This week’s From the Archives brings you stories from the front page of 1961!
From The Chadron Record – Friday, March 9, 1961
Cards Take State Opener
From Behind To Win Over Minden, 65-59
The Chadron High Cardinals came through with a 65-59 overtime victory over Minden high’s favored Whippets to win their way into the second round of the state Class B high school tournament at Lincoln this noon.
The Cardinals had what it took to come from behind fo the victory after blowing an 11-point lead in the fourth period and falling behind, 51-55, midway in the final quarter.
In defeating Minden, Chadron earned the right to meet Hooper, winner over Stanton in the second round tomorrow morning at 11 o’clock. Should the Cardinals win this one, they will play in the finals Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the Nebraska U. Coliseum.
Larry Matthesen paced the big Chadron victory with 25 points, and sewed up the contest in the overtime period with four straight free throws which put the Cardinals ahead by six big points, 63-57. Rex Norman added a basket to stretch the margin to eight points before the Whippet closed the scoring with a final desperation basket.
The game ended as it started out, a ding-don affair most of the way. In the first period the two teams traded points most of the way, with the score being tied at 2-2, 3-3, 5-5, 7-7, and 9-9. The Cardinals then managed a 10-9 lead, but again the Cards and the Whippets began trading baskets, the period ending with Minden out in front, 13-12.
The Cardinals put on the pressure in the second period, with Matthesen and Larry Miller leading the way, and pulled out to a 20-14 lead in the first four minutes of the quarter. Minden warmed up again in the closing minutes of the half to match baskets with Chadron and the half ended with the Cardinals still leading by six, 28-22.
Chadron came out for the second half with a spurt and gradually increased its lead as they outshot the Whippets, 19-16 in the period, with Matthesen, Miller, Bill Rice and Rex Norman all hitting the basket, and the quarter ended with the Cards holding a 9-point bulge, 47-38.
The opening of the fourth period saw Bill Rice hitting immediately to put Chadron out in front by 11, and then the lid went on the basket for the Cardinals. Their score remained at 49, while Minden employed a full-court press to steal the ball and upset Chadron, scoring 10 straight points to make it 49-48, Chadron. Larry Miller then connected with a basket to stretch the Cardinal lead to three points, 51-48, but Minden bounced right back to score 7 straight points and put Chadron behind, 55-51, with four minutes left in the game.
With 3:29 left Larry Matthesen finally connected from the field to pull the Cardinals within 2 points, 55-53, and Minden went into a delayed stall, holding the ball more than two minutes before finally losing it.
Larry Miller was fouled and hit both ends of a one-and-one free throw situation to tie the count at 55-all and put the game into an overtime.
In the overtime period the Cardinals regained their composure and outgunned Minden, 10-4 to salt away the victory. Miller put Chadron out in front at the start with a 2-pointer, and Bill Rive coolly added two free throws to stretch the Card margin to four, 59-55. At this point Larry Miller fouled out of the game, but Bell of Minden missed his free throw. Matthesen then picked up his four straight free throws to make it 63-57, and Norman made it 65 before the final Minden basket which was far too late to mean anything.
Minden also lost two top players via the foul route in the overtime, but only after the Cards had the game pretty well tucked away.
Matthesen and Miller were the big guns for Chadron, Matthesen hitting 9 baskets and 7 out of 7 free throws for 25 big points. Miller added 20 points before he fouled out in the extra session.
For Minden it was Dick Strand and August Nelson, each with 16 points, who topped the Whippet Scoring. The Cardinals actually won the game at the free throw line. Each team connected with 23 field goals but Chadron hit 19 of 26 free throws while Minden made 13 of 21 to spell the difference.
Bossie Gets False Teeth
False teeth for livestock as a means of extending their productive years were demonstrated at a meeting at the Panhandle Veterinary Clinic. A number of guests were invited by Dr. John Hawley to witness the actual demonstration of outfitting beef cattle with the newly patented stainless steel teeth.
The demonstration was conducted by Jerry Haynes, assistant to Dr. Ward C. Newcombe, dentist of Chappell, Nebr., who has perfected the system now available on the general market.
Preceding the demonstration, Haynes explained that cattle’s front or anterior teeth wear down in a matter of 5 to 8 years, depending on the country, due to sand and abrasives picked up while grazing.
When teeth reach this stage on older animals, they can no longer graze or drink water properly, as the teeth have become too sensitive. As a result, their physical condition deteriorates and they must be disposed of, although cows at this age usually produce the best calves if they could continue to eat and drink.
By equipping these cows with the new stainless steel caps it protects the teeth and permits them a number of years of additional useful life. Haynes said the steel caps are guaranteed to give at least 5 to 8 more years of life to the animals.
Following his lecture, illustrated by slides, the group witnessed an actual demonstration on which an entire set of eight new caps were placed on an 8-year old cow, five caps on a 12-year old bull and four on another 9-year-old cow which had had part of its teeth kicked out. Haynes said the condition of the teeth on the 8-year-old cow were such that it would have lasted only another year or two if the teeth had not been capped.
In the group witnessing the demonstration were several dentists and doctors from Chadron, as well as other veterinarians and cattlemen from the area.
“King And I” Cast Named
Dr. Eugene Rydahl, production director, Alfred Blinde, music director, and a huge cast will present the college musical, “The King and I” March 15-18.
Roger Klaiber of Riverton, Wyo., and Judy Roberts of Chadron, will carry lead roles as the Kind and Anna Leonowens. Louis, Anna’s boy, will be played by Kurt Johnson.
Of the King’s 11 wives, Lady Thiang (Rose Burrows of Hay Springs) is the favorite. Her son, Price Chululongkorn (Mickey Smith of Chadron) is heir to the throne.
Tuptim (Pat Zalesky, Lodgepole) and Lun Tha (John Forsythe, Denver) are ill-fated lovers.
Those with speaking parts are: Kralahome, Dana Mills of Hay Springs; Captain Orton, Don McDowell, Chadron; Sir Edward Ramsey, Don Wade, Sidney; The Interpreter, Don Johnle, Woodlake; and Phra Alack, Bill Bissell, Riverton, Wyo.
Students selected for the pit orchestra are: Mary Ann Hawk, Marilyn Langford, Georgia Meyer, Michael Chipperfield, and Fauneil Walters of Chadron; Suzanne Hess, Gordon; Don Thomas, Lusk, Wyo.; Gary Winter, Rushville; Walter Scholl, Omaha; Dan Long, Mullen; Joyce Ritchey, Igloos, S.D.; Jerry Overstreet, Kent Yardley, Hemingford; Harold Kruse, Hot Springs, S.D.; Robyn Brost, John Grossman, Alliance.