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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 29, 1922

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Nov. 29, 1922

MEDFORD SEVERS ATHLETIC RELATIONS WITH ASHLAND BUT PLAY HERE TOMORROW

As a result of the “unsportsmanlike attitude” of the Ashland high school faculty in protesting the eligibility of two of Medford’s best football players, Medford has broken off athletic relations with the Granite City, canceled the game with Ashland scheduled for tomorrow and a gem with Forest Grove has been arranged, to be played on the Medford grounds.

The protest was filed shortly after the Armistice Day game but no copy of it was sent to Medford as is always done by high school officials under such circumstances. The complaint filed states that Baughman and Neff are ineligible to play football for Medford for various technical reasons none of which have any foundation, according to Medford school officials. The protest did not arrive in Medford until yesterday.

Representatives of the Medford high school will have to go to Salem on Dec. 9th to state their case before a tribunal and prove that Neff and Baughman are eligible.

The Ashland faculty evidently believed that Medford would not cancel the game when the protest had been delayed until the last minute. Their surmise was wrong, however, and one of the fastest and best teams in the northern part of the state has accepted the engagement and will play here tomorrow leaving tonight and arriving here tomorrow morning at 9:17.

It is reported that the Forest Grove team has laid claim to the championship of the state along with Corvallis and other northern schools. A real game between two equally matched teams is promised for tomorrow and a large crowd is expected.

Superintendent A. G. Smith of the Medford schools states that he is disgusted with Ashland’s attitude and that all athletic relations with Ashland will be severed until they prove that they can meet defeat in the same manner with which they would meet victory. He urges every loyal Medford citizen to attend tomorrow’s game here and see a real contest between two clean playing, hard fighting teams. The game will be called at 2 p.m. sharp.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com