A Brief History of Oregon High School Basketball

Excerpts by Andrew Millbrooke & Tom Rohlffs WHEN TALKING ABOUT HIGH school basketball in Oregon, it all starts with Amory Tingle ‘Slats’ Gill. Slats played in the first two high school state championship games, leading Salem to the 1920 title. He was named All-Tournament first team both seasons. At age 27 he became head coach at […]

Defining Moments — 1939: Oregon’s Tall Firs

  By Blaine Newnham of the Seattle Times (original printing Monday, January 9, 1995) In 1939, Oregon’s Tall Firs won the first NCAA basketball championship. The Tall Firs weren’t very tall and it wasn’t much of a championship. But it was a beginning. The Oregon team won the Northern Division of the […]

Orange Express memories still strong

By Anne M. Peterson, AP Sports Writer CORVALLIS – The roar was like nothing Charlie Sitton had heard before or since: The crowd at Gill Coliseum erupted when top-ranked DePaul lost on Jan. 10, 1981. In all likelihood, DePaul’s loss made Oregon State No. 1 nationally for the first time […]

The ’77 Blazers: From Near-Worst To First

Portland ruled the basketball world in 1976-77, displaying an exciting brand of team basketball and claiming the NBA Championship. After a decent 49-33 regular season, the team made the most of its first appearance in the playoffs, running all the way through the postseason. This was the first year of […]

Oregon Girls Basketball’s Forgotten Era

Article courtesy Rachel Bachman, The Oregonian Leta Mosby’s high school basketball career was like many other girls’: She practiced every day, traveled to road games and looked forward to the season-capping tournament at McArthur Court. It was the era when Mosby played that was remarkable: the early 1930s. The large-school state […]