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FRIDAY, MAT 15, 1942.



FRIDAY, MAY 15, 1942 PAGE Tfl~EE

Freshman Puck Squad
Expected To Aid Sextet
Success Of Team Will Be Determined By Ahonen,
Hobbs, Opland; Loud, Four Lettermen Return

Wolverine Sports Review

Highlights Of Eventful Year

With the best freshman squad in
the history of Michigan hockey form-
ing the backbone of the team, Coach
Eddie Lowrey's 1942-43 sextet will be
one of the most powerful outfits ever
to carry the Maize and Blue onto the
ice, if fate in the guise of the draft
and eligibility gives the puckmen an
even break.
The story of next year's team will
be the story of a sophomore front
line; a line which was able to put
four goals in the nets behind Hank
Loud in the freshman-varsity game
this winter. The success of next
year's team will ride upon the three
sophs who will make up that line
and who showed during the 1941-42
season that they really know how to
play the game.
Hobbs At Center
Jack Hobbs, chunky package of
dynamite from Alberta, Canada, will
be the playmaking center of this vic-
tory-bound crew, and beside him will
be two other boys from way up north.
At the wings will be Bob Opland
from Calgary in the upper peninsula,
and Wilbert Ahonen from Mohawk
in the same region.
This is not to say that this line
will be the most important item on
the ice; in any hockey game the
goalie has the most responsibility,
and next year goalie Hank Loud will
have the added burden and honor of
being captain of the sextet.
However, it is not for nothing that
Hank has the nickname "Depend-
able," and in the minds of those who
saw his superlative play behind a
very weak team last year there is no
question as to his ability to stand up
under the stiffest attack.
Much Expected From Line
Therefore, with the goal situation
well taken care of, it rests with the
Gridmen Seek
For Lost Aces
(Continued from Page 1)

line to make or break the team. If
Hobbs and company can rack up as
many scores as they have led this
observer to expect, and in the process
keep the puck on opposition ice, there,
will be a better than good record to
point at when the next season is over.
And the chances favor the sophs.
Yet another department must be
mentioned, and here again the big
news will be members of this fresh-
man team that has been mentioned
so often. While "Black Rudy" Reich-
ert will be back playing his usual
roughantough game at defense, there
will be a newcomer taking care of
the other back line position.
At present writing, big Bob Dur-
lieth looks like the boy to fill the
opening, but Stan Barnes may give
him a lot to keep ahead of in the
way of competition. At that, defense
will be the only place where the sex-
tet will not have improved between
seasons; the loss of Johnny Gillis to
graduation will be hard to repair.
Reserve Situation
What the Wolverines will do for re-
serves is a question which is easy to
answer, but hard to be specific about.
The answer is that there will be at
least two reserve lines, and even a
spare goalie which should make Hank
feel a little more safe after the last
year in which if he got hurt the puck-
men played without a goalie. (Luck-
ily he kept out of trouble, so the sit-
uation never occurred.)
However, the spare lines will not
be set up until the season is under
way. The returning lettermen are
Bill Dance, Bob Kemp, Max Bahrych
and Roy Bradley. The first three were
playing together when the season
ended, but they may be shifted in
order to get a better combination.
Many Possible Combinations
The second frosh line was that of
Dick Wenzel at center, and Gordy
Anderson and Ed Sanford at the
wings. How they will fit into the
picture is questionable. It is possible
that they may stay together and
work as a unit.

This sports diary is a mess; pages
torn, beer stains sticking them to-
gether, the writing looks like Japa-
nese. But let's see what we can get
out of it in the way of a roundup of
the year's athletic activities. Ah, here
we are, on
Sept. 27-The happy beginning,
and the Wolverines' question mark
football squad steps out of the in-
terrogative. They're really good. Ask
Michigan State who went back to
Lansing licking the wounds of a 19-7
defeat. The line is a wall of stone,
as they say, with Al Wistert, Bob In-
galls, and a couple of tough sopho-
mores, Merv Pregulman .and Julie
Franks, leading the way. It was little
Davey Nelson's day in the backfield
though. The crowd loved him. Now
let's move on to-
Oct. 5-And a near case of heart
failure what with the underdog
Hawkeyes from Iowa bringing a rainy
day and a devastating back name of
Bill Green with them. Oh, sure we
took the honors, but only 6-0 thanks
to some steady plunging by Westfall
and Kuzma. What a day. And I
spotted a guy twelve points with Iowa
and the girl friend went to the game
with someone else. Hand me that
bottle, Butch.
Oct. 22-Everything but the bench
went in against Pitt as we sent the
fangless Panthers back to the Smoky
City with a 40-0 loss. Shades of Jock
Sutherland, what an ignominious
comedown. The sophomores got their
chance and they came through like
a refreshing breeze in July; Robin-
son, Boor, Franks, Pregulman, Kuzma
and the rest. Wee Davey Nelson had
a field day. Do we hear Bernie Bier-
man's molars clicking?
Oct. 19-We're in, definitely. I
mean as a threat in the Conference
race. Northwestern, favored to knock
us off today, was treated to a turn-
about. Kuzma rifled two touchdown
passes after Westfall had battered
his way deep into Wildcat territory.
The line was superb, the Michigan
fans flocked to Evanston in hordes,
and all was gloom at Dyche Stadium
afterwards except for the memory of
Otto Graham, a terrific sophomore
back. Next week, the G-g-g-goph-ph-

ph-ers and I ain't bettin' on this one,
Oct. 26.-Fashion note: Crepe was
the most popular wearing apparel of
the day for Michigan students. Sports
item: Minnesota 7, Michigan 0. Out-
standing for the Gophers were Smith,
Frickey, Higgins and L. Breaks; for
Michigan, the Whole Squad, Fighting
Spirit, and B. Breaks (no relation to
the other). Put down that gun, Butch.
There's always the needle.
Nov. 2.-Felt a little sorry for the
Illini today, what with old Bob Zup-
pke on the way out and the Wolver-
ines growling for reprisal after the
Minnesota loss. White started for the
first time and it was his show if there
was any one star. Oh, yes. We won,
Nov. 16.-A two week layoff, but
we're still rolling. This time it was
Columbia's Lions who tasted the bit-
ter brew, drinking in a 28-0 defeat.
Westfall and Kuzma made the head-
Nov. 23.-We didn't lose to the
Buckeyes but even a 20-20 tie is tough
to take from them. Ingalls proved
he was the All-American they ulti-
mately named him, Westfall wrote a
sparkling finis to his college career,
and a drunk tried to break into the
lineup by tackling Kuzma. Say, was
that you, Butch? For shame.
Nov. 26.-George Ceithaml was
elected captain for next year. Good
man, too.
Nov. 29.-Matt Mann's boys are
loose again. Amherst fell in the sea-
son tank opener, 55-20. The Wol-
veriens set four pool marks.
-Dec. 7.-The puckmen started off

characteristically again with a 6-1
loss at the hands of the smooth work-
ing London. A.C. outfit. Oh, how we
do need reserves.
Dec. 14.-It was Mandler and fif-
teen points pacing the well-organized
attack and Michigan State lost to
the Varsity in our cage opener, 37-20.
Maybe a good season in store. Lot of
good sophomore material on tap to
say nothing of experienced juniors
like Comin, Doyle, et al.
Jan. 11.-Cliff Keen's grapplers
opened the season with a 19-13 win
over Penn State. The grapplers look
strong this year.
Jan. 24.-Michigan swimmers 50,
Ohio State 34. Michigan basketeers
53, OSU. 39. Are we happy and are
we applying thumb to nose. (Answer
in one three-letter word.)
Feb. 9.-What was that stuff I was
drinking over J-Hop. It was so good
then, but ooh, why doesn't that cat
stop stomping around the room and
what was it she told me that I was
the most wonder . . . Oh, I forgot this
is a sports diary. How did that get
in here.
Feb. 22.-A Michigan institution
crumples in a gale with Yale breaking
our 35-straight dual meet winning
streak, 59-16. Not even a first place
did we take.
Mar. 8.-Ufer was able to break the
world 440 mark with 48.1 at the Con-
ference indoor meet but otherwise
we looked sad with a fourthplace as
Ohio State won, and does that hurt.
Mar. 14.-Yale, fortunately, is not
in the Big Ten so we take the crown,
twiththe Buckeyes giving us a scare.
Johnny Johnson was the only grap-

pler able to catch a title at the Con-
ference meet as we placed fourth.
Feb. 28.-Yale, unfortunately, was
also in the National Intercollegiate
swimming meet so we had to be con-
tent with a far away second place.
Mar. 2.-Purdue beat our cagers,
52-41, and thus was the book closed
on one of the most disastrous cam-
paigns in Wolverine bucket history.
We won only six while losing fourteen
and ending up in seventh place.
Which brings us, with a hop and a
skip and a jump over to-
May 15.-With the spring sport
schedule nearing a close. Our dia-
mond stalwarts, our linksmen, and
our netters are going strong at this
sitting which is a welcome respite
after a not particularly heartening

winter program for the Champions of
the West. Not to imply that our lads
didn't fight their hearts out or didn't
have the stuff, Butch, so please don't
look at me that ,way. But the com-
petition was keener, the breaks were
fewer, and consequently the titles
were less.
.However, as I said, the baseball
squad has a nice won-loss column of
12 to 5 at present; Coach Leroy Weir's
defending Conference tennis champs,
led by Wayne Stille and Lawt Ham-
mett, have dropped only one match,
to Notre Dame; and Ray Courtright's
golfers, with blazing Ben Smith
scorching the grass with the lowest
scores of his fairway career, has a
good record of 5 to 3.


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years to come. His excellent block-
ing and defensive work make him one
of the country's standout players.
To replace Westfall. Crisler can
call either upon Don Boor, second
team fullback last year, or Bob Wiese,
who won the Chicago Alumni Award
this spring. If Boor's injured knee
is in shape, he will likely get the
nod because of his experience. Even
so, Wiese will press him the whole
season, and may get the starting
berth before it's all over.
Few Tested Reserves
In back of these backfield aces
there are few tested men. Don Rob-
inson, sophomore half, will see a
great deal of action and will un-
doubtedly be of value to the Wolver-
ines. Behind Robby, there are four
freshmen who may make the grade
in the Western Conference, Frank
Wardley, Bob Chappius, Pat Keefe
and Russ Reader. Yearling Bob Ver-
nier will probably understudy Ceit-
hami at quarterback, with Don Lund
presenting a threat to Boor and
Wiese in the line-bucking post.
Most doubtful of all are the ends.
Numerically deep, the strength of the
wingmen is of dubious quality. Vet-
erans Phil Sharpe, Rudy Smeja and
Jack Karwales appear to be battling
it out between them for the starting
berths, with Elmer Madar, the trans-
posed quarterback, giving them a hot
fight. Right now, the flanks appear
to be the weakest part of the Michi-
gan eleven, and only Cecil Bovee and
Harold Kruse are up from the cub
Big Al Wistert will be a standout
at the one tackle, where he gained
fame for the last two years. But who
the other tackle will be is something
that nobody, not even the good Mas-
ter Fritz, knows. It's a struggle be-
tween veteran Johnny Laine, Bill
Pritula and freshman Bill Baldwin.
And just what the strength of that
right tackle position will be is also
a matter for speculation. Let it suf-
fice to say that Rube Kelto will be
sorely missed. Behind Wistert at left
tackle, Johnny Greene and Ray Sow-
ers will provide adequate reserve ma-
Star-Studded Center
But the center of the Michigan line
will be the answer to a coach's bed-
time prayers, providing Bob Kolesar
doesn't end up in the Army before
the grid season marches into town in
September. Kolesar and Julie Franks
are slated to fill the guard spots,
with Merv Pregulman scheduled to
be right between them in the pivot
post, a change from the guard posi-
tion he played last year. No team in
the Conference can boast of a more
power-packed trio to hold down the
center of the forward wall. Each one
is a star in his own right, and when
they get together on a football field
the boys on the other side of the pig-
skin are in for a rough time.

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