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THE MICHIGAN DAILY FR"DAY.x, MY.ux 7,

Practice Bouts
Reveal Campus
BoxingTalent
Coach Larson Makes Find
In Flake, Golden Gloves
Champion;_Reiger Stars

Wolverine Basketball Hopes Raised
But Conference Title Seems Unlikely

Michigan's prospects of winning
the Big Ten basketball champion-
ship next season are not very bright,
but its chances of taking over a first
division berth and bettering its sixth
place showing of the past year are

Jack Barry, ace Wolverines pitcher (left), and Freddy Trosko,
hard-hitting outfielder, are two of the promising graduating Michigan
athletes who are considering offers to play in the professional ranks.
Barry has already accepted an offer to perform in the Vermon-New
Hampshire Twin State League this summer, while Trosko will probably
play for the Flint, M4ich., outfit, a Cleveland farm.

By STAN DAVIS .VL al
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan will
Despite the fact that boxing is have only two men returning who
no longer a recognized sport here at were regulars throughout the entire
the university, Vern Larson, former season of 1939-40, Captain-elect
boxing coach, has been holding prac- Herb Brogan and peppery Mike So-
tice sessions with some of the more fiak. Both will be seniors next year.
promising young pugilists of the Uni- Besides these two men are George
versity of Michigan. Ruehle, Bob Fitzgerald and Georgej
This year's prize student has been Cartmill, all of whom were at one3
Tom Flake. Flake, a rangy 175 pound time or another a member of the
freshman, was entered in the Novice starting five and won their letters.
light-heavyweight tourney of the Cartmill started the season at for-
Ann Arbor GoldenGloves, and won ward, was replaced by Fitzgerald,
the title by knocking out every oppo- and then at the half-way mark
nent he met. In a later match Flake Ruehle took over,
defeated the winner of the open class Fitzgerald, who stands six feet,
championship. Following his victory four inches, may take over the pivot
in the Ann Arbor tourney Tom enter- post which will be open because of
ed the state championships, and the graduation of Capt. Jim Rae, one
went to the quarter-finals. of the greatest all-around courtmen
Vaughan, Hall Win the Wolverines have ever had and
Another apple in Larson's eye is an outstanding center in three years
John Rieger. Reiger won the novice of Conference competition.
lightweight championship in the Fitzgerald will be a junior next
Ann Arbor Golden Gloves, but was year, and with the experience he
not entered in the state tourney due gained in the last campaign should
to a lacerated finger incurred just be a much improved player. At pre-
before the matches began. sent Fitz along with Brogan and sev-
Jack Vaughan and Clary Hall were eral members of the freshman and
the other Golden Glove winners reserve squads of last year are work-
among Larson's proteges. Vaughan ing out several days a week down at
captured the open featherweight title the Sports Building, and this shoulk
in the Jackson Golden Gloves and aid him in developing his ball hand-
Hall won the novice heavyweight ling and play around the back-board,
championship in the Ann Arbor in which department he was weal
tournament. Hall is being hailed as last year.
the successor to Don Seigel, now
winning among the pros.
Others Show Promise
Besides these men, Larson has a
wealth of material in the other
weights. Glenn Brook, featherweight,
and Sam Buttera, welterweight, have
shown plently of ability and lack
only experience. Leon Coquillette got
to the middleweight finals in the
local Golden Gloves, and lost out in
a close fight. Harvey Asher, ban-
e tamweight, just about fills out the
I list of what might have been an
e excellent collegiate boxing team.
,r the grunt and groan profession, but
o his answer will depend upon whether
a he can land a good enough job after
g graduation. If not, don't be sur-R F E T N
prised if you read about a one-time
Michigan great tossing bodies for
e bucks.
y Gridmaen Archie Kodros and Dave
1 Strong are getting some valuable
s coaching experience helping head
coach Fritz Crisler during spring
e practice. Both will undoubtedly take
s over their own coaching jobs in a
f few years.

If Fitz comes through at center
Oosterbaan will have to find another
forward to team up with Mike Sofiak
on the front line, and a guard to
work with Capt. Brogan on the back
line. During the past year senior
Charlie Pink, present captain of the
basketball team, held down the other
guard post- and was second only to
Capt. Rae in scoring.
Pink will be a hard man to replace,
since he was an excellent floor leader
and play maker in addition to a fine
left-handed shot.-
Ruehle, who was the most im-

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and wound up the campaign as a
regular, will quite likely be hold-
ing down the front line with Sofiak
when the season starts.
Sofiak Might Changej
The other guard post will probably
be wide open, and Coach Oosterbaan
may even consider moving Sofiak
to the back line, since he will have
Cartmill, who is better as a forward,

and Joe Glasser, both letter winners,
back.
Plays Center, Forward
Glasser alternated between center
and forward last season and was
hampered by injuries from the be-
ginning to the end of the year, and
if he can get off to a good start he
might blossom into a top notch ball
player.
With Jim Grissen, who played
guard, returning Oosterbaan will
have seven letter winners back. In
addition Norm Call, Bill Herrmann,
who was fighting for a starting post
until he injured his leg and was
kept out for the rest of the season,
Don Holman, and Harold Wester-
man, all reserve award winners, will
return to fight it out for starting
berths.
However, three newcomers up from
Ray Fisher's freshman squad may
break into the starting line-up if
they can prove that their lack of
experience is no handicap.

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