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Wolverines Expect Stiff Battle
Against Star-Studded Sailors
Cagers, Hockey Team
Weinberg, Kivi, Tittle, Barnes Clash
Visitors' Aces in Free-Style Sprints
By CLARK BAKER
Michigan's swimming team will launch its 1946 campaign against the
star-studded Great Lakes tankers at 8 p.m. today in the Sports Building
Both squads saw action in December and, if their showings then mean
anything, tonight's battle should be a close one. The Sailors romped over
Northwestern in that start, 54-29, while the Wolverines collected four of five
crowns in the State AAU Meet here .
Coach Matt Mann will use his
strongest line-up in an effort to turn
back the invaders. Against the Sail-
ors' aces, Walt Ris, Paul Girdes and
Coach Dobby Burton in the 50-yard
free-style, Mann will have leterman
Charley Fries, Lou Kivi, Dave Tittle
and Chuck Barnes.
Also Swim in 100
To oppose the same visiting trio in
the 100-yard free-style event, the
Maize and Blue will call on Dick
Weinberg, Fries and Tittle. Tommy
Gastineau, Great Lakes star in the
220-yard and 440-yard free-style
events, will face Michigan's Matt
Mann, Jr., Neville Adams and Chuck
Moss in the 220 and Jay Sanford,
Mann and Adams in the 440.
The diving which will be off the
low board will find Wolverines Alex
Canja, Gil Evans and Ralph Trim-
born meeting the Sailors' Carl Quain-
tance. Canja, Evans and Trimborn
finished one-two-three in the State
AAU meet while Quaintance, former
Texas U. and Southwest Conference
champ, chalked up a first and a sec-
ond in the two Great Lakes-Michigan
meets last year..
Matters in Breaststroke
In the 200-yard breaststroke it'll be
Wolverines Bob Matters, Heini Kess-
ler, Bob Sohl and Bob Michels tang-
ling with Sailor Charles Solberg.,
Matters set a new State AAU 100-
yard breaststroke mark in the meet
in December while letterman Kessler
shared the Big Ten title last year.
In the Wolverines' weakest spot,
Ties New York
DETROIT, Jan. 3-(P)- Eddie
Bruneteau's two third period goals
within ten seconds tonight brought
the Detroit Red Wings a 3-3 tie with
the last place New York Rangers in
a National Hockey League game be-
fore 12,328 fans.
The Rangers, victors over the Red
Wings the last time they played here,
never trailed tonight and apparently
had their third decision of the year
over Detroit wrapped up when Edgar
La Prade punched in a 10-footer
from left wing to give New York a
3-1 lead with only 4 minutes and 6
seconds to play.
Detroit, lifeless most of the even-
ing, came bouncing right back, how-
ever, on Eddie Bruneteau's shooting.
The Detroit right wing scored un-
assisted 32 seconds ater La Prade's
shot, counting on a 15-foot backhan-
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On the Corner
the 150-yard backstroke event, Mann
will depend on letterman Gordie Pul-
ford, Willard Metcalf and Ed Stone.
Opposing them will be the invaders'
Jack Weedan, junior AAU backstroke
title-holder last year.
Mann Announces Relay Teams
For the two relay events, the 300-
yard medley and the 400-yard free-
style, the visitors, havent announced
their starters. The Maize and Blue
will probably have backstroker Met-
calf, breaststroker Matters, and either
Fries, Mann or Weinberg swimming
free-style in the 200-yard medley re-
lay. For the 400-yard free-style relay
Mann will pick his quartet from
Weinberg, Fries, Tittle, Moss, San-
ford, Barnes and Kivi.
Gedvilas, guard, is one of the few
returning veterans from last sea-
son's third place Illinois hoop ag-
OFF THE KEYIIARI}
By MARY LU IIEATH
Associate Sports Editor
HIRING and firing of coaches is
nothing new in- the athletic world,
but never before have we known of a
hiring-firing situation similar to the
one which went into effect at Ohio
State this week. Carroll Widdoes,
head football coach for two years,
was demoted to assistant coach, while
Paul Bixler, his former assistant, was
promoted to the head coaching job.
This is unorthodox procedure in
college football, and the circum-
stances surrounding the resigna-
tion of Widdoes are almost as un-
orthodox: He had won 16 of his
18 games as head coach. This
string of victories is certainly ex-
ceptional and few coaches can
boast of as good a record.
Both Bixler and Widdoes were as-
sistants under Paul Brown, who
brought the latter with him to Ohio
State when he left Massillon (O.)
High School in 1941 to take over at
the Big Ten university. Brown and
Widdoes left a phenomenal record be-
hind them at Massillon and contin-
ued to turn out fine teams for the
Brown departed from the Uni-
versity to enter the Navy and sub-
sequently became Great Lakes'
football coach in 1944. Ohio State
lost all hopes of getting him back
when he signed to coach the Cleve-
land All-America Conference pro
team in 1946.-
WE CAN hardly believe that Wid-
does "asked to be relieved of his
duties" voluntarily, as the Ohio
State, or any other Big Ten, coaching
job is one of the most attractive in
the country. The only explanation
for his displacement is that pressure
was brought to bear.
The powers that be in Ohio State
athletics have named a relatively
rapid succession of coaches since
Sam Willaman took over in 1929.
His predecessor, Dr. Jack Wilce,
was a veteran of Buckeye grid cam-
Willaman was replaced after a few
seasons by Francis Schmidt, who
lasted until 1941, when Brown be-
came head coach. The present switch,
therefore, shows that the Buckeyes
will have had five different coaches
in 18 years by next season. This is an
average of a little over three years
tenure for each coach, a compara-
tively short time.
The turnover at Ohio State has
been rapid, then, and indicates that
a coach cannot afford to have more
than one losing season, and in some
cases, only one, at Columbus before
he gets his walking papers. Al-
thcugh Widdoes' record indicates
that the Ohio State athletic au-
thorities and alumni should have
found little fault with his work, a
close examination of his 1945 season
does afford an explanation.
THIS season saw the Buckeyes lose
their two most important games,
after they had been slated for the
Western Conference championship in
pre-seascn dope. The Purdue and
Michigan losses, although they might
have been overlooked, were important
to Widdoes' downfall.
Dissension among the players
was also reported during the sea-
son, and it is perhaps significant to
note that two of Widdoes' best
backs, Jerry Krall and Harold
Daugherty, will transfer to other
schools before the '46 season rolls
around. Paul Sarringhaus, a re-
turning serviceman slated earlier
as Widdoes' backfield star, also
proved disappointing in action.
Nelson Is Favorite
In Los Angeles Open
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3--1)-The
year's first major golf tournament,
the Los Angeles $13,300 Open, starts
tomorrow with Toledo's Byron Nel-
son tabbed as the man to beat.
Nelson, who won more tourna-
ments and more money last, year
than anyone in the business, will be
competing against an especially good
field. In it are the defending cham-
pion, Sammy Snead of Hot Springs,
Va., Ben Hogan of Hershey, Pa., and
Jug McSpaden of Sanford, Me.
The second 18-hole qualifying
round ended today, but the main
contenders were exempt from this
bothersome detail and tomorrow will
get started on the 72-hole trail for
All those interested in compet-
ing for positions on the Michigan
track team in the euarter mile and
broad jumping events should re-
port to Coach Ken Doherty at the
Field House as soon as possible.
For Illinois Tilt
Michigan To7 Play Two
Ganes in Three Days
By HANK KEISER
Determined to avenge the defeats
administered to them by Indiana and
Ohio State in their last two starts,
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan's Wolverine
cagers concentrated on perfecting
team play yesterday in preparation
for their game with Illinois tomorrow
at Yost Field House.
Emphasis was placed on more ac-
curate shooting and fast-breaking of-
fensive meneuvers. Oosterbaan ran
the varsity quintet of forwards John
Mullaney and Glen Selbo, guards
Dave Strack and Pete Elliott, and
center Bob Harrison through a fast
scrimmage session at the end of the
Wolverines Seek Sixth Victory
Michigan will be out to capture its
sixth win of the season tomorrow
night, while Illinois' crew will be bat-
tling for its eighth. The Illini have
chalked up seven victories as against
three.losses in its ten starts to date.
Iowa, Ohio State, and Wright Field
toppled the Orange and Blue, the lat-
ter two teams edging the Champaign
men out by scant four-point margins.
Advance reports have it that the
Fightin' Illini's quintet is a powerful
aggregation. The record it has made
in its matches so far points to a rough
time for the Wolverines in tomor-
row night's tilt. Doug Mills, Illinois
head basketball coach and Athletic
Director, is noted for the top cage
crews he turns out. His fast moving,
"precision-built" basketball machines
have rolled over the country's leading
collegiate squads in the past, and have
always constituted a threat to high-
flying ball teams.
Teams Split Series
The Wolverines met Illinois last
year in a two-game home-and-home
series, winning the first and dropping
the return contest. Oosterbaan's men
traveled to Champaign to down the
Illini on their home court. A week
later, the Orange and Blue bounced
back to annex a 55-37 win over Mich-
igan in Yost Field House.
After a one-day rest, the Wolver-
ines will journey to East Lansing
Monday to play a return match with
the Michigan State College quintet
which they defeated earlier this sea-
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Sig Ep 30, A. T. O. 15
D. K. E. 33, Lambda Chi 28
Sigma Chi 42, S. A. E. 24
Chi Phi 36, Z. B. T. 18
Phi Delt 27, Phi Gam 21
S. A. M. 26, Theta Chi 17
Sigma Chi 52, Sig Ep 17
Phi Delt 48, Phi Sigma Delta 8
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The Dascola Barbers
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Heyliger Grew Drill;
In Offensive Tactics
By RUTH ELCONIN
Michigan's hockey team will be
aiming to extend its string of victor-
ies to seven when it takes on the Sar-
nia Ontario sextet at 8:00 p.m. to-
morrow at the Coliseum.
Coach Vic Heyliger said that in
preparation for the Sarnia tilt the
Wolverines will stress offensive tac-
tics since their power plays, shooting,
and passing were. not up to par in
Wednesday's game against the De
LaSalle club which the Maize and
Blue pucksters won, 6-3. Michigan
muffed several scoring opportunities
when the DeLaSalle team was not at
full strength because of penalities.
Celley, MacMillan Lead Scoring
Neil Celley and Gord MacMillan
marked up two goals apiece to take
top honors in the game, and Heyliger
stated that he was pleased with their
performances. The Wolverine puck
mentor also commented on the
team's timing which was faulty, but
he said this was because of the lack
Wil Play Tomorrow
Sarnia Puck Squad Blocks Path
- - To Michigan's Seventh Triumph
HIGH SCORING FORWARD-Bill
Jacobson leads Michigan's unde-
feated hockey team in scoring with
eight goals to his credit.
York for Lake
Red Sox Get Veteran
Player in Straight Deal
BOSTON, Jan. 3-(R')- A straight
player swap which sends infielder
Eddie Lake to the Detroit Tigers in
exchange for first baseman Rudy
York was announced tonight by the
Boston Red Sox.
The deal, it was said, was made by
managers Joe Cronin and Steve
O'Neill in Detroit today when the for-
mer stopped off on his way to Holly-
wood. Cronin is heading for the
movie city to act as technical direc-
tor of an educational baseball film.
The return of Bobby Doerr and
Johnny Pesky from the service appar-
ently ended Lake's days as a Red Sox
infielder. In York, the Sockers get a
much-needed veteran first baseman
who has done some of his best hitting
with Fenway Park's short left field as
Lake batted .279 in 153 games last
season while York, the burly type of
player so admired by Cronin, was
clubbing .265 in 155 games for the
The acquisition of the long-hitting
York apparently completes the Red
Sox's 1946 infield plans.
Just a reminder...
of practice during the vacation lay-
With three forward lines to call
upon, Heyliger will probably start the
trio of center Wally Gacek and wings
Celley and Walt Grant. Defensemen
will be Bob Marshall and Ross Smith
with Jack MacInnes tending the nets.
In reserve Michigan will have two
other front walls consisting of Mac-
Millan, Al Renfrew, and Bill Jacob-
son with Chet Kuznier, Dick Starrak,
Sam Steadman, Bob Arnot, and Karl
Sulentich vying for positions on the
third line. Sulentich was a varsity
letter-winner cn the 1944-45 sextet.
Alternating in the defense spots will
be Captain Connie Hill, Clem Cossal-
ter, and Ching Johnson Jr.
Sarnia Reported Stronger
Little is known about the Sarnia
club other than it is in the Senior
Ontario Hockey League and is re-
ported to be stronger than last year's
squad. Last season the Maize and
Blue puckmen defeated Sarnia by a
score of 4-3.
Tonight's encounter with the De-
troit Auto Club has been postponed
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