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Open Season






Michigan to Pit Power
against Fleet Canadians

Freslunen Are
Picked to Win
Track Contest

Putting the stress on offense, par-
ticularly power plays, Michigan's
hockey team wound up its practices
last night for the first game of the
season against London here tomorrow
The task of giving the Wolverines
a scoring punch seems to rest on the
shoulders of Bob Opland, tall sopho-
more center from Highland Park. A
good passer, he has a hard, accurate
shot and is one of the best stick-
handlers to play for the Maize and
Blue in several years. He's one of
the few who have played organized
hockey before coming to Michigan,
having played amateur hockey with
Calumet in the Upper Peninsula.
1irst Line Strong
Teaming up with Opland on the
first line are Bob Kemp, senior from
Oakville, Ontario, and either Ed
Reichert, Ann Arbor senior, or Bill.
Dance, senior from New York. Kemp
is a fair stick handler and a good
shot and should do his share of the
scoring, while Reichert, changed
from 'a defenseman, to a wing, is an
excellent back checker, but not as
good a shot as Opland or Kemp,
The second line of Roy Bradley,
Jack Athens, and Roy Anderson is
lighter than the first but makes up
for its lack of weight with its fighting
spirit. A smooth passing unit, it's
liable to break loose at any time.
Captain Hank Loud will be back at
his spot in the nets for the Wolver-
ines, kicking 'em out almost as fast
as they come in. Small for a goalie,
Loud has made Michigan fans forget
about his size by his performance in
goal for the past two years. Seldom
spectacular, he has always been hard
to score on even when his defense has
been almost pathetic.
Gridders on.Team
At defense Coach Eddie is planning
to start two gridders, Bob Derleth
and Bob Stenberg. Big and rugged,
Lowrey hopes they'll give Michigan
the hard checking defense lacking in,
previous years. If they stop their
London opponents as well as they.
stop practice foes, they'll make Loud's
Job an easy one. Derleth is also a
good stick-handler and passer, and

moves up with the front line on
power plays. These two, alternating
with Fred Bryan, will probably play
the whole game.
According to Lowrey, the team as
a whole is green and lacks smooth-

will send another fighting
Michigan ice sextet against the
Canadians tomorrow.
ness, but its fighting spirit should
help even the match with the more
experienced Canadians.
Tonight the players will rest while
the frosh puckmen hold their first
workout. Tomorrow's game at the
Coliseum will begin at 8 o'clock, and
admission to students will be 40 cents'
with identification cards; to others,
75 cents.
All eligible sophomores and sec-
and semester freshmen are urged
to try out for The Daily sports
staff. This includes women. No
previous journalistic ability is
needed. See Bud Hendel any af-
ternoon at the Student Publica-
tions office..

Qualifying Heats to Be
Today and Tomorrow;
Finals Next Saturday
Combination of superior numbers
and better than average quality es-{
tablished the Michigan Frosh squadc
as favorite in the inter-class track
meet December 12 at Yost Field
Qualifying heats for the Univer-
sity's first class battle in more than
10 years will begin this afternoon on
the Field House cinder track for near-
ly two score athletes who are sched-
uled to participate in ROTC war
maneuvers tomorrow afternoon. The,
remaining contestants will qualify
tomorrow as scheduled previously..
Frosh Are Enthusiastic
Varsity Coach Ken Doherty em-
phasized the enthusiasm of the Frosh
trackmen as another vital factor in
their favor. "The boys on Coach Chet
Stackhouse's Frosh squad are all
pepped up about the meet and are
set on winning," Doherty declared.
An analysis of the Frosh squad re-
veals balance and power in both track
and field events. With four high
jumpers, three pole vaulters, several
outstanding entries in the middle and
long distances and sure point-winners
in the other field events, the Frosh
are set for a scoring picnic.
Howison Looks Good
Heading that class of '46 is a trio
of outstanding performers, including
Bob Howison, Midland youth, who
has held the state scholastic quarter-
mile crown during the past two sea-
sons; Eugene Moody, Oak Park, Ill.,
who has sailed over 12 feet in the pole
vault; and George Kraeger, Indian-
apolis, Ind., whose 40-foot tosses set
him up as a threat in the 16-pound
shot put.
The Senior squad appears to be
destined for runner-up honors. Head-
ing the lads of '43 is Captain Dave
Matthews, Varsity half-miler. Listed
on his team are Bob Ufer, national
indoor 440-yard titlist; Chuck Dona-
hey and Earl Newcomb, sprints;
Chuck Pinney, low hurdles; Bud Bier-
ley, high hurdles; Willis Glas, mile;
Bob Segula, pole vault; and George
Ostroot, shot put.
Finals on Dec. 12
The Juniors are baniing on Len
Alkon, sprinter; Livius Stroia, hurd-
ler; John Roxborough, John Steward,
John Ingersoll, Jim Sears and Jim
Conant in the longer distances, and
Frank MacLear in the pole vault.
Sophomore strength will be in the
half-mile with Ross and Bob Hume
listed as entries, as well as in Art
Upton, miler, and Keith Chapman
who has vaulted 12 ft. 6 in. this fall.
Winners of a specified number of
places in today's and tomorrow after-
noon's trials will qualify for the final
meet December 12.
Swim Gala to
Feature Varsity
Swimming entertainment at its
best is the slogan for the eighth an-
nual edition of Swim Gala, to be
staged by the Varsity natators Fri-
day night, Dec. 11, at the Sports
Building Pool. Matt Mann, coach of
the Wolverine mermen, will direct
the big show.
Departing from the usual carnival
atmosphere, the show this year will
feature patriotism and preparedness.
Recruited especially for the occasion
will be a select group of swimmers
from the Physical Education for Men
classes. These lads will put on a
demonstration of modern war tactics
in the water.
Nor is that all. The Wolverine
varsity tankmen, last year's Big Ten
champions and runners-up to Yale
in the Collegiates, will put on their
usual sparkling show. Included in
this part of the performance will be
races between varsity relay teams

and individual competition among
some of the coming Wolverine stars.
Other acts are in the offing and
from advance reports, an expected
capacity crowd will see plenty of ac-
tion crammed into one night'.

Wrestling Squad
Loses Coffield'
Another blow has been dealt to the
Varsity wrestling team, this time di-
rected at Tom Coffield, last year re-
serve award winner, who underwent
an appendectomy yesterday morning
at the University hospital. Tom, who
was one of the most promising mat-
men this season, was counted upon to
carry the Wolverine hopes in the 175
class. He will be lost for the remain-1
der of the year, but Coach Ray Court-
right expressed the hope that Tom'
will be able to wrestle again after the
Christmas holidays.
This bad news comes just after the
similar news that Captain Bill Court-
right had left school for the army.
Michigan now has only three remain-
ing lettermen and no experienced re-
serves left for this season.
However, the Varsity is not giving
up hopes for a successful season for
many newcomers are showing much
polish and form in pre-season work-
outs. Two of the most outstanding
new men are Larry Loftus and Bob
McDonald who are currently waging
a hot battle for the 121 berth. Coach
Courtright has expressed the opinion
that they should become established
performers before the season is over.
Michigan's matmen were unable to
arrange a match for tomorrow but
will hold an inter-squad meet instead.
These matches will give a good indi-
cation of who will earn starting berths
for the first encounter with the De-
troit YMCA next Saturday.
Soplis to Play'
against State
Basketball Squad Is
Best in Recent Years
Sophomores will play a large part
in the season's opening basketball
game against Michigan State next
Monday night. At least two sophs
will be in the starting line-up at the
opening, whistle. Several of these
sophomores have made exceptionally
fine showings in - recent practices.
These include. Dave Strack, an all-
state high school star from Indiana;
Harold Anderson, one of the best high
'school basketball players ever to come
out of Stambaugh; and Gerry Mul-
laney, an all-city boy from Milwau-
kee, Wis. '
Two varsity fullbacks, Don Lund
and Bob Wiese, have been doing es-
pecially well in practice. Lurd was
an all-city guard at Detroit's South-
eastern High, while Wiese used his
six foot four inch frame to good ad-
vantage as a forward in Jamestown,
North Dakota
Charlie Ketterer is also doing re-
markably well despite his short stat-
ure. He more than makes up for his
lack of height with his speed, ball
handling, and basket swishing. His
speed is especially useful in the fast
breaking type of play that Michigan
uses this year. Coach Bennie Ooster-
baan ran his squad through a tough
workout last night in hopes of aven-
ging the.57-34 defeat the Wolverines
suffered at the hands of the Spartans
last February. In a game previous to
that, Michigan beat State 37-20. "We
have more height, bigger men, and
better basketball players this year
than we have had in recent years,"
said Coach Oosterbaan. "It is poten-
tially a great team."
Ceithaml, Wistet,
Franks Accorded
Further Plaudits

Still more honors were conferred
upon Michigan's famed trio, Captain
George Ceithaml, Al Wistert, and
Julius Franks yesterday in reports
from two national grid polls. All
three were named on the WGN Big
Ten first team, an honor they had
similarly received from the Big Ten
coaches last week.
Captain Ceithaml was also named
on the Collyer's Bureau All-American
team for his outstanding work of
masterminding the Wolverines this
past season. He was the only Michi-
gan man mentioned by the poll.

w ,1

white-haired gentleman who goes7
by the title of Commissioner of West-I
ern Conference Athletics, made a
speech yesterday.1
Now, ordinarily there is absolute-
ly nothing sensational about the
Major delivering a profound ora-
tion. But this time his utterances
take on a rare quality of differen-
tiation and interest that cannot be
For yesterday the Major lashed out
at civilian critics of intercollegiate
sports and asserted that they were
using the war to abolish such compe-
tition. Addressing the Michigan High
School Athletic Association, the Ma-
jor declared that military and gov-
ernment officials were in favor of
continued sports, but a small group
was pressing to achieve now what it
had failed to do in peace time.
Quote the Major, "Representa-
tives of old 'Ivy Leagues' are quietly
working to induce other institu-
tions to abandon interscholastic
sports not only for the duration but
for all time."
that same contention in this col-
umn, a contention that was blasted'
by editorial writers as stupid and as
a hindrarce to the war effort.
But the Major proved our point
yesterday. In answer to the critics
who object to sports because of the
transportation difficulties involved,
he said, "We di'd without automobiles
and buses in another day, and we
can do it.again." He also said that
recent revisions of the Big Ten bas-
ketball schedule had eliminated 110,-
000 man miles.
Griffith pointed out that Trans-
portation Director Joseph B. East-
man has called it a mistake on
England's part to cancel all sports,
a move which resulted in recalling
of coaches from the armed forces
to revive recreational pastimes.
More than that, the Major empha-
sized that Germany saw fit after the
last war to adopt American athletic
techniques and abandon its system of
routine exercises. "It would be ironi-
cal," he stated, "if after Germany
takes our sports system, we adopt the
old German plan."
All we can say, Major, is "thank
you." We agree wholeheartedly
with what you say on the subject.
Intercollegiate sports do not need
to be discontinued during wartime.
Their value as conditioners and as
providers of morale, recreation and
competitive spirit are needed now
more than ever. Nearly four mil-
lion boys played basketball last
year in this country, and they could
never get that same competitive
spirit by going through routine
physical drills. Blast away, Major,
we're with you this time.
* * *
Coach Fritz Crisler paid a glow-
ing tribute to his Michigan football
team at the Detroit Alumni Banquet
Wednesday night . . . Crisler said the
1942 Wolverine aggregation was the
greatest in his experience . . . Al Wis-
tert, All-American tackle, stole the
show, however . . . the "Ox" told how
he almost quit school after his poor
junior season, and how glad he was
SOUTH BEND, Ind., Dec. 3.- ()-
A mild recurrence of the spinal arth-
ritis that forced him into activity for

three weeks in October confined
Coach Frank Leahy to his home to-
day, but he said he expected to be
with his Notre Dame football squad
tomorrow when it meets Great Lakes
at Chicago.

ity Sports Editor
now that Crisler, line coach Biggie
Munn, and end coach Bennie Ooster-
baan challenged him to stay .
which reveals some of the coaching
psychology used to make a great foot-
ball player.
Something new to us in the world
of intramural sports . . but it's old
at Loyola University . . . they hold
an annual turkey trot there before
every Thanksgiving, and the fastest
intramural trackmen participate
... the winner gets a turkey, the
runner-up receives a duck, and the
third place man gets the bird too-
a chicken . . . fourth man wins a
gallon jug of cider, and the fifth-
placer takes home a vacuum-pack-
ed can of cranberries just to make
him think his labor has not been
in vain ... the speedsters run a two
mile course in order to gain the!
prized drumstick.
Shortest of all football covers was
written by Alex, Zalenski, sports edi-
tor of the Pitt News after the Ohio
State-Pitt game, won by the Bucks,
59 to 19 .. . wrote Zalenski, "We tra-
veled to Columbus last Saturday
with the football team. We watched
the game. The final score was 59-19.
We have nothing to say.".... and who
can't remember when the Punchless
Panthers were the best in the land?

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