Volume LXVIII           West Senior High School, Rockford, Illinois, March 6, 1959                   No.21


Block, Giolitto, Ishizaki Named
Commencement Speakers

Patricia Block and David Ishizaki will be, the speakers for the 1959 graduating class at commencement exercises June 3, it was announced last week by Principal James E. Rose.

Chosen by the faculty, Pat and Dave were selected from three girls and three boys elected from Top Ten by the senior class.

Senior class president Jerry Giolito to will also speak to the graduating class. Pat's activities at West have included Student, Council, Junior Red Cross, Latin Club, debate, Euclidean Circle, monitor duty, and glee club treasurer as  a sophomore.

In her junior year Pat again participated in Junior Red Cross, Latin i Club, in which she served as secretary; Euclidean Circle, debate, and glee club. She also became a mem­ber of National Honor Society, and served as baccalaureate usher.

In Pat's final year at West, she has been engaged in Forum, ABL,  Junior Red Cross, glee club and monitor. Top 10 and National Honor Society complete her activities.

Pat is the daughter of Mrs. M. E. Block of 123 S. Henrietta Avenue.

ROTC Award
Dave began his active career at West with Student Council, "Owl", Forum, Debate, and ROTC drill team. He was the recipient of the sophomore ROTC Citizenship Award, given annually to one out­standing cadet by the Rockford newspapers.

Council President
In his junior year Dave was nom­inated to National Honor Society, joined Hi-Y and became assistant sports editor of the "Warrior" and treasurer of Student Council. He also was ROTC platoon sergeant and served as commencement usher.

This year Dave became Student Council president, after three years of service; "Warrior" sports editor; and Forum club program chairman.

He also is a member of Top 10 and May Court.

Dave lives with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Yazo Ishizaki, at 1724 N. Rockton A venue.

Jerry began his high school career by joining Stagecrafters and winning a position on the golf team. He won the intramural golf tournament as a sophomore, also.

Golf again took up Jerry's afternoons during his junior year, when he won a major letter in that sport. Jerry was a commencement usher and a NHS candidate last year. Forum also became one of his activities. !

Highlighting his senior year was Jerry's election to president of his class. Forum, Hi-Y, "R" club, and monitor duty take up extra time for this Top 10 member.

Jerry resides at 3204 Buckingham, with his parents, Mr., and Mrs., John Giolitto.

Speech topics have not been chosen by the speakers yet.

               Pat Block                                                                                                            Dave Ishizaki

West Debaters and Dramatists to Attend Meet
Sectionals, the second Step to April's state meet, will be held in Arlington Heights tomorrow for the West debaters and individual speech entrants as well as for the dramatics students presenting excerpts from "The Heiress."

Individuals flank
Individual entrants, who triumphed in the Freeport meet February 22 are Senior Tom Hoffman and Junior Stephen Mansfield. In the contest Tom placed third in oratorical declamation; Stephen placed second in extempore Speaking. The Former will give his interpretation of Irving Robinson's "Must I Die?" Steve will continue in the extempore contest.

The debaters at this all-important contest will be Ellie Saunders and Aline Olson, affirmatives; Peter Meckle and William Fonvielle, negatives. The year's set question is "Resolved: the United States should accept the essential features of the British system of education."

Debate Substitutes
Affirmatives subs include Bonnie Rubin and John Sype; Harriet Varnum and Stephen Mansfield are the negative subs.

The Debate Coach, Miss Jane Simpson, and managers Patsi Balmer and Donna Webster will also attend.

"The Heiress" has been prepared under the direction of Mr. Harry Lindberg. Sharyn Simpson is cast as Catherine Sloper, the heiress; Tom Hoffman is playing Dr. Sloper, Catherine's evil father; John Stannard is Morris Townsend, the lover of Catherine. Elizabeth Karriker is, portraying Aunt Pennimen; and Judy Jonason is Maria, the maid.

Student Director

 "The Heiress" was written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz. Judy Jonason has been acting as student director. The teams and individuals ranking tops in this contest will contend for the state title in Champaign on April 10 and II.


Soroptimist Club to Entertain Area Top Ten Girls' Groups
The top ten girls at West, East and Muldoon high schools will be honored at a dinner sponsored by the Soroptimist Club of Rockford. The banquet will be given in the River Lounge of the YMCA on Wednesday, March 11.

Leading off the list of special guests who will participate in the evening's festivities is Nagako Mori, American Field Service Exchange Student at East High School, who will speak on "My Religion" and sing a few songs.  Major Young Ho Chau of Korea, who is, studying at Rockford College, will sing "Ariang" and "The, Farmer's Song, both Korean folk tunes.  Singing Japanese folk songs and giving some dances of Japan will be Yoshi Nishimura of Kobe College, Japan, and Keiko Ohamura of Aokyo, Japan, both, students at Rockford College.  Concluding the program will be Hind Rassam of Baghdad, also a student at Rockford College, who will speak on "My Country Iraq."

President of the Soroptimist Club, ' Mrs. Thera Lindsay, will preside and give a tribute to the outstanding girls. Miss Ruth Ann White, program chairman for the event, will announce the program.

The West High girls will he presented by Miss Dorothy Knill, senior counselor. The girls are Patricia Block, Elizabeth Brown, Sally Cameron, Karen Fagerburg, Nancy Ghent, Susan Jepsen, Elizabeth Karriker, Ramona Reed, Linda Sandwick, and Marilyn Triebel.

Mrs. Helen Thorsen, senior counselor at East, will introduce the East High top ten girls. They include Dana Alfredson, Marlene Carlson, Dorothy Drolen, Julianne Gustafson, Jacqueline Harwick, Carolyn E. Johnson, Mary Anne Lundquist, Patricia Magnuson, Lynn Marie Nelson, and Barbara Schneider.

Miss Patricia McBride, physical education teacher at Muldoon High School, will present the ten Muldoon girls who are as follows: Rotha Barton, June Dilling, Lenora Fiorenza, Jan Lee Johnson, Marie Lucek, Janet Lukaszewicz, Carol Nadolny, Sarena Segneri, Bonnie Strominger, and Mary Zanocco.

Blue Pencil

 Eye Glasses

•  Musical Ring

•  Double Feature

Noticing BILL COLLINS' dark glasses, CINDY BARNES asked, "What are those for?

"Oh, they're for my eyes," replied Bill.
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After eating most of BECKY PIERCE’s broccoli, JANA SCHMIDT was offered the last forkful with this statement, "After all, I don't want to cheat you out of my money's worth."
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When asked by AUDREY BRACE what Mugwumps (Republicans supporting Grover Cleveland in 1884) were, JERRY SCHROEDER retorted, "Weren't they some kind of turtles?"
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MR., HARVEY SHARE asked JIM DAVIS in his American history class, "How did the Ring Gang of Chicago get 'its name?"

"Oh, it had a certain ring to it," quipped Jim.
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In MRS. SALLY STEVENS' third' hour French class, KEN ROTH was described as being a  "Bauardait" -  translated, a chatterbox.
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'BECKY PIERCE offered non-lunch eating CINDY BOURAY a piece of bread duping a recent lunch period. Cindy politely replied, "Not unless you want it."
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'A note, to encourage his American history students was added, by MR. DAVID CASKEY at the bottom of the first sheet of a two-page test: "Don't leave yet; it's a double feature."
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MR. CLARENCE SHUMATE was demonstrating the difference between good and bad outlines. When he criticized a particularly poor one and demanded to know the culprit who did it, VICKI STRAIER responded, "You did!"
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Upon bringing the geometry III books from the book room to class, MISS FRANCES VALENTINE counted them saying, "I don't want to have to pay for any of these, so they better all be here."

BOB PAUL, who had brought them down, remonstrated,” I don’t want' to either"
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Discussing the reactions to stimulants in MR. JAMES CRISCIMAGNA’s, zoology class, MARY CRUMB said that a person jumps when he sees a mouse. "I don't," replied Mr. CRISCIMAGNA.

“Well, I do, my mother does, and my sister does,” answered Mary.


Swim Team Enjoys Sensational Season

The 1959 swimming season has been an eventful one for Westites with the team's "hobby" of breaking' records making the headlines.

This year's swimming team has merit, not only for breaking national records but also for the accumulated team wins.

By beating East once and placing fifth in state competition, the team has worked in the West High tradition.

Gratitude is due the free style relay team of Curt Washburn, Chuck Espy, Mike Messman and Chuck Wright for their new state record.

It appears that history does 'repeat itself! Exactly 26 years ago, Chuck Ogilby's father, Mr. Trahern, Ogilby swam the same event in a state meet.

Worthy of commendation also is Coach, Charlie Wild, for every outstanding team must have an outstanding coach.

Congratulations, team!


Fast Growing Sport of Skiing Popular Hobby of Enthusiasts

Swooshing down the hills on a cold winter's day is an increasingly popular pastime for several West High students. Some of the more ardent fans of the fast growing sport of skiing are the Rehwald twins, Mary and Sally, who are juniors.

Mt. Telemark, Cable, Wisconsin is the ski hill usually visited by the' twins. Skiing almost every week­end except the last two, they have been ardent skiers for about four years.

February 21 Mary chipped a bone while skiing at "Little Switzerland".  Luckily, Sally hasn’t had any serious incidents, but Mary broke and bent two aluminum ski poles this season.

Johnny Hayes, a junior and ski enthusiast of the snow season, also skiis at "Little Switzerland" and at Vilmot. He, too, has been very lucky in his three years of skiing, but did break two pairs of skiis this winter.

Wilmot, Lake Geneva's "Majestic Hills," a hill at Wausau, Wisconsin, and the Rockford Ski Club provide a place for Senior John Sinkiawic to skim down the snow covered hills. Two pairs of skiis and numerous items of equipment have been broken by John, but nothing very serious has happened. John skiis about six times a winter.

Also a water ski enthusiast, Martha Heald likes to snow ski at Squirrel Ski Hill in Minocqua, Wisconsin, and at Muskie Ski Hill, Sayner, Wisconsin. Usually skiing only once or twice a year, she has been skiing for about three years with no serious after effects.

ROTC Announces Latest Promotions

West ROTC cadets attained another rung on the ladder of success with the posting of the best promotions list.

Heading the battalion is the ad­vancement of Battalion Comman­der Vance Jones to lieutenant colonel.
Edward Adams and Curtis Wennerdahl were appointed as Battalion S-3 and S-2, respectively. Promoted of Jerry Johnson and Malcolm Allison to captain was also included. The advancement of Richard Ferre to 1st lieutenant and Albert Acker to 2nd lieutenant completed the officers’ promotions.
Promoted to first sergeant was Barry Doan; and to master sergeant Daniel Clay.

Attaining the new rank of sergeant first class were cadets John Roseberg, Harold Shelby, Edward Walker, Lowell Wishop, Kenneth Kloweit, Vale Downey, Josef Rokus, and Richard Shelain.

Louis Flohr, Leroy Timmer, Jerry Moore, Bary Gromer, and' Charles Scheibly are new sergeants as well as Eugene Spickler, Douglas Hawkins, Thomas Slick and William Tice.

Advanced to corporal were Cadets Jeffry Vincent, Brute Lewis, Lynn Minert, Russell Myberg, Harry MiIIeI and Richard Stoll.


Knights Debate Many Qualities of World Jazz

At the Knights of the Turntable meeting, February 26, Sandy Jacobson led a discussion on modern jazz.

Playing the music of Swedish band first, members brought out the fact that their music is often mistaken for an American jazz band.

Later two, English bands' recordings were played and their likeness to our music was discussed.

Ann, Klamroth, West High's exchange student, gave a talk on the acceptance of jazz in Europe.

She said that there was a much greater distinction between jazz and rock ‘n roll in Europe than in America. The former is thought to be strictly for listening while the latter is strictly for dancing.

She also noted that jazz is more accepted there than here in America.

Here in the United States, jazz is rejected by the teenagers in high school but comes into its own in college.

Keglers Determine Top Ten Position

As GAA girls tumble the pins, their averages are determined, and they begin the battle for the top ten slots.

In first shift bowling Marge Hetrick and Sue Jarrett are tied for first position with 129 apiece.

A 127 places Joan Swartz in third slot. Battling for fourth are Sandy Klingbeil and Esther Wetterholm, both with 126.

Jan Frisbie holds sixth place as she rolled a 122.

A 121 puts Sharon Harris in seventh while Sandy Jahn's 120, places her eighth.

Nancy Shaff's 117 and Linda Fox's 110 place them in ninth and tenth positions respectively.

During second shift Susie Monk and Jackie Olson are vying for the top slot with 124.

Betty Severson's 123 puts her in third place. In fourth slot with 116 is Carol Bly and in fifth place with 114, Cathy O'Connor.

Brrring, 'Operator Please'
Seniors Grow Accustomed
To Rates, Lights, Pay Calls

Flashing lights, long distance rates, pay station calls. These things are becoming increasingly familiar to three West High seniors employed as operators by the Illinois Bell Telephone Company.  Long distance operator Jo Ann Piper has completed the training in which Linda Carlson and Rita Zuzevich are still engaged.

In order to apply for the positions one must be a graduating senior. Applicants take five tests in skills which an operator must have: (mathematics, spelling (especially names of cities), speed in writing, general knowledge, and speed in checking on various rates.

Basic training
Once the applicants have been accepted, they usually receive three weeks of training on a full time basis. However, because some seniors are still in high school at the time they are being trained, part time training is necessary, which is received two nights a week and all day on Saturdays.

Jo Ann began her training just after Christmas and was graduated, receiving a diploma and pin, the second week in February.

Limited Classes
With only two students in a class taught by a superintendent, training Consists of practice in the many functions which an operator must carry out.

Students have drills in looking up  rates, in different types of calls (person-to-person, station-to-station, etc.), and in actual switchboard operating, done at first at a dummy board, on which lights flash and calls are put through just as at the real switchboard.
Recorded drills, in which a record takes the part of the customers, are also utilized. After the first basic training, students take real calls for a limited time each day, with a superintendent nearby to help in case of difficulties.
On her first real call, Jo Ann received a fire call, which she had not yet learned to handle and from which she was promptly rescued.

Students must also learn to write out tickets for calls rapidly and correctly.

All tickets must be printed in certain specified ways; no writing is permitted.

Even after graduating from training, an operator is not finished learning about her job. Subsequent lessons in more details are received for a few minutes every day.

According to the operators, who will begin full time work right after graduation, one of the most difficult calls to take is one coming from a phone booth because of the added necessity of collecting money.

It’s really an amazing and won­derful experience, states Jo Ann, "to be talking to people and operators all over the country and even in Canada!"


"C'" Company Heads List in Honor Company Race
After three weeks judging, Honor Company is in the hands of "C" Company with eleven points. "A" is' second by one point margin with ten. Third went to "B" with four points; and fourth, to "D" with three points.

Competition will continue for many weeks, and the final winners will be recognized at Competitive Drill. A trophy is inscribed with the Winning company's name, and a white ribbon with HONOR COMPANY" printed on it is awarded which is attached to the company's guidon.

Judging is on the basis of personal appearance and company, platoon, and squad drill.


Field Captain Clint Bedford Nabs Ball to Keep
Wheels of Kingmen Churning to Banner Year

By Richard Mayes

Leading the Tribe's basketball brigades for the past three seasons has been senior guard Clint Bedford. Throughout his trio of years at West, he has played both guard and forward positions on the soph and varsity' quints.

Clint began his hardwood cam­paign at the age of nine and played his first organized bucketball in the "Midget" league before his junior high days. At Washington Junior High he started playing in the eighth grade when he was stationed on the sec­ond string. In ninth grade his cage prowess developed and he grabbed a first squad berth.

Arriving at West, he immediately went out for the football team and at end, played most of the season. At this point Clint's interests were mostly in football. In fact, he wasn't even planning to tryout for the Brave basketball squad. However, he did and has been starring in that sport ever since.

As a sophomore, he landed a first starting position at forward, and led the Braves to a very successful campaign, climaxed by winning the important Belvidere sophomore tournament. That season, Clint averaged ten points per game and really came into his own.

In his junior year, he ran into so me technical difficulties which did not allow him to participate in the first half of the cage schedule. About a week before the season opened, he incurred a shoulder separation   playing sandlot football, and this knocked him out of action until the second half of the schedule.

Rebounding nicely from this setback, Clint immediately captured a starting spot at one guard slot and through the remainder of the year tallied an average of six counters each contest. This year as a senior, he has led the Kingmen in hustle and been an excellent floor general. Clint has chalked up an overall an game average of fourteen markers per tussle, while the Warriors have co amassed a record of 16-4 during the to regular twenty tilt season. In Big Eight conference completion, he sparked the Tribe to a first place mark and a 7-3 league record while averaging twelve points per contest. His biggest scoring spree of his career came in the holiday games against Rich Township and Oak Park when he tallied a total of 49 points in the two cage duels to lead all point makers. In addition to being a dangerous scorer, Clint also is a potent rebounder. This is witnessed by the fact that he ranks second on the tribe quint in both the scoring and rebounding departments. 

After winding up his prep career, he hopes to play college basketball and is planning to attend the University of Iowa next fall.


Steve Davis Packs Potent Fuel
To Keep Flame of Kingmen Hot


Six foot three inch, 190 lb. package of dynamite, Steve Davis, has been the spark needed to ignite the fuel for West's success full basketball team. Scoring over 100 points in the last' games, the stellar performer was the major factor in our upset of West Aurora.

Steve entered organized sports in ninth grade when he participated in football, basketball, and track. Although not too successful in football as a ninth grader, he did excel in basketball, and track. Under Mr. John Young, coach at Roosevelt, Steve learned the funda­mentals of organized basketball, which he now so expertly displays. He became the top rebounder and developed into an outstanding player. When track arrived Davis ran the hurdles for Roosevelt. He showed a great amount of "ability" in this event and worked constantly to materialize it. Upon entering West, the all around athlete immediately went out for "football", where he played second string. However, in basketball it was a different story. He gained first team recognition immediately and stayed on the first string for the remaining part of the season.

In the season of 1957-'58 the bas­ketball team was left with only one returning letterman, Bill Cacciatore. This situation made a glorious opportunity for juniors to play first string; so Davis, with three other juniors, Clinton Bedford, Nate Martin, and Chuck Perniciarro made the first team and formed a highly successful unit. All of these men except Cacciatore returned to form this year's touted crew.

Davis is third high scorer with 98 baskets. He has compiled a total of 250 points. Davis leads, the squad in assists with 37 and ranks third in rebounds with over 100.

The stellar performer plans to I enter the field of business administration later but has, not chosen his college yet. Davis is certainly the man behind the team this year and it is hoped that his invaluable play will carry the Redmen far in the state tournament.

Intramural Basketball Action Enters Semi-finals of Tourney

In semi-final action of the Winter intramural Basketball Tournament, big 10 champion Ohio State beat runner-up Northwestern; and Oklahoma, second round victor over Iowa State, took the measure of Missouri’s upset minded quint. Rounding out the Winter Intramurals is the finish of the Wednesday night West high League. The standings previous to the last week of play were as follows:       

Team Wins Loses
1 28 2
8 21 9
4 20 10
3 19 11
7 19 11
2 16 14
6 16 14
12 16 14
13 14 16
11 12 18
9 10 20
14 7 23
10 6 24
5 6 24

The ten high averages are held by Carl Maggio, with a blistering 181; Carl Elfers, 173; Tom Clark, 165; Dave Atwood, 162; Jack Kordash,  155;  Frank (Dusty) Welsh, 154; Tom Kampmier, 153; Rich Canove, 148; and Jim Miller, 148.

Maggio also holds both the high single game, 242, and top three game series with a 620.

Welsh and Miller are tied for second high game with 223's and Miller holds second high series with a 581. Third three games is held by Karl Elfers, with a 573.

Mr. Bob Dennis, Intramural Chief, says "thanks" to everyone that made the program possible; and he hopes to see the juniors and sophomores back again next year.


Smoke Signals

Story Book Ending!
Cagers Cop Conference Crown in Unexpected Four-Way Knot


IT'S UNBELIEVABLE BUT IT'S TRUE!' The unpredictable 1958-59 Big Eight Conference basketball race has ended in a spectacular "photo finish" Four mighty hardwood powers - West and East Rock­ford, Elgin, and West Aurora - have all tied for the '59 loop crown with identical 7-3 won-lost marks. Only once before in Big 8 history has such a deadlock occurred. Way back in 1944, the Forest City east siders, Elgin, Freeport and East Aurora each claimed a one-quarter share of the '43-44 league pie, also owning 7-3 slates.


IT WAS A NIP-AND- TUCK chase from start to finish with all four of the lead-Sharing teams right in the thick of the fight throughout. Elgin and the E-Rabs commanded a slim advantage most of the way, but the two Wests were close on the formers heels all the time. East never dipped lower than first, either on a Share or undisputed basis; the Warrior’s had never occupied the lead before, but it's what happens in the end - the final result - that counts! 


THROUGHOUT THE WEEK PRECEDING the final round of action, the possibility of this dramatic finish had definitely been foreseen and taken into consideration, but for the most part it was passed over lightly as being highly improbable because of the Elgin-LaSalle-Peru contest at Elgin. In order "for the four-way split to result everything had to go just right in last Friday's loop activity, and that is exactly what happened in spite of the seemingly-impossible condition which prevailed at Elgin. Each of the three consequential skirmishes involving the four leaders was a true "barnburner" with the spectators breaking into sheer pandemonium at each place.


THE AMAZING 36-35 L-P JOLTING of the Elgin Maroons was, of course, the news that shocked all of Northern Illinois as well as the Big 8 conference. As a result of this major upset, beyond the shadow of a doubt the biggest surprise of the Big 8 campaign, and West Aurora's 61-49 conquest of East high's surprising Hill toppers, our Kingmen, who barely nudged out a scrappy, determined Joliet five, 63-62, were enabled to climb into a share of the four-way stalemate.


DAZZLING, HIGHLY-TOUTED WEST AURORA hoop sensation Bill Small, regarded as possibly the' greatest Big 8 cager in loop history, wrapped up his fabulous conference career last Friday with what was for him a rather inauspicious farewell performance. He was held to "only" 20 points by the East High defense but still managed to handily smash the previous league single season scoring record of 269 points set by Chuck Brandt of Elgin in 1956-57, and to establish a new standard of 278 tallies for a brilliant 27.8 average. During the past season, the potent 6-2 guard, seemingly a cinch for all state honors, has literally rewritten the Big 8 record book. Other standards now ,held by Small are most total points (53) and most field goals (23) in single game, most free throws in a single game (16), most free throws in a season, and most points in a two-year career (498).


ANYONE WHO FAILED TO TAKE IN the Warrior-Joliet skirmish on the tribal hardwood Friday really "goofed" as he missed what was undoubtedly the wildest, most spine-tingling, hair-raising varsity basketball game at West high all season, Such spirit and effervescence from the tepee rooters has not been seen in "many a moon." This encounter was notably encouraging not only in view of the hysterical enthusiasm of the nearly frenzied spectators unmatched even by any of the recent East-West duels, but also because the tilt marked the first time these Redmen of '58-'59 have been able to pull one out of the fire in the closing minutes when the pressure was really on.


HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS ARE ONCE again due to swimming Coach Wild and his entire crew of tribal tankmen for their commendable showing in last weekend's state water finale at New Trier High School in Winnetka. Special tribute to the 200-yard free style relay team of Washburn, Espy, Messman, and Wright, who equaled and later cracked the state record in the crawl relay, to propel the Wildmen to a respectable fifth place finish. An impressive ending to a fabulous season!  Vive Ie natators of '59.


Finishing First in League, Tribe Enters Tourney


A "barnburner" hot enough to melt a steelman was witnessed by a capacity crowd of wildly-cheering fans in the Warrior gymnasium last Friday during the 63-62 trimming al of the Joliet crew. Finishing in a four-way deadlock for the championship, the "King's Men", with their superfuel, oxidized their final opponents to climax the toughest race in conference history. Joliet showed the form which gained them a victory over West Aurora and East Rockford but came out one point shy of the conference champs.

Charles Keetwig of the Steelmen started the scoring action with a 20-footer to send the Joliet combo momentarily out in front. Then the "ace" turned up for the Redmen in Steve Davis, who immediately knotted up the contest. Throughout the remainder of the first stanza of play, Nate Maltin, II Ron Wilke, and Davis kept the team alive with their fine outside shooting. However, the artillery was zeroed in on the Tribesmen in the second quarter with Joliet pouring in 23 ­points to take a 40-34 half-time lead.

During the third stanza of play the Kingmen began to pick up the pace a little by outscoring the Steel­men, 15-11, to acquire a two-point deficit, at the quarter's end. Up until this time the fans had been about as quiet as usual, but they turned up the volume so considerably that the whole gym shook as if it were cheering also. Under this pressure the team caught fire, and the effectiveness of the Steelmen began to melt. Sparked by a speedy pressing team composed of Chuck Wolfe, Clint Bedford, Ed Henby, Davis, and Martin, Warriors repeatedly stole the ball from Joliet to bring West to a one point lead. Fate was with West as Chuck, Wolfe was fouled and shot a one and one. This stellar performer sank both shots under all the pressure to increase the lead to three markers.

The Steelmen desperately fed the ball constantly to their dead-eye Center, Glenn Bates, who could make any kind of shot. He scored to cut the margin to one point, with 10-seconds left. West immediately lost the ball with five seconds to go. Joliet had to try one more shot. "Will it go in?" everyone gasped? The answer . . . no, it didn't; and the West Warriors racked up their first title in three years.


West Entertains Eight Area Fives in Tournament


Assuming that all action has gone according to form since the "Owl", went to press last Wednesday morning, the West Rockford Warrior hardwood express should be supercharged with power and geared for action as it prepares to entertain the East Rockford E-Rabs five from across the river in the championship finale of the 1959 Regional tourney tonight on the 'tepee 'court.

As a result of decisive victories over their opening and semi-final round opponents, the' bitter cross-town foes are meeting for the third time of the season and for the 51st time in the 19-year East- West series. Thus, West High's revenge seeking-hoopsters, under the expert tu telage of head mentor Bob King, will have one last opportunity to vent their steadily-increasing wrath upon the Rabs and snap their five game losing skein in cross-town combat.

Not since the championship finale of the 1957 regional tourney, have the Warriors managed to conquer their east side 'rivals. Twice earlier this season the HiII toppers have skinned the tribesmen in a pair of ruggedly-contested encounters. In their initial fray on the E-Rab floor, Coach Ad Sadtler's East High forces copped a heart­breaking 72-64 come-from behind victory. Just, a month ago when the Big Eight Conference foes' collided again, this time in, the Warrior gym, East repeated the trick with a 63-57 triumph.

Although both of these affairs have played a major role in deciding the outcome of the highly competitive Big Eight race this year, tonight's tussle will be the most important and consequential of the three as the winner advances to the East Rockford sectional tourney next week. The loser is eliminated from competition and closes the season with this defeat.


GENTLY LAYING the spheroid in the correct scoring position is Warrior, Steve Davis, who pumped in 19 points in the decisive Joliet contest to seize, high scoring honors. Kingmen emerged victorious by a close 63-62 tally - to finish in a four-way first place Big 8 tie. Carefully sizing up the shot is Ron Wilke of West and John Greening (22) of Joliet aided by an unidentified teammate.

-Ed Adams photo













Warrior Crawl Relay Team Sets State Mark as Wildmen Annex Fifth Place in State Meet


West high's 200-yard freestyle,  relay team of Curt Washburn, Chuck Espy, Mike Messman, and Chuck Wright established a, new state record to lead the Warriors to an ,impressive fifth place finish in the state high school swimming meet held at New Trier high school last Friday and Saturday. Defending champion New Trier and Evanston were co-favorites to walk away with top honors, and they did just that with New Trier finishing first with 71½ points and Evanston second with 64 points. In the, New Trier Relays, held earlier in the season, Evanston copped first while New Trier took second. Maine came in third in the standings with 271/2 points, and Highland Park, was fourth with 26 points. Both Maine and Highland Park defeated West in previous dual meets in the Warriors home pool, but in the New Trier Relays, the Wildmen finished in a third place tie with Maine and Highland Park was fifth.

Cross-town rival East Rockford finished tenth with six points tallied by four sixth places. West Aurora was sixth behind the Wildmen as a result of  John Plain's fabulous showing in the 50 yard freestyle and the century, both of which he won to single­handedly give the Aurorans 14 points, The Warrior relay team tied with New Trier in the prelims on Friday, for a new state record with a title of 1:35.9; then on Saturday in the finals, West took sole possession of the state, mark with a 1 :34.3 time. Also earning points for the Warriors was Washburn, who placed second behind Plain in the 50 free­style and Sophomore Chuck Ogilby who finished fourth in the 200 free­style.

Wright gave West their 22nd and 23rd points with a sixth place finish in the freestyle. In the 200-yard medley relay Maine's team blazed overthe course in an amazing 1:48.3 time which was good for new state and national records. In the preliminaries Riverside-Brookfield had set a new national record in that event with a 1:48.5. Besides the two relay records three other new state records were claimed. They were broken in the 400 freestyle, the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. Of the 44 teams entered in the meet, 28 failed to crack the scoring sheet.

Koehlermen Wrestle to 4-6 Standard

Under Co-Captains Whitt and Barbary

Scrapping to a 4-6 season record, the West Rockford matmen have showed more improvement than any other team in the area. They lost their first four meets, because of inexperience to Beloit, 39-5; Dixon, 58-0; Rockton, 33-17: and LaSalle-Peru, 33-15.

A limb-rending victory over East Rockford gave the scrappers the push they needed for a successful season. They tromped the E-Rabs 30-18 and scalped their next two opponents, Belvidere and Pecatonica, 37-11 and 60-0. Hononegah proved to have too much experience for the Koehler­men and eeked out a 24-21 victory, but Belvidere belled easily 33-10. Capping the season was the 27-18 loss to the E-Rabs on what will go I down in history as the "Black Weekend", of February 28.

Some of the Ieading paint getters in each weight division were 95 pounders Lawell Gillette with a 7-3 record; 103 pound Jahn Hagen, with a 7-0-1 record; and 112 pound Jim Wetzel, with a 4-6 record. In the 120 pound class, George Rabertsan led with a 3-8 record while Ollie Williams led the 127 pounders with a· 4-4 record. "Rough and tough" Ed Rhynes tapped the 133 pounders with a 6-3 record while Dick Gadaw led the 145 pounders with a 2-7 records. Jerry McCrudden and Roosevelt Barbary led ·the 154 and 165 pound classe's with 3-5 and 6-3 records, respectively. Gary Cogswell and LaVern Whitt and the twelvesome with 6-4 and 6-2, records, respectively.


VOLUMES OF VERACITY are demonstrated to confounded George Zentz by researcher Ramona Reed at the Main library. The junior and senior represent the many English students who have begun a mass canvassing of public libraries to find information on chosen topics. The motivating force behind this search for truth is a deadline for senior and junior themes set individually by various teachers.

 -Ed Walker photo


This owl document was contributed by Marilyn (Triebel) and Dennis Johnson.