AY, FEBRUARY 13, 1946
T'I' E ' ICIlI A N 1AlY
PAG1 F TREE
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NEWS + VIEWS + COMMENT
Ely DILL MULLENDORE, Sports Editor
E MAY BE a bit premature, but it begins to look as if Michigan's record
of having won at least three Western Conference championships every
year since 1923 might be broken this season.
Wolverine teams have been dominating the Big Ten now for two de-
cades. Michigan's balance in its diversified athletic program has gained
nation-wide renown. But .this year may be different.
So far, only one Conference championship has come 'up for decision.
That was the football title, and Michigan lost out to Indiana.
The Wolverine hockey team won an "unofficial" crown by winning two
and tying one in a four-game series with Minnesota, the only other school
boasting a hockey team in the Big Ten, but can hardly lay claim to a cham-
pionship, since none was sanctioned by Conference officials.
Looking over the winter sports picture, we find nothing particularly
encouraging. The basketball team is, of course, out of the running
for titular honors. The wrestlers, with two decisive dual meet defeats
already recorded against them, do not appear to be good champion-
That leaves swimming and indoor track. Michigan's swimming team
is a good one, but not as good as Ohio State's on the basis of comparative
times in meets to date. The Wolverines, on the basis of past performance,
figure to take only two or three events from the Buckeyes.
INDOOR TRACK seems to rate the best chance for Big Ten Honors. Even
there, the Wolverines will have to contend with a strong Illinois squad,
as well as several outstanding individuals from other schools, who will cut
deeply into Michigan's point potential.
Looking still farther ahead to the spring program, Michigan's biggest
hope probably rests with the baseball team. Coach Ray Fisher has a flock
of veterans back from the squad that breezed through the Big Ten without
defeat last year, and may field an even stronger nine come spring.
The fortunes of the outdoor track team appear even less certain than
those of the indoor squad. Coach Ken Doherty will lose several of his top
men when the outdoor season rolls around, including his best hurdler, Elmer
Swanson, who will join the baseballers. There is also a strong possibility
that Claude (Buddy) Young, Illinois' diminutive sprint ace, will be back
with the Illini by, spring.
The tennis and golf squads are still uncertain as to personnel, but
both will be studded with newcomers. Most of last year's veterans have
been lost by graduation or induction into the Armed Forces.
A lot of things may still happen. If the indoor tracksters can come
through, and the baseball team materializes as it should, Michigan can gain
two Conference titles. That would leave only one more necessary to pre-
serve the string unbroken. But prospects are as .incertain as they have
ever been in recent years.
PETE'S ON THE BALL:
Elliott, Year-Round Athlete,
:Participates in Four Sports
THE DEAD HEAT TWINS-After having laid off track competition for
mast of the current season, Rcss and Bob Hume, who are noted for
crossing the mile finish line haid in hand, may return to action in
the Illinois track meet to be held here February 23.
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MdacMillan in Scorin
High scoring winman Al Renfrew
of the Wolverine hockey team is fast
recuperating from the injury which
kept him out of most of last Satur-
day night's game with the Univer-
sity of Toronto.
Renfrew sustained a broken wrist
in the second game of the series with
the Gophers at Minneapolis. His arm
at present is in a cast which will not
be removed for two or three weeks.
Informal Practice Held
Although there was no oficial prac-
tice Tuesday afternoon, Renfrew and
three or four other members of the
hockey squad carried out an infor-
mal practice of their own. It ap-
peared during this session that Ren-
frew had regained much of the con-
trol of his injured left arm,, and al-
though the cast will continute to
hIandicap him to a certain extent, it
is safe t o assume that he will soon
return to action on a considerable
Renfrew's position as second high
point man on the Michigan hockey
team was not jeopardized by his com-
parative inactivity during the To-
ronto series because top scorer, center
Gord MacMillan, also failed to add to
his paint total.
CHICAGO, Feb. 12-(P)--Defend-
ing Champion Max Morris, North-
western University's one-man gang,
today was in hot pursuit of the Big
Ten basketball scoring title with a
nine-game total of 147 points.
Morris, who grabbed the 1945 title
with a 12-game bag of 189 points,
last week amassed 49 markers in two
in Champaign despite their defeat
by a much more experienced
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EAST LANSING, Feb.
lMiktren Seek Third Win
In Meet with Ohio State
Kt'eei To UJ1 e Samelic A 1inein Against OSU;
Stark Remia ins Oti ly tJiAUde Ieatedl Wrestler
Still smarting from.the 19-9 de- skillful team. Keen also indicated
feat suffered last weekend at the that he would probably start the
hands of the Illinois wrestling squad, same lineup against Ohio State that
Michigan's grapplers are looking for- he used in the last two meets.
ward to meeting Ohio State's Buck- Captain Bill Courtright, who was
eyes this Friday night in Yost Field pinned by Dave Shapiro, Illini 165-
House. pounder, last Saturday night for his
Keen Proud of Team first defeat of the season, has been
e1f since the Illinois meet and will
Coach Cliff Keen suated he was miss most of the practice sessions
proud of the showing of his charges this week, but Keen expects the
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By WALT ILEE
When the Michigan track team
meets a powerful group of thinclads
the Conference meet are greatly en-
Michigan's three veteran hurdlers
will also have their reputations at
stake. Elmer Swanson, Neil MacIn-
tyre, and Hack Coplin are all having
slightltroublestwith their leg;muscles.
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from the University of Illinois on y d
Febn. 23 in the Yost Field House, the yearzs in service it mnay be lhard for
Feb.23 n th Yot d use lethem to return to their pro-war form.
Wolverines will meet up with theirthmoreunoteipr-afr.
firsW;ealvinestwof tme eason.te Swanson's chances at regaining his
first real test of the season. title in the hurdle events rests 0n
Ilim Provides Major Opposition his ability to beat Illinois' star,
The Maize and Blue cindermen George Walker, who is one of the
will encounter the majority of the I bcst performers on the Illini squad.
opposition to its defense of the Inz- As Coach Leo Johnson will bring
door Championship from the vet- better men in almost all events than
eran studded Illini team. The dual the Wolverines have had to face all
meet will also give the Michigan season, Michigan will be meeting the
team some basis of determining just stronigest opposition of the season.j
what they will have to face on March
9 when they put their crown on the'
block in Chicago.Ar
.4. A t .' . * RaUN r T.. S S Al..
Because thenumber of entries is still
below prewar levels, the 19th annual;"
Central Collegiate Conference track
meet will again be a one-da .y affair.
it was announced today. ile meet
is scheduled for March 9 at Michi-
gan State College.
Before the war, the meet always
lasted two days, preliminar"y elimi-
nations one day and finals the next.
It was originally planned to return;
to a normal basis this year, but en-
tries have been light and M.S.C.
coach Karl A. Schlademan, in charge
of the meet, said it can be run off
in one day. Eliminations will be in
the afternoon and finals at night.
The C.C.C. swimming meet will
also be held at State the same (day,
it was announced. Tank eliminations"
will be in the morning and finals
in the afternoon. Drake is the de-
fending C.C.C. track champion while
Michigan State has won the tank
title all three times the meet has
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wre'tlers' captain to be ready to go
again on Friday.
As a result of his victory over Ills-
nois' lightweight, Bill Tomaras, Jim
Stark. Wolverine 121-pounder, ex-
tfended his winning streak to four
triumphs to remain the only unde-
feated member of the squad.
Bernard (Spike)'Mooney, Ohio
State mentor who recently returned
to his coaching duties after service
in tle Coast Guard, brings a team
to Ann Arbor mostly composed of ex-
ervicemen and including one vet-
eran of last year's aggregation,
George (Dreadnaught) Bollas, the
"Grecian strongman," who was the
1945 Big Ten Heavyweight chafl-
.ion. Bollas, a 335-pound grappler,
j eas undefeated. in all of his confer-
ence bouts last season, and the only
blemish on his record was a decision
he lost in the national AAU finals
in Dallas, Tex.
Ohio's contingent comes fresh
from a 28-10 triumph over Purdue's
Boilermakers last weekend. Michigan
also previously beat the boys from
Lafayette with the score being 17-11.
-M CAGE RESULTS
In a closely contested basketball
game, Sigma Phi Epsilon downed
Sigmi .Chi, 39-?l to become the
champions of the "A" fraternity bas-
;: tlball league in intramural athletics.
OCK W[IH WPAG
A fellow who makes a year-round
hobby of athletics is Pete Elliott, red-
headed Navy athlete.
With football and golfing honors
already under his belt, Elliott turned
his talents to the basketball floor for
the winter and has earned a guard
position on the starting. five. Al-
though primarily a good "floor man,"
he also demonstrated his shooting
ability in the Northwestern and Chi-
cago games by scoring thirteen points.
In the second Illinois game, Elliott
reached his peak as he poured 21
points through the hoop.
Triple Threat Back
A triple-threat halfback on the
gridiron last fall, Elliott has been a
member of the cage squad since the
close of the football season. Although
jumping right from one sport into
another, Elliott seemed to experience
little difficulty in readjusting from
the bruising, contact play of football
to the quicker, more adroit maneuvers
of the hardwood. He has played in
every game since the opener, even
appearing briefly in the first Michi-
gan State contest after only five days
A junior, soft-spoken, well-liked,
Elliott seems to have the knack of
catching on to almost anything
quickly, if his athletic exploits are any
indication. The six foot, 190 pound
red-head arrived at Michigan last
July from Park College, in Missouri,
where he was stationed as a member
of the Navy V-12 unit. One season of
basketball at the small Missouri col-
lege constituted Elliott's only expe-
rience in collegiate athletics before
coming to Michigan. But lack of ex-
perience has not hindered Pete.
Won Trueblood -i-ophy
In his short stay here, however, lie
has already made a name for himself!
as an outstanding, all-round athlete,
His honors won on the gridiron are
too recent to need repeating. An
accomplished golfer, Elliott further
demonstrated his versatility last sum-
mer by walking off with the True-
blood Trophy in the annual golf tour-
nament. He is probably one of the
schools leading golfers.
He won all-state football honors in
high school in his home-town, Bloom-
ington, Illinois, and also starred in
baseball and basketball. Athletic
ability seems to run in Pete's family
as his father was one of the athletic
greats at Illinois Wesleyan, and his
older brother, Chalmers "Bump" El-
liott, played three years of football for
The11ini opened their season Last fU F
Saturday with a convincing victory
over Minnesota. In spite of the one--'
sidedness of the score the true
strength of the Illini wasn't shown1
as the pposition was of mediocre
calibre. The first real test for the
Illini also will be the meet here in
Humes May Run
From the standpoint of the Wolv-
erines two questions may be an-
swered. The first concerns the poss-
ible return of the Hume twins, Ross
and Bob, to competition on the cin-
derpaths. Bob appeared for the first"
time when he ran the anchor 880 in
the two-mile relay last Saturday. ,
Ross has been unable to engage in
regular practice sessions and is not
in the best of shape. Bob, previous I
to his appearance in the Jenisen
-Field House had been out but 5
Short May Be In Shape
The second question which may be
answered is the possible appearance
of Hugh Short in the quarter-mile.
Short, an outstanding star at that
distance at Georgetown a few years
back, has now enrolled at Michigan,
and may have rounded into shape by
that time. If he does the Wolverines'
chances for a repeat performance in
DETROIT, Feb. 12-.A"---The Great
Lakes swimming team won both re-
lays and five of seven individuaz:I ;
e'ventls he're tonzi;t ti; rtoc~' i, t Wayine,
53 toa 31.
Bill Prow, of Wa yin', splashed t Jo
yard free style in 22.4 to clip one-.
tenth of a second off the mark he
set in 1941 and Wally Ris of the Blue-
jackets shaved an equal amount from
Prew's five-year-old mark of 52.2 sec-
onds in the 100-yard free style.
Tommy Gastineau of Great Lake
was the only double winner, apti~uring
both the 220-yard and 440-yard free
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CHICAGO, Feb. 12 -- I1)j Rudy hlie game's high scorer was Nichol-
Smeja, former University of Mich- sn of the winners with 16 points. For
igan end, has signed to play with the losers Hill garnered 11 markers.
the Chicago Bears in 1946, Owner- Outstanding games were played by
coach George Halas announced to- Anderson and Schrum of Sigma Phi
day. Smeja, 25, joined the Bears in Epsilon and Miller and Howe of Sig-
1944. a Chi.
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