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Swimmers, Cagers To See Action Tomorrow
P"e.men wjl invade Caiiada,
Seeking Third Straight Win
Return of DiversCanja, Evans
To Highlight State AAU Meet
To Make Appearance
By CLARK BAKERD
If Coach Matt Mann's visions come
true, the State AAU meet tomorrow
night at the Intramural Building may
mark the return of Michigan to diving
For several years one of the weak
spots in Mann's armor has been the
diving event. Last spring Ohio State
placed all three of its divers in the
top five on both low and high boards
to outscore the Wolverines, 25 to one
in diving alone, and more than ac-
count for the Buckeyes' slim nine-
point margin over Michigan for the
Lose Heartbreaker to Yale
In 1944, the Maize and Blue
couldn't break into the scoring col-
umn in diving and consequently
dropped a heartbreaking 39-38 NCAA
crown to Yale. Ohio State walked off
with the title in 1943, aided no little
bit by an almost clean sweep of the
1945-46 will be different if experi-
ence means anything. Two veterans
of 1943, Alex Canja and Gil Evans,
are back and they figure to pick up
plenty of points in the diving for
Michigan. And it's not altogether im-
possible that the Maize and Blue duo
may turn the table on their old tor-
menters, Mike Peppe's Ohio State
Tomorrow night Wolverine tank
fans will be able to judge for them-
selves, for Evans and Canja are both
slated to show their stuff in the State
meet. Mann will also unveil a pair of
Have Close Calls
FORT WORTH, Tex., Dec. 13-(0P)
-Byron Nelson and Harold (Jug)
McSpaden escaped unsci'atched from
an auto accident and a forced plane
landing, and will be here tomorrow
to start slamming at par as a field of
90 professionals and amateurs move
out in the $10,000 Fort Worth Open.
Nelson, the Denton, Tex., farmer
who ends his vacation by entering
the Fort Worth Open, was splattered
with ten dozen fresh eggs when his
automobile overturned three times
near Denton. There was no other
damage. ..McSpaden, the perpetual
second-place finisher, made a forced
landing in his private plane when
he flew here from Florida.
promising understudies in divers
Ralph Trimhorn and Bill Smith.
Three New Free-Stylers
Wolverine fans will also be keeping
their eyes on Mann's three entries in
the 220-yard free-style event, Matt
Mann, Jr., Chuck Moss and Neville
Adams. Distance free-stylers have
been scarce at Michigan in the past
few seasons and if any of this trio
show up well, another Buckeye point-
getting event might well fall to the
Maize and Blue this year.
Thus, what on the surface appears
as just another State AAU meet
should prove a good yardstick as to
what the Wolverines have to offer in
their effort to retain the Conference
championship and regain the NCAA
crown which has eluded Maize and
Blue swimmers for the last four years.
Stunts on Trampoline
To Be Demonstrated
A five-man team of gymnasts, led
by Instructor Newton Loken, will in-
troduce something new in the way of
intermission entertainment tonight
when they present an exhibition of
acrobatics on the trampoline at the
Veterans' Dance at Waterman Gym.
This will be the first of a number
of events that Howard Liebee, Direc-
tor of Physical Education, expects to
present at various University activi-
ties, as an outgrowth of -the. new
elective physical: education .program.
The four students participating in
tonight's performance, along with Lo-
ken, are A. Meyers, L. H. Russel, D.
LeClair, and R. Schoendube. They
were chosen from the classes special-
izing in gymnastics for their pro-
ficiency on the ;trampoline.
The trampoline, upon which they
will perform, derives' its name from
its originator, du Trampoline, a
French gymnast of the. middle ages.
It is composed of a canvas "bed",
eight feet by four feet, suspended
from a metal frame by a number of
coiled springs. The "bed" rests about
four feet from the floor.
Upon this piece of canvas are per-
formed aerial somersaults and other
twists and turns in mid-air, seemingly
conducive to a broken neck.. The
stunts are somewhat similar to what
can be seen performed from a spring-'
board at a swim meet. In fact, com-
petitive diving was a direct outgrowth
of aerial acrobatics.
NEWS + VIEWS + COMMENT
By BILL MiULLENDORE, Sports Editor
E HARDLY DARE MENTION IT, but the Michigan basketball team has
won its first three games this season.
The reason we would just as soon keep the fact a secret can be seen
from a look at the records for the past two years. Both in 1943-44 and
"44-45, Coach Bennie Oosterbaan's cagers have started out like the/pro-
verbial ball-of-fire, only to fold later on.
Last year, for instance, the five appeared unbeatable while winning
seven straight non-Big Ten games. An early victory over powerful
Illinois in Conference play served to heighten the hopes of Wolverine
rooters still farther.
Then came the awakening. A combination of bad breaks, quirks in the
schedule, and a definite let-down in standards of play resulted in a Con-
ference record of five wins and seven losses - just another so-so season.
The year before, the story was pretty much the same, and the pat-
tern, in its early stages, is being repeated once again. One of these years
though, we keep telling ourselves, things are going to be different. The
Wolverines are going to keen right on winning.
This could easily be that year. Oosterbaan has a good squad, the best
we have seen in our three winters on the campus. Aside from- a lack of
height that may prove troublesome, the cagers seem to have just about
everything necessary for consistent winning.
In freshman Bob Harrison and V-12'er Glenn Selbo, Oosterbaan has
a pair of top-notch performers who can handle any position on the floor.
Both are good shots, fine ball-handlers, and both possess the right sort
of competitive spirit.
The return of Dave Strack, one of the better basketball players to appear
at Michigan in recent years, was a great break for the Wolverines. Strack
also can play either guard or forward with equal ease, and has the necessary
poise to steady the team when the going gets rough.
Walt Kell, Bill Walton, and John Mullaney, along with Keith Harder
and Bill Gregor, all have had a year's experience in the Michigan style
of play. Veterans never hurt any team.
And the crop of newcomers also looks good. It is a little too early to tell
yet just what may materialize from this contingent, but several capable
hoopsters should emerge from the group. Harrison, of course, has already
been proven under fire.
So, the picture looks pretty bright at this stage. Last week's smashing
69-49 victory over a strong Western Michigan five was especially impressive.
That's why we are hoping that this may be the year for the Wolverines to
rise to new heights on the hardwood.
Lettermen, Newcomers Race
In First Time Trials Toniht
and it's on or off
When the two teams made up of
freshmen and "old timers" meet
each other at 7:15 p.m. tonight in
Yost Field House, the 1946 edition of
the Michigan track team will be on
display for the first time.
The old timers, by virtue of the 11
returning lettermen on the team,
are given a slight edge over the new-
comers, whose records in time trials
the past two week-ends show they
will provide enough opposition to
satisfy the fane, and may even pull
Meet To Be Test
The meet will serve as a sort of
test for the return of Elmer Swan-
son to the fold of thinclads after two
years in service. Of special interest
to Michigan coach, Ken Doherty, will
be the question of whether the star
hurdler can regain the form which
won him two seconds and a first in
Big Ten championship competition
during the 1942 to 1944 seasons.
The field events are scheduled to
begin at 7:15, with the track events
15 minutes later. The first of the
eight field events will be the 880-yard
run, with the 60-yard dash, the 440-
yard dash, high hurdles, two-mile,
mile, low hurdles, and mile relay fol-
lowing at 10-minute intervals.
Distance Runs Are Highlights
The two highlights of the evening
will be the half-mile and mile runs
which will see lettermen Chuck Birds-
all, Archie Parsons, Chuck Low and
Chuck McFadden running against
the promising newcomers, Herb Bar-
ten, Dave Hess and Joe Shea.
Another of the high points will be
the quarter mile which will have Val
Johnson and five other veterans try-
ing to beat freshman Bill Haidler,
who has turned in the best times to
date in the event.
Many To Compete In Field Events
The field events will also provide
thrills to the spectators as Chuck
Lauritson, Swanson, John Larsen
and other veterans will try to main-
tain their prestige over the dozen
hopefuls who are keyed up for the
The results of the meet, while not
expected to break any records, will
serve as a basis for choosing the men
who will compete for the Maize and
Blue when the indoor season opens
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Sig Ep 63, SAM 22
SAE 27, Beta Theta Pi 14
DKE 52, Zeta Psi 10
Phi Gam 22, Theta Chi 19
Phi Delt 24, ATO 22
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