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By ED ZALENSKI
Daily Sports Editor
A Torch for Basketball
Daily policy in past years with regards to Wolverine athletic squads has
been sharply defined. We have never attempted any sharp criticism of a
Michigan team, but the sad plight of our current cagers is pitiful. Something
should be said in defense of a disastrous season at this time, considering the
fact that our shaky quintet is threatening Chicago for the honor of the Con-
Coach. Bennie Oosterbaan's boys have just two games left on the
Conference schedule. Saturday night they entertain the hapless Chicago
Maroons at Ann Arbor, and we hesitate to pick a winner. The season's
swan song comes Monday night when the lads will entertain the North-
western Wildcats at a picnic in Yost Field House.
IT COULD HAPPEN--Wouldn't it be embarrassing if that pitiful Chi-
cago quintet decided to choose our poor Wolverines as an excellent chance
to nip a 37-game losing streak? The uncertain successes of Coach Bennie's
boys all season have been a constant headache to Michigan students who
like to boast of Wolverine athletic prowess. Michigan has been a leader in
Conference sports with the exception of basketball and hockey. Since the
cagers seem to be our problem at the moment, we will forget about Coach
Eddie Lowrey's hapless pucksters. Their turn will come at a later date.
This tirade wasn't prompted solely by the team's sporadic successes
during the 1942-43 campaign. The lethargic type of basketball displayed
by Wolverine teams in the past few years has been a source of constant
argument to Michigan fans. Where is that dynamic type of basketball
that we expected to see at college? We had heard so much about the
powerhouse Midwestern quintets before coming to Michigan that we
expected to see something startling. To say that Michigan's cage quin-
tets were disappointing is putting it mildly.
WHAT'S TO BE DONE-Much has been said about the style of basket-
ball taught by Oosterbaan. That fast break which has, characterized some
of the Conference's outstanding teams this season, is unknown to Michigan.
Here, we believe in taking our time about moving down the floor, in order
to let our opponents get their defense set. Then, we start passing madly in
an effort to penetrate that defense. Yes, we did succeed in upsetting Wiscon-
sin. Frankly, we believe that the boys got excited and started playing the
type of basketball they are capable of.
Can we blame it on lack of material? Take a look at the Michigan,
roster and you will hesitate on that score. It isn't every school in the
Conference that has its Jim Mandlers, Dave Stracks, Bob Wieses, etc.
Well, we have the material. Where can we look neat? It's up to you to
solve that tough problem.
Track men Aim
Dual Meet To Be Held 1
Here Tomorrow; Ufer t
Runs in Featured 440
Three records that have withstood
the onslaughts of Michigan and Ohio
State athletes for a long succession of
dual meets appear to be headed for
oblivion Friday night at "Yost FieldW
House when the two potential 1943
Conference champions of indoor
track pair off in the greatest battle
of the series.
Interest is centered on the quarter-
mile event in which the Wolverines'
sensational Bob Ufer will attempt the
dual task of defeating the Buckeyes'
Russ Owens and erasing the meet
record of :49.7 established by the
Michigan ace in 1941. Owens has
cracked 50 seconds and should push
Ufer to a new mark.
Record Foreseen in Half
Varsity Coach Ken Doherty was
prepared to blot out the record of
1:56 in the half-mile from the record
books. The mark, held by Wolverines'
Dye Hogan and Johnny Kautz, isi
headed for oblivion with Captain
Dave Matthews picked as the one tol
turn the trick. The Buckeyes' Johnny
Jones should be in there for a place.
The third record endangered is in
the running broad jump. The mark
of 22 ft., 2/4 in., established in 1941
by Michigan's Frank McCarthy, will
not tax the ability of Dallas Dupre,
Ohio State jumper, who can be
counted on to clear 24 ft., if he has
sufficiently recovered from an injury
suffered at the Michigan State Re-
Hurdle Events Close
Fans can expect a battle in both
the low and high hurdle events.
Should Dupre enter the meet in top
physical condition he can be counted
on to nip Michigan's Chuck Pinney
in the 65-yard low hurdles, while
Hoeflinger and Elmer Swanson are
closely matched in the 65-yard highs.
Don't be surprised if the 60-yard,
dash turns out to be a hot duel be-
tween Lennie Alkon and the Buck-
eyes' two sprinters, Trepanier and
Chet Thomas. Trepanier is favored to
take first with Thomas right behind
him, but Alkon is capable of upset-
ting the dope sheet.
There is a lot of interest centered
on the pole vault in which Bob Seg-
ula will make another attempt to
break his own record, and, inciden-
tally, defeat Schmidt who has been
clearing 13 ft., 4 in.
Michigan Seeks First Conference
Victory Over Favored Illini Team
Harris Signed To Manage Phils
By WALT KLEE
Victory over the favored Illinois
hockey team was the only thing in
the minds of the Michigan pucksters
as they left Ann Arbor last night
bound for Championship and two
games tonight and Saturday with a
fighting Illini sextet.
The home team, after giving up
hockey temporarily due to a player
shortage, has won five out of six
contests and must be given the nod
over the victory hungry Wolverines.
They split with Minnesota. took two
from Michigan Tech in the Upper
Peninsula, and one from the Chicago
Hornets, an amateur aggregation.
Leading the Illini will be their sex-
tet's captain and star defenseman
Amo Bessone. It was this same Bes-
Championship team. As Coach Vic
Heyliger is having player shortages1
of his own, both defensemen will see
sixty minutes of action along with
Michigan's Bob Stenberg and Bob
This year's version of the Illinois
front line presents as formidable an
offensive threat to the Maize and
Blue as any line met this year. Vet-
eran center Lou Ferranti will be I
flanked by Hershell Benson, a mem-
ber of last year's team, and Glenn
Rolle, a newcomer to the Illinois
Illini Line Strong
This line has proven its worth by
tallying four goals against the Goph-
ers and eight against the Michigan
The only spares on the fighting
Illini sextet are two wings, Tom Aus-
tin and Tommy Twitchell. Austin is
the second new man that Heyliger is
relying on to help the Illini on to
victory while Twitchell saw action
In the Illinois nets will be Tom
Karakas, brother of Mike Karakas
who tended goal for the Chicago
Blackhawks several years back. Tom,
in his first year for Heyliger, has
had one of the best records in many
years for an Illinois goalie.
Gophers Clinch Title
As Minnesota has already clinched
the Big Ten Title, the two teams will
be battling for second place. Illinois
has a record of three losses, two of
them forfeits, and one win. Coach
Ed Lowrey's boys have to their credit
three losses and a tie. The Michigan
team must win two and tie one if it is
to climb out of the cellar slot in the
Results just published reveal that
the undefeated Wolverine freshman
track squad has swept to another
victory, defeating the Notre Dame
Each team held time trials last
Saturday and exchanged their best
marks by mail. The Michigan fresh-
men actually ran against competition,
Michigan Normal sending a small
squad over from. Ypsilanti.
The Wolverines made their great-
est show of strength in the field
events. Paul Bander captured the
high jump with a leap of 6 feet 1 1-4
inches, and Fred Weaver was a close
second with 6 feet 3-4 inch.
The broad jump was won by Mich-
igan's Varskin Baydarian, who cov-
ered the excellent freshman distance
of 22 feet 1-2 inch. Gene Moody
vaulted 12 feet to make the pole
Other Wolverine firsts were Nelson
and Fisher in the 65 yard low hurdles
with a tie in 8.1 seconds; Jim Pierce
in the 440 in 52.1 seconds; and Bob
Edmondson with a 10:29.8 victory in
the two-mile run.
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 24.-(P)-
Stanley (Bucky) Harris, who has
spent 23 years in the Major Leagues
as second baseman and manager of
the Washington Senators, Detroit
Tigers and Boston Red Sox, was given
the job today of rebuilding the last
pace National League Phils.
He was selected as manager by Wil-
liam D. Cox, 33-year-old New York
sportsman, who purchased the Phils
last week from the National League.
Enthusiastic over signing Harris, Cox
wagered a carton of cigarets with a
Philadelphia sportswriter * that the
Phils would be sixth at the end of
the first month of play and would
finish the season in sixth place or
Harris, now 46, gained fame as the
"boy manager" in leading Washing-
ton to the 1924 American League'
pennant and a World Series triumph
over the New York Giants.
Indoor and Outdoor Riding
Wooded Bridle Trails
Class or Private Instruction
can cost. Lives!
. . . first string wing on the
Michigan hockey team who scored
both Wolverine goals in the Min-
nesota fray last Saturday night.
sone who scored five goals and three
assists in the four Michigan-Illinois
games last year. Amo is a scrappy lit-
tle defenseman with plenty of spirit
and fight in addition to an aptitude
for getting in the way of on rushing
linement as they bring the puck up
Bessone's colleague at defense will
be George Balestri, who played sec-
ond string defense on last year's
Five Swimming Records May Fall
In Big Ten C ha ipionshi p Meet
"...sails tonight, world's biggest, Packed with trooPs..Berlin waiting"
Keep, it, under
When one of Damon Runyan's fic-
titious oracles such as Sam the
Gonoph, Hot Horse Herbie or maybe
Liverlips Louie uttered the gem of
wisdom that nothing between hum-
ans ever rates as bad as 3 to 1, he
doubtless failed to foresee the 1943
Big Ten swimming championships,
to be held at Evanston March 5 and 6.
But then, none of the aforemen-
tioned Runyan creations is hardly
such a guy as would deliberate long
on antics of the swimming pool
unless maybe the public's clamor for
ducats made it worth one's while to
indulge in a bit of pasteboard broker -
Five Records Expected
However, among those who do evi-
dence enthusiasm concerning how
long it takes to splash given dis-
tances in the water ranging from a
mere 50 yards through two furlongs,
3 to 1 would not be such a bad price
to give that at least four and maybe
five new Big Ten swimming records
will be written into the books at
The new records expected are those
for 220 yards, 150-yard backstroke,
300-yard medley relay, 400-yard free
style relay and also the 200-yard
breast stroke if Ohio State's Jim
Counsilman is still on the scene at
that time. Reports have it, however,
that Counsilman may don an army
uniform before then.
Michigan and Ohio State, it is
safe to assume, will take care of all
the record breaking and anyone
thinking differently could ask odds
All eligible candidates for the
baseball team should report today
or tomorrow at Yost Field House
any time after 2 p.m. to sign up
for practice. -Coach Ray Fisher
as long as from here to Christmas.
Also, either Michigan is going to win
the Conference team title the fifth
season in a row or it will go to the
Buckeyes. The price on the field
would be out of sight.
In the 220 both John Patten of
Michigan and Keo Nakama of Ohio
havetbettered the existing record at
w\ill this season.
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