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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PRESS PASSES

By BUD BENJAMIN

Cagers Renew
Past Rivalries
In State Game
Two Squads Contain Eight
Gary Athletes, Also Pair
Of Detroit Teammates

Spartan Sharp-Shooter

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Ice-And Spike...

WILLOWY SPIKE JAMES, his pug-
nacious jaw thrust forward and
his baseball cap pulled over his eyes,
holds the key to Michigan's hockey
fortunes this season.
There was never a doubt about it
as the Wolverine opened the local ice
cutting carnival Tuesday night by
tying McMaster University 2-all after
an overtime period had failed to pro-
duce a tally.
The game was alternately
drab and exciting. It had its hu-
mor and in the first period there
was ample pathos, but to this
chronicler the highlight of the
evening was the stellar play of
slender goalie James. With the
Wolverine defenses leaking, it
was Spike who felt the brunt of
McMaster pressure, and that the
score was not 5 to 2 is a fitting
tribute to his ability.
The lone regular from last year's
talented squad, Spike combined his
lightning reflexes with considerable
aggressiveness to hold the visitors to
two goals while his mates, who spent
the first two periods getting ac-
climated, could do no better than
earn him a tie.
The 1939 hockey team has a long
way to go. There are innumerable
rough edges to be ironed out, and the
born-talent seems to be sadly mis-
sing. The team has its valuable at
tributes, among them a good scrap-
ping mien, but its chief asset is the
brilliant Canadian in the nets, un-
doubtedly one of the finest goalies in
this sector. Until the team hits a re-
spectable stride, such as was indicat-
ed in the third and overtime periods,
it will be plucky Spike who will
shoulder the burden. The fact that
his mates lack a consistent scoring
punch accentuates the load, for every
opposition goal takes on a crucial
twist in this season's setup.
THERE ARE some encouraging fea-
tures in the green squad that gook
the ice against McMaster. There is
a keen desire to play hockey, an ac-
ceptable tendency to mix it up, and
some players of latent ability, who
should gain momentum as the season
progresses.
The first period Tuesday night,
against a team that in this book was
highly overrated, almost alienated the
1,200 fans as far as Michigan hockey
was concerned. The first line of
George Cooke, Evy Doran,mand Al
Chadwick was, at' best, mediocre
while the second string front of Al
Lovett, Charley Ross, and Burt-Stod-
den looked decidedly inept. All soph-
omores, this kid line was shaking at
the knees and sweating profusely dur-
ing those nerve-wracking initial min-
utes. The game took on a decidedly
black tinge.
In the second period, however,

the lads began to perk up. The
sophomore line gained confi-
dence; the first line showed defi-
nite ability; and James, playing
superbly, allowed only one goal
on an impossible flip by Ken Mc-

Adam with McMaster men con- Polishing off their regular after-
verging on him. noon drill with a brilliant 20 minute
display of basketball fireworks against
The third period found Michigan the second team yesterday, Michi-j
hitting an acceptable stride. Cooke gan's Varsity quintet is now looking
and Doran, two boys who may come forward to Saturday night when thej
a long way this year, began using coming of Michigan State's Spar-
heir speed to advantage. Al Chad- tans will mean the renewing of old
rivalries.

wick, supposedly the weak sister ofF
the first line, held up his end nicely
with a fine solo dash for the first
Michigan score, and Cooke, moving1
at a good clip now, pushed in the
second Wolverine tally later in the
period on a flip from Doran.
The second McMaster score came
on another Burt to McAdam pass,
the visiting wing hitting the corner
from fairly deep ice to beat James''
lunging skate by an eyelash.
The overtime period found the
Wolverines improving defensively
as well as offensively. Larry Cal-
l vert, a willing sophomore, had
been dumping the opposition;
with a progressive regularity on
defense, and in the extra period
he and Capt. Les Hllberg, a
steady performer, made James'
task a lot easier. This sophomore1
Calvert has the urge, and he will;
improve with experience.-
Three times in the extra period,
Michigan had a chance to score.
Chadwick and Cooke each had clean
shots at the goal while Doran, slight-,
ly guarded, still was able to get in a
good poke. The efforts were blocked
or went awry, however, and the tie re-
sulted.
Saturday night the team meets
Western Ontario. If they continue
from where they left off against Mc-
Master, they will play acceptable
hockey. A reversion to the type of
play witnessed in the first period will
do nothing towards alleviating Coach
Eddie' Lowrey's increasing Decem-
ber pessimism.
---Be a Goodfellow
Sawyer Unable
To Make Trip
Keen Names Paup To' Go
With Wrestling Squad
A last-minute change was an-
nounced last night by Varsity wrest-
ling coach Cliff Keen when Andy
Sawyer, who was to have wrestled at
134 pounds, found that he could not
accompany the team to Chicago to-
day for the annual Midwest A.A.U.
Wrestling Championship which takes
place tomorrow and Saturday.
Keen added sophomore Johnny
Paup, an Ann Arbor boy, to the squad
which will make the trip and an-
nounced that Paup will enter the
competition in the 145-pound class
along with Capt. Harold Nichols.
This means that Carl Mosser, a
junior, will be Michigan's only rep-
representative in the 134 pound class.
Tom Weidig will also be the lone
1Michigan entry at 123 pounds, as will
Forrest 'Butch' Jordan in the heavy-
weight class.
Frank Morgan and Ralph Turner
will enter the 158 pound competition,
while Don Nichols and Dick Tasch
will strive to come out on top at 175
pounds.
Elimination matches will be staged
Friday night and Saturday after-
noon, with the finals coming up Sat-
urday night. Elgin wrist watches will
be presented to the winners in each
class, with gold and silver medals as
the prizes for second and third places.

For the first time in many years,
Michigan State, boasting a tall, fast
and experienced team, will be favored
to score a victory. That's rivalry
number one.
Gary Vs. Gary
A second renewal of old struggles
and friendships will occur when and
if the second teams of the two squads
clash on the court. The fact that
Gary, Ind., is turning out athletic
material in quantity as well as qual-
ity will be made quite evident to the
multitude as no fewer than eight
Gary sophomores will take the floor
for the pre-game warm-ups.
For the Wolverines, Tom Harmon
and Mike Sofiak are included on the
second quintet and Michigan State
boasts of six Gary players with three
of them on their second team.
This trio is made up of guard Ches-
ter Aubuchon, center Max Hindman .
and forward Bob Phillips, all of whom
played on the same Horace Mann
High School team with Michigan's
Tom Harmon when he was a sopho-
more.
"They're plenty good," says Tom.
"Hindman was .awarded the out-
standing player trophy at the state
tournament." At an Indiana State
tourney that is something.
Mike Sofiak is the boy who used to
play against this outfit when he
starred for Froebel High of the same
fair city. .
Pink Vs. Shidler
Rivalry number three will bring to-,
gether two cagers who have been
playing either with or against eachj
other since intermediate school days. I
Charley Pink and Frank Shidler, both
forwards will face each other Satur-
day night with memories of the time
they clashed in the finals of the De-
troit intermediate school champion-
ship. Frank's team won.
Then they both went to Northwes-
tern High ankd there were teammates
and were the leading factors in that
school's two consecutive city titles.
Their senior year, Charley averaged
14 points per game and Frank 10'
points. Both were named on the Free
Press All-City squad and Pink made
the All-State team two years.
At State, Shidler has been moved
from his original center position to
forward where he teams with the,
inimitable George Falkowski. The
fact that he has replaced Marty
Hutt, last year's sophomore regular,
is adequate testimony to his ability.!
Be a Goodfellow
Titans Lose McDemott
DETROIT, Dec 7-()-A leg in-
jury suffered in the University of
Detroit's recent football victory over
danta Clara will keep Jack McDer-
mott off the Titan basketball team
this season.

Varsity Natators Plus Co-eds
To Participate In Swim Gala
By MEL kINEBjRG Barker again on the scratc team
The annual Swim Gala at the In- Sandwiched in between them will be
tramural Building Pool tomorrow Varsity breast-stroker Johnny Haigh
night will be the fourth, and by far who finished fourth in last year's
the biggest in the event's history. Nationals. This team will also have to
Twenty-one events, with swimming wait for the five count.
races from one width of the pool on Their chief opposition should come
up to 200 yards will be on the card from the Bill Beebe, Bob Newton,
as Michigan's National Collegiate Walt Tomski combine which will be
swimming champions, prep stars, Uni- off two seconds ahead of them. The
versity co-eds and out-of-town swim- freshman team of Dick Reidl, Tom
mers put on the annual show. Williams and Gus Sharemet will dive
Relays In Limelight at two while the two remaining trios
Relay races will hold a major por- of Bill Holmes, Ed Mack and Jim
tion of the limelight as the varsity Welsh, and Art Ebeling, Bill Com-
and freshmen sprint through the 200- stock and John Gillis will leave their
yard free-style and the 300-yard med- marks at the word go.
ley relays. Sex, too, will rea its ugly head
The relays will be run as handi-l when a "select" team of University
caps with the handicaps determined co-eds will "engage" in a 250-yard
by the abilities of the teams. In the relay.
free-style relay, the varsity number Goodfellows-Monday
one team of Captain Tom Haynie,
Chuck Barker, Bill Beebe and Walt Frater ity Matmen
Tomski will have to wait until starter
Matt Mann counts to five. Bill Await Opening Bell
Holmes, Jim Welsh, Art Ebeling and
Blake Thaxter will go at two and
.us Sharemet, Tom Williams, Dodson rito anwrmte on bele
Burton and John Gillis will be off at rarmn to answer the opening bell, the
Burtun aannual interfraternity wrestling tour-
the Depend On Sophs nament will get under way at the
Yost Field House next Monday night
Haynie and Tomski, are holdovers at 7:30 p.m.
from the relay team which won the Tourney contestants have been pre-
Nationals last year while Barker and paring for the event at the field
Beebe, both sophomores, are expected house for the past few weeks, four
to carry much of the sprint and back- satisfactory workouts having been
stroke burden this year. made a requirement for all partici-
Five teams will tie up in the 300- pants, in order to safeguard against
yard medley relay with Haynie and injuries

George Falkowski, Michigan
State's junior forward from Flint,
will display the speed and elusive-
ness for which he is famous when
the Spartans meet Bennie Ooster-
baan's five at the Field House Sat-
urday night.

Inspired Sophomore Basketball Trio
Makes Oosterbaan's Regulars Hustle

By TOM PHARES
Michigan's Varsity basketball team
is hustling this year as never before
and the chief reason is the fast and
inspired play of the second stringers
in general and three little sophomores
in particular.
Whenever the regulars begin to
ease up a bit in a scrimmage things
begin to happen much to the delight
of Coach Bennie Oosterbaan who
likes things to happen and happen
fast.
Soph number one tears through the1
loose guard of the veterans to sink
short shots and sophs two and three
pop from the middle of the floor
with deadly accuracy to keep the fire
burning. Sometimes the fire burns
long enough to get the whole squad
hot and it is then that a Michigan
afternoon basketball practice is a
thing of beauty and a joy forever.
Small But Dangerous
This trimuvirate is composed of
Mike Sofiak; Herb Brogan and Milo
Sukup-not a one of them over five
feet, eight inches in height but every
inch counts. -
Sofiak is another Gary, Ind., lad
Pro Pass King Repeats
Ed Danowski, star of the New York
Giant's professional football team,
recaptured his title of "forward pass
king" by completing 70 out of 129
passes this season. His percentage was
I54.2.

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