A Clarkson Mosaic - page 158

a musical chairs number on ice for Normal women, and barrel jumping. Trick skater Donald
Farley of Lake Placid circled the rink four times to build up speed before he cleared 10 barrels
in line, followed by the same number piled two high, and ended by figure skating on stilts. He
was followed by Clara Wilkins and a duet by Bryant and Wilkins of the same skating club.
Then came fraternity and sorority stunts, a unique single by Grace Law, a Rose Bud Ballet by
17 of the skating club women, a skating race of men and women doubles, a broom ball game,
awarding of prizes, and finished off by a grand finale. The evening ended with a dance in the
Ice Carnival Romance.
Romance entered the Ice Carnival when this year's king Phillip J.
"Pinky" Ryan married Ice Carnival Queen Virginia Melius, the first carnival royalty to be
paired off for life. Johnny Weaver and Betty Farmer in 1940 were the second. A 1935 graduate,
Pinky returned in 1946 to Clarkson's physical education staff and retired from that position in
Hockey Champions.
Clarkson's hockey team ended the season undefeated by collegiate
opponents. They began the season by defeating Loyola of Montreal 5-2, followed by a 5-3
defeat of Princeton at Princeton. While in New Jersey, Clarkson played two exhibition games
against the Atlantic City Sea Gulls, amateur champions of the United States for the past two
years. Losing the first game 7-3, Clarkson fought bravely in the second one, only to lose it by a
score of 3-1, largely because of the lack of substitutes. Returning to Potsdam, Clarkson drubbed
Ottawa University 8-4, the Lake Placid Olympic team 6-1, and Yale 5-4. Losing several players
to weak grades at mid-year, the newly revamped hockey six fought bravely to defeat St.
Patrick's of Ottawa 3-2, and then lost the last two games to the Lake Placid team 2-1 and 9-2.
Because hockey was a relatively new sport, not many colleges played it. Thus, when the 1932
Olympic figure skating champion, Sonja Henie, appeared in Syracuse, the management thought
a hockey game between the Syracuse Athletic Club and Clarkson would add to the attraction.
During Clarkson's 6-5 victory, one of the Clarkson skaters was hit with the puck which drew
blood. While he was in the dressing room getting patched up, Sonja came in and kissed him!
All-American Football.
Two Clarkson footballers received honorable mention on the
Associated Press All-American Football team: John Siedlecki, a back, and Orville LaBarge,
end. Playing in every game of the season, Siedlecki highlighted his senior year by scoring one
of the two touchdowns by which Clarkson defeated St. Lawrence 13-7 in November. He
returned to campus the following year to serve as assistant football coach. During his four years
at Clarkson, he played football, basketball, and baseball with exception of football during his
junior year, when he could not play because he had broken his leg during a pre-season
Tennis Courts.
In the northwest corner of Snell Field, students built four new tarvia tennis
courts during the summer months under the supervision of Prof. Clarridge. Costing about
$2,500, these courts were expected to last about 25 years, for tarvia, though not as common as
clay or grass, provided a fast surface which dried quickly after heavy or steady rains. These
proved a great help to the informal tennis team which began in 1933.
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