BLOOMING GROVE PEP SQUAD HONORED
GRIDSTERS FRIDAY NIGHT
SWEATERS BOYS OF
COACH JOHN PIERCE OF CORSICANA
SPEAKER OF BANQUET
By PAUL MOORE
Sun Sports Editor.
Members of the 1936
Blooming Grove high school
football team were honor
guests at a banquet held in
"Isbell Hall," fine new gymnasium
at Blooming Grove,
Friday evening. The affair
was sponsored by the girls
pep squad. A fine banquet was
served. Letters were awarded and
business men and fans raised
funds for sweaters for the boys.
John A. Pierce, head football
coach of Corsicana high school,
was the principal speaker for the
Odessa Hollingsworth, leader of
the pep squad, was the toastmaster
for the occasion.
A loud speaker system for the
broadcasting of basketball games
and a public address system for
the school building has been installed.
Dr. C. C. Kelsey gave the invocation
and rendered the benediction.
The banquet was served by the
Home Economics department of
which Miss Opal Allmon is the
Supt. C. C. Isbell Introduced
Coach Pierce as "just as good a
coach this year while his team
lost as when he was winning district
championships each year,"
and paid a tribute to the Bengal
mentor as an exponent of clean
Benefit of Game
The Corsicana coach outlined
the benefits of football to the
boys, fans, and citizenship from
physical, mental and moral standpoints
in their future lives. He declared
that brains as well as
strength is necessary to win in
football. The speaker outlined the
close friendships made in football
that extended into later life.
"Being good losers is being overdone,"
Pierce declared, and explained
that losers should lose
with good spirits, but stated that
if a person lost and "liked it,"
they would not go as far as they
"We teach our boys to believe
in winning fairly and cleanly,"
the Tiger coach continued.
Coach Pierce paid considerable
attention to the evils of athletics
when not properly handled and
controlled, mentioning overtrained
muscles and nerves of the boys
unless the coaches are careful,
gambling and drinking at athletic
contests on the part of some spectators,
etc. He declared that those
evils could be curbed to a considerable
extent, however, if the
leaders would exercise the right
Sam Carroll, representing the
exes, complimented the team on
its attitude and its fighting spirit
despite a losing season.
Supt. Isbell called the names of
the individual fans and business
firms who furnished the money
for the sweaters for the football
boys and for the jackets for the
three football coaches.
Other speakers included Coach
Ralph Hooker, Assistant Coaches
John Ross and Clyde Martin, several
of the football boys and the
Lettermen announced and introduced
included Damon Holditch,
co-captain, senior; Red Hewitt,
senior; Selwyn Bacon, manager;
Ralph George, junior; Jack Griffin,
senior; Johnnie B. McClure,
captain, senior; Ethen Melton,
senior; Hardy Butler, senior; Alva
Meador, senior; Bruce Meador,
sophomore: H. D. Thompson, junior;
Stanley Dale Thompson, junior;
Billie Brooks, junior; Kenneth
Bryant, freshman. A number
of the substitutes and squadmen
were also presented.