The daily collegian. (University Park, Pa.) 1940-current, September 18, 1940, Image 6

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Soccer Men Confident Of
Another Undefeated Season
Nine Regulars Return
To Hold Fine Record
When a coach guides his team
through seven undefeated sea
sons, faces some of the most
powerful opponents in the nation,
wins game after game by hair
raising margins, then, smilingly
refuses to take his eighth poten
tial season serious, that’s genius.
Coach Bill Jeffrey, genial mas
ter-mind of the Nittany Lion soc
cer squad, takes the situation
calmly and just won’t be bothered
by a string of victories hanging
over his head.
The Nittany Lions this year, al
though studded with nine regulars
from last year, still have that
eighth straight season without de
feat to shoot at, and still have a
streak of 48 victories to protect.
Last time any Lion soccer team
was beaten was in 1932 when
Syracuse upset things with a 2-1
victory on New Beaver Field.
Since that time, the Nittany hoot
ers have gone through 53 games
without losing one although five
have ended in ties.
Veterans back from last year’s
varsity include Zen Leskaris,
senior goalie; Don Megrail, junior
center halfback; Gazzy Green,
junior left halfback; Capt. Walt
Hosterman, senior right halfback;
Van Hartman, outside right;
Woody King, inside right; Ned
Corman, inside left; Dan Durain,
outside left, and Bobby Ernst,
center forward.
Only problem facing Mild Bill,
then, is to fill the two fullback
posts vacated by Bob Schuler and
Werner Lange.
Filling one of the positions will
be a comparatively simple task
for the canny Scot, but it will be
no easy assignment to produce
two fullbacks to strengthen this
year’s eleven.
In all probabilities, little Hal
Freeman, a sophomore this year,
will hop into Bob Schuler’s All-
American boots, but the spot va
cated at right fullback by Lange
will cause considerable disturb
ance before it is finally filled.
Plenty of available reserves
crowd the waiting line for Les
karis’ post at the goal. Three
sophomores, each of them equally
good, stand in line. They are
Lloyd Gouthey, a Mont Alto trans
fer, Bob Donaldson and Bob
Although the halfback line re
mains intact from last year, sev
eral experienced newcomers will
push Megrail, Green and even
Capt. Hosterman for their posi
tions. They are Allen Heck, cap
tain of last year’s freshman team;
A 1 Jones, a junior with one year
of varsity experience;' and Bill
Hoverter, another junior who
comes from the Canal Zone where
they play rough and rugger soc
Bobby Ernst, veteran center
forward, will have his toes full
to keep ahead of Stan Preszdik, a
sophomore; Hal Jones, a fast State
College boy.and a senior this year;
and Charles Taylor ,a senior and
one of Jeffrey’s most reliable re
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Can't Forget
Coach Bill Jeffrey wanted to for
get soccer but couldn’t. Result: His
Nittany Lion team has been unde
feated for seven consecutive years.
Jeffrey Wanted
To Forget Soccer
In 1912, Bill Jeffrey left Scot
land “to get away from soccer.”
Luckily for Penn State he didn’t
succeed. Luckily, for during Jef
frey’s 14 years as Lion soccer
mentor the booters have lost only
six contests, meanwhile winning.
77 and tieing 15. For the past
seven years the,.team has gone un
defeated, running up a streak of
53 games without defeat. Last
year, for the seventh consecutive
time, the Lions were awarded the
Eatsern Collegiate title, sharing
honors with Princeton.
Jeffrey was born in Newhaven,
near Edinburgh, Scotland. Before
he was in his teens he became
known for his dextrous left foot.
He began to play outside left for
the Newhaven Victoria School
team in 1904. After leaving
school he played for a well-known
Scot team of juveniles and from
there progressed to a big-time
He came to America, stayed
here for two years, then went
back to Scotland, but soon return
ed to the United States. He play
ed for the Altoona Shop team and
later with the Homestead Steel
aggregation. He was picked on
the lOryear all-star team of the
West Penn area for the years
In 1921, Jeffrey signed with the
Bethlehem Steel team and while
he was there Bethlehem had the
best team in the country.
The Lions
Dear Fresh
Well, by this time you have be
gun to realize what a great place
Penn State is and how lucky you
are to be a student here.
Also, you are probably looking
forward with great anticipation
to your first college football game
in a few weeks; You’ve heard, no
doubt, that college football games
are colorful affairs—bands play
ing, crowds cheering, pennants
waving. I know I felt that way
just three years ago.
But excuse me if I let you in
on something—something which
has rankled me no little in three
years of college life. Football
games at Penn State lack some
thing. Maybe I should say Penn
State ’ football crowds lack some
thing. They just ain’t got no spirit
Conditions are pretty bad when
the majority of students don’t even
know their Alma Mater. As some
one has said, Penn State students
come in contact with it twice
while in college, once when they
learn it as freshmen, and again
as seniors so that they may sing
it at graduation. And it’s too bad,
because Penn State’s Alma Mater
is a beautiful piece of music and
with inspiring lyrics.
As far as cheering goes, a Penn
State student’s repertoire is usual
ly limited to the “Short Yell” and
the “Lion Yell,” of the seven
listed in the Freshman Bible. I’ve
often thought how silly the cheer
leaders look swinging their arms
before masses of students who do
not respond.
Don’t ask me why. I don’t know.
I’ve seen and heard more spirit
emanate from college crowds
whose football teams lost every
game on their schedule. I guess
upperclassmen at Penn State feel
that it is below them to reverently
stand and sing their Alma Mater
or to beat out a good lusty cheer
for the Blue and White.
Anyway, frosh, that’s the story.
SO you’d better learn the Alma
Mater now and practice it, in
next two yearsOts
private, of course, during your
next two years so that, you won’t
have to. go to all the bother of
memorizing it all over again for
graduation in 1944
Captain Gajecki Follows
In Footsteps Of Other
Ebensburg Athletes
Ebenshurg, the home of Penn
State captains, has given the Nit
tany Lions another one!.
Leon Gajecki, preceded by last
year’s Cliff McWilliams and Mar
tin Valeri, basketball and baseball
captains, looms as a surprise con
tender for Chuck Cherundulo’s
pinnacle as Penn State’s all-time
great center.
Mentioned on the Football-An
nual’s All-American check list,
Gajecki threatens to make State
fans forget Cherundulo through
his uncanny diagnosis of running
and’ pass plays and lightning
thrusts through the offense to cut
down potential gains.
■Gajecki “made himself” in the
1938 Penn game, 7-7, when he
surprised the whole Penn forward
line by viciously outcharging and
completing three-fourths of all
the tackles. Last year he earned
the post of All-Pennsylvania cen
Although he excells in boxing
and baseball,’Leon could not com
pete on these varsity teams be
cause his curriculum in fuel tech
nology does not allow him enough
free time.
Mayer r 42 Resigns
William G. Mayer ’42, first as
sistant manager of soccer, has been
: replaced by Theodore S. Casnoff
’42. it was announced last night by
Fall Intramural Entries
Due By Noon, Saturday
All entries for both mde
pgndent and fraternity leagues
in the following Fall activities
must be made at the intra
mural office 213 Rec Hall by
noon Saturday, September 21.
Touch football, $1 per team.
Swimming, $1 pbr team.
Cross country, 25c per man
(only 3 men score).
Horseshoes, 5.0 c per team
(doubles only).
Physical examination cards
are required of "all participants
in touch football, swimming,
and cross country.
New Rules Hinder
Record Breakers
The day when a triple-threat
backfield star averaged over ten
yards gain per play and punted
40 to 0 yards per kick appears
to be gone forever. The N. C. A. A.
Football Rules Committee got to
gether this summer and approved
on rules for recording statistics
which will dim the individual
brilliance of potential All-Ameri
Pointing out that a great dif
ference of opinion existed in in
terpretations and rulings, the
committee drew up a set of in
structions to permit this statistical
work to be' standardized.
One of the rules affecting yard
age gains will result in a loss by
rushing against any player ap
parently intending to pass but
thrown behind the line. He is not
a passer until he has thrown the
ball, and he retains "at all times
the option of running. This will
lower the average net gain of
triple-threat backs considerably.
Punts are measured from the
line of scrimmage to the point of
ultimate advance. When a punt
goes over the goal line the dis
tance. of the kick is measured
from the line of scrimmage to
the 20-yard line only.
Among other rules passed are
the following:
No first down is recorded when
a touchdown is scored.
The rushing total is a net figure.
All rushing losses must be re
corded for the
corded to account for the net
All gains on lateral passes
which originated or grew out of
a rushing play are included in
rushing yardage.
There is no pass completed by
penalty. No pass attempted or
completed will be recorded in the
Frosh, Varsity Harriers
Start Workouts Today
Although half of the varsity
cross-country squad has been
working out since Monday, Coach
Chick Werner has issued a formal
call to all freshmen and varsity
candidates to report for practice
With the beginning of semester
activities today, Werner expects
a full turnout of, last year’s var
sity men and prospective fresh
man harriers. All candidates must
present their physical examina
tion' cards and. towel tickets, at
the locker room.
The harriers who already have
been limbering up under Captain
Bill Smith only took a few warm
up runs in order to losen their
leg muscles' and build up their
staying power.
PhysEd School Expands
This year, for the. first. time
since its inception, the School of
Physical Education and Athletics
will be granting doctor’s degrees.
John. Nixon, member of the
football coaching staff, formerly
of P'oihoha College; Edward Cub
boh, West Virginia basketball
star; and Berhath Phillips, of
are .working.-for-theif .
Gridders To Drill
Afternoons Only
As College Opens
With the official opening of the
College schedule set today. Coach
Bob Higgins will limit' tftie^varsity
football squad to a single practice
daily. Two sessions daily;, have
been on the roster. ' f '
the starting:lineup
will consist of veterans who
been through the mill, otherwise
the gridders 'Would fincfthdi limit
ed time available before the.ppen
er with Bucknell here qh October
5 a great handicap. -
No less than ten seniors will in
all probability ’take ' the field’
against the Bisons. The entire
forward wall consisting of. Tom
Vargo, Carl Stravinski, Wsde
More, Captain Leon Gajecki,. jim
Woodward, Frank Platt, ajnd
Lloyd Parsons receive their
sheepskins next June. Out of the
regular backfield quartet of
Chuck Peters, Craig, White,
Johnny Patrick, and Bill Smaltz
only the last named will be back
for action in 1941.
So it looks as if 1940 will be
the year for State to bask in the
national spotlight.
Baseballers To Report
For Fall Practice Today
Fall baseball practice will bej
renewed today after'a lapse of sev-i
eral years when Gus Marlowe,j
1939 varsity player, will take!
charge of workouts in place ofj
Coach Joe OBedenk who is line;
coach on the varsity football squad.i
Only pepper games and mild!
throwing by pitchers will be con-:
ducted during the first few days.]
All varsity and last year’s fresh-i
'n team a. expected to report. !
till ttRK cl PlPl ;
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