The basketball spotlight is beginning to change.
The Yardling quintet which for the past five years has been the favorite of Crimson court fans is now relinquishing its popularity to the new revitalized varsity. Winning only once in their first seven starts, the freshmen are already assured of their biggest loss column in six years.
Bruce Munro, in his first season as coach, has inherited a tough assignment. His predecessor, varsity coach Floyd Wilson, had five winning campaigns, and finished with a 16-game winning streak.
Lacking the "one dependable man" to steady the team, Munro has had to switch his starting lineup for nearly every game. Consequently almost the entire squad has gotten game experience, but he has yet to find a satisfactory blend of scoring punch and aggressiveness.
Thus far, the two starting forwards, Captain Chuck Wolle and Tony Massari, have carried the brunt of the offense, netting a total of 63 points, an average of ten per game.
Massari, an All-State selection for three years at his high school in Connecticut, has the team's "best shot," according to coach Munro, and should end up as the season's high scorer.
Munro's most consistent man on the court, both in scoring and rebounding, is tall (6 ft., 3 in.) Wolle. "He is a hard worker, and one of the few who don't make mistakes," Munro said.
Noel Tyl, towering 6 ft., 8 in. center and guards Tom Bernheim and Robert Montgomery round out the starting lineup. All three worked their way up to the first five just before Christmas.
Munro expects Dick Woolston at 6 ft., 3 in., to be the first player to move up. Reserve center John Rockefeller has a good hook shot, but is not "strong" under the boards. John Connelly began as a starter and is a rugged reserve forward. Mike Rosenthal, another former starter, has the best set shot on the squad, and is used when outside shooting is required.
Munro employs the same set pattern offense as the varsity. The team has only a 28 per cent shooting average on field goals and 58 per cent on foul shots, both too low to win ball games, Munro said. The defensive also has been inadequate, allowing 68 points per game.