Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, January 06, 1943, Page 4, Image 4

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    Ducks Battle Bearcats T'©night
Starting Berths
Sought by Varsity
Local rainmakers have stopped manufacturing on such a mam
moth scale those big, juicy, wet globules which pelted the local popu
lace to cover and which bloated the Willamette to flood-stage propor
tions, meaning that maybe that old sportster, Cramp Basketball, will
fcet everyone's undivided attention tonight.
Indian Now
This is the basketball story of
•one James Pollard, second-high
*.corer for southern division bas
ketball race in 1942. Pollard held
■down a forward position for the
Stanford Indians, last year’s na
tional champions.
His experience is great and yet
last season he was a sophomore.
Four years ago he graduated
from an Oakland, California, high
school. Then he went on to play
for two years for the Golden
State quintet, a bay area inde
pendent five, that went to the
AA.U finals.
Starred for Frosli
Aftei' amassing this experience
lio finally checked in Stanford,
i.nd proceeded to blaze up the
Palo Alto pinewobds in his fresh
man year. Even then he was more
experienced than many of the
19ft Indian varsity hoopsters.
The next season he immediate
ly stepped into a starting berth
on the Indian varsity and received
numerous all-conference ratings.
Mr. Pollard is still playing bas
ketball, but not for Stanford. A
little thing like a war came along
and Jimmy enlisted in the coast
guard. So he’s now hanking up
tin' baskets for the Coast Guard
Sea-Lions of Alameda.
Stellar Attraction
Another Stanferdite, Hank Lib
retti, is now playing for the St.
Mary’s Pre-Flight squad. The
Coast Guard and the Pre-Flight
team will meet soon in a highly
billed basketball game. And it
will be Luisetti vs. Pollard.
Rare books dealing with early
Mayan civilization have been
given the Library of Washington
•State college by Mr. and Mrs.
Koy Merritt.
Captain Jack London, 1901
graduate of the Naval academy,
is new commandant of the Uni
versity of Texas naval ROTC.
Basket Bomber
STK \1»Y AS A HOCK . . .
. . . That's little Don lvirseh, who
Holds down a guard slot on the
Oregon varsity.
Old Gramp was all set last week
to cut some of his best capers—
much to the elation of Eugene
hoop hobbyists. Portland's Boil
ermakers and Vancouver's Ram
blers, both silver-plated outfits
without tarnish, were due to put
in appearances Friday and Satur
day nights, respectively, against
our VVebfoots. But then the rains
came .... Result: No contests.
Well, tonight Howard Hobson
will herd his little covey of casaba
kiddies out onto the polished
hardwoods of the Igloo, there to
sit down, wait, and hope that the
opposition can ford the roaring
Willamette and wend its way to
the Duck hoop mecca.
Willamette’s hoop strength is
an unknown quantity, but fans
can rest assured that those
Bearcats have whittled their
hoop-hitting eyes to needle
point sharpness. Our Ducks did
not run a head-on into the W il
lamette hemp contingent last
season, rather devoted their
early season days to the con
quest of eastern teams.
Hobby has issued a grim warn
ing that no regular need be as
sured of his job on the opening
five. He has thrown all positions
wide open and invites participants
to scramble madly for recogni
Just who the amiable mentor
will beckon from the bench to
start this evening’s fun-fest can
best be denoted by a large and
querying question mark. Many
observers vouch that Hobby will
make appointments from the fol
lowing- group: Forwards, Eob
Wren, Warren Taylor, R o 1 p h
Fuhrman; centers, Roger Wiley,
Wally Borrevik; guards, Don
Kirsch, Bob Newland.
Wren On
The rambunctious Mr. Wren had
an enjoyable evening Friday in
the intra-squad scrimmage which
served as a stand-in for the can
celled Boilermaker brawl. The ag
gressive junior forward served
notice that his sights have been
set on that hoop and that it’ll be
“fire-away" from now on. Wren
snared 17 points in the rumpus
which also bagged him high point
Young Roger Wiley, 18 years
old and still growing at (> feet
7 inches, was another who drew
a smile of satisfaction from the
Duck hoop dor-tor. Wiley heave
hoed the sphere for 18 points—
many being tips from close in,
a la Slim \\ intermute.
1 he Ducks will institute speed
in their attack tonight, a weapon
which has always been utilized
with success by Hobson-tutored
quintets. With such go-go boys
as Bob Newland and Captain
Kitsch to bring the ball down
floor, those Bearcat checkers will
have to be prepared to stop the
fast break by tackling if neces
One more crack at the non
conference Bearcats is set for
Oregon when Friday eve swings
this way. This time the two out
fits match shots at Salem.
Saturday, Hobson and his wan
dering Webfoots will leap aboard
the S. F. and be off for Pullman
and Moscow, hangouts of Wash
ington State and Idaho, in that
. . . John Dick, All-American Oregon forward now performing for
the Corpus Christi Air Force gang.
New Obstacle Race Slated
For Physical Fitness Plans
“Recreational emphasis has
been taken off (he physical edu
cation classes and physical de
velopment emphasis has taken
its place,” stated Ralph \V.
Leighton, dean of the physical
education school.
Times Have Changed
Before the United States had
entered the war, the classes in
physical education were primar
ily for the purpose of recreation
in classes such as badminton, so
cial dance, horseshoes, golf, arch
ery, and softball. Now, with spe
cial stress being placed upon
physical fitness, five major class
es are being' installed for the pur
pose of conditioning the college
student and as a preparation for
military service. These five ac
tivities are swimming, which
comes in handy for the navy
men, military track, eombatives,
such as judo, boxing-, and wres
tling, team sports, such as soc
cer, football, and basketball; vol
leyball supplemented with calis
thentics, and gymnastics. All
these are entirely in accordance
with plans and are endorsed by
military authorities.
In previous years, coeducation
al sports also held a spot on the
curriculum in the physical educa
tional school. Because of a pure
ly recreational importance of
this activity it has also been tak
en off the list cf physical educa
tion classes in accordance with
the military program.
Agility Essential
The reasons for this change of
program in the physical educa
tion school is that all activities
and classes are tending toward
strength, agility, vigor, and en
durance, and all activities that
have not these physical require
ments in. them are cast out of
the curriculum. _
Dean Leighton remarked th^P
there are few schools throughout
the entire nation that adhere
strictly to an all-out military
physical program, but are some
what on the order of the pro
gram that is in existence at
schooi now.
Swimmers Improved
Over previous terms of physi
cal fitness there has been re
markable improvement in the
number of laps that the swim
ming students have been doing
this term, stated Dean Leighton.
Forty-four laps are taken for
granted now which is the sum to
tal of a half-mile. Also in tracW^
during a recent cross-count®0
trek, only six men out of the 134
dropped out and failed to com
plete the three-mile course. There
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Sports Staff:
Fred Treadgold,
Fred Beckwith,
Co-sports Editors
Doug Donahue
Rollie Gable
Mart Pond
Mary Ald'erson
Likes No. '5*
Washington State’s varsity bas
ketball cohorts are already
dreaming up rosy-hued ideas of
a northern divisional champion
ship. Their Cougars are current
ly winding up the last phases of
an apparently very successful
barnstorming cage tour through
the East and Midwest.
Big gun of the Palouse coun
try’s representatives this season
has been Captain Owen Hunt,
who holds down a guard position
on the starting five.
This is Hunt’s third year of
play, and1 second season as a
starter for the Cougars. Incident
ally he has carried the same nu
meral on his jersey since high
school. At Highline, Wisconsin,
the coaching staff gave him n:#
ber “5” and he hasn’t been part
ed with this digit ever since, al
though he admits he is not su
perstitious. Nevertheless, Hunt
has been adorned with that same
number “5” in three years of
college ball, four years if you
want, because he donned it when
only a freshman.
In the summertime, Mr. Hunt’s
activities are taken up with com
mercial fishing. During the foot
ball season, it is Captain Hunt’s
booming voice that hawks tuose
official pigskin programs you
part with a quarter to purchase.
Hunt goes skyward some six
feet .He is goad on both defen
sive and offensive play and the
big surprise thus far this season
is that he is currently high scor
er for the Cougar squad, having
been very instrumental in WSH
upset win over Bradley Tech of
Illinois two nights ago.
Mr. Hunt will be putting in an
appearance at the the Eugene
cage headquarters again before
long and you can get a better
lock at one of the top perform
ers in the northern division.