Tomahawk sports history: Boxing
By Bob Skubal
Retired coach, historian, author of ‘History of Tomahawk Sports’
Following is information that this author found on Tomahawk’s seven-year history with the sport.
Boxing came into highlights of sports for the first time in the history of Tomahawk High School in 1939.
Coach V.K. Derscheid opened the season with 65 boys turning out for the first practice. The squad was trimmed to 20 after a few weeks of practice. The first inter-squad boxing tournament was held on April 25, 1939. The tourney consisted of nine bouts which consisted of three one minute rounds. WIAA rules stated that gloves were to be either fourteen or sixteen ounces.
The winners of the first inter-squad tourney were Ross Nelson, Howard Ball, Howie Hetzel, Lloyd Dolan, Fritz Doucette, Mark O’Malley, Gerome Bushar, Lyle Copiskey and Donald DuTeau.
Some of the young men trying out for boxing were Jake Schmidtbauer, Ed Douglas, George Bartelt, Lloyd Stahl, Buck Kopelke, Harry Lund, Wilton Lund, Dick Olson, Delton Chadek, Frank Schmidtbauer, Norm Langlois, Eugene Raddant, Jim Callahan, Harold Bushman, Fred Doucette, Fred Ziegler, Dale Warden, Howard Ball, Dick Gesell, Jack DuTeau, John Kelley, Eugene Taves, Bruce Bishop, Mark O’Malley, Lloyd Dolan, Albert Daigle, Ross Nelson, Joe Doucette, Roland Theiler, James Taylor, Bob Dean, Roger Schisling, Ken Robarge, Bill Townsend, Ken Schisling, Ed Bishop, Casey Kaphaem, Lawrence Rush, Tom Kelley, Howard Hetzel, Don Burton, Arvon Hess, Ralph Theiler, Harold Taves, Joe Chvala, Emerson Sweeney, Don DuTeau, Gerome Bushar, Lyle Copiskey, Jack Wurl, and Don Kahn.
The first interscholastic boxing match was held at THS on April 4, 1940. Tomahawk defeated Merrill by a 6-5 match score. Winners for Tomahawk were Duane Alberg at Flyweight, Bill Conant at Featherweight, Lloyd Stahl at Welterweight, Buck Nelson at Light Heavyweight, and Bob Dean at Heavyweight. Losing their bouts were Roland Theiler at Gnatweight, Joe Doucette at Bantamweight, Ed Douglas at Featherweight, Harry Lund at Lightweight, Mark O’Malley at Welterweight and Bob Hansen at Senior Welterweight.
The WIAA stated that contests shall be of 11 classes unless mutually agreed upon in writing. Coaches could not speak or signal to the fighter during the match. The crowd could not clap or cheer the fighters on.
The team also lost to Rib Lake 7-4, to Merrill 8 ½-3 ½, and 7-4 to Rib Lake a second time.
Other team members included Fritz Doucette, Richard Olson, Eugene Raddant, Roland Theiler, Eugene Taves, Joe Doucette, Gerome Bushor, Bill Conant, Bill Adams, Clarence Kuntz, Ben Gahan, Russ Sandry, David Kaphaem, Ed Douglas, Arnold, Kleinfeldt, John Tierney, Delton Chadek, James Taylor, Norm Langlois, Bill Comeau, Wilt Lund, Neal Long, Fred Christiansen, and Bill Barr.
Vincent Derscheid was in his second year as varsity coach in 1941. Returning letter winners were Bill Conant (the defending 124-lb. champion), Joe Doucette, Ed Douglas, Lloyd Stahl (the defending 140-lb. champion), and Bob Hanson. They were joined by Ray Timm, Howard Musson, Bob Boyle, Bob Riedel, Bob Shidler, Jack Chvala, Glenn Bowen, Lyle Copiskey, Gordon Mitchell, Norm Stoneberg, Frank Pranausk, Duane Alberg, Jim Hanson, Bob Musson, Joe Folz, Mark O’Malley, Bob Schroeder, Don Barfknecht, Mark Christenson, Harold Kaphaem, and Jerry Block.
Season results: 7-5 loss to Rib Lake; 10-5 loss to Merrill; 6 ½ – 5 ½ loss to Wittenberg; no decision on contest versus Wausau.
Major letter winners were Bob Musson, Gordon Mitchell, Jack Chvala, Glenn Bowen, Jimmie Hanson, Bob Riedel, Gene Taves, Lloyd Stahl, Bob Hanson, Howard Musson, Bob Shidler, Lyle Copiskey, Harold Kaphaem, Ray Timm, Duane Alberg, Ed Douglas, Norm Stoneberg, Joe Doucette, Mark O’Malley, and Bill Conant.
Minor letter winner was Duane Taves.
Co-captains were Mark O’Malley and Bill Conant.
Vincent Derscheid was in his third and final season as head coach in 1942. Team members were Art Steidel, *Bob Musson, Joe Folz, Morris Douglas, *Howard Musson, Norm Delisle, *Ed Douglas, Roland Seidel, *Bob Riedel, *Glenn Bowen Ben Gahan, Gareld Ellis, *Norm Stoneberg, *Bob Hansen, Roger Bronsted, Charles Kaphaem, Harold Kaphaem, Fred Timm, Don Pearson, Charles Fogg, Jule Anderson, Ray Timm, Paul Kablitz, Duane Taves, John Bootz, Jack Chvala, Lyle Copiskey, Clarence Fogg, Jerry Block, Bob Shidler, Lloyd Stahl, Elmer Martell, LeRoy Nystrom, Burnel Chadek, and Charles Douglas. *Denotes returning letter winners.
Two intersquad competitions were held at the beginning of the season to determine local champs. They were Fred Timm, Don Pearson, Jerry Block, Charles Fogg, Jule Anderson, Ray Timm, Paul Kablitz, Duane Taves, Jack Chvala, Bob Shidler, and Lyle Copiskey.
School champions were Duane Taves, Clarence Fogg, Jerry Block, Howard Musson, Bob Shidler, Lloyd Stahl, and Bob Hansen.
Season results: 9 ½ – 6 ½ over Stratford; 6 ½ – 3 ½ over Phillips; 13-1 over Wausau; 8-3 over Wittenberg; loss to Merrill, but no score was found.
Point of Interest: The meet with Rib Lake was cancelled because their coach was called into the army and this forced them to drop the sport for the season.
Fightingest Fighter Award: Ray Timm
The 1942 season saw THS secure the most wins in school history. Only Stoneberg and Hansen were lost to graduation from this team.
Co-captains: Norm Stoneberg and Bob Shidler
Major letter winners were Bob Hansen, Ed Douglas, Norm Stoneberg, Ray Timm, Charles Douglas, Gareld Ellis, Duane Taves, Fred Timm, Jerry Block, Howard Musson, Clarence Fogg, Jack Chvala, Don Pearson, Lyle Copiskey, and Bob Shidler.
Minor letter winners were Bob Musson, Morris Douglas, Elmer Martell, LeRoy Nystrom, and Burnel Chadek.
1943 saw John Sebeson take over as head coach. The 1943 team suffered several losses. Clarence Fogg was in the hospital recovering from an appendectomy; Bob Musson and Lyle Copiskey moved from town; John Bootz left to work on a farm; and Jim Ellis left for the army.
Team members included Clyde Stahl, Norm Loftus, Ken Anderson, Bob Shidler, Bill Biard, Ray Timm, Gale Johnson, Duane Taves, Gordon Mitchell, Fred Timm, Don Pearson, Bob Folz, Lawrence vonGnechten, Norm DeLisle, Ted Feltzer, Jerry Block, Morris Douglas, and Bob Siesennop.
Co-captains: Ray Timm and Lawrence vonGnechten
Fightingest Fighter Award: Jerry Block
Season results: 3-0 over Tripoli; 6-4 over Phillips; 6-5 over Merrill.
Point of Interest: The contest with Wausau was cancelled when their coach went into the navy. There were only two qualified refs within 75 miles, so Coach Sebesan had to handle the referee duties.
Major letter winners were Ray Timm, Norman Loftus, Bob Folz, Lawrence vonGnechten, Fred Timm, Don Pearson, Joe Biard, Bob Shidler, Duane Taves, Gordon Mitchell, Ed Perkins, James Kelley, Jerry Block, and John Hein.
John M. Sebeson returned as head coach in 1944. The squad was small because many parents considered boxing a rough sport participated in only by rowdies.
Season Record: 1-1
Season results: 5 ½ – 4 ½ loss to Phillips; 6-3 win over Merrill.
Co-captains: Fred Timm and Duane Taves
Fightingest Fighter Award: John Hein
Squad members and their weights were Dale Timm (131), Red Wurl (154), Phillip White (??), Edwin White (140), James Kelley (139), Dick Parmeter (137), John Hein (145), Clyde Stahl (114), Duane Taves (125), Louis Boudin (132), Alden Hudson (??), Bob Folz (134), Ken Anderson (120), Jule Anderson (132), Jim Frawley (94), Dick Johnson (??), Norman Perkins (122), Ed Schufletowski (108), Phillip Kilinski (124), Joe Folz (132), Bruce Boyle (128), and Bob Christensen (126).
Major letter winners were Fred Timm, Edwin White, John Hein, Clyde Stahl, Duane Taves, Bob Folz, Ken Anderson, Jule Anderson, and Jim Frawley.
John Sebeson was head coach and produced a 1-1 season record in 1945. There was a 5-4 loss to Phillips when Phillips refused to forfeit two weights and a 6 ½ – 4 ½ win over Merrill.
Returning letter winners were Ken Anderson, Bob Folz, Jim Frawley, John Hein, and Fred Timm.
Co-captains: Bob Folz and Ken Bassett
Fightingest Fighter Award: Fred Timm
Major letter winners were Jim Frawley, Dick Johnson, Glenn Timm, Fred Timm, John Hein, Ken Anderson, Bob Folz, Bob Christensen, Jack Brady, Phillip White, George Martin, and Ken Bassett.
Other team members were Jim Lokken, Dale Timm, Alden Hudson, Carl Bates, Jim Kelley, Don Jones, Dick Parmeter, Merlin Hanke, and Dusty Wynn.
This was the final season for boxing at THS. Boys were able to continue with their boxing skills outside of the school and often had to use another name in order to keep their high school eligibility. Ross Nelson served as boxing chairman for those wishing to continue with this sport. It was rumored that boxing was dropped from high schools when the death of two boxers occurred. With boxing being dropped by many schools across the state, wrestling programs began to gain strength with high school students.
Point of Interest: The boxing season started without Bob Folz, who went into the navy and Jim Frawley, who dropped out of school.
Team members were Bob Christensen, John Hein, Ashton Crapeau, John Bronsted, Arvin Copiskey, Dave Loveless, George Morren, Ken Jones, Arnold Sutherland, Ken Anderson, Richard Johnson, Darrell Smerz, Richard Greil, Perry Campbell, Gene Lokken, Leon Mott, Jimmy Johnson, Ray Schrump, Harmon DuPlayee, Phillip White, Eugene Musil, Gordon Thomas, Bob Klade, Blair Thompson, and Jim Lokken.
Season Record: 0-1-1.
Season results: 8 ½ – 3 ½ loss to Merrill, where some of the matches against Merrill were considered “no decision” if the match was halted in the first round because of bleeding; 5 ½ – 5 ½ tie with Mosinee. Mosinee’s boxing coach was Ed Lenihan, who was a former teammate of Coach John Sebeson.