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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE THREE

- ____._

HIGH
IN\SIDE
By ART HILL
Legalized Mayhem .. .
THERE COMES A TIME in the life
of every sports writer when lie
must face the fact that there are
other games of skill besides baseball,
football, basketball and necatos, the
so-called major sports.
Such is the case with lacrosse or
negligent homicide as it was known
among the Indian tribes of the Ca-
nadian plains, among whom the game
originated. Lacrosse is a game and,
according to its devotees (whose name
is legion), a good one.
This game is played with a Y-
shaped stick with netting between
the forks of the Y and has spread
.from the Canadian plains to the
playing fields of Eton, thence to
Australia and finally to Ann Arbor.
Yes, we mean it. There are people
actually playing it right here in
the University City. Their names
are all Legion.
The above constitutes practically all
we know,about lacrosse for sure. But
from what we have seen of the game,
it seems safe to say that it has most
of the requisites of a good spectator
sports.r
Who, then are these intrepid Ann
Arborites who have taken it upon
themselves to engage in this modified
murder? Briefly, they are a group of
Michigan students, mostly from the
East, who banded together in a com-
mon cause.
They didn't have much equip-
ment but they had enough to get by,
since all it really takes is ten crosses
(as we on the inside refer to the
sticks employed by these gentle-
men) and a brutal disposition. In
fact, surveys have disclosed that
most lacrosse players are mean to
their mothers.
SOME OF THE BOYS hadn't played
much lacrosse before they soon
learned that the object of the game
is either to catch the ball in the crosse
and advance it up the field by passing
or, if you can't get ahold of the ball,
to boff your nearest opponent with
your stick. There is no truth, however,
to the rumor that, at their Opening
practice session, they practiced for
twohours before discovering that
there was no ball in the game.
Getting serious for a minute, the
game really isn't nearly as rough as
most people seem to think and many
eastern schools, including Army, Navy
and Harvard, support Varsity teams.
It is a thrilling game to watch and
takes more than a modicum of skill.
The Michigan lacrossers (that's
really a word, we looked it up)
have done pretty well for themselves
so far. They challenged teams from
Kenyon and Oberlin colleges and
played the two Ohio schools on
their own home grounds. Both of
their opponents fielded experienced
teams but they were only able to
beat the locals by scores of 11-8 and
5-4 respectively, the latter in over-
time.
Captain of the Ann Arbor lacrosse
club is Spec Reitz and the> leading
players are Jim Foster, Jack Grady
and Cliff and Bill Dance. Grady, in-
cidentally, plays out home while Bill
Dance plays in home. We suspect that
Cliff Dance plays down on the farm
and Foster in his own back yard.
Anyway, they all play something
and, judging from their performances
against the two Ohio schools, they do
it pretty well. They'd like to get
University sanction for their team.

What do you think? Drop us a fine
if you're in favor of it and we'll
see that the, information is passed
along to them.
hfii

Nine

Plays

Ypsi Away; Netters B

Four Moundsmen To Be Used'
In Warmup For Wildcat Series

Michigan Seeks Second
Victory Over Hu rons;
Fisher To Start Wise
(Continued from Page 1)
mathematical chance have any sig-
nificance.
If Michigan sweeps both of its
games with Northwestern it will be
impossible for anybody to even share
the Big Ten title with the Wolverines.
The Purple put Wisconsin out of

Still Pounding The Ball

THE STANDINGS
W L
Michigan..... 8 2
Illinois .....7 4
Iowa ............5 3
Indiana............7 5
Wisconsin .......... 5 4
Northwestern .......5 5
Ohio State .......... 5 5
Minnesota ............ 5 5
Purdue.... .......4 8
Chicago............0 10

Pet.
.800
.636
.625
.583
.556
.500
.500
.500
.333
.000

the Conference race by beating them
22-8 last Saturday.I
Gee Back Again
Working out with the Wolverines
yesterdays was big Johnny Gee. The
ex-Michigan star had a salary dis-
agreement With the Dallas Club and
has come to Ann Arbor to seek the
aid of Varsity Coach Ray Fisher.
THE LINEUPS:
Normal Michigan
Siera, c Nelson, cf
Newlands, cf Holman, If
Drusbacky, 2b : Christenson, 2b
Borovich, lb Wakefield, rf
Oxley, rf Chamberlain, 3b
Heffernan, rf Ruehle, lb
Shada, ss Sofiak, ssl
Grady, 3b Harms, c
Carakostas, p Wise, p

Bud Chamberlain, Michigan
third baseman, has been pounding
the ball at a fine clip andhas been
a tremendous help in the Wolver-
ines' drive toward the Big Ten
Championship. Against Purdue,
Saturday, he banged out three hits.
Ben Chapman Released
WASHINGTON, May 26. -(,P)-
President Clark Griffith of the Wash-
ington Senators announced today that
outfielder Ben Chapman had been
released unconditionally.

Golfers Have
Good Record
For The Year
Byv LYONS 1IOWLAND
DIVOT DIGGINGS: Dual meet
competition for Michigan's golfers
came to an end for the 1941 season
last Friday with the Michigan State-;
Wolverine golf match. Golfers ended
the season with an inconsistent 18 to 91
loss to the Spartans after soundly
trouncing them earlier in the season,l
12 to 6
On the way to East Lansing, the
team was in high spirits, everyoner
swearing that he was going to anni-
hilate his opponent . . . Optimism
seemed even higher when SpartanE
Ralph Kortge topped his drive off
the first tee, his ball going about 75
feet into ,a swamp. He soon made up
for it, however, when he and his
teammates took advantage of their'
intimate knowledge of the peculiar
fairways for which the Walnut Hills'
Club course is known .. .
Behind 1940 Average
Coach Ray Courtright's boys ended
the year's dual meet with a .667 av-
erage, as contrasted-with last season's
1.000. Counting only Big Ten com-
petition, the average is .833, a value'
which puts the Wolverines up with
the leading favorites in the coming
conference meet on June 18 in Chi-
cago . . .
The linksmen really developed their
walking stride this season, making a
hot time for poor observers trying to
keep up. It has been estimated that,
by the end of this year, the golfers
will have walked approximately 220
!miles ...
Captain Fred Dannenfelser and
Ben Smith have paced the Wolverines
through their 12-match campaign.
"Dannie" has taken 21 out of a total
of 27 points in his singles matches.
Smith is runnerup in this department
with 18 out of 27 possible points ...
Smith Averages 73.4
Of the season's stroke averages in
singles matches that have been fig-
ured out so far, Ben Smith led the
Wolverines with 73.4. Johnny Barr is
next with his 77.1. Dannenfelser and
Osler follow with 79.1 and 80.6 respec-
tively. Only ones that are not included
here are those of Johnny Leidy and
Bob Fife.
Coaches Show Yearlings
They Can Still Play Ball
The Wolverine coaching staff
whipped the frosh baseball team yes-
terday and the "nine old men" showed
the yearlings that they still had
plenty on the ball. Ray Fisher was
in his glory as he had the freshmen
guessing what he would throw them
next.
Wally Weber gave those present a
good laugh with his "great" work on
the base paths. He was one tired
boy after it was all over. Clarence
Munn was the "Big Gun" for the
coaches as he smacked out a long
homer in the third inning. The frosh
were having too much fun to play
hard.

Pole Vault: Won by Defield, Min-
nesota (13 feet 4 inches); tied for
second, WEDENOJA, MICHIGAN
and Thiselthwaite, Northwestern (12-
feet 10 inches).
Never heard of this Wedenoja fel-
low before the Big Ten track meet
two weeks ago, did you? No, but the
story of Wilbert Wedenoja is one
made up of strange paradoxes, and
one which begs .to be told.
In the first place Wilb doesn't
even look like a pole-vaulter, which
species of trackman runs typically
along the long, willowy, limber lines
of Earl Meadows and Cornelius War-
merdam. For Wilb is a short, pow-
erful looking affair who packs 155
pounds of bunchy-looking muslces
on a five foot nine inch frame. At
first sight anyone would call him ai
wrestler or a weight lifter.
Former High Jumper}
Besides not looking like a vaulter,
this shy, blonde lad with the infect-
ious smile didn't even come here as
one. He had high-jumped 5 feet 11
inches for Wakefield High School in
the Upper Peninsula, and originally
intended to continue his leaping act
at Michigan. But one day frosh
coach" Chester Stackhouse chanced
to see Don Canham and Wedenoja
standing together in the jumping
arena. Don is six feet one, you re-
call.
"Oh, no," said Stack,hshaking his1
head. "What could a short guy like
that do in the Big Ten?"
So Wilb took a shot at pole-vault-
ing. In his freshman year he man-
Major Leage
Standings
AMERICAN LEAGUE

By HOE SELTZER

Wedenojaz
Former High-Jumper
Places SecondI

leat Hornets,_8-I
Amuzes Sel f Weirmen End
Dual Matches
r Shifts To Pole-VaultyIH h Stl
In Big Teni Mee n ih tl

aged to scale the bar at 11 feet 6
inches, 1which if not bad still didn't
make the coach gurgle gleefully.
Therefore, at the beginning of in-
door track last fall Wilb, not too
sure of himself and determined to
face facts, didn't even count on being
a member of the traveling track
squad. It would take a whole year
more of steady, grinding practice, he
figured, before he'd be really able
to vault. And so, while some of the
track laddies filled the air with their
wails and lamentations on being out,-
of-condition or off-form and their
fears of being left behind on these ac-
counts, Wilb just came down every
day and silently practiced his vault-
ing. And looked forward to next
year.'
Won His Letter
But in the Ohio State meet three
weeks ago he finally topped 12 feetI
to set the high-water mark of his
career and win his letter, which
could either have been a preview of
what was later to come, or just one
of those hot days that many athletes
have all too rarely. And in the faint
hope that it was the former Ken
Doherty gave him a railroad ticket.
to Minneapolis and the Conferencel
meet.
Where the blond Finnish boy
cleared 12 feet 10 inches to cop three
and a half points for the Wolverines
and stun the entire track squadj
with his performance. 'For be it un-
derstood, he didn't just wheeze over
that cross bar by'holding his breath
and praying softly. There were six
fat inches of airy space between his
waist and the bar when he jack-
knifed over.
Wilb Wedenoja had arrived. One
year ahead of his own schedule he
had become a pole-vaulter.
Conn Stops Buddy Knox
PITTSBURGH, May 26. --(P)--
Young Billy Conn, tuning up for his
bout next month with Joe Louis,
battered Buddy Knox, Dayton, O.,
heavyweight, into helplessness tonight
before 27,042 fans, the referee award-
ing him a technical knockout victory
in the eighth round of the scheduled
15-round bout.

Team Cops Seventeenth
Win Of Season; Tobin,
flanimett, Gamon Star
(Continued from Page 1)
beat Pratt in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5,
but Bud Hunter, co-captain of the
Hornet team, came back to whip
Stille, 6-0, 6-3, and score Kalamazoo's
only point of the match.
Gamon had little trouble in de-"
feating Fred Garbrecht, 6-1, 6-2, and
Johnson made it.- nine consecutive
triumphs by whipping the other
Hornet co-captain, George Williams,
6-1, 6-3.
In the last singles match, Schaf-
lander continued to play hot tennis
by decisively beating Bob Rowlaid,
6-2, 6-0.
The second doubles battle saw Ga-
mon and Schaflander team to trim
Hunter and Garbrecht in a hotly-
contested match, 7-5, 8-6. Stille and
Johnson encountered no trouble in
trouncing Williams and Fraizer
Thompson, 6-1, 6-1.
THE SUMMARIES
'Singles: Tobin (M) def. Culver
(K), 6-8, 6-2, 7-5; Hammett (M) def.
Pratt (K), 6-4, 7-5; Hunter (K) def.
Stille (M), 6-0, 6-3; Gamon (M) def.
Garbrecht K), 6-1, 6-2; Johnson
(M) def. Williams, (K), 6-1, 6-3;
Schaflander (M) def. Rowland (K),
6-2, 6-0.
Doubles: Tobin-Hammett def. Cul-
ver-Pratt, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; Gamon-
Schaflander def. Hunter-Gdrbrecht,
17-5, 8-6; Stille-Johnson def. Wil-
liams-Thompson, 6-1, 6-1.-
M CLUB NOTICE
There will be a banquet tonight
at 6:30 for all M Club members.
It is requested that all members
wear their M sweaters. Hats and
blankets will be awarded. There
will be no charge.
Gus Sharemet, President

I/

Relay Quartets Click:
Shatter Varsity Marks On, Coast

By ERIC ZALENSKI
CINDERS FROM THE WEST
COAST: Few Michigan track fans
fully realize the import of that re-
markable 3:12 relay turned in by the
Wolverine quartet at the Los Angeles
Coliseum Relays last Saturday. It not
only cracked the former Michigan
record of 3:13.9, but forced Southern
California to run just one second over
the world's record of 3:10.7.
Coach Ken Doherty summed it up
by saying that the boys had finally
got together to run their best race.
Williams House Beats
Dorm Staff In Softball
Williams House, baseball and all-
sport champions in.atheadormitory
division, proved that they are not
content to rest on their laurels as
they rallied to defeat a Residence
Hall Staff team, 17-13, at Ferry Field
yesterday in the first game of a three
game challenge series.
The Staff team's challenge was
well supported for they held the lead
until the last inning, when the Wil-
liams House sluggers scored eight
runs. A three run comeback in
their half of the last inning by the
staff members fell short of the neces-
sary runs.
The teams will meet again at 4:15
p.m. today.

"It was too bad that Southern Cali-
fornia had to pick that day to run
its best," Doherty remarked.
Boyl Ufer, first man, ran a 48.4-
second quarter and handed the ba-
ton and a two-yard lead to Jack
Leutritz, who maintained the lead
with another 48.4. In the baton ex-
change, Warren Breidenbach fell
two yards behind the Southern Cal-
ifornia man but staged a stretch
duel and took the lead, running a
superhuman 46.8 quarter. Al Thom-
as, with a three-yard lead, ran
another 48.4 quarter but Hubie
Kerns, the Southern California
anchorman, clipped off his lap in
46.7 seconds and won by six feet.
Michigan's two-mile relay quartet
took second in that event with a 7:40
and broke its own varsity record of
7:41.8, made at the Drake Relays
earlier this season.
Ufer ran the first lap in 1:54.5 and
had a slight lead when Dave Mat-
thews took the baton. Dave ran 1:53.2
for the fastest 880-yard race of his
career, but Michigan lost the lead.
However, it was Breidenbach who ran
the greatest race of the day. Taking
the baton from Johnny Kautz, Breid-
enbach started out in fourth place 35
yards behind the leaders, timed him-
self perfectly, surprised the great In-
diana runner, Campbell Kane in the
stretch, and outsprinted him to the
tape to take second.

Cleveland ......
Chicago .......
New York ......
Detroit ........
Boston
Philadelphia ...
Washington ....
St. Louis .......

W L
28 13
21 14
20 18
19 19
16 16
17 19
14 24
11 23

Pct
.683
.600
.526
.500
.500
.472
.368
.324

. GB
4
6%
8%
121/2
13%
)

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SENIORS:

Order

Monday's Result:
Detroit 5, Cleveland 3
(Only Game Scheduled
NATIONAL LEAGUE

I

St. Louis .......
Brooklyn ...
New York.....
Chicago.
Cincinnati.
Pittsburgh.
Boston
Philadelphia ...

W
27
25
18
16
16
12
12
10

L
9
12
14
18
20
19
20
24

Pet.
.750
.676
.563
.471
.444
.387
.375
.294

GB
2%/
7
10
11
12%/
13
16

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Monday's Results:
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St. Louis 12, Chicago 11 (11 in.)
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati (Night)
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