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students in good old L. H. S. The many town fans who had so devotedly followed the
squad all season and who had helped to fill the Lebanon gym to overflowing at each
home game were both pleased and proud to follow the Warriors to the Salem playoffs.
The Warriors were led this year by big, good natured Lynn Hamilton, captain and
high scorer on the team. Lynn scored the staggering total of 460 points in 30 games
for better than o I5 point per game average, and brought further honor to Lebanon
by being selected unanimously on the all-state team at Salem besides scoring 64 points
in the tourney to lead the field in this department. Lynn is one of the best hoop artists
ever to graduate from Lebanon High and this 4-year Ietterman will be sorely missed
next year but we are all hoping to hear more from him in college basketball circles.
Another boy who turned in a remarkable bit of basketball this year was Ron Cox,
center and second high scorer on the team with 338 points. This southpaw artist was
unanimously selected on the District 7 all-star team as was Hamilton, and Ron iust
missed placing an the all-state squad by a few votes. Besides being a high point
getter, Ron was one of the best backboard men on the squad and his defensive play
was always tops. Standing only 5' ll", Ron often had to play against opponents
towering inches above him, but he very capably showed them that he could handle
even the tallest of them.
Orbra Abbott, letterman transfer from Sweet Home, turned out to be one of the
smoothest ball handlers and passers seen on this floor in a long time. "Mole" always
came through with his share of points but his deceptive passing and setting up of bas-
kets for others led the way to many Warrior victories. He fitted into the Lebanon team
like he had been playing here for years and this likable athlete certainly proved a gain
to Lebanon and a loss to the Huskies when he showed up in the halls of Lebanon High.
Gay Baldwin started out slowly at the beginning of the season, but at mid-season
he broke into the starting lineup and this hard driving backboard man proved
beyond a doubt that he was of first string caliber. When it came to taking
rebounds off the backboard he was without an equal and on defense he covered his
man like a blanket. "Baldy" really came through with the goods this year and too
much credit cannot be given this husky Warrior guard. Paul Alley, the fifth member
of the starting lineup, was the only junior in this group but after a few early season
games, he began playing like a veteran and proved to be a valuable asset to the team.
Not a high scorer, Paul set up plays for the other boys as well as keeping opponents
from scoring on fast breaks. This dependable forward could always be counted on to
play his heart out in every game, and as captain-elect for next year we are expecting
great things from him.
The reserves, who deserve iust as much credit as the regulars, came in for their
their share of action and their ability to come through when needed, gave Lebanon
that extra strength so needed to .win some clase games. Kenny Houghton and Dick
Hewett, reserve forwards, performed in great style. Houghton alternated at forward
for Alley and during the early part of the season he played regular when Alley was on
the sick list. At center, Bob Ackeret was a very capable reserve because of his height
and aggressive backboard work. Bob could really make the baskets when having a
hot night and his presence in the lineup did not weaken the team strength at all. Elmer
Fields played as much as any reserve, and this small, but rubber-legged guard was in-
valuable to the team. He played regular as much as Baldwin and proved to be a
clutch player of some outstanding ability. Jerry Toole, who joined the squad late in
the season gave the group some much needed reserve strength and the small but ver-
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Back Row: Coach Bud Page, Cox, Ackeret, Hamilton, Abbott, Baldwin
Front Row: Hewet. Fields Haughton Toole Alley
Lebanon High School turned out one of the best basketball teams during the l945-
'46 season that the school has ever seen. For the second consecutive year the crimson
and blue won the District 7 championship and then went on to place 4th in the state
tournament held in Salem. For this achievement, the high school has another trophy
to add to the trophy case and it is one the school is iustly proud to claim. Many coaches
and critics claimed the Warriors to be the best basketball team in the state playoffs,
and a few breaks the right way would undoubtedly have seen Lebanon in the champion-
To start the season Coach Bud Page had five lettermen on hand including Lynn
Hamilton, Ron Cox, Gay Baldwin, Kenny Haughton and Dick Hewett, plus letterman
transfer Orbra Abbott from Sweet Home. Brought up from last year's "B" squad were
Paul Alley, Elmer Fields and Bob Ackeret, all promising hoopsters. Jerry Toole, a
transfer from Eugene, joined the squad at mid-season and completed the champion
ship IO-man squad.
In pre-season play the Warriors seemed off stride and won only three out of eight
games played. However, as soon as league play started after the first of the year,
the boys began their winning ways and proved beyond a doubt that they were going
to be heard from before the season ended. On the night of March l the Warriors
downed the Sweet Home Huskies 37 to 25 and won the right to represent District 7 in
the state tournament. lt was a goal the hard working squad had set their eyes on
early in the year, and when the honor was achieved there were many happy and ioyful
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satile guard really proved his worth in the state tournament when he replaced the tired
Abbott in the last game and came through with five needed points.
Some of the highlights of the best basketball season Lebanon has ever enioyed
were: Lebanon's first home win of the season 34 to 22 over the touring Ashland Griz-
zlies-the 41 to 36 Warrior victory over the state champion Eguene Axemen in which
Cox went score crazy to make 24 points-the winning of the first league game against
Sweet Home 43 to 38-the thrilling overtime victory over Corvallis 53 to 49 and Alley
making the free throw that sent the game into the overtime-a 46 to 31 Win lover Albany
when Hamilton and Cox scored 22 and 15 points respectively torun wild over the Bull-
dogs-the O. S. C. Rooks going down to defeat 44 to 35 before the Warriors-the 39 to
30 win over the Albany Bulldogs before the largest crowd ever assembled in the Leba-
non gym-Lebanon handing the U. of O. Frosh their first defeat by a high school team
43 to 39-the 37 to 25 win over Sweet Home that put Lebanon in the state tournament-
Lebanon downing the Astoria Fishermen 33 to 29 in the first game of the state tournament
with Cox scoring 16 points-the close 36 to 34 loss to Washington in the second game
of the tourney, but Hamilton starred with 19 points-Lebanon out-galloping the sup-
posedly race horse Baker Bulldogs 52 to 42-the 35 to 31 victory over Rainier which
gave Lebanon 4th place in the state casaba classic.
Lettermen for the year were as follows: Seniors, Captain Lynn Hamilton, Ron Cox,
Gay Baldwin, Orbra Abbott, Kenny Houghton, Dick Hewett, Juniors, Paul Alley, Elmer
Fields, Bob Ackeret, Jerry Toole, Managers, George Fowler and Gene Simi.
Lebanon 20 - Eugene 33 Lebanon 40 - Toledo 30
Lebanon 34 - Ashland 22 Lebanon 29 - O. S. C. Rooks33
Lebanon 47 - Willamette Frosh 8 Lebanon 47 - Junction City 45
Lebanon 31 - Prineville 48 Lebanon 44 - O. S. C. Rooks 35
Lebanon 27 - Redmond 29 Lebanon 53 - University High 27
Lebanon 31 - University High 37 Lebanon 56 - chemqwq' 37
Lebanon 41 - Eugene 36 Lebanon 46 - Corvallis 53
Lebanon 29 - Myrtle Point 36 Lebanon 47 - U. of O. Frosh 48
Lebanon 43 - Sweet Home 38 Lebanon 39 - Albany 30
Lebanon 43 - Redmond 40 Lebanon 38 - Junction City 48
Lebanon 45 - Chemawa 37 Lebanon 41 - Toledo 39
Lebanon 53 - Corvallis 49 Lebanon 43 - U. of O. Frosh 39
Lebanon 46 - Albany 31 Lebanon 37 - Sweet Home 25
Lebanon 33 - Astoria 29
Lebanon 34 - Washington lPortlandJ 36
Lebanon 52 - Baker 42
Lebanon 35 - Rainier 31
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