Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, January 09, 1950, Page 5, Image 5

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The 1950 Northern Division basketball race is finally under
way, with all five teams having played a conference opponent.
^Washington’s Huskies lead the field so far, with two victories over
Idaho. The Huskies now travel to Pullman for two games with
WSC this weekend, while Oregon and Oregon State play a single
(romp o Ar\”j11ic
From the Oregon stand
point, things are looking
pretty fair. With only two
games on a 16-game PCC
slate in the book, no predic
tions or promises can be
made. However, the Oregon
team that split with Wash
ington State was a good team.
Coach J'ohn Warren has col
lected a young and spirited
bunch of ballplayers who like
nothing better than to win
games. If they keep playing like
they did this weekend, who
knows ?
iNODociy seems to care about Oregon s dismal pre-season rec
Orel. The Ducks managed to win only two of eleven warm-up
games, but these conference victories are the ones that count.
Sowers' Return Was Worth Waiting For
McArthur Court fans took a “what we've been waiting for”
attitude when they saw Paul Sowers swish that first bucket Fri
day night. With Will Urban now back in the lineup, the Ducks are
again a complete team.
Sowers’ performance in both games was amazing, consider
ing his sacroiliac condition and the fact that he’d been out since
mid-December. His 15 Friday night points came on seven field
goals in 11 attempts, a teriffic shooting average, plus one free
throw. The blond forward added six fielders in 13 attempts Sat
urday, a .541 accuracy percentage for two games.
Rd Gay da was the defensive goat most of the time Friday
night, although the big rebound man did a better job Saturday.
Gayda, usually a tight defensive player, had trouble holding Sow
ers in check. A taped ankle probably bothered Gayda, since he
didn’t join in backboard skirmishes with his usual gusto.
The difference seemed to be Sowers’ practiced fake and his
ability to get the shot off instantly. That song-and-dance fake
with feet and head, a quick step backward, and then swish it was
through, before Gayda could make a move.
Other factors in Friday night’s win included the hard work of
Dale Warberg, who scored 23 points in two games, and Jack Kel
ler’s drive and eight points. Jim Vranizan, starting his second
varsity game, gathered in a good number of rebounds. If his scor
ing improves, Vranizan may develop into a first-rate center.
Gene Conley Sure to Become Cougar 'Great'
The hottest piece of basketball machinery on the floor either
night wore a crimson uniform. Cougar Gene Conley, an 18-year
old sophomore from Richland, Wash., gave them all something
to talk about.
At six feet, seven inches, young Conley is the brighest pros
pect to come out of the Palouse hills since Vince Hanson and
Gale Bishop performed in red and white togs. He shouldn’t be
classed with these greats quite yet, but Conley’s on the way.
The big boy scored 21 points Friday and added 17 the second
night for a 38-point series. At that, he “tied up” several times in
the first game, missing what should have been easy lay-up bask
ets. The towering Cougar didn’t miss any Saturday night. Conley
tried his whirl six times, finishing with six baskets. He plays an
effective rebound game too, and should be an ND terror before he
leaves WSC.
In 16 Washington State games this season, the lanky center
has scored 234 points, a 14.6 per game average. Conley has tallied
71 points in four conference -games, for a 17.7 average. If the boy
keeps scoring like that the records won’t have a chance.
Sophomore Specializes on Deadly Hook Shot
Conley specializes on a look-easy hook shot which is deadly
in close. Of course he was shooting over the heads of shorter men,
but this doesn’t detract from Conley’s ability. Jack Friel is mighty
glad the younster decided to play his basketball at home. Any time
Conley scores less than 30 points in a two-game series, he's way
under par.
Those Cougars always manage to have one man carry the
scoring load. Last year it was Gayda who paced them, and Han
son the year before. Conley won’t need much help this season.
Another sophomore who looked like a fixture in Friel’s first
platoon was 18-year-okl Ted Tappe, a curly-haired speedster with
a nice long shot. Tappe is a transfer from Olympic Junior Col
lege, where he set a scoring record of 19 points per game.
IM's Swing Into Action Today
Huskies Surprise
With Torrid 1949
Cage Campaign
With 13 contests in the record
book, Coach Art McLarney’s sur
prising Huskies have compiled the
top basketball record among the
major schools on the Pacific Coast.
The hard-fighting Huskies have
rung up 12 triumphs in 13 starts
—the only loss being a two-point
defeat at the hands of then-un
beaten Minnesota.
Washington stopped the Goph
ers the following night to put the
only blemish on the Minnesotans
1949-50 cage record.
A major factor in the Huskies
enviable pre-conference campaign
has been their tight defensive play
which has allowed but 46.9 points
per game—one of the best records
on the Pacific Coast. Only four
times have opposing clubs been
able to run up more than 50 points
on the Purple and Gold.
Street car and bus companies
should have our welfare as well as
our fare at heart.
4:00 ATO vs. Lambda Chi
8:50 Delts vs. Philadelphia
4:35 Minturn vs. Campbell Club
5:15 Phi Kaps vs. Agates
Basketball and handball offici
cially step into the Winter term
limelight today when six cage
crews and two handball squads
open intramural action.
Thirty-one games are slated for
the 32 team handball tournament
which will last until Feb. 20. Sev
enty-six “A” and “B” basketball
crews will be vying for champion
ship berths in the 150 game slate.
The final games of the IM hoop
schedule are slated for Feb. 23.
The completion of winter term
’49 saw Delta Tau Delta winning
the basketball “A” title; Sigma
Chi the basketball “B” title; hand
ball champion for the third succes
sive year was Sigma Alpha Mu.
Barclay Hurts Ankle
Court Barclay, regular forward,
provided the only sour note of the
Frosh weekend when he sprained
his ankled during Friday night's
action. He will be out of the line
up indefinitely.
It’s easy to laugh at misfortune
when you’re the one it misses.
To Bruin End Slot)
Balitsaris Resigns
Blonde, husky William F. “Bill”
Barnes, end coach and scout for
the University of Arkansas foot
ball team for the last four seasons,
is UCLA’s new end coach follow
ing the resignation of Mike Balit
saris to “take a job back in the
Affable Billy, 32 and married*
was one of the finest ends to play
at the University of Tennessee. He
performed for the Vol varsity in
1937-8-9 and was a members of
the 1938 team, considered Tenn
essee’s greatest, which defeated the
University of Oklahoma in the
Orange Bowl. He was also on the
team which lost to USC in the
Rose Bowl game of 1940.
The new Bruin wing mentoi*,
who will have a great All-Ameri
can candidate in Bob Wilkinson to
tutor next fall, began his coaching
career as assistant and scout at
his alma mater in 1940.
NEW career opportunities for you
in the II. S. AIR FORCE as an
In this era of long range
flights, the role of the
navigator has become in
creasingly important.
The U. S. Air Force
* now offers new oppor
tunities to young college
men between the ages of
20 and 26l/z who are single and can
qualify for such training.
If you can meet the high physical and
educational standards (at least two years
of college), and are selected, you can be
among the first to attend the new one
year navigator training course at Elling
ton Air Force Base near Houston, Texas.
A new class begins each month!
You’ll be an Aviation
Cadet! And, you’ll re
ceive the best available
training — including 184
hours in the new T-29
“Flying Classroom.”
Then, graduation! You’ll
win your wings as a
navigator . . . and a
commission as a Second Lieutenant in
the Air Force. After a 30-day leave
i With pay, you’ll be ready for challenging
assignments as navigator with one of the
famous commands in the U. S. Air
Force. Your office will be the "front
office” of mighty bombers or long-range
Be among the first to win your wings as
a U. S. Air Force navigator under the
new navigator training program—be a
key man on the Air Force team!
Air Force officer procurement teams are visiting many colleges and universities
to explain these career opportunities. Watch for their arrival—or get futl
details at your nearest Air Force Base, 17. S. Army and U. S. Air Force
Recruiting Station, or by writing to the Chief of Staff, U. S. Air Force,
Attention: Aviation Cadet Branch, Washington 25, D. C.
L"M“ T 5 Force