Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, February 22, 1949, Page 5, Image 5

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Emerald Sports Editor
It took a long time for the Webfoots again to take a non-con
ference team into camp, but John Warren’s boys beat a good one
when they defeated the University of San Francisco.
The Doris, who probably won't be as high this week, were
‘ ranked eighth in the country before the two game stand here.
They had an impressive record, especially against Eastern teams.
- That's where they got their high rating.
Lofgran Paces Don Cagers
Pete Newell has a well-coached team that always looked cool
ctncl steady, even when going
. down to defeat. Don Lofgran is
one of the better cagers to ap
pear in Eugene this year, and
there have been quite a few
good ones.
The lanky forward wasnt' as
effective Saturday as he was the
_ opening night, but he still was
the big wheel-horse of the USF
quint. Friday he hit seven for
fourteen shots from the field
and clicked in all six free throw
* attempts, a pretty good perfor
. Saturday, though, he wasn t hitting his held goals nearly as
well, only six for twenty-four, and he only had two chances from
the foul line and missed one of those.
Lofgran, incidentally, is in the same category as Ollie Matson,
the sensational football star and track flash that recently enroll
ed at USF. He wanted to come to Oregon, but like Matson, his
grades were too low so he went to San Francisco. The Dons claim
- they follow eligibility rules, but they apparently give them a very
liberal interpretation.
- Dons Have Poor Attitude Toward Officials
One big thing we didn't like about the Dons was their atti
, tude, especially concerning the officiating. Lofgran was general
ly an exception here, but most of the other ’Frisco hoopsters were
When Oregon was stalling Saturday night, the Dons were
crying over every foul called on them, no matter how obvious
they were. It happened all through the game, but was especially
noticable in the last three minutes.
This isn’t in defense of the officials. Neither A1 Lightner or
Max Allen covered themselves with glory either night. They call
. ed the usual Northern Division game, which isn’t good except by
comparison with some other Northern Division tilt.
The weekend had some very interesting consequences. Wash
ington has apparently folded completely, or else Idaho is rapid
ly. improving. It could well mean that Art McLarney has spent
the majority of his career as head basketball coach at the Seattle
After all, the Huskies are almost a cinch for the cellar. That
will be the first time in history. Its the second time Washington
has ever lost three out of four games to Idaho in one year. That
makes things look bad for the ex-Washington State great.
McLarney in Hot Water
McLarney car try and salvage something from the season in
the coming series with WSC March 4 and 5. It will be just about
his last chance to win, though, unless the Washington attitude
towards coaches undergoes a radical change.
It will be especially difficult for McLarney to hang on after
the high ratings sportswriters gave the Huskies before the sea
son began, when they rated Washington right along with Ore
gon State as the logical teams to walk off with the championship.
The Seattle school has long had a reputation for canning
coaches that aren't winning games. They gave Jimmy Phelan the
boot after that old master had a couple of off years and dropped
Pest Welch, his successor, a few years later. One or two rumors
have floated down from Seattle that Howie Odell better produce,
- now that lie's out of the hospital, or else he'll be looking for a job
next December.
- Beaver Series Important to Both Clubs
Last weekend set up the coming games with Oregon State as
" one of the best series between the two schools. It means the title
for Oregon State if they get three wins or a split and one Wash
- ington State loss.
But the Webfoots could throw a curve into that little plan.
- Last season the Ducks took three out of four from the Beavers
and were the only Northern Division team to beat them in Cor
- vallis.
Warren’s only title hope is to sweep the series from the Beav
ers. Otherwise, Oregon State will finish ahead of the Webfoots.
The Oregon State games will give Washington State a good
chance'to take the title, if the Cougars can get by Idaho and
Washington. The latter doesn’t seem too tough at this stage of
the campaign, but those Vandals look more rugged as the season
IM Moves into Final Days;
Three Teams Register Wins
4 p. m.
Delts vs Theta Chi (A)
Fizzeds vs Phi Delts (A)
4:45 p. in.
Theta Chi vs SAM (B)
ATO vs Sigma Chi (B)
By Dave Taylor
With the intramural basketball
playoff going along at full speed,
your sports scribe will turn prog
nosticator and attempt to predict
the results in today's round.
In the opening game today, de
fending champion Theta Chi gets
a close nod over rugged Delta
Tau Delta five, but the choice is
made with reservations since the
Delts have the height advantage
in Bob Kehrli and Darrel Hawes.
They will have to get on their re
spective horses to keep pace with
rapid moving Bill Hutchinson and
IN THE OTHER “A” fracas set
for today, Phi Delta Theta should
be able to hand the Fizzeds but not
without a stiff battle or without
stemming the point making of
chunky Ed Gudgel. But to counter
Gudgel’s tallying, the Phi Delts
have two graduates from last year’s
Frosh squad, Bob Taggesell and
Brad Fullerton, which should decide
the issue offensively. Defensively,
the Phi Delts have the rangy Tag
gesell to gather in rebounds, but are
weak in other departments.
Switching now to the “B” con
tests, Theta Chi's lanky combi
nation shouldn’t have too much
trouble downing Sigma Alpha Mu
if Rog Mockford isn’t moved up
to the Big Red’s main string to
stop a Delt uprising.
The Hilltoppers have an over
whelming height advantage which
could easily be the balance of pow
ma Chi also should roll over ATO
in the last scheduled “B” game of
(Please turn to page seven)
By Roger Eddy
In the first day of action in the
intramural basketball champion
ship playoffs, McChesney whipped
Alpha Tan Omega 34-31, and Lamb
da Chi Alpha administered an im
pressive 38-26 drubbing to Sigma
Chi. Beta Theta Pi’s B boys got hot
to trounce Phi Kappa Sigma, 25-11,
winning their league title and a
playoff berth.
early lead and held on to it till late
in the first half, and didn't regain
it until the last period.
Forward Dick Mase led the men
of Chesney with 18 hard-earned
Burt Bergstrom, their other for
ward, collected only six markers,
j but looked as good by setting up
i many of Mase’s lay-ins, and con
trolling the backboards for the dor
In the second game Sigma Chi
failed to hit till the second quarter
after Lambda Chi had piled up a
9-0 lead.
THE LAMBDA Chi's only held
their own from there on in, and the
half time score read 17-10.
In the early part of the game both
teams used a modified fast break,
but later the Lambda Chi’s slowed
the game down.
John Doolittle hit 13, and Jim
Crakes 8 for the winners.
Behind Ball's 8 tallies, Beta The
ta Pi rallied in the last half to de
feat Phi Kappa Sigma and take its
loop crown.
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