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Will Open Defense Of Collegiate Crown


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Invincible Mer men Conceded
Eighth Straight National Title
Natators Count On Victory In Every Event
But Diving; Welsh Seeks Triple Wim

(Continued from Page 1)
he was'the great Jack Medica who
holds the world's marks of 2:09.6
for the 220-4:42.5 for the 440 and
18:59.3 for the long 1500 meter grind.
Should Welsh capture all three
events, and the consensus is that he
will, the small, tireless senior will
be right in line for the annual award
as the year's outstanding swimmer.
Competition from Howie Johnson
and Rene Chouteau of Yale, Andy
Clark of Wayne, Fran Powers, Har-
vard captain, Dick Price, Franklin
and Marshall star besides Welsh's
own teammates make these distance
races potential thrillers.
Skinner Aims At Record
An all-time great, Johnny Hig-
ginsf now freshman coach at Ohio
State, will be on hand to watch the
rising star, Jim Skinner, swimming
for the Maize and Blue, take another
crack at Dick Hough's world breast-
stroke mark of 2:22 which he nar-
rowly missed just two days ago in a
dual meet against Northwestern when
'he hit 2:22.5.
Mann's army of "blitzers" is weak
in only one spot and that is diving.
It's not exactly that they're so weak,
but that Ohio State is too strong.
Clark is the peer of springboard art-

ists everywhere and young Frank
Dempsey is not far behind.
Besides these artists. Michigan's
Jack Wolin will face Jim Cook, Yale's
outstanding star, Tom Powell, North-
western captain and Bob Gardner of
Wayne who can also handle his end
of a diving deal.
There is nothing to compare with
'Michigan's backstrokers led by Fran
tleydt, Capt. Bill Beebe and including

Naval Officer
Helps Fisher
Visitors to the Field House during
the last few weeks have noticed a
stocky, sun-tanned man working with
Coach Ray Fisher's young pitchers
in the batting cages. In case they've
been wondering about his identity
the writer has unearthed the fact
that the newcomer is Fred (Chief)
Andrews, Chief Boatswain's Mate in
Uncle Sam's Navy.
Helps Train Hurlers
Stationed here in Ann Arbor since
last July, Andrews turned out this
_spring to give Fisher a lift in whip-
ping together a hurling staff and,
incidentally, to keep his hand in at
the game he loves. The Chief, as
you'll see if you go down and watch
him, has been around a baseball dia-.
mond more than somewhat.
But just to check on his quali-
fications for the sake of accuracy,
the writer inquired as to where An-
drews played ball. This brought
forth the information that he caught
for and managed the team from the
battleship Tennessee which won the
All-Pacific Fleet championship in
1938. Last summer, he said, he
worked as an umpire in the National
Semi-Pro Tournament at Wichita,
Sailors Play Ball
The ideaaofrsailors piaying base-
ball seems a little incongruous, but
Andrews assures us that the Navy
makes ample provision for the many
gobs who are so inclined. "At San
Pedro," 'he said, "the Navy has one
of the best athletic plants on the
west coast, with three stadiums and
room for 20,000 spectators." Long
Beach, Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and
other big bases all have big athletic
set-ups, he added.
Andrews passed up professional
ball, he explained, because he likes
the Navy better. "I've been in the
Navy for 22 years," he declares, "and
I wish I was 18 again so I could start
all over."

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Ray Sowrs Is Gridder Again
After Extraordinary Operation

Charles (Chuck) Fenske, formerly a star distanice runner at the
University of Wisconsin, is shown above as he was being examined by
an army physician. Chuck did not wait for the draft but volunteered
instead and was accepted for service in Uncle Sam's infantry.

Some people would- say that Ray
Sowers is making a grave mistake
by going out for spring football;
others maintain that he is endowed
with the raw courage from which
champions are moulded.
Read his story and judge for your-
Back Jin 1938 Ray, a husky 195-
pound pile-driving halfback, was
burning up the gridiron for Bay City
High School. He was the Harmon of.
his league, triple -threating his much-
Publicized way to virtually every hon-
or that could come to a prep grid
star. He blasted the opposition with
his dazzling runs, his powerful punt-
ing, his passing wizardry. And he fin-
ally wound up three sensational cam-
paigns with the honorary captaincy
of the All-State football squad.
Brilliant Future Looms
A brilliant future loomed for Ray
when he entered Michigan as a fresh-
man in 1939. The big six-footer start-'
out on Wallie Weber's yearling crew
exactly where he left off the preced-
ing fall.
But scarcely three weeks practice
had passed before tragedy in the
form of a hurtling teammate struck
Sowers, dislocating his kneecap. That
put him out of action for the rest of
the season, and in December he un-
derwent an operation at University
Hospital in which a surgeon tied up
his loose ligaments.
That was a temporary measure
which enabled the Bay City lad to
hobble around on crutches to class.
Then April came around and the rest
of the gridmen began making their
bids for Varsity berths in spring prac-
tice. But Ray once again climbed up
the hill to the hospital.
In Hospital 46 Days
It was 46 days before he was able
to come back down. The surgeons had
literally screwed his knee together,
using a pair of metal bolts, two inches
long and a half inch thick, tohold
the torn ligaments and transplanted
muscle in place.
For a solid month Ray lay on his



back with his leg encased in plaster.
Worse yet, the doctors declared his
football days were definitely ended,
even that he might never be able
to walk again.
Disregarded Doctors
That's about all there is. Square-
jawed Ray forgot the doctors, forgot
the metal, and gradually worked
strength back into his knee, running
and tossing pigskins all last summer
and fall. It caused him no trouble
-and the determination to play foot-
ball for Michigan, which had never
left him for one minute, grew to be
more than just a hollow hone.
Spring drills began a couple of
weeks ago and Sowers was one of the
first lads out fighting for a halfback
post. But what if the knee should be
hit on the side with a bone-crushing
block or tackle? "Well, what if it is,"
Ray grins, "you gotta take a chance."
Foresters Cop I-M
Swimming Crown
Completely dominating the annual
Independent swimming meet with
53 points, the Foresters took the con-
test last night at the Sports Build-
Ing Pool. Followin~g in second place
were the Wolverines, last year's win-
ners, with 36 markers.
Mike Vonesh led the victors by
winning two individual events, the
50- and 100-yard free style, and ,by
swimming on the winning free style
relay. Oscar Traczewitz, Forester,
accounted for 10 more points by win-
ning the 220 in 2:35.5, and by placing
in the century.
Other members of the victorious
Foresters were Emerson Houf, Russ
LaBelle, Jim Maddox and Don Mor-
Alan Goldman took the only in-
dividual event for the Wolverines,
winning the 50 y'ard breast stroke in
:33.1. The Wolverines also won the
medley relay.
Robert Owens finished' third with
13 points.


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Sophisticated .. -
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The Afterr
March 27,-Nur
heaven's sake .
you do somethi
The Double A
defeat in the f
at Yost Field II
his battered he
Bete. and whe
Well, things w

Dick Reidl and Ted Horlenko. In like



manner, there will .bre little stil lop-__
position for the medley relay team of hecame irsai
Heydt, Skinner and Claire Morse. (1- -j but the timers
y al S ron g I elay Phi Gam s W i the finish line w
calendars instea
The 400-yard free style relay is e s that there w
another thing, however. Yale posses- usd
ses a world record holding quartet quite Awi, i
of Tom Britton, Ed Pope, Dick Kelley Ah, track is
and Howie Johnson against which Victors Grab Four Firsts .". oh, my sto
Mann will shoot Dick Patten, Dobby hOn. hg thinks I
Burton, Gus Sharemet and Charley; io oSe igma Chi You know, you
Barker. This will be the feature race and arounid
of the meet beyond a shadow of a Led by a quartet of runners that get anywhere.
doubt. Finals will be held tomorrow took four first places, two seconds, They didn't e
for the 50 yard free style event, the and a third, Phi Gamma Delta de- tonight. They s

ath. . *
rse . . . Nurse . . . for
. my legs . . can't
went down to glorious
fraternity track meet
ouse tonight. He gave
art for dear old Zeta
re did he wind up?
cre kinda black when
ng into the stretch,
who were waiting at
with alarm clocks and
ad of stop watches tell
were several who fin-
ile before.
such a funny sport,
mach .. . the darned
'm still running . . .
keep racing around
n circles and never
ven let mc eat dinner
aid it might hurt my

right in my path. I felt myself leaping
over them . .. then the track started
curving to the left . . . then the
right ... little men came running out
from caves along the side . . all of
a sudden we were running on a raill
100 yards above the ground . . . a
lion darted past me . . . Hitler and his
troops started shooting bullets across
the cinders . . . I had to dodge them
as I traveled along . . . I kept climb-
ing uphill . . . Finally in the last
lap, they turned off the lights . . . I
swear I couldn't see a thing . . . ev-
erything went black. . . oh, nurse ...
everything still goes black every once
in awhile.
How can Ufer, Kautz and the
rest of them go through that stuff
every time . . . I'm sorry, coach
. . I'm tired, nurse.
Michigan opens its defense of the
National Collegiate swimming title
tonight in East Lansing, and the
Double predicts that the Wolverines
will win with a 63 point total . . .
Last year, Matt Mann's victorious
gang scored 45 points.
Relay ''eam Runs
SIn Cleveland Today
Coach Ken Doherty will send a
four-man medley relay team into
action against Ohio State tonight in
a special exhibition feature of Cleve-
land's annual City high school track
Running for the Wolverines against
the powerful Buckeye quartet will
be Warren Breidenbach in the half-
mile, Bob Ufer in the quarter, Bill
Ackerman in the three-quarter, and
anchorman Karl Wisner in the final
mile leg.
Buckeye Coach Larry Snyder will
probably run the same foursome that
copped the Butler Relays medley
crown two weeks ago which comprises

Offered for
Next Year's
DUE APRIL 28, 1941

A hat that's/ known for
long wear as well as com-
fort - made in enough
up-to-date styles to sat-
isfy all tastes.
- - 34- 39
on the corner next to P. Bell

150 yard backstroke, 220 yard dis-
tance race, low board diving and the
medley relay. Saturday the remaining
champions will be crowned after pre-
liminaries in the morning and after-


Hockey Playoffs


feated Sigma Chi by the narrow mar-
gin of half a point, -29-281/2, in the,
Interfraternity track meet last nightI
at Yost Field House.
The meet was +a contest between
the two leaders the entire evening.
Norm Call gave Phi Gamma Delta
the lead in the first event with a vic-
tory in the high hurdles. Call also
came back later to win the low
hurdles in the fast time of 8.3 seconds.
Tom Kuzma, also of Phi Gamma Del-
ta, winner of the high jump and sec-
ond in the broad jump, shared run-
nerup honors in the meet with Sig-
ma Chi's reliable .1ob Reutter, who
took first in the 60 yard dash and
was nosed out by Bahrich of. Phi

DETROIT, March 27.--Ui')--Scor-
ing in each period, the Detroit Red;
Wings got off to a flying start in
the semi-finals of the Stanley cupI
playoffs tonight with a 3 to 1 victorya
over the Chicago Blackhawks in thea
first of their three-game series. !
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stomach after the race . . . how could]
it hurt much more . . . They got
me down to the Field House shortly
after seven and told me to start
warming up. Why, how can they ex-.
pect a guy to do anything after he
runs his head off before the race
begins . .. Oh), nurse . .. my head..
I've never felt like this before.
Then the race began. You; stand
in line as if you were waiting for7
tickets to get into a show. All of al
sudden, there is a blast .of the gun
and inmediately you begin to think
about the draft, tlie foreign situa-
tion, the Lease-Lend Bill and the
dinner you never had.
WITH ALL THIS racing around in
your mind, you begin running.
As you roll around the first turn,
all kinds of guys start pouring past.
They come from all sides and push
you from one end of the track to the
other. It's just like trying to walk,





TORO~UINTO'UiMarch 27.-(4')-he Gam in the 880. The other point-
Boston Bruins evened their semi-final getter for the victors was Hal Whitte-
series for hockey's coveted Stanley more with a second in the wp yard
cup tonight by edging out the Toron- dash and a third in the 440.
to Maple Leafs 2 to 1, but the triumph Far behind in third place for the
was tempered by the re-injury of Bill meet was Sigma Phi Upsilon with 12
Cowley, their high scoring center points. Phi Delta Theta garnered
star. nine points for fourth place,

America's Finest


- .


across the floor at the taxi-dance Ed Porter in the half, Leroy Collins
joint in Detroit. in the 440, veteran Gene Kiracofe in
The first time around everything the three-quarter, and Capt. Les Eis-
goes fine. With good strategy, you enhart in the mile,
stay in last place, 'cause anybody
knows that you can always come Exhibition Baseball
licharging up from behind.
But who would ever think that Detroit 10, Brooklyn 9
they were going to put hurdles in the I New York (N) 6, Cincinnati 3
track the second time we came tear- Cuban Stars 2, Boston (A) 1
ing around. There they were . . . Boston (N) 7, Minneapolis (AA) 6


real, honest-tot-goodness hurdles

Newark (Int) 6, Philadelphia (N)



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