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Oregon sports history

Dec. 12, 1944

Gen. Douglas MacArthur reports that U.S. planes and PT boats sank seven Japanese ships today.

In the Columbia River Gorge, winds of up to 135 mph destroy some property and livestock.

In Portland, the 38th official Portland Interscholastic League basketball season continues. In one game, Jefferson defeats Commerce (now Cleveland) 40-18, in a game played without a personal foul. Franklin downs Sabin 49-39, Grant tops Roosevelt 33-19, and Benson beats Lincoln 35-23. Defending city champion Washington has a bye.

The big news, though, is that Ensign John Pesky, star infielder of the Boston Red Sox and a Lincoln High grad, is engaged to Ruth C. Hicks, an aviation machinist mate in the Waves.