The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, December 06, 1946, Image 3

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    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1946
Page 3
Looking at the Aggies .
From This Angle
Ringing Down the Football Curtain
Well, the curtain has fallen on
the 1946 football season and for
many an Aggie supporter who had
hopes of great things from this
year’s aggregation, it wasn’t any
too soon.
But, looking back over the 10
games played since September
blew in, it can be said that things
weren’t tooooo bad. The Aggies
won four and lost six—admittedly
not very impressive for a team
that was supposed to fight it out
with Rice and Texas for the title
— but the Farmers did finish
fourth in the loop, one game be
hind Texas and two behind Rice
and Arkansas.
Those conference wins over
Baylor, T.C.U. and S.M.U. are
not to be sneezed at, and the
Aggies certainly acquitted them
selves well in holding Oklahoma
to a thin 10-7 win.
Individual honors did not befall
any of the Aggie regulars prob
ably because of the team’s poor
won-and-lost record. The exclu-
s i o n of Howell, Stautzenberger
and especially Monty Moncrief
from the all-Southwest Conference
selections was a real surprise —
one which we’re still trying to
figure out.
"Concerning next season’s chan
ces—we’ve got just one thing
to say—its high time we found
the combination to beat T.U.!
Give Aggie Cagers Time; Then Judge
With conference basketball com
petition scarcely a mpnth away and
pre-conference play already in full
swing, the local sports spotlight
has definitely switched to the
The question on everybody’s
lips is, of course, “what kind of
a team are the Aggies going to
The answer? Well, from this
angle, it looks like the present
bunch will be better, much better,
than last year’s, but just how much
better remains to be seen. .
The team has more natural abil
ity than any that has graced De-
Ware Field House for many a
moon. Despite the more or less
unimpressive showing against
North Texas, Wednesday night,
Adams, Jenkins, Batey, Kemper-
mann, Kluttz, Garcia and Collings
worth look like they might devel
op into a formidible crew before
the season has progressed very
far. }
The passing and backboard
work in the North Texas game
left much to be desired but it
must be remembered that the
Eagles had two games under
their belt before playing the
Farmers. With a little more
practice playing in actual com
petition, there is no reason to
believe the passing and rebound
work won’t pick up.
Collingsworth, Jenkins and Batey
were the only Cadets hitting the
cords with any regularity at all—
Garcia and Kempermann appear
ing noticeably off form, but again,
it must be pointed out this was
just the first game and more must
be seen before any definite judge
ment can be passed on the team’s
conference chances.
Speaking of the conference, a
typical dog-eat-dog race, with
about three or four teams having
a fighting chance for the title, ap
pears in the offing. Texas is
strong (they took North Texas to
the cleaners two nights in a row
by margins over 20 points). Rice
as usual, will be in the thiqk of
things and the loop’s dark horse
looks like S.M.U. The Ponies fin
ished sixth in the circuit last year,
but reports from up Dallas way in
dicate the Mustangs have a team
that is vastly improved. Arkansas,
which usually produces teams av
eraging in the vicinty of six feet
four inches, is an unknown quan
tity, while Baylor and T.C.U. are
in the same boat with the Aggies—
in the building stage.
At any rate, things should be
interesting along S W C hard
woods this spring, so bring your
smelling salts, get a firm grip
on yourself, and prepare for the
SAE Meets Tuesday
“Cyclone Combustion”, a film
produced by the Wright Aircraft
Corporation, will be shown Tues
day evening, December 10, at 7:30
p. m., at a meeting of the Society
of Automotive Engineers to be
held in the ME lecture room.
In addition to the film, a talk
will be given on the Lockheed
P-80 by Terry Clark, president of
the chapter. This plane is powered
by the Allison-GE turbojet.
New Service
A 4-Day Watch Cleaning Service
2 Day for Staffs
1 Day for Mainsprings
Crowns and Crystals
Lauterstein Bldg.
North Gate
Aggies Leave On Eastern Cage Journey
North Texa;
Trims Aggie
A spirited, headsup North Texas
basketball team made the Aggies’
1946 cage debut a dismal one Wed
nesday night at DeWare Field by
staging a furious last half assault
that netted the Eagles a well-earn
ed 59-49 triumph.
The game was typical of most
early season contests with work
under the backboards spotty on
both teams and shooting erratic
on the part of the Aggies. A mil
lion fouls, more or less, were com
mitted, only half of which were
called, and the game was thus,
rough from start to finish.
The Aggies’ ball handling was
bad and as Coach Marty Karow
put it, “we just weren’t hitting our
shots.” Those two facts just about
sum up the reasons for the defeat.
Showing up well on the attack
were Bill Batey whose one-hand
push specialty netted him 15 points
and second high point honors for
the night, John Collingsworth, who
bucketed 11 counters and Sam Jen
kins who dunked nine more.
But most of the glory was haul
ed in by two North Texas pro
ducts, lanky center, Hopkins who
had six foot plus frame in the Ag
gies’ hair all night and dropped in
20 points on the side, and speedy
Bill Canble who led the Eagles’
decisive second-half assault and
finished the night with 14 points.
Hopkins hogged the backboards all
night, getting about half the re
bounds and his 20 points were good
for high point honors.
The Aggies hopped into a early
2-0 lead when Batey dunked a one-
hander and the score was tied at
2-2 and 4-4 before the Eagles pull
ed away to 7-4 and then upped it
to 15-8 and 21-9 before the Aggies
could find the range. Mike Garcia
entered the game and started the
fire with a long set shot, Jenkins
followed with two free tosses and
Batey added a tip-in to cut the
margin to 21-15 before Bell swish
ed one for the Eagles. However,
the Aggies hadn’t cooled off—yet.
Collingsworth hit the cords with
a long one-hander and Kemper
mann added a pair of gift heaves
to make it 20-23. In the last two
minutes of the first half, Collings
worth looped in two goals and a
free toss and Batey dropped one
while North Texas was gathering
only two points and the teams left
the court at intermission with the
Farmers enjoying a 26-24 lead.
Things looked good as the sec
ond half opened with Batey hoop
ing another one-hander but Hop
kins and Canble got hot to ac
count for seven quick points to
send the Eagles into a lead they
never reliquished. The Eagles
managed to stretch their advantage
to 40-34 with seven minutes gone
in the second half before the Ag
gies made their last serious bid,
pulling to within two points at 40-
38 on two free tosses by Collings
worth and Jenkins crip shot. But
Hopkins, Canble and Co. got busy
to up their lead to 48-39 with six
minutes left. The Aggies man
aged to crawl up to 47-52 with two
minutes left, but a hot last minute
bucket parade by the Eagles clos
ed out the game at 59-49.
s Farmers Play Five Games
In Four States On Jaunt
With a rather unimpressive showing against North Tex
as on their record, the Texas Aggie basketball team today
was looking forward to embarking on an extended tour
through the East and Midwest.
The trip, one of the most extensive ever attempted by
an Aggie team, and the first since the pre-war days, will
carry the Cadet goalers through four states for five en
gagements in five days.
The squad, 14 strong, will leave-
Saturday morning on the Southern
Pacific and will arrive in Troy,
New York, Monday morning. Mon
day night, Coach Marty Karow
sends his charges against Sienna
College in a game played as part
of a double-header scheduled in
Troy. Immediately after the game
the team again hits the road to
fill dates with Moorehead Teachers
Cliff Ackerman
The current volleyball and bas
ketball Class A season is draw
ing to a close with playoff games
for the college championship
scheduled for the -coming week.
The Corp Volleyball Crown went
to “C” Field as they outplayed “E”
Inf. 2 to 1. “C” Field, led by the
driving spikes of Tittle and the
drop spikes of Davis brought the
winning points in. Stevens and
Luther were outstanding in the
set-up positions and on blocks. For
the losers Kiel and Jaudce were
outstanding along with the fast
and hard driving spikes of Nelson.
The score by games looked like
this: 15-6, 9-15, 15-3. The Col
lege Championship lies between
“C” Field and Dorm. 15, winners
of the Veterans leagues.
In the veterans leagues the im
portant game of the past week
was the playoff in League A be
tween Dorm. No. 3 and the Vet
Village team. Dorm. No. 3 came
out on the long end of the score
32 to 23 in a well played game.
Thompson led the winners by run
ning up 14 points, while Lucas
and Bowen helped the score and
played good defensive ball. On
the losing team Parrish was out
standing as he scored 13 points.
Johnson and Crew set up the de
fensive pace for the Vets.
Playoff games to decide the Corp
and the Veteran championship
teams will be played as scheduled
in the big gym: 7:00 oDrm. No.
3 and Puryear; the next two
games will be at 7:45 and 8:30
between A Coast, E Field, A Inf.,
and the winner of League “B”.
The following week the college
championship team will be decided
as the winning Corp team meets
the winning Vet team.
The class B tennis will come to
an end before the holidays. In
the semi-final matches “A” Sig.
beat “G” Inf. and the other match
“A” Eng. meets “C” Inf. and the
winner of that match will play “A”
Sig for the College Championship.
The Upperclass and Freshman
cross country meet will take place
on Saturday, December 14, at 2:30.
All entries are due in Wednesday,
December 11, by 6 o’clock.
College at Louisville, Ky. on Tues
day night; Bradley Tech in Peoria,
111, on Wednesday night; St. Louis
University in St. Louis on Thurs
day night and the University of
Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. on
Friday night.
That’s quite an order even for
the best of teams, and the Aggies,
loaded as they are with relatively
unexperienced players are going to
need all they’ve got and then some
to emerge unscathed.
Appearing especially difficult is
the assignment Friday night
against Kentucky University. Kain-
tuck has always had a reputation
for turning out tall, terrific teams
and indications are that this year
is no exception.
Athletic Council and
Former Student Group
Will Convene Sunday
J. P. Hamblem of Houston was
yesterday appointed chairman of a
committee of former students of
A. & M. to discuss the “situation
in athletics” with the athletic
council at 10 a. m. Sunday. The
combined groups wil ^convene in
College Station. This announce
ment was made by Carroll M.
Gaines, president of the Former
Students Association.
Other members of the group are
George V. Holmes of Gonzales, Lt.
Col. Tom Dooley of McKinney,
Luther E. Bell of Dallas, and Sid
V. Smith, president of the campus
veterans’ organization.
No ‘Fire Norton’ Attitude
“We are not going into the meet
ing with any ‘fire Norton’ attitude
or any other radical ideas,” Mr.
Hamblen said yesterday. “There
has been widespread disappoint
ment among ex-students of A. &
M. with the football season jjust
closed. We plan to meet with the
athletic council to discuss intelli
gently any problems, and to try
our best to do what we can to
remedy them. For the disappoint
ments of the past season, we at
tach no blame to any one person
or any group.”
“There are a series of conditions
contributing to the past season,
foremost of which we believe to
be the fact that the A. & M. team,
due to crowded conditions at the
college, was some 120 practice
hours behind the remaining teams
in the Southwest Conference,”
Hamblen continued.
“We have the powe ronly to re
commend to the athletic council.
Any action will have to come from
them,” he concluded.
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All-America, All-Conference
Teams Are Announced by A.P.
This week the Associated Press named its All-American and
All-Southwest-Conference teams, the latter being chosen by coaches
of the conference.
End—Burr Baldwin, (UCLA)
End—Elmer Madar (Mich.)
Tackle—Dick Huffman (Tenn.)
Tackle—George Connors, (N.D.)
Guard—Alex Agase, (111.)
Guard—Weldon Humble (Rice)
Center—Paul Duke (Ga. Tech.)
Back—John Lujack (N.D.)
Back—Charley Trippi (Ga.)
Back—Felix Blanchard (Army)
Back—Glenn Davis (Army)
2nd team back, Bobby Layne,
Honorable Mention includes:
Monte Moncrief, tackle; Odell
Stautzenberger, guard; Buryi
Baty, back of A.&M.
All Conference
End—Gene Wilson (S.M.U.)
End—Alton Baldwin (Ark)
Tackle—Weldon Edwards
Tackle—Charles Lively (Ark.)
Guard—Weldon Humble (Rice)
Guatd—Jim Wright (S.M.U.)
Center—Dick Harris (Texas)
Back—Bobby Layne (Texas)
Back—Clyde Scott (Ark.)
Back—Carl Russ (Rice).
Back—Huey Keeney (Rice)
Second team linemen: ,
Monte Moncrief and Odell
Stautzenberger of A.&M.
Aggie Cagers Better But
Improved Play in SWC Makes
Going Rough in ’46—-Karow
“We’ve got more talent this year
than anytime since the war, but
unfortunately, so has everybody
else.” Such was the comment of
head basketball coach, Marty Kar
ow as the local 1946 basketball
season got under way.
Looking over his chances for
the 1946-47- season, Karow said
his present crop of cagers is hand
ling the ball better and hitting the
basket a little more frequently
than at the corresponding time last
year, but the veteran mentor has
tened to add that it was still too
early to make any definite com
ments about the Aggies chances
in the Southwest Conference race,
especially after the disappointing
showing against North Texas.
“Texas and Rice, as usual will
be strong,” Karow advised and
added, “and look out for S.M.U.
The Ponies have rounded up some
good players and are a cinch to
improve their standing of last
year.” As for the other teams in
the league, Karow declined com
ment, saying, “we’ll find out soon
As for his own team, Marty had
this to say: “The team is not com
posed of a bunch of tree-toppers.
The squadas a whole will average
about six feet with the first team
checking in at about six feet one
inch. As for experience, Adams
lettered last year and Kluttz let
tered in ’42 while Jenkins, Kem
permann and Batey have only ser
vice experience.
Jim Kirkland and Peck Vass,
both of whom lettered last year as
Freshmen, are the only other mem
bers on the squad with experience
at A. & M.
’46 Aggie Cage Slate
Dec. 9 Sienna College, at Troy, N.Y.
Dec. 10 Moorehead Teachers at Louis
ville, Ky.
Dec. 11 Murray Teachers, at Paducah,
Dec. 12 Bradley Tech, at Peoria, 111.
Dec. 13 St. Louis, at St. Louis, Mo.
Dec. 14 Kentucky, at Lexington, Ky.
Dec. 20 Houston Tourney, at Houston
Dec. 21 Houston Tourney, at Houston
Dec. 27 L. S. U., at Houston
Dec. 28 U. of Houston, at Houston
Jan. 4 Open, at College Station
Jan. 10 T. C. U., at Port Worth
Jan. 11 S. M. U., at Dallas
Jan. 15 Baylor, at College Station
Jan. 25 Rice, at College Station
Jan. 31 Baylor, at Waco
Feb. 3 Texas, at Austin
Feb. 12 Rice, at Houston
Feb. 15 Texas, at College Station
Feb. 21 Arkansas, at Fayetteville, Ark.
Feb. 22 Arkansas, at Fayetteville, Ark.
Feb. 28 T. C. U., at College Station
Mar. 1 S. M. U., at College Station
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