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THE SKY-WRITER, PASCO, WASHINGTON, Tuesday, March 23, 1943


Swabbin' the Deck with Jack Gordon, S1c

with Jack Gordon

LET'S TAKE A 'ROUND-the-nation birds eye view of the sports news at other Navy Stations:

From the Navy Pre-Flight School at Iowa City, Iowa, comes the re­port that Lt. Col. Bernie Bierman's Seahawks have already started look­ing ahead to the 1943 football season, slating tentative games with five major Mid-western college teams.

At a meeting of the Big Ten Conference, the pre-flight eleven scheduled games with Notre Dame, Northwestern, Minnesota, Illinois and Marquette. So, if their present plans are realized, it looks like some Grade A Navy football with [sic] be on tap for the this fall's pig­skin fans.


Over at Seattle's Sand Point Naval Air Station, work has been started on the baseball diamonds, according to the station newspaper, and regular turnouts have been slated. With a nucleus of many pro and college baseball players, the Sand Point nine may have one of the Northwest's top service teams.

Interest among the recruits down at the San Diego Naval Training [missing word] is divided between whale boat racing and baseball. At present a hot race is on for the victor's pennant while the 1943 edition of the S. D. diamond outfit started their season early, beating a rival Marine Corps team. Chief worry among the San Diego Clubsters is the ever-changing roster, for military duties get the first call.


While the "great" Great Lakes bluejacket hoop squad prepares to rest on its laurels after another sensational wartime season—the G. L. sports program is shifting from the casaba action to the boxing ring and the baseball diamond. At present, perhaps the most gigantic inter-regimental boxing program ever attempted is in progress at the nation's largest Naval Training Station. An innovation in awards was inaugurated at the Great Lakes Station with the presentation of an "Athletic Flag" to the company excelling in the inter-mural sports.


At the Naval Air Station, Peru, Ind., a rifle range has been includ­ed in the plans for the new drill hall to be built there. Response to a call for baseball players swamped the athletic department but the volley-ball program failed to muster enough men so the leag-[sic] was dropped.





The beautiful Twin City Golf Course, at Kennewick, which is open to officers and enlisted men and women of the Pasco Naval Air Station has announced its green fees and dues for 1943, according to O. H. Olson, Pasco sportsman.

Green fees (tax included) are: 9 holes, 70c; 18 holes (or all day), $1.00. Dues for officers are: $4.00; enlisted men and women, $3.00 per month. Monthly dues are payable on the first day of the month. Dues for NAS personnel families are $5.05 per month.

The new course is located on the outskirts of the City of Kennewick, and is one of the finest courses in this part of the country.

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