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Published in the November 11, 1915 Morton Enterprise.

Morton Basket Ball Tossers Defeat the Fast Teams from Morgan and Gibbon

Last week was a bright one for the local basketball tossers when they blighted the championship aspirations of both Gibbon and Morgan.

They played Gibbon at Morton Friday evening and the result was 15 to 9 in favor of Morton. The boys started out slow and their playing was very poor the first half and at the 2nd of the first half the score was 30 to 0.

The next half found the players going better and soon all the regulars were replaced by the scrubs, and at the end of the game not a first-team man was on the floor.

The Gibbon boys were a gentlemanly bunch and there was no fighting over the decisions of the referee.

The summary:
Gibbon                                Morton
Field Goals: Gaasch 5, Keefe 8, Orth 5, Donlon 2, Bakke, Johnson, Friedl. Free Throws: Gaasch 5, Monson 3. Substitutes—Ederer for Gaasch, Carruth for Donlon, Walters for Fuller, Simon for Orth, Jos. Bush for Loftness. Referees: Varnadore and Lawrence.
At Morgan
“We knew when we went to Morgan that we would win, but didn’t think we would do it so easily.” This leaf was found in a note in a notebook entitled, “The Prophecies of our Pilgrim Polly.” The above quotation sums up the general feeling that prevailing in the camp of “Honk’s Hopefuls.” Upon arriving at Morgan that feeling took a decided slump upon hearing some of the blood-thirsty tales of the way Morgan defeated Fairfax by the alarming score of 23-13.

The game began and outside of Baker and Gaasch making 34 points out of 39 and Fuller making a basket and knocking out a man, the making of numerous fuss and quarrels, nothing happened out of the ordinary.

Morton feels justly elated over defeating Morgan because the will of the previous year’s teams always bequeath to the following year’s team the pleasure of whipping our ancient rivals.

The mathematics of the ceremony:

Morton                                     Morgan
Baker                          L.F.                  Kempton
Gaasch                       R.F.                 Dahms
Orth                             C.                    Hartwick
Donlon                         R.G.                Junata
Fuller                           L.G.                 Battershell
Field Goals: Baker 10, Gaasch 7, Donlon, Fuller 4, Hartwick 3, Kempton 2, Dahms. Free Throws: Dahms, Kempton 2, Gaasch. Substitutes: Jensen for Hartwick. Referees: Varnadore and Fadness

The youthful Yannigans, unwilling to be outdone by a mere elder, decided that they also could use a victory. So, collecting the necessary paraphernalia, they turned their backs to the Aurora Borealis, and head Morganward. Later found them and the Morgan Seconds in a death grapple for supremacy. The outcome looked decidedly glum for our captain and his ever-faithful followers. The opening stanza ended with us holding the unfavorable end of a 9 to 2 score.

During the next half, aroused by glances of pity from friends, and looks of anger from the older team, the infants stopped into the fray and with a “do or die” spirit, and won an eleventh-hour victory by 14 to 13 score.

The results were as follows:
Goals: Ederer 2, Keefe, 6, Hillig 2, Jensen 3, Schweiler 1. Free throws: Jensen 1. Substituies: Dahms for Schwiler, Henton for Siomn.

Taken all together with a triple victory, and two from Morton on their floor, makes the ho9me boys feel rather chesty. They go to Arlington this week, and it is expected that they will give a good account of themselves. ~~ B.B. Reporter