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y By DICK CRAMER
Emerald Co-Sports Editor
Vv.eiT, Utah is beginning to move away from their previous
desire to join the PCC. or at least the idea is countering some op
position from Utah. Joe Greaves, a sportswriter for the school
paper, the Chronicle, brought up some good ideas, from the Red
skin point of view, why they shouldn’t join the conference.
The Skyline Six school has a good standing in its own re
iw. ii^uiuaii, uui auimio uicu
■ it would not be a top-ranking
power on the Coast. Some advo
. cates of the move have claimed
that a switch would increase the
’prestige of the Salt Lake insti
tution. but we feel that a win
ning record in a less-potent loop
is more impressive than a losing
one in a bigger and better con
Another point that Mr. Grea
. ves brought up that is worth
mentioning is that the caliber of
play in the Skyline Six in bas
ket ball is superior to that of the
J UU. Alter all, Utah beat uSC, one of the top powers in the
' Southern Division, three out of four times this year, and Wyom
ing won three out of four from the two Oregon schools during
. Christmas vacation.
Ute Sticks Too Close to Top Teams
- The Utah sportswriter is close to the truth, but he sticks only
to the top teams in his backyard. Utah and Wyoming consist
antly come out with top-ranking teams, and both have won na
tional championships. But there are some weak links in the
Denver usually has a poor team. This season they are a con
tender, but that is dependent on one man, Vince Broyla, the
* former AAU All-American. He’s just about their whole team.
BYU comes up with good quints occasionallly, as does Utah
„ State. Colorado A & M is in the same boat as Denver, only they
don’t have any Broyla.
In looking over NCAA records when teams from the two
conferences have met, we find the PCC has won out three out of
three times. This doesn’t mean too much, since many of the
‘ Skyline Six quints play in the National Invitational Tourna
ment, and two of the best mountain fives didn’t meet any PCC
- teams on their way to national championships.
Both Loops Have Won NCAA Title Twice
<- Both conferences have won the NCAA championship twice,
Oregon winning in 1939, Stanford in 1942, Wyoming in 1943
and Utah in 1944. But the two loops didn’t meet in an NCAA
playoff until 1945. In that year, Oregon’s young Webfoots,
sparked by Bob Hamilton and Dick Williams, the latter a fresh
man, beat Utah 69-66 in a third place playoff.
In ’47 and ’48 Wyoming was whipped by PCC teams, Oregon
State besting them 63-46 the first year and Washington follow
ing up with a 57-47 win.
/\u tins means tnat we agree witn Mr. ^reaves. Let Utah
stay in its own league. The two conferences are about on a par
in basketball, but the PCC dominates the rest of the sports.
, Gay da Top Cougar Star
Big Rog Wiley is still the leading point-maker in the North
- ern Division, but the best percentage is owned by Eddie Gayda,
the rubber-legged forward for Jack Friel’s Cougars. Gayda is
6-foot 3-inches, but he has amazing spring in his legs.
Beyond a doubt the 200-pound junior is the best man on the
- backboards for his height in the loop. But this has been the
first season that he has started to score a lot. His main stock in
- trade is an “unstoppable” hook shot that he hits consistently
within ten feet of the bucket.
John Warren is working on ideas for stopping the Cougar
star. One that he might use is putting 6-foot 8-inch Bob Amacher
* on Gayda. Amacher, though not much of a scorer, is a ebarcat
on defense and loves to play defense. He would also be a power
- on the boards.
Duck Swimming Caliber Going Up
Oregon swimming is on the way to the top again, after an
- interlude following the war.
Washington, with greater depth, usually wound up on top,
- but the Ducks were close behind.
Washington has never finished below second, and Oregon
has wound up as low as third only three times. The Huskies have
won eight championships since 1934, the year Northern Con
ference meets were started. Oregon, during the same period, has
won four with Oregon State the only other team to win, and
then only once.
Washington has won the last four championships, including
all three since the war. The Webfoots, after being pushed down
to third for the past two years, look like they will climb above
* that this season, and might well give the defending Huskies a
rough go for the top spot.
Runaway Scores Common in
Intramural Basketball Action
3:50 Court 43 McChesney hall A vs Legal Eagles A
4:35 Court 43 Cherney hall B vs Beta Theta Pi B
5:15 Court 43 Nestor hall B vs Phi Kappa Sigma B
intramural action yesterday, the j
only close score coming in the one
B tilt of the afternoon. In the one B :
game, Tau Kappa Epsilon beat Min- |
turn hall 15-13. A results were i
Sigma Phi Epsilon 38, Westminster i
6; Fizzeds 41, Sherry Ross hall 12;
Stan Ray hall 37, Signify Nothing
9; Pi Kappa Alpha 22, Phi Sigma
Kappa 13; and Delta Tau Delta 26;
Tau Kappa Epsilon 14.
The Delts, paced by the back
board work of big Bob Kehrli and
Darrel Hawes play in backcourt,
were never headed by the Tekes but
were unable to run away with the
Hawes was the big gun in the
Delt attack, netting 12 points. Kehr
li chipped in with 10, giving this
combination 22 out of the winning
26 tallies. The Tekes were paced by
Howard with five, all from the free
throw line, and Cheeseman with
The Pi Kapps and Phi Sigs fought
on even terms throughout the first
half, which ended 8-7 for the Pi
Kapps. They pulled away to win
easily after intermission.
High for the game with nine
points was Dutch Reich of the win
ners. He was helped out by his bro
ther and Tony Klobas, both with
four. Norv Liska hit five for the
Stan Ray scored at will against
the hapless Signify Nothing five,
romping all the way to an easy
win. They piled up an early lead and
Perry and Arnold paced the win
ners, both getting 12 points. Kane
hit six of the losers nine points.
Rolling up the highest score of
the afternoon, the Fizzeds, compos
ed of PE majors, ran wild in chalk
ing up their impressive win over
Sheryy Ross. The winning five ran
around and through the hallmen to
score an easy win.
Eddie Gudgel was the big wheel
in the attack, netting 16 points from
all over the floor. Ray Stratton was
and Gordon Albright added seven
next with 8 tallies. Rod Johnson and
Bill Hammerbeck both bucketed
four for Sherry Ross.
The Sig Eps waltzed by Westmin
ster with no trouble, running the
under-manned losers into the floor.
Paced by Don Bigger, who was
high with nine points, the winners
were never in trouble. Bob Zeller
each to the total, with Dom Provost
and Will Christensen both hitting
In the one B game of the day, the
Tekes squeezed through after a
hard fight from Minturn. Free
throws proved the mar-gin of vic
tory, the winners bucketing five to
only one for the losers. Minturn hit
six field goals to five for the win
Anderson placed the Teke quint,
hitting nine of their 15 tallies. Brice
was tops for the losing five with six
Oregon If Emerald
Wiik-Wikiy Tri-Delt Triumphs
Starts WAA Basketball Season
By Liz Erlandson
Wins of Delta De;ia Delta over
Highland house II 26-18 and Wiki
Wiki over Alpha Omicron Pi 28-1
in yesterday’s games marked the
beginning of this year’s WAA in
tramural basketball season.
Paced by Joan Risley with 12
counters and Mary Penwarden
chalking up 9, the Tri Delts took
an early lead and held it, with the
half time score at 15-10. High
scorer for the losers was Wilma
Earnest, who collected 16.
Leading the well-organized off
campus team, Wiki-Wiki, was Vi
ola Robbins who sank 16 points.
Flo Hansen’s free throw gave the
AOPis their only point.
Teams were divided into leagues
last week with Zeta Tau Alpha,
Hendricks hall, Delta Delta Delta,
and Highland house II in League I;
Alpha Xi Delta, Gamma hall, Uni
versity house, and Alpha hall in
League II, Alpha Omicron Pi,
Wiki-Wiki, Highland house I, and
Pi Beta Phi in League III; and Re
bec house, Alpha Chi Omega, -and
Alpha Delta Pi in League IV.
The playing schedule has been,
changed from the “round robin”
method originally planned to a dou
ble elimination tournament with
any team being eliminated after
losing two games.
Playing today will be Alpha Xi
Delta and Gamma hall in the out
door gym and Alpha Chi Omega
and Rebec house in the indoor gym.
Fleming Injures Ankle
CORVALLIS, Ore., Jan. 25 (AP)
Oregon State’s big first string cen
ter, Ed Fleming, went on the in
jured player bench today just as
guard Dan Torrey came back into
action from a month-old hurt.
Fleming severely injured an ankle
in a backboard scramble as the
Beavers prepared for the weekend
series with Washington.
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