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Oregon sports history

1958: Grant High dedicates its new gym, and Generals beat Terry Baker-led Demos


Jan. 3, 1958

The Portland Interscholastic League's 52nd official basketball season begins.

Grant High dedicates its new gymnasium with halftime ceremonies. The Generals trail Jefferson 27-24 after two quarters, but they come on strong to win 55-39. Bill Wallin's long-range shots lead to a team-high 18 points for the G-Men. Terry Baker of Jefferson leads all scorers with 20 points.

Elsewhere in the PIL, Cleveland wins 54-46 over Franklin, Washington defeats Benson 58-49, Roosevelt downs Lincoln 44-31, and Madison tops Wilson 68-56.

Lincoln is the defending state champion, but is without its five starters from the previous season.

Madison remains without an official nickname, and so the team is dubbed "The Dollies" in the press, after Dolly Madison.

• Meanwhile, Oregon State's basketball team improves to 9-1 by knocking off defending Pacific Coast Conference champion Cal 55-43, behind Dave Gambee's 18 points, and UCLA beats Oregon 64-58.