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1916 Yearbook

1916 Yearbook


1916 Yearbook


ants stare in amazement at their utter lack of fatigue. And that system produced the results. It captured a percentage of 1,000. Nine games, and all wins!
And the heaviest man on the Junior team could have given ten pounds to the lightest player on the opposing eleven, in any game played throughout the schedule.
The lads of the gridiron met teams of known merit, too, and fellows that one
would think would overwhelm the Juniors if they ever clashed with them. But
there was always a different story told after the game.
Yet, in the three years since the Juniors were first organized not one visiting team has ever made a complaint. Every manager has complimented the
Junior's coach on the clean playing of his little proteges. One would think, that
in football, at least, a person looking for an alibi could find something to kick
about, but the records fail to disclose any such complaint. When the Juniors
first started to make a name for themselves, local teams clamored for games.
They got them, and were promptly taken down a peg. Some, more venturesome
than the rest, even took another chance. But it has become increasingly difficult
to secure local games. Father Adrian has been compelled to book teams of other
cities in order to appease the Junior appetite for scalps. Of course the majority
of these outside teams were way outside the Junior class, as far as size was considered, but the Juniors, with admirable nonchalance, and a somewhat bored air,
embarked for the country of the enemy and returned with another trophy. Everything that comes to the Juniors' net is fish.
And then the basketball team; 12 games and all wins! That looks uncanny,
doesn't it? But it isn't. It's just Junior speed, and power and willingness to
work, and strict adherence to orders, and still stricter training, and above all,
practice. Never ceasing practice. That is the secret of Junior success. That
and the admirable coaching system of Father Adrian, with which he has done
There is just one other instance of Junior fearlessness against great odds
that it will do well to mention. Lyons High School, an aggregation of giants,
whose center stood six feet, four, and the rest of the team measured in proportion, came to do battle, on the St. Ambrose gym floor, with the doughty Juniors.
They were a first class team, and had already walloped the Clinton High School




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