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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 8, 1943)
Oregon State’s surprising showing back east when they
walked off with four victories in five crucial contests came as a
startling revelation to the majority of the hoop following popu
lation scattered up and down the Pacific slopes.
lo a few the Beavers’ scintillating achievemenst were mere
fulfilment of prophecy. One of these prognosticators who es
tablished the defending northern division champs as a tough
bunch of gents without the aid of a crystal ball, zodiac read
ings, et cetera, was Howard A. Hobson, Oregon’s own hoop
\\ hile nine out of ten coast writers were casting their lot
with Hec Edmundson’s speed-driven Huskies'to make a clean
up in the northern loop this year, the sagacious Webfoot men
tor shook his head and jotted down a few mental notes of his
Huskies Strong in All Departments
\ es, Hobby agreed that with those five flashy veterans all
hack to set up Edmundson with last year’s complete unit, the
long-fanged Husky from the shores of Puget Sound, enjoyed a
good opportunity of capturing the league rag. They had heighth
in kurwards Boody Gilbertson and Doug Ford and Center
k buck Gilmur, and they had speed in the backcourt in Guards
A\ all}- Leask and Bill Morris. Reserve strength was g'ood,
But, he didn’t concede the pennant to the Washington
ians on any walkaway. Oregon State is just as strong this
year, if not even a little better fortified all around, as they
were one year ago, he contended. The Beavers had lost
^Jarring John Mandic, extremely rugged and consistently
high-scoring center who rated All-American honors in his
senior year. Mandic was the biggest loss and left a terrific
ally raw, yawning hole at center.
Prophecy Comes True
Slats Gill, OSC head boss, also saw depart from his ranks
because of graduation Forwards Jack Mulder, Sam Dement,
and George McNutt, not withstanding Guard Paul Valenti.
J iiese losses were hard jolts to take, but not nearly such a
smack in the face as when Big Mr. Mandic, the man who walks
like a bear, tucked his diploma under his arm, waved good-bye,
and plodded down the avenue.
'1 hose were the losses for which Gill yanked down the old
crying towel and proceeded to loose a flood of tears. But he
didn't bawl long. The gains that he made this year seemed to
more than offset the bad news. Back in harness was his ster
ling guard combine of Don Durdan and Lewie Beck. Speed,
deception, and scoring proficiency here in juicy abundance.
• Who would replace the unduplicable John Mandic?
That, of course, was the real stickler. Erland (Andy) An
derson, a towering frosh, seemed to be the logical selection
so Gill then put all his eggs in the Anderson basket. The
green Mr. Anderson faltered not one whit and came
through the pre-season schedule without cracking nary an
egg. The Gill guess had flowered and borne luscious fruit.
No comparison to the versatile Mandic, but Anderson is
going great guns for just a soph.
Help Comes Gill's Way
Two of those lifesavers that happen along every now and
then and for which a coach would swap his month’s salary,
then put in an appearance on the Corvallis Campus. The names
are Don Cecil and Bob Howard, two Jaycee transfers with a
world of talent and adjustability. This pair fitted so well into
the pass-pause-pass-pause, "waltz me around again, Willie”
style which Gill dotes on, that they were first stringers from
the season’s outset. What has happened is that the Orange
head sachem has forgotten that Mulder and Dement ever ex
iled, forsaking his old loves for something newer and seem
Yes. Hobby’s little prophecy has come true. Oregon State
apparently is better off than last year, considering over-all
strength. And so a new contender enters upon the scene, a
contender which will be just as tough as Hec Edmundson’s
pack of Husky casaba hounds.
Rationing Hits Hard
Sports attendance was expected to take a terrific scaling
after the auto-riding public became confined to three gallons
per week with the new “A” card rationing system. Athletic
manager's moaned, and rightly enough. Attendance figures
dropped and will undoubtedly be on the decline from now on
in as each petrol fume will be guarded more stingily.
^ Rationing didn’t bother the Tournament of Roses big grid
™awl New Year’s, however. An unprecedented number of
cars—30,000 in fact, which is 8,000 more than ever before—
were driven by Rose Bowl onlookers to Pasadena who filled
the stadium with a record-smashing total of 91,000 fans.
Pacific Coast conference offi
cials announced that February
28, at Pullman, Washington, the
lair of the Washington State
Cougars, will be the time and
place, respectively, for the 1943
edition of the northern division
conference swimming meet.
Despite what happens this
year, Oregon fans can think back
over years gone by, 1942 to be
specific, and review one of the
most amazing athletic teams ever
to participate in any kind of a
meet. Last year, a bunch of Duck
mermen went north to Seattle,
captured first and second in ev
ery event, and all but two thirds,
and nonchalantly returned to
Eugene. Somehow, a couple of
Washington men managed to
sneak in while Oregon wasn’t
locking and grab off third in two
events to break a perfect day for
Team Rates Fair
But to bring things up to the
present. Coach Mike Hoyman W'ill
take a team to Pullman which, al
though weakened by the loss of
at least half of the squad to the
services, still stands a chance of
winning a few events. Best news
of late from the Duck tank is the
return to form of Dick Allen. For
two years Dick has been paddling
for Oregon, never showing ex
ceptionally, but always plugging
away at the seconds and thirds.
This year as a senior, Dick will
let plenty of people know he is
With the season opener Janu
ary 30 still three weeks away,
Coach Hoyman has scheduled
time trials under actual collegiate
conditions to give the boys the
“feel” of competition. The first
of these meets comes off next
Saturday, and is open to the pub
COUGAR HOOPER . . .
. . . Scott Witt, witii one year’s
experience under iiis belt, now
holds down starting post for
Gene Walgenbach, letterman
guard on the University of Wis
consin football squad, has been
playing in the position all through
his gridiron career.
No More Horseplay;
Buck Bailey’s in Navy
Northern division baseball
fans will note a decline in color
in collegiate diamond clashes
this year when Washington
State's Cougars come up as the
opposition. In the past Arthur
(Buck) Bailey, the gay, raucous,
portly Cougar mentor, could al
ways be counted upon to break
a bat or two, kick the water pail
into the grandstand, or tongue
lash the umpire. Those spectator
appealing antics the Buck Bailey
way will be a thing of the past
A news dispatch from Seattle
reveals that the veteran Cougar
baseball boss and assistant foot
ball coach has been sworn into
the United States naval reserve
and awaits orders which will send
him to Chapel Hill, N. C., for a
30-day indoctrinal course. Bailey
will assist in the conditioning
program at the pre-flight school
at Chapel Hill.
A leave of absence was grant
ed Bailey from Washington State
college for the duration.
MIGHTY MITE . .
. . . Piiul Jackson, diminutive
guard from last year’s hoop team,
now serving under Uncle Sam.
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