THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 194 5
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Puckmen To Oppose indsor Spitfires Sati
Cage Squad Is Strengthened
As Fourteen Gridders Report
BY HANK KEISER
Fourteen Wolverine football men
turned up for practice yesterday with
the Michigan basketball squad, as
Head Coach Bennie Oosterbaan led
the cagers into the last few practice
sessions prior to their home game
with Michigan State College this Sat-
With the 1945 grid season ending
officially Tuesday night at the annual
Football Banquet, both Coach Ooster-
baan, who trains Maize and Blue
flankmen, and the 14 ex-gridders
have turned their attention to cage
Weisenberger to Return
Jack Weisenberger and Cecil Frei-
hofer, reserve guard, top the list of
candidates, having won reserve let-
ters for their play with the 1944-45
hoop squad. Weisenberger, who
doubled at the fullback and halfback
berths this fall, will not participate
fully in the cage drills for about a
week, in order that the chest injiry
he sustained in the Minnesota foot-
ball battle be given ample time to
Two of the gridcnen trying out for
positions on the Wolverine quintet
have earned all-state honors in high
school basketball. Bob Swanson re-
ceived the nomination while playing
for Lansing's Sexton High, while Don
Herschberger, who hails from Free-
port, Ill., was awarded a berth on
that state's honor squad. Swanson
held down the third-string center
spot on Coach Crisler's football ag-
gregation, while Herschberger han-
dled a varsity end assignment.
Elliott Also Experienced
Ed McNeil and Leonard Ford, two
more flankmen, complete the card
of Michigan ends that have'turned
from the gridiron to the boards.
Ford, who tops the 6 foot 5 inch mark,
was the star of his high school five
in Washington, D. C.
Pete Elliott, spark-plug halfback of
the '45 Wolverine eleven, also comes
T'o Face Strong
STATE COLLEGE, Miss. Nov. 28
-(P)-The Mississippi State Maroons,
a good football team sidetracked all
the way from glory to oblivion by a
couple of fumbles, can take plenty
of glitter off the Rose Bowl Saturday.
To do it, they must beat mighty
Alabama, the guest team in the Pasa-
dena New Year's Day classic. That's
a huge order for any club; and a
cursory glance at the respective
records would indicate that the
Maroons are foolhardy to entertain
the mere dream .of toppling the
crushing Crimson Tide.
But a look behind the bare scores
reveals the interesting fact that the
Maroons could have been high up
among the nation's unbeaten teams if
they could have avoided only two of
the innumerable breaks that have
gone against them this season.
State has been beaten twice, each
time by one point-14 to 13 by Tu-
lane, and 7 to 6 by University of
Mississippi. Against Tulane, a State
back fumbled with second down and
three to go for a touchdown, and a
Tulanian recovered. The Maroons
dropped the ball six times while play-
ing Old Miss, and lost it three times.
And in each of those two losing
games, State receivers dropped two
It might be argued that a team
which errs so often lacks an essential
which errs so often lacks greatness.
Coach Allyn McKeen admitted today:
"The breaks have gone against us,
it's true. But fumbling that often is
to Coach Oosterbaan with varsity ex-
perience, having played high school
ball in Bloomington, Ill.
The balance of the list of candi-
dates is composed of Joe Sobeleski,
C. Robert Johnson, Howard Doty, Ed
Grenkoski, Tony Momsen, Wes Mul-
der, and Louis Brunstig. Sobeleski,
Johnson, and Momsen held down re-
serve guard, tackle, and center berths,
respectively, on the Wolverine foot-
ball crew, while Doty had the fourth-
string quarterback, and Muelder the
third-string left half slots. Grenkoski
and Brunstig were reserve ends.
Offensive drill, with special atten-
tion being paid to fast breaks, was
the program which head mentor
Oosterbaan put the cagers through
yesterday. In addition, foul and set
shooting was stressed.
This Saturday's game with the
Spartans is the second regularly
scheduled tilt on the Wolverines'
1945-46 card. The Maize and Blue
quintet overran Central Michigan
earlier this season, inaits first slated
bout, and piled up a list of three
more wins in two practice games with
Romulus Air Base and one with Dow
If Michigan's all-opponent team
and the 1945 All-American line-up
aren't one and the same, it won't be
the fault of the schedule makers who
certainly gave the Wolverines a good
look at the nation's top candidates
for the mythical honors.
Army and Navy can put together
one backfield of possibilities. The
Cadets' Glenn Davis and Doc Blanch-
ard are sure bets for All-American
backfield spots while Clyde Scott and
Tony Minisi of the Middies will
probably get at least runner-up posts.
And if those selections aren't satis-
factory, the all-Big Ten trio of backs,
George Taliaferro of Indiana, Ollie
Cline of Ohio State and Ed Cody of
Purdue rate with the best, as the
Maize and Blue can testify.
Navy's Ends Rate Tops
Navy's Dick Duden and Leon Bram-
lett top the list of Wolverineend
opponents, a list which also includes
both Conference selections, Indiana's
Ted Kluszewski and Northwestern's
Max Morris. It will be a major sur-
prise ifythe All-American teams don't
include at least two from this quartet
of flashy flankmen.
DeWitt Coulter of Army and Russ
Thomas of Ohio State are a pair of
good bets for tackle berths. Coulter
was a big lineman against the Wol-
verines while Thomas' number 98 was
hardly as welcome in the Maize and
Blue backfield as the "98" of five or
six years back.
Scott, Watts Are Center Standouts
Michigan faced some crack guards,
all of whom rate All-American con-
sideration. There was Navy's Jim
Carrington who was the fifth man in
the Wolverine backfield all afternoon
a few Saturdays ago, or Warren Am-
ling of Ohio State, who played the
same role last Saturday. And you
can't leaveCout Armys Johnny Green
or Northwestern's Conference selec-
tion, Jim Lecture.
Dick Scott, Navy's versatile pivot
man, will probably offer 'the biggest
challenge to Michigan's own Harry
Watts for national honors as the top
center. Scott is regarded as the best
in the East while Harry has already
gained the Big Ten selection.
And there you have a rough idea!
If you pick your own All-American
array from a list of Michigan's 1945
opponents, you can't go wrong,
WaK o atoa oos stetp
May Not Play
In Navy Tilt
Down with Influenza,
Middies End Practice
By The Associated Press
WEST POINT, N.Y., Nov. 28-In-
fluenza felled another member of the
Army squad today as the Cadets be-
gan tapering off in their preparation
for the Navy game at Philadelphia
The latest victim is George
(Barney) Poole, second string end,
who was confined to his quarters with
a temperature of 101. Both Poole
and Arnold Tucker, regular Army
quarterback, missed today's practice
which included a 30-minute scrim-
mage, last contact work for the
Tucker, however, was recovering
satisfactorily from the light case of
flu that sent him to the hospital yes-
terday with a temperature of 102.
Poole's condition was not consid-
ered serious enough for hospitaliza-
tion. "I'm sure Barney will be all
right for Saturday." said Coach
Earl (Red) Blaik, but he pointed to
the possibility that the illness might
affect the endurance of both Poole
and Tucker in the game.
Should Tucker be unable to play,
his loss would be a staggering blow to
the Army team. He is the "man un-
der the center" in all of Army's T-
formation plays and does much of the
He has played in six of Army's
eight games this year, completing 12
of the 18 passes he has thrown for a
total of 320 yards and three touch-
Today's final scrimmage, somewhat
lighter than yesterday's, was still
rougher than the average squad
would be expected to undertake three
days before such an important game.
At Annapolis ceremonies honoring
Britain's Fleet Admiral Sir James E.
Somerville caused the Academy's
schedule for the day to be moved
ahead. This break enabled the Mid-
dies to turn out early for more than
a two-hour workout in their final
regular practice of the season and
thus avoid heavy rain which fell later.
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related to the State University will
be the topic for discussion.
Coffee Hour: Here is an opportun-
ity for American students to meet
foreign students on campus informal-
ly. From 4:30 until 6 on Friday,
Nov. 30, at Lane Hall a coffee hour
will be held in honor of the students
living in English House and the mem-
bers of the Spanish Club and the
Latin American Club. Allerie Golin-
kin is the hostess. Refreshments will
Bobbie Night: The American Youth
Hostell will sponsor an evening of'
Folk Dancing at 7:30 Friday night
at Lane Hall. The Photography and
Art clubs will also meet as usual.
Armenian Students Association:
There will be a meeting on Friday,
Nov. 30, at 7:30 p. m., at 1001 E.
Huron. All students of Armenian
parentage are cordially invited to
attend this meeting.
The Graduate Outing Club will
hold its first activity of the semester
on Sunday, Dec. 2. We will meet at
the rear entrance (N. W. entrance)
of the Rackham Building at 2:00
p. m. and leave from there for a
hike. An informal dinner and social
are planned for the evening. Those
planning to go must make reserva-
tions by 12:00 noon Saturday at the
coat-check desk in the lobby of
The Graduate Outing Club will
meet Wednesday, Dec. 5, instead of
Dec. 4, because of the Graduate
Forum scheduled for Dec. 4. Every-
one interested in outdoor activities
are cordially invited to meet in the
Outing Room at 7:30 p. m.
FF iVIiE KEYBOARD
"y MARY LU HEAT"
Associate Sports Editor
SATURDAY will see the opening of the home seasons of two Michigan
sports-basketball and hockey. The cagers, with one victory in a
regularly-scheduled game and three in practice tilts already tucked under
their belt, will be facing Michigan State, while the sextet will tangle with
the Windsor Spitfires at the Coliseum the same night.
Many students do not realize the importance of these Dec. 1 openings,
or realize the extent of the sports program at the University. Actually,
three more varsity sports are already preparing for Big Ten competition
this winter, including the swimming, wrestling, and indoor track teams.
The swimmers will not see action until the annual Swim Gala takes
place Dec. 15, and the wrestlers are preparing for an all-campus tourna-
ment, probably during the third week in December. The track season
will not get underway for three months, although the Wolverine squad
was represented in the NCAA meet at East Lansing last Saturday.
The crowds at games played by these teams last year were uniformly
small. During the war small crowds for sports other than football were
Basketball, track, and swimming probably classify as major sports,
although no such official designation has ever been made. As far as
attendance figures go, they might all be minor sports.
WE REALIZE that the seating capacity at the Coliseum and Varsity
Pool leaves much to be desired. At times, those two places draw
sellout crowds. At times, they don't. And Yost Field House, with its huge
two-tier seating system, has never been completely filled in the past few
Especially is this condition true of wrestling matches. The wide open
spaces are so apparent during the afternoon and evening mat meets
that we have often wondered if throwing the matches open to the public
and printing special programs is worth the trouble of the athletic
Winter sports, however, certainly do have their attractions. With the
football season over, it is time for Michigan fans to turn their attention
to these sports, and to realize that they are the backbone of the University
athletic program. Michigan reached its peak, athletically speaking, during
the 1943-44 season, when championships in every Conference sport except
basketball came home to roost in Ann Arbor. More than any other feat,
this has turned the trick in making the University's athletic reputation.
It is a fine one, and one that ranks Michigan teams among the top com-
petitors in the country.
Apathy in attendance, then, is hardly in keeping with the other
traditions of Wolverine athletics. Many students have never seen a
hockey game, a wrestling match, or a swimming meet. It is time they
investigated, mostly just to -see if they were missing anything.
We urge, therefore, a conscientious exploration of the five winter sports
at Michigan. If you don't find anything to interest you, you can say, "We
told you so!" If you do, we can say it, and you won't mind at all.
siers, Big'Ten Titlists, Also
Lead in Conference Statistics
Veteran Sextet To Start
Contest for Canadians
Michigan's Young But Experienced Opponents
Rank as One of Ontario's Top Junior Clubs
B DES HOWARTH .
Boasting one of the strongest junior
amateur aggregations in Ontario, the
Windsor Spitfires are expected to
furnishone of the stiffest tests of the
season for Coach Vic Heyliger's
hockey team when Michigan opens
its season at the Coliseum this Sat-
The Spitfires, who last year won
the Ontario Junior 'B' title, will bring
a young but powerful 16-man team
to. Ann Arbor, including several of
last season's regulars and a few recent
additions to the Windsor roster.
Coach Jack Dent of the border city
ice squad will be able to send a team
composed entirely of veterans.against
the Wolverines Saturday. Although
the squad averages only 18 in age,
most of the players have had plenty
of experience in junior hockey circles.
Starting at center spot for the
Canadians will be .Muff Montforton,
high scoring center who has been
converted to the position after play-
ing wing last year. Earl Keyes who
also ranked high in the goals scored
column, and Gord Haily willdbe on
the wings. Harry Marchand, Bill
Boyce and Mike Russ will form the
Spitfires' second line, with Russ being
the chief scoring threat of this com-
On defense the Spitfires are as
strong. Earl Brandy and Lou Poal-
atto, two stars of last winter's cam-
paign will be aided by two big hard
checking youngsters. They are Al
Dutchuk and Jack Brown. But Wind-
sor's main strength, according to
Coach Dent, lies in their strength at
goal. "Monty Reynolds, who was a
stellar performer in the nets for us
last year, is even improved this year,"
This Friday the Spitfires meet St.
Michaels College, Canadian Junior
Champs of last year, at the Windsor
Arena, so they will have a slight edge
over the Wolverines in experience.
The Wolverines continued their
daily scrimmaging today, and were
bolstered by two football stars, Bob
Derleth and Bob Nussbaumer, who
were unable to report until the end
of the grid season.
Derleth was a regular on the Michi-
gan squad two years ago, playing on
defense. Although he is not yet in
shape for hockey, Coach Heyliger ex-
pects him to quickly round into form.
UP Honors Watts
Harold Watts and Joe Ponsetto,
captain of this year's Wolverine
grid squad, were named on the
United Press' All-Big Ten team.
Watts was selected as center on
the first eleven, an honor he was
awarded previously by the Associ-
ated Press. Ponsetto, although
playing only half the season, was
elected to the quarterback spot of
the second team.
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Bo McMillin's high flying Hoosiers,
who just won their first Western
Conference title, proved their right
to the crown by not only an unde-
feated record but by dominating sta-
tistical performances in almost all
important divisions of play.
Indiana was first in scoring offense
and defense, total offense and rush-
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fense, in the percentage of forwards
completed and in passes intercepted.
The Hoosiers were second to Iowa in
yards gained in forward passes.
It took the final game of the sea-
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lish Indiana as the statistical leader
in the Conference. At the end of last
week they were second in most of
the statistical departments.
The champion's offensive record of
310 yards a game topped Ohio State's
290, both teams registering 214 yards
rushing. Their defensive record of
190 yards was just ten yards better
Although no Hoosier is in the three
way deadlock of Buckeye Ollie Cline,
Boilermaker Billy Canfield, and Bad-
ger Don Kindt for the laurels in the
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apiece, freshman George Taliaferro,
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of 602 yards was compiled by making
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on passes caught, which bettered Cody
and Canfield, the major Purdue
threats. His average gain of 5.05
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the aerial departments away from
Purdue's Bob DeMoss by hitting the
target 31 times in 62 tries for a .500
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