive sins without losing caste among his colleagues. "They just chuckle and say, 'the kid's a little nervous. He'll snap out of it.' "What make' Connie feel sure he need search no farther for a flrst baseman is the sincerity with which Hasson has been tanning the leather. In practice Gene has slammed dozens of drives over or against the right field fence. In the first camp game he lashed out a home run and double, and in one of the Giant contests he poked another .drive into the plowed field beyond the rampart. "In a little over a week here he has made more clean, convincing hits than he collected during the whole training season last spring in Mexico. Then he was swinging late, missing the ball completely or dribbling polite little grounders to the infieldcrs. "He spent most of last summer in Williamsport. Unablo to hit at the start of_the season, he changed h ! s stance a trifle. He moved a little closer to the plate and turned to face the pitcher more directly. As a result he learned to pull inside pitches to right field, to slice outside balls into left. "His almost invisible batting avcr- . age swelled. He wound up the New York-Pcnn season close to .300, was promoted to Shibe Park, and in 28 games with the A's he belted a gratifying .306, besides achieving a perfect defensive average. "All of which convinced Connie he could transform Chubby Dean into a pitcher and move Lou Finncy back to the outfield without suffering al first base. Hasson is the only first sacker on the squad." BITS HERE AND THERE Biologists and Webster to the contrary, whales arc fish by edict of the British Columbia legislature. The salons included whale in an amendet act regulating" fishing in western Canadian waters. The dictionary defines a whale as a mammal and definitely not a fish. . . Tommy Farr Welsh heavyweight who lost to Joe Louis and Jimmy Braddock in his two American fights, takes on Max Bacr, the Livcrmore Lothario of California, Friday night in New York. Farr, who had whipped Baer in England, is favored to win. If he can't lick Max, then he'd better look for another job. . . Dr. Arnold Greene, 225-pound quarterback on the 1936 Pitt football team, has his eyes on the flrst base job with Cincinnati Reds. . . Prominent businessmen and sportsmen, representatives of thousands of American duck hunters meet in Chicago Friday to launch the first international waterfowl restoration, movement aimed at preserving the great Canadian "duck factory," according to the More Game Birds Foundation. . . Steve Crothers of Philadelphia led Key. stone State high average trapshooters in 1937, according to Ray Loring, manager of the Amateur Trapshooting Association of Vandalia, Ohio. Crothers broke 19D out of 200 at the Pennsylvania shoot last June only to lose by one target on 3,500 registered * targets. This mark stood second to Phil Miller of French Lick, Ind.. in the 3,000 and 4,000 roll for trap- shooters over the country. . . Notre Dame has prevented the Army from achieving a perfect football season six times since 1913. The Irish did it twice by a single point. . . The Giants have no switch hitters on the 1938 roster. . . A Bullskin township man was raising a fuss because the dog Jaw enforcement officer wasn'l on the job to round up unlicensed dogs. The irony of it nil was that when the law arrived, said complainant had a dog that didn't have a license. Pirates Finished in First Division 32 Times in 51 Years. N LAST PLACE EIGHT SEASONS PITTSBURGH, Mar. 10.--Watch he Pittsburgh baseball club playing n any year, and it's a pretty safe bet hat you \vill sec first-division major caguc baseball. That's one appealing feature of the coming appearance of the Pirates here. The Buccaneers and top-flight jaseball have become synonymous. During their 51 seasons in the Nat- onal League, the Corsairs have fin- shed among the flrst four clubs no !cwcr than 32 times, a remarkable record that indicates rare consistency in strength and class. Pittsburgh has won six pennants and two world championships; fin- shed second nine times and tied for :hat position once; landed third eight .imcs, including 1937; fourth, eight iimcs; filth, five times; sixth, five times; seventh, four times, and eighth, five times. In their National League career of more than a half-century, the Pirates re last only three times, as two of their eighth-place finishes were chronicled while the senior major loop had a 12-club circuit. The Bucs of 1938, soon to be seen iiere, promise to live up the club's high standards of the past. The new strength that has been added, in Johnny Rizzo, Ray Berres, Marvin Duke, Bob Kimgor, Truett Sewcll, Ken Hcintzclman and others, makes them look like a team that will be a pennant contender all the way. RAMS, GAELS ANNEX BOWLING MATCHES Bowling on the West Penn alleys, the Rams won three straight from the Dukes and the Gaels, took as many from the Ramblers in the Knights of Columbus Duckpin Lcacguc. The scores: Rams. Pilla 101 107 98 306 Bell 89 106 122 317 Spishak 122 155 132 -!09 C. Soisson 136 91 74 301 Colarusso 85 81 122 288 At Waynesburg WAYNESBURG, Mar. 10--The annual W. P. I . A. L. wrestling tournament at Waynesburg Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12, will be one of the most colorful scholastic sports conclaves held in this region for several years. Waynesburg, which was originally settled by pioneers from Virginia, still retains its heritage of true southern hospitality implanted here by he founders of the community; and .he full measure of this hospitality will be extended the visiting schoolboy athletes and their fellow students on their visit here. Although situated on the fringe of he world's greatest industrial region, Waynesburg is still in essence a southern-like community and its residents highly responsive to the thrills and drama . of competitive sports effort such as the scholastic wrestling tourney wil produce in abundance. More than 100 entrants will participate in the championship meet here, several of them defending champions in the respective weight divisions. They wil represent some 30 different regional high schools, a fact which indicates the rapidly growing popularity of wrestling as a varsity sport among the scholastic athletes. Recent rule revisions have speeded up the sport without incurring heavy physical toll from the participants and has added greatly to the spectator appeal in the last few seasons. The tournament will be staged under auspices of Waynesburg College, which, appropriately enough, was the first western Pennsylvania college to sponsor wrestling on a varsity basis. During, their two-day sojourn in Waynesburg the visiting high school athletes will be guests in private hoires, a plan which was used in staging the colorful Waynesburg scholastic basketball tournaments of a decade ago. Attractive individual trophies will be awarded by the WPIAL and have been placed on exhibition here. Entry blanks for the tourney must be in the mail not later than midnight, March ninth, and arc to be addressed to Prof. H. A. Fischer, WPIAL wrestling committee chairman, in care of Frank N. Wolf, Waynesburg college athletic director. Totals - - - Honisek Bonfield Lowncy J. Solsson . Dummy _ ,, . 533 540 548 1G21 Dukes. 73 97 85 255 102 132 309 343 109 110 151 370 97 101 370 81 74 240 Totals 507 517 520 1544 Ramblers. Kcsslar - - - - 95 119 _ 214 Freda. 1Q5 108 90 303 Basilonc 133 100 US 348 Prestia 138 338 Totals . 333 327 343 1003 Gaels. Doorflcr 118 154 99 371 Gandolft 109 95 125 329 V. Cuneo 124 128 173 425 Totals . 301 377 397 1125 Local Rifle Club Loses to Scottdale By Single Point The Connellsvillc Rifle Club los a hairline decision to Scottdali sharpshooters at the local range Mon day night, 926 to 925. Pritchard, Mil Town marksman, turned in the bes performance with a card showing 193 hits. The summary: Connellsvillc Pr. Sit. Kn. Oil. To. Sterbutzel .-..50 49 45 42 18 Weisgcrbcr 50 50 47 40 187 Cupp .._--- 50 Hough 448 Marinck 49 Porter 49 Wrote 49 47 47 46 48 47 32 48 46 47 40 38 44 3G 43 42 16' 18' 17' 187 178 Totals (five high) _ _ 925 Scottdale Pr. Sit. Kn. Oh. Tot Miller --49 44 44 44 18 Pnchard 49 50 50 44 193 Jones 50 47 49 42 188 Mawhinney 49 49 41 Parry 49 47 43 E. E. Baker 50 42 43 E. C. Baker ,, __47 49 47 B. Baker 48 40 43 Mull . 46 46 46 Totals (five high) ... . 16' 18 183 175 17' -92C Heads Matchmaking Group. NEW YORK, Mar. 10.--Bill Earns- worth, vice-president and genera manager of the Twentieth Century Sporting Club, was named by Mike Jacobs, club president, as head o. the matchmaking department. Farnsworth, who will give up his prescn duties, will become head matchmaker on April 1. At that time the resignation of Matchmaker Al Wei will become effective. SPRING FIRE S'EASON CALLS OUT FIGHTERS Irews Getting Ready to Battle Menace in State's Forests. 33,000 ACRES BURNED IN 1937 Volts, Amps, Ohms Win Ducks Matches in West Penn Loop Bowling on the West Penn alleys, the Ohms won the odd game from the Watts, the Volts took two out of three from the Cycles and the Amps captured a similar victory from the Meters in the West Penn Duckpin League. The scores: HARRISBURG, Mar. 10 .--The calendar says that Spring does not begin 'til March 21, but to the valiant "smokies" who guard the Commonwealth's vast forest areas against fire in the Spring fire season has already started. Secretary James F. Bogardus of the State Department of Forests and Waters said today that forset fire wardens throughout the Commonwealth this week began their annual inspection tours of their districts to see that everything is prepared for the long hard season ahead. Fire fighting crews will be checked and the equipment will be given a minute inspection. New equipment, which will include 1,500 rich rakes and 700 spray tanks, will be distributed to district crews within the next few weeks. Fire tower telephone wires arc also being repaired. Secretary Bogardus stated that experiments with radio will be continued this Spring. Thirteen fire towers throughout the State are now cqqulppcd with short wave radio nets, and while this method of transmitting warnings is by no means perfected the experiments have made some advance since they were started several years ago. During 1937 the Division of Forest Fire Protection established its best record in the history of the Commonwealth. According to figures recently compiled, there were 215 fewer fires in 1937 than there were in 1930, and 796 fewer fires than in 1935. The area burned over in 1937 was 33,350 acres, and the average acre per fire was 12.5 acres, the lowest in history. During the past three years, the average acreage burned over per fire was 15.5 acres as compared to 27.3 acres for the years 1932, 1933 and 1934. There were 2,187 fewer fires in 1937 than in 1932. The outstanding record of 1937 was also achieved at a record low cost In fire extinction and fire suppression. Totals _ 623 691 620 1934 CYCLES Moorman 112 146 153 411 Kunkle J28 126 118 372 Fitzgerald - 104 13G 127 307 Bishop 64 91 124 279 Price 146 80 127 353 Totals ,, _ .,, 554 579 649 1782 AMPS Kuhns 166 157 114 437 Sly 96 147 146 389 Allen 108 124 141 373 Quinn 94 116 124 334 Brooks 138 114 144 390 Berkey 144 113 91 348 Totals . . 652 658 669 1979 METERS R. Murray . . 147 168 129 444 Eibley 104 100 110 314 Hild . .. _. 120 178 89 387 Potthoff 110 131 108 349 Dague , 67 106 121 294 Pierce 133 99 105 337 Totals 614 683 5731870 WATTS . -. 122 119 146 387 . - ,, 116 115 166 397 107 174 98 377 114 135 115 364 113 96 131 340 92 107 98 297 708 1963 Godfrey Wamhoff . A. Mongell Bertram . Fair Decker Totals Sapnnara Ward ,, Hughes Adams Lewis . Dummy ._ Totals 673 69G 667 2036 FORD CITY WINS OVER PARAMOUNT JUNIOR PASSERS Paramount Juniors fell before a fast Ford City Junior Merchant team at Ford City High Tuesday evening before a capacity crowd, the final score being 31-20. The fast breaking offense of the winning quintet was too much for the locals. The Merchant team got ofT to a good start, garnering 15 tallies in the first frame and holding a comfortable lead throughout the entire contest. The local cagers threatened m the final quarter but their belated rally was not enough to overcome the lead. "Abbie" Furtncy was outstanding for the theatre team, uncorking a number of thrilling one-hand shots Furtney scored half his team's points. Junior Jones also looked good for the losers. Reich and Zilla were on for the winning combination, collecting 22 tallies between them. The loss was the seventh for the locals this season as against 24 wins The line-ups: Paramount Stone, f Conway, f. Hoover, Furtncy, g Kline, g Jones, f G. 0 0 1 5 0 , 4 F. Pis Stagehand Puts onia Show Totals . .10 0 20 Non-scoring substitutes -- Lopes, Robinson, Shcetz. Ford City G. Zilla, f 4 Ortman, f 2 Michalik, c . ~ 0 Reich, g . -,,_ _.,, 4 Wojton, g . 0 2uludny, g . 0 Relish, g . 1 F. rts 2 10 2 , 6 0 0 4 12 ;Maxwell Howard's Stagehand (on outside), trained by Earl Sandc, is 'shown nosing out Seabiscuit to win the $100,000 Santa Anita Handicap, 'richest race in the world. So close were the horses on the Arcadia, Cal, track at the finish, thdt a photo was ncccsanry to decide tho winner. Six lengths behind the leaders was the famous Pompoan. Staychand set a new track record of 2.01% for the mile and a quarter. f Central Prfis ROSTRAVER IS BEATEN BY VERONA Rostravcr Township High suffered a 38 to 26 setback at the hands of Verona in the semi-final round of the Class B, W. P. I. A. L. basketball eliminations Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. At the same time Ford City, defending Class A titlist, nosed out New Castle, 32 to 31. As a rebult the Ford City five moved into the finals Saturday night with Har-Brack Union for the Class A crown while Verona will battle Bcllevue in the CKiss B finals. The line-up of the Rostraver- Verona game: Verona G. Miller, f 10 Tratcr, f 5 Tcndick, 0 F. Pis. 3 23 1 11 Saxman, g _ 0 McCormick, g 1 Totals Rostra \'pr Cowan, f Coulson, f Johnson, c Tompson, g Dudgeon, g Turner ,g _ 16 G. 1 3 3 2 1 1 6 38 F. Pti. 0 2 Totals - _-. 11 4 20 Personal fouls--Rostraver 8 (Cowan 2, Coulson, Johnson 2, Dudgeon 2, Love); Verona 9 (Tratcr 4, Tendick, Saxmnn 2, McCormick, T. Meek.) Missed fouls--Rostraver? (Cowan, Coulson 2, Johnson 2, Love 2); Verona 6 (Miller 4, Tcndick, Latins.) Referee--Cal Bolster. "Jcdcc" SIcKccvcr Dies. NEW YORK, Mar. 10.--Stephen W. McKecvcr, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers who was just plain "Jcdge" to the Flatbush faithful, died today. He would have been 84 in October, and was the oldest head of a major league club. Somerset Plumbing Inspector. SOMERSET, Mar. lO.-t-E. W. Welmer, Somerset master plumber, was elected plumbing inspector for Somerset by borough council, subject to approval of the State Department of Health. Friedens Upseis Somerset; To Play Windber Tonight BERLIN, Mar. 10.--Windber and Somerset Township High School of Friedens advanced to the semi-final round in the basketball eliminations of District No. 5, P. I. A. A. and will clash tonight on the local floor. Windber upset Boswell to the tune of 38 to 36 while Somerset Township (also known as Friedens) toppled a favored Somerset Borough High, 25 to 22. The winners clash, for the right to play Saxton for the district gonfalon as well as the county championship. Somerset Township was twice conquered by Somerset during the regular season and led 12-10 at the half. Windber's victory, setting them another step along the path of their championship State football team trailed from the start and was behind 33-26 with five minutes play remaining. Joey Freeman looped in a free throw with 15 seconds to play tying the game at 36-all and throwing it into extra period. Visnovsky goaled a one-hand push shot for the winning points. RAMSAY- HIGH ENTERS TEAM IN WRESTLING At Least Six Boys Will Compete in Meet at Waynesburg. EVENTS WILL OPEN FRIDAY MOUNT PLEASANT, Mar. 10.-Ramsay High School has entered a team in the annual wrestling tournament of the Westcin Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League to be held Friday and Saturday at Waynesburg. Having won many of the bouts during the season, Coach Thomas Copeland anticipates some oÂ£ his cn- tiics will make a fine showing in the meet, winners of which will become eligible for the State competition later. At least six boys will participate, among them Gabos in the 95-pound class, Zcglm in the 105, Gettemy in the 115, Cernuto In the 125, King in the 135, Kali), in the 145 and Shumar in the 155. NYA CONFERENCE TO BE HELD FRIDAY IN PITTSBURGH PITTSBURGH, Mar. 10.--More than 100 county, district and State officials of the National Youth Administration will convene in the NYA training center, Bedford avenue and Fullcrton street, Friday. Among those attending the district 4 conference will be Walter S. Cow- ingj State NYA director, J. W. McGowan, assistant State director, Cecil Schwartz, executive assistant, Robert W. Weeks, State project director, and Louis C. Scott, assistant district director. Among those at the conference will be Luther A. Davis, Fayctte county NYA supervisor. Other Western Pennsylvania counties represented include Greene, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland. Florida, Texas to Play. GAINESVILLE, Fla., Mar. 10..-The University of Florida and Texas football teams will meet in Austin, September 20, 1939, and here December 7, 1940, Josh Cody, Florida athletic director and coach, announced today. During iJlON USED CAR 1934 Plymouth DeLuxc Coupe -- 9 . 31 Totals . . 11 Score by quarters: Paramount Juniors. 6 2 2 10--20 Ford City .. 15 8 4 5--31 Referee--Michalik. Fried Chicken $5 a Pound. TAFT, Cal., Mar. 10.--ft was almost more than human nature could stand for Leon A. Hoyst to realize that someone was eating chicken worth $5 a pound and probably not appreciating it more than the common garden variety. Someone robbed his chicken roost of several birds including a prize Rhode Island rooster valued at $50. HEADQUARTERS FOR PENNSYLVANIA RE-TREADS Gunrnnteed 5,000 Jliles A, Â§ low .95 Cor. IV. Crawford and Front St. riiono 120. Ve Give S. JI. Stamps. At Typical Buys $279 1934 P. E. Plymouth DeLuxe 2-door Sedan with heater and scat Â£Q1 ft Â«J3OJLU 1935 Ford Special 7-passenger 4-door Touring Sedan. Has radio, heater and Air- wheel tiros 1934 Terraplane B u s i n e s s Coupe with healer. Low mileage __ . _ 1937 Chrysler Imperial 4-door Touring Sedan. Equipped vith r over-drivc, heater and 'radio. Low mileage . 1935 Dodge Business Coupe, equipped with heater. fiJO'74. Low mileage - - DO ' * Tlic above cars are bclne shown in our curbstone display -- between Church Place and Falrvicw - Avenue -- all this week. Many other cars, marked at new low prices, are being shown on our display floor at Hlllcrot. CHRYSLER PLYMOUTH SALES SERVICE Hillcrest Phone 1073.