Second in State Basketball Meet
The Beaver Press, Friday, March 19, 1948
Hundreds of Fans Invade Salt Lake for Final Game
HOW THEY FINISHED
B. Y. High
Beaver’s achievement marks the
first time in the history of the school that a team has finished better
than fifth place in the state prep classic. In 1933, a Beaver quint went
into the final night of play and won the consolation title.
Winning second place in the Class B prep tourney, the Fighting Beavers
returned Sunday to be greeted by hundreds of proud and happy local fans.
The stout-hearted Beaver quintet was defeated 33 – 27, by B. Y. High in
the championship battle in the University of Utah Field House on
Saturday night. Before the greatest turnout in Utah High School hoop
history, a crowd estimated at 6,000, watched the champions battle for
Never in the history of Beaver,
say the “old-timers”, have so many Beaverites been in Salt Lake at one
time, as on Saturday night for the final game of the tournament. Through
the efforts of William A. Merrell, mayor, and others, arrangements were
made to take members of the band to Salt Lake City for the final game.
Literally hundreds of Beaverites and former residents were on hand to
cheer for their favorites.
Paced by blond Harold
Christensen, perhaps the best all-around center in the 48 hardwood
classic, the Wildcats from Provo pulled out of a 22 – 21 third period
stalemate and spun the score board decimals to 33 – 21, Christensen
garnering seven of those digits. B. Y.’s tight defense held the
high-scoring Beavers to six field goals until midway through the fourth
canto, and forced the Region Six champs to snipe at long range, but with
little effectiveness. Ray Pearce, Beaver’s candidate for high-scoring
honors, was held scoreless until the second half, and managed to score
only five points in the tight battle.
stellar Beaver guard who played outstanding ball the first two days
of the meet, suffered a ruptured blood vessel in his ankle and was
unable to assist his teammates in the two final games.
Though they were never behind,
the new state champions nevertheless had their hands full for those
first three tempestuous periods. The score was tied up seven times.
When Fay Ashworth, Beaver’s
hard-working center and key man in their defensive pattern, was ejected
from the tense battle via the foul route before the end of the third
period, It didn’t help the Beaver’s cause. His absence left a gap in
what had been a tough defense for the Wildcats to solve.
At halftime, it was 13 – 11 for
B. Y. High and as far as the hysterical crowd was concerned, it was
anybody’s ball game. Free tosses by each club spun the score around to
15 – 14 for B. Y. but Kent Broadhead slipped one into the net to give
the Cats a 17 – 14 margin. Pearce amputated that lead with a difficult
shot as he headed for the left-hand corner, and when Balif swished a
free toss, Pearce came back to tie up the score at 18 – 18 with a roof
duster which sent Beaver fans into delirium.
Christensen broke loose under the
ring for his first field goal to give the Provoans a momentary lead, but
Doug McShane flipped in a beauty from the side to knot it up again at 20
Within a few minutes after the
opening of the last frame, Prove had run the score up to 33 – 21.
Although the cause looked almost hopeless, the Beavers never quit
trying, however, as Hollingshead hit a long one, Lee and Swindlehurst
hit free tosses and Hollingshead hit another looper to close the gap to
33 -27, just an instant before the buzzer.
D. R. Mitchell, former UHSAA
presented the championship trophy to the new state champions after the
finale, and the runner-up trophy to Beaver. It marked the first time
that either quintet had gained the championship classic.
Rhoda Ann Schwob, one of Beaver’s
vivacious cheerettes, received commendation in The Telegram and a large
individual picture of herself from the paper.
BEAVER DOWNS SPANISH FORK IN THIRD GAME
Beaver snatched a hectic 26 – 23
triumph from jinx-ridden Spanish Fork on Friday afternoon to win their
way into the finale.
Friday’s defeat was particularly
discouraging to the Spanish Fork Dons, who for five successive state
tournaments have played great basketball to move into the semi-final
battle, and for five straight years have stumbled over that lst hurdle
separating them from the title classic.
Beaver tallied six points before
the Dons found the range, but after Monye, Nelson and Brockbank had each
hit the ring, the Forkers moved out in front and nursed a slim lead up
into the fourth period.
Trailing 20 – 19, Beaver moved up
on a jump shot by Ray Pearce and went in front when Jack Hollingshead
dribbled in from mid-court. He was fouled on the scoring play and his
conversion pushed the southerners out in front 22 – 20. Pearce hit a
left-handed push shot from the foul line and with five minutes left in
the torrid tile, the Beavers led 24 – 20. Doug McShane hit one more
deuce to run the count to 26 – 20.
Behind by six points, the Don’s
were unable to handle the effective stall set up by Coach Mel
BETTER BEAVER DAY SET FOR THURSDAY MARCH 18TH
By proclamation of Mayor William A. Merrell, Thursday March 18, will be
observed as “Better Beaver Day”. Brigadier General J. Wallace West,
state adjutant general, or a member of his staff will be guest speaker
at the “Victory Program” in the high school auditorium at 8:00 p.m.
Preceding the program, a luncheon will be sold in the basement of the
school, and following the program a dance will be held at the Legion
Hall. Hundreds of citizens, both young and old are expected to attend
this affair to honor the runner-up basketball squad and to pledge
themselves to build a “Better Beaver”.
The whole-hearted support of the
people of Beaver toward the basketball squad and coach and the
homecoming celebration Sunday gave rise to the thought of a “Better
Beaver Day” which was proclaimed by Mayor Merrell. The fine achievements
of the basketball team proves that Beaver has the “what it takes” to “go
places” and the purpose of Better Beaver Day, said Mayor Merrell is to
encourage further unity and cooperation as we look ahead to future
Commencing at 6:00 p. m. in the
lower hall of the high school an “all Beaver” luncheon will be sold.
Products comprising the lunch, locally produced and processed, include
beef, grade A milk, butter, cheese and ice cream. The nominal charge of
25 cents it is hoped will cover the bare expense of the lunch.
The program, to commence at 8:00
p.m. in the auditorium will include selections by the Beaver high school
band, and other musical numbers. The beautiful basketball trophy,
presented to Jack Hollingshead, team captain, at the conclusion of the
tournament Saturday night, will be presented by him to the student body
president Bob Osborn. A gold medal will be presented to Ray Pearce for
gaining a place on the News All State Five, and other medals and awards
will be presented.
General West or a member of his
staff will be the guest speaker and Mayor Merrell will outline the plans
for the future growth and development of Beaver.
The festivities of the day will
conclude with a dance at the Legion Hall. Committees have worked hours
outlining and preparing these events and it is expected that one of the
largest crowds in Beaver’s history will attend.