The Summit Muni was closed for two days for the annual fishing party. I don’t know why I missed this growing up, but 2,000 showed up! I hope they put more than three fish in there.
All-City Elementary School concert time as hundreds of 5th and 6th graders regaled us. I was the world’s worst trumpet player and never made All-City, which hurt me in my future career path. But I digress. The All-City concert was “professionally recorded.” This would be a piece of work to listen to these days.
Summit baseball continued to recover from its awful 1-5 start in Suburban Conference play in Willie Wilson’s senior year, winning 5 of its next 6 SC games to even the mark at 6-6, 10-7 overall. The problem was the team wasn’t hitting. In one three-game stretch they won 1-0 behind John Merchant, lost 1-0 despite 9 hits, and then won 2-0 behind George Gross. Wilson had a grand slam in an earlier contest, but on the mound, Gross, who had started off 0-4, evened his mark at 4-4, while our own John Merchant moved to 3-0, allowing just one run in his first three starts. I was talking with a classmate the other day and there is no doubt Merch was one of the more underrated athletes to come out of Summit during that era.
The boy’s track team finished second in the Suburban Conference meet as Ernie Gwathney won the 100-yard dash in 10.4. Mark Greaney won the 440, and the mile-relay team of John Downer, Pete Laughlin, Greaney and Robbie Steele [Bob Steele…in the Herald] placed first as well.
I just have to mention a New Providence athlete of this era, Scott Buttinghausen, because those of who ran cross country or track were well familiar with him. He had a 4:18 mile in a meet during this time. Fantastic for high school…then and now. [By the way, I went to the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon, last summer. Just a fantastic time if you ever get the chance. Eugene hosts again in 2012.]
George Duffy set a Summit record in the pole vault at 13′ 6″.
Summit’s golfers moved to 10-5 as Tom Gibbons continued to lead the way for the Hilltoppers.
And at The Strand, “Papillon,” “Blazing Saddles,” and “The Legend of Boggy Creek.”
Next installment, Feb. 17.