Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, February 06, 1943, Page 5, Image 5

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    Mighty men of Oregon—is an apt phrase for all of the for
mer greats in the University’s sports annals, mho are now rep
resenting all of the tradition that has been built up in the years
of competitive athletics for the Webfoot.
The stating of the above phrase might lead some to be
lieve that it was just another eulogy to the athlete who
never has cared much for his school, but who has been of
fered a scholarship for his talents on the gridiron, on the
£ maples or over the diamond. On the other hand, when
one of these versatile boys becomes news for a front page
story, because of his actions in the Solomons or over Africa,
we may be su^e that this praise was not just hearsay.
Seryice Stars
Playing for service teams while in training for yet a bigger
job. Hank Anderson, a member of several of the fine Webfoot
teams of a short time back, John Dick and any amount of for
mer teammates are carrying on from where they left off after
leaving school. Another boy who might still be playing for
Oregon teams, is Elliot Wilson, the big “hunk o’ granite” for
last year s grid squad, who now is in the “game” the full CO
minutes for the marines.
All sorts of reports have been emanating from the pens of
sports correspondents in most of the big cities on the coast these
last few weeks, because of a worry on their part that there
won t be enough copy to fill an editorial column with athletic
gossip next year. The biggest stimulant for this drop in mate
rial for the teams in all of the schools is the fact that the local
^filent won’t want, to go too far away from home to enlist his
aid in some sport. This will probably mean that boys in Idaho
won t travel to all parts, and men in the larger cities in the
Northwest will stay and augment the forces of the Northwest
News Break
I1 eature material would probably be nil or very close to the •
dormant stage on the Webfoots this week if it wasn’t for a
threesome of first year men on the Oregon casaba squad.
Coach “Hobby” Hobson was rated by one of the leading
sports columnists on the coast, as the “fearless” hoop mentor
in these parts.
The reason for this outburst, of praise on the part of the
above scribe, was because of “Hobby’s” shooting three fresh
men into the Washiugton-Oregon tilt in Seattle last week. The
general consensus of opinion on the part of onlookers of this
revolutionary move on the part of Oregon’s mentor, was that
contest was decided with this move.
Little Stan Williamson was written up in the Washing
ton papers as the smooth working “fire-ball” in the Duck’s
ranks. It was some of his fine infiltrating moves that were
continually catching an over-confident Husky team off
Critics Satisfied
Some of the critics of Dr. Naismith’s sport, were a “mite”
leary of any freshman team playing the high type casaba of
the Northwest conference, but when they looked on the tilt
with yearlings from the “Mother” state, take hold of the situa
tion and keep a determined and experienced Washington team
at bay, they were convinced.
Some of the men on the frosli casaba roster wondered whe
ther they were to play the same soldiers that had met in com
bat with the varsity squad earlier in the week, before the fresh
men tangled with the 94th Infantry last night. One of them
countered with this statement: “If those three freshmen on
the big Duck team can take the army, so can we.”
UO Quintet Tops City League
•The Eugene Independent bas
ketball league has passed the
half-way mark in their schedule,
and in the lead, one and one-half
games out in front, is the squad
playing under the banner of Rich
field Oil.
Actually, these Oilers are all
UO students, with the majority
coming from Alpha Hall. The
dorm boys entered this team in
the City league instead of having
intramural “A” representation,
A.id have been doing right well
lor themselves, competing against
more experienced hoopsters.
With their record at this writ
ing of nine wins and one loss, they
stand a good chance of taking the
season’s title if their present brand
of play continues. The solitary
defeat was of a two-point margin
administered by Earl Sandness’
Baptists, while their most note
worthy triumphs were over Joe
Gordon’s Man Shop Guards, the
Springfield C.I.O., and the tough
Northwest Christian college quin
tet, whom they have beaten twice.
Euk Paris is the playing-man
ager, while “Buzz” Visman, Jim
Oswald* Dick Richardson, Bob
Vernon, Howie Applegate, Jack
Hannam, and Bob Mickey com
prise the remainder of the Rich
field Oil outfit.
Oregon Five
Seeks Form
A high-scoring, basket-shooting
gent, with a yen for potting buck
ets from all over the lot, leads a
pack of victory-hungry Idaho
Vandals onto the well - pounded
wood of the Igloo Monday and
Tuesday night at 8 o’clock in one
of next week’s headline hoop at
Fred Quinn, not more than 6
foot 2 inches up there, is the point
minded guy, who has been setting
such a scorching pace during the
initial half of the season. With 73
points already in just five games
(14.3 game average) Quinn has
been largely responsible for the
strong showing of the Vandals.
Quitting the doldrums where
they had been located for such a
long time, Babe Brown’s Moscow
hoopers have sounded fair warn
ing that they are going to be
mighty tough in the next few
weeks. Although the Vandals have
salvaged just one victory out of
a lot of five, all losses but one to
Oregon, were by minute margins.
From Oregon’s drill camp comes
word that the Webfoots, now
winging along on a three-game
win streak after dropping four
in-a-row to conference rivals, will
be set to shoot both height and
speed at the cellarite Vandals.
New Combination .
In early week practice sessions
Howard Hobson, head hoopman,
juggled his lineup like a circus
equilibrist, before hitting on a
combine that seems the answer to
a prayer. The new unit, which was
discovered quite by accident in the
closing minutes of the Washing
ton tilt last Saturday, features
two seniors and three freshmen
—a truly weird grouping:.
Iiolph Fuhrman has become a
regular demon on the backboard,
which plus his sudden scoring
spree, whets him as a two-edged
weapon, offensively and defens
ively. At the other forward spot,
young Ed Dick, cool, calculating,
and competent, has nudged out,
temporarily at least, the two-year
vet, Warren Taylor. Dick func
tioned like a seasoned hand
against Washington last week and
the Globe-trotters and Camp Ad
air this week.
Taylor, however, will be a hard
boy to hold down on the bench.
His backboard game is devastat
ing, no less, while his scoring
powers are returning.
Roger Wiley, that stork-like
kid, has come along beautifully
in the last few weeks and is shap
ing up better on defense, a previ
ous weakness.
Size is at a premium at the
guard posts, but spirit and hustle
is there galore. Capt. Don Kirsch
at one backcourt niche to serve
as a steadying fixture in case the
battle carries the Ducks away.
While at the other spot little Stan
Williamson, 5 feet 6 inches of in
spirational value, holds sway in
fine fashion.
Wlrile Hobson kicked several
regulars downstairs in the shake
up which followed the four-game
loss streak, all concerned have
been battling like fiends to win
their way back into a starting
nomination for the “big five.”
The Ducks go into the series as
slight favorites to crown the Van
dals twice more. Idaho took two
. . . Warren Taylor, one of the ten highest scorers in the northern
division, will be all set to torment Idaho with his punishing play at the
start of Monday night’s game.
Pi Beta Phi, Delta Gamma
Basketeers Victorious
on the button when they entertain
ed the traveling- Webfoots at their
Moscow hacienda three weeks
A new speed feature has been
installed in the Babe Brown jal
lopy which was unknown in pre
vious Idaho models. Brown has
cashed in on the “low” lines of his
half-sized courtsters in a run-run
sort of way, to offset the lack of
The attack is built around the
hemp-creasing activities of Mr.
Fred Quinn much as last year's
was centered about Ray Turner,
who holds the current ND scor
ing mark with 192 points over a
16-game stretch.
After Quinn, with his 6-2 meas
urement, the tallest man can
budge the height stick to just an
even 6 feet, while the remaining
three starters can’t muster more
than 5 feet 11 apiece. The height
advantage, thereby, lies with Ore
gon’s “Tall Firs.”
Bob Ryan and Tom Collins, a
couple of sophomores, are set to
hold down forward spots, flank
ing Quinn, while backcourt will
be John Ryan, Bob’s brother, and
Vonley Hopkins, two-year vet
The Pi Phis and Delta Gam
mas were victorious in girls’ in
tramural competition yesterday
afternoon, 30-8 and 20-1G over
the Alpha Gams and Highland
Hoopers,J ’respectively. This left
the Pi Phis still undefeated and
put the Delta Gams within strik
ing distance of their league lead
ers, the undefeated ADPis.
The Pi Phis looked as good as
ever in their decisive victory as
Bohnenkamp and Gordon ran the
score up scoring 16 and 12 points
respectively. The Alpha Gams
played a nice game but the vi
cious offensive and tight guard
combination of the Pi Phis was
too much for them.
Helen Johns went cn another
scoring rampage as she netted
13 out of the 20 points for Delta
Gamma. Highland put up a stiff
battle but couldn’t crash through
the Delta Gamma defense. Dor
othy Richard and Anne Craven
at guards stood out for High
land. Cecelia Watzig played a
nice game' at guard for Delta
Undefeated teams in girls’ in
tramural play with only one
week to go are Orides, ADPi, Pi
‘Phi, Sigma Kappa, and High
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