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Dale News March 1, 1968: Dale Wins Sectional Crown Victory Celebration Sets Stage for Regional

Coach Jim Cawood, still numb with excitement, gladly accepts the Boonville Sectional trophy from Paul Tevault, Center School principal. Dale has accumulated so many tophies, that this coveted sectional trophy must have a special case constructed for it. We Suggest they wait until the dust settles over basketball season, as there may be several more trophies that will require special cases… maybe even the big one! -Yearby Photo

Coach Jim Cawood, the Golden Aces, Principal Bill Tislow, the faculty, student body and the many many fans of the Aces are all building up a good head of steam for the Evansville regional, Saturday and all plan on returning home Saturday night with their first regional title in the history of the school!

On two previous occasions, the Aces went to the final game of the regional. Under coach George Corn, they were defeated with a last second shot by Princeton. Under coach Billy Livengood, they were downed by a hot Lincoln high school quintette after enjoying a comfortable first half lead. This was the last season for Lincoln High School.

Dale Students from a victory dance on the gym floor Monday during a special rally for the Victorious Dale Golden Aces who captured Boonville’s 1968 sectional.

Monday morning following the Boonville Sectional victory, the high school held a big Victory rally in the gym as students from grades 7 though 12 filled the bleachers and sang to the music of the Pep Band. The hour-long rally included short talks by principal Bill Tislow, who announced that messages of congratulation were arriving at the school. He also commented on the good show of sportsmanship at the sectional. Outlining what was restricted at the Regional, he stated that noisemakers, confetti, live mascots, large banners, flash cameras, are all forbidden.

“Man of the Hour” coach Jim Cawood makes the long walk out to the microphone to accept the well earned cheers of fans during a victory held in the Dale gym Monday.

Members of the Golden Aces were called on to say a few words to the group before the “man of the hour” coach Jim Cawood was given an opportunity to talk. He told the students that he has had many thrills in sports and some disappointments, but cutting the nets Saturday was the biggest thrill of all. Cawood also pointed out that he had assistance from coaches Pat Arnold and Jim Wahl.

The Sectional win was the first since 1958. It sparked a Victory celebration Saturday nigh at the school grounds when the Aces returned home with the trophy. They were given a “fresh-air” ride on the fire truck to the school where a huge bonfire was lit and a festive celebration followed.

Plans are being made for a large caravan to Evansville, Saturday. It will form at the high school at 10:30 a.m. and will be headed by the school buses. City Police will escort the caravan out of town and await a victorious team to return again Saturday night with the Regional Trophy in their possession.

Dale Aces Will Fight Mt. Vernon

Dale’s Golden Aces, champions of the Boonville sectional will take on Holy Gibbs Wildcats of Mt. Vernon in the first match of the Evansville Regional, Saturday, while Tell City will meet Evansville Reitz in the second match.

Dale emerged from their first sectional at Boonville with wins over Boonville 68-50, Winslow 60-58 and Tecumseh in an overtime 77-69.

Mt. Vernon came thought the Princeton sectional with wins over New Harmony 93-60, North Posey 55-47 and Oakland City 44-42.

Tell City Took their own sectional by topping Perry Central 57-47, Milltown 36-33 and Cannelton 55-45.

Evansville Reitz emerged from their sectional with wins from Central 65-54, Memorial 74-51 and Evansville North 69-40.

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