March 15, 1917

ROSEBURG TEAM REFUSES TO PLAY MEDFORD HIGH

Roseburg has, in effect, conceded the state basketball title to Medford, having refused to meet the local team on a neutral floor in a contest to settle the championship claim.

Coach Klum opened negotiations with Ted Jewett, captain of the Roseburg team, to play either one or two games at Eugene next week. This Roseburg refused to do, stating that they will play no games off their home floor.

This means that the last games of the season to be played by the locals will be with Ashland this week, Friday night on the local floor and Saturday night at Ashland.

An article in the Roseburg Review contains the following account of the negotiation:

"On a recent visit to Medford, the local high school team was defeated two out of three games. The Roseburg boys later went to Salem, and while there won the trophy which probably entitles them to the championship of the state. The honor is disputed by the members of the Medford team, however, and they now demand that they be allowed an opportunity to meet the Roseburg five on a neutral floor. Mr. Jewett this afternoon wrote a letter to the manager of the Medford team in which the latter was informed that the Roseburg boys would gladly accommodate the southern Oregon boys in the event the games were played in this city. Because of the lateness of the season, the Roseburg five has practically disbanded and they do not feel like making a trip to Eugene or any other distant city.

AMERICAN FLAG AT EDENBOWER DESECRATED

An American flag was found hauled to the ground and trampled into the dust today at the foot of a schoolhouse pole from which it waved last night at Edenbower, a village adjoining Roseburg. Edenbower citizens today nailed the flag back onto the pole and asked the sheriff and the United States distrct attorney to investigate the incident. It is not known who tore the flag down.