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4- 7, 1941

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Wolverine Cagemen Capture
Five Conference Encounters
Lindquist, Captain; Mullaney, Most Valuable,
As Ten Hoopsters Receive Major Awards

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Baseball Squad
Strengthened by
Seven Veterans

Ten major awards and five minor
letters were given to members of
Michigan's 1944-45 basketball team,
which finished fifth in the Western
Conference race with a record of five
victories and seven defeats, Head
Basketball Coach Bennie Oosterbaan
has announced.
At the same time it was also re-
vealed that Don Lindquist, steady
performer all season at guard, was
elected captain of the squad by his
teammates. Forward John Mullaney,
whom Oosterbaan once called "the
most improved player on the team"'
was named "most valuable player."
Michigan Wins 12
By virtue of an early season seven-
game winning streak against non-
Conference rivals, the Wolverines
compiled an over-all record of 12
wins and seven losses. Victory in the
final game of the season against
Northwestern not only avenged an

earlier loss to the Wildcats but also
insured Michigan of fifth position in
the Big Ten standings, one notch
higher than last season.
Leading Conference scorer of the
Michigan quintet was Bob Geahan
who ran up 114 points in 12 games,
an average of 9.5 per contest. Gea-
han, who was up among the top three
Big Ten point-makers most of the
campaign, slipped to twelfth place in
the final compilation.
Mullaney Scores 83
Second in Conference scoring for
the Wolverines was Mullaney with'
83, good for twenty-first position,
center Don Lund, who won his eighth
letter as a Michigan athlete, finished
with 81. Captain-elect Lindquist had
77.
As a team the Wolverines scored
507 points against 561 for the oppo-
sition. The 507-point total was the
lowest registered in the Big Ten.
Defensively, Michigan ranked fourth
among the nine teams competing.
Iowa Wins Crown
Although the Wolverines were out
of the title race at mid-season, the
final dash to the wire did not result
in a decision until the last game of
the campaign when Iowa chalked up
a 43-37 triumph over Illinois to win
the crown outright. Had the Illini
beaten the Hawks, as they did earlier
in the season, second-place Ohio
State could have moved into a tie
for the lead.

Individual Scoring

G FG
Geahan ........12 45
Mullaney .......12 31
Lund..........12 29
Lindquist......12 32
Kell .............12 23
Harder.........10 26
Rifenburg ......14 6
Berce.. ......10 6
Hilkene......... 3 2
Norris .......... 4 1

FT
24
21
23-
13
14
5
3
1
0
1

PF
28
26
25
24
32
12
10
0
0
2

TP
114
83
81
77
60
57
15
13
4
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ROSS AND BOB HUME
ONE OUT OF TWO:
Wolverine Track Squad Splits
Two Meets Between Terms
By BILL LAMBERT
During the between semester lull, the Wolverine track squad was
busy on the cinderpaths, coming out victorious in a triangular meet with
Great Lakes and Western Michigan, while meeting defeat Saturday night at
the hands of a powerful Illinois aggregation.
The earlier three-cornered meet saw Michigan dominate the money
positions, grabbing nine firsts, and a total of 81 points. Great Lakes gar-
nered 42 for second, and the Broncos finished third.
The Hume twins, Ross and' Bob,' . .
dead-heated the mile, while Ross and low hurdle events. The Illini also
Willard and Charles Birdsall follow- scored a slam in the broad jump to
ed suit in the two-mile. George Wet- clinch the meet.
ter, who showed up so well in the Al McNabb, Wolverine high
Michigan Relays by winning the open jumper, turned in his best per-
660, turned in another sparkling per- formance of the season, when he
formance by out-lasting Les Eisen- cleared 6'1", to tie for first with
hart in the 880. Bob Cooley.
In last Saturday's meet against The results of the meet which
the Illini, the Wolverines encoun- brought together the two leading
tered a well balanced squad which midwestern powers, set the stage for
downed them 58-46, and were the Big Ten meet which will be held
shown that the boys from Cham- at the Chicago Stadium Saturday,
paign are the ones to beat in Sat- and makes even more unpredictable
urday's Conference meet. the possible winner.
Captain Ross Hume shattered the
Illinois Armory record for the half Final Cage Standings j

65 Prospects Report
For Opening Practice
Bolstered by the return of six ma-
jor letter winners and one minor
award winner from last year's squad
Head Baseball Coach Ray Fisher be-
gan building the 1945 team which
he hopes will capture his tenth Big
Ten title in a quarter of a century of
coaching at Michigan, tlis week in
the Field House.
Fisher, whose nine copped the Con-
ference title last spring with a per-
feet record of eight wins against no
losses in Big Ten competition, has
65 prospects under his tutelage at
present. This unwieldy squad, how-
ever, will be cut over the week-end
so that just enough players for two
teams remain.
Lund Returns
Among the regulars who will prob-
ably form the nucleus of the team is
Don Lund, veteran of two years in
centerfield, who hit .308 for the Wol-
verines last season. Bill Gregor, who
played left field last year and batted
.333 in the cleanup spot for Michi-
gan, is slated to patrol the field.
again this season. The other two
regulars will probably be Walter Kell
at third and Bob Stevenson behind
the plate.
Bo Bowman and Jack Hackstadt
remain from the '44 mound corps.
Bowman, a southpaw, had a record of
six wins in eight starts for the Wol-
verines last season, and was one of
Fisher's two ace hurlers, while Hack-
stadt performed chiefly in a relief
role.
Louthen Out
Wolverine hopes have been bright-
ened by the appearance in a Michi-
gan uniform of Ray Louthen, who
pitched Western Michigan to a vic-
tory over Fisher's crew in the final
game of the season last year. Lou-
then, who scattered nine hits over
the nine-inning route to eke out a
3-2 win over the Wolverines, had a
shutout in his grasp until the last
inning of the game, but managed to
administer the fourth defeat in 20
contests to Michigan in spite of a
belated flurry of extra base blows by
the Wolverines.
Other players who show promise
are Bill Nelson, one of last season's
minor award winners who played in
the outfield, Jack Weisenburger, Mus-
kegon Heights star who was a half-
back on the football team this fall,
and Jack Markward, 6 ft. 7 in. pitch-
ing prospect.

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Tandken Oppose Eight
Foes in Crown Defense
Ohio State, Sparked by Nakama, Schangler,
Billingsley, Seriously Threaten Wolverines
By HANK KEISER
Coach Matt Mann's Michigan swimming crew will face eight Confer-
ence foes in the annual Big Ten Championship meet this Saturday at
Northwestern.
Chief threat to the Wolverines, defending title-holders, is a strong
Ohio State aggregation sparked by Hawaiian speedster Keo Nakama, free-
styler Bill Schangler, and spring-board performer Dave Billingsly.
Nakama, who captured Big Ten
honors in both the 220 and 440 free- again emerge victorious, taking firsts
style events last year, is reported to in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle
be in top condition, and, on the events respectively.
basis of his showing thus far this One of the hotest contests of the
season, is expected to retain these meet will be that between Michigan
crowns. Conference champ, Heini Kessler, and
Schangler, a promising newcom- Minnesota breaststroker, Vernon
er to the Buckeye squad, is con- Ojempa. These two men failed to
ceded to be another competent dis- face each other in the dual meet of
tance man, proficient in both the Feb. 10, because of Kessler's illness,
220 and 440 divisions. The third consequently this will be their first
member of this powerful triumvi- meeting. Ojempa is given a slight
rate, Billingsly, holds the Big Ten edge by virtue of the fast times he
diving crown and threatens to has recorded but Coach. Mann ex-
again cop top honors.fpects the Wolverine contender to put
On the credit side of the ledger, up a terrific battle.
Maize and Blue stalwarts Chuck Fries The Maize and Blue stacks up
and Captain Mert Church, both hold- well in both the Medley and 400-
ers of Conference titles, will compete yard freestyle relays. Probable
in an effort to garner points for the contestants in the former clash are
Wolverine squad. Coach Mann be- Kessler, backstroker Bob Munson,
lieves that both of these veterans will and Bob Mowerson.
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SOUTH BEND, Ind., Mar. 6-(')-
Line coach Hugh John Devore, for-
mer coach at Providence (R. I.) Col-
lege, today was appointed acting head
football coach and Athletic Director
at the University of Notre Dame. He
replaces Ed McKeever, who resign-
ed Feb. 27 to become head coach at
Cornell University.
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