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TllT'KSDAI, JUNE 20, 1946

ThURSDAY, JUNE 20, 1946


Tae Mician'sCLone fonerence Championship

Schalon, Barclay, C4t'trighI,
Elliott Top Wolverines in In

Bucks, Northwestern
Trail Maize and Blue
With a good eye for drama, Michi-
gan's golf team waited until the final
day of the Conference tournament
in Minneapolis to fulfill the promise
it had shown all season and upset
Ohio State's defending champions by
a 17-stroke margin for the Big Ten
The title, ninth for Michigan in 27
years of Conference competition, also
kept intact the 24-year stretch over
which Wolverine teams have cap-
tured at least one Big Ten crown as
it was the only one brought to Ann
Arbor during the 1945-46 season.
Co-Favored for Title
The Wolverines went into the tour-
nament as one of the three top teams
in the Conference along with the
powerful Ohio State Buckeyes and
Northwestern's well-balanced squad,
which finished second and third, re-
After trailing through the fist half
of the tournament, the Wolverines
took a one-stroke lead at the three-
quarter mark and widened the mar-
gin to 17 strokes on the last 18 holes.
Key to the victory was not one "hot"
golfer, but over-all balance of the
Michigan team.
Schalon Stars
Only freshman Ed Schalon played
a championship brand of golf as he
grabbed a tie for third place, due
largely to a torrid 73-73 score on the
last 36 holes. His total was 302, com-
pared to the 294 of medalist John
Jacobs of Iowa, but combined with
306 totals by Dave Barclay, Pete El-
liott and Bill Courtright, it gave
Michigan a decisive victory. All four
Wolverines hit their stride on the
final round with a pair of 73's and
a pair of 74's among them.
Michigan's play over the season
was not as impressive as it was in
the tourney, though the golfers went
through the 11-game schedule with
only three defeats. Bad weather ham-
pered them throughout the season
and kept the scores up.
Beat Spartans
Opening the season against Michi-
gan State, the Wolverines rang up an
impressive 24-3 win and followed
with a decisive victory over Wayne,
both matches being played on the
University course. Journeying down
to Columbus, the Wolverines had
their embryonic winning streak cut
short by the Buckeyes, 19/2 to 7%/2,
but bounced back to smother Detroit,
25% to 1%, and then upset the high-
flying Northwestern golfers, 14-13.
The Wolverines seemed to have
picked up a road jinx as they dropped
two of the three following matches
away from home, bowing to Michi-
gan State and Notre Dame and edg-
ing Illinois. Returning to the famil-
iar haunts of the University course,
the Wolverine golfers settled down
to defeat Purdue and then avenge
their earlier loss to Ohio State with
a decisive 18-6 victory. A win over
Detroit brought the schedule to a
close and provided the final tune-up
for the triumphant Conference tour-
Playing in the number one spot
for the entire season was Dave Bar-
clay, the most consistent golfer on
the team. His doubles partner, El-
liott, was lapable of some brilliant
golf but was erratic after the first
few matches. Courtright reported]
late because of his wrestling duties
and didn't hit top form until mid-
season, but after that he paced the
team several times. ,

FOOT.ALL: rn s en, lust
three. Mei jd tn i ian:. in 1i
77 d
BAsKETBALL: won 12, lust
seven. Seventh in Canerence.
meets, lost one. Second to linois
in Big Ten.
SWIMMING: won sm'vcmeeno,
lost one. Seond to (Jiu State
WRESTLING: won tour, lost
three. Third to Illinois, bxdiana
in Conference.
HOCKEY: won 17, lost seven,
tied one.
q AgEEALL: 'on 18, lost three.
Secund to Wisonr'in in Big; Ten.
GOLF: won eig~ht, lost three
matches. Won iEig Ten ( iampiln-
ship for third time in last four
TENNIS:- w(n nine, st four
matches. Finished fifth in Con-
ference meet.
OUTDOOR TRAC'K: won two,
lost two dual meets. Finished third
bchind Illnos and Ohio State

Netniei Lose lig Te Crowii;
Jium Evans~ Takes S inges Title
piled the most impressive record of
As "Afi I ciwfiJnj the season, exhibiting seven victor-
P s against three defeats. Hersh and
r 1v EV ELLIN vn'. handled most of the number
With a record f i 'ins and v play while Mikulich and Evans
two defeats to their credit in Bipg uppearedJ in the majority of the num-
ten icompetition. Michigan's tennis twO pairings.
uad concluded the 194t season on Win nleheader
dune 1 by captu" ifth place Tih Conference schedule cpened
honors in the Conference meet at wih adubleheader April 27 and the
Chicago. which saw Wekci inc Jim w olvcrines lost little time in chalk-
Evans crowned Big Ten <'ti t in the pin teir first two victories, blan-
number fie singles. keting Indiana, 9-0, in the morning
Leading the netters throughout and sauelching the Purdue, 7-2, in the
the season in the number one spot afternoon clash.
was Jack Hersh, a veteran perform- Illinois racketmen, later crowned
car letterman from the 1945 Confer- Conference champs, offered Michigan
once championship squad. Bill Mi- its toughest opposition of the season
kulich, who oarned his freshman in handing the Wolverines their first
numerals in 1942, held down the Big Ten set-back, 6-3. Turning in
number two position while Fred Wel- one of their best performances of
lengton, returning "M" man fromn the year, the Maroon netters from
the 1943 team, handled the third the University of Chicago squeezed
singles assignment. out a 5-4 win over the Wolverines
AlcClusky Is Campus Champ on the Ferry Field Courts.
Dean McClusky, wiinner of the Come From Behind
1l,46 all-campus tennis tourney, per- I Michigan came from behind, scor-
foimed ably in the number four ing the deciding point in the final
lot and newcomer Ejvans made a doubles match, to edge out a favored
fine showing in the fifth position. Northwestern team 5-4. Both Ohio
"ounding out the sinles lineup was State and Minnesota fell before the
Hal Cook who played most of the Wolverine's attack in successive days
schedule in the number six spot. of competition by the scores of 5-4,
Coach Leioy Weir,. Wolverine net 6-3 to ring down the curtain on Mich-
mentor, tried 13 different doubles igan's Big Ten schedule.
cecnlinations in match competition. The Wolverines scored four tri-
The number three auet of Dean Mc- umphs and two losses in non-Confer-
Clusky and Paul Schoenlaub com- ence play.

Records Fall as Ilockecy Team
Skates to 17 Wins in 25 Tests

PUCK PAj"Al )E :

Associate Sports Editor
Before the season opener it was
freely predicted that the Michigan1
hockey team would be the best in his-
tory and Coach Vic Heyliger's sextet
really lived up to advance expecta-
tions with a record number of 17 wins
in 25 contests against some of the
best amateur teams in Canada and
the United States.
Furthermore, the team broke sev-
eral scoring records which had been
on the books for many years. Qord
MacMillan, high-flying center, broke
the season's individual scoring mark
with 59 points and the team erased
other marks by tallying 16 goals in
one game and 168 for the season.
Take Conference Title
Biggest achievement for the Wol-
verines was the wresting of the Big
Ten hockey title from Minnesota for
the first time since 1935. The Maize
and Blue conquered the Northmen
twice on coliseum ice and then
clinched the crown at Minneapolis
two weeks later as they battled the
Gophers to a three-goal tie. Minne-
sota won the final game, however.
Michigan's lineup was studded
with talented first year men, hailing
mostly from Canada. Top scoring
line was that of MacMillan, Al Ren-
frew and Bill Jacobson, all from
across the border. Renfrew was run-

ner-up to MacMillan in scoring hon-
ors, playing half the season with a
fractured wrist. Wally Grant, Neil
Celley and Wally Gacek formed a
second offensively minded front line
Hill Heads Defense
Captain Connie Hill, Bob Marshall,
Clem Cossalter and Ross Smith han-
dled the defensive chores with Jack
McInnes and Jack MacDonald both
proving very capable in the Wolver-
ine nets.
Michigan established a new win-
ning streak with 11 straight victories
before. going down to a double defeat
at the hands of the University of
Toronto Blues. Up to that time the
Wolverines had twice defeated Colo-
rado College, Minnesota's Gophers,
the Windsor Spitfires, and scored
single wins over five other Ontario
puck aggregations.
Have Mid-Season Slump
After the first Toronto series, the
Maize and Blue stickmen suffered
a mid-season slump caused by the
strenuous schedule. After another
double loss -to the Blues at Ann Ar-
bor, single defeats followed at the
hands of the Gophers, Michigan
Tech and Brantford.
The Wolverines closed out the sea-
son in spectacular fashion, however,
with a return to mid-season form.


Rain Edges Basebal T F :.
Out of Conflerence Topfo

Rain washed out Michigan's hopes
for a. third straight Big Ten base-
ball championship but it couldn't
keep the Wolverines from racking
up a neat 18-3 record for the season
and taking second behind Wisconsin
in the Conference race.
The Maize and Blue nine had
chalked up two Big Ten titles in a
row in 1944 and 1945 but the ele-
ments repeated their performance
of 1943 and forced the canceling of
four of Michigan's key Big Ten
games, two each with Purdue and

bills to trip them. Again rain played
a decisive role for the Michigan
schedule had originally slated no,
doubleheaders. Yet the weather
forced the Maize and Blue to play a
trio of double bills wit two e
being rained out.
The third defeat suffered by the
Michigan nine was a 6-1 defeat at
the hands of the Detroit Tigers who
gave an exhibition My 20 on the
Ferry Field diamond. Only in the
sixth inning, when the l.'igers scored
all of their runs, did they outclass
the Wolverines.
Run Streak to 2'
Starting off where the 1945 team
left off with a string of 20 victories,
the 1946 nine won its first seven
games to run its victory st ring I1< 27
without a defeat before Illinois ad-
ministered a 4-3 defeat in 10 innings
in the second game of a doubleheader
at Champaign.
In gaining their 26th straight over
Detroit, 26-3, the Wolverines broke
a record that had been established in
1900. In connecting for 23 hits, 10
for extra bases, the Wol'erines poured
26 men across the plate. Th e29-run
total of the teams was good enough to
break the 26-2 mark that had been
set at the turn of the century.
Get Good Pitching
The success of the team gOes to
a fine pitching sXai ai better than
average defensive infield and potent
power at the plate. Cliff Wise, Blis
Bowman, Earl Block and Pro Boim
formed the nucleus of th mound
staff that hurled the Woh ,rines to
15 victories.
Wise, a lanky right hander, re-
turned from the Army to pick up
where he left off as the leading huir-
ler on the 1941 squad. His top effort
was a shut out against Western
Michigan in which he scattered four
singles in the first three innings and
hurled perfect ball the last six.
Infield Was Tops
Tom Rosema, Dom Tomasi, Don
Robinson and Walt Kell have teamed
together to make one of the finest
infields in colege baseball. All but
Robinson at short were veterans of
the 1945 squad. Robinson returned
from three years in the Air Corps to
take over his old position on the Wol
verine nine.

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CLIFF WISE -- Star Maize and
Blue pitcher who returned after
a five-year absence to lead Michi-
gan to second place in the Big
Ten baseball race with three wins.
Indiana. The Wolverines' Big Ten
record read six wins against a pair
of setbacks compared to Wisconsin's
nine and two mark.
Lose To Illini, Gophers
The Michigan nine's two defeats
came at the hands of Illinois and
Minnesota, each of whom caught the
Maize and Blue in nightcaps of twin

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