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1951   - SERENA HUSKERS WIN SECOND STRAIGHT TITLE -   1951

1951 LTC Program Cover
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The Serena Huskers won their second straight Little Ten Conference Tournament title, beating tournament favorite Hinckley in overtime in the title game held at Leland High School.  The Huskers entered the event in third place in the loop standings with a 6-1 record, while the Hawks led the league with a perfect 7-0 record.  Leland, the tournament host and the 1950 tourney runner-up boasted a 7-1 conference record.  The Huskers opened the competition with a 39-34 victory over Waterman, and then defeated Leland in the semi-finals 50-47 and finally Hinckley 58-57 in overtime to hoist the championship trophy.

FIRST ROUND:

 

HINCKLEY 41, SHABBONA 34

 

   Hinckley opened the 1951 LTC Tournament with a hard fought win over Shabbona, who entered the tournament with four wins and three losses in league play.  Head coach Dick Dresser’s Indians jumped out on top after the first quarter, leading 12-8 over the Hawks, who were favorites to win the championship.  Hinckley head coach Les Saddoris must have found the right words to inspirer his team entering the second quarter because the Hawks came out on fire.  Hinckley blitz the Indians by outscoring them 20-2 in the second frame to take a 28-14 lead into intermission.  Shabbona narrowed the gap during the third quarter, but still trailed 33-24 entering the fourth period.  Hinckley was able to stifle the Shabbona run to hold on and advance.  Center George White led Hinckley with a game-high 16 points, while forward Harold Skinner added 13 markers.  Shabbona’s Lynn Nelson paced the Indians with 14 tallies.      

 

Hinckley       fg  ft  tp  Shabbona     fg  ft  tp

Strever         1   1   3  Hopwood       2   4   8

Skinner         6   1  13  Munson        1   3   5

White           7   2  16  Nelson        5   4  14

Hill            0   0   0  Nordeen       1   1   3

Dellenback      0   1   1  Watson        2   0   4

Barr            2   4   8

Phillips        0   0   0

 

Totals         16   9  41  Totals       11  12  34

 

Hinckley                  8    20     5     8 - 41

Shabbona                 12     2    10    10 - 34

 Total fouls - Hinckley 14, Shabbona 11.

 

LELAND 38, PLANO 37

 

   In the second game of the first night, Leland (6-1 in LTC) held off a valiant comeback effort by Plano, who had a 1-7 conference record entering the event, to advance with a 38-37 triumph.  The tournament hosts held a slim one point lead (8-7) after the first eight minutes and 15-12 advantage at halftime.  The Panthers came out hot in the third quarter out-pointing Plano 17-9 to take a 32-21 lead into the final frame.  Three Leland staters fouled out during the fourth quarter and Plano’s Dick Hearn and Don Heller were leading the Reapers on a come back, although they out-scored the Panthers 16-6 in the fourth, they came up one point short, 38-37 as the final gun sounded.  Panther big man Duane Hoadley led all scorers with 16 points and Keith Gunderson added nine.  Plano was led by guard Don Heller with 10 points, while Wally Malmborg chipped in with nine.

 

Leland         fg  ft  tp  Plano        fg  ft  tp

K. Gunderson    3   3   9  Malmborg      2   5   9

Buckhardt       1   3   5  Schuning      2   0   4

Hoadley         6   4  16  Billingham    1   0   2

Kittleson       0   1   1  Heller        5   0  10

Loux            1   1   3  Baker         0   3   3

F. Gunderson    0   0   0  Huffman       1   0   2

Gord            0   4   4  Highley       0   0   0

J. Johnson      0   0   0  Hearn         2   0   4

                           Naggs         1   0   2

                           Meier         0   1   1

 

Totals         11  16  38  Totals       14   9  37

 

Leland                    8     7    17     6 - 38

Plano                     7     5     9    16 - 37

 Total fouls - Leland 23, Plano 22.  Fouled out - K. Gunderson, Hoadley, Loux, Malmborg, Baker.

 

SOMONAUK 41, EARLVILLE 40

 

   The Bobcats, who held a 4-3 record to begin the tournament, held off a late Earlville surge to move on with a nail-biting 41-40 win.  Somonauk jumped out to a 17-9 lead over the Red Raiders, who were 2-5 to start tourney play.  Earlville slice the disadvantage to 23-18 at halftime, but still trailed 36-32 after three quarters.  After scoring two quick baskets, the Bobcats went into a stall to help hold on to their lead.  Ignited by the play of John Rayson and Tom Anderson cut the margin to one point before the time ran out.  Somonauk’s Dave Westbrook and Earlville’s Tom Anderson shared game-high honors by scoring 15 points each.

 

Somonauk       fg  ft  tp  Earlville    fg  ft  tp

R. Anderson     2   2   6  Rayson        3   3   9

Sims            1   4   6  T. Anderson   5   5  15

Westbrook       6   3  15  Kaminky       0   0   0

R. Johnson      3   0   6  Fultz         0   0   0

D. Anderson     3   1   7  Kaleel        3   2   8

Grandgeorge     0   1   1  Swanson       0   0   0

Hash            0   0   0  Hayward       2   3   7

Fox             0   0   0  Gibson        0   1   1

 

Totals         15  11  41  Totals       13  14  40

 

Somonauk                 17     6    13     5 - 41

Earlville                 9     9    14     8 - 40

 Total fouls - Somonauk 20, Earlville 23.  Fouled out - Westbrook, R. Johnson, D. Anderson, Rayson, T. Anderson.

 

 

SECOND ROUND:

 

LELAND 58, SANDWICH 56 (OT)

 

  Leland had its second close game in as many nights as they were able to move on to the semi-finals with a hard fought 58-56 overtime victory over Sandwich. The Indians, who entered tourney play with a 6-2 conference record, trailed 15-11 after one period, but cut the Leland lead to one (28-27) at halftime.  Sandwich out-scored the Panthers 15-13 in the third quarter to take a 42-41 advantage heading to the fourth frame.  Leland scored a basket with just a few seconds remaining to tie the score at 50-all and send the contest into an extra session.  In overtime the Panthers received baskets from Don Loux, Duane Hoadley and Keith Gunderson, while Sandwich’s Christensen scored a pair of baskets and Mueller one to tie the score at 56-all.  With three seconds remaining on the clock, Loux converted the winning hoop to push the Panthers to the semi-finals.  Keith Gunderson led all scorers with 21 points for Leland, Duane Hoadley and Don Gord added 11 and 10 respectively.  Colliflower paced Sandwich with 18 points, Colby chipped in 17 for the Indians.     

 

Leland         fg  ft  tp  Sandwich     fg  ft  tp

Buckhardt       2   3   7  Catensen      3   2   8

K. Gunderson    7   7  21  Meueller      3   1   7

Hoadley         5   1  11  Colliflower   9   0  18

Loux            4   1   9  Colby         8   1  17

Gord            4   2  10  Augustine     2   2   6

Kittleson       0   0   0  O’Neil        0   0   0

 

Totals         22  14  58  Totals       25   6  56

 

Leland                   15    13    13     9   8 - 58

Sandwich                 11    16    15     8   6 - 56

 Total fouls - Leland 14, Sandwich 18.  Fouled out - Buckhardt.

 

SERENA 39, WATERMAN 34

 

  The Huskers held off a fourth quarter rally from Waterman, who was 2-5 in loop play entering the tourney, to take move on to the semi-finals with a 39-34 win.  Serena held a slim 7-6 lead after the first quarter, and then doubled up the Wolverines, leading 22-11 at halftime.  The Huskers out-scored Waterman 7-5 in the third period to increase their advantage to 13 (29-16).  The shooting of the Wolverines picked up in the final frame as Dick Reingardt, Bill Hartman and Chuck Johnson helped led them to 18 points in the quarter, while holding Serena to 10 points, but the comeback fell a little short.  Husker big man Tom Marshall netted a game-high 20 points, while Waterman was led by Dick Reingardt’s 13 markers.

 

Serena         fg  ft  tp  Waterman     fg  ft  tp

Roth            1   2   4  Reingardt     4   5  13

Miller          0   0   0  Ray           0   4   4

Marshall        6   8  20  Kolves        2   0   4

Bastian         2   1   5  North         1   1   3

Selvig          3   2   8  Hartman       2   0   4

Clark           0   1   1  Schaeffer     0   1   1

Jardine         0   1   1  Johnson       2   1   5

 

Totals         12  15  39  Totals       11  12  34

 

Serena                    7    15     7    10 - 39

Waterman                  6     5     5    18 - 34

 Total fouls - Serena 18, Waterman 19.  Fouled out - Kolves.

 

SOMONAUK 56, PAW PAW 51

 

   Somonauk led the Bulldogs from start to finish, thus advancing to the semi-finals with a 56-51 victory.  Paw Paw, who entered tourney play with a 1-6 league record, trailed 18-12 at the intermission.  In the second half the scoring picked up on both sides, but the Bobcats still held a six point lead (36-30) after three periods of play.  Then the Bulldogs out-pointed the Bobcats 21-20 in the last quarter, but Somonauk was able  to hold on for the win.  Dwain Sims led four Bobcats in double figures with a game-high 16 points.  Richard Anderson added 13 for the winners and Dave Westbrook and Ron Anderson chipped in 10 points each.  Paw Paw was led in scoring by Gerald Manahan and Joe Jones, who scored 13 points each, while Charles Bruce netted 11 in the game.

 

Somonauk       fg  ft  tp  Paw Paw      fg  ft  tp

R. Anderson     4   5  13  Bruce         3   5  11

Sims            5   6  16  Stevens       2   1   5

Westbrook       5   0  10  Bittner       2   2   6

R. Johnson      3   1   7  Manahan       5   3  13

D. Anderson     4   2  10  Jones         5   3  13

Grandgeorge     0   0   0  Burnett       0   0   0

                           Miller        0   0   0

                           Coss          0   1   1

                           E. Johnson    0   0   0

                           Wright        1   0   2

 

Totals         21  14  56  Totals       18  15  51

 

Somonauk                  7    11    18    20 - 56

Paw Paw                   6     6    18    21 - 51

 Total fouls - Somonauk 18, Paw Paw 21.  Fouled out - Stevens, Coss.

 

HINCKLEY 73, ROLLO 45

 

   The Hawks scored early and often over a Rollo club who had come into the tournament 0-7 in conference games, the result was a 73-45 triumph for Hinckley over the Eagles.  Hinckley raced out to a 28-16 lead after the first eight minutes and was never threatened from there.  At halftime Hinckley led 39-26 and head coach Saddoris substituted freely during the final half using his reserves the remainder of the game, putting in the regulars only when the Eagles drew close. All nine Hinckley players that got into the game scored led by Harold Skinner’s 14 points.  George White and Jim Barr popped in 12 points a piece for the Hawks.  Chuck Foster paced Rollo with 14, followed by Phil Buland with 13 and Don Landers 11.

 

Hinckley       fg  ft  tp  Rollo        fg  ft  tp

Strever         1   2   4  Foster        5   4  14

Skinner         6   2  14  Iversen       0   0   0

White           6   0  12  Buland        6   1  13

Hill            4   1   9  Landers       5   1  11

Dellenback      2   0   4  Durbin        3   1   7

Barr            6   0  12  Svendsen      0   0   0

Woodrich        4   0   8

Skartveit       2   0   4

Phillips        3   0   6

 

Totals         34   5  73  Totals       19   7  45

 

Hinckley                 28    11    11    23 - 73

Rollo                    16    10    12     7 - 45

 Total fouls - Hinckley 20, Rollo 8.

 

SEMI-FINALS

 

SERENA 50, LELAND 47

 

   The Huskers jumped out to quick eight point lead early on, but the Panthers were able to slice the gap to two points (12-10) at the end of the first quarter.  The tournament hosts continued their steady play to take a 20-19 advantage over Serena into halftime.  The Panthers still held the lead after the third period ended, hold a slim 35-33 lead heading to the final frame.  The Huskers regained the lead midway through the fourth and were able to hold on to advance to the title game, giving them a chance to win back-to-back titles.  Bill Roth led the Huskers with game-high 15 points; Tom Marshall also reached double figures with 10.  Leland was paced by Don Loux’s 14 points, Duane Hoadley added 12.

 

Serena         fg  ft  tp  Leland       fg  ft  tp

Bastian         2   3   7  Buckhardt     4   1   9

Marshall        4   2  10  K. Gunderson  2   0   4

Miller          2   2   6  Hoadley       3   6  12

Jardine         1   1   3  Loux          6   2  14

Selvig          3   3   9  Gord          3   2   8

Roth            4   7  15  Kittleson     0   0   0

Clark           0   0   0  Thompson      0   0   0

 

Totals         16  18  50  Totals       18  11  47

 

Serena                   12     7    14    17 - 50

Leland                   10    10    15    12 - 47

 Total fouls - Serena 15, Leland 18.  Fouled out - Bastian, Buckhardt.

 

HINCKLEY 50, SOMONAUK 45

 

   The Bobcats took a 11-8 lead after one quarter, but Hinckley battled back to gain a 21-19 advantage at halftime.  The Hawks expanded the lead to 10 points (40-30) after three quarters by out scoring Somonauk 19-11.  The Bobcats managed a scoring spree in the fourth frame out pointing the Hawks 15-10, but it wasn’t enough to them to overtake the tournament favorites.  George White led the Hinckley attack with 15 points, while Harold Skinner and Roy Hill collected 12 points each.  Somonauk’s Ron Anderson netted a game-high 18 points, Dick Anderson chipped in with 11 markers.

 

Hinckley       fg  ft  tp  Somonauk     fg  ft  tp

Strever         0   1   1  R. Anderson   6   6  18

Skinner         4   4  12  Sims          2   3   7

White           5   5  15  Westbrook     2   1   5

Hill            4   4  12  Johnson       1   1   3

Dellenback      1   1   3  D. Anderson   5   1  11

Barr            3   1   7  Grandgeorge   0   1   1

                           Hash          0   0   0

 

Totals         17  16  50  Totals       16  13  45

 

Hinckley                  8    13    19    10 - 50

Somonauk                 11     8    11    15 - 45

 Total fouls - Hinckley 16, Somonauk 25.  Fouled out - Sims, D. Anderson.

 

THIRD PLACE GAME:

 

SOMONAUK 51, LELAND 45

 

   The Bobcats wasted little time in running away from Leland in the third place game by building a 19-8 lead after the first quarter and then expanding the margin to 31-16 at halftime.  Somonauk took a 47-28 advantage into the fourth quarter, but the Panthers weren’t done yet.  Leland, helped by Duane Hoadley netting 10 of his 15 game points in the period, erupted for 18 points to the Bobcats four in the final eight minutes, but came up five points short as time expired.  Dwain Sims and Ronnie Anderson led the scoring punch for the Bobcats as they scored 15 and 14 points respectively.  Everett Buckardt joined Hoadley in double figures for Leland with 11 points.

 

Somonauk       fg  ft  tp  Leland       fg  ft  tp

R. Anderson     5   4  14  Buckhardt     2   7  11

Sims            7   1  15  K. Gunderson  2   2   6

Westbrook       3   1   7  Hoadley       6   3  15

Johnson         1   4   6  Loux          2   4   8

D. Anderson     2   2   6  Gord          2   1   5

Grandgeorge     1   1   3  F. Gunderson  0   0   0

Hash            0   0   0  Kittleson     0   0   0

                           Thompson      0   1   1

 

Totals         19  13  51  Totals       14  18  46

 

Somonauk                 19    12    16     4 - 51

Leland                    8     8    12    18 - 45

 Total fouls - Somonauk 23, Leland 23.  Fouled out - R. Anderson, D. Anderson, Loux, Gord.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

 

SERENA 58, HINCKLEY 57 (OT)

 

   The Huskers and Hawks battled in a see-saw affair that was close throughout and decided in overtime as Serena won their second straight tournament championship with a 58-57 victory.  Head coach Dick Dorsey’s Huskers led after one period 14-13 and maintained that one point lead at halftime as they were ahead 29-28.  The teams each scored 13 points in the third frame as the teams braced for a tight fourth quarter.  The Hawks finally grabbed the lead (55-53) with less than a minute remaining in regulation.  The answer for the Husker’s fans came as Bob Jardine nailed a long one-handed shot as the buzzer sounded to send the game to an extra session.  In overtime, Serena’s Bob Selvig converted a free throw over a minute in to give the champs a 56-55 lead, then Bill Roth hit a shot from just outside the free throw circle with under a minute remaining and the score was 58-55 Huskers.  Hinckley’s Roy Hill countered with a lay-up, but Serena was able to hang on to the ball till the final horn.  Skip Bastian led the champions with 19 points, while Bill Roth added 13.  Hinckley received a game-high 23 points from Roy Hill, Harold Skinner chipped in 15 and George White had 11.

 

 

 

 

Serena         fg  ft  tp  Hinckley     fg  ft  tp

Bastian         5   9  19  Strever       2   1   5

Marshall        3   2   8  Skinner       4   7  15

Miller          3   0   6  White         5   1  11

Jardine         3   2   8  Hill          9   5  23

Selvig          1   2   4  Barr          0   1   1

Roth            5   3  13  Dellenback    1   0   2

Clark           0   0   0  Phillips      0   0   0

 

Totals         20  18  58  Totals       21  15  57

 

Serena                   14    15    13    13    3 - 58

Hinckley                 13    15    13    14    2 - 57

 Total fouls - Serena 21, Hinckley 25.  Fouled out - Marshall, Miller, Skinner, Dellenback.

 

 

FINAL 1951 LITTLE TEN CONFERENCE STANDINGS
 
                        W    L    Pct.  
Hinckley               10    0    1.000
Serena                  9    1     .900
Leland                  8    2     .800
Sandwich                6    4     .600
Somonauk                6    4     .600
Shabbona                5    5     .500
Earlville               4    6     .400
Paw Paw                 3    7     .300
Plano                   2    8     .200
Waterman                2    8     .200
Rollo                   0   10     .000

1951 Little Ten Conference Scoring Leaders
 
Player, Team                        GP   FG   FT   PTS   AVG.
Dick Hopwood, Shabbona              10   64   41   169   16.9
Dick Reingardt, Waterman            10   60   42   162   16.2
Harold Skinner, Hinckley            10   49   55   153   15.3
Phil Buland, Rollo                   9   58   36   152   16.9
Ronnie Anderson, Somonauk           10   53   39   145   14.5
Lynn Nelson, Shabbona               10   55   33   143   14.3
John Rayson, Earlville              10   49   27   125   12.5
Ken Augustine, Sandwich             10   44   34   122   12.2
Mueller, Sandwich                   10   49   24   122   12.2
George Kaleel, Earlville            10   41   37   119   11.9
Tom Marshall, Serena                10   43   33   119   11.9
George White, Hinckley              10   47   21   115   11.5
Skip Bastian, Serena                10   42   29   113   11.3
Joe Jones, Paw Paw                  10   46   16   108   10.8
Keith Gunderson, Leland             10   38   31   107   10.7
Wally Malmborg, Plano               10   41   23   105   10.5
Colliflower, Sandwich               10   42   20   104   10.4
Colby, Sandwich                     10   44   13   101   10.1
Ron North, Waterman                  8   42   17   101   12.6
David Westbrook, Somonauk           10   41   18   100   10.0