Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, February 19, 1938, Page Two, Image 2

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    Officials Blame Coaches for High Number
of Fouls Called in Northern Division Hoop Games
*JL Vjrt A FjO
Foul business!
Basketball, once heralded as a game of skill, has become a game
of kill.
Take the word of some thousands of spectators of the northern
division conference, six coaches, a half-hundred players and about
every sports scribe in the northwest for that. They’re writing
columns about it, the coaches are moaning, the players are lying
prostrate on the maple floors and the fans are asking for their
money back. What to do!
Asked Referees
Who should know better than referees? We asked Ralph Cole
man, Frank Heniges, Bobby Morris and interviewed coaches in the
California division all about it. The concensus is this:
1. The northern division calls fouls too close, too often and allows
no latitude for ‘‘traveling’’ and held balls.
2. The southern division problem Is not so acute—the fouls arc
not so numerous.
3. The referees can do nothing about it.
We have seen every team in the northern division and every
team in the southern division (California). The northern division
teams are bound strictly by a literal interpretation of the rules_
no body contact, no steps and “hands off’’ the opponents.
The southern division referees do not call fouls unless the foul
actually mierieres with the play, i.e., a “reasonable” interpretation
of the rules and depending entirely on the judgment of the officials.
For example, if a man fouls an opponent somewhere clear away
from the play and the act has nothing to do with the operation
of the play the referee lets it go.
Traveling With Ball
Likewise when traveling with the ball. If a player is dribbling
the ball and throws a pass while on the run the whistle is not
blown for "traveling.” The rule book allows a liberal interpretation
of this sort, and the southern division officials accept it. The north
ern division officials follow the “letter of the law” interpretation
and call every minute violation of the rules, regardless of its effect
on the play.
An example of this occurred in the last Oregon-Washington
game in Eugene. The ball was taken out of bounds by Oregon under
the south basket and before the whistle was blown to start the play
a Washington man collided with a Webfoot player while maneuver
ing into position.
What Do They?
The play had not actually started, the ball was being held out
of bounds, but the foul was called. Why? Because the rule book
says “no body contact.” In the southern division many body con
tacts are made on the floor but unless the actual play is affected no
violation is called.
What do the referees think about it?
Ralph Coleman, the veteran official from Corvallis, said the
referees must act according to the dictates of the coaches who con
vene at the beginning of the season and definitely declare what
course to pursue in officiating.
"Evidently the southern division coaches do that too, and have
decided on a more liberal interpretation of the rules in regard to
fouls, ’ Coleman said. "If the coaches here want a more open play
with loose interpretation it’s okay with the officials. We call them
the way the coaches tell us.”
Frank Heniges, another official, said much the same. He thought
fouls should be lessened, but confirmed Coleman's statement that
the referees could do nothing about it unless the coaches acted first
in the matter.
Archie Buckley said there was danger of the game getting too
rough if foul-calling was liberalized.
We mentioned California’s interpretation and wondered why the
two divisions hadn’t gotten together to equalize the officiating pro
cedures of the two conferences. When the California division winner
plays in the north for the play-off, the team from the south thinks
they are picked on for roughing tactics.
Same Difficulty
Southern California had this difficulty at Oregon State a few
years ago, and also at Washington a couple of seasons back—Trojan
players found themselves evicted from the game much sooner than '
they were accustomed to.
Buckley thought the advantage wasn’t with either team, how
ever. When the northern division winner goes south they find them
selves roughed up by an unexpected amount of contact that they
were used to accepting as violations of the rules.
Coleman said the southern division teams adapted themselves
to the northern style of game more readily than the northern teams
do when playing in California. He cited the games at Pullman last
year when Stanford barely won from the Cougars, though heralded
as a far superior team. Referee Heniges, who helped work the
series, said the Cougar’s success was not because of the rules but
because they had a “defensive” team.
Morris Is Literal
Bobby Morris, Seattle czar of the northern officials, has usually
been a “literal” referee when it comes to whistle tooting, but the
problem may find a solution next month when Morris calls a "foul
forum” to attempt an answer to the question of the moment.
The interpretation of the rules has always been at variance be
tween the northern and southern divisions, but this year has seen a
sudden increase of foul-calling in the northwest.
Everyone is protesting. The solution may lie in adopting Cali
fornia's interpretation. It may be worth a try. Morris’ forum might
find the answer.
Hec Edmundson says that it's
the officials, and Slats Gill says
that it is the coaches and players,
and somehow or other we are in
clined to agree with Oregon State's
This opinion is based on the per
formance of Oregon's Laddie Gale
on the recent road trip on which
the Ducks made a thorough inspec
tion cf the Palouse hills.
Now on this road trip Lad was
held up to some 28 points by the
opposition—how, we don’t know—
hut that is exactly the point.
* * *
It seems highly improbable that
any group of hoopers could hold
Gale down to a mere seven points
per game including foul shots. His
shot is one of the hardest to check
by orthodox means that there is.
If it can't be checked by ortho
dox means, there is only one other
way to do it, by unorthodox means,
and that is what we suspect Idaho
and Washington State of doing,
down here.
As if that wasn’t enough, the!
prize news disseminator of the
northern division, Hec Edmundson,
comes out beefing about how too
many fouls are called jusi after
he loses a close series to our Dueks.
Of course Hec has his adherents,
but it looks like poor sportsman
ship to us to come out crying af
ter a couple of defeats.
Getting back to the road trip,
however, Hobby said: “ . . . back
of the trouble lies the manner in i
which the players are taught to;
Tako into consideration that
Brendan Barrett is one of the Van
dals' chief threats.
Barrett, officially 23, hut unof
ficially probably 27, has played
lots of independent ball around
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Sigma Chi in Finals;
Win Over Zeta Hall
Forfeit Proves Costly
To Zeta's Chances;
Amato Stars
Zeta hall bowed to a determined
Sweetheart team, 2-1 in intramur
al handball yesterday giving the
Sigma Chis the right to play the
burnmen in the finals.
Bob Albi forfeited the first sin
gles match to Ralph Amato of
Sigma Chi. He did not show up in
time to play. Joe Amato of Zeta
defeated George Humphreys, 21-8.
21-15, in the second singles match
Amato showed championship form
as he consistently drove hard shots
to the wall which Humphreys
couldn't handle.
Sigma Chi was far in the lead
in the first game of the doubles!
match ami finally won, 21-5. The
Sweethearts took the second game,
but it was somewhat closer, 21-15
Mel Johnson and Dick Roberts
played for the Sweethearts while
Marino Innocenti and Gene Trubv
upheld the losers.
At 4:20 Monday Sigma Chi
plays Phi Delta Theta for the in
tramural handball championship. I
The Phi Delts have a slight edge,
but will have a tough battle to
subdue the Sigma Chis.
32 E. 10th St.
S we e th earts Edge
Samm y Five 15-14;
A TOsEn ter BFin als
Shimshak Scores Seven Points, Keeps SAM
In Game; Peters Stars for Sigma Chis
Hotelmen Paced by Hays
Battling for the right to meet the ATOs Monday in the finals U
Sigma Chis and the Sammies tangled in a close game with the Sigm
Chis edging out a win 15 to 14.
It was an uphill battle all through the first half and midway throug
the third quarter when the Sigma Chis solved the Sammy defensiv
maneuvers. Scoring two quick baskets, Peters brought the Sigm
Chis to within one point of the Sammy lead at the end of the thir
quarter. From here on the Sigm
Chis came Into their own and wen
on to win.
Shimshak Leaps
In the first quarter the Sammie
drew first blood with Shimshal
caging the first two baskets giv
ing the Sammies a four point lea<
as the quarter ended. It was Shim
shak who kept the Sammies aheac
as he caged another, but Peter:
retaliated to give the Sigma Chi:
their first tally. The Sammies wer<
only able to cage another fielc
goal while Peters potted a couple
to bring the count to 9 to 7 at the
Faced with a 9 to 7 score as
the second period opened the Sig
ma Chis played 4 minutes befiye
they could dent the Sammy de
fense. In this last canto Herzog
was the only one able to break
hrough with a tally for the Sam
Outstanding fur the Sigma Chis
was Dick Peters who played a very
smooth, calm and deliberate game
throughout the fray. For the Sam
mies Shimshak proved to be the
necessary spark needed, for in the
first half he tallied 6 of the points
Sigma Chi, 15 14, Sammies
Peters, 8 F. 2, Herzog
Sederstrom, 5 . ,.F. 3, Frager
Hendershott, 2 ..C. Shevach
Hansen .G. 2, Rotenberg
Burlingame.G. 7, Shimshak
Gridley. S
Anderson .S
Butler . S
ATOs 28, I’lli IK IIs 18
Wmv what a game!
Jn one of the roughest, scrap
piest games of the season, the
strong A TO quintet paced by Jack
Hay trampled over the Phi Deits
28 to IS. From the opening whistle
until the final whistle the game
was a donnybrook with everyone
having a foul on him including
some of the spectators.
Towards the end of the game the
Phi l>elts ran out of men and had
to issue a call for recruits. As a
matter of fact it the game had
gone two or three minutes longer
there would have been no one able
to play as fouls were being called
right and left.
The game started with a bang
as on the opening tipoff Hay re
ceived the ball and looped one in
from the keyhole to give the ATOs
first blood in the all-important
1 he Phi Pelts throughout this
lust quarter were unable to match i
strides with the ATOs so as the
quarter ended the score was 2 to it \
for I lie ATOs.
ATOs Hit 1V|,
In the .second frame botli teams
opened up with ttie score being
knotted several times. In this hec
tic wild quarter the ATOs banged
the hoop for 10 more points while
they held the Thi Delts to •».
The second half was a repetition
of the first with both teams going
into it with everything they could
give. However, the ATOs proved
their superiority and out-ran, out
foxed. and out-scored the fast til
ing Phi Delta to pull ahead and
never be within hailing distance of
:hem. The ATO . coi mg attack in
this second period was paced by
day and Graybeal.
In winning this game the ATOs
Varoff to Leave
: Tuesday by Air;
| Jump in Gardei
AAU Track Carniva!
Only Meet He Wil
Compete in
George Varoff, University o
Oregon’s indoor pole-vault cham
pion of the world, will leave fo:
New York Tuesday afternoon fo
a try at his own “international'
jump record.
The high flying Varoff will com
pete in the Amateur Athletic Un
ion indoor track carnival at Madi
son Square Garden next Saturday
He will leave Portland Tuesday
afternoon at 5:40 p.m. via trans
continental airways and climb out
of the plane in New York at 1:1(J
p.m. Wednesday. The slim Web
foot will board a plane for home
Sunday and arrive in Eugene on
Preferred AAU
Varoff chose to vault in the AAU
meet in preference to the Millrose
games and Boston AAA meet, both
of which he entered last year.
His entry in the AAU affair in
the “big town" is the prelude to a
(t oittiniicd from pane hvo)
campaign which he hopes will re
turn him and Oregon the outdoor
jump record this summer.
Last year he held both the in
door and outdoor high mark, but
two boys from USC, Earl Mead
ows and Bill Sefton, after trying
(I'lease turn to pane three)
Cougars, Idaho Win
In Close Hoop Tilts
Idaho came through last night
in a last minute rally to win a
heart breaker from Oregon State,
at to 32, iu a fast and furious
game played at Corvallis.
The Beavers led, 32 to 31, with
but one minute to go when Bill
Kramer. Idaho sharpshooter, let
fly a long one-handed push shot
from the center of the floor that
-wished through putting Idaho
ahead by one point.
t\ ith but to seconds to go Kebbo,
beaver guard, fouled Krumor. Kra
mer made the foul shot making
lie score ,11 to 32. The remaining
seconds saw tho Vandals playing
. keep away and holding the hall
| the beat they could. Oregon State
I missed four shots in tho last five
High scorers for Idaho wore
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will pit themselves with tho fast-1
stepping Sigma Xu five nest Mon
day at ,i.
Outstanding for the ATOs were
each and every man on the squad.
However, in all due respect to
Hay.-. Karstens. and Jay Grayboal,
we would like to mention that they
were vitally important in this A TO
wiu. For the Pin Dolts Giordan
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Make Ready
s _
* Series Will Decide
Northern Division
e Champions; Silver
* Takes Quiz
c With the "make or break” Idaho
| series set for next Tuesday and
L Wednesday nights Coach Hobby
Hobson herded his Oregon Ducks i
onto the Igloo maple yesterday af
ternoon for the first of a series
of light workouts in preparation
for the Vandal invasion.
In the time before the series
next week, Coach Hobson has in
I dicated that he will stress ways
and means of penetrating the tight:
defense of the Vandals.
Three Defeats
' Against OSC and Idaho this sea
L son, exponents of the "slow 'em
down” and “set ’em up” style of
play, the Webfoots have won only
> one of four games.
The Ducks lost to Idaho, 33 to
28 and 35 to 34, and bowed to
Oregon State at Corvallis, 36 to 32.
Their sole victory from a “slow
’em down” team was gained from
Oregon State here, 38 to 32. j .
Three teams—Idaho, Washing
ton State, and Oregon—are within
hailing distance of the northern di-,
vision hoop tiara with Washington "
only slightly in arrears. Oregon
is in third place, a half game be
hind the Cougars and Vandals who
jointly occupy the top spot.
Idaho Dark Horse
Idaho has been the true dark
horse of the northern division race.
After dropping three out of their
first four games, the Vandals have
| come back to win eight of their;
last 10 games to tie for first place
in the standings.
One defeat will virtually eliminate
Oregon from the flag chase so Hob
by Hobson's boys are staking their
final hopes on being able to flag
down the Vandal special twice in
a row.
The same five that saw most of
the service on the road trip with
the exception of Dave Silver, who
was taking an exam, worked on
the first string yesterday, are ex
pected to start for the Webfoots.
Alternating in Silver's forward
berth last night were John Dick
anil Ted Sarpola.
««aio at in ward
Laddie Gale ran at tho other
forward with Slim Winternnitc at
center and Bobby Anet and Wally
Johansen at guard. Matt Pava
lunas and Ford Mullen, chunky
guards, and Bay Jewell also went
through their practice paces along
| with Bob Blenkinsop and Paul
| Jackson.
Leading the Idaho attack will be
such scoring threats as Steve Bel
ko, diminutive forward from Gary,
Indiana; Brendon Barrett, also
from Gary, and a flashy ball hand
ler, Captain Don Johnson, Lyle
Smith. Bill Kramer, Willis Boh
nian, and Boland Winter.
All-Campus Victory
Won by Winslow
Norman Winslow won the all
campus badminton singles cham
pionship yesterday by defeating
Bob Fairfield 15-4. 15-3.
The game was played on one of
the basketball floors. Fairfield was !
greatly handicapped by the large
floor and high ceiling. He had been !
used to playing in the small hand
ball courts.
Winslow was never behind and
won the games quite easily. He
jumped to a lead in the first game
md that lead wa's never overtaken.
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Mexican Four.
country club
Much Better
Says Mentor
Five Vets Returning,
Six Junior College
Players Have Come
North to Play
Although every team in the nor
thern division is much improved,
Webfoot tennis chances for another
successful season are at present
very favorable, according to Paul
Washke, veteran tennis mentor.
Five veterans, four outstanding
junior college transfers and seven
ambitious numeral winners from
the frosh are the chief reasons why
the Webfoots should enjoy another
outstanding season this spring.
Five Men Back
Three of the five lettermen re
turning this year earned major
sport letters last year on the co
L'hampionship Duck squad. Lead
ing contenders to replace captain
John Economus in the No. 1 singles
spot will be Larry Crane, No. 2
nan on last years squad, and one
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News Staff To Meet
Waterloo at 10 a.m.
The battle is on! News writers
vs. sports scribes.
At 10 o'clock this morning the
battle royal of basketball climaxed
only by the Oregon-Oregon State j
games will be enacted on the maple i
boards of the Igloo. The Daily Em- j
erald, not content to enter the field
of broadcasting, has again taken
up the athletic side of the campus
picture with what promises to be
the hoop highlight of the year.
Hotshots Here
Complete lineups have been an
nounced. The news staff will pit
the following against the sports
Morry the Monsker Henderson;
One-Round Mattingly; Sloppy Stan
Hobson, the Madras Madman;
Homeward Graham; Lewping Lew
Evans; Jack Whataman Bryant;
Cross-Eye Compton; and Red
Down Greenup.
The sports penmen named the ,
following squad:
John Not-So Bigg(s); Rusty
Gates: News-Hawkins; Eel Reber;
Dean Gregory Norene; All-Star
3asero (paid- adv.l; Bill Van Du
i We Will Weigh
against any other
launury in town.
Domestic Laundry
sen, the Astoria Assassin; Patsy
Frizzel; Sleepy Phelps; and Panties
Reserved seats have all been sold
except one, Anse Cornell said. The
Salvation Army band will play be
tween halves. Mattingly refused
an offer of DeNeffe’s to outfit the
News team in long undies.
Finals Monday
4, A championship game, ATO
vs. Sigma Chi.
5, B championship game, ATO
vs. Sigma Nu.
Yesterday’s Results
Sigma Chis defeated SAM, 15 j
to 14.
ATO defeated Phi Delts, 28 to |
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Oregon State
Is Favored to
Down Ducks
Bert Meyers, Cathey,
Lafferty Are Only
First Possibilities for
- ).
Ducks vs. Beavers ttj.is inoon
at Corvallis! And the Beavers r.rc
pre-meet favorites to du k the
! Bert Myers and Ralph Cathey
in the diving are the only Oregon
! tankmen to hold any marked ad
! vantage over Oregon State. Cath
i ey, Oregon’s outstanding scjpho
more diver, nosed out Myers last
week and may repeat. Myers has
been a sLellar diver in the north
ern division the past two years,
with a championship in 1936 to his
Ralph Lafferty shows possibility
of duplicating his performance
last week when he nosed out Rea
! of OSC in the breast stroke. Smith
and Mallory of Oregon were bare
ly beaten in the wild finish sprint
events a week ago. Either the vet
eran Smith or Mallory, another
sophomore, might come out on top
in the dashes.
Levy Off Form
Jack Levy, blond speed dcmoif*
in the middle distances, was some
what off form in last Saturday’s
meet, but should give Brownell and
Burns of OSC a good battle. Levy
has been the Oregon powerhouse
up until the Oregon State meet.
Despite the fact that he only
copped a second and third place
against the Beavers, he has pad
died off with seven first places in
the four meets so far this season.
Both Johnny Stewart in the
breast stroke and Lewis Coleman
in the backstroke have contributed
points so far this season and
should place in today's meet. Tom
Starbuck failed 'to finish in the
money last week, but will be a
threat to the Beaver acc, Art
Brugger. Tom Hayashi took a
third in the 440 free style, and
should repeat.
Probable line-ups:
Medley relay: Ore. (Coleman*
Lafferty, Smith). OSC (Vogland.l*
Rea, Koski).
Distance free-styles: Ore—Levy,
Hayashi; OSC—Brownell, Burns,
Sprints: Ore Smith, Mallory;
OSC- Brugger, Hillison, Koski.
Diving: Ore.—Cathey, Myers;
OSC—Edwards, Olson.
Backstroke: Ore. — Coleman.
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Phi Kappa Psi, pearl and tur
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* .Sigma Nu, $4.30.
Kappa Alpha Theta, $5.65.
Alpha ( hi Omega, crown set
pearls, $9.95.
Sigma Alpha Kpsilou,
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‘hi Omega, $8.30.
Delta Tau Delta, $3.30.
tlpha \i Delta, $6.65.
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