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Cagers Enjoy
Indifferent Year
After Good Start
Win Onl.y Five of 12
In Conference Circles
After sweeping seven non-Confer-
ence games early in the season, the
1944-45 Michigan cagers found the
going a mite- tougher in the Big Ten
and bogged down toward the end of
what looked like a promising cam-
paign, winning five and losing seven,
to finish fifth in the loop, one notch
higher than the preceding season.
L1 ading scorer for the Wolverines
was forward Bob Geahan, who was
up among the top three in the Big
Ten during the first half of the
season, but faded to finish t~-fth
vhen all the results were in.
Lind Only Veteran
Only one letterman, three-year vet-
cran Don Lund. was available to
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan. The rest
of the starting quintet was made up
entirely of newcomers. Lund held tte
pivot position with Geahan and John,
IvMullaney at forwards and Walt Kell
and Don Lindquist at guards.
This outfit started like a house
afire, but couldn't hold the pace!-
against Conference foes. A heart-

THE BRAIN TRUST-Here are the men behind Michigan foetball teams. From left to right: Line C'oach
Clarence (liig y) Munn, Backfield Coach Earl (Marty) Martineau, dead Coach H. O. (Fritz) Crisler, End
Coach Behnie Oosterbaan, and Jifor Varsity Coach Art Valpey.

FLYING TACKLE-Don Black (14), Michigan State guard, lunges desperately at Michigan's Jack Weisen-
burger, but fails to hold him as Weisenburger tears off a nice gain. The Staters were troubled by this sort of
thing all afternoon and lost, 40-0.


revenge for the one-point loss indoors track team with a comfortable ten-
by trouncing the Michigan outdoorI point margin.

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breaking 44-41 overtime loss to Ohi- ____tine___r_- _mP___
State in the Big Ten opener got the
Wolverines off on the wrong foot, were not to be denied and took an
and they were never able to quite 18-14 victory to blast Wolverine title
recover. hopes.
- ----- ---- Tank and Track Champs
In the field of winter sports, both
rosnects . . 0swimming and indoor track came
through with victories in Big Ten
(Continued from Page 1) championship meets, but not before
both had provided plenty of thrills.
The thinclads beat out Illinois in a
the freestyle relay, make up tie com- Frank Merriwell finish by a single
plement of returning varsity men, point. Coach Matt Mann's swimmers
Track Doubtful had a slightly easier time of it, but
"It is uncertain, as much so as that meet also was too close for com-
in the past two or three years, to pre- fort.
diet in advance the prospects of the The basketball team again failed
45-'46 track team. However, there to play .500 ball in Conference com-
zs a strong possibility that the squad
wil b ofth caibe o lstyear's pttowinning five and losing.
will be of the calibre of last ersseven. The wrestlers also found the
Big Ten champions." These words going tough in the Conference meet
came from Ken Doherty, who in his and had to be content with sixth
six years at Michigan has coached place There was no Big Ten compe-
enepitelaseballhGoe ws o Bowncope
Wolverine trackmen to seven out of tition in hockey.
twelve indoor and outdoor Confer- titionlinGoey.
ence titles.reAs the spring sports schedule rolled
Six ettrme prvidethenuceusaround, Coach Ray Fisher's baseball-
of this season's cinder crew, Julian ersundCachlRayofihesBasen
Witherspoon, who shone in the ers made a walkaway of the Big Ten
race by going undefeated in Confer-
sprints last year; Val Johnson, quart- ence competition. The tennis squad
er-miler; Archie Parsons, spring-steel did the same thing, amassing a per-
half-miler; Bob Thomason, mile run- feet record by virtue of not losing a
ner; Chuck Birdsall, who handles the gige et
endurance-testing two-mile event; It looked for awhile as if the golfers
and Johh Larson, a double-duty per- might bring the string of titles to.
former in the hurdles and broad- five, but a tough Ohio State squad
jump. had other ideas. And Illinois gained
Keen Returns
The big development on the wrestl-
ing front centers around the return
of Clifford Keen, who will again take
over the reins as head coach of the
grappling squad. Coach Keen entered
the Navy three years ago and has
been serving as a Lieutenant-Com-
mander on the east coast.A
Keen has a tough job ahead of him M ARSH
moulding an honors-winning aggre-
gation because of the fact that only
one varsity matman is on hand from
last year's team-Art Sachsel, 121-
pound startet. In particular, the loss
of 175-pounder Jim Galles, who won
his second Big Ten crown last year,
is a blow to the squad.
Tennis Looks Strong
Fifty percent of the 1945 Wolverine
title-winning tennis squad slated to
compete again this year for the Maize
and Blue. Jack Hirsch,, Roy Boucher,
and Dave Post, all first string letter-
t men provide the bulwark of Coach
LeRoy Weir's '46 net crew and, al-
though the tennis mentor has heard
nothing of prospective stars among
the returning servicemen, he believes
that Michigan will be well represent-
ed on the Big Ten courts and will put
up a stiff battle in defense of its Big
Ten crown.

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STOPPED-George Taliaferro, sensational Indiana freshman halfback (with ball) is piled up by Walt Ten-
inga (42) and an unidentified Michigan man, but not before he had made a substantial gain. Indiana won.
Golfers Falter in Title Quest after Good Start;
Finish Third While Trying To Defend Crown

Victors in six out of seven dual 1944, and John Tews, another veter-
matches and holders of third place an. Newcomers Bob Ernst and Ken
in the Western Conference, the Mich- Morey rounded out the squad.
igan golf team added another suc- * * *
cessful season to its record in 1945. W
Playing under their new coach, BillW restlers Sixth I
Barclay, for the first time, the Wol-
verine linksmen were' defending Big Jo t re c
Ten champs but could not hold off
Ohio State and Northwestern in the C
finae wih te tile t stke.Coach Wallie Weber's first year as
finale with the title at stake. Michigan wrestling coach found his
Paul O'Hara captained the Bar- matmen finishing with a record of
clay-men and shot consistent rounds three victories, two ties, and one de-
all season. Other dependable club- feat, the loss coming in the Confer-
wielders included three-year veteran ence meet in which the grapplers
Phil Marcellus, Johnny Jenswold, who finished a surprisingly poor sixth.
took Conference medal honors in Weber had only two lettermen, Jim
Galles, 165-pound ace who won an
BUY MORE BONDS individual title for himself at that
weight, and 135-pounder Bob Git-

tins. But several promising newcom-
ers came along at the right time to
place Michigan in the ranks as a
contender for the championship.
As events developed, however, the
Wolverines suffered several upsets in
the Conference meet, losing to men
whom they had previously defeated
in dual competition. Purdue was
crowned champion with 18 points
while Michigan had to be content
with 11.-
Reader From Michigan
Russ Reader, starting left halfgack
for Michigan State, was a member
of the Michigan footbrll squad be-
fore transferring to the Spartan
camp. He was a right halfback for
Coach Fritz Crisler.





The school yearbook includes pictures of house groups,
organizations, activities, graduating seniors, and

Veterans in Baseball
Ray Fisher, in his 26th season as
the Maize and Blue's baseball mentor,
can count on the services of letter-
men Bliss "Bo" Bowman, pitcher;
Tom -Rosema, at first; Jack Weisen-
berger, shortstop; and Walt Kell at
the hot corner, in addition to return-
ing veterans Elmer Swanson, who
performed both behind the plate and
at first base two years ago, and Bob
Nussbaumer, of football fame, who
roams the outfield.
There is also the possibility that
Ray Louthen and Dom Tomasi may
be around to aid the Wolverines in
the defense of their Big Ten title.
However, Louthen, who won every
game he pitched last year, is in the
Navy unit and may be transferred at
any time, and Tomasi, stellar 17-year
old freshman second baseman, is sub-
ject to the draft.
Fisher Hopeful
When asked for his opinion on the
'46 Michigan nine, Coach Fisher stat-
ed, "We won't have a record as good
as last season's squad, which won all
but its first non-conference game, be-
cause competition will undoubtedly be
much tougher. However, we'll be right
up there all the time with a few
good breaks, have a decent chance
of retaining the crown."
"The outlook is very bright for the
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