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A History of Glasgow Yellowjacket Athletics
Glasgow Basketball "The Thirties"
The foundation for the Yellowjackets success was built in the decade of the 1930's. During this period Coach Bugle Adams founded the mascot name "The Yellowjackets" and started a tradition by starting the Glasgow Invitational Tournament, and coached Glasgow to its first twenty-win season.
The winning years continued with the coaching of Harold Bingham. Coach Bingham utilized a quick passing deliberate offense with a tough 2-1-2 zone defense. It was remembered that he ran his team with strict discipline. He removed players from the game immediately for a bad pass or shot.
In his first year, Bingham coached his team to state play. The regionals were held at Kirksville with 16 teams of all sizes. Size classification at this time was not utilized. Glasgow played Columbia Hickman in the semi-finals and was ahead by 17 points with a few minutes left in the third quarter. Columbia came back to win by three points.
Sikeston was supposed to go to state, but could not make the trip. Don Faro, football coach at Kirksville, saw Glasgow play and helped get the Yellowjackets as a replacement for Sikeston. Glasgow eventually lost to Doniphan 33-28.
Bingham left the school system in 1935 with a career coaching record of 81-26. His salary for teaching and coaching was 75 dollars a month.
The 1935-36 season brought W.O. Shoftstall to Glasgow. He used his first season to incorporate his philosophies to his athletes. Even though the team was 16-11 for the year, they gained experience and learned Shoftstall’s running offense. It is noted that the girls often ran 25 laps around the court at the end of practice to keep in shape for the offense.
During his years, Shoftstall’s teams would win 211 games while losing only 27. Glasgow won the regional tournament in 1938 and 1939.
In 1939, the Yellowjackets made its first final four appearance. They brought home the fourth place trophy after losing to Cape Girardeau and Camdenton, their only losses of the season. Charles Bramble made the All-State team that year with B.C. Kneuvean making honorable mention.
There were many other highlights of the year. The boys played in and won six tournaments. Many of the trips were far away, so many times they left on a Thursday afternoon and stayed in local homes through Saturday for the tournament.
In the 1930’s many games were still played outdoors, however Glasgow had its own indoor gymnasium which was built in 1928. Because games were played out of the elements, many fans started following the team more faithfully. Fans traveled to see the team play and loudly voiced their appreciation.
The basic rules of basketball were different then. For example, a player was disqualified on the fourth personal foul. A coach could not talk to or coach a player during the game, except when a substitute came in or a time-out was called. Until about 1937, the ball was jumped at center court after each basket made. Girls played six on six basketball until about 1939. Only one dribble was allowed at one time, and a defensive player could not knock the ball out of the offensive players’ hands.
Even though girls’ basketball was played in Glasgow as far back as 1915, it wasn’t until the 30’s that the Lady Yellowjackets really gained success. Bessie Marble coached until 1934 compiling a 45-6 record. In 1933, the 19-1 girls won the Lady Jackets’ first regional championship. Four tournaments were won by the 1937-38 girls, including another regional championship.
Prominent players from this decade include Richard Jones and James Monroe who, in 1931, led their team in scoring with 319 points and 240 points respectively. Robert Reissaus, who made six all-star teams in his career. Bill Donnelly played center his year at 6’1". During the 1934-35 season, Myrl Maddox scored 44 points against Slater. Of course Charles Bramble and B.C. Kneuvean should be mentioned here for their contributions at the state playoffs in Springfield.
On the girls side, Gretchea Mathews, Vivian Earickson, Nevora Kneuvean, Ruth Kallmeyer, Virginia Lewis, Carni Caddy, and Cora Myrtle Woods were premier players, plus many more too numerous to mention.
The decade ended with the boys accumulating 253 victories and 69 losses. The girls team records of two years 1936 and 1938 have not been recorded. Their cumulative record excluding these years was 113 and 30
The following is a box score of both the girls and the boys against New Franklin September 30, 1933. The girls lost 20-15, while the boys won 40-21. The Glasgow Hi-Times newspaper furnished articles from games in the 1930’s. They are located at the end of this section.GLASGOW YELLOWJACKETS VS NEW FRANKLIN BULLDOGS SEPTEMBER 30, 1933 GIRLS
The Glasgow High School Basketball teams attended the tournament at Harrisburg October the 14th and 15th.
The first game the boys played was with Ashland at two o’clock Friday afternoon.
Our boys took the lead and held it all the way through. But during the last half Ashland started gaining on them and the score at the end of the game was 22-25.
At eight o’clock Saturday morning our boys played Armstrong. Armstrong took the lead but our boys soon overtook them and won the game 18 to 9.
They played Harrisburg at six p.m. Saturday. As the majority of the rooters were for Harrisburg it took our boys some time to get started. The game kept everyone in suspense. First one team scoring, then the other. At the half the score was 19-19. During the last half our boys were in the lead about two points most of the time. The score was 29 to 28 in our favor and two minutes to go. But in that two minutes Harrisburg made two field goals and one free goal. The final score was 33 to 29 Harrisburg.
Due to the fact they had lost the game with Harrisburg they had to play Clark for second place and as the first team had played only two hours, before, Mr. Adams played the second team against Clark. They made a good showing and held Clark as if they were veterans. They swamped Clark 31 to 9 and therefore bringing the second cup home. Those making the trip were: Digges, Reissaus, Huber, Messer, Watson, Kivett, Kitchen, Getz, Kallmeyer and McMillan. Each one played an equal amount of time.
The Yellowjacket Girls’ Team started the Harrisburg tournament with a bang and finished up with a bang by winning first place.
The first to bow to Glasgow was Sturgeon. The girls won by a score of 22 to 15. In this game all the Glasgow girls’ squad participated.
The second team to be beaten by the black and gold veterans was Harrisburg. The Glasgow girls were just too fast for them. This was another game that all the Glasgow girls were used in. The final score was 17 to 7.
The last and decisive game was played against the first competitor, Sturgeon. This game was not so close as the first game. Why? Because this was the finals for the first place, and Glasgow must have first place. The end came around with the score 33 to 5 in favor of Glasgow.
The girls making the trip were Lewis, Crigler, Kneuvean, Blasingame, Kallmeyer, Silvey, Monroe, Shackleford, Cromer, and Adams. Frances Straach was unable to make the trip because of an infected knee.
Higbee vs. Glasgow
The blow of the whistle and the game is underway! The Glasgow girls keep moving the sphere toward the goal for the first score of the game. Another and then another! This continues until it becomes monotonous, then Higbee scores a goal. Cheers for Higbee. Substitutes rush in and take the place of some of the Glasgow players. Finally the whistle ends the suffering(not of Higbee, but of the Glasgow subs.) Higbee has put up a good fight but the score declared that Glasgow is the victor, 27-12.
Those who played in the game are Lewis, Crigler, Kneuvean, Blasingame, Silvey, Kallmeyer, Fisher, Adams, Monroe, Cromer, and Shackleford.
On October 12th Higbee came to Glasgow for a double header. Our boys expected a hard game but it became a rout instead. It was not long until all 15 men that were dressed had played. The final score: Glasgow 43, Higbee 14.
The men who dressed were: Digges, Reissaus, Messer, Huber, Kallmeyer, Kivett, Watson, Kitchen, Getz, Kelso, McMillan, Penniston, Hunter, Shaughnessy, and Monnig
Boys Lost Suits! (October 21, 1932)
Coach Adams and some of the boys were on their way to Clifton Hill Tuesday night with the boys’ suits tied on the fender of the car. When they arrived the suits were gone and no one knew where.
Steve Bonny, Kenneth Kallmeyer, and Marion (Jack) Kitchen returned to Salisbury where they found one sack of the suits. The boys whose suits were lost borrowed some basketball clothes from the Clifton Hill coach. Did they have an assortment of colors? I’ll say they did. And wow!
Miami vs. Glasgow
Tuesday evening, October 17, the boys’ and girls’ Basketball teams went to Miami where they met the teams of Miami High. Not being used to an outdoor court, it was especially difficult for the girls to play their best.
The "lineup" at the beginning of the game was, Crigler and Mathews as forwards; Fisher and Kallmeyer at center and the Adams sisters playing guard.
At the end of the first half our girls showed a much better fighting spirit and during this time, Miami scored only one point more than our team, 14-13. When the last whistle blew the score was 21-17 in favor of Miami.
This game was played on an outdoor court, which proved a disadvantage to our players.
The Glasgow boys journeyed to Centralia the 6th of January to start the New Year of Basketball. The boys arrived in Centralia at about 8:30 due to getting on the wrong road. The Centralia team declared their supremacy by winning 21-17.
The second game of the New Year was played with Salisbury at Salisbury. The school was represented by two boys’ teams, as Salisbury had no girls’ team. The second team won their game. The first team lost their game by a score of 28-26.
The Glasgow teams packed their suits Tuesday night, Jan. 17 and journeyed to Mexico Military Academy. They were received by Col. Burton and Coach Capt. Carr of the Military Academy. The boys dined at the Academy and were royally served. The Glasgow troupe was greeted by fifteen husky, peppy "rahs."
The boys later went to the gymnasium where they played better ball than they have in the last few games. The score at the half was 12-0 in favor of the Yellow Jackets. The last half the Academy seemed to recall their pep and scored 12 points to Glasgow’s 11. The end of the game found Glasgow winner by a score 23-14.
The Academy had an exceptional team of clean players. Only four fouls were made during the game, by both sides. The game was called by Pierce, Coach of the Athletics at Moberly Junior College.
Malta Bend vs. Glasgow
The Malta Bend team were guests of the Glasgow High School January 20. This was one of the most exciting games of the season. The latter half of the game the score was tied many times but the final whistle blew at an unfortunate time for the Glasgow boys, the score being Malta Bend 31, Glasgow 28
Brunswick vs. Glasgow
On January 24 the Yellowjackets visited the Brunswick Wild Cats. It was a close game from start to finish, the Wild Cats being within a two-point reach of the Yellowjackets several time during the game. However, the Yellowjackets won 28 to 22.
We are proud that the Glasgow spectators are more courteous to the officials than the Brunswick spectators were. They were fouled twice for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Centralia vs. Glasgow
January 27 Centralia boys visited the Glasgow boys. They were the team that defeated our boys about two weeks before. This game started at 7:30 because the Centralia boys had a long trip afterwards. Our boys redeemed themselves by winning this game 33 to 25.
The Glasgow Girls’ Basketball team attended the Brunswick tournament February 3rd and 4th. They were fortunate in winning first place, each player on the team receiving a small gold basketball. They played three games.
The first was played at two o’clock Friday afternoon, with Mendon. It was an exciting game to say the least. The Glasgow girls made the first points, scoring four points before Mendon scored. They kept leading by only a point or two up to about a minute before the half in which time Mendon scored and was a point ahead. The score at the half was 18-19 in favor of Mendon. In the last half of the game the Glasgow girls speeded up and won the game 44-26.
The second game was played at 8:30 Friday night with Rothville. As soon as Glasgow got a lead on Rothville, Miss Marble put all the subs in relieving the first team who were tired from the previous game. The subs did a good job of holding them down. The final score being Glasgow 43, Rothville 4.
The third and last game was played at 8:30 Saturday night in the Class A finals with Brunswick. The Glasgow girls were determined to win when they entered the game and were not disappointed for the final score was Glasgow 43--Brunswick 17.
The Glasgow girls had a game with Brunswick not long before and were anticipating the tournament. They even enjoyed it more than expected.
Boys Basketball News
The Glasgow boys’ squad entered the Shelbina tournament the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of February. The boys made the trip to Shelbina Tuesday night. They drew a bye and didn’t have to play until Friday at eleven-thirty.
Their first game was with Atlanta. Atlanta seemed to be "too much" for the boys and continued to pile up the score. The Glasgow boys tried, but to no avail. The score was 44 to 29 in favor of Atlanta.
This game put the boys in the finals for Class B against Palmyra. This team beat the boys in the Kirksville tournament.
The first part of the game seemed to be in favor of Glasgow. The half ended 16 to 13 in favor of Glasgow.
Second half, Palmyra seemed to regain their stride and in the last one or two minutes scored six points. They won the game 33 to 28.
Boonville vs. Glasgow
February 15, the Glasgow Yellowjackets visited the Boonville Warriors. The Yellowjackets started out fine, holding the lead the whole first half, but the last half was a more exciting one. The Warriors had a six-point lead during the final minutes, they won the game by the close score of 20 to 18.Boys Take Second In "C" Club Tournament
The Yellowjackets (Boys) entered the "C" Club Tournament Feb. 24 and 25. The boys had hopes of placing and were not disappointed. They almost received their disappointment when they played Salisbury.
The first game for the boys was against Armstrong Friday night at 7:30. The boys got off to an early scoring start and won the game 31 to 11.
The next game was at 2:30 Saturday against Salisbury. This was the game in which the boys almost received their disappointment. At the end of the game the score was 33-33. This was played off in an over-time period, the team scoring two points won. One of our boys hit a set-up to end and win the game. The final score--37-35.
By defeating Salisbury we were in the finals for first place. Atlanta had advanced in the other bracket to be our opponents. The teams seemed to be almost equal the first half, but the second half told the story. The final score was 31-16, Atlanta. The Atlanta boys played us once before and beat us by the same margin 44-29.
The coaches selected an all-star group, which rates as follows:
Atlanta: Bogart, Wells
These five boys were each presented a gold basketball in honor of their appointments.
Yellowjackets Defeat Fayette
Tuesday night, March 7th, the Glasgow Yellowjackets (boys) were visitors of Fayette. The trip was made by the midget team and the first squad.
The Midgets started the night right by getting the first goal. The two their drive which brought them a victory of 36 to 13.
The first team seemed to play the right kind of a game also. The boys played "heads up" once more. The score at the half was 10 to 17. The second half proved almost as successful. The final whistle declared Glasgow the winner, 31 to 15.
Yellowjackets Play Tournament at Columbia
The Yellowjackets (boys) traveled to Columbia last Friday Feb. 3 to participate in the District tournament. This was our first trip to Columbia because we used to be in the Kirksville district. The Columbia is a new district just made, so that accounts for the tournament in Columbia.
The first game for us was against University High. We got off to an early scoring race and defeated them by a score of 34-15.
The second game for us was Warrenton put us in the finals for third against our old friends, New Franklin. The New Franklin team had improved wonderfully since the time we played them at the first of the season. The New Franklin team was entitled to third place. They just outplayed Glasgow. The final score was 41 to 33, New Franklin.
Mr. Adams (the Basketball Coach) had the misfortune to have his car stolen Friday night. It is alleged the car was stolen while we played University High.
Record of Victories
A few days ago we received the trophy that was won at the Northeast Missouri Championship Tournament at Kirksville. It is a large silver cup that stands up about sixteen or eighteen inches and has stenciled on its side:N. E. Missouri Tournament K. S. T. C., 1933 Winner
The trophy is very large and beautiful and has been placed in the showcase down stairs with numerous other trophies of various sizes and shapes.
For the year of 1930-31 the trophies won are:
3rd place won by boys at Rothville.
3rd place won by boys at New Franklin, Jr., High
1st place won by girls at New Franklin.
4th place won by girls at Glasgow.
2nd place won by boys at Glasgow.
2nd place won by boys at N. E. Outdoor Tournament.
1st place won by boys at Bucklin Tournament.
1st place won by boys at Shelbina Tournament.
4th place won by girls at Shelbina Tournament.
2nd place won by boys at Harrisburg.
1st place won by girls at Harrisburg.
1st place won by boys at New Franklin.
1st place won by girls at New Franklin.
2nd place won by girls at Glasgow.
1st place won by boys at Glasgow.
2nd place won by boys at Central College "C" Club
1st place won by girls at Brunswick.
3rd place won by boys at New Franklin.
1st place won by boys at Linneus.
1st place won by boys at Glasgow.
1st place won by boys at Championship N. E.
1st place won by boys at Shelbina.
The trophy won at Shelbina stands about eighteen or twenty inches. The trophy is mounted on a black base and has a silver Corinthian column with the statue of a basketball player on top of it.
THE GLASGOW TOURNAMENT
One of the oldest and most popular basketball tournaments in the state is the Glasgow Tournament. The first annual tournament was in 1931. Berle Adams, Glasgow’s coach during the early thirties remembers:
"The first tournament was held the first week of November 1931 so teams with outdoor courts could enter and still be in shape."
The tournament was first set up for boys’ and girls’ teams; however, some years the girls’ bracket was not played for the lack of teams.
The community itself would get involved during the week of the tourney. In the 1930’s, teams would stay in Glasgow for the duration. The local townspeople would host players in their homes.
Throughout the years, the Glasgow Tournament has seen great boys’ teams, such as Columbia University High, New Franklin, and of course the Yellowjackets who have won the championship 27 times.
The great girls’ teams include Brunswick, Blue Springs, and , again, the Lady Yellowjackets of Glasgow.
In 1941, a tournament queen was chosen to reign over the affair. This began a tradition, which continues today. In earlier years, the queen would present the trophies to the winning teams.
The following articles deal with the planning and the results of the first Glasgow Tournament.
"PLANS FOR THE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT COMPLETE" "The Glasgow Missourian"
The basketball tournament dated for the 27th and 28th of this month at Glasgow High School Gymnasium will have a full quota of games according to Mr. Smith and Mr. Adams. Sixteen teams, including boys and girls, have accepted the invitation sent out some time ago. Teams appearing on the home court will be as follows, Girls: Higbee, Sumner, Grand Pass, Napton, Fayette, Alma, and Glasgow. Boys teams as follows: Harrisburg, Armstrong, Fayette, Miami, Grand Pass, Napton, Concordia, Alma, and Glasgow.
All teams accepting the tournament invitation are admittedly in the first class division, as to playing ability, but from the standpoint of girls’ teams, there are four teams that have never been beaten this season and three of the four have never been even in the shadow of a defeat.
The Higbee team, it will be remembered, split honors with the Glasgow girls in the New Franklin Tournament, two weeks ago. Concordia, for the boys, will represent the winners of the New Franklin Tournament and Armstrong, the runner-up of the joust, will be here to try again, perhaps against Concordia.
Seven trophies will be awarded, three each for the winning teams, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd division, and a fourth will go to the team that displays the best example of sportsmanship. This sportsmanship trophy should be highly prized for it not only reflects the qualities of the team, but also the nature of the backers of the team. Sportsmanlike conduct will be necessary for the whole conduct of the town and fans. This is one of many reasons for the tournament, to give children a chance to practice and demonstrate that sportsmanlike conduct that the coached have been trying to instill in every child in that school. Sometimes its harder to see a team lose than it is to be a member of the losing squad.
Mr. Smith has gone to great lengths to get a referee who will be acceptable to all contenders, because of the fact that he is an authority on the rules and interpretations of the game and also due to the fact that he is so far removed from the seats of any contenders as to make it impossible for any remote charge of partiality--
The tournament will begin about noon on the 27th. About five games will be played at each session and there will be approximately five sessions. The final game will be about ten o’clock Saturday night, as will be the final game Friday night. About 160 players will be present and it will be necessary to find lodging places in town for the various students whom will be here. Mr. Smith assures anyone who keeps any of the boys or girls will be paid for the service. It occurs to the Missourian that it would be fine if the townspeople volunteer to entertain these people free of charge. Of course this is up to individual choice of the people who have room for them.
The awarding of the trophies will be in the hands of the officials of the game. One of the most important of the distinctions to be made between the teams competing in this sub-division comprising of Howard, Calloway, and Boone, is the fact that two boys’ teams will be chosen from each sub-division and two girls’ teams will be chosen from this tournament to represent this district in the Kirksville meet the 4th and 5th of December.
MENDON AND CONCORDIA TAKE FIRST PRIZES IN TOURNAMENT "The Glasgow Missourian"
Glasgow’s first basketball tournament has been rated a huge success by all who were lucky enough to be there to take in any of the series of games that started here last Friday at 11:00 am and continued until Saturday night at eleven o’clock. The first contest of the boys division was a trifle slow due to the fact that Alma and Miami, both boys’ teams, were unable to come. This made it impossible for Armstrong and Napton to get into the elimination contests, being placed automatically in division A. Subsequent playing of these two teams showed that they were qualified to be placed in this division.
In the finals Saturday night, the Mendon girls won first place with Pilot Grove taking second, and the Glasgow girls taking third. In the boys division, Concordia took first place, with Glasgow taking second, and Fayette third. In the consolation flights, Alma girls and Napton boys took home the trophies. Grand Pass was awarded the sportsmanship trophy.
It is the consensus of opinion of the man in the street, who is always rated with the final judgement and the most authoritative statements that the best teams won. Some got hard breaks it is true, but that is to be expected in basketball--or any other games. It is conceded if the tournament were played over there would be a different story to tell, but we are not dealing in what might have happened, but what did come to pass. Concordia and Mendon won.
Mendon girls were rightly given first. Their team showed wonderful basketball ability as well as long hours spent on the court. Their coaching must have been flawless, the will of the girls to do, paramount. All said of Mendon was true of Concordia. Glasgow has a soft place in their hearts these two teams. Playing ability was not all counted in these games played here, every boy and girl who took part were also students of superior standing scholastically.
Yes, Glasgow had her first tournament and she is pleased with the results. Even now, mention of the tournament that will take place one year from now is being spoken of, as the backers of the team tell what particular team may do at that time-if this and that one of the players develop as expected.
Mr. Smith, Superintendent of Glasgow schools, Miss Marble, coach of the girls, and Mr. Adams, coach for the boys, as well as other members of the faculty who worked long and hard, putting in many hours that might be listed as "beyond the call of duty" deserve a vote of thanks from the town. They gave us something we knew nothing about. They gave each individual member of all the visiting teams a chance to see whether the lessons the coached were attempting to teach had "taken".
Special mention should be also made of the hospitality extended by members of the junior high school and the Home Economics girls, to visiting teams and fans. Every that was possible was done to make the visitors feel at home. Various people in the town also contributed their part in offering lodging to those visitors who were unable to return to their homes Friday night.
Many people who had never seen a basketball game attended the games and were pleased. Out of town people from the various towns who had teams represented, visited Glasgow and made acquaintances that are fraught with huge possibilities. The atmosphere and horizon of Glasgow have been extended to include Concordia on the west, Mendon to the North, and Pilot Grove on the south, a real gain in influence that anyone might well appreciate.
Referees for the tournament were as follows: Shofstall from the State Teachers’ College at Kirksville, Phelps from Salisbury, and Jones from Glasgow. This part of the tourney was conducted in an impartial and expert manner that went far toward making the event a complete success. No contenders felt otherwise that pleased. So many of the little things said by little people, often the aftermath of such an event, was lacking. Yes, it was a splendid success and Glasgow is pleased to take her rightful place in the sun insofar as school and its various activities are concerned.
THE SCORES FROM THE FIRST GLASGOW TOURNAMENT BOYS GIRLS
THE GLASGOW TOURNAMENT
The champions of the Glasgow Tournament are below, including the first champions, the Concordia boys and the Mendon girls.GLASGOW TOURNAMENT