The 1965-66 Oregon State University men’s basketball team was inducted into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame Tues., Sept. 26. The team, already in the OSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, is one of the most successful clubs in the history of the school. The following is look back and an update on the team members.
Pre-season prognosticators had picked the 1965-66 Oregon State University men’s basketball team to finish no better than 7-7 in conference play, about what they had done in '65. The squad contained no blue-chip athletes. In fact, not one player from the previous season had averaged more than 10 points a game.And it didn't help matters a bit when Valenti's boys opened conference play with a 75-39 drubbing at the hands of UCLA, one of the worst defeats in Oregon State basketball history. The starters were Charlie White (Capt.), Loy Peterson, Ed Fredenburg, Rick Whelan, and Scott Eaton. Center Fredenburg, at 6-6, was the shortest post player in the Pac-10. Football end Harry Gunner was the chief substitute and a great help on the boards.
It wasn't exactly a group whose talents would make history but this they did. Employing great desire, discipline and, defense, Valenti's team reeled off 10 conference wins in a row. Simply put, these guys and their coach knew how to win.
In a rematch against the Bruins for the conference crown, OSU took UCLA to the cleaners at Gill with a convincing 64-51 victory.On to the regionals in Los Angeles. The opponent was Houston, with its magnificent center Elvin Hayes (6-9, 240).The future NBA star was averaging 27 points a game and 16 rebounds. His team was also averaging an astonishing 100 points a game, the highest in NCAA history. With Oregon State leading the nation in defense (54.7 points a game), the stage was set for one of the greatest games in playoff history.
In the process, the squad became the No. 1 defensive unit in the country and the absolute best at working the ball around for the best shot.
In the end, Hayes got but 14 points and 10 rebounds (Fredenburg played brilliant defense) and OSU won in a stunning upset, 63-60. Whelan hit 11 of 14 from the floor for a game-high 24 points.But all good things sooner-or-later come to an end. One victory more and they would go to the elite Final Four tournament for the national championship. Standing in the way was Utah but the Utes prevailed with a 70-64 victory.Valenti was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Of that final game to end the season, he only smiled and said, "We went out like champions."
A full roster of players and coaches follow with updates:
14 Ray Carlile G Sr. Sacramento, Calif.
Ray completed his Master’s degree in Education Counseling and immediately began teaching at Albany Union High School, where he also coached basketball...he returned to Sacramento in 1970 and worked in the Grant Joint Union High School District – as a teacher for one year, then a counselor for 10 years, a school administrator for two years, and as the Director of Student Services until his retirement in September of 2004...in retirement he enjoys playing golf, fishing and traveling with his wife, Kay, also an OSU graduate...he also lists babysitting as a hobby...his daughter, Ashleigh, is a kindergarten teacher in Corvallis.
15 Jeff Cudworth G Jr. Redwood City, Calif.
Jeff is a 1968 graduate of OSU in recreation, but has since made his fame in the computer field...he owns Cartridge Family, a computer supplies store in the Greater Seattle area...he has owned the business for 31 years...he and his wife Gayle, also an OSU grad, have two sons, Chad and Kelly – both have traveled around the world...Jeff also has coached varsity boys and girls basketball in Bellevue.
35 Scott Eaton F Sr. Medford, Ore.
Following his two-sport (football) career at Oregon State, he went on to play five seasons in the National Football League for the New York Giants...while at OSU he earned the team’s desire and determination award...went on to a very successful stock trading career, including eight years on Wall Street...also was part of a team that opened a stock trading company that was later bought by Wells Fargo. His son, Tracey Eaton, played for the Atlanta Falcons, Arizona Cardinals and Houston Oilers in the late 1980s and early 90s...Scott was inducted into the OSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.
31 Dave Fox F Sr. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Following his OSU career, he spent over 20 years in public education at the former Jackson High School in Portland and then for the Clackamas County Education service...he designed a special education program for the country for severely handicapped kids, something he says “was a wonderful experience”...he and his wife Carla have since pursued common interests which includes – architecture and arts...the couple now own Fox Glassworks in Bend and also have been jewelers and sculptors.
10 Bob Franz G So. Sacramento, Calif.
After Graduation from OSU Bob went to the University of Oregon Law school...he was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1969 while attending law school...he served two years in the Army then went back to law school and graduated in 1973...Bob specializes in defending cities and counties throughout Oregon on Civil Liability claims and has his own law practice in Springfield... he and his wife Theresa have a son and a daughter and live in Eugene
30 Ed Fredenburg C Jr. Coos Bay, Ore.
Ed still plays and very well at that...he is a member of the East Bank Saloon team in Portland and has been quite successful on the court... In April the team won the gold medal in the over 60 age group at the Pan-American Maxi Basketball tournament in Brazil; in 2002 he helped the club capture the silver medal in the over 55 age group at the World Masters Games in Melbourne Australia; and in 2001 the gold medal in the over 55 age group at the World Maxi Basketball tournament in Slovenia...he graduated from OSU in 1968 with a civil engineering degree, and in 1983 earned a nuclear engineering degree from the University of Washington...he oversaw the design and construction of the Hanford nuclear plant and then for 20 years worked for the Department of Energy at the Hanford site...he recently came out of retirement to work for the State of Washington Department of Ecology...his wife, Barbara, is also very active and is competing in a 10k race at the Huntsman World Senior Games in Utah...the couple have four children, including his youngest daughter, Laura, who is a graduate of the OSU Veterinary Science program.
24 Larry French C Jr. Pendleton, Ore.
Larry graduated in 1967 with a degree in zoology and received his Master’s in Animal Science in 1969...he earned a Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin in 1973...he spent eight years at Wisconsin in the school’s Animal Science department and is the author or co-author of 20-plus articles in various scientific journals...he was promoted to associate professor at Wisconsin before returning to Oregon where he has been in the brokerage business for 26 years – now a Senior Vice President...he and his wife of 41 years, Jamea (1967 OSU grad), now live in Silverton...the couple are active in the community, and Larry was a past treasurer for the Oregon chapter of the American Cancer Society...Larry is also a part-time farmer, growing hay.
33 Harry Gunner C Jr. Port Arthur, Texas
Harry was a standout football and basketball player at Oregon State...immediately following his days at OSU he was drafted in the eighth round by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he played two seasons...he also played one year for the Cleveland Browns...he is a successful high school football and basketball coach in Port Arthur, Texas.
32 Loy Petersen F So. Anaheim, Calif.
Following an outstanding career at Oregon State, Petersen was drafted in the second round of the National Basketball Association’s draft by the Chicago Bulls...after his playing career he moved to Central Oregon and became president and owner of L-Cea Farms, Inc...his operation grows specialty seed crops for use throughout the world...for the last 28 years he has served on the Board of the Central Electric Co-op, Inc., including Chairman of the Board for the last eight years...he also is a partner in L&R Properties and is active in many organizations and projects.
22 Karl Weide F So. Garden Grove, Calif.
Karl also played baseball at Oregon State and graduated in 1971...his post-college work included two years as a graduate assistant coach at OSU while working as a part-time teacher in Junction City...immediately after leaving OSU he worked two years at Klamath Union High School...his professional career also includes teaching stints at St. Paul High School, Woodburn High School and as a school administrator...he also was heavily involved in coaching at the high school level..in 2001 he retired...he now resides in Keizer with his wife Janice.
34 Rick Whelan G Sr. Milwaukie, Ore.
Rick went into the Army for two years upon graduating of OSU...he then coached basketball and basetball) at the high school level for 20 years...he no longer coaches, but now works for a company in Portland called Traffic Safety Supply – a company that makes signs for cities, counties and state projects in Oregon and Washington...he is married to Salli, the sister of fellow teammate Scott Eaton.
21 Charlie White F Sr. Detroit, Mich.
Charlie White is the first African-American to earn a scholarship at Oregon State University...he came to OSU after three years in the Army...was a team captain on the 1965-66 team...graduated from OSU in 1968 and for eight years was a personnel assistant at a paper manufacturing company...he spent the next eight years as a regional safety manager for a cement and construction firm in the Bay Area and then in 1990 became a manager for a large security office in Oakland...prior to retiring he worked two years for Bayer Healthcare...he was inducted into the OSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1991...after two years of retiring and becoming “tired of sitting around” he became a special education school bus driver – “I love it”...Charlie has one son.
23 Gary Wilken C So. Fairbanks, Alaska
Gary returned to Alaska to embark what has been a very successful political career and small business owner...earned a master’s degree in business from OSU in 1968...he is a Senator for District E (Fairbanks) and has served on numerous committees, including present roles as the co-chair of the Finance Committee, and a member of the Legislative Budget & Audit Joint Committee, the Health, Education & Social Services Committee, the Joint Armed Services Committee and the Finance Committee...he also been very active in local charitable organizations...he and his family enjoy outdoor activities.
The coaching staff consisted of the legendary Paul Valenti (OSU HOF inductee in 1990), Jimmy Anderson, Bill Harper and Jim Jarvis (OSU HOF inductee in 1991). Anderson was a long-time assistant coach at OSU and then was elevated to head coach following Ralph Miller. Bill Harper was a long-time assistant coach in baseball and basketball, was a prep coach in Roseburg, and later had a distinguished career as a Major League scout for the Philadelphia Phillies, and Jarvis played professional basketball before becoming successful in real estate. The student manager was Terry Vaughn and the trainer was the late Bill Robertson.
Special thanks to Chuck Boice and George Edmonston, Jr., for their contributions.