OREGON SPORTS HISTORY/1963: Marshall High falls at state tournament; Fred Norman, Leo Nomellini, Art Pollard set to compete in Portland

March 19-20, 1963

The Oregon State basketball team is the one program in the state rivaling the Portland Buckaroos for fan interest.

COUNTSThe Beavers are flying from Salem to Louisville, Ky., as they take their shot at a national title in the NCAA Final Four.

Bob Blackburn will call the action for KEX radio as OSU takes on two-time defending champion Cincinnati.

Oregon State coach Slats Gill goes primarily with a six-man rotation of Jim Kraus, Steve Pauly, Mel Counts, Terry Baker, Frank Peters and Jim Jarvis.(The Bearcats will win 80-46, then lose 60-58 in overtime in the final to Loyola-Chicago).

• In the Class A-1 basketball tournament at McArthur Court, North Eugene edges Marshall 68-66 in overtime. Marshall is forced to play without 6-4 starter Jim Johnson, who has a broken left hand. "Marshall deserved to win," North Eugene coach Mel Krause says.

• Fred Norman, a 5-8 left-hander, is expected to be a fan favorite for the Portland Beavers. Age 20, he made his major league debut in 1962 with the Kansas City Athletics.

• Former pro football star Leo Nomellini is in the main event — for the U.S. heavyweight title — of a pro wrestling card at Memorial Coliseum. He'll face Prince Kuhio of Hawaii.

• The second week of auto racing at Portland Speedway will feature full modified super sportsmen cars and eight events with car-driver combos from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Canada. Art Pollard is defending series champion. (He'll go on to pitch in the bigs through 1980, competing in two World Series for the Cincinnati Reds).

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