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University of Oregon, Engene__
Sports Editor: Webstar Jor.es.
Assistants: Harold Mangum, Richard Syring, Richard Jones, William
Brown, Boone Hendricks, Jack O’Meara. _
VgfHAT ’® the matter with traekt
” The ancient sport is just about
ready to make a fade out in Oregon
unless another Hiram Conibear
comes along to build it up.
You know Conibear, perhaps, only
from his fame as the father of crew
at tho University
of Washing ton,
but up in Mon
tana, the home of
Bussell Sweet and
Am old Gillette,
two of the great
est athletes ever
developed in the
west, they hand a
lot of credit to
the late Hiram
built up track at
Montana until the twenty-third an
nual interscholastic meet at the
University of Montana had 402 par
ticipants and 105 schools repre
sented, just about all of the state.
It began with 34 participants. Now
it brings out Sweets, and Gillettes
for Montana track teams.
“The people of Montana are
wild about track. The meets draw
huge crowds and they come for
miles around to see them. They
think track all spring up there,”
said Doc Stewart, athletic director
of Montana, to the writer on the
way to the conference meet.
Montana with interest like that
will keep on developing Sweets
and Gillettes; California will de
velop Richardsons, Barbers, Dyes,
Barneses, and the rest, while Oregon
will mark time.
Track is a popular sport. When a
dual meet in the west draws 10,000;
a relay carnival, 8,000; and a con
ference meet, 18,000, you can bet
that it arouses interest. Did you
ever hear of 18,000 persons attend
ing a basketball game!
Interest in track iall over the
country is flaring; athletes are feted
and columns of space are dovoted
to the sport—almost as much as
football. It's the socond major
sport—anywhere but in Oregon.
Once in a while a great traek
man comes to the state, but it
seems purely accidental. The per
centage is small and there is appar
ently no interest at present.
Back in the days when Oregon
was winning northwest champion
ships year after year, it was prob
ably duo alone to the interscholastic
track meet held every year on old
Kincaid field. That passed into dis
card as well as the one at O. A. C.,
and now tho high schools have
dropped track because of it.
We have without question the
finest cinder track on the coast, one
that is surpassed in tlio whole coun
try only by that in tho Harvard
Bill Hayward, winding up his
twenty-fourth year at Oregon,
knows track from every anglo. He
has been trainer for American
teams at four Olympic games, tak
ing over in addition, men whom he
has developed himself. Ho is rated
as the fifth best coach in the coun
try. Ho has no material to work
with. Interest is dying in tho state.
It’s a hard row for Bill to make
track men out of greonhorns, for not
every man is a potential track per
His uphill fight can't last. Track
is falling into tho wrestling rut
and after a few years of wobbly
struggling, unless a few props are
put under it, tho sport will be
The solution is the interscholastic
It looks like a stato proposition
and if trnek is to continue as a
major sport it’s time to get going!
—W. A. J.
• * •
TVOT so many years ago, a golf
^ ' addict oither donned his knick
ers at tho club honso or woro the
conventional ankle-reaching brand.
Or, if he was a rarp individual with
a great deal of fortitude, he would
put on his plus-fours at homo and
make his way to the links by a
devious route through side streets
and back alleys, all the while cast
ing furtive and appreliensivo glances
about for strange dogs and unsym
pathetic small boys.
The athletes of the day, as wo
know them from tho popular boys’
fiction prevalent at the time, were
tough old birds, and sneered visibly
as they sipped their foaming beer
and sucked their smelly black pipes.
Golff Pooh, pooh! As soon play
croquet, or engage in a wild game
of bridge. Now those same tough
old gamesters, of the flying wedge
and bare knuckle days, openly par
ade through the main thoroughfares,
resplendent in all tho fine modern
regalia peculiar to golfing men.
Yea, verily. Times do change.
All of which brings us to the
establishment of golf as a minor
sport on the campus. The ancient
Scottish pastime has a wide foot
hold throughout the east, and is
gaining ground on the coast. The
University of Washington has an
active golf organization and wants
nothing better than to extend the
traditional athletic rivalry with1
Oregon to the links. In fact, the
Washingtonians were keenly disap
pointed when competition was not
forthcoming this spring.
With the dropping of wrestling,
the way is clear for the new sport
without cluttering the athletic pro
gram. There is a very definite de
mand, there is an abundance of
good material, and our sister col
leges are espousing golf, so why not
get into the game?—H. W. M.
• • •
^WRESTLING has gone the way of
” buggy rides and ouija boards.
From now on, its status in the circle
of conference sports is the same as
boxing—subject to the initiative of
This step has been a long time
coming. Wrestling, as an intercol
legiate sport, emphasizes too much
the individual performer rather
than team play. Then, too, pro
fessionalism has made sorry inroads
into the amateur game. There is
little demand for a scientific, ama
teur exhibition when the wrestling
fans can cross the street and see
two anthropoids tug and rend each
other for a couple of hours for $1.10.
—H. W. M.
• • •
TVTOT so long ago, Oregon boasted
four handball courts which were
eternally crowded. The powers that
be saw fit to double this number,
and eight courts made their appear
ance where four grew before. Now
it's the same old question—just try
and find a court on a rainy after
noon. The powers that be can open
another packet of handball court
seed anytime they wish.—H. W. M.
Only One Game
Lost by Frosh
All-Stars Are Promising
Material for Next
Under the careful tutelage of
Coach “Spike” Leslie the freshman
basketball enjoyed a successful sea
son. Four games were played with
the Rooks, three of which the local
yearling five won by largo scores.
The gamo lost to the Rooks was on
tho Corvallis score and that by one
basket. Franklin high of Portland
was taken down the row for two
defeats. Jefferson high also lost a
hard fought game. The Albany Col
lege five was also another school
attached to the string of defeats.
It is not vory often that a coach
lias the all-star material greet him
as had Coach “Spike” Leslie at the
beginning of the winter term. A
number of all-state Jiasketeers, Scal
lon, Emmons, Ridings, Milligan,
Chastain, Hummelt, all were on
hand at the first call. In addition
to these men were a number of ex
high school stars and members of
tho all-state second team. Perhaps
no basketball player came to the
University with tho reputation of
Claire Scallon was a momber of
the championship Franklin high
school fivo that wont to Chicago to
the national interscholastic meet.
While playing in tho eastern tourna
ment sport writers picked “Red” on
tho mythical all-American high
school five. Tho pastt basketball
season clearly proved Scallon’s
claim to fame.
In Gordon Ridings and Keith Em
mons “Spike” Leslie had two of
the cleverest forwards to be seen on
tho local courts. Both men wore
fast as lightning and had the bas
ket range well in ha'nd. Ridings is
somewhat higher than his forward
partner and is scrapping all the
time. A pair of guards which would
cause a smile of satisfaction to
show on any hoop mentor’s face
was Bally and Milligan. These two
are tall and rangy and have the
habit of breaking through their op
ponent’s defense and dropping the
ball through the hoop for markers.
The pivot position was perhaps
tho hardest to find a man suitable.
Hummelt, all-state center, alternat
ed with Epps at the tip-off. On sev
eral play combinations, however,
Ridings would drop down to this
position with the center playing
back in a guard position.
Chastain and Don McCormick,
two of Leslie’s bets, went on the
shelf early in the season. In prac
tice one night Chastain twisted his
shoulder which prevented him from
further participation. McCormick,
while on a trip with the yearlings
to Portland, contracted spinal men
ingitis which nearly proved fatal.
All in all the season was very
successful and Coach llilly Reinhart,
varsity mentor, should have several
good men to fill in the gaps left in
the varsity ranks.
Practice Delayed, Lack
Of Diamond Early
Four Successive Games
Lost to Rooks
Freshman baseball was somewhat
hindered this spring by the lack of
an adequate playing field. This was
quickly remedied by the construc
tion, however, of a new field close
to the new varsity diamond.
With the playing field problem
out of the- way Coach Harry Elling
cr and his assistant Don Parks start
ed things in dead earnest. Consider
able ball timber was found among
Errors Mark Game
In the first game of the season
the freshmen lost by a large score
to the O. A. C. Books. In what ap
parently started out to be a pitch
er ’s battle the freshmen were forc
ed to taste defeat 19 to 7. The fresh
man team seemed to have a hard
time in handling the ball. In the
first tilt, 12 errors were chalked up
Art Schoeni started on the hill
for the babes and pitched good
ball, save for his one bad inning
in the sixth. Poor support easily
caused his downfall. He was re
lieved by Enke at the beginning of
the ninth. Enke got off to a bad
start and before his departure from
the mound, allowed five hits and
issued two bases on balls for a
total of 7 runs. Emmons relieved
Enke and had little trouble in retir
ing the side.
The Rooks seemed to be the Wa
terloo for Harry Ellinger’s squad.
Four games were lost to the baby
Beavers by decisive scores. One
practice tilt was lost to Salem 7 to
Soveral freshman players should
give varsity baseball lettermen
strong fights for berths next year.
Art Schoeni should make a strong
bid for one of the flinging posi
tions. With another year’s growth
and possibly some summer ball, he
should help Reinhart solve the
southpaw problem. Emmons and Mc
Donald are two other men who de
serve much credit.
Jamison and Gould, freshman out
er gardenors, look very good in the
field and at the plate. J3ach should
put up a good fight for an outfield
berth. Gordon Riding, infielder,
looked good in the several games
that he participated in.
Phi Delta Theta Wins
Donut Swimming Meet
Tlie intra-mural swimming contest
this year was a wet affair. The Phi
Belts picked it up and walked off
with it with a six-point lead over
the Sigma Chis, their nearest com
Groat interest was shown in the
contest, .women as well as men turn
ing out. Several of the events, the
dives and sprints, were very close.
Fletcher, Larsen, and Greulich star
red for the Delts, while Finley and
Dixon showed up well for the Sig
Hail! The Chief
Here Is Capt. John J. McEwan,
the man who made West Point
famous. He Is expected to do the
same for Oregon’s football teams.
Red Cross Tests
In Life Saving
Completed by 51
New Corps at University
Regarded as Best
Fifty-one men have successfully
passed official Bed Cross life sav
ing corps tests during the year, was
the announcement made by Lloyd
Webster, in charge of the corps on
the campus. The tests are given
once during each of the three terms
of the school year.
The examination requires that
each aspirant learn methods of arti
ficial respiration, the Schaefer meth
od, breaking “death grips” in the
water, and carrying a body 60 feet
in the water. The remainder of the
test is made up of variations of
these main points.
“The purpose of the corps is to
give correct instruction in life sav
ing methods,” stated Webster, “with
the ultimate goal of making every
swimmer a lifesaver.”
On May 7 the University corps
was granted a charter making the
branch an official chapter of the
Red Cross corps. The unit on the
campus was regarded by Edwin H.
Carroll, assistant national director
of the Bed Cross lifesaving corps, as
the best university chapter on the
Five students who passed the ex
aminer’s trials during the year are:
Phil Sheridan, George Wilhelm, Ger
ald Lawler, Claude Crumb, and
L. E. Palmer, formerly assistant
in charge of the lifesaving corps on
the campus, is now Pacific Coast
field representative of the Bed Cross
The donut wrestling champion
ship was won this year by a myster
ious quartet, entitled “The Four
Horsemen”; (and their jockey)
George Majorski. The riders were
Bichard Averill, Phil Overmeyer,
Clifford Willison, and Eldred Breese.
The runners-up were Friendly hall
and Alpha Tau Omega.
The “horsemen” were five unat
tached youths, who aspired to win
the championship, and did.
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