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THE MTCHTGAN DAILY

FRIDAY, MAY 15, 1942

Wodverine'Basketball
Prospects On Upswing
Eight Veterans To Be Bolstered By Best Freshman
Squad In Years; Cartmill, Holman, Antle Lost

I -M Offers Activities Program
For Building Competitive Spirit

Fielding H. Yost Remains Inportant
Part Of Michiga n Athletic Tradition

By ClARKE BAKER
After.several years of battling the
other cellar occupants of the Big Ten
for the dubious honor of resting next
to Chicago, Michigan's. basketball
prospects fort 1942-43 are decidedly
on the upswing. With the Wolverines
again yearning for a breath of first
division air,h perennial Conference
Kings had better beware.
Last year's record of the Maize and
Blue was one of their poorest, but it,
nevertheless, was not without its
bright spots. For instance, Jim Mand-
ler, sil-foot four-inch center and
captain-elect for 1942-43, dumped
164 points through the hoops of
Michigan's Conference opponents
last season to set a new Maize and
Blue scoring record. Furthermore,
the Big Ten coaches rated Mandler
number two pivot man in the Con-
ference. And since the rangy center
has another year left, Coach Bennie
Oosterbaan is banking on him to
again hold down the all-important
pivot post for the Wolverines.
Teaming with Mandler will be two
other battle-scarred veterans who
have been in the thick of the action
for the past two campaigns, Leo
Doyle and Mel Comin. Doyle, who
plays guard, showed Maize and Blue
rooters some classy ball-handling
during the past season while Comin,
performing at forward, was right
there pitching baskets when the go-
ing got toughest,
Oosterbaan is hoping, too, to get
plenty of good basketball from his
sophomores of last season. Ralph
Gibert is one first-year man who had
clinched a starting berth at forward
,when old man ineligibility stepped in
to deal him a knock-out blow mid-
way in the season. However, Gibert
is expected to be back there again
this winter dealing telling blows to
Wolverine opposition,
Another of the court mentor's most.
promising men is Morrie Bikoff. Mor-
rie fails by a couple of inches to hit
the six-foot mark but what he lacks.
in stretch, he makes up with plenty
to spare in spirit. Last year Morrie
was one of the most aggressive mem-
bers of the squad and his inspired.
play made a big hit with Wolverine
fans and sparked more than one
Maize and Blue rally.
Other sophomore prospects for the
1941-42 season of whom Oosterbaan

is expecting much this winter are Bill
MacConnachie, Bob Shemky and
Wally Spreen. All three of these lads
showed their wares in action with the
1941-42 quintet, and MacConnachie
held down a starting guard post most
of the year.
The Wolverines will be minus three
of last year's sparkplugs, Capt. Bill
Cartmill, high-scoring forward,
Whitey Holman, who got scoring hot

He's a bigger part of Michigan tra-
dition than the Pretzel Bell, the
Union orthe Arboretum. Hell prob-
ably still be an important part of
athletics when Angell Hall is a tot-
tering old ruin. That's Fielding 11.
Yost.
His history in connection with
sports is an oft-repeated tale. Yost
first encountered sports while a stu-
dent at the University of Virginia in
1895, when he played in the first
football game he ever saw. Since then
he has gained a reputation as one of
the outstanding exponents of the
grid game.
Career Began in 1897
"The Grand Old Man" started
coaching in 1897 at Ohio Wesleyan,
but stayed there only one year and
then moved on to Nebraska. Here he
again stayed only one year before

taking a job at the University of Kan-
sis, and after a successful season
here, went to Stanford University
in 1900. In that year he coached his
team to a Pacific Coast Conference
championship.
Yost came to Michigan in 1901.
In the next five 'years he oroduced his
famous point-a-minute football ma-
chines, and in 1903 and 1904 coached
the immortal Willie Heston. All in
all, his 25 teams had a record of 164
wins, 29 losses, and 10 ties, and won
or tied. for Big Ten championships
eight times. His first team won all
eleven of its games and scored 550
points while holding its opponents
,,coreless; his 1902 team' defeated
Stanford in the first Rose Bowl game,
19-0.
Invaluable Accomplishments
Although sport fans will always re-
member the great football teams un-
der Yost, the lasting importance of
his accomplishments during 20 years
as Athletic Director overshadows all.
Under his influence Michigan has
built up one of the two best athletic
plants in the country, including fa-
cilities worth approximately $4,000,-
000.
Aside from the Stadium, the great-
est single piece in this plant is the
Yost Field House, dedicated in 123

and remaining as a permanent mem-
orial to "Hurry-Up." The Sports
Building, containing a swimming
pool, basketball and tennis courts,
an auxiliary gym, and other facilities,
is also an important part of Michi-
gan's athletic machine. The Coli-
seum, home of Michigan's hockey
team, and the University golf course
were also products of Yost's regime.
"Hurry-Up," altnoug-i now 71 years
old, still' has an office in the Field
House and always stands ready to ad-
vise young players and to go into de-
tail in explaining the stories of Michi-
gan's past.
University Golf Contse
Is Long And Dfficu t
The University of Michigan's 18-
hole golf course, laid out over the
beautiful hills south of Ann Arbor,
leaves very little to be desired by the
golfer who likes hisbgame the inter-
esting way.
HAIR! HAI R! HAIR !
"If your hair isn't becoming to you
you ought to be coming tb us"
You're welcomed with your TON-
SORIAL QUERIES.
The DASCOLA BA16E19S
Between State andMich. Theatre

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View of Michigan Pool

CAPT. JIM MANDIIER
in the latter part of the season, and
Bob. Antle, Mandler's understudy and
later a starting forward.
To make up for these losses, how-
ever, Oosterbaan will have one of the
best freshman teams in recent years
from which to choose his replace-
ments. In games this spring with the
varsity, Coach Ray Fisher's yearlings
showed their mettle by nearly upset-
ting the apple cart and turning the
tables on their more-experienced op-
ponents.,

(Continued from Page i1
The Sports Building is one of the
finest of its kind in the entire nation,
containing a beautiful swimming
pool, squash and handball courts, and
many other indoor conveniences. It
also offers the best of outdoor facil-
ities including many softball dia-
monds, tennis courts, and horseshoe
pits for the pleasure of those who are
interested.
The year now being completed las
been the most successful in Intra-
mural history. Dr. Elmer Mitchell
and Earl Riskey who head Intramur-
al Sports, point with pride to the
great number of games that have been
played this year. Dr. Mitchell ex-
plained. "I am particularly happy to
see such active paraticipation this
year, when it is so necessary to be
in good physical condition. The boys
who look for sound physical training
will be able to render more service
to our country."
There have beei good coniest s and
bad ones, but always a spirit of fun
and good sportsmanship. Acc iden t s
have been surprisingly scarce, which
means, that the activties have been
well-organized.
Open house liN March
In March the annual Intramural
Open House was held, and the var-
ious winter champhionshtips wecre de-
termined. A sizeable crowd watched
the athletic festival. Notable among
the evening' performances was the
fine exhibition put on by a group of
gymnasts. The good coordination
which these boys displayed was in-
dicative of what can be attained by
taking part in athletics.
The residence halls, faternitices.
and independents all competed in an
array of competitive sports during
the year. Many of the boys took part
in at least ten sports. and there were
some who engaged in as many as
fifteen and more.
Loop Leaders
Last year Phi Delta Theta won the
fraternity all-year chanpionship, and
Williams House took the residence
hall title. It is very interesting to
note that both teams are leading
again this year, and have an excel-
lent chance to repeat as champions.I
The Phi Delts have a big lead in the
fraternity loop, and Williams has a
slight margin in the residence hall
race.

Michigan's swimming team of the
coming season will be decidedly
stronger than the tank team of the
preceding year. With such stars as
Jack Patten and Jim Skinner re-
turning to form the nucleus of the
new squad, the remaining lettermen
and competent freshten swimmers
of last winter show stronr promise
to form the rest of a potential (cham-
pionship team.
In the light of these facts, how-
ever, Michigan fuIm a rc not; as optim-
istic as in the past due to the threat-
ening power of the Ohio State teams
during the last ew seasons, and in
p]'art ilr Ihe coiun season. The
Buckeyes are n'pi t ed 10 have had
thj(ie c.i ngest r(eilunI I sq aodi)" i ring1.
th wpast year i WI Iine seiun:(1 ;1ia I
ha wa iia p naftairl. Nikoshi i Naka ma,
<in t lit NatmonaIl A All m tcd last March.,
II had ~ ing their prospe c. :; 1:1r1
Bac1kstroker Mark Fohlensbec will
capt ai the OSU team and such stars
as Frank Dempsey. Charley Batter-
mn arc ret n ing ito add ti mir tal-
('ils o tc Ono Stae sq uad.
(,Wt , In Uw Oen"C"
.Jamk a 1ain, Ihowever', will mim-
doubt edy ive the Wolverines two
strong events in the 220 and 440
yard free style events. Although Jack
s wam these"tw events during the
past scsoi it is uilte likely that
Coach Nn" may switch the distance
star to the shrt vents; if necessa ,ry.
The entire 'piciure dipendis upon the
prospects of the Kmnexplored talents
of the ireshman squad and the re-
minig lettermen.
Due to PatI en's versatility in the
in the free style events Mann re-
marks that ,Jack could threaten "ev-
ery record in the hook.' But wheth-
er or not lie will, will not be revealed
until the next schedule opens next
winter.
Jim Skinner, the Maize and Blue
breaststroker of national fame, re-
turns for his last year of competition.
Swimming in the National Collegiates
last March, Jim took the 200 yard
breaststroke title and set a new pool
record for the Harvard tank of 2:23.7.

Two other records were placed ini the
books when Patten broke the 220
mark and the 400 yard free style relay
set a new Collegiate standard.
Free stylers will be plentiful this
season with the return of some good
sophomore swimmers. The "up and
coming" distance man, Walt Stewart,
has proven to have what its takes for
Varsity competition. Also on the re-
turning list are Petry Trytten,* Lou
Kivi and juniors Bruce Allen and Bob
West.
Ilaughey And Cania
Louis Haughey and Alex Canja re-
turn for the diving events wit hi a
promising group of freshmen ch a 1
lenging their berths.
So it will be that tihe fresmlan
s:uad will be called on to fill the
vacancies found in I %he Wolverine
ranks. Leading this pack ot' speedy
young tankers is Harry holiday, sen-
sational backstroker. Harry gave a
fine account of himself at the end
of thf last season by swimming un-
attached in the National AAU meet
against Adolph Kiefer. Kiefer, world
record holder in the backstroke
events, defeated the inexperienced
Michigan freshman and set a new
world record in the 150 yard event at
the time. The second place timers,
however, revealed that Holiday's re-
markable performance had also bet-
tered the old mark in the event
even though he was second.
Other freshmen transferring to the
ranks of the Varsity material are
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