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THE MICHIGAN DAILY
VarsityCagers Make Big Ten Debut At Illinois
hull Dance for
Rest of Season
ilness, Studies Place
Wingman on Sidelines;
keichert Takes Over
A serious blow to the fortunes of
th , ichigan hockey team came last
right when Coach Eddie Lowrey an-
nounced that wingman Bill Dance
Would be ineligible for the rest of the
Dance, who spent more than three
weeks in the hospital because of a ser-
ious attack of pneumonia, was forced
to drop several courses. Because he
is not taking the required twelve
hours, he cannot participate in any
Wing Spot to :Reichert
:Billwho returned to the first line
fr. the Point Edward game after just
two days of practice, will be replaced
by EdReichert. He hopes to rejoin
the squad after the end of the cur-
This loss will be felt in the game
with Port Dover this Saturday night;
texteven more so the following week-
end. The team' will travel to Minne-
apolis'for the opening of the Big Ten
season against the Gophers of Min-
esota. . Two games are scheduled
there Jan. 14 and 16. It may well be
that the winner of these two games
will b~e crowned champion of the
Los Not Fatal
Although the Michigan first line
wiflbe losing some of its offensive
er, the cause is by no means lost.
Opland and Bob Kemp who have
figured in three of the five Wolverine
scores can be counted on to continue.
Then too, Reichert has improved
much of late. Withi the exception of
this change Michigan's lineup will be
Sthe same..next Saturday night when
it: meets-port Dover in the Coliseum.
Illini's 'Whiz Kid' Five
SGven Pre-Game Edge
Conference Champs Show Class against Stanford;
Mel Comin May Start Game at Forward Position
Michigan's spotless record gets its
initial Conference airing against Illi-
nois tomorrow night at Champaign,
Ill., and it's going to take plenty of
work to keep it unspotted.
For fresh from their ;smashing 38-
26 win over Stanford's NCAA champs
,a week ago, the Illini are already see-
ing visions of another Conference
crown in their fold. And a Michigan
scalp would be swell for a starter.
To support their optimism, Coach
Doug Mills' lads need only point to
the facts. They have experience, all
five starters having played together
on last year's championship Big Ten
team. They have height, averaging
a mere 6-foot-3 per man. And Stan-
ford can attest to their speed and
general all-around ability.
Mathisen Is Key Man,
That gives a general idea of what
Michigan will have to contend with,
but there are five specific reasons,
too: namely, Andy Phillip, Ken Men.
ke, Art Mthisen, Jack Smiley and
Pivot man Mathisen is the only se-
nior on the starting five, the others
being juniors. At 6-foot-5 he is the
team's tallest man andsthe hub of
Illinois' 'revolving. offense. Big Art
tips the scales at 213, but, despite his
"football" build, he does just about
everything smoothly and moves about
the floor with unusual speed.
Phillips Back Again
High-scorer of the Whiz Kids to
date is forward Menke. Ken has
racked up 69 markers in six contests
to average better than 11 tallies per
ticularly remember Phillips as the
man who really got into Michigan's
hair last year. Andy paced the ,Ills-
nois ;scorers to both their wins over
the Maize and Blue.
To appreciate the work of Coach
Mills' guards, Vance and Smiley, you
need only. looks at the Illinois defen-
sive record, In only two of their sixj
contests have the Whiz Kids yielded
NBA Tabs Battle as
'One' in Nationwide
Tourney for 135 Title
NEW YORK, Jan..- (P) - The
lightweight fistic follies. a production
that has provided this season with its
most hilarious laughs and sinister
plots, adds another skit of songs and
patter in Madison Square Garden to-
morrow night with a 15-round
punch-party between Bob Montgom-
ery and Chester Rico.
Just how this one fits into the
somewhat mumble-jumble pattern to
name a successor to Sammy Angott's
abdicated 135-pound crown depends
on just where you live and which part
of the comedy you've applauded up1
Around here, Chairman John J.
Phelan and his fellow members of the
New York State Athletic Commission,
who insist their left hands do know
what their rights are doing at all
times, already have "blessed" Beau
Jack with the championship through
his recent victory over Tippy Larkin.
As a result, the Empire State's august
solons of sock say the Montgomery-
Aico run-in is simply one of the
matches in a tournament to decide a
challenger for Jack.
On the other hand, the National
Boxing Association, spread out over
most of the rest of the nation, is
going along on the theory that cham-
pionships are won and lost in the
ring and that there are a dozen or
more capable clouters around who
should have a crack at the title be-
fore it's handed to anyone. So the
NBA. tabs tomorrow's tussle as one
in a nation-wide tournament, the
winner of which will be crowned with
One.' way or another tomorrow's
shindig adds up to a brawl as close
as the buttons on your vest. In fact,
the better betting emporiums along
Forty-Ninth St. are having some dif-
ficulty splitting the two thumpers
and have installed Montgomery a
mere 2-to-3 favorite over the slim
New Yorker, whose chief claim to
fame is that he boasts a draw with
and a disputed defeat by Beau Jack
in two recent outings.
The return of the busted beak in-
dustry to the Garden after the an-
nual holiday lay-off has Promoter
Mike Jacobs expecting a $25,000
house with a turnout of about 10,000.
By BUD MENDEL
Daily Sports Editor
Editor's Note: As is the usual custom of The Daily sports staff, each
junior writes one column before the next semester's appointments are made.
Today's guest column Js written by Clark Baker.
By CLARK BAKER
SINCE OUR MIND runs in streaks from day to day and we've been think-
ing about things in general this week, today's column goes under the
head of musings on "things in general."
First thing that comes to mind is Dr. Phog Allen's excellent sug-
gestion about improving the game of basketball. Dr. Allen, who among
other things coaches the Kansas basketball team, decries the use of
"glandular goons" or in plain English, those seven-footers, that seem
to have become the fad these days on "better" basketball teams.
For after all, why should a great big horse of guy, seven feet tall, be
the toast of the cage world just because he can stand under an opponent's
basket and bat the' ball out of the hoop as it descends? It doesn't take
any skill to play basketball that way and yet it does win games. Dr. Allen
doesn't stop with this criticism.
He suggests that baskets be raised to a height of 12 feet above the
floor instead of the present 10 foot level. Then these seven-foot giants,
whose only value lies in their excessive stretch, would be of little good.
In other words, Dr. Allen proposes to return basketball to its place as a
game of skill, not a contest of "freaks."
WE HAVE READ a lot of criticism of the Big Ten for remaining so ada-
mant against the use of freshmen on varsity teams, but little praise for
the big contribution to the war effort which the Conference officials made
by altering the basketball schedules to reduce travel mileage by about 25
Then we read of Oregon State, Stanford, and Southern California,
to mention but a few, who utilized valuable space on trains, buses, etc.
to send their squads 3,000 miles and more across the country and back.
But then, it's a mighty profitable trip financially and otherwise for all
While on the subject of schedules, we were interested to see that Mich-
igan plays the three toughest teams in the Conference (Illinois, Wisconsin,
Indiana) during the first half of its schedule. Bennie's boys had better reach
their peak early if they covet any hopes of walking off with the Conference
title this year.
Still with Michigan, it's interesting to note that the Wolverines'
only Big Ten basketball championship came in 1927 when Head Coach
Bennie Oosterbaan and Assistant Coach Ernie McCoy were two of the
bright lights. -
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NEWS ITEMS from Ohio State these days seem to convey nothing but bad
news ... from the standpoint of the Buckeyes. First it was Bob Shaw,
the Ohioans ace basketballer, who fell under the ineligibility axe. Latest
report is that the Bucks' star trackman, Bob Wright, has joined Shaw on the
sidelines for like reasons.
Doherty Sees Better
Year for Thinclads;
Ufer, Matthews Back
By ERIC ZALENSKI
"It's a good team, and a definite
improvement over the performances
of last year's squads."
And so Varsity Coach Ken Doherty
summarized the results of three
months of conditioning at Yost Field
House with his Maize and Blue thih'-
clads just three weeks before the op-
ening of the current indoor campaign.
The task of developing an outfit
powerful enough to blast Ohio State
right out from under its indoor Con-,
ferenceucrown will be especially tough
for Doherty this season as he has
only nine lettermen to work with.
The Wolverine' coach, a former
Olympic decathlon star, can count for
a lot of first-place points on his ace
half-miler, Captain Dave Matthews,
and the nation's champion of indoor
quarter-mile stars, Bob Ufer. Ufer set
his national record of 48.1 seconds at
the indoor meet in Chicago a year
ago next March.
Another returning letterman who
may have his best season this year.is
hurdler Chuck Pinney. Doherty is also
counting on the blonde speedster ii
the 60-yard dash and the running
Long-legged Johnny Roxborougli,
Willie Glas, Johnny Ingersoll and
Ernie Lombardi are the four oth~k
lettermen whom Coach Doherty is
banking on. in the distances.;1Roxy
won his spurs in the half nile, while
Ingersoll and Glas are milers. Leonar-
di is the squad's only two-miler.
The weakness of the squad l .the
field events is apparent with only
two lettermen back, slotputte
George Ostroot and pole vaulter qb
Segula. And there is a possibility that
Segula may be lost next month. N
Two other point winners on whom
Doherty had been depending but W1k)
are lost because of concentration on
studies, are Frank McCarthy and'
Gene Hirsch. McCarthy, the squad's
only triple-threat trackman, was .a
cinch for points in the high hurdles,
running broad jump and running
high jump. Hirsch had been counted
on for a first or second in the shotu t.
The squad's first test is tentatively"
slated for Tuesday, Feb. 9, andw11l
be a triangular meet with Michigan
State and Michigan Normal at Yo$t
, ANDY PHILLIP
... all-Conference guard " as a
sopholoore last year, he led Coach
Doug Mills' five in scoring.
GOOD NEWS FOR STACKHOUSE:
High School Stars, Prep Flashes
State high school champions and
prep school flashes make the 1943
University of Michigan Frosh track
squad one of the most unusual in
Heading .the list of lads who gained
fame on high school and academy
s4uads is Bob Howison, Midland
youth, who has 'held the state scho-
lastic 440-yard championship during
the past two years.
A, Monroe "distance runner, Bob
Conlisk, won high school recognition
as a half-miler by placing second in
the 1942 state !meet last summer.
Three vaulters have caught Coach
Chet Stackhouse's eye,: including
Keith Chapman, Boston, Mass., and
Eugene Moody, Oak Park, Ill., who
have already proven themselves.
Chapmian has, vaulted 12 ft. 6 in.,
while Moody has cleared 12 ft. John
Donheiser, Saginaw, is also a pros-
Boast Four HighJumpers
Michigan, traditionally weak in the
high jump, can now boast of four
definite prospects on its Frosh squad,
all having cleared at least six feet be-
fore coming here.
Heading the quartet is Bill Dale,
class -B state champion from Wayne
who leaped 6 ft. 22/2 in. in taking the
title. Fred Weaver, Detroit, was city
champion in 1940, but did not com-
pete the past two years. Paul Bander,
Royal Oak, placed in the 1942 state
meet, while Bob Gardener, Miami,,
na Track Squad
Fla., left a fine high school record
One of the best high school shot-
putters since Bill Watson, Michigan
star of a few years back,. is George
Kraeger, husky Indianapolis, Ind.,
youth and star lineman of the Uni-
versity frosh eleven. George tossed
the 12-pound ball 53 feet for a high
school record. Gardener, besides being
a highjumper, has heaved the 16-1
pound collegiate shot over 40 feet.
Gains State Ronors
From the home town of Bob Ufer,
varsity quarter-miler and 1942 na-
tional indoor champion, at;Mt. Leba-
non, Pa., comes Bob Bell, crack high
hurdler who also starred at Mercers-
burg Academy, Pa. Along with Bell is
red-headed Jack Martin who runs the
low hurdles and sprints.
Flint Central has sent two of its
best athletes to Michigan, Henry
Clark, powerful middle distance run-
ner, and Auldin Nelson, rangy blonde
speedster in the low hurdles.
Out' of Cleveland, O., have come
two prospective middle distance run-
ners, Dick Holl and Don Sternisha,
while P.E.M. has turned up seven
prospects in the distance events, in-
cluding Louis Eaton, Bill Fikinger,
Dick Clark, Charles McKean, Sher-
rold Adams, Bill Matney and Jack
On the whole, the 'current frosh
squad appears to have more balance
on the track and in the field than
any other in years.
Wright, captain of the Ohio'State track team for two years, has
been the Buckeyes' top scorer during that time. Last year he walked off
with Conference high and low hurdles honors and pIaced "second in the
Millrose games. He also holds the National AAU low hurdle title.
BIG CENTER STILL TOPS:
Mandler Leads Wolverines in
Scoring; Wiese, Doyle Follow
. . . hitting 6-foot-5, the lanky
center is rated the key man in Illi-
nois' revolving offense.
more than 30 -points. Altogether the
combined opposition has been stopped
with an- average of less than'33 points
For the invading Wolverines three
men, Jim Mandler, Dave Strack and
Bob Wiese, appear certain to draw
starting berths. However, Coach Ben-
nie Oosterbaan is having a tough
time choosing between Ralph Gibert
and the up-and-coming Mel Comin
to pair with Wiese at the other for-
ward spot while Don Lund and Leo
Doyle are waging a neck-and-neck
struggle for the remaining guard post.
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c64 BILL SAWYER
Big Jim Mandler still reigns su-
preme among Michigan's cagers. The
Wolverine captain has poured baskets
through opposing hoops at an average
of 10 a game to pace the Maize and
Blue scorers with 51 points.
Trailing Big Jim are Bob Wiese and
Leo Doyle. Bob, whose forte is one-
hand shots, has totaled 37 tallies in
five games while Leo has hit the
strings for 28 markers. After this trio
Another Tiger Leaves
for National Service
DETROIT, Jan. 7.-(P)-The De-
troit Tigers today placed the 18th
;tar on their service flag and added
to the national defense service list the
name of Anse Moore, young outfield-
er from Beaumont of the Texas Lea-
gue, who has entered the Signal
Corps at Camp Howze, Tex.
Moore played left field in Beau-
mont's prize young outfield last sum-
mer under Steve O'Neill, new Tiger
manager. Center fielder Walter
(Hoot) Evers also is in the Army,
and only Dick Wakefield, former
Michigan collegian, is left.
WINGS, RANGERS TIE
DETROIT, Jan. 7.- (fi)- The New
York Rangers came from behind in
the last period to play the Detroit
Red Wings to a 2 to 2 tie in a Na-
tional Hockey League game tonight
before 7,886 spectators. Bryan Hex-
tall's shot squared the count after
Jimmy Franks had turned in a super-
lative job in the Ranger nets.
the scoring is pretty well divided with
Ralph Gibert, Dave Strack, Don Lund
and Mel Comin fighting it out for
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