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1044 --THEICIHTGAN - DAILY

Hilkene Elected Captain; Lund Voted Most Valuable]

Player

Varsity Squad Honors
Duo atFootbailBanquel
Former Wolverines, Wakefield, Westfall,
Greene, Are Guest Speakers of 31 Lettermen

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By HANK MANTHO
Daily Sports Editor

By HANK MANTHO
Daily Sports Editor
As a fitting climax to a successful
Wolverine football season, this year's
31 letter winners chose Don Lund as
the "Most Valuable Player" on the
squad and named Bruce Hilkene,
sophomore end, as their captain for
the 1945 season last night at their
annual banquet.
Lund prepped in Detroit, and after
subbing for Captain Bob Wiese for
three years, moved into a starting
role the last four Michigan tilts this
season, when the veteran Wiese was
moved to an advanced Navy training
base. Lund started the season by
alternating at the fullback and cen-
ter posts until Wiese was shipped
out, then stepped into the starting
line-up, serving as co-captain with
quartefback Joe Ponsetto of Flint
for the four remaining games.
Lund's Third Football Award
This was Lund's third letter in
football, and inasmuch as the vet--
eran athlete has won two letters
each in basketball and baseball, it is
very likely that he will go down in
the record books as one of the few
nine lettermen in Michigan history,
still having another year of eligibility
in both of the latter-named sports.
On the other hand, Hilkene won
his first major letter as a Michigan
athlete and he is one of the few
sophomores ever to be honored with
the captaincy of a Wolverine ath-
letic team. Before entering Michigan
as a Navy trainee, Hilkene gained
valuable experience at Indianapolis
Shortridge High School and he
proved to be one of the mainstays of
Michigan's vaunted line this year.
Football Banquet Held
After these selections were made,'
a dinner banquet was held honoring

this year's Wolverine gridders, and
the various high school teams of
Washtenaw County were introduced,
as well as some of the former Michi-
gan athletes. Dick Wakefield, star
outfielder of the Detroit Tigers, one
of the greatest baseball players ever
to don a Michigan uniform, presided
as the toastmaster, introducing Bob
Westfall and Johnny Greene, former
Wolverine gridders, who are now
main cogs in the Detroit Lions'
roster.
Coach H. O. "Fritz" °Crisler, Wol-
verine mentor, served as the main
speaker of the day, and he lauded
this year's squad, which won eight
out of their scheduled ten encoun-
ters, as "one of the greatest teams
that I have ever been associated
with," and he hit a high point when
he stated that "I have never seen a
more gallant fight by any football
team than that shown on the field at
Columbus last Saturday by this
team.''
Bobby Jenkins
Navy Casualty'
ANNAPOLIS, Md., Nov. 28.-(P)-
Bobby Jenkins, Navy's leading
ground gaining back, was declared
"out" of the Army game today be-
cause of an infected foot and hopes
of the Middies to tuck away their
sixth straight win over the Cadets
Saturday took a severe setback.
Commander Oscar E. Hagberg,
Navy head coach, announced that
the former Alabama star who was a
big gun in the Sailors' triumph over
Army last year, would be sidelined.

/

By HANK MANTHO
A GAME and valiant crew of football players from Michigan lost a deci-
sion to Ohio State in Columbus Saturday, 18-14, in one of the most
heartbreaking and interesting games seen in the Mid-West in many a year.
When the Wolverines entered this contest, they were definitely the
underdogs, as the scribes who picked them could be counted on one hand.
Bo McMillan, Indiana coach, and Buddy Young, star halfback from
Illinois, both stated that the Buckeyes were the better team by 15 points,
and the even money betters were giving seven points to any Michigan
rooters.
The Bucks definitely had the edge on football material and when
the Wolverine team arrived in town, a very confident attitude prevailed
on the part of the Ohio State gridders, as well as the fans.
As the game got underway, Ohio State began playing as if they
were going to roll up their markers in easy fashion. After they had
scored their initial tally, the stubborn Wolverines held them, and
when Ralph Chubb of the Maize and Blue intercepted one of Les
Horvath's passes, which was converted into a Wolverine touchdown 22
seconds before halftime to put Michigan in the lead, 7-6, the Buck-
eyes began to realize that they were in a ball game.
After several bad breaks had given the Ohioans the chance to score
their second touchdown, the Wolverines made a gallant stand and
held them for three downs on the two-yard line before Horvath finally
scored for the Buckeyes.
BUT THE MICHIGAN squad could not be defeated that easily, and they
bounced back to score on an 83 yard drive, which was culminated by
Michigan halfback, Bill Culligan's dash into pay dirt from the one-inch
line to give the Wolverines a 14-12 lead.
However, the Buckeyes scooped up a bad kickoff on their own 49 in
the last quarter and 14 plays later they countered with the game winning
touchdown, two minutes before the final whistle. Even this didn't dis-
courage Michigan, and they tried desperately to score again, but their
last bid for victory was thwarted when Dick Flanegan of Ohio State inter-
cepted a pass.
The few remaining seconds that the Buckeyes had the ball showed
a host of Wolverine defenders swarm the ball carrier with vicious tackles
which demonstrated that Michigan didn't intend to quit until the
allotted time had run out on them. -
It was for this reason that the Ohio State fans, who are rabid haters
of Michigan teams, didn't hurl insults and greet the Buckeye victory with
their usual gusto-for these fans didn't know where to center their ap-
plause-on a game and truly great Michigan team, or to the victorious
Ohio State squad.
HENCE, WHEN THE dejected Michigan team began to trod off the field,
rooters for both teams had nothing but praise for the excellent show-
ing the Wolverines had made. This in itself was as great a tribute as
could be made to any team.
The Michigan squad put their hearts and souls in this game and
gave all they had. This team had enough bad breaks to pause an experi-
enced team to crack, but they wouldn't give up and always came back for
more.
It was a hard game to lose and the Wolverine players, crying their
hearts out in the locker room after the game, would offer no excuses-
they had none to offer, because they had fought to the last second
and had given a superlative performance.
Dale Stafford, Sport Editor of the Detroit Free Press, stated in his
column the day before, that "a magnificent Ohio State eleven would
defeat Michigan next Saturday, and the Saturday after," implying
that Ohio State was a much better ball club. How lie could arrive
at such a conclusion after the brilliant showing Michigan made is
beyond my power of comprehension.
Then too, Michigan had quite a few injured men in the line-up;
Gene Derricotte was hurt at the beginning of the game, while tackle Clem
Bauman had a sprained ankle, and quarterback Joe Ponsetto limped
throughout the whole game. Neither was it known that end Bruce Hilkene
was taken ill the night before the game, and was so weak that he could
hardly walk at game time.

Cross Country
Turkey Run
Won by Blues
Bob Hume Places First;
43 Race for Gobbler
By BILL LAMBERT
Walt Fairservis' "Blue" squad,
sponsored by the Pi Beta Phi soror-
ity, ran off with first place in the
intra-squad cross-country run, and
assured themselves of a 30-pound
turkey dinner at the sorority house
this week.
While Bob Hume, last year's cap-
tain, was the individual winner in
the comparatively fast time of 18:32,
the Blue team placed enough win-
ners to cinch top honors. Ross Wil-
lard finished second behind Hume,
Dick Barnard, varsity half-miler was
third, and Charles Birdsall finished
fourth.
Fairservis finished sixth, and the
other five members of his squad
who will join in the feast are;
Birdsall, Lewis Hallasey, George
Barton, Kelly, and Nielsen. Bob
Hume, the individual winner of
the race, his brother Ross, this
year's captain who was unable
to run yesterday, and Hal Flet-
cher, the team manager, will also
be invited.
Barnard's team, sponsored by the
Delta Gamma, came in second, Hu-
me's, who was backed by Kappa
Alpha Theta, third, and Willard's
running for Gamma Phi Beta, fourth.
The three and a half mile jaunt
began with a 660 on the Ferry Field
track, continued on across the field
itself, out over the golf course, and'
then back to the track finishing up
with one and a half laps before
breasting the tape. The run was
witnessed by an enthusiastic crowd,
mostly made up of the various soror-
ity groups, who were rooting for
their individual teams.
This turkey run which is a new
twist in track training is only one
of the scheduled cross-country
runs, and intra-squad meets which
are on Coach Ken Doherty's con-
ditioning program. The team has
been working out for six or seven
weeks already, and with a large
number of candidates, it is very
probable that the other Conference
schools are aware that the Wolver-
ines are really gunning to defend
the indoor and outdoor titles which
they won last year.
Time trials are on the docket for
this Saturday, Dec. 2.

Football Players Report

CARROLL

GLENN,

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AMERICAN VIOLINIST
Choral Union Series
Tues., Dec. 5
8:30 P.M.
BOSTON SYMPHONY
Monday, Dec. 11, 8:30 P.M.
MESSA
Sunday, Dec. 17, 3:00 P.M.
Tickets at
University Musical Society
Burton Memorial Tower

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