OUR SPORTING WORLD
BY RIP HARRISON
Sports Editor of The Cougar
French To Issue Baseball Call
HIGH POINT BOB
Here he is, you dopes. Robert Browning Brahnam, star forward
and leader of the Junior College basketball team. So far Bob has
been the dominating figure in the Cougar triumphs and has proven
to be the mainstay in the fast breaking offensive taught by Coach
Archie French. Bob has a style all his own—and what a style! In
Spite of his height, Bob flashes around the court Uke a streak of
lightning and is a whiz under the basket. Bob's sporting world is
not limited to basketball alone; he is a crack athlete in track and
field events, plays the infield and is a heavy hitter on the baseball
diamond, boasts a fine record on the gridiron, and is recognized as
an outstanding bowler. Bob lias lots of ambitions in the field of
sports, and is backing the proposed bowling team to represent
H. J. C.
OF DIAMOND STARS
With King Baseball just around the
corner and all the colleges starting
baseball practice, a little thought should
be given to a junior college baseball
team. From all the huskies and brutes
in the school, it looks Uke nine future
Babe Ruths could be assembled to
represent the school on the diamond.
Games could be scheduled with high
school nines and teams from the commercial and industrial leagues.
N. K. Dupre, assistant dean, has left
the entire matter up to Coach Archie
French. French states that as soon as
the end of basketball season draws
near he will put it up to the students
and if enough interest is shown, Junior
college will boast a baseball team.
French has had plenty of experience in
the coaching line and can be depended
to do his best towards organizing and
developing a championship baseball
Practice will be held sometime during the day, the time and place to be
arranged at a later date. These are the
plain facts and you can see that it's
up to the students, so do a little inquiring and talk it up and let's have
a baseball team. All interested leave
names with Coach French.
Speaking of famous basketball quintets, we feel that the Junior college
could come in for a little praise. We
are not talking about the present 1
gity cage outfit which has a creditable
string of victories, but about a should-
be cage team made up of male members of the faculty.
Boasting of height of six feet and
some odd inches, Mr. Rees should
make a first class center. His reach
should make him dead-eye when it
comes to sinking crip shots. If Fred
R. Birney and Mr. Harris would go
after the ball like they take an inter
est in school affairs, the forward posts
would be in capable hands. The guard
positions would be easy to fill but it
seems that Mr. Keeler and S. L. Bishkin would be the best bets. Archie
French could fill in at any of these
places but he would do more good by
acting as head man.
COUGARS SCORED UPSET
Last Wednesday's game with Nathan's Clothiers, which ended in a 19-13
victory for Junior college, stamped
this school as a powerful cage outfit
that can hold its own against the best
of teams. In their league and in numerous contests, the Nathans bunch
had established a reputation as one of
the leading cage teams in the city, and
they well deserved this title. With
such stars as Hammet, Peltzman,
Bourne, and Lefkowitz, the .Clothiers
can put a team on the floor to give
the best of them a battle.
In the previous issue this column did
a little bragging about Malcolm Pech,
and his abilities on the basketball court.
In the Nathan's tilt Pech put on a little scoring party and accounted for
11 of the team's 19 points. What-a-man
is right; Pech proved to be the mainstay of the Cougar attack.
In spite ot the fact that Junior college turned back the Clothiers we feel
that the college boys could have scored
a few more goals against the store-
boys. Pech and Brahnam got hot and
ran the Clothiers ragged. We predict
that the score would have been something like 27-13 if Harry Matthews,
speedy forward, had seen service during the tilt.
So far only a few students have
shown any interest in the proposed
baseball team and have inquired about
it. There is plenty of amateur talent in
the school, as many of the students
have played in various industrial and
commercial leagues. If you want thi
team let's see a little interest and en
thusiasm because if the students don't
get behind this there will never be a
Junior college baseball nine.
We can rest assured that part of the
pitching staff is in good shape and
ready to start practice right now.
Adolph Marks and L. B. Manry, two
promising hurlers from San Jacinto,
are now attending H. J. C. and have
reputations of being two of the bset
school twirlers in the city.
SLOW DOWN, LEE!
Dope from reliable sources tells us
that Lee Butler Stone, "sawed-off forward", has been warming the bench
quite a bit lately. Stone says they're
keeping him under cover for the big
game with Paddoka to take place on
April 1, his birthday. "Stay in there,
Stone, you're a good man even if you
do run after the women too much."
The crowds at the games are getting
bigger and better than ever. Last
Wednesday night when Junior college
entertained Nathan's there was a fair-
sized crowd that got a big kick out of
the game and went away with a better
impression of the Junior college cage
team. Come out and see a game and
v/e guarantee that you'll be back for
Junior college will be host to the
District 21 Interscholastic League athletic meet to take place in the near
future. Teams representing high
schools from Harris, Matagorda, Fort
Bend, Brazoria, and Wharton counties
will be guests of Junior college during
the meet. The first contest is slated to
start on February 26-27. This will be
basketball and the the division plan
for class A and class B schools will
be used. The district track and field
meet will be held at the Rice tamium,
April 15-16. The dates April 22-23
will also be reserved in case Rice field
is not available on the 15-16. The tennis tournament will be held in conjunction with the track events; the net
events being held at the Rice courts
with the class A and B divisions also
scheduled to be used-
Have you joined Archie French's
folk dancing classes? Dear old Archie
has turned dancing maestro in order
that he might show his pupils how to
folk dance while wearing spats!
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tackled. I began liking him and
willing to forgive his shimmying
Bunn was at his best when sweeping
the ends, and on his sweeps we built
up lateral pass play that won countrywide recognition. However, you should
not think we had a one-man team, because we had more stars than they
had in Hollywood. Six Siwash players
made all-conference, two made All-
West, and one of our guards made the
All-America. Bunn himself might have
made the All-America if he had played
more. I never used him for more th;
half a game because I was afraid he
would get hurt; I knew those skinny
legs were delicate. When he had
piled up a safe lead I always jerked him
out—there was no use in taking chances
on toothpick legs.
We finished the next season untied
or undefeated and received an invitation to play Strawn University in
the Rose Bowl game. Siwash played
inspired football that day and made
history. Bunn ran the Strawn ends
ragged—they made four substitutions
to that position alone. When the half
ended Bunn, behind perfect interference, had piled up 33 points. His playing had won him Ail-American honors; two other Siwash players also won
positions on the mythical team.
I was so delighted with the fact
that we had ten lettermen returning
for the next season, and two of them
of All-America caliber, that I arranged
a schedule so difficult I was severely
criticized by members of the alumni.
I didn't care, I was sure we had a
great team and a greater coach (I'm
not bragging, I'm merely informing
We started the next season off like
wild-fire; we literally breezed over the
first ten opponents. What-a-coach, I
thought about myself. There was only
Naughty Dame left on our schedule.
If we beat them we would have completed three consecutive seasons of undefeated and untied football, and our
second season as undisputed national
Siwash College was given more publicity than the World War. The student body was increased doubly—so
was my salary. Hundreds of offers
were made to me. I endorsed a cigarette that I had never even smoked or
wouldn't smoke, but I got a nice price
for my "testimony."
Let's get back to Freddie Bunn, he
is supposed to be the hero of this story
anyway. The week before the Naughty
Dame game the 1931 All-America
was announced. Bunn was an unanimous selection—twice in two years:
not bad for a guy with toothpick legs.
PASSING ATTACK SCRUB TEAM BESTS
BEATS NATHANS CAVALRY QUINTET.
Employing a whirlwind passing attack that built up a commanding lead
in the early part of the first half,
Junior College Cougars turned back
the highly-touted Nathan's Clothiers
quintet, 19-13, in a hectic battle at the
Taking the floor as underdogs and
not given the slightest chance to win.
the Cougars got going right away and
soon had the Clothiers on the run.
Coming from the fast Club league and
boasting one of the best cage outfits in
the city, the Nathan's bunch was expected to sail through the contest and
emerge on top of a lopsided score, but
Coach French and his charges had different ideas and proceeded to carry
The famous Peltzman-Ham met scoring combination that has figured so
prominently in the Clothiers' long
string of victories could not get hot,
and so the Nathan's attack never got
started. Time after time either Peltzman or Hammet would bring the ball
down the floor only to lose it attempting to work the ball under the basket.
Close guarding, that featured Sam Lefkowitz and Peltzman, saved the game
from being a walk-away for the college bunch.
Malcolm Pech played the game of
his life for Junior college. His whirlwind passing and ball-handling under
the basket paved the way for H. J.
C.'s win. Besides playing a bang-up
defensive game, Pech took charge of
the goal-making situation and ran up
a total of 11 points to taking high
scoring honors for the night. Along
with Pech, Bob Brahnam played a
whale of a game at forward and accounted for 6 markers.
Nathan's— —H. J. C.
Hammet _ _ Jeter
Bunn had attracted more admirers than
Greta Garbage, the movie actress.
When he had a headache, everyone
the campus took an aspirin. And I'
had even quit worrying about him getting hurt, as he had played in more
than thirty games and had never been
seriously injured. But let's get on
with the story.
The team embarked for South Send,
Ind., where we were to play the great
Snute Bockne's team. Six special trains
were needed to carry all the rooters
that followed us. When we got to
South Send the stadium was full—
most of the spectators were full, too.
Ah, there's the whistle to start the
—Naughty Dame kicked. Bunn took
the ball and started down the field.
He stiff-armed a would-be tackier,
pivoted and shook off another one. He
reversed his field and ran on to the
goal, untouched. Oh, boy, a touchdown
on the kickoff. I almost smiled out
loud. The half ended with Siwash
I didn't send Bunn back in for the
last half because we had a small lead
and his knee was badly sprained. I
was worried about him and then
Naughty Dame came back inspired and
pushed over_^two touchdowns before
the last quarter began. The score
stood 12-7, their favor. Our quarterback used everything we had but to
I had given up hope of winning when
Bunn came hobbling up and asked me
to send him into the game. I refused.
He ran out on the field and reported
to the referee. I was glad because I
thought we would win, but I was also
sorry because he might be seriously
injured. There was two minutes left
to play. I have always read of thi
hero going in the game in the las
minute and winning the game, but I
never thought that I would ever
A determined final quarter rally,
iced the game for Junior College ^
Scrubs, when they walloped a fast
Cavalry cage team 34-21 in a headline
tilt at the school gym.
High point honors for the night went
to W. Peterson, scrub forward, who
accounted for 11 points. Coming into
the game during the last half, Peterson lost no time in getting started and
began to rope the basket with steady
precision. Lee Stone, sawed-off forward, and R. Marshall looked good for
the Scrubs and figured in the nifty *.
passing attack of the scrub outfit.
In Schlabach, Howard, and Detro,
Cavalry had three first class performers, who were the big guns for their
offensive. Although stopped dead in
their attempts to get the ball under
the basket for crips, the Cavalry team
relied on long shots with fast follow-
ups to whittle down the lead of the
Scrubmen. From the corner of the
court, long shots by Howard or Schla- •
bach, Cavalry forwards, were almost
cinch points and proved the leading
scoring factor for the soldier boys.
From the opening whistle till the
end of the first half it was anybody's
game. Both teams relied on strong defenses and broke slow for the basket.
Holding a 16-13 lead at the half way
mark, the Scrubs increased their pace
and started a passing attack that threw _,
the Cavalry bunch into a purely defensive battle. Long passes from the
guards to the forwards, who broke
for the basket, rolled up the Scrub- *•
men's score. It looked like the Scrubs
were going to do all the scoring till
the Calvalry outfit got right on their .
long shots and began to pull down
the scrub lead. At the final whistle
both teams were hitting top form and
playing sensational ball.
Howard - Nirken
Detro . _ Raiford
Railey __ Gonzales
such a rarity. That is all right for
movies and dime novels, but here was
one of my own players going in to do
it. And I was certainly confident that
Freddie would come through. I felt
felt myself getting excited.
The people in the stands were yelling like mad men. I saw Bunn get in
position to carry the ball. The center
hadn't heard the signals clearly, and
snapped the ball back over Freddie's
head. The ball rolled back twenty
yards past the line of scrimmage. My
heart sunk. But Freddie ran back,
scooped up the ball and started down
the field. Before he hit his stride, two
tacklers hit him simultaneously. He
was literally bent double before he was
borne to the ground.
I thought poor Freddie was done for,
but when the teams unpiled and lined
up again, he was back to carry the
ball. I knew there was just time for
one more play. But I still thought we
would win, because of the confidence
I had in Bunn. The ball was snapped
to him on the last play; and did he
run the remaining 55 yards for a touchdown, and win the game, and become
a national hero? No, he was smothered before he could get started, and
thrown for a ten-yard loss. The gun
sounded ending the game.
Siwash had lost the game, my team
had been severely beaten, and I had
lost a nice sized side-bet; but that
can't be helped—there's no sense in
letting the hero win every game in the
last minute of play. So that's the reason why I, as the author, made Siwash
Dean of Women (to co-ed): Do you
Wilma Lindsay: No, thank you, Mrs.
Bender, I just had one.