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By DICK CRAMER
Emerald Co-Sports Editor
Greg-on and Washington have several similiarities this year.
Both have much better luck at home than the}- do on the road,
one of the main reasons neither one are still title contenders.
Of course, -Wtrshiriffton has the more impressive record to
date, and'that; coupled with their two earlier wins over Oregon,
will make them the favorities this weekend. But don’t be sur
prised if they get dumped twice.
Just wha-tdsind of ball John Warren’s Webfoots are capable of
playing Was well demonstrated in that hectic and frantic Long
Island series. If they play that way consistently, then can beat
any team in the Northern Division, and, perhaps, on the Coast.
Oregon Tough When on
But the Webfoots are too inexeprienced to always play good
ball. They usually play on about the same level as their oppo
sition,* though this rule doesn't hold fast. But they have been just
beaten-so many times by such narrow margins that it does seem
logical to say that they play on about the same plane as those
If Oregon is “up” for a game, they will make it tough for
their opponent. After all, they nearly beat a Long Island team
that was a favorite by a big margin.
And they ran away from Idaho after having a hard time get
ting a split in Moscow. They came mighty close to heating a po
tent Stanford five, now in the first ten in the country according
to the Associated Press, and might well have done that with the
services of Paul Sowers all the way.
This Webfoot quint is pretty much a home team. They play
their best ball here, before a friendly crowd. That isn’t unusual
in this daysand age; every school in the Northern Division is the
same way. But if the Webfoots. were able to do half as well on
the road as at home, they would he up in title contention.
Webfoots Still Have Faint Chance
As it is, Oregon is pretty much out of the title race. About
the only way the Ducks could win would be to take the rest of
their games, which includes two against Oregon State at Cor
vallis, and have WSC drop at least two tilts somewhere along
the line', p'fbbably to the Beavers.
But the possibilities of this happening aren’t too strong. Ore
gon State might drop three games, possibly four of their remain
ing games with Oregon and WSC. The Cougars could lose four
out of four on their two separate trips to the Willamette Valley.
They probably won’t win over one, in fact.
But the whole scheme hinges on Oregon beating the Beavers
in their •cramped and crowded Men’s Gym in Corvallis. They
did it once last r ear, and are capable of doing it again.
Looking at it from the bright side, it could well be done. But
for any team to take two games from Oregon State on their home
floor, especially one that’s been as erratic as Oregon has this
season, would be something.
That’s saying nothing of sweeping two-game series with
Washington and-,Washington State, both of whom have already
beaten the Webfoots twice on their home floors, and Oregon
State in the Igloo, no easy task in itself. It probably won’t hap
pen, but it would sure be nice.
Washington Freshmen Rated High
Washington will come to town with one of the highest-rated
sophomores on the Coast, even though he might not start. A
former flash from Bremerton High. Louie Soriano is expected to
make the Northern Division sit up and take notice. He might
not do it this season, but watch out for him in the next two years.
He can score, and score plenty. He averaged a very good 17
points per game his senior year in high school, and hit. 107 tal
lies to top the Husky Frosh a year later. He’s also listed as a top
notch floor man with everything to be a great.
If he does start, he’ll have to nose out veteran Andy Opacich,
a pretty fair guard himself. Opacich put on a very fancy drib
bling exhibition here last year, and broke up one of the play-off
games between Washington and California by dropping in 16
points after taking over for Bobby Jorgenson.
Torgie had to be taken out because the crowd was on his back
for being in the way when Chuck Hanger took a flyer and wreck
ed his knee on Mr. Jorgenson’s back.
Sammy White won’t be at a forward post when Friday night
rolls around. The Flusky trickster will team with either Soriano
or Opacich at guard, the third position he s played this year. He
started out as center, then changed places with Bill \ anden
burgh and became a forward, and then shifted to guard when
^im Mallory, long a reserve for Jack Nichols, started scoring and
couldn’t be kept off the starting five.
Afua-^bucUi Set fa* Seattle*7'ieJz.
Swimmers to Face Touted Huskies
This coming weekend promises
to be a rough one for Coach John
Borchardt’s Oregon swimmers. The
Aqua-Ducks will journey to Seattle
for an evening encounter with the
defending ND swimming cham
pions, the University of Washing
ton, Saturday, February 5.
The Huskies’ edition this year is
rated by many the finest aggrega
tion in the history of the confer
ence. The Ducks are going to have
to go some to keep the score down
and look good in the same pool.
Although this years edition at
the Men’s Pool is the best since the
war and one of the three finest
teams in the history of the school
it is hard to realize the tremendous
reserve and depth which the Husk
ies have, making them such a for
Walter Leads Oregon
Leading the Duck invasion will
be co-captain Earl Walter, who is
one of the better backstroke and
individual medley swimmers of the
conference. Walter will be looking
for points in the backstroke, but
will face such potent talent as
George Heaney, ND champ, and
Bob Miller, talented sophomore.
Next figure for the Ducks will
be Jim Stanley, who last year was
heralded as the coming competi
tion for OSC’s great Kay Staub
off the high board. With Staub
ineligible this year it looks like
the race for ND diving honors
will be between Stanley and
Fizzeds, Chi Psi's Bounce
Opposition in Intermural Tilt
McChesney A vs. Sig Ep A
4:35—Westminster A vs. Eagles A
Sig Ep B vs. Nestor B
5:15—Cherney B vs. Phi Kappa Psi B
Betas B vs. Eagles B
3:50—Stan Ray A vs. Delts A
By Dave Taylor
Intramural basketball slipped
through a colorless afternoon yes
terday as Chi Psi drubbed Sherry
Ross hall 34-12, the Fizzeds eked by
Pi Kappa Alpha 18-15, and Sigma
Nu chalked up a gift game over
Signify Nothing when the latter
failed to appear.
Bitterest battle of the afternoon
was the Fizzeds’ 18-to-15 victory
over Pi Kappa Alpha.
Fizzeds Take Lead
The Fizzed team went into a
quick opening lead and were never
headed throughout the contest.
However, the Pi Kapps kept whit
tling away at the Fizzeds’ five
point advantage until late in the
fourth quarter when two rapid fire
howitzers brought the count to
Then a hacking foul was called
against Ed Gudgel, Fizzed guard,
which gave Les Jones, Pi Kap re
serve, two free throws and a
chance to put his team back in the
game. Both of Jones’ shots failed
to hit the hemp and the Fizzeds in
sured the victory with a final field
goal by Bill Amburn, then stalled
the remaining minute and a half.
Amburn was high for the victors
with ten, but Gudgel’s floor play
was the highlight of the game.
Chi Psis Breeze
Chi Psis silver-shirted quintet
breezed through a shooting prac
tice as it flattened the under
manned Sherry Ross five 34-12.
Every man on the Chi Psi starl
ing lineup participated in the scor
ing with Preston Holt taking top
honors with ten. Then came John
Holt with seven, Chuck Rufner and
Ted Dunbar with six each, and
George Taylor with five.
The Chis Psis moved away slowly
to a comfortable 13-to-2 halftime
command, then poured on the team
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:o bring the score up to 26-8 at the
end of the third frame, and roll on
;o win 34-12.
Bill Hammerbeck, set shot spe
cialist, was the only bright spot on
Straubmen's roster as he canned
seven points for the losers.
The Fizzeds received a forfeit
victory over Pi Kappa Psi in the
landball campaign when\ the Pi
<appa Psi team failed to show up
Washington’s fine diver, Ernie
Freestylers, who will be up
igainst some mighty rugged com
petition but should garner much
leaded points, will be Louis Santos,
jeorge Moorhead, and Bob Hiatt.
Santos is the varsity's number one
nan this year in the sprint depart -
nent and will be seeing action in
:he 220-yard freestyle where he has
i good chance of tipping the Husky
ice Thad McArthur. •
Hiatt a Question Mark
Hiatt is still the big question
mark at this stage of the season.
However this past week Hiatt has
been looking better every day with
ill of his exeprience anything can
happen in the distance events.
Rod Harman and Art Bayly will
be facing Canadian Olympic team
captain, Pete Salmon, in the 200
yard breast and a newcomer to the
Torney crew, Bill Hoppe.
Tom Nekota and George Batch
will face the sprinters in the 50
yard freestyle and also perform
on the final relay team. Here also
the important battle will be for
points as they will be up against
the tops in the ND.
Remainder of Squad
Rounding out the squad which
will make the trip will be Stan Har
graves who has been doing a fine
job of filling in the Duck weakspots
and should round out into one of
the finer backstrokers before the fi
nals here in March.
Last member will be McCullough
who like Stanley will be facing
plenty of competition from Wash
ington’s Hoff. However the man
McCullough will have to watch will
be Washington’s number two man,
Wally Sawhill, who last year placed
3rd in the ND finals.
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