Basketball at Gale College

Okay, I’m on a roll. After reporting on Borresons playing baseball at Gale, here comes basketball. The same players were involved – Ednar, Edgar and Garven – but the number of La Crosse and Winona news items is quite limited and makes an accurate picture difficult to come by. Very likely, there are important omissions.

1930-1931 School Year

In a December game, Gale College deafeated the Alumni All Stars, 33-2o, the team’s third victory in five games. A certain Borreson (I’m guessing Edgar), a left forward, played but did not score. On February 12, Winona Business College ended Gale’s nine-game winning streak. In an end-of-the-year announcement, no Borreson lettermen were listed.

1931-1932 School Year

In a November 4 new article, Coach Adolph Daley listed the boys his squad, including Ednar, Edgar, and Garven Borreson. That season, Gale took two of three games with Galesville High School. At the end of year, only Edgar was listed as a letterman.

An interesting February news item was headlined, “Gale College Wins Sportsmanship Trophy at Luther.” Evidently, when Gale’s team was at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa for a tournament, the first team all took ill with influenza and the second team had to take the floor. Besides finishing fourth, they garnered the sportsmanship trophy.

1932-1933 School Year

Coach Robert Bungum’s team included two Borresons, Edgar as a regular and Garven among “others.” The team opening with a 29-9 loss to Holmen, but in December they beat the Crescent Bakers of La Crosse, 19-18. This team was a fill-in for the La Crosse Shamrocks YMCA club. (Edgar) Borreson was leading scorer with 12 points. The Gale B-team won too, 14-8. When Gale lost to Winona Business College in January, Borreson led the scoring again with eight.

Noteworthy was Gale’s winning of two of three games from Galesville High School for the second year in a row. In fact, the third game on March 7 – Gale won 25-20 – generated the largest crowd ever to see a basketball game at the college. Both Edgar and Garven lettered this year (and they graduated from the academy in June).

1933-1934 School Year

Gale’s season began with a win and a loss: the junior college team beat La Crosse Vocational, 22-11, and the academy lost to Holmen, 19-10. [I’d never noticed that junior college/academy differentiation before.] Edgar and Garven were two of the six lettermen who’d graduated and returned for a year of added work. They were part of the junior college team which had games scheduled with Aquinas (two), Logan B (two), Winona De Molay, Sparta, and La Crosse Vocational again. In the spring Edgar is announced as a three-sport letter winner: in football, basketball, and baseball.

My next blog post will include comments from cousin Dan along with, yes, a photo of letters his father Ednar earned at Gale (which makes obvious some gaps in my searches).

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