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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (April 12, 1951)
Spline is the time when young school hoard’s fancies turn to
thoughts of selecting new football coaches.
Athletic character builders are shifting to and fro, hack and
hath, moving around like the prongs of a tuning fork. Jerry
l.illie, who rose from the high school nyiks to the college level,
i- now returning to the prep arena.
l.illie, who once served as \\ illainettc's head coach and later
became Oregon s end tutor, now holds an appointment at Mil
uunkie High, where he will serve as athletic director and head
If l.illie s career at Milwaukee is greeted with the success
which was typical of his powerful prep elevens of the 1930’s and
e.nlv I.MOs, Milwaukic will a sunic the proportion of a first-rate
( Mher coaches have completed the circuit high school to col
lege to high school w ithout faltering. Washington State’s Phil
Sat hoe coached outstanding team - at three different High schools
then became head coach at the Pullman institution.
lie was removed from that position before the 1950 campaign
o^gnted, so he returned to the high school ranks. Sarboe’s
prep eleven was a major contender in Washington circles, and
he w as chosen t oach of the 't car by Seattle scribes. He may
he hack in the college ranks before many seasons pass.
Lillie of the Columbia Valley
Lillie entered the coaching picture at St. Helens High, where
lie produced three league championships teams and one co-cham
pionship squad in five seasons.
lie then moved to hastern Oregon for a two-year regime at
Lend High School. His second Lava Hear team was undefeated.
Lillie s next assignment was the direction of the Grant Gen
erals. During his eight seasons at Grant, Lillie’s teams never
finished below third place in the strong Portland Inter-scholas
tic League. His 1943 squad enjoyed a 19-game winning streak
and a state championship.
.Most of the other members of the Oregon coaching staff also
initiated thi-ir mentoring careers at the prep level, working their
way "up through the ranks.” All of them earned their positions
at the University of Oregon.
Oh, Those Aiken Backs
Jim Aiken, for example, produced such a succession of top
flight high school elevens that his elevation to institution-of
higlier learning athletic circles was almost inevitable.
Aiken’s first pigskin production, the 1922 East Washington
(i’emisylvania) High School team, was undefeated and untied.
Aiken moved to Steubenville, Ohio, for the following season,
Steubenville was undefeated and untied.
When the next football season rolled around, Aiken was in
structing young athletes at Findlay (Ohio) High. He stayed at
Findlay for two seasons, compiling a tolerable record which in
cluded 18 wins, 2 losses.
Next on the list was Scott High of Toledo, Ohio. Aiken ap
parently decided to settle down at Toledo, because lie stayed
there for six seasons. Although his great Scott elevens did not
rmoy the success which greeted denial Jim’s earlier efforts (win
ning only 49 while losing 7 and tying 1) they managed to take
Ohio’s state championship four times during six Aiken seasons.
Aiken completed his tour of the Ohio high schools by signing
a contract at McKinley High in Canton. Unfortunately, he ran
into difficulties at McKinely, compiling the worst record of his
However, his record at McKinley—35 wins, 7 losses, aud 1 tie
—convinced the powers-that-havc-been at Akron University
that Aiken was a major candidate for the head coaching position
Oregon Track Coach Bill Bowcrman also enjoyed brilliant
success in high school athletics. Bowcrman’s powerful Medford
Black Tornado squads won 64 games, lost 8, and tied 3. They won
three state championships and completed three undefeated sea
sons during Bowerman’s seven grid seasons at the Southern Ore
Status of Track Was Black
Bowerman's track-coaching' record at Medford is even more
outstanding than his football record, llis Medford cindermen en
tered the Hayward Relays eight times and seized first-place hon
ors seven times. They also won three stale championships.
Don Kirsch, Duck baseball mentor, rdso produced outstand
ing high school teams. Kirsch led the Hillsboro Spartans to two
district in two years. His baseball teams at Hillsboro provided
'And then there’s the old expert, “Honest John" Warren.
Coaching at Astoria High, Warren led the Fighting Fishermen
to four state basketball crowns and three state football titles in
seven years. The record? Basketball, 306 wins, 36 losses. Foot
ball, 50 wins, 14 losses. Allowable.
Just Made to Order
Susan McLonergan to Appear
In Person of Dancer Jane Bowen
By .11 m I lay cox
Jane Bowen has been dancing
professionally since she was 11. Ho
the "Finian’s Rainbow” role of
Husan McLonergan, a little mute
girl who can only talk by dancing,
is cut out for her.
Ironically, a broken foot that
took Jane from a promising career
with the San Francisco Ballet
Company, brought her to Oregon.'
Surprisingly enough, she calls it i
a blessing in disguise.
She always wanted to go to col
lege, but it didn’t look as if the
$4 Million Bill
For UO Hospital
A bill appropriating 4 million
dollars for the construction Of a
teaching hospital at the Univer
sity of Oregon Medical School at
Portland was Introduced in the
State House of Representatives
Monday. Two million dollars are
already on hand for the construc
tion, figured to cost 6 million dol
lars in all.
Legislative leaders had earlier
indicated that they planned to
leave the building program uncon
sidered. The bill, sponsored by 15
members of the House from dis
tricts throughout the state, fol
lows protest by House members
to that indication.
The proposed 350-bed teaching
hospital has top priority in the
state board of higher education’s
building program. One of the rea
sons for the new hospital is the
federal mobilization demand for a
15 to 20 per cent increase in the
number of new doctors in the
Sig Eps Convene
Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity
members from Montana, Wash
ington, and Oregon will congre
gate on the University campus
Saturday when the Oregon Beta
chapter plays host to a one-day
joint district convention.
Representatives of Sig Ep chap
ters at the Montana State Univer
sity, University of Washington,
Washington State College, and
Oregon State College will meet
at the Oregon chapter house to
discuss problems relating to the
William W. Hindman Jr., Grand
Secretary of the national frater
nity. will be present at the session
accompanied by Matt McBride,
national field secretary.
U. G. Dubach, former dean of
men at Oregon State College and
now a member of the faculty at
Lewis and Clark College in Port
land, will be one of the principal
chance would ever come. Ballet!
work took up all her time, even
cutting out the social life that high
school is supposed to offer. And
while it was a wonderful career,
one she may go back to, she knew
that with it a Jot would be missing
from her life.
But the chance she hoped for
came in a cruel way. After eight
years of minor work, Jane was
suddenly singled out to become a
star. The lead in the ballet “Les
Sylphides” dropped out and the role
was offered to her. Maybe right
then she thought that all the work
and all she had missed had been
for a purpose. Then a few weeks
later, in a very routine and ordin
ary class, she fell and broke her
This summer Jane plans to go
back to the American Ballet
School in New York perhaps to
take up where she left off. . .but
she’s not sure. It means going back
to the hard grind, one in which few
get to the top and the average pro
fessional life is ended at 35. And
added to this, she still has two
years of college to go.
She thinks education is essential
to her profession. As she puts it,
“A dancer, now more than ever!
must understand her audience!
Just recently have the ballets and
the light operas begun to shift to
popular themes and come into their
This nimble-footed lass stands
just 5 4 , has brown hair, brown
eyes, and a captivating smile. She
firmly refuses to single out a
special guy, remarking only in an
elusive manner that “foreign stu
dents are nice."
Civil Service Man
To Interview Today
Ralph Underwood, a representa
tive of the Oregon State Civil Ser
vice Commission, will be at Emer
ald Hall today to interview stu
dents interested in opportunities
v/ith the Oregon state government.
He will furnish general informa
tion on the various state govern
ment departments. Students major
ing in political science, economics,
business administration, and social
science should be especially inter
ested, according to the graduate
placement office, which arranged
for the interviews.
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