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September 23, 1941 - Image 39

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Track Squads Suffer

Heavy Graduation


These Wolverine Speed SMars Return For More Fast Action

Left: Bud Piel, Michigan cap-
tain; cent.r, Bob Ufer, 440 sprint
-tar; right, Johnny Kautz, half-
iile aces

Scimitar Club
Offers Fencin g
Lessons Free
Fencing enthusiasts will be able to
ce a head start on all other Intra-
mural sports this year, according to
Iay Chambers, last year's winner of
he Scimitar Club's annual fencing
Tentative plans call for free in-
struction courses, sponsored by the
Scimitar Club - honorary fencing
society - under the direction of
Chambers and John Dreher. both
>f whom have had three years of
=xperience. They will begin as soon
as school starts.
Experience Not Needed
Previous experience means very
ittle as instruction starts with the
ufl, the basic weapon used in fen-
,ing, and gradually works tp to the
aber and epee. As the year progres-
es. ladder tournaments and meets
are held for both the experienced
and inexperienced men, the first be-
ginners' tournament coming around
the early part of December. Later
in the year there is an all-campus
meet in which any person is per-
mitted to enter.
The climax to the year's activities
is the annual tourney under the aus-
pices of the Scimitar Club and mat-
ches are held in each of the three
weapons used during the course of
the year. Chambers won all three
of these events last year.
Three Workouts A Week
Three workouts are held each week;
in the Sports Building, for it is the
firm belief of both Chambers and
Dreher that fencing can best be im- '
,proved by practice, and to put this
to a test an hour of each meeting is
spent in ,reviewing the material
learned in previous meetings.
Chambers and Dreher will be ably
assisted this year by Melvin Camp-
bell and Pearce Chambers.

Don Canham,

one of the out- in the broad jump pit. The ranks

mound corps is gone, leaving only
Neil Muir, another reliefer lash sea-
son, to carry on. And even Muir's
status is doubtful. The husky Scot
has another year of eligibility but
it is not yet known whether or not
he will return to school this fall.
Mostly, Sophomores
If he does, he will likely serve as
the nucleus for a rebuilt staff, the
remainder of which will be made up
mostly of sophomores. Among the
leading candidates "coming up fron
the freshman squad are Irving Boim
and, lefthander Don. Smith. The
latter, an East Lansing product, was
ve'ry highly regarded by frosh Coach
Eknie McCoy last spring. Seniors
Pau Goldsmith and Gus Sharemet,
who were not quite good enough to
make the regular staff last season,
may also find a place on the squad.-
If the pitching is weak, the op-
posite is true of the catching depart-
nent where Capt. George Harms,
barring' injury, will handle all the
regular duties.' George built him-
self a reputation before entering
Michigan by catching Harold New-
houser, now a member of .the Detroit,
Tigers, in American Legion compe-
tition. The reputation hasn't suf-
fered since the little backstop came
oit for Varsity baseball at Michi-
gan two years ago.
Three Veterans
In the outfield, too, Fisher can
count on three veterans to fill the
starting roles. Whitey Holman and
Davey Nelson, both regulars last
year, will hold down the left and
centerfield berths respectively while

In addition to Piel, who was one standing exponents o the straddlE
of the top- sprinters in the Western jump in the country, and his leaping-
Conference last year, the 'Wolverines mate, Wes Allen. Frank McCarthy.
have another speed star in Al Thom- the most versatile man on the squad
as, place-winner in last year's Big who is capable of leaping 6 ft., 2 in.
Ten outdoor meet in both the 100- is expected to carry most of the
yard dash and the 220. And with burden here with sophomores Bi]
burly Len Alkon, the outstanding Brown and Henry Schmidt to bac
sprinter of the 1940-41 freshman him up.
team, coming up to take his place McCarthy is also the only experi-
in varsity competition, it appears as enced hurdler on the team and car
though Doherty will have nothing be relied upon to win many points it
to worry about as far as the dash the highs, an event ih which h(
events are concerned, placed fourth in the Conference out-
The middle distances, too, will pre- tor meet last May. In the lov
sent an aggregation of highly poten- timbers, much is expected fron
:ial point winners. Thomas and Bob Chuck Pinney, who twice tied the
jfer, members of the Conference freshman indoor record.
mile relay championship team, and Ohio Apparently Tops
Will Dobson, can be counted on to Lettermen Wilb Wedenoja and Box
take good care of Michigan's repu- Segula will take care of the pole
tation for having the best quarter- vaulting activities and that mar
milers in the Big Teni. Johnny Kautz,j McCarthy will see still more servicE
Dave Matthews, and Will Ackerman I r w er r
will offer as formidable an array of
talent in the half-mile run as any
coach could wish for.
ThatNeed Reserves
That, however, isabout as far as W A GN E R'
the deep-rooted strength on the
squad can be carried. Although the
Wolverines will show power in every
other event, there is not the 'depth
cf experienced reserve material which
the sprints and middle distances
show and' Coach Doherty will have
his hands full developing the new
material from last year's freshman
John Purdue is the only experi-
enced miler remaining on the squad
with sophomores John Ingersoll. and
Rowland Thornton out to earn a letter
in this event. ,The two-mile run will
see only John McKean from last
year's team but Ernie Leonardi andr
Herb Collins will be demonstrating
what they were taught by Frosh
Coach Stackhouse in the longer dis-
tance when the first meet rolls.
a Canham, Allen Gone S1
Michigan was very hard hit in ther
'high jump with the graduation of

of the weight men have been de-
pleted with the graduation of Bob
Hook and Tommy Lawton, but
George Ostroot and Gene Hirsch
are both experienced shot putters and
are expected to take over things in'
that department.
One of the outstanding stars on
last year's freshman squad was
javelin-thrower Pete Wege, who set
a new yearling record of 196 ft., 6 in.,
and will doubtless improve on even
that man-sized heave this year.
Johnny Wise and Bob Tillson will be
the experienced javelin men on the
Wolverine crew.
From all indications. Ohio State
will be the most powerful team in
the Big Ten Conference this year,
with Michigan and Indiana the next
strongest contenders for the track
crown. Ominous reports emanating
from the Buckeye camp already give

warning to the rest of the Confer-
ence that the boys from Columbus,
led by their sensational hurdler,
lanky Bob Wright, will have the
strongest cinder aggregation in Ohio
State history but, the Wolverines,
ever a power in track circles,
and the perpetual Buckeye nemesis,
will undoubtedly have much to say
about that before the season is over.
Three Learned From Fritz
ANN ARBOR, Sept. 22.-Three
members of Michigan's football
squad did not play high school foot-
ball. They are Al Wistert, junior
tackle who is an outstanding All
American candidate; Harry Ander-
son, guard, who also is from Chica-
go, and Phil Sharpe, end who re-
ceived his early education in Eng-

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basketball Capt. Bill Cartmill will
probably take over the rightfield
post. Cartmill saw considerable action
in a utility role last spring.
Likewise, two of the four infield
berths will be in the hands of ex-
perienced players. Bud Chamberlain
was the regular third baseman on last
year's conference championship team
and he will likely get first call for
this job.
Wayne Christenson, who played
through most of the Conference sea-
son at second base last year because
of an injury incurred by Bill Steppon,
(Continued on Page 6)?'

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