DUCK TRACKS By GLENN GILLESPIE 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 ? JOHN WARREN 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. HANDBALL 4:00 ATO vs. Lambda Chi BASKETBALL 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. SignEx-VolGreal 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 South.” 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 OFFICER AND NAVIGATOR 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. 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