Winslow Eskimos Basketball Trivia Tidbit
The Colors of Purple and Gold were chosen by the class of 1916.
The name Eskimos came about in the early 30’s.
Winslow won sectionals in 1923, 1924, 1925, 1941, 1950, 1951 and 1954.
Winslow won regional in 1950, 1951 and 1954.
Before Winslow was assigned to the Jasper/Huntingburg sectional in 1925, they played at different locations. In 1924 they advanced past the sectional level and were defeated by Martinsville who went on to win the State Championship in 1924, led by John Wooden who later became well known as coach of UCLA.
Winslow was the first small school team in the state to be ranked high. (third in 1950)
The Eskimos had to play all of their games on the road in the ’50 and ’51 seasons because their new gym was under construction.
The Eskimos of 49′, 50′ and 51′ seasons won 70 of 76 games.
Only two players played on all three teams (49′-50′-51′) that ran up the 70-6 record. They were Dick Kinder and Gary Alley.
Tidbit sumbitted by Hugh Schaefer, Knox County Basketball Historian.
The Eskimos of 49′, 50′, 51′ and 52′ seasons won 88 and only lost 8 games.
Tidbit submitted by Hugh Schaefer, Knox County Basketball Historian.
Winslow fans take their basketball games serious and sometimes would get carried away. Back during the days of Winslow great “Red” Robert Smith, the Eskimos lost a game and all thru the game it was a heated battle. The two referees of this game were A.C. Shimmy Sermersheim and Arnold “Bumps” Berger both from Jasper. After the game the State Police escorted Shimmy and Bumps out of town via the trunk of a car since they were somewhat concerned for their safety…….Tidbit submitted by Ron Semersheim and confirmed by his father, Shimmy Sermersheim, who was one of the referees slipped out of town. Shimmy passed away Sept 18, 2000.
The following Eskimos were leading scorers at the Jasper/Huntingburg Sectionals during the period of 1925 to the late 60’s.
1933 – Sherl Kinder was leading scorer in 33 sectional – 3 games and total of 41 points
1941 – Red Robert Smith was leading scorer in 41 sectional – 4 games and total of 42 points.
1950 – Dick Kinder was leading scorer in 50 sectional – 3 games and total of 47 points.
1951 – Dick Kinder was leading scorer in 51 sectional – 3 games and total of 57 points.
1954 – Tom Nordhorn was leading scorer in 54 sectional – 3 games and total of 59 points.
1956 – Larry Meyer was leading scorer in 56 sectional – 3 games and total of 73 points.
Sectional Champs and Runners-Up Stats for the Eskimos in Sectional Play
1926 Winner Huntingburg – runner up Winslow – Score 23-14
1927 Winner Huntingburg – runner up Winslow – Score 37-29
1941 Winner Winslow – runner up Holland – Score 25-19
1943 Winner Jasper – runner up Winslow – Score 32-28
1949 Winner Jasper – runner up Winslow – Score 48-39
1950 Winner Winslow – runner up Jasper – Score 64-46
1951 Winner Winslow – runner up Jasper – Score 49-42
1954 Winner Winslow – runner up French Lick – Score 67-53
1956 Winner Jasper – runner up Winslow – Score 73-68 (OT)
1960 Winner Jasper – runner up Winslow – Score 84-38
1961 Winner Jasper – runner up Winslow – Score 85-58
Words to the new Winslow High School Song:
(sung to the tune of the Washington & Lee Swing, revised by Janice Soderling)
We think our Winslow ball team’s really great,
and all the fans agree that they’re first rate.
So win or lose we’ll back them all the way,
No matter what the score, we’ll proudly say
Our team is in the fight, and will be all the game.
So here’s a cheer to boost them on to fame.
We’ll all turn out to watch our Eskimos,
Down their foes. Fight Fight Fight. All-right!
The Old Original Winslow High School Song
When WInslow High School members fall in line,
We’re going to win that game another time.
For we’re the Winslow High School, always be.
We’re going to cheer, cheer, cheer, cheer, cheer so faithfully.
We’re going to fight, fight, fight, the whole game through.
We’re going to get the ball and put it through,
For we’re the Winslow High School always be, loyal be.
Fight, Fight, Fight!