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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 7, 1920

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Feb. 7, 1920


(By Herb Grey.)

The Medford high school basketball quintet was conquered by the speedy Albany Hi tossers in a 14 to 29 game at the Natatorium last night. The consensus of opinion in the large crowd of sport enthusiasts, who witnessed the contest, was that the superiority of the Willamette valley champions lay in team work and experience.

Since this is virtually the first game of Medford’s schedule the local team could not be expected to have the smooth team work and endurance of the up-state visitors. Medford had, however, the advantage almost to the end of the first half, which ended in a 13 to 11 score for Albany. In the second half the rival tossers took a decided spurt, while the home squad labored hard in defense of their baskets.

Through the brilliant work of Wilkinson and Willard, who played forward and center respectively, the Albany men pulled up a big score the last half. Moore of Albany showed up well at foul shooting. The game was faster and harder than indicated by the score.

The Medford basketball twirlers showed up well for the first big game of the season. The two guards, Smith and R. Payne, and Captain Coleman, forward, played a fast steady game. The other first line men and substitutes showed up well. Owing to Medford’s situation in Rouge river valley the local teams are unable to schedule many preliminary games to open the season with. It is therefore hard for them to get the experience which is essential to a championship basketball squad.

The Medford quintet through last night’s contest is more accustomed to the style of play of the northern men and the second game which will be played tonight, promises to be an even faster and harder game than last night, as they are determined to regain their lost laurels.

Medford Girls Win

As a preliminary a fast girls’ game was played between the girls’ teams of Medford high school and Rogue River. The Medford girls played a good clever game and succeeded in running up a score of 16 to 6 on the Rogue sextet. For Medford Misses Hukill, forward; Mills, jumping center, and Captain Clark at guard, played especially well, while Misses Owens and Burkhart were the best bets on the Rogue River team.

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