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The Flying Queens really hit their stride in 1952 by beating the Hanes Hosiery Team of Winston-Salem, N.C. which had held the national championship for three years and had accumulated a winning streak of 101 games. Since then they have flown 9,000 miles a year looking for worthy opponents, have run up a 75-game winning streak of their own. Six Wayland girls were on the U.S. squad which won the women's basketball championship at last year's Pan-American Games.
Claude Hutcherson is still the team's No. 1 fan. Before this year's AAU tournament at St. Joseph, Mo. he hired a "nationally recognized" hair stylist to give the team that look of chic so necessary to feminine morale. After the girls won, they and their supporters were brought home in nine Beechcraft Bonanzas, which approached Plainview flying in close formation for the edification of townspeople waiting, by the hundreds, at the airport. "The Flying Queens," said, Chamber of Commerce Manager Wayne Smith after the girls landed, "have spread the name of Plainview over the nation. We're mighty proud of you."
All really earnest football teams believe in filming their own games because it helps in analyzing mistakes afterward and because, well, everybody else does. The New York Football Giants have now learned, in court, another good reason for film. A onetime halfback named Joe Petruzzo told the jury that the Giants started him in a preseason game with Los Angeles, back in 1954, then dropped him because he suffered a broken thumb in the game; Joe wanted $6,000. No, indeed, the Giants said; Joe just wasn't good enough for the Giants.
In a darkened courtroom, Coach Jim Lee Howell and Halfback Petruzzo reviewed the film for the jury. Sample:
Howell : See, the ball carrier comes through.... He should have been duck soup for Petruzzo.
Petruzzo: Watch the next play and see if I didn't take care of the outside. I turned the play in.
Howell : You didn't make the tackle.... [Now] on this play you can see Joe come in but he slips....
Petruzzo: A lot of players slip, Coach.
Howell : Good players don't slip, Joe boy.