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April 17, 1968

Mrs. Annabelle Morrow was honored by the Gaylord Roundball Club for"many years of service" to the basketball program.  Athletic Director, Jim Mongeau, presented Mrs. Morrow, who is retiring, with many prizes, including a lifetime pass to Gaylord sporting events.

Sally Drinkert, daughter of Mr. Arthur F. Drinkert of Gaylord, has been chosen as one of the eight Eastern Michigan University cheerleders for the 1968-69 school year.  Sally, a junior majoring in physical education, will be cheering for both football and basketball.

March 18, 1965

Gaylord High School's Tom "The Stick" Lick, a 6-foot-11 stellar center, was given a berth on the Detroit Free Press' Class C All-State team. Lick followed Fennville's pint-sized 5-foot-7 star Rich Jordan in vote getting. Lick, the tallest boy on the squad, received Second Team honors last season and was a Detroit News First Team selection last year. Tom Capped off his tremendous career with 27 points in a losing cause when Scottville defeated the Blue Devils 81-66. That have Tom a season total of 524 points (26.2 average). He also blocked six shots per game and had 1,253 points during his 64-game varsity career. With Lick, Gaylord has won three straight district crowns and went to Regionals in 1964 and to the state Semifinals last year before being topped by Grossee Pointe St. Paul. Other Gaylord players closing their career last week were Bill McBride, Mike Warner, Don Fitzek, John Bergquist, Curt Cremeans and Joe Tebo.

May 13, 1965

Jack Noirot won the mile (4.57), turning in the best time ever for a Gaylord sophomore, and John Foth was first in the 440-yard dash (57 seconds), but it wasn't enough to prevent the Blue Devil track team from losing to powerful Charlevoix.  Noirot and Foth hooked up with Bob Halter and Bruce Werts to win the mile relay.

Behind the effective pitching of Floyd Fisher, the St. Mary baseball team won its 22nd straight game (dating back to last season), beating Vanderbilt 12-4.  Pat Cherwinski had a splendid day for the Parochials, banging out three hits and knocking in five runs.  Ralph Galbraith, Larry Damer and Bill Rolinski each drilled two hits for the victors.  Vandy, which lost its first game of the season, was led by Romey Spreeman, who was 2 for 4, and Tim Heimbauch, who drilled an RBI double.

The Youths Bowling Association held semifinals at Houghton Lake on April 24.  Five Gaylord girls bowled a handicap score of 2,781 to advance to the Michigan Rolloffs in Cadillac on June 6.  The girls are:  Kathy Miller, Linda Flewelling, Bert Sewell, Mary Carlyle and Carlene McCourt.

At Wilson's Dairy Foods, orange juice is 59 cents a quart this week.

January 21, 1965  

Led by the dominating inside presence of Tom "The Stick" Lick, the Gaylord basketball team won its sixth straight, 76 - 45, over Boyne City.  Lick grabbed 34 rebounds and scored 34 points before leaving the game early.  Bouncin' Billy McBride also had a whale of a game, hitting for 11 points and pulling down 15 boards before retiring in the third period.  John Allen and Joe Tebo hit for six points apiece.  Scotty Hall led Boyne with 18 points.

December 10, 1964

The Gaylord High School boys basketball team was victorious in both of their games this past week.  The Blue Devils downed Cheboygan 76-71 and edged Harbor Springs 70-55.  The Chiefs kept the game close in the first match, but Gaylord's Tom Lick exploded for 33 points.  The whole bench was utilized in the game.  Bill McBride dropped 14 points while Mike Warner added 17 of his own. In game two, Lick once again led the Blue Devils with 20 points, his sidekick Don Fitzek added 17 of his own, and Warner produced 13.  Gaylord's JV squad also lolled to a win over Harbor Springs.

Bellaire exploded in the final stanza of a boy's basketball game versus St. Mary to win 75-69.  The Snowbirds Ralph Galbraith led SMH with 18 points.  Glen Grizzel poured 15 and Bill Rolinski produced 13.

December 3, 1964

Tom Lick poured in an impressive 33 points as the Gaylord High basketball team opened its season in grand fashion with a 76 - 71 victory against Cheboygan. Forward Mike Warner hit for 17 points for the Blue Devils while Bill McBride added 14 points.

November 5, 1964

"Gaylord rallied in the fourth quarter to earn a 7-7 tie with Charlevoix during homecoming, setting up a game with Harbor Springs the following week for the conference title.  Gaylord trailed 7 - 0 going into the fourth quarter.  Gaylord's scoring drive was set up by Gene Sanders' punt return to midfield.  QB Jim Johnson made a long completion to Mike Warner to bring the ball to the 10 yard line.  From there, Johnson passed again to Warner, but the ball was tipped by a Red Rayder defender into the air and John Berquist made a diving catch in the end zone for the score.  Johnson's PAT split the uprights for the 7 - 7 tie.  An interception by Sanders and a fumble recovery by Chuck Simpson ended Charlevoix's final two drives and preserved the tie.  Senior Bill McBride was named Player of the Week for his strong defensive effort, blocking a punt and making many tackles."

October 15, 1964

The Gaylord football team had its winning streak stopped on Friday night in an upset defeat to Mancelona, 20 - 13.  The Blue Devils trailed 20-7 entering the fourth quarter and cut the deficit to 20-13 when QB Jim Johnson found Mike Warner for a long TD strike.  Gaylord had one more chance to score late in the game when Johnson and Warner connected again for 33 yards and Gene Sanders followed a key block laid by Ken Measell to run for 22 yards and bring the Blue Devils to the 9-yard line.  But the clock ran out with Gaylord knocking on the door.  Denny Grunewald and Jack Noirot recovered fumbles for Gaylord.

From "The First Bounce" by Jay Soderburg: Those who were on hand to see the 97-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Chargin' Chuck Simpson last week against Boyne City will not soon forget it.  Simpson, a senior guard, scooped the ball out of the air at the 3-yard line and raced up the field like a runaway locomotive with 11 Boyne City players in futile pursuit.  Simpson's TD, which was the game-winning score in a 12-7 upset, is a record for Gaylord.  The longest previous scoring play was an 88-yard kickoff return by Gene Fleming against Rogers City.

October 6, 1964

The Gaylord Blue Devils secured their third straight victory last Friday night with a win against a talented Boyne City team.  What's more exciting for the Blue Devils?  They are also tied for the league lead. The game that brought this fortune to the Blue Devils was a close one.  Early in the game John Berquist of Gaylord recovered a Boyne fumble.  The Blue Devils would make good on the turnover as Gene Sanders rushed for 22 yards to put Jim Johnson in position for the score.  Gaylord led 6-0.
A few drives later, Boyne controlled the ball on Gaylord's 19 yard line when Jim Johnson intercepted Boyne quarterback Scotty Hall's pass, putting Gaylord in control on the five.  On the next play, and after a series of fumbled pigskins, Gaylord guard Chuck Simpson recovered the football on the three yard line and sprinted 97 yards to paydirt, 12-0.
In the second half, the Boyne offense was powered by their "fearless twosome", Dan Cikalo and Malcolm Jolly.  Cikalo would score Boyne's first touchdown on a 35 yard romp into the endzone.  However, this would be the only Boyne score.  Although Cikalo and Jolly combined for 206 of Boyne's 223 total yards, they were held back by the Blue Devils'  "fearless defense".  Although out-classed on the stat sheet, as Gaylord had three first downs to Boyne's 13 and 165 total yards to Boyne's 223, they dominated the scoreboard, 12-7. The Blue Devils will defend the home turf against the Mancelona Ironmen, Friday, Oct. 9th.

October 6, 1964

"A 97 yard fumble return by senior guard Chuck Simpson sparked underdog Gaylord to a stunning 12 - 7 triumph over Boyne City in gridiron action.  Simpson scooped the fumble out of midair and outraced three would-be Boyne City tacklers to the end zone at the opposite end of the field.  QB Jim Johnson scored the other Gaylord TD on a 5-yard run.  The strong running of backfield mates Gene Sanders and Mike Warner enable the Blue Devils to control the clock, hold on to the upset win, and stay unbeaten."

July 30, 1964

Daniel Fahler, 16, of Kassuba Road, received a certificate of commendation from the Michigan State Police for saving a 2-year-old-boy from drowning in Dixon Lake.  Fahler swam more than 100 feet fully clothed to rescue young Robert Jones after the Jones' family car rolled down an incline and into the lake with Robert inside.