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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24, 1943








Purpose'--- Crisler


Spring Sports
To Be Helped
ByNew Move
(Continued from Page 1)
In addition to waiving the fresh-
man ruling the Conference voted eli-
gibility to members of the armed ser-
vices on active duty, who may be as-
signed to member schools. The Navy
has intimated that it will allow these
men to gompete, while the Army has
inferred the opposite.
Waiver of the freshman rule will
be the salvation of all Big Ten teams
in football, since it is estimated that
at least 75 per cent of the candidates
next fall will be first-year men. Be-
cause of stricter entrance require-
ments, Michigan will benefit least by
the new freshman rule.
Spring Sports Helped
By making the waiver effective for
1943 spring sports, members of the
current 1946 class will be allowed to
participate in baseball, tennis, golf
and outdoor track as well as any
N.C.A.A. meets held during the
spring semester.
The new setup will be a boon to
Michigan's four spring sports, par-
ticularly track. Coach Ken Doherty's
Varsity squad, woefully weak in field
events, will add eight possible point-
winners to its squad for the outdoor
campaign from Frosh Coach Chet
Stackhouse's strong yearling team.
Chief among the new Varsity pros-
pects are George Kraeger and Bob
Gardner, shot putters. Kraeger has
tossed the 16-pound ball'45 ft., 8% in.
for the second best mark in frosh
history, while Gardner has thrown
it 44 ft., 6/2 in,
High Jumpers Good
Three frosh high jumpers have
cleared six feet consistently in prac-
tice. Paul Bander and Fred Weaver
have leaped 6 ft., 1 in., while Gardner
has cleared an even six feet. Stack-
house has a 12-foot pole vaulter in
Gene' Moody, and strong prospects
in the running broad jump. Varskin
Baydarian has leaped 22 ft., ' in.,
while Gardner has jumped over 21
ft. Add seven men in the track events
and the result may assure Michigan
of its most powerful outdoor team in
Coach Ray Courtright's Varsity
golf team will also benefit with the
All students, including eligible
freshmen, wishing to try out for
varsity tennis, report to the Sports
Building at 7 o'clock Friday night.
Coach Weir

Ladle Replaces Bat

Joe DiMaggio, New York Yankee
star, wields the big stick in the
stewpot while on "kitchen police"
duty at the Army reception center
at Monterey, Calif. He was in-
ducted at San Francisco Feb. 17.
addition of a tall, red-headed links
ace in Duncan Noble, currently listed
as top man on the University frosh
golf team.
Noble, who constantly shoots in the
low 70's, is Coach Courtright's cur-
rent choice for the fourth spot on the
1943 golf team of Captain Ben Smith,
Bob Fife and Bill Ludolph. "There
are several other boys who show defi-
nite possibilities and may land Var-
sity berths," Courtright disclosed.
Baseball, according to Coach Ray
Fisher, will be strengthened. "I don't
know yet what I have on the fresh-
man squad,"'Fisher declared yester-
day, "but I am positive that there are
at least five boys who will be poten-
tial Varsity men."
Fisher named Bob Nussbaumer, a
highly-touted Chicago boy, as a defi-
nite outfield candidate, and Ann Ar-
bor's Dick Walterhouse for any posi-
tion except pitcher.
Tennis Coach . Leroy. Wier was
heartened by the new freshman rul-
ing which will allow him to use Roger
Lewis, former state high school net
titlist, who is currently the leading
man on his yearling squad, and sev-
eral other bright prospects.

Track Win,
Hinges on
Mile Relay
Victory in Friday night's important
dual meet between the powerful Mich-
igan and Ohio State track squads will
probably hinge on the outcome of the
final event on the program-the mile
relay race.
The invading Buckeyes pack morel
punch in the field events to make up'
for the Wolverines' superior strength
on the track, and there is a strong
possibility that the teams will move
into the climaxing race with an even
number of points.
The Maize and Blue thinclads,
without a mile relay team at the start
of the indoor season and only Bob
Ufer certain of a place, have accom-
plished the feat of placing four men
together who currently rank as the
Conference's top team.
Varsity Coach Ken Doherty started
building a team around Ufer, national
indoor quarter-mile champion, and
now has five good 440-yard dash men
from which to choose the other three
The Wolverine mentor has rounded
up Jim Sears, an unknown quantity
last season, who has run :51.4; Willie
Glas, a 4:27 miler of 1942, who has
also run :51.4; Len Alkon, a sprinter,
who turned in a quarter in :51.9;
Chuck Pinney, crack low hurdler, with
a :51.8 quarter to his record; and Art
Upton, a virtually unknown sopho-
more, who has run :52. Ufer's best
time of the season is :48.8.
"All of the times listed for these
boys are from a standing start," Doh-
erty pointed out, "and the boys will
all run faster in a relay race from a
running start. I feel confident that
our relay quartet can nip the Buck-
eyes, especially under pressure.
Blackhawks Beat Bruins
BOSTON, Feb. 3.- UP)- The Chi-
cago Blackhawks spotted Boston's
crippled and undermanned Bruins
three early goals and then, sparked
by the veteran Johnny Gottselig, cut
loose with such a terrific attack that
they pulled out a 7-5 victory tonight
before an 11,288 crowd at the Boston
While gaining their first victory on
Boston ice in more than a year and
their second road triumph of the cur-
rent National Hockey League season,
the Blackhawks took full advantage
of the Bruins' casualty list.

Pucksters Seek
First Big Ten
Win at Illinois ,
Still seeking their first conference1
win of the year, the Michigan stick-
men will entrain this afternoon for
Champaign, Illinois, where they will
meet the fighting Illini sextet in a
two game series tomorrow and Sat-
The ever improving team held its
final practice last night before taking
on Coach Vic Heyliger's favored sex-
tet, hoping for an upset victory in at,
least one of the tow contests over
the weekend. The Illini split with thea
Gophers in their only other Big Ten;
contests two weeks ako, after forfeit-
ing two to the Gophers several weeks
The same team that tied one and
lost one against Minnesota's Gophers
this past week-end will make the
trip. Defenseman Bob Stenberg will
play in both games in spite of a re-
currance of a knee injury in the sec-
ond period of Saturday's game.
Stenberg, as a result of fifteen min-
utes in the penalty box over the
weekend, has really earned the title of
Michigan's "bad man." His body
checking and puck stealing has im-
proved much during the past few
weeks and it is hoped that a bit of
tape' around his injured knee will
enable him to continue playing his
fine game at defense.
Things do not look as dark for
the Wolverines as they did last week
this time. Both lines have shown that
they pack a potential scoring punch.
Led by Bill Dance, who centers the
first line, the Maize and, Blue will be
really in there all the way. Dance al-
most scored twice all alone in the
third stanza of Saturday's game,
when he split the Minnesota defense
and was all alone in front of the Min-
nesota nets. It was only the sensa-
tional stickwork of Mac Thayer that
prevented two Michigan goals.
Dance will be flanked by Roy Brad-
ley and Gordon Anderson, two veter-
ans of two seasons of play for the
Wolverine hockey team. It was Brad-
ley who tallied both Michigan scores
Saturday on passes from Anderson
and Dance.
The second Michigan line, paced by

Having twice fallen before second
half spurts fashioned by a surprising
Ohio State quintet, the fortunes of
Michigan's basketball five can well
look to better days in the near future
as they meet a woefully weak Chicago
team in the Yost Field House this
Although hailing from the state of
Illinois where, according to all indi-
cations, the Big Ten title is to rest
this year, the Maroons bear no re-
semblance to their college neighbors,
the miraculous whiz kids of the Uni-
versity of Illinois. In fact, it can
safely be said that the Maroons bear
no resemblance to anyone. They stand
apart like a buck private in a room
full of generals. And they command
just as much respect from the other
teams in the Big Ten.
Lost 38 Straight
They have lost 38 consecutive Con-
ference games over a three-year per-
iod, and this season opposing squads
have pierced their tissue-paper de-
fences for an average of 58 points per
contest. If you want to see the Wol-
verines look like champions, this Sat-
urday evening is your best bet.
Michigan's two game stay in
Columbus was a rather disastrous
one. In the opener they showed some-


two field goals and a free throw in
the last sixty seconds to give the
Ohioans a 46-44 decision.
The second clash promised also to
develop into a nip and tuck affair, the
first half ending with the two teams
deadlocked at 17-17. However, in the
second session the Buckeyes complete-
ly dominated the play and ran away
with the weary Wolverines, 53-38.
Al Wise and Max Gecowets finished'

with 14 and 16 points, resepctively, for
Ohio, while Jerry Mullaney and Dave
Strack paced the Maize and Blue with
10 points each.
After their breather with Chicago,
the Wolverines will return to the Field
House Monday night to conclude their
season, meeting Northwestern who
defeated them earlier in the year,




Chicago Next---Cagers' Hopes Rise





Stewart 's 440 Showing Climaxes Meet

Last Saturday's Ohio - Michigan
swimming meet was even closer than
the 43Fl-401/ score would indicate.
The Wolverine team, up against a
rather uninspired Buckeye squad in
the first dual contest in which the
Maize and Blue mermen rang up an
impressive 52-32 victory, found itself
having to work hard for every point
in the return engagement.
Coach Mike Peppe had evidently
instilled some fire in his Bucks for,
as hard as the Wolverines tried, they
could only end up three points ahead
of the hard-splashing Ohioans. This
means that Michigan will have to
really work for the Big Ten meet on
March 5 and 6 if it is to come out
ahead of the threatening Buckeyes.

The highlight of last Saturday's
thrilling battle was the next to the
last event, the 440-yard freestyle.
Ohio was behind, 321-301/, but the
sensational Buckeye sophomore from
Hawaii, Keo Nakama, was an almost
sure bet to win the race from Wol-
verine Walt Stewart and Jack Ryan
of the Scarlet and Gray, Big Ten
champion at the distance.
However, if Ryan beat Stewart, the
meet would go to the Bucks by one
point, despite the certain triumph of
Coach Matt Mann's foursome over the
comparatively weak Ohio sprinters in
the 400-yard freestyle relay. Stewart
had had a fairly easy time out-dis-
tancing the Stater in the first contest,
and Ryan was out to gain revenge and
to prove to the hometown throng that
he was still of championship caliber.

So, with the fans at fever pitch,
the race started. Nakama, as expec-
ted, went out in front early. Walt and
Ryan, however, kept even for the first
part of the race. The Ohioan would
pick up a yard at every turn and the
Mattmen would, just as surely, gain
back that distance every length.
Coming out of the turn at 400 yards,
Ryan was again a yard ahead of
Stewart. Walt evened this gap and,
with all the fans almost mad with
excitement, exploded a perfect turn
to enter the home stretch a yard
ahead of the Buck.
Swimming those last fifteen yards
stroke for stroke, the duo finished
with just that interval between them.
The Michigan relay team immediately
dove in the water and jubilantly
swarmed over the hero of the meet.


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