Volume I, Number 10.
By virtue of a 10- point lead gained
in the first half, the Chicago captured
the Group B gonfalon from the
Houston in the final game of the
curtailed basketball season, Wednesday
night at Admiral Leigh Gymnasium.
The first ten minutes of the game
were played on even terms with close
guarding of both teams keeping the
score at 4- all. Midway in the first
half, however, the Chicago Bull Dogs
solved the Ramblers defense and began
feeding the ball to McNulty,
Chicago pivot man for tip- in shots.
Thus at the half- time marker the
Houston was trailing 8 to 18.
Scoring first in the second canto,
the Chicago made a bid to further
turn the game into a rout, but a shift
of the Houston defense and a more
concentrated offense made the contest
a dog- fight again. In the closing
minutes after frequent personal fouls
by both teams, fouls were committed
with great frequency. One Houstonite
and two Chicagoans were removed
from the melee via the personal foul
The current Houston quint is regarded
as the best in years. It is
indeed unfortunate that of necessity
the season is cut short, else, far- reaching
recognition might be gained. A
representative comparison may be
reached by considering the showing
made in a recent game with the U.
C. L. A. 145- lb. varsity squad. This
game was won by U. C. L. A. 39- 38
after the Houston Feather Merchants
( second team) had plaed most of
the last half.
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THE BLUE BONNET
, It gives me great pleasure to "
, extend my cordial Christmas, ':
Greetings to the officers and
" crew of the Houston and to
their families. Due to the whole
hearted devotion to duty of all "
personnel, the past year has
been a very successful one for
our ship; the efficiency in Gunnery
has shown great improvement,
and in Engineering and
Damage Control we stand near
On departure from the ship
at the completion of this cruise
last summer the President of
the United States gave the ship
" Well Done!"; and at the Annual
Military Inspection recently
completed, the Division Com- '"
mander reported " I consider the
Houston presents a ' smart' appearance-
the general condition
of the ship is Very Good to
I ~ Let us all enjoy a well earned ':
:', G. N. BARKER,
Captain, U. S. N.,
To W. J. English, BM1c, who received
notice of his place as No. 3
on the list for future appointment
to Boatswain. Having known " Limey"
for several years it is our own particular
pleasure at this time to wish
him well. Of his success we are
December 25, 1938.
' Headlock' Wellbourn's coterie of
muscle maulers finished the elimination
series in a three- way tie with
the Pensacola and Salt Lake City
for top honors. Beaten in points only,
' by the Pensacola, the squad weathered
Four Houston men were undefeated.
Lead by Chick, All- Fleet Bantam, the
unbeaten group also included Butler,
Calamitous Coxswain, Fordemwalt,
Paladinous Postman and Arthur,
Gymnastic Gunner. These men are eligible
for Fleet Elimination Finals,
which will probably be held during
maneuyers, a. t Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba, late in March.
Other members of the squad who
did not remain undefeated, but who
contributed to the high standing of
the Houston in the final tabulation
were Drover, Keimel, Miller, and
Final standing: W L Pct.
HOUSTON 3 1 .750
PENSACOLA 3 1 .750
SALT LAKE CITY 3 1 .750
NORTHAMPTON 1 3 .250
VESTAL 0 4 .000
Houston boxers lost only one match
in Cruiser eliminations. By close decisions
the Pensacola gained the nod,
to become the only Houston Nemesis
of the short season..
Under the able tutelage of Archie
Arsenault, there were three men unbeaten
in their class. Slugger Lewdanski,
Houston Heavy, Major Hodge,
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