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Cinder Squad
To Face Irish
Notre Dame Has Strength
In Hurdles, High Jump,
Shot Put And Distances
Disregarding the usual procedure
of scheduling a "breather" for the
second meet of the season, the Wol-
verine track team will encounter a
veritable powerhouse from Notre
Dame in Yost Field House Friday
night and, from present indications,
the capacity crowd expected for the
event Will see the most hotly-con-
tested fracas ever staged on the local
cinder track.
According to reports emanating
from the Irish camp, the Notre Dame
roster includes a list of potential
record-breaking stars who have
deemed it their main duty in life
to break the long-standing suprem-
acy which the Wolverines hold over
them. In all the history of dual
meet competition between the two
schools, the Irish have emerged vic-
torious but once in 13 meets.
All-Around Irish Power
Notre Dame's strongest entrants
appear to be Ole Hunter, Frank
Conforti and Tony Maloney in the
distance events; Keith O'Rourke in
the high jump; Jim Delaney in the
shot put; Dick Tupta in the half-
mile; Bill Dillon in the hurdles and
Capt. Ray Roy in the 440.
With Hunter, Conforti and Maloney
having all run 4:20 in the mile race
in earlier meets this year as com-
pared to Michigan's best previous
time of 4:25, turned in by John In-
gersoll and Will Ackerman, it would
appear that the Irish have a virtual
monopoly on points in this event, as
well as in the two-mile. For the
longer distance, Hunter set a new
dual meet record against the Illini
last Saturday of 9:33, which is almost
16 seconds better than Ernie Leon-
ardi, Michigan's best two-miler, has
done this year.
O'Rourke In High Jump
The Irish possess one of the best
high-jumpers in their history this
year in Keith O'Rourke, who has
cracked the very high altitude mark
at 6 feet 8 inches in pre-season
jumping. This is another certain
first place for Notre Dame as Frank
McCarthy, top high-jumper on the
Wolverine squad, has failed to clear
the bar over 6 feet 1 inch this year.
Another almost certain first place
appears to be waiting for the Irish
to pick up in the shot put. Notre
Dame's big Jim Delaney has tossed
the big iron ball over 50 feet, four
feet better than the best try of Wol-
verine George Ostroot this year.
Michigan has its share of stars,
too, though. Bob Ufer, the best
quarter-miler in Wolverine Varsity
competition, is an almost certain win-
ner in the open 440 race and will also
probably run the anchor leg on the
mile relay. team. Capt. Al Piel and
Al Thomas, speed stars of the Michi-.
gan team, will be out to take the
60 yard dash away from Notre Dame's
Jay Gibson.
Michigan Strength in 880
The Wolverines, with Dave Mat-
thews, Johnny Kautz, Will Acker-
man and John Roxboroug to carry
their colors, should pick 'up several
points in the 880, and Al Thomas
and Chuck Pinney might conceiv-
ably take the top two positions in
the low hurdles. Another first place
should be Michigan's with Frank
McCarthy competing in the broad
From the balance of power dis-
played by both teams this year, then,
the outcome of the meet might pos-
sibly depend on the outcome of the
final event of the evening, the mile
relay. Whatever happens, though,

it is a certainty that the fans on
hand Friday night will see plenty of
fur fly before the evening's activities
are at an end.

Don Holman's
Diligent Work
Finally Wains

Nerve Tonics? -Coach Mann
Isn't In The Market For 'Em

This is a story of a little guy with
a heart as big as the sunrise.
It is the story of senior Don Hol-
man, diminutive guard on Bennie
Oosterbaan's basketball squad, whose
diligent work has finally made him a
cage star.
After two and a half years of sit-
ting on the bench and not once play-
ing in a Michigan game and after
working tirelessly day in and day out,
the tow-headed cager entered the
Michigan State contest last Wednes-
day night when Leo Doyle was in-
jured and proceeded to make himself
a fixture in the Wolverine lineup.
That night he scored seven points
in the short time he played and
served notice that the old adage-
"Practice Makes Perfect"-still holds.,
Proved It Then
That one game was all "Whitey"
needed to prove to Coach Oosterbaan
that he made no mistake by insert-
ing the Detroit senior into the Mich-
igan lineup.
Diminutive Don started against Ill-
inois last Saturday night and hit the
hoop for 12 points to place second to
Andy Phillip, Illini guard, for the
evening's scoring honors.
Once again Monday night it was
Holman's aggressive play that spark-
ed the Wolverines and kept them in
the ball game until the last two min-
utes. Even then, he never gave up
trying and when he committed his
fourth personal foul in an effort to
get possession of the ball, and was
ejected from the fray, the 4,000 fans
finally acknowledged the fact that
Don Holman had made his place on
the Michigan cage team.
Holman Never Gives Up
Everybody on the squad, including
Oosterbaan himself agrees that there
is no harder worker than "Whitey."
Oosterbaan remarked, "There is no
one on the whole team who has
given his all more than Don has
since the season began, and when
he's out there on the court he never
gives up-no matter what the odds
"Don's back court leadership was
needed," went on the Wolverine cage
mentor, "and when he went into the
lineup, he proved his worth."
Not only is Holman a good ball
handler on the court, but he is also
quite a baseball player, holding down
the right field position on Ray Fish-
er's Varsity nine.

Admiral Matt Mann is not wor-
And the Admiral doesn't like peo-
ple saying that he is.
The Admiral's swimming team,
Michigan's Big Ten and National
Collegiate champions, meet Yale's
Eastern marvels here Saturday night
and all the big papers are saying that
the Wolverine mentor is using up
many sleepless nights and dozens of
nerve tonics trying to devise a way
to beat the Bullodgs.
But the Admiral says it ain't so.
"Worried?" chuckled Matt, "Why
should I be worried? Sure, they're
plenty good. But so are my boys."
"Look at 'em," said Mann, pointing
to a poolful of paddling mermen,
"They're not national champs be-
cause they can't swim. And they'll
give all they've got against Yale,
which is all that I can ask. So why
should I be worried?"
Yale Must Duplicate Times
When reminded of the sensational
times turned in by the Eli crew, the
Admiral had this to say.
"On the basis of those things, Yale
should be favored. They deserve to
be favored. But they'll have to swim
those times in this pool before they
can convince me that they're bet-
ter than my boys. This gang of mine
will do their best, and if that isn't
good enough, then we'll take our lick-
And with that, the Michigan coach
put the stopwatch on John Share-
met as the husky breaststroker
breezed through a time trial.
If the Wolverines do get beat this
Saturday night, it will bring an end
to the most spectacular record ever
compiled by a collegiate tank aggre-
gation. For when they hit the water
against the New Haven natators, they
will hit it with an undefeated streak
of 35 consecutive dual meets hanging
from their belts.'
Wolverines Hitting Peak Form
But the Maize and Blue mermen,
from Capt. Dobby Burton on down,
don't intend to have that record
broken. Rapidly rounding into top
shape, the Wolverines look more pow-
erful now than they have at any
ocher time this year.
An they'll have to be at their peak
to keep their streak intact against
the Yale threat. The Bulldogs have
swept past everything in their path,
and are heading towards Ann Arbor
with a record-breaking performance
chart and a fervent desire to wipe out
past defeats suffered at the hands of
In their last time out against a
W L Pct Pts OP
Illinois ........9 1 .900 472 366
Indiana .......8 3 .727 509 439
Minnesota . .. .8 4 .667 542 456
Iowa ..........6 4 .600 474 428
Wisconsin .....6 4 .600 461 425
Purdue ........6 4 .600 425 354
Northwestern ..4 6 .400 452 445
Ohio State . . . .4 8 .333 535 590
Michigan......3 8 .273 388 488
Chicago......0 12 .000 381 690

weak Brown University team, the
Eli's lightning quartet of Capt. Howie
Johnson, Frank Lilley, Dick Kelly,
and Ed Pope smashed the world's
record for the 400 yard freestyle relay
by 1.1 seconds, setting the waters
ablaze in the torrid time of 3:26.6.
Johnson, leading off for the Bulldogs,
tied Johnny Weissmuller's 15 year
old record of 51 seconds flat for the
100 yard freestyle.
Saturday night's clash will mark
the sixth battle atop the waters be-
tween the two schools. The official
books show that Yale has won two,
while the Wolverines have taken the
other three previous encoiriters, the
last time being in 1940. The Bulldogs
are coming to town determined to
even the score. The Wolverines are
just as determined to halt the Yale
Anyway you look at it, it's the
"dream" meet of the year with the
two strongest collegiate teams in the
country making it unsafe for any
world's record that may cross their
Cagyers Given
A Day Of Rest
Jim Mandler Leads Team
In Conference Scoring
Bennie Oosterbaan gave his basket-
ball charges a -day of rest yesterday
afternoon . . . and then found out
that they took a light workout any-
how . . . today, however, the Wolver-
ines will go through a good stiff
practice session in preparation for
Saturday's game with Iowa at Iowa
Big Jim Mandler continues to lead
the Michigan team in scoring in Con-
ference games . . . in the 11 games to
date he's scored 40 field goals and
23 free throws for a total of 103
points . . . his closest rival is Capt.
Bill Cartmill with 62 points. '
John Logan, sharp-shooting Indi-
ana forward, did not play against the
Wolverines Monday night .. upon his
arrival in Ann Arbor, he was rushed
to the Health Service where he is still
confined with a heavy cold . . . Leo
Doyle, Maize and Blue guard,
watched the game from the bench.. .
he's still wearing a patch over the
eye which he injured in the Michigan
State game a week ago. . . but the
scrapping junior will probably be
ready for action by Saturday.
Cartmill is one of the cleanest
players that Michigan has had in
many a year . . . in 10 Big Ten tilts
the Wolverine captain had commit-
ted only three personal fouls . .
against Indiana, however, the
"Wheel" had three called on him be-
fore the game was 12 minutes old.
Monday night's tilt was one of the
roughest to be played on the local
court in several years . . . 33 fouls
were called during the game.

M Notes From A Notebook
0_C nwritten Columns
Daily Sports Editor
* '4 *

HERE'S A COLUMN that will con-
sist of a great many unwritten
columns. We have a small memo
book in which are jotted at infre-
quent intervals unclassified ideas for
possible future reference. Now comes
the last page of the notebook and all
that remains are a few key words or
phrases, some of which have long
since ceased to hold any significance.
For instance:
was going to be a little essay on the
merits of Michigan's fine football
scouting staff, Bennie Oosterbaan,
Ernie McCoy, Cliff Keen, Wallie"
Weber, Archie Kodros, and the rest
... the superb scouting jobs turned
in by Oostie on Northwestern, by
Cliff on Columbia, by Ernie on
Minnesota, by Wallie on Illinois,
etc... much of the credit for Mich-
igan's fine grid campaign should
go to them.
PRESS BOX: This must have been
the note of praise for Fred De-
Lano and the fine manner in which
he supervised Michigan's top-notch
perch for the nation's scribes.
Here was a neat little package of
speculation on the opposite views of
these two great Midwestern insti-
tutions . . . the angle was their radi-
cal divergence on the question of how
much emphasis was to be given to
intercollegiate athletics . . . Chicago,
of course, abandoned big-time foot-
ball . . . Illinois, on the other hand
elevated Ray Eliot, and now watch
the upsurge in Illini grid fortunes
within two years.
one's still good. Watch for it in the
WELKER?: Never could trace this
phrasesdown to fact . . . it hap-
pened the day before the Ohio
State football game . . Ted Hus-
ing, CBS ace, was carrying on a
one-man conversation concerning
everything that popped into his
mind.. . suddenly he asked about
Wolverine wingback Paul White,
commented that he had seen the
Whizzer's brilliant broken field run
in motion pictures of the Columbia
game, and added that White re-
minded him of Nelker or Snelker or
some such name as that .. . it never

GIRL SKATER: No idea now what
thought called for this cryptic mes-
an easy one-but not tremen-
dously significant . . . Comin and
Mandler opposed each. other on the
hardwoods in high school, of course
. Mel received his cage training
at John Marshall in Chicago, while"
big Jim starred at Kelvyn Park . . .
a third cager who played with Comin
at Marshall, Jim Lauchiskaus, came
to Michigan and was the most bril-
liant prospect on that same 1940
freshman team . . . but he drowned
in the scholastic sea, and now is star-
ring in a small Midwestern college.
UFER-FRANKS: This one con-
cerns the time trackman Bob Ufer
called up football guard Julie
Franks one night when he was
studying for finals ... Bob said he
was Harvey Patton of the Detroit
News (who, incidentally, is serving
in the Army) and that he wanted
an interview . . .declared he de-
sired to know just what Julie's
chances of beating Bob Kolesar out
of his guard berth were ... where-
upon Julie bent over backwards
with modesty, doubling Ufer up
with laughter.
GRAM: Just a short note, this
one concerns a report by one of the
staff members to the effect that
Frank Dempsey, Ohio State diver, re-
ceived a scented telegram just before
the Buckeye-Wolverine swim meet
.. take it for what it's worth . .
if you take this literally, we'll have
to pay you.
currence of just a couple days ago
. . . down at Varsity basketball prac-
tice, Oosterbaan drafted Eddie
Thomas, former ace Wolverine guard,
to serve as temporary whistle-blower
. .. a little later Ray Courtright, golf
coach who aids Ray Fisher in coach-
ing the frosh cagers, took the hard-
woods and played a while to fill in on
one of the undermanned yearling
TERBAAN, BLOOD: This one is
just as recent as it is obvious ...
the four gentlemen stepped up yes-
terday and donated blood for their

Varsity Sextet,
Colorado Meet
Formidable Tiger Squad
stages Comeback Spurt
Against Powerful Foes
Should the roaring Tigers from
Colorado College continue to main-
tain their present geared-up pace,
Michigan's hockey team is going to
have plenty to handle when the two
sextets tangle with eacn other on
Friday and Saturday at the Broad-
moor Ice Palace in Colorado Springs.
The Tigers got off to a very lethar-
gic start when the current season
got under way. Winning only two
of its first nine contests--one each
against the University of California
and the highly-touted Dartmouth
six-Colorado hadn't been the feared
squad of a year ago. That was three
weeks ago.
Finally, as did the Russians before
Moscow, the Tigers completely re-
versed the tables when they came to
grips with the mighty University of
Southern California squad. In their
two-game series on Feb. 6 and 7.
Colorado held the power-packed Tro-
jan sextet to a couple of ties, 6-6 and
To give a sample of what the Tigers
are capable of, here is a recounting
of the two ties:
The first game, billed as a battle
of .goalies,. turned out to be af fight
between two brilliant offenses, with
Bon Scarlett, Colorado's great net
tender, and stocky Clem Harnedy,
the Trojan's all-American goalie,
definitely taking back seats.
Probably no game in Colorado
College history has had two such
hectic climaxes as did the opener
with the Trojans. The lead changed
hands throughout the game, and
with three seconds left of the regu-
lar playing time, the Tigers were
out in front, 5-4. However, taking
a fine pass from right wing Dick
Tougag, Capt. John Richardson
slammed the puck into the Colo-
rado nets, to knot the count as the
final whistle blew.
In the overtime, Richardson
again scored for U.S.C. after three
minutes of play. But it remained
for Spike Wilson, the greatest
puckman in Colorado College his-
tory, to duplicate the performance
of the Trojan captain.
Again with three seconds to play,
Wilson took a pass from little Clean
Roy, and the game was tied. Wilson
picked the only blind spot which
Harnedy possesses, the left should-
er, and the whistle blew before an-
other face-off could be held.
Once more in the second game,
Colorado led with less than four
minutes remaining. But Richard-
son tied the score, which ended
at 2-2.

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Wistert's Mat Debut Highlights
Grapplers' Final Home Match



If the final home appearance of the
Varsity matmen Monday night didn't
quite come under the head of a nip
and tuck affair, (28-6, Michigan, by
the way), it did in any event provide
some very colorful episodes.
The most memorable was by far Al
Wistert's wrestling debut against the
very merry but murderous mam-
moth of the mats, Herb Jackman of
Now it was a funny thing about Al.
He would allow no advance ballyhoo
on his bolt-from-the-blue selection as
Cliff Keen's new heavyweight protege.
Al was sore afraid of being a flop
and preferred to accept a relatively
unobtrusive defeat rather than risk
the resounding crash stirred up by
those who topple from publicity-built
Wistert Anything But A Flop
But Whitey need have had no fear.
He was anything but a flop. He ab-
sorbed terrific punishment after tir-
ing in the last two periods and twice
was so close to being pinned by an
Atlas, who strangely enough knew no
little' about wrestling technique, that
no one would have demurred had

lacked, something about starring in
defeat. In the case of Al Wistert's
performance Monday night it is no
cliche. It's the strict truth.
This Jackman joker that Al wrest-
led was quite a character in his own
right. Herb's general contours fea-
tured an expansive front porch and a
sway back which gave him an ap-
pearance aptly described as ludi-
crous. Added to this was an Oliver
Hardyish manner of lightfooting it
about the mat which made for much
good humor among the fans.
But When He Wrestled .. .
And Herb remained thus ludicrous
and humorous until the moment he
first got his hooks on the mighty
Wistert and started throwing him
around like a kitten. The man had a"
veritable Herculean strength be-
neath those deceptive layers of lard.
And besides his superior strength Mr.
Jackman frequently employed a novel
hold which was oddly enough no hold
at all.i
Al's main offensive tactic was a leg
tackle. Jackman's counter was to re-
treat a step, forcing Wistert to miss

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