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Winter Sports Begin

Varsity Practice

Basketball, Track, Swimming
Coaches View New Tryouts

Keen To

Form Wrestling Squad This Week ;
Barclay To Use Many Lettermen

Associate SportsHEditor
' Practice in three winter sports on
Michigan's 1945-46 varsity athletic
program is already underway as the
fall term begins, and a fourth team is
expected to organize this week.
Assistant Basketball Coach Bill
Barclay, Track Coach Ken Doherty,
and Swimming Coach Matt Mann an-
nounced that their squads are all
preparing for the approaching sched-
ule, while Wrestling Coach Cliff Keen,
returning to Michigan after a stint as
a naval officer, predicted that his
matmen will swing into action "just as
soon as they can get organized."
Barclay Has Cagers
Barclay, who is supervising the
cage workouts until Basketball Coach
Bennie Oosterbaan is able to retire
from his duties as end coach on the
football squad Nov. 26, held drills
during the last six weeks of the sum-
mer term. Regular practice was re-
sumed Monday in preparation for the
opening contest with Central Michi-
gan, Nov. 16.
At present, Barclay finds himself
in the comfortable position of having
too much talent on hand, and the
squad will consequently be cut to 15
men tomorrow. Five lettermen are
returning to the team, including reg-
ular guard Walt Kell and forward
Don Mullaney, who is at the guard
position this fall. Kell and Mullaney,
both civilians now, will be joined by
teammates Keith Harder and Bill
Gregor, who were forwards last sea-
Strack Back
Dave Strack, captain of the cagers
in 1943-44, has been discharged from
the Marines, and will again be on
hand at his old forward post, along
with Glenn Selbo and Ray (Red)
Louthen, starters for Western Mich-
igan last year. Other prospects in-
clude guard Bill Walton, a letterwin-
ner on the crack DePa.uw otfit last
season, and forward Hrison, a
1944 high school all-stater from To-
Track Coach Ken Doherty struck
Is in Tokyo Bay
Merv Pregulman, Michigan All-
American tackle in 1943 and a Wol-
verine standout for thre years un-
der Coach Fritz Crisler, is now an
ensign in the U. S. Navy stationed
aboard a ship in Tokyo Bay.
In a letter "to T. Hawley Tapping,
of the Alumni Association, Pregul-
man revealed that he had seen Da-
vy Nelson, understudy of Tom Kuz-
ma in 1941 and, at 155 pounds, one
of the lightest men ever to play in
a Michigan backfield. Nelson, now
discharged, recently returned to the
Pregulman gained a reputation as
one of the most versatile linemen
ever turned out at Michigan in his
playing days. He saw service at
tackle, guard, and center during his
All freshmen and sophomores
who wish to try out for football
manager are reqested to call
Senior Manager Bob Kesering at
9158. Both Navy men and civilians
who are managers will be excused
from P.EM.

an optimistic note over the indoor
cinder squad hehas been working
with since Monday, and predicted
that Michigan's traditional team bal-
ance would be more in evidence this
season than last year, when the in-
door season opens Feb, 2 at the Mill-
rose Games in New York.
Doherty will build his team around
a nucleus of veterans, including Ju-
lian Witherspoon in the sprints, John
Larson in the low hurdles and broad
jump, George Shepherd and Orval
Johnson in the quarter mile, Bob
Thomason and Archie Parsons, ex-
tremely promising milers, Chuck
Birdsall in the two-mile, and Warren
Bentz and Chuck Lauritsen in the
pole vault.
Veterans Return
Among the discharged servicemen
who will be on hand, Elmer Swanson,
a regular hurdler two years ago, and
grid star Bob Nussbaumer, sprinter
and low hurdler, are standouts.
Although Swimming Coach Matt
Mann has been working with varsity
candidates since the middle of Aug-
ust, the fight for regular berths is
still undecided. Mann expects to sup-
plement the performances of regulars
Chuck Fries, Gordon Pulford, and
Heini Kessler with those of members
of last year's freshman team.
Hockey Sextet
Drops Practice
Tilt To Detroit
Michigan's hockey team, encoun-
tering the Detroit Red Wings Tues-
day evening in the Motor City, dis-
played promise of becoming one of
the top collegiate ice squads in the
country, in spite of coming out on the
short end of a 13-6 score.
Vic Heyliger, starting his second
year as coach of the Maize and Blue
sextet, named a squad composed en-
tirely of freshmen and was very
pleased with the showing of his team.
Sextet Leads Wing
Taking the ice for the Wolverines
in the first period were Walter Gacek
at center and Neil Selley and Wallie
Grant at wings. Ross Smith and Bob
Marshall were at defense and John
MIacnnes in the nets. Gordon Mac-
Millan was flanked by Bill Jacobson
and Allan Renfrew on the second
Jacobson Scores Twice
Crashing through t~he Wing's de-
fense for six tallies, the Wolverines
were in front twice during the con-
test. Jacobson's two markers were
tops for the Wolverines, while Gracek,
Grant, Selley, and MacMillan each
scored one.
Start Practice Early
The pucksters opened practice ses-
sions September 13, the earliest in
Michigan hockey history. The squad
has taken two defeats, 7-1 and 6-0,
against the Cleveland Barons of the
American Hockey Association.
Coach Heyliger has lined up 20
games with the hopes of having 25 in
all. The schedule includes four games
each with the University of Toronto,
University of Minnesota, and Michi-
gan Tech. Colorado College, Colgate,
the University of Western Ontario,
and McMasters also appear on the
tentative schedule.
The Minnesota Gophers are the
only other team in the Western Con-
ference this year.

I-M Program
To Include 16
Major Sports
Cage Team Entries
Are Being Accepted
A full 16-sport fall intra-mural
program has been planned for the
coming semester, Earl Riskey, di-
rector of intramural athletics, an-
nounced yesterday.
Team play in basketball, swimming.
track, water polo, and volleyball has
been planned along with individual
competition in badminton, boxing,
cross country, fencing, gymnastics,
handball, paddleball, squash, indoor
tennis, and weight lifting.
In addition, opportunity has been
provided for students wishing to re-
ceive special instruction in individual
sports to enter special classes.
Competition Divided
All inquiries as to entries, special
classes, schedules, and other matters
pertaining to the program should be
made to Riskey to the Sports Build-
Competition in all sports will be
divided according to age and resi-
dence groups. Such divisions as resi-
dencehalls, fraternities,rgraduate
students, military units, foreign stu-
dents, veterans, independents, and
faculty have been tentatively listed.
Enter Basketball Now
Entries for basketball are being ac-
cepted now, Riskey said, adding that
the team manager should contact the
intra-mural department toenter a
team. Any student may take the
initiative and organize a team, he
Managers, he continued, should fa-
miliarize themselves with the rules
and regulations of intro-mural com-
petition. Practice periods will be ar-
ranged when entries are posted.
The Navy Physical Training Pro-
gram will be in operation during the
semester and will require all facilities
of the Sports Building between 3 p.m.
and 6 p.m. in the afternoons, Riskey
said. Therefore, he continued, team
and individual tournaments will be
held between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Magnates Feud
Over Fight Loot
Larry, Horace Dispute
Louis-Conn Proceeds
NEW YORK, Oct. 31-(')-There's
a feud a-brewin', pardner, between
Laughing Larry McPhail and Happy
Horace Stoneham over just how the
Yankees and Giants would cut up the
rent from Uncle Mike Jacobs for the
Joe Louis-Billy Conn clout party next
Seems that the two clubs have al-
ways split rentals from fights and
college football down the middle, no
matter which ball park was the battle
pit. But professional football was a
horse from a different garage. The
New York Pro Grid Giants play all
their games in the Polo Grounds, so
the Baseball Giants always have had
the rent for themselves. Naturally,
Laughing Larry wouldn't mind get-
ting a piece of that, if it could be
worked out.
From what you hear around and
about now, Laughing Larry expects
to be the landlord at Yankee Stadium
when Uncle Mike trots out Joe and
Billy in June. Uncle Mike, of course,
is still giving off about the possibility
that Philadelphia, Chicago or De-
troit may be the spot, but insiders in
sist the way matters stand now the
Bomber and the pretty boy will do
their nose-mashing no further than a
subway ride from Times Square.
Larry has told Stonenam that he
considers the agreement between the

Yanks and Giants on fight rentals to
be slightly worn out now. The Louis-
Conn clambake figures to draw up
there around $2,000,000 at the gate,
anyway, and the nine per cent rental
"take"-a mere $180,000-makes a
neat apple pie to cut. Happy Horace
realizes that.
All candidates for this season's
wrestling squad are requested to
report to Wrestling Coach Cliff
Keen at 3 p. m. today in Yost Field

Callahan May Also Be
Out of Gopher Tilt
Loss of These Two Causes Serious
Weakness in Place-Kicking Department
Joe Ponsetto, team captain and quarterback of Michigan's 1945 football
team, will definitely miss the Minnesota game Saturday, Head Coach
Fritz Crisler has announced.
Ponsetto was injured in the third period of Michigan's 19-0 win over
Illinois last weekend and was carried from the field. Whether he will be
able to play in future contests has - -- -
not been determined. I the Illini the Wolverines turned in
Replacing Ponsetto, a virtual 60- their best defensive showing of the


UNDERSTUDY MOVES UP--Howard Yerges (left), second string
quarterback, will replace Team Capt. Joe Ponsetto (right) in the Michi-
gan lineup when the Wolverines tangle with Minnesota here.
I -9
Big Ten's Leaders in Offense,
Defese Departments To Meet
Modification of the old football rule competition, has the enviable aver-
-"the best defense is a good offense" age of 371-yards net gain per game.
-may be in order after the annual This figure, including both passing
Michigan-Minnesota fracas Saturday, and rushing attempts, was established
which will s the es fei in 58 offensive plays per game.

minute man all season, at the all-
important signal-calling and block-
ing back position will be Howard Yer-
ges, 175-pounder from Pt. Pleasant,
W. Va. Yerges has won a letter at
Michigan and Ohio State, both times
as a substitute.
Loss of Ponsetto, plus the possible
loss of tackle Bob Callahan, leaves
the Wolverine place-kicking depart-
ment in depleted condition. Ponsetto
is Michigan's number one toe artist
with Callahan, who is suffering from
a cleat wound, his chief understudy.
In the event that neither is avail-
able for kickoffs and points-after-
touchdown, the job may fall to any-
one of several squad members who
have shown ability in recent prac-
tices. Walt Teninga, Pete Elliott,
Bob Derleth, Bill Pratt, and others
have all taken turns booting the ball
through the uprights during the week.
With the exceptions of Ponsetto
and Callahan, the Wolverine squad
should be in excellent physical shape
for the all-important clash with the
Gophers. Several players are nurs-
ing minor wounds sustained in last
week's bruising battle with Illinois,
but none are expected to be kept out
of the lineup Saturday.
Practice sessions this week have
been devoted to intensive drills both
on offense and defense with the for-
mer receiving especial stress. Against

season but displayed a notable lack of
offensive punch most of the way.
baseball Draft
Will Probably
Yield Bad Crop
CHICAGO, Oct. 31-(P)-Baseball
will find pickings unusually slim in the
annual player draft tomorrow as rep-
resentatives of the Major League
clubs meet to comb the minor leagues
for fresh talent for the 1946 season.
Although 5,434 players are eligible
at prices ranging from the top $7,560
downward, the selections will be of
low quality because the topnotch
stars of the minors already have been
snapped up. Virtually all players cal-
culated to be of value to a Major
League club were purchased before
the close of last season at prices
above the draft level.
The Major Leagues, figuring on the
return from military service of a
wealth of tested veterans before the
spring training season opens, do not
figure to be in the frame of mind to
risk paying fancy prices for untried
minor leaguers.

defensive teams in the Conference
renew their traditional, closely-con-
tested rivalry.
Minnesota, tops in offense after
playing only two games in Big Ten
Lateral Defense
EAST LANSING, Oct. 31-(P)-So
his Michigan State College players'
won't be fooled again by the lateral
passing tactics of the Missouri Tigers
as they were last year, Coach Charley
Bachman lectured his charges on de-
fensive strategy at a skull practice
last night.
Scouting reports on Missouri show
the Tigers to have a pair of adept
break-away backs in Bill Dellasta-
tious and Leonard Brown, who lateral
to each other on the run.

The Gophers are not only tops in
the general offensive department, but
also in both passing and rushing.
They hold a comfortable 36-point
margin over Ohio State in yards
gained rushing, with a 256 average. In
the passing category, Minnesota
Coach Bernie Bierman's traditional
powerhouse aground is also surpris-
ingly ahead of the pack with a gain
of 115yards per game.
The Wolverines, however, have an
edge over the Gophers in defensive
statistics. In three games, the Cris-
lermen have kept their opponents to
a mere 197 yards net game average,
the best defensive mark in the Con-
ference. They have had only 20
points scored against them in the
Big Ten this year.
Although they rank second to Min-
nesota in stopping enemy rushing
plays, the Wolverines outshine their
arch-rivals in pass defense, ranking
third in the Big Ten in stopping op-
posing aerials.

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