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Page Forty-two ’31 YEAR BOOK Personnel—Ladies’ Basketball Team—continued. GAY ROSS (Right Guard) —Gay came to us from Pincher Creek to show us how they play basketball in the south. She has proved her metal by making herself a member of the Witti- chens basketball team, and by the stellar performances she has turned in while playing with the Normal quintette. We could never have been so successful if it hadn’t been for our “always smilin’ ” Gay. LOUISE KOTKAS (Right Guard) —Her home is in Barons. However, she first took up basketball at C.H.C.I. last year. Louise tells us she got tired of golf and dibbs, etc., so she took up basketball. She is one of the heftiest and swiftest girls on the team. GERTRUDE O’HANLON (Left Guard)— We suspect Ger¬ trude has been reared in an environment of basketball from the cradle—her father was coach of Normal teams in past years. She is part of the wily defence which has stopped the best forwards opposing teams could send against it. Chief concern is contriving to escape the plague of personal fouls levied by righteous officials. Men’s Basketball Early in the Fall, a basketball club, which was to dictate the policy of the school along this line, was organized with the following officers: Hon. President.Dr. Coffin. President .A. E. Hutton. Secretary .Florence McCammon. Treasurer ...Gerald Snow. The Club decided to enter a team in. the intermediate division of the province. The team was duly organized and under the able coaching of Sgt. Sutherland was ready for action shortly before Christmas. The team has had almost unprecedented success, having played 16 games and won IS. The only loss they have suffered is at the hands of the Wild Cats, senior champions of this division. This game was very close and our boys were nosed out in the dying minutes of the game to lose by a meagre two points. When the league started after Christmas, the boys were in fine shape and had no difficulty in disposing of the three other intermediate teams in this division. They played championship basketball all through the league and were thus entitled to go into the semi-finals against the Y. M.C.A. Hornets from the Capital City. In the first game, played in Edmonton, our team won quite handily by a score of 48-30, thus giving them an 18 point lead to take into the second game. The second game on our home floor was more closely contested and our boys had a hard time emerg¬ ing from the game with their well earned five point lead. The combined score of the series was 89-66 giving us a decisive win by 23 points. By virtue of these wins our team played the Lethbridge Deuces, Southern Alberta Champions, for the provincial title. Only one game has been played as yet, which resulted in another victory for the scarlet and blue. The score was 36-26. The other game remains to be played, nevertheless prospects seem very favorable for copping the intermediate crown when we go into the final game at Lethbridge shortly. PERSONNEL OF THE TEAM G. SNOW (Captain) —Flashy left forward, a major cog in the scoring machine of Millar, Russell, Snow Co. Fast on his feet, knows basketball from the inside out, and has an un¬ canny ability to find the hoop. He is the heaviest scorer on the team and in one game scored forty-six points against the “Y”. Anyway what more can be said about a perfect player? H. RUSSELL —Came to us from Lethbridge, where he was on the roster of the Lethbridge Collegiate team for two years. He is a valuable asset as right forward. He plays a clean, fast game, teaming up well with the other forwards. Especially deadly on his shots from the corners of the floor. L. SHIELDS —Also hails from Lethbridge as does his team¬ mate Russell with whom he plays forward. Len is one of the fastest players on the squad, plays a superb floor game and packs a neat shot much to the consternation of opposing guards.
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Page Forty-four ’31 YEAR BOOK Personnel—Men’s Basketball Team—continued. B. O. MILLAR —Part of the heritage handed down to us by Normal teams of the past. He emerged from the chaos of battle a smooth, heady player, calm in the most critical situa¬ tions that arise. B. O. marvels at the facility with which his team-mates garner a blighting harvest of banishing personal fouls. C. HARRISON —Plays centre and defence. This strong silent youth also plays rugby for the Tigers. Acquired his basket¬ ball training at the East Calgary High School, anyway the part which Sgt. Sutherland hasn’t instilled into him. H. WALKER —Versatile athlete, one of the most colorful guards in the city. He plays a running guard game and usually man¬ ages to outscore his forward, this last somewhat at the ex¬ pense of the coach’s peace of mind. Played for the Raymond High School for two years in which they were provincial champions. H. VICKERY —Teams up well on defence with Walker. Plays a steady reliable game and can be depended upon when the going is rough. Came to us from the ranks of the Taber Juniors. Easily distinguishable on the floor by his long hair, long legs and long reach and jump. “Vic” is also an erst¬ while puck chaser if opportunity permits. F. SEARLE —Plays defence position to advantage of everyone but opposing forwards. He teams up well with Walker or Vickery as occasion demands. Played with the Magrath High School for two years before coming to Normal. SGT. SUTHERLAND (Coach) —Much credit is due to the Ser¬ geant for the success of the basketball teams, both boys’ and girls’. His constant, conscientious coaching has played an important part in welding the teams into the winning units they have become. A. E. HUTTON, (President) —The basketball club owes much to Mr. Hutton for the efficient manner in which he has handled the business of the club. He has given unstintingly of his valuable time to make this year a banner year for basketball in the school. NORMAL TEAM INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONS Outplaying the Lethbridge Deuces on their own home floor, our boys won the final game of the series for the Provincial Inter¬ mediate Championship by a score of 39-27. This gave them a lead in the two-game series of 7S-S3. Our boys have played splendidly all year and much credit is due to them and to their coach, Sgt. Sutherland. The Year Book extends the heartiest congratulations to the Boys’ Basketball Team for their success. The “Get Acquainted” Picnic The social activities of the Normal School began this year with the annual “Get Acquainted” Picnic at St. George’s Island. Private street cars, loaded to the roof with carefree youths and maidens, hurried from the Normal School to the park. After lunch had been eaten the real events began. First came a contest to see which class could yell the loudest and longest. Contrary to expectations the girls did not win this event. It was won by the First Class men. Each class then put on a stunt. Here some of the ladies tried to cover their defeat in the yelling contest by carolling melodious choruses. IB was the the victor in this. Then came that never-to-be-forgotten beauty contest. The ladies were to dress the men in the raiment of the fair sex and were to exhibit them before the judges. This almost caused a panic. When the men were needed they had mysteriously dis¬ appeared. Yet they were not far away, for Mr. McCalla was all this time marvelling at the strange forms of animal life that could be seen crawling among the bushes. They were finally rounded up, dressed, and after being corralled into a small circle, were paraded before a committee of the staff for judgment. A series of tugs-of-war and baseball matches, in which all the classes participated, ended the picnic, and the tired but better- acquainted students returned home. Points were awarded for the winning classes in each of the events of the day. Class IA came first, with IB a close second.
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