THE HILLTOP, MARS HILL COLLEGE, MARS HILL, NORTH CAROLINA
UONS TO PLAY
Suicide Schedule Is Planned
Pictured above are six of the boys
whom Coach Roberts is depending on
greatly in the coming gridiron cam
paign. In the upper left picture G.
T. Martin and Henry “Red” Brown,
both tackles, are shown pushing Men
tor Roberts. The big boy on the right
is none other than James Gianakos,
all-state junior college guard, of last
year. The bottom picture shows three
backs all ready to receive a single
ball. From left to right they are Cal
vin Stringfield, Chic Murray and
Quincy Ball. (Photo courtesy, Ashe
Sporting with the Lions
By Jimmie Walker
Coaches Oren Roberts and Fred Dickerson have been working
diligently with the Mars Hill Lions for the past two weeks .and the
’38 edition is gradually rounding into shape.
Nine lettermen have returned to the fold and the coaches are
planning to build the team around these men. They are White,
Leeper, Martin, Brown, Gianakos and Whitaker in the line; and
Ball, Murray and Stringfield in the backfield. While the return of
Gianakos, Monday of this week, strengthened the line very much.
Coach Roberts is still losing sleep over one of his end positions.
White, star end of last year’s grid machine, will hold down one
of the flanks but the other will have to be filled by a newcomer.
Coach tried Leeper at end in last Saturday’s scrimmage with the
Rollins Tars, but the big boy from Dallas did not seem outstanding,
and will probably be more valuable at another post.
We find several Cl’s who have shown up well in the early drills
and if they keep up their good work, nothing can keep them off
of the first team.
Gene Alexander, “the great”, will be missed very much in the
backfield but several promising Cl’s may give Mars Hill a nice
quartet of ball carriers. Arthur Briggs, who was kept out last year
due to injuries, is slated to do the signal calling for the Robertsmen.
The other backs will be picked from Murray, Ball, Edward.s, Davis
and Stringfield. Coach Roberts is still searching for a kicker, but
no one on the present squad can compare with Alexander or Rutledge
of last year. The Lions have a trio of fine passers in Murray, Davis
and Smith. All of the boys have been working in this department
and they looked good from every angle.
During the larger part of the past week the boys have been hard
at work ironing out faults brought out in the scrimmage with Rollins.
The Tars showed a vastly superior team Saturday but, on the whole.
Coach Roberts was very much pleased with his charges.
The Lions are facing this year what may be termed a “suicide”
schedule. The first three games are with senior college elevens who
have in the past outweighed and outclassed the Mars Hill boys.
However, these games are principally for picking out faults in the
Lions attack and defense before the regular gridiron rivals make
their appearance against the Robertsmen. This columnist remembers
only too well the injury jinx that haunted the Lions through senior
college territory last year, and this year we’ve got our fingers
crossed hoping that it won’t happen again.
PLANNED BY HILLTOP
Anyone wishing to participate
in the annual fall boys’ tennis
tournament which is bein spon
sored by The Hilltop should hand
in his name to either Paul Early
or Orville Campbell before Wed
nesday of next week.
On next Thursday the list of
matches will be placed in the gym
andf play will begin immediately.
All of the courts are in excel
lent shape for play and since the
beginning of school they have
been in constant use. One of the
most important reasons that a fall
tournament is sponsored is that
new material may be discovered
for the varsity in the spring.
Last year in the annual fall
tournament some fine tennis was
displayed and the same is expect
ed this year. Addison Hubbard
won out, defeating his brother,
Edwin, in the finals. Both of
these boys proved to be valuable
tennis players during the past
spring and they were largely re
sponsible for the success of the
Everyday Type Play
More than frequently books
are centered around eccentric
characters, but Thornton Wilder’s
play, “Our Town,” centers about
simple everyday people. This most
interesting three-act drama is in
troduced by a master of ceremo
nies who remains on the stage
throughout the performance and
comments matter-of-factly. With
out benefit of scenery, the play
ers act out their roles.
The opening scene is on the
main street of a small New Hamp
shire village called Grover’s Cor
ners. Dui’ing the early 1900’s
the villagers go about their daily
tasks until some of them exper
ience death. The story has the
usual bashful boy and girl ro
mance plot, but the general theme
is chiefly the occupations and
pleasures of Grover’s Corners as
a whole. Mr. Wilder turns the
common place of the village life
into the verities of human exist
The third act occurs at the vil
lage cemetery where the dead sit
rigidly on cane chairs. The girl
Plans are already under way for the annual fall tennis tourna
ment and already several Cl’s have again proven their ability on the
courts. It is hoped that some prize may be given to the winner this tunities for rallies. How about it, Mr. Bell?
year and from early reports around fifty boys have already made
plans to enter.
Last spring there were many requests for a girls’ tennis tourna
ment and a mixed double tourney. Your columnist would like very
much to see these requests bear fruit. A match between Charlotte’s
Evelyn Bunker and Hendersonville’s Mary Ruth Hardy under tour
nament conditions would really be something worth watching.
Sport Shorts—With school only two weeks old, the athletic direc
tors have received floods of inquiries concerning intramural basket
ball. When do we start? . . . Another intramural event that would
be welcomed is a swimming meet with a springboard diving exhibi
tion. M. D. Reed, Jr. is a pleasure to watch on a diving board . . .
Another wish of ours is that more school spirit will be shown at
home games this year. Those football players are out there really
trying to win for Mars Hill and if they know that you are back
of them they will play much better ball. It would be a very good
idea in our opinion to have some pep meetings before the first
game. Monday night band practices would provide excellent oppor-
Coaches Oren Roberts and Fred
Dickerson have sent their Mars
Hill gridiron aspirants through
hard drills daily for the past
two weeks and today they • play
their first game of the current
season, it being against the strong
Carson-Newman eleven at Jeffer
son City, Tenn.
Reports from Carson-Newman
are that they have one of the best
teams in the history of the school
and our Lions will go into the
game as the underdogs. It is ex
pected that their only chance of
winning will be to take to the air
and if present plans work out that
is just what they are going to do.
James Gianakos, all-state guard
on the all-junior college eleven
last year, reported for practice
Monday of this week and is ex
pected to strengthen the line
Among other lettermen who
have been working out and are
looking good in the drills are
White at end, Martin at tackle,
Brown at guard and Whitaker
and Leeper at center. Calvin
Stringfield, Chic Murray and
Quincy Ball, all backs, have also
shown up well.
Jack Robinson and Edwards,
stars of last year’s local high
school team, reported for prac
tice and both boys looked good
in early drills. Robinson made the
Blue Ridge all-conference team
last year and Coach Roberts is
expecting him to aid the Lions
Most of the boys who are out
for the team this year have been
doing outside work and are in
very good shape. The biggest
drawback of the team is that it
is very light and that it has one
of the toughest schedules ever
tackled by a Lion eleven.
The present schedule is as fol
Sept. 17—Carson-Newman, at
Jefferson City, Tenn.
Sept. 24—Tusculum college, at
Oct. 1—Milligan college, at
Johnson City, Tenn.
Oct. 8—Wingate college, at
Oct. 15—W.C.T.C., at Mars
Oct. 22—Lees McRae, at Ban
ner Elk, N. C.
Oct. 29—Wake Forest (Frosh),
at Asheville, N. C.
Nov. 8—Davidson college “B”,
at Mars Hill.
Nov. 11—Hiwassee, at New
Nov. 24—Brevard, at Mars Hill.
of the story soon rejoins them
after having been permitted to
return among the living for just
one day. She comes back eager
to forget how blindly people
grope through life and realize
her attempt to relieve is useless.
You’ll enjoy reading the play
for its natural humor and sug
gestive seriousness will answer
that evening’s question, “What to