Detroit News All PSL/Metro — 1950s

Charlie Primas 

Miller High’s Charlie Primas, seen here during his Wayne (State) University days, was a first-team Detroit News All-Metro selection in 1950. (Wayne State University Photo)

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1959 All-City
Reggie Harding, Eastern (NBA/Goose Tatum Harlem Roadkings) ; David “Smokey” Gaines (ABA/Harlem Globetrotters), Northeastern; Syl Jankowski, Hamtramck St. Florian; Lonnie Sanders (NFL), Pershing; Bill Chmielewski, Detroit Holy Redeemer
David “Smokey” Gaines, Northeastern; Reggie Harding, Eastern; Lonnie “Tree” Sanders, Pershing; Willie Street, Northwestern; Henry Mack, Western
East Side
David “Smokey” Gaines, Northeastern; Maurice McHartley, Central (ABA); Reggie Harding, Eastern; Lonnie Sanders, Pershing; Jim Massey, Northern
West Side
Willie Street, Northwestern; Dick Honig, Mackenzie; Larry Cutright, Cooley; Henry Mack, Western; Henry Carr, Southwestern (NFL/Olympics)

1958 All-City
Dave DeBusschere, Detroit Austin (NBA/MLB); Frank Chickowski, Detroit St. Andrew’s; Ed “Stone” Stewart, Northeastern; Leon Mayberry, Northwestern; Syl Jankowski, Hamtramck St. Florian
First Team
Ed “Stone” Stewart, Northeastern; Bob Blackwell, Eastern; Joe Gualtieri, Southeastern; Lavert France, Cass Tech; Leon Mayberry, Northwestern
Second Team
Edgar Clark, Northern; Lonnie “Tree” Sanders (NFL), Pershing; Jerry Matthews, Chadsey; John Kastl, Western; George Ginger, Redford

1957 All-City
Steve Jordan, Cass Tech; Charlie North, Northwestern (Goose Tatum Harlem Roadkings) ; Dave DeBusschere, Detroit Austin (NBA/MLB); Mike Butka, Detroit All-Saints; Dan Sheridan, Grosse Pointe St. Paul
Steve Jordan, Cass; Roosevelt Lee, Northwestern; Charlie North, Northwestern; Louis Gibbs, Central; James Hester, Miller
East Side
Ed Clark, Northern; James Hester, Miller; Steve Jordan, Cass Tech; Ludwig Stromayer, Southeastern; Jim Harper, Eastern
West Side
Roosevelt Lee, Northwestern; Charlie North, Northwestern; Louis Gibbs, Central; John Kastl, Western; Bob Holmes, Mumford

1956 All-City
Gunars Vitolin, Chadsey; Steve Jordan, Cass Tech; Bob Hojnacki, Detroit St. Andrew’s; Sam Oliver, Southeastern; Tom Stumb, Detroit Austin
Sam Oliver, Southeastern; Steve Jordan, Cass Tech; Louis Gibbs, Central; Gunars Vitolin, Chadsey; Ron Summers, Northwestern (Harlem Globetrotters);  Ron Wiktor, U of D

1955 All-City
Ron Troy, Royal Oak Shrine; Bernie Shimkus, Detroit DeLaSalle; Charles Mitchell, Cass Tech; Terry Knowles, Cooley; Craig Morris, Denby
Jerry Malinasky, sr., Cass Tech; Charles Mitchell, sr., Cass Tech; Terry Knowles, sr., Cooley; Craig Morris, sr., Denby; Jim Williams, sr., Northwestern

1954 All-City
Ed Blair, River Rouge Lourdes; Larry LaVercombe, Cooley; Dan Currie, Detroit St. Anthony; Levi Davis, Miller; Jim Boyce, Northwestern
Jim Boyce,  Northwestern; Larry LaVercombe,  Cooley; Levi Davis,  Miller; Maron Stanford, Miller; Charles Turner, Cooley; Ted Brzozowksi, Pershing; Jerry Malinasky, Cass Tech
No Honorable Mention

 1953 All-City
Al Marcangelo, Southeastern; Dennis Gibson, Northern; Ron Nadolski, Detroit St. Andrew’s; Ed Urbanek, Wyandotte Mt. Carmel; Don Mattes, Detroit DeLaSalle
Al Marcangelo, sr., Southeastern; Dennis Gibson, sr., Northern; Dickie Crenshaw, sr., Chadsey; Sam Washington, sr. (AFL), Western; Stan Sylvester, sr., Southeastern

1952 All-City
Frank Tanana, Sr.; Detroit St. Andrew’s; George “Swinging Gate” Gatewood, Cass Tech; Howard Jones, Northwestern; Ralph Goldstein, Central; Vince Sheeran, Detroit Catholic Central
George “Swinging Gate” Gatewood, sr., Cass Tech; Howard Jones, sr., Northwestern; Ralph Goldstein, sr., Central; John Lawson, sr., Northern; Al Marcangelo, jr., Southeastern 

1951 All-City
Frank Tanana, Sr., Detroit St. Andrew’s; Ken Prather, U of D; George “Swinging Gate” Gatewood, Cass Tech; James “Rabbit” Johnson, Miller; Pat Galvin, Detroit Catholic Central
Ken Prather, sr., U-D High; John Lawson, jr., Northern; James “Rabbit” Johnson, sr., Miller; George “Swinging Gate” Gatewood, jr., Cass Tech; John Epps, sr., Southwestern

1950 All-City
Jim Plecas, Detroit Catholic Central; Denny McCotter, Detroit St. Theresa’s; Charlie “Kingsnake” Primas, Miller (Harlem Globetrotters); Ernie Wagner, Northeastern (Harlem Globetrotters); Ken Prather, U of D
Charlie “Kingsnake” Primas, Miller; Ernie Wagner, Northeastern; Ken Prather, U of D; Walter “Pinky” Thompson, Central; Ralph Totten, Cass Tech
No Honorable Mention


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