Hazelwood, a Norwalk High School graduate who is the local expert on both NHS and St. Paul athletics, has a real pulse on the 10 area schools.
I really enjoy reading Hazelwood’s stories as he knows how to get right to the meat of the story.
But times are different. Reading a couple of old stories in Publisher Andy Prutsok’s Blast from the Past column, it is obvious reporters in the old days not only got to the meat of the story, they butchered them like a hog.
There is no beating around the bush in these stories:
High school basket ball
At School Hall Friday evening the High School boys again were beaten by the Fremont boys, but not by so overwhelming a score as a few weeks ago at Fremont. Through illness and other causes only two of the regular Norwalk team were able to take part in the game but a good game was played.
Unlike the teams of other towns in the Northwestern Ohio High School Athletic Association, the Norwalk boys have no one to train them. No one pays any attention to them and all they learn about the game they have to pick up themselves; even Bellevue has a regular basket ball coach.
It is surprising that our boys hold their own as well as they do, especially when away from home, for in not one instance this season when playing abroad have they found the baskets hung according to regulations, a requirement strictly observed in the Norwalk hall.
The game at the School Hall Friday was good one but because of the going out of the electric lights, the game was stopped before the second half was completed. The score then stood Fremont 28, Norwalk 5.
Norwalk: Left forward, Knoll; Right forward, William Wickham; Center, John Wickham; Left guard, Spurrier; right guard, Stiles.
Norwalk looms up as strong tourney hope
A Sandusky sports writer has counted Norwalk out of the running of the district Class A tournament to be held at Tiffin March 4 and 5. Recently, a Tiffin sport authority ranked Norwalk, Bucyrus and Mansfield as the probable winners in the order named. The Sandusky sports writer picks Fremont, but this authority, evidently is unmindful of the fact that Norwalk High School this season has beaten Valte High, Lorain, Bellevue, Sandusky, Elyria and St. Paul’s high, and that the men of Ellis, although beaten by one point on the peculiar Fremont floor, made one more field goal than did Fremont.
Coach Ellis has expressed the wish that his team will meet Fremont on the neutral Tiffin floor during the tournament. A factor that worked against Norwalk was the expulsion of Taylor and Miller from games on personal fouls. It happened that when Norwalk needed the services of these men most of all, officials of the martinet type were calling close ones and whooped the Norwalk stars off the floor when their presence in the game could doutbless have turned the tide of their team.
Baskets not hung according to regulations and officials of the martinet type. Now that’s telling it like it is.
I remember veteran Reflector sportswriter Don Hohler describing a St. Paul win over Monroeville as like “throwing bleeding halibut to the sharks.” When I was a young sportswriter I remember describing Norwalk’s tournament loss to Huron as like “shooting a horse with a broken leg.”
I still laugh when I remember the things sportswriters used to get away with.
Joe Centers is Reflector managing editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.