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t'tr:1' A AT14, 1943"

Nine Again Leads Conference Race

During the past season which saw
game after game postponed or can-
celled because of the weather the.
Wolverine baseball squad played,
through an extremely slim schedule
with a very creditable record.
At the present writing the varsity.
has played 10 contests, while 12 oth-
ers had to be called off. Michigan
has dropped only two of these tilts,
one each to Iowa and Western Michi-
What was to have been the climax
of the season, a -twilight exhibition
game with the Detroit Tigers on May
11, had 4o be cancelled because of
inclement weather. The Tigers were
to start their regulars against the
Maize and Blue and it was expected
that a 10,000 overflow crowd would,;
witness the last home game of the
year, possibly the last for the dura-
Co-Champs of Big Ten
The season started April 10 when
Michigan met Iowa, which were de-
fending Big Ten co-champions along
with the Wolverines; in a. double-
header that saw Michigah lose the
opener, 4-3, when Pro Boim threw
two wild pitches to allow the winning
run to score. The varsity then came
back in the nightcap with a thirteen
hit attack to down the HaWkeyes, 7-3.
In the first home tilt of the eyear

the varsity defeated a "pitcher-less"
Michigan State nine. 7-1, on three-
hit pitching from a trio of Maize and
Blue hurlers. The Spartans had had
little chance to practice, which ac-
counted for their weakness at the
plate, but their mound staff was ad-
mittedly poor in material from the
Preceding the two-game series with
Illinois April 23 and 24, Coach Ray;
Fisher's charges shut out Michigan
Norman, climbing all over the Ypsi
squad for 12 hits and eight runs.
Then Michigan swept the series with
the Illini, the Wolverines capitalizing
on their opponents' errors to win, 5-2
and 6-4. In winning, the varsity took
the lead in the Conference standings.
Play Western Michigan
Following the Illini series, the var-
sity played a highly touted Western
Michigan team in one of the best
home games of the year. The Bran-
cos pushed across three runs after
two were out in their half of the
ninth to tie up the game and send it
into extra innings. The Maize and'
Blue finally tallied the winning mar-,
ker in the last of the eleventh to win,
On May Day the Wolverines trav-
eled to Ypsilanti to take the measure
of Michigan Normal for the second
time of the season. The Hurons held
Coach Ray Fisher's'charges scoreless
until the lucky seventh when the var-
sity counted all of its nine runs. Ypsi

tallied once in the fifth and eighth
innings. Two days later, Michigan
trounced a hapless Selfridge Field
outfit, 14-4, Fisher using his reserves
Boim Loses Second
The nine suffered its second defeat
at Kalamazoo against Western Mich-
igan in the final contest of a home-
and-home series. The varsity outhit
the Broicos, 6 to 5, but Western tri-
umphed, 4-2. Pro Boim was credited
with the loss.
The two-game series with Purdue
on May 7 and 8 was rained out. This
meant that Michigan's Conference
schedule was cut to six tests, since
the Indiana tilt on the preceding
week-end had been cancelled because
the Hoosiers had already ended their
semester. Wisconsin and Minnesota
split a pair of contests the same
week-end that the Boilermaker series
had been called, and so the Wolver-
ines took the lead from the Badgers
in the Big Ten standings.
As this is being written two con-
tests have yet to be played with Ohio
State at Columbus May 14 and 15.
If the varsity takes both of these it
will win the crown regardless of what
Wisconsin does in its remaining
games. Michigan would then end up
with a .833 percentage while the best,
that the Bodgers could do would be
.800 since they have already lost two
tilts of their ten-game schedule.r

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PEM Class Is
Pleasant Way
To Spend Day
When PEM came to an end last
week there were very few students on
campus with long, sad faces.
PEM, officially known as physical
education for men, is a must on the
program of every Michigan student
at least three times a week. Con-
tinued absence is a good reason for
the University to "bounce" the offen-
d right out of school.
Let's take a look into one of these
so-called "torture sessions" to see
what they are really like. Maybe we
can discover if the students have a
valid reason to continue their moan-
ing. In order to get a better idea of
a PEM class let's attend a regular
session from 3:15 to 4:45 at Water-
man gymnasium.
On Time? Never
The average student starts walking
toward the gym at about 3:13 in
order to make that 3:15 class. B'
the time he has reached his locker to
begin dressing the clock reads 3:16.
Well, he finally gets dressed about
3:21 and prqceeds to the gym floor
where he finds the rest of the stu-
dents arriving late also. The in-
structor doesn't call roll until all men
are lined up and it's 3:30 before exer-
cises get underway.
They finally get going and the in-
structor puts them through a series
of stiff limbering-up exercises until
everyone is breathing hard and ready
to rest. Then they really go to work
on a few of the famous "torture"
Students Show Spirit
By this time the students are
moaning and yelling good-naturedly
and asking the instructor to "please
take it easy on us." He informs them
that Army or Navy drills are much
tougher and goes back to work.
Then all students get back on their
feet and are ordered to begin a mara-
thon around the gym track. After
they have run for about 20 minutes
and have covered a required number
of laps the hands of the clock read
4:35 and it's time to quit.
Coaching staff
Of Wolverines
Tops in Nation
(Continued from Page 9)
of the freshman baseball players, and
is the newest addition to the staff,
having come here only this year.
Perhaps the most outstanding rec-
ord of any man on the staff is that
held by Matt Mann, the head swim-
ming coach. Coming here in 1925,
he has, since that time produced 14
Big Ten and 12 Intercollegiate cham-
pionships. In 1940 his squad became
the first to win the Big Ten, the Na-
tional Intercollegiate and the Na-
tional AAU crowns in one year.
Leroy Weir came here five years
ago as the coach of the Vichigan
netters and has had steadily improv-
ing teams until in 1941 his men
were able to capture the Big Ten
Cliff Keen was the wrestling coach
until last spring, but was called into
the service so Ray Courtright, men-
tor of the golf team, was called in
to aid with the coaching job. Court-
right won 12 varsity letters and was
a member of Phi Beta Kappa while
attending Oklahoma University.
Eddie Lowrey who was a star hock-
ey player himself with the Ottawa
Senators is in charge of the Michi-

gan puck squad. Although in the; past
couple of years the teams have had
only mediocre success due to a great
extent of lack of material, the pros-
pects for next year are very good.
This season has brought two new
coaches onto the Michigan roster of
mentors, namely, Bill Barclay, who
serves in the double capacity of as-
sistant basketball coach and golf
The war created the need of the
other new coach, Art Valpey, who has
been in charge of the PEM program.

By GLORIA VREELAND Varsity career. He was beaten four
As the Maize and Blue tennis team times, three times to Big Ten aces,
wound up its season with a 6-3 vic- Iwhile prior to this spring he had
tory over the Spartans from Michi- met only one setback.
'an State May 11. it viewed the Con- Poger Lewis, a freshman, is prob-
ference meet at Northwestern May ' ably one of the most promising net-
13, 14, and 15 with what Coach Leroy nca on this year's squad. Last year,
Weir described as "only an outside playing for Ann Arbor High, he cop-
chahce" to win. ped the state high school singles
Boasting only one veteran, Cap- crown. In his first season as a Wol-

tain Jinx Johnson, and one other'
letterman, sophomore Fred Welling-
ton. the netters suffered their worst
season in the six years that Weir has
been .coach. They chalked up four
triumphs against five defeats, losing
all four of their Big Ten matches.
Doubles Team Seeded
As a result none of the Wolverine
singles players were seeded in the
Conference championships. However,
Michigan's number two and three
doubles teams made a brilliant show-
ing this spring and, consequently,
earned top seeded ranking in the
The number three duo of Merle
Brown and Roy Boucher finished the
season undefeated, playing in eight
out of nine contests. Johnson and
Roy; Bradley, Weir's number two
doubles combination, also captured
eight wins, dropping a tough one to
Bill Maxwell and Earl May of Mich-
igan State in three sets.
- Johnson, who played in the top
singles division in every match but
the first, displayed by far the most
disappointing performance of his

verine he got off to a shaky start,
losing his first three battles, butoafter
gaining confidence he went on to
take five of his remaining six match-
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Net Season Worst in Weir Regime

man on the squad, but afterwards
moved to number two spot.
Dame, 5-4: lost to Illinois, 5-4; lost
to Michigan State, 6-3; beat Western
Michigan, 8-1;. beat Kalamazoo, 7-2;
lost to Chicago, Ohio State and
Northwestern, 5-4; and beat Michi-
gan State in final match. 6-3. -
OMAHA, May 4. -(A')- "Geron-
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Alliance, Neb., Army Air Base, will
wear sergeant's stripes after May 23.


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