1933 Bulldogs

This photo of Batesville’s 1933 basketball team was featured in S. Jean Struewing’s book “The Batesville Area.” Many of these players would make it to Indiana’s Sweet 16 one year later. They were (front row from left) Howard Smith, Urban Blank, Jim Blank, Forrest Shook, Francis Moorman and Cliff Fritsch; (back row) Richard Flodder, Russell Green, coach Jim Hickey, Clarence Huber and Carl Fritsch.

The Batesville Bulldogs, if our research is correct, played their very first game back on Dec. 3, 1920.

That season was played at Liberty Park Hall, more or less an unheated barn on park grounds. Adults were charged 25 cents for admission and children/ and students just 15 cents.

Milan won that initial game 20-14. “Fast on foot, and outclassed the Milan tossers when it came to passing,” was how the Herald described the Bulldogs’ play that day.

Batesville’s starting five had surnames of Boese, Henry, Behlmer, Harrison and Freihage. Boese and Henry each made three field goals for 6 points apiece and Behlmer scored two free throws.

The next week, Batesville faced Versailles and lost 16-9. Behlmer led the Bulldogs with 5 points and Boese added 4.

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