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September 23, 1941 - Image 37

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Tennis Squad Has Good Chance
To Retain Conference Crown

Hopes For Successful Cage Season
Hinge On A bility Of New Sophonores


The long, awaited but never expected drought might be just around the
corner for Michigan swimming fans. Coach Matt Mann's natators, Big Ten
and National Intercollegiate titleholders, will swing into action this coming
campaign minus the services of many of their outstanding stars of the
past three years. The old bugaboo, graduation, has taken its toll of the
greatest swimming aggregation in-

Welsh Is Gone
Another titleholder who received
his diploma in June is Jim Welsh'
holder of the Western Conference
220 and 440 and the National Colleg-
late 220 crowns. Welsh was regard-
ed as one of the best distance men
in the country.
And the man who is second only
to Adolf Kiefer, the greatest of them
all, will no longer fill a Wolverine
suit. For Frannie Heydt,' iichigan
backstroke ace who holds the Big
Ten and National Collegiate 150 yard
backstroke championships, was an-
other who donned the traditional cap
and gown in June.
As if that weren't enough havoc
created in the ranks of the back-
strokers, Bill Beebe, captain last sea-
soi, also took leave of Ann Arbor via
the graduation route. Two others
who picked up their diplomas and bid
Michigan a fond adieu were Jack
Wolin, dependable diver, and Blake
Thaxter, distance man.
Army Has Ideas
But Mann has another source of
depletion to contend with-the Unit-'
ed States Army. It seems very pos-
sible at/ this time that four of Matt's
aces will be wearing the khaki of
Uncle Sam before the Wolverines take
to the water.
First on the list of army eligibles
is Dobby Burton, freestyle star and
captain of this year's outfit. Then
there is John Sharemet, number two
breaststroker; Tommy Williams, ace
utility man; and T-Bone Martin.
flashy diver. It won't be surprising
if these men are shootng at targets,
instead -of records when the tank
season rolls around.,
Y~et the Wolverines won't be a woe-
fully weak team. Mann himself ex-
pects to have a good outfit, bat it
is doubtful if it will live up to those,
of the past three years.
Skinner Is Back
Jim Skinner, National Collegiate,
National AAU, and .Big Ten 200 yard'
breaststroke king is expected to be
the leading point getter on the Wol-
,erine tank- crew. Considered te,
best in the country in his event,
Skinner stands a good chance of
cracking the world's record this year.
The other half of the great junior
duo is Jack Patten. A distance man,

Michigan's tennis squadwhich won
17 of its 20 dual meet matches last
spring and then went on to win its
first Western Conference champion-
ship will again be a strong contender'
for the Big Ten net laurels.
Coach Leroy Weir loses only two
men of his eight 1941 lettermen-
Jim Tobin, 1941 captain and runner-
up to Northwestern's Seymour Green-
berg for the Big Ten singles crown,
and Howie Bacon who played most
of the season in the number threei
doubles spot with Tom Gamon. I
Tobin Graduated
Tobin's loss, however, will be felt
because as well as being an excellent
number one singles player he was
Lawton Hammett's partner in the
number one doubles combination
which advanced to the final roundI
before bowing to Greenberg and Gene
Richards. This past summer Jim
won the Detroit Public Parks ten-
nis crown and was runner-up to
Gene Russell, Western State net star,
in the recent Indian Village tourna-
Hammett and Wayne Stille, co-
captains-elect, will lead a squad of
five seniors and one junior. Jim Por-
ter, who played in the third singles
spot and Gamon, Big Ten number
five bracket champion, have had two
years of previous experience while
Gerry Schaflander, Gamon's part-
ner in doubles, and junior Alden
'Johnson, sixth bracket title-holder,
have had only one year's experience
in Big Ten competition. Hammett
played in the second singles spot
last year, his first year on the squad,
but Stille has played in the fourth
singles spot two years in a row.
In addition to these six lettermen,
Coach Weir will have two reserve win-
ners, Jim Bourquin and Roy Brad-
ley, and several sophomores who may
fit into his plans.
Call For Candidates
According to tentative plans, Weir
will issue a call for candidates early
in the fall when the courts are still
playable outdoors. When the squad
moves indoors to the courts in the
Sports Building, Michigan's net men-
tor will endeavor to choose those
players who have the best chance of
making the varsity, and thereby give
them the most practice.
The schedule will not be made out
up to his sophomore promise and to
redeem himself for his weaker show-
ing last year.
Little aid will be forthcoming from
the sophomores. Twol freestylers,
Lew Kivi and Dan Felski, loom as
the ibest of the lot. The diving will
be weakest of all if Martin is called
into the army, for then Matt will
have to turn to two sophomores about
whom little is known, Lou Haughey
and Al Canja.

until early December, but the Wol-
verine netters will probably make
their usual Southern tour during
spring vacation and then start the
Big Ten dual meet season upon their'
Lnky Cag, e Leader

Dealt a devastating blow by the
blitzkrieg methods of Old Man Grad-
uation, Wolverine basketball coach,
Bennie Oosterbaan, will be faced
with a herculean task in molding the
1941-42 edition of the Michigan cage
quintet when practice begins some-
time nexf month.
With only four lettermen return-
ing to battle and only two of these
members of last year's starting line-
up, the most hopeful sign appearing
on the basketball horizon is that
Coach Oosterbaan will have in last
year's freshman squad one of the
most promising yearling crews to be
turned out in recent years. Much of'
the present season's*success will de-
pend on how Frosh Coach Ray Fish-
er's ex-charges fit into the varsity
Heading the list of returning let-*
termen i Capt. Bill Cartmill. An
experienced player at the beginning
of last year, Wee Willie got off to a
slow start and was relegated to the
position of substitute until mid-sea-
son when Coach Oosterbaan, looking
for a replacement for long Bob Fitz-
gerald, who was forced out of com-
petition because of illness, gave Bill
another chance. Cartmill immedi-
ately began to steal the show, firing
the team with new energy with his
sterling work in retrieving the ball
off the backboard and his newly ac-
quired shooting accuracy.
Mandler Returns
Big Jim Mandler, -the other mem-
ber of last year's starting lineup re-
turning to active duty, was the sec-
ond highest scorer on the team. One
of the best defensive players in the
Conference, Mandler ably filled the
shoes left vacant by the graduation
of the great Jim Rae two years ago
and the tall, baby-faced centerais
almost certain to be slated for all-
Conference honors next spring.
Mel Comin and Leo Doyle round
out the list of experienced men
around whom Coach Oosterbaan will


probably mold the new Wolverine
basketball squad. Comin, a tall,
sharp-shooting forward, took foul-
shooting honors on last year's team
and with his aggressive type of play
can be counted on to see much ac-
tion. The lean, willowy Doyle is an-
other sharpshooter and proved to be
a fine ballhandler when he broke in-
to the lineup during last Christmas
Sophomores Important
Bob Fitzgerald, the tallest man
on last year's squad, who was floored
by a severe case of illness in mid-
season, will also be baclk making his
bid for a starting berth. Fitz was
ohe of the stalwarts of last season
and held down the position of first-
string forward until he was forced
out of active competition.
With a nucleus of these five men
around whom to work, along with
Bill Houle, a reserve' award winner
last year Oosterbaan will look to the
new crop of sophomores to furnish
reserve material on the squad. There
is every possibility, however, that this
year might see several of these soph-
omores break into the starting lineup.
Ralph Gibert, one of tihe outstand-
ing players on last year's freshman
crew, won a place on the all-state
high school team two years in a row
and, under the able tutelage of Ray

and much is expected of him this
year. Several others, including Wally
Spreen, Harry Caswell. and Bob Gil-
bert also gave indication of possess-
ing much basketball ability and will
be fighting for positions on the var-
sity when practice starts.

Fisher, developed into excellent var-
sity material. Bill McConnachie, an-
other frosh star, showed much prom-
ise playing on the yearling squad

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Although the Michigan team will
probably be formed around these
two, Mann has some other paddiers
who will help the Wolverine cause.
Backstrokers Strong
In the backstroke he can call upon
senior Dick Reidl and junior Ted
Horlenko. Matt's hopes were dealt
a severe blow when he learned that
juniof Claire Morse will forego , his
collegiate days and freestyle swim-
ming in order to swell the ranks of
husbands, b't* he still has juniors
Bruce Allen and Bob West to,handle
the, freestyle lanes.
Then of course there is freestyler
Gus Sharemet. Potentially one of
the greatest swimmers of all time,
something seemed to happen to the
"Great Gusto" last year. As a sophb-
more Gus was terrific, but last year
he was something less. Now as a
senior, Gus will be striving to live

Dec. 13-Mich. State at Ann Arbor
19-Notre Dame at Ann Arbor
29-Butler at Indianapolis
31-Marquette at lilwaukee
Jan. 3-Iowa at Ann Arbor
5-Purdue at Lafayette
10-Illinois at Ann Arbor
12-Northwestern at Evanston
17-Minnesota at Minneapolis
19-Wisconsin at Madison
24-Ohio State at Ann Arbor
26-Indiana at Bloomington
31-Minnesota at Ann Arbor
Feb. 11-Mich.State at E. Lansing
14-Illinois at Champaign
16-Indiana at Ann Arbor
21-Iowa at Iowa City
23-Chicago at Chicago
28-Chicago at Ann Arbor
March 2-Purdue at Ann Arbor

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