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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (March 24, 1942)
btaits a mw term and it s time to pull together all the
loose strings in sports. Up the Igloo-way spring sports are al
ready in. On Howe field baseball men ease through light work
outs, cautious yet because of cool weather. Just a bit east of
Howe field the football men grunt and groan on the sod of
th(^practice Held, yet unaware of what fate is going to befall
their sport. And still farther east Colonel Bill Hayward sends
his scanty, buneli of thin-clads through easy workouts and
of 1 ers his--prayers-for a dozen Les Steers. Moving north we
have the tennis courts and Russ Cutler drilling his racquet
wielders to get the rough spots shaved off before their meet
with Irving club April 11. All which means that basketball has
moved into cold type in the dusty record books, and a few
memories for some.
Linger on Basketball a Minute
But let’s not boot basketball out quite so quietly and so
hastily. After all Dartmouth and Stanford have yet to play
off the championship game next Saturday, and we can expect
a few gloating remarks to filter out of Corvallis about their
Beavers winning the championship.
*'■ - Before basketball at Oregon in 1941-42 becomes a few
statistics the column wants to get one thought off its chest.
Remember the Alley Cats, the Tall Firs, the champs? Of
course—everyone does. Which is just what I mean. Everyone
remembers them and insists upon judging all of Oregon’s
teams by that immortal gang.
They were a great team. Even in a small sheep town in
the southern desert of Utah I heard of their exploits. I even
had the chance to see them play and they were great. But why
not give some of the succeeding teams a break? The Alley
Cats were an exception. A coach gets a team like that once in
a lifetime, if lie’s lucky, and after that he just gets good teams
again, if lie’s lucky.
Look at Sports Today
^ So—file your memories of that team, and give other Ore
gon basketball teams a bneak by not comparing them to the
past; instead, judge your teams on their own capacities.
The philosophers tell us that yesterday is gone, forget it;
tomorrow may never come so don’t worry about it. Today
is here, live it. Sports today. That’s an indefinite subject.
Football on the coast is now in the hands of the sport heads
in Portland. The question as to whether football will con
tinue on the coast as the big time sport it has been will be
decided there today probably.
Reports from the meeting, a meeting which Anse Cornell,
Tex Oliver and Dean Hollis of the University of Oregon, are
attending, arc optimistic and seem to indicate that the 1942
schedule as drawn up earlier, will continue. But these are
the*bpinions of the coaches and Mr. Atherton and while they’re
interesting in themselves, when the showdown comes they
won’t have much bearing on the case.
For the catch is that the faculty representatives from the
various schools attending the meeting have the say as to
what will happen. These fellows are remaining very quiet.
The war had poked its probing hands into the Emerald
sport staff and it, the staff, finds itself facing spring term
sans one sport editor. Johnny Kaliananui, figuring the Japs
had no right fooling around with Pearl Harbor, has given his
intentions of entering the air corps.
Swan Song or Aloha
The usual procedure when a sports editor writes his last
column is to give with it what is called his “Swan Song.”
Maybe Johnny will drop in and write one for us one of these
■d^ys but we’re inclined to believe it should be called some
thing other than a “Swan Song”—say perhaps—an Aloha.
So in the ensuing issues you’ll meet two other fellows
in this corner of the sport page. Two assistant sport editors.
They’ve both been around the sports front long enough to
know the score and they’ll have interesting stuff for you.
The fellows—Erling Erlandson and Fred Tredgold.
Here an' There
A few more loose strings to tie up—Duke Iverson has
registered again this term. This should ease the furrowed
brows of some who were worrying about who is going to hold
down the quarterbacking job next season. Another addition
to the football squad which has the interest of the column is
Scotty Deeds. Deeds hails from Long Beach Junior College.
A baekfielcl speedster, Deeds looked smooth in intramurals
and might do well in varsity competition.
Another gem.that intramurals uncovered, and one who
looks well in practice, is Duane “Ozzie Redfield. He saw
Tis high school football action in Illinois and was picked on
the Chicago All-City team.
John Maiulic should be picked on the All-American basket
ball team but probably won’t because the Beavers were belted
out by Stanford. The column still weeps because Stanford beat
Colorado. Just wait—the big seven will turn out a top team yet,
Expect Great Season
“We re going to town on intra
murals this spring,’’ declared
Paul R. Washke, director of IM
athletics. Stating that intramur
als were expected to bear the
brunt of school athletics due to
the forced de-emphasizing of var
sity sports due to the war, Wash
ke is busily preparing a program
to finish off what he termed “the
most successful year in Oregon
The swimming schedule will get
under way next Monday, he said,
and softball is due to begin three
weeks later. Explaining that
softball'has been put off because
of the uncertain early spring
weather, Washke said that “there
will be plenty of time to play out
the complete schedule.’’
All-Star Idea Swell
Washke also expressed com
plete satisfaction over the suc
cess of the basketball all-star
show saying that he noticed that
it received complete coverage in
all the Northwest papers and
“even as far south as the San
Francisco Examiner.” Questioned
over the possibility of a Greek
Independent all-star softball
game on Howe field after the
regular season he replied:
“I think it has fine possibili
ties. IM softball play is excep
tionally fast and there should
be several crackerjack aggre
gations from which to pick
clubs that would play a fiery
brand of ball. The Greeks and
the Independents should be as
evenly matched as they were
Returning to the swimming
program Washke outlined the
events that will comprise a dual
meet. The scoring and events are:
1. 40-yard freestyle, breast
stroke, and back stroke events—
Tennis Material Hit
By Army. Graduation
W ith three lettermen nd three
others of last year’s varsity squad
returning, Coach Russ Cutler has
begun tuning up the Lemon and
Green tennis team for its April'
11 meet here with the Irving
club of Portland.
It’s a somewhat gloom-laden
picture as this year's squad has
no oversupply of standout play
ers. However, coming up for
heavy combat duty are lettermen
Kerm S mith, No. 2 last year;
Frank Baker, who spotted the
No. 3 hole; and John Williams,
No. 4 man.
Returning also are John McCli
ment, Loyd Manning, and Cliff
Steele. Johnny Kahananui, who
saw action last season, is heading
for the army air corps so will be
among the missing.
Six of last year’s frosh racket
swingers are turning out for
varsity berths: Joe Rooney, No.
1 frosh last year; Jim Rick
seeker, No. 2, Charles Larson,
Henry Howard, Chet Sergeant,
and Len Lonigan.
Dual meets with Washington
State college and the University
of Idaho have been scheduled for
April 24 and 25 respectively.
Ten aspirants have reported
for the freshman squad. The list
of last year’s high school court
headliners includes: Wilson Reed,
Robert Rowan, David Waite, John
Noble, John Jensen, Hugh Craw
ford, Bryce Sidesinger, Tom
Harty, Carl Copper, and Johnnie
He's in the Army Now
(Continued from page four)
when he left the dressing room.
He took the east door and walked
south around the corner of Mc
Arthur past the field. It was per
fect weather for baseball and for
what upperclassmen usually re
ferred to as “springtime at the
U.” He thought he’d like to stay
a little longer, just standing there
and looking the place over, but
there was stuff to pack at the
house and he didn’t have all night
for that. He reached the gate at
a reluctant stride, feeling sort of
fiendish making his way off the
field while the stands were empty
and no cheers could be heard. It
was the first time it had been
that way for him, really.
. . . Then like a broken film,
KERM SMITH . . .
. . . Starts his racquet wielding
on tennis team.
the scene shifted; and what was
left was dreamless, of course,
and alive, but imperfect. He want
ed to turn around and look just
once more, but he couldn’t, he
just couldn’t. . . .
Track Outlook Dark
(Continued from page four)
son, a hurdler on last year's
Washington State freshman team
may see action under Hayward.
Hayward was greeted by a
flock of freshmen and one
sophomore in the first work
out Monday. Most of them were
without experience, but hopes
were seen for Wally Still,
sprinter, who has been work
ing out since fall; Selwin Wis
dom, 440; and Herb Lawrence,
Warren Christianson was the
only sophomore, and has had no
experience. The other freshmen
were: Bob Pearson, Millard Bird,
Chuck Barrows, Don Asseltine,
Gordon Parr, Dave Smith, Willis
Elliot, and Tom Hazard.
5 points for first, 3 for second,
and 1 for third.
2. 60-yard individual medley
event—5 for first, 3 for second,
and 1 for third.
3. 120-yard medley relay event
—5 for first.
4. 120-yard freestyle event—6
All the meets will be held in
the men’s pool, and the complete
schedule and times will be sent to
the athletic managers of each
living organization near the end
of the week, Washke said. Man
agers are urged to get their
blanks in before then, so the IM
office will know the teams that
All-Campus Meet in May
The all - campus program
planned is also extensive, Wash
ke revealed. Singles and doubles
competition in tennis, golf, and
handball is on the run-way. In
dividual Sigma Delta Psi is
planned and will be climaxed in
a big field day on Hayward field
in early May. Washke urged all
contestants to sign up early, so
the usual last minute scramble
during exam week will be avoid
For the second year in a row
Sherry Ross’ powerhouse hand
bll machine proved virtually un
stoppable, and they copped the
IM gonfalon by easily downing
the DUs, three matches to none,
in the finals. This climaxed a se
ries of runaway triumphs for
them throughout the entire league
In the doubles Chuck Cutler
and Bob Faw blasted through the
offerings of DUs Ed Moshofsky
and Les Anderson to win in
straight sets. Cutler’s booming
service blasted the DU duo off
the court in the first game to the
tune of 21 to 2. Big Moe and An
derson rallied somewhat in the
second test, but the presence of
Cutler and the ever-hustling Faw
were too much and they suc
cumbed, 21 to 6.
Bob Blair captured his singles
match with ease in straight
games, 21 to 4- and 21 to 6, clear
ly outclassing his opponent. But
in the singles windup diminutive
Kenzo Nakagawa encountered
serious opposition in the person
of big Ed Niklas. Nakagawa
eked out a narrow win in the first
set, 21 to 18. Niklas was keeping
his man moving all over the
court to catch his smashing place
He evened the match in the
next game coming back to
score five points in a row with
the count of 20 to 17 against
him. The score was 22 to 20.
But in the rubber game the
fiery pace proved to be too
warm for him, and Nakagawa
outlasted him to win the game
and match 21 to 15. The game
that Niklas won marked the
first time in over two years
that Sherry Ross hs lost a sin
gle game in IM play.
In the quarter-finals the Ross
men bounced the ATOs, 3 to 0,
with Captain Chuck Cutler lead
ing the way. It was the same old
familiar story in the semis. The
Sigma Nus were taken into camp
three games to zero.