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[)AT, JANUAR~Y 7, 19I9i

THE MICHI AN .AILY

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I nihts Ice Battle Postpone
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TANS TO TANK TITLES:
Wolverine Natators Resume Hard Work

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'M' HitsnGophers in Big 9 Debut'

By SY SONKIN
Scheduling Michigan and Min-
nesota to open each other's cage
season makes it seem like that
omniscient little lady, Fate, had
it all figured out that this would
be more than just another Big
Nine contest.
It's pitting last year's Confer-
ence champions against the man
(who guided them there.
AND THIS TIME that man is
out to shake loose the All-Con-
ference center he had bottled up
for two years.
Last year the Wolverines took
the Minnesotans twice by scores
of 43-41 and 56-45.
The first game saw the under-
dog Michigan club edge a Gopher
quintet led by towering Jim Mc-
Intyre.

eight free throws for a 16 point
total.
Credit for stopping his floor
work was given to the Michigan
center, Bill Roberts, who was
forced to leave the game on per-
sonal fouls with four minutes
left to play.
This was the first time Roberts
had started a game, and the an-
nouncement came as a complete
surprise.
IT WAS A TOUGH assignment,
but the lanky center came
through.
When the second game was
over, it was found that the now-
favored Wolverines had been
exactly twice as good in hold-
ing McIntyre.
He made two field goals and
four free shots for eight points.
* *.
IN THE FIRST contest McIn-
tyre had to contend with a man-
to-man defense; Cowles used a
zone defense in the second to
stop him.

SPOUTS
DICK HURST, Night Editor
Under Cowles the Wolverines
did a complete turnabout. In-
stead of the Conference door-
mat, they have become the team
to beat.
Michigan is now an outfit with
confidence in its own ability to
play on the same court with any
team in the country.
* *u
AND THE performance of the
Maize and Blue so far this year
under Coach Ernie McCoy has
done nothing to destroy that con-
fidence.
Now Cowles has to beat that
team which he took two. years to

mold into a Conference title-
holder, and he has to do it with
an outfit made rip mostly of
sophomores.
His is the job to break through
a defense that was two years in
building.
THIS IS especially true in the
case of McIntyre. In four games
against Cowles-coAched teams,
"Big Jim" has been held to 36
points.
After teaching his boys how
to stop the tall pivotman,
Cowles now has to teach Mc-
Intyre how to get around the
defense he so patiently built
up.
It must be pointed out that, al-
though Cowles has come up with
a fine looking sophomore in
"Whitey" Skoog, who has aver-
aged 15 points in eight games, and
despite the fact that Bud Grant
and Wally Salovich have finally
begun to hit the mark in the last
few games, there's little chance
of a real Gopher offensive threat
if "Big Jim" is stopped.

Team Plays
Queens Six a
Toniorrow
Wyoming Storm
Delays Puckmen
A snowstorm in Cheyenne,
Wyo., has forced the postpone-
ment of tonight's hockey game be-
tween the Michigan sextet and
the Queens University squad.
Tomorrow night's contest will
be played as scheduled. En route
to Ann Arbor after their highly
successful western swing, the
pucksters were snowed in at Chey-
enne, which has delayed their Ann
Arbor arrival by two days.
Last reports had the squad
approaching Chicago. The team
is expected to arrive here late
tonight.
Athletic officials here said they
would ask the Kingston, Ont.,
team to remain in Ann Arbor
until Monday to play off the post-
poned game.
Tickets for tonight's game will
be honored Monday, if the post-
poned contest is played. If the
Sgaine is not played off, the tick-
ets will be valid for next week's
contest urith McMaster IUiver-
sity.

By MERLE LEVIN
It didn't take long for sunny
Florida to become just a pleasant.
memory to Matt Mann's crew of
well-bronzed swimmers.
Al] the Wolverine tankmen
needed was one look at the i-M
pool blackboard to decide that Ft.
Lauderdale and the Collegiate
Swimming Forun is very definite=
ly a thing of the past
FOR, STARING at them in big
yellow letters was this reminder:
"Honeymoon is over. From
now on we WORK. Remember
we have two very important
championships to defend."
And WORK is just what the
defending Big Nine and NCAA
champions have been doing all
week.
COACH MANN has been
running (or is it floating?) his
charges through sprints and time
trials until they can barely lift
their arms, and the hard work
is paying dividends in the form

of reduced times on the part of
several newcomers.
Freestyler Bob Byberg, breast-
stroker Bill Austin and back-
stroker Jack Arbuckle look like
the best of the sophomore crop
while backstroker Bernie Kahn
who becomes eligible for varsity
competition in February ap-
pears at this writing to be the
prize package of the season.
Kahn was finishing at Harry
Holiday's heels during the Flor-
ida trip, not bad for a still-im-
proving freshman.
* * *'
HOLIDAY WAS good enough
last year to win his second
straight Big Nine backstroke title
and finish second to Olympic
titlist Allan Stack in the NCAA
championships.
Among the veterans, co-cap-
tains Dick Weinberg and Bob
Sohl continue to rate among
the country's best in their spe-
cialties.
Weinberg, runner-up for the Big
Nine 50 and 100-yard freestyle

titles last year comes up against
the man who beat him out for the
50-yd. title when he meets Keith
Carter at Purdue next Saturday.
* *. *
WEINBERG finished ahead of
Carter when they met in the an-
nual East-West meet held dur-
ing the Florida trip.
Sohl heads a list of breast-
strbkers which for sheer depth
cannot be matched by any team
in the country. His' race against
the versatile Carter will be the
undisputed highlight of next
week's Purdue meet.
Some of the other Wolverine
veterans are engaged in battling
surplus poundage and forthcom-
ing finals but, with the exception
of Bill Kogan who had his ap-
pendi: removed during Christ-
mas vacation, the squad is rapid-
ly rounding into top physical con-
dition.
And the amazing Kogan is al-
ready paddling across the pool
and looking so fit that Mann says
he may use him against Purdue.

MMMMMMIM".

Win ep Wapdn'b6e

Dutch Olympic Star Named
Year's Top Woman Athlete

NCAA Head
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NEW YORK-()-Mrs. Fanny
Blankers - Koen, comely Dutch
housewife who won three indivi-
dual Olympic titles in an unprece-
dented performance, was named
Woman Athlete-of-the-Year for
1948 today in the annual Associat-
ed Press poll.
The tall blonde from Amster-
dam was an easy victor with 34
firsts and 123 points on the basis
of her brilliant feats at London.
After winning the 100-meter and.
200-meter dashes, she set a new
world and Olympic record in the
80-meter hurdles and ran the an-
chor leg on the successful Dutch
400-meter relay team.
Mrs. Blankers-Koen dethroned
Mrs. Mildred (Babe) Didrikson
on TOBOGGANS

Zaharias of Denver who held the
title for the last three years.
Mrs. Zaharias was second on
her golf play. She drew 16 firsts
and 93 points as the result of
copping the Women's National
Open at Northfield, N.J.
Mrs. Vicki Draves of Pasadena,
Calif., double Olympic diving
champ off the springboard and
high tower, was third with 11
firsts and 69 points.
Barbara Ann Scott of Ottawa,
the Olympic, World and European
figure skating queen before she
turned pro, was a close fourth.
Then came* Ann Curtis of San
Francisco who won the Olympic
400-meter free style swim for
women and swam a leg on the
U.S. 400-meter relay team that
finished first. Miss Curtis was
woman Athlete - of-the-Year in
1944. This time she had 11 first
place votes and 63 points.
Snow Strands
'M' Grid Head
KIMBALL, Neb.-(;P)-A hand-
ful of noted sports figures, in-
cluding Bennie Oosterbaan, Mich-
igan grid coach, bided their time
in Kimball today waiting for
transportation to San Francisco
and the national NCAA meeting.
Snowbound since Monday, these
sports figures together with scores
of other passengers, were accord-
ed the hospitality of Kimball
homes while waiting for their
train to start moving once again.
Other sports figures in the
group included: Bill Alexander,
Georgia Tech; Paul Bixler, Col-
gate; W. J. Bingham, Harvard;
(Chairman of the NCAA Rules
Committee); Frank Murray, Mar-
quette; Eppy Barnes, Colgate;
Max Bishop, Navy; Charles Mil-
cham, Cincinnati; Charles Grif-
fin, Georgia Tech; and Jack Blott,
Michigan.

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Tomorrow night's contest will
SAN FRANCISCO -- (f) - Dr. offer another challenge to the
Karl E. Leib, president of the Na- various Wolverine streaks and will
tional Collegiate Athletic Asso- give coach Vic Heyliger an inkling
ciation, declared today the so- of the chances his team has in,
called "sanity code" to clean up once again copping the represen-
Droselyvting and other evils was tation to the NCAA tournament.

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making definite progress,
DR. LEIP, professor at the Uni-
versity of Iowa, spoke at the San
Francisco Press Club. He said
there are still many violations of
the code, which was adopted as
year ago, but maintained a steady
decrease had been noted.
EARLIER, MEMBERS of the
NCAA Executive Committee se-
lected New York City for next
year's convention, to be held Jan.
12, 13 and 14.s
Today's meeting was the first
one this week Dr. Leib had been
able to muster a quorum to con-
duct official business. Some of
the members had been snowbound
in Nebraska.
The top officials approved dates
and sites for 1949 national cham-
pionships, including the follow-
ing:
GOLF-Iowa State, Ames, June
27 to July 2.
CROSS COUNTRY-Michigan
State, Lansing, Nov. 28.
The committee also approved a
new national baseball playoff plan
using regional elimination instead
of the former East-West setup.
The four-team finals will be held
June 23, 24 and 25 at a site yet to
be selected. Championships in
the past were held at Kalamazoo,
Mich.

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Michigan Tech, one of the
four teams who will fight it
out for the tourney bid, dropped
two contests to the Queens out-
fit last week. In addition to the
Engineers, Minnesota and
North Dakota are jockeying for
the bid.
The Sioux aren't expected to
give the Wolverines much opposi-
tion in the race, having lost to
cili tiesnwi.lbe available for
night at 7:30 at the Intramural
Sports Building.
the title-holding Michigan sextet
twice on the western trip, 8-1 and
11-4.
But the Gophers are once again
rated among the best teams in
the country and are a sure bet to
fight it out down to the wire for
the bid. The Northland sextet was
cut down three times last year by
the Wolverines, but out-lasted
Michigan in the final game of the
four game home and home series.
Unbeaten, Michigan has now
won seven games and has three
ties. In the ten contests played,
the Wolverines have scored 64
goals while the opposition has
tallied 24 times.
LATE HOCKEY
Boston 3, Detroit 2.
Montreal 7, Chicago 2.

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