WEEK 13 – Huskie Athletics Top 100 Moments

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Nicole Betker

100 memories… 100 moments… 100 Years of Huskie Athletics

Each Monday, Huskie Athletics will release a series of moments with the Top 10 being released at the Huskie Centennial Reunion Banquet March 31. Dig into your memory bank and share your greatest Huskie memories, stories, and photos because We Are All Huskies!

Videos for the moments can be viewed here: http://huskies.usask.ca/centennial/tophundred.php

This will be the final Top 100 Moments release of 2011. Huskie Athletics will begin releasing the rest of the moments on January 3.

Moment #12 – Rhodes Scholar

Orvald Gratias was an athlete and a scholar. Gratias showed his strength in hammer throw and discus with the University of Saskatchewan in the 1920s and ’30s. He added height to the basketball team and mite to the football Huskies. Then he became a Rhodes Scholar. At a special banquet in Kinistino near his home, a big crowd turned out in the rain and mud to see Gratias get a $200 cheque to continue his studies at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

Moment #50 – Joe Griffiths’ Legacy

Room 104 of Qu’Appelle Hall, called the busiest and happiest place on campus at the University of Saskatchewan, went silent in the spring of 1951. The room was the office of Joe Griffiths, who was retiring after teaching at the university for 32 years. Griffiths coached a bushel of sports at the U of S. Nationally, he was coach of the Canadian swimming team at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the women’s track and field team at the 1948 London Olympics. The university named its outdoor stadium after him.

Moment #77 – Pat Lawson – Good As Gold

Pat Lawson was as good as gold. Lawson, one of the best athletes we’ve even seen in Saskatoon, finished third in her event at the annual Playgrounds Association speed skating championship at Victoria Rink in 1949. The mile race was open to both men and women. Lawson would have skated in other races that weekend, but she had to go to Regina and play for the University of Saskatchewan Huskiettes in a basketball game against the Cougettes. She soon became head coach of the U of S women’s team.

Moment #86 – New Digs

The Dogs moved into new digs in 2003. The University of Saskatchewan opened the Physical Activity Complex in the fall that year, giving the Huskie basketball and volleyball teams a brand new home and wallspace to display its collection of championship banners.

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