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Gopher Pucksters Battle to






Spartan Frosh
Eligible to Play
In Competition
EAST LANSING, Feb. 18.-(I)-
Michigan State College, hoping to
hold the fort on the collapsing Inter-
collegiate athletic front, today ruled
freshmen eligible for varsity competi-
tion, effective March 1.
The action was taken by faculty's
administrative group after an an-
nouncement by the Army that soldier-
students will be banned from ath-
letics while attending college under
the new military training program.
Michigan State soon will be a
training center for about 3,000 uni-
formed men.
The ruling also specified that fresh-
men transfer students and soldiers, if
the Army later rescinds its ban, will
be able to compete in their first year.
To what extent the action will in-
ject new blood in the blurring Spartan
sports picture is a matter of conjec-
ture. It may benefit current sports
iomewhat during March, a traditional
tournament month, but many fresh-
men will be included among the 2,100
enlisted reserves who will be called to
active duty early in April.
While a survey disclosed that most
of the winter and spring sports
coaches planned to use all promising
freshmen, the real importance of to-
day's action will not be evident until
next fall.
Then, the Army's training program
will be in full swing and Naval, Ma-
rine and Coast Guard Reserves prob-
ably will be at other training centers,
Dearborn Naval Air Base 51, Rom-
ulus Army Air Base 36
Final at New York: Detroit 5, New
York 4.
Freshman football numeral win-
ners please report to the Ferry,
Field Administration Building any'
afternoon during the next five
days for an interview.
Wally Weber,
Freshman Coach:
All second semester Freshmen
apd Sophomores who wish to try
out for baseball manager positions
please phone 2-4481. Exemptions
,.from PEM will be made.
Bill Kopeke,
Senior Baseball Manager

Wolverine Swimmers
Given Edge over Bucks
Second Meeting of Power Laden Squads
Should Feature Close Races in Every Event

A twelve-man tidal wave will des-
cend on Columbus tonight for the
second Michigan-Ohio State swim-
ming meet tomorrow night and opin-
ion down at the Sports Building pool
has it that the tidal wave Will carry
off its second straight victory over
the star-studded Buckeye team.
Those twelve men comprising the
invading Wolverine squad include
Captain Johnny Patten, Big Ten and
Intercollegiate champion at the, 220-
yard freestyle, Jim Skinner, who holds
the same titles in the breaststroke,
Lou Kivi, Alex Canja, Lou Haughey
and Walt Stewart, plus sophomores
Charlie Fries, Harry Holiday, Johnny
McCarthy, Ace Cory, Mert Church
and Pat Hayes. Of, course, Coach
Matt Mann will be much in evidence.
Individual Events Important'
The individual events hold plenty
of excitement and this is how they
stack up. Matt may make'a few last-
minute changes in his, lineups but
they will be substantially the, same as
in the last thrilling Buck-Wolverine
battle. Thie Buckeye team will also
be essentially the same that absorbed
a 52-32 drubbing at the' 1ihds of an
aroused Maize and Blue' squad on
Jan. 23.
Medley relay: The Wolverine trio
of Holiday, Hayes and Patten seems
to be about invincible. It bettered the
American record of 2:51.9. by over a
second in the Midhigan State cdntest
and, to prove that this ,was 't a
freak, it turned in a 2:51.1 clocking.
at Iowa City. ,
Cory Swinis reestyle
With the substititdion of Ace. Gory
in the freestyle blot igainst th iCks
the threesope ws abe to finish al-
most a pool's lengthi ahead of the Ohil-
oans with a time :54.3. T sie pres-
ence of CdaptAin .Miak-'flaisbee in
the backstroke this time couldscarce-
Iydo much to vard lessening the great
gap betweeni the'trios that existed on
Jan. 23. '- .
220-yard 'freestyle: This race should
again provide a bitter duel between
Patten of Michigan nd Keo Nakama
of the Bucdk, NAAU 440-yard and
mile titlist. Patten won last tixie by
about'two ards'in the exceilent time,
of 2:10.6.
50-yard freestyle: The Buckeyes

don't seem to have improved any in
the sprints, so Charlie Fries, Holiday,
Mert Church or Lou Kivi ought to be
able to best Don Collihan, Jack Mar-
tin or Ted Hobert.
Diving: The Ohio divers seem to
have a monopoly in this event with
Big Ten and Collegiate champ Frank

..Michigan breaststroker who
will'try to even up the score with
Ohio's ace Jim Counsilman. '
Dempsey and NAAU winner Miller
Anderson on the roster. Michigan will,
as usual,'enter Alex Canja and Lou
Haughey, who have- been looking very
good in, practice this week and who
should cause trouble.
>100-yard. freestyle: The same may
be Said. about this event as was stated
about the "50-yard sprint. Captain
Patten .Lnd Lou Kivi will probably
do the swimming against the same
Buckeyes but ,should have little trou-
ble in coming out on top.
Holiday Rated above Follansbee
. 150-yard r backstroke: Harry Holi-
day will be an -overwhelming favorite
to best Big Ten champ Mark Follans-
bee. The' Buckeye captain was ill for
the first meet but., his times since
have not"- approached the record-
smashing efforts of the Wolverine,
notably the 1:30.9 clocking accom-
plished in the Iowa meet.
200-yard breaststroke: Again the
Ohio flash, Jim Counsilman, who set
new world records for 50-yard and 50
meters last week will meet two-time
NCAA champ Jim Skinner and sopho-
more Pat Hayes. Counsilman won last
time but that doesn't cinch the race
tomorrow for him. The other Buckeye
will be Emil Mamiliga.
Naka na Favored in 440
440-yard freestyle: Keo Nakama
will again be the favorite here but
Walt Stewart of Michigan has shown
that he is a good 'money' swimmer:
that is, he turns in his best perfor-
mances when the chips are down.
Buckeye Jack Ryan will also be in
the scene of the fight for the top posi-
Freestyle relay: Here again, be-
cause of the shortage of Ohio sprint-
ers, the Mattmen will be much favored
over Mike Peppe's charges. The Buck-
eyes finished 15 yards behind the
flying Michigan quartet in the first
engagement and they don't appear
to have improved enough since then
to bring a victory.
The total of all this pre-game prog-
nostication seems to indicate a vic-,
tory for Michigan.

Dance, Athens
Sparkplugs in
Defense Tilt.
135-Pound Wingiian
Scores; Bob Stenberg,
Ryan Exchange Blows
Sparked by the sensational playing
of Bill Dance and Johnny Athens, the
Wolverine sextet earned a moral vic-
tory last night, by tying the Minne-
sota Gophers 1-1 in a thrilling over-
time contest.
The scoring was limited to the sec-
ond period, when both teams con-
nected for the only goals of the eve-
ning. On a pass from Bill Dance,
Johnny Athens pushed the puck past
the Viking netminder, Mac Thayer,
to put the Wolverines in front.
But just a minute later Dick
Kelly received the puck from team-
mate Bob Graiziger, who was behind
the Mighigan nets, to knot the count.
Fight in Third Period
Spirits ran high throughout the
game, and things came to a climax
when Bob Stenberg and Pat Ryan
started to mix it up just inside the
blue line. Only the quick thinking of
Roy Bradley and Bill Dance, kept the
fisticuffs from turning into a riot on
ice. Both fighters were sent off to the
penalty box for five minutes.
Although the Wolverines shot at
the Minnesota nets but thirteen times
during the evening, to thirty-four for
the visitors, the home team was deep
down in Gopher ice almost half the
time, only to have the puck taken
away from them by the alert defense
work of Don Nolander and Graiziger,
the latter playing both on the front
line and on defense.
Much of the credit for the fine
showing of the Wolverine pucksters
must go to the much improved wings
who flanked Johnny Athens 9n the
second line. Both Bob Mulligan and
Dave Pontius were not the same play-
ers they were just last Saturday nights
The Michigan defense, playing sev-
enty minutes of sparkling defensive
and offensive hockey, was siperb.
Many times, by clever "poke-chek
ing" Stenberg and Bob Derleth, stole
the puck from the onrushing vik-
ing linesman.
Athens Stars for Varsity
Diminutive Johnny Athens, five
feet two inches high, one thirty-five
pounds, was one of the two offensive
stars for the Maize and Blue. He
showed no signs of slowing up as he
skated into the body checks of
the 200 pound Minnesota defense-
men or as he'threw his small framie
into an oncoming -Norseman. In the
third period he played eleven straight
minutes without relief.
The other Michigan ace was Bill
Dance. The first line's center was
able to penetrate deep into Viking ice
many times during the evening, only
to have the puck taken away from
him, just seconds before he could let
the puck fly towards the nets.
The two teams will meet again Sat-
urday night at eight in the Coliseum.

Cagers Need
Tight' to Beat
O.S.U. Squad
Sheer fight it was that gave Mich-
igan's basketball crew their Tuesday-
night victory over Purdue's visiting
Boilermakers and fight meted out in
the same proportions is necessary if
the Wolverines are to gain similar
victories over Ohio State in Colum-
bus this coming week-end.
On neither Monday or Tuesday did
Oosterbaan's cagemen look too red
hot, but in the latter contest they
made up for their tactical errors
with some spirited basketball that
was sadly lacking the night before
and which showed up in the relative
box scores.
Wolverines Showed Fight
The particular "scrap" put into
Saturday night's contest by the Wol-
verines may well be supplied by the
same five men who went the entire
distance in defeating the Boiler-
makers. Such a lineup would be com-
posed of forwards Bob Wiese and
Gerry Mullaney, Jim Mandler, cen-
ter, and Guards Leo Doyle and Dave
Such an explosion, no matter how
fierce this Saturday, would not be of
earth-shaking importance in basket-
ball circles, simply because neither
Michigan nor their Ohio State rivals
are world beaters. They are virtually
tied in the standings each having
won two games while the Maize and
Blue have lost six games to the Ohio-
ans' five.
The Buckeyes' claim to fame so far
this season is the scare they gave
Illinois' "Whiz" kids two weeks ago.
Rushing the title-bound Illini squad
off its feet, they led the latter well
into the closing minutes of the first
half and then faded before the speed'
and endurance of Andy Phillip and'
his cohorts.,
Fekete Pays-asketball Too
The Coluimbus lads have on their
roster Gene Fekete of football fame,
Captain Eddie Miller, who dumped
in 19 points against Illinois, and Bob
Shrider and' Max Goewitz, considered
vital factors-in their attack.
In general,: OSU has a team which
scores plenty of points, but which has.
the bad habit of allowing their oppo-
sition to score just a' few more. If
Oosterbaan's lads can give out with
the same fight that they gave uot
with against ,Purdue Tuesday, it is
hoped that they will capitalize on
this bad habit and, come home with.
a couple of victories tucked away in
their sweat socks.

It's PEM Again
No matter how thhi you slice it . ..
There was a letter in the mail the
other day from a s' udent who has
"suffered" through a full semester of
PEM. He doesn't re,?ent compulsory
physical education, but he ... That's
getting ahead of the story, so we'll
let him tell it,
"So the students of Michigan--
93 per cent of them.-want PEM to
carry over into te University's
post-war program. I feel slighted
because my Instructor didn't pick
me out to answer one of his ques-
tionnaires. Maybe I'm not consid-
ered the average stident because I
never cut PEM classes.
"I was interested ii that PEM yarn
in Wednesday morning's Daily for
several reasons. I w sn't aware that
the opinion for post-war PEM was
so strong. Nor was I aware that there
was general satisteiwtion with the
manner in which the classes are con-
"My chief point In writing is to
uncover what I thirk is the basic
weakness of our PEM courses.
There is not enough stress on wind
conditioning;. too much time spent
on sports for fun'; and too little
emphasis on real hardening exer-
"Here's what I'd Like to see. A per-
iod of stiff arm, leg and body exer-
cises; a mad dash across the gym
floor; another session of exercises;
another wind sprint across the floor;
and a repetition of the process. As it
is now carried on there is too -much
time 1dst and wasted' on sports for
fun.": It was sigried "Tthe Guy Who
Didn't Get a Q:Qestionnaire."
The eriticlsms ' are all from the
sta dpoint of , the students' well
being. It is surprising to know that
someone wants to be ready for what
his country will demand of him. Too
many students lack vision or they
would also be epthusiastic about
PtM. as our writer sees it.
Three years ago a young Michigan
Members of the Freshman wres-
tling squad will e6ntinue holding
'daily- practice, sessions at 4 p.m. in
Waterman gymnasium.
Ray Courtriht,
Varsity Coach

State trackman competed against
Wolverine teams in Yost Field House.
He was known to our boys as Ned
Steele. Today he is listed as one of
the state's war dead. He was killed in
action in Northwest Africa and had
attained the rank of captain.
TWICE-Bob Wiese, Michigan's
sophomore forward, once made 43
points in a single game. He popped
19 out of 34 shots from the floor
and added five foul throws.

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Well Done Boys!



period, AthenĀ§
Kelley from


SCORING: second
from Dance (10:3);
Graiziger (11:3).

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