Basketball and Golf

Dick Arney came to Carleton from Marshalltown, Iowa, where he had starred in basketball and golf. At Carleton he gained a starting berth on the basketball team during his sophomore year, beating out Bob Leach ’31, the conference’s leading scorer during the previous two years. Arney led the team in scoring for three consecutive years, and the 1930 through 1933 teams were nicknamed the “Victory Five” by Twin Cities sportswriters. During his three years of play the Carls won 43 games and lost only five, all to Big Ten opponents. Four victories were over Big Ten teams: Chicago, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

In the 1932-33 season, Arney set a Carleton scoring record with 184 points in 18 games. He was three times named All-Conference, and in his senior year was selected to les Gage’s third team All-American squad. Arney also won three letters in golf and was captain of the golf team.

Following graduation, he coached basketball at Austin High School from 1933 through 1936, and coached the football team in 1935. His 1935 basketball team won the Minnesota State Championship. From 1934 through 1936, he played professional basketball with the Hormel Packers, a team which defeated the Harlem Globetrotters five times in five games.