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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

2nd

in

Conference

rac Mat

Triab

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MSC Grabs
Ten Places
To SetPace
Nine Survivors
Go for 'M' Today
By BYRLE ABBIN
Special to The Daily
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Michigar
,tate College turned up as the
darkhorse in the Big Ten Track
and Field Championships here lasi
night by placing ten qualifiers it
the preliminaries, one more that
the Wolverines, and two more
than favored Illinois did.
The Spartans concentrated their
strength in the 60 yard dash anc
the low hurdles, placing three me
each in these events. Michigan
although placing all four men it
the high hurdles, received a bi
jolt in quest of its sixteenth Big
Ten indoor crown when Chuc
Whiteaker, ace half miler, was
disqualified after winning his heat
' in the 880 yard run.
NEXT IN PLACINGS were Iowa
Ohio State, and Purdue with five
men each, Indiana with four,
Northwestern with three, Wiscon-
sin two, and Minnesota one.
As expected the hurdles were
Michigan's big event, with Don
Hoover leading the way with
wins in both his high hurdle
preliminary heat and low hur-
dle semi-final heat. Van Bm-
ner, Jim Mitchell, and Wally
Atchison all made the semis in
the highs.
Al Rankin showed unexpected
strength in the 440 yard dash
winning his preliminary heat in
50.2, his best time of the year
and coming in a close second t
Illinois' great Cirilo McSween in
the semi-finals one hour later,
Gene Cole, who set the national
high school 440 yard record, had
the best time of the evening, :49.5,
with McSween turning in a :49.9.
- - *
A TERRIFIC RACE is in store
today in the 440, with Gary Scott
of Iowa, LeRoy Collins, and How-
ard Kunz of OSU being the other
qualifiers in a very fast field.
Illinois backing went up some-
what as Don Laz gave his best
effort of the year in leading
broad jump qualifiers, with a
leap of 23 feet, 3% inches. Art
Kurtz of Northwestern was a
close second. Illinois also plac-
ed another In this event, with
Ron Soble being the only Wol-
verine to reach the finals.
Thus Laz becomes one of the
few men in the meet able to end
up a double winner. He is almost
a cinch to win the pole vault, with
a new Conference record in his
sights.
THE HALF mile, although feel-
ing the loss of Whiteaker, promises
a good race, with Don Makielski
of MSC running the best time,
1:55.9. Len Truex was just a
shade slower in winning his heat.
Other top performers qualifying
were Lawton Lemb of Illinois,
Sam Greenlee of Wisconsin and
Jack Hagin of Indiana.
Joe Gonzales of Illinois, Stan
Wilkins of Indiana, and MSC's
Jesse Thomas led a surprisingly
slow field in the 60 yard dash.
The best time was :06.5, with

Michigan's Bill Konrad winning
a second in his heat, and quali-
fying for the semis. Dave Stin-
son also qualified for the 60
yard dash semifinals.
Other top times of the evening
were turned in by Bill Taylor of
Indiana in the high hurdles with
a performance of eight and eight-
tenths seconds, and Hoover with
an eight second flat effort in the
low hurdles.
Biggest upset of the trials came
when Harold Omer of Purdue fail-
ed to place in the 60 yard dash.
Omer, one of three former
champions returning, finished
fifth in the first heat of thl*
event he won two years ago.
Leading the Spartans' 30-man
squad, second largest entered, was
lithe Jesse Thomas.
He qualified for tomorrow's
semi-finals in the 60 y a r d
dash and 70-yard high hurdles
and the finals in the broad jump
1 and 70-yard high hurdles.
If Thomas, a defensive half-
back on the Michigan State foot-
ball team, comes through the
semi-final tests tomorrow he will
carry the Spartan colors in four
final events - a real iron man
stunt.

Indiana,

Wolverines

Clash

at

Yost

Tonight

O

ON THE SPOT
By BILL CONNOLLY
Daily Sports Editor

ILLINOIS APPEARS TO BE well on the 'way to winning another Big
Ten basketball championship-but then a lot of people thought
they'd be going to the Rose Bowl this year, too.
Some people thought so much about it, in fact, that they ordered
four dozen gold watches-with appropriate engraving wisely detained
pending final results of the football season-to be presented to the
Big Ten champs and Rose Bowl participants. A quick change in the
order, however, found Michigan alumni, rather than Illinois rooters,
backing the bill and the watches resting on the wrists of Wolverine
gridders.
THIS CHANGE WAS necessitated, it will be recalled, by the up-
set victory effected by Northwestern's Wildcats over the hapless Illini,
in combination with Michigan's historic win over a frozen Ohio
State team last November 25th.
The point of all this is that the Illini again find themselves
forced to walk right into the Wildcat's mouth and walk out with
a win if they hope to cinch the basketball title tonight.
Down in the state of Illinois, there exists a heated rivalry between
the two schools. Both draw their athletes from the same high schools
and each finds enthusiastic alumni located door-to-door and desk-
to-desk with rivals in every community in the state.
s* * *
Anything Can Happen ...
IT'S "ANYTHING-CAN-HAPPEN" competition whenever the two
schools meet in athletic battlegrounds. Add to this the fact that
the Wildcats are rated second only to the Illinois in the compilation
of offense statistics, multiply by the fact that Northwestern enjoys
the advantage of playing on a home court, and you can see why the
race isn't over yet.
Should the Illini lose to their strong state rivals, they will need
a win over Michigan State-statistically rated the best defensive
unit in the Conference-to cinch their fourth cage crown in nine
years.
The Hoosiers are forced to base their hopes for a Big Ten title
on the Wildcats' unpredictable offense and the hopes that Michigan
State can tie up the shifty Illinois attack. To this they must add a win
over the Wolverines in Ann Arbor tonight and a follow-up victory over
fourth-place Wisconsin when they are back home again in Indiana on'
Monday night.
Figures Don't Lie .. .
FORGETTING THE INTANGIBLES-state rivalry, home court, etc.,
a statistical analysis of the situation puts the Illini far ahead of
the field:
r W L PCT. FG FGA PCT. FT FTM PCT. PF PTS PTS

BERNIE KAHN
* . . experienced back stroker
* * *
'M ' Natators
Battle Strong
Iowa Squad
By BOB LANDOWNE
Iowa's Hawkeyes will be host to
the Michigan swimming team to-
night in Iowa City in what prom-
ises to be an exciting finish to a
fairly successful dual meet- season
for the Wolverines.
The Conference meet is only a
week away, and Matt 'Mann's
tankmen will have this final op-
portunity to continue to show
their improvement before the real
test.
* *, *
IOWA HAS A SIMILAR dual
meet record to that of the Wol-
verines, and this could easily be
one of those meets that hinges
upon the outcome of the free style
relay, which is the last event on
the program. t
Rusty G a r s t undoubtedly
stands out above all other con-
tenders in the 50 and 100 yard
sprints, but the Hawkeyes have
little strength to back him up
when it comes to the relay.
They also boast a newcomer in
Dick Labahn, a transfer from Illi-
nois who has done 51.4 in his best'
100 yard sprint, and he may easily
follow Garst to' the finish line in
that event for some valuable
'awkeye points.
DESPITE THEIR LACK of a
top sprinter the Wolverine quar-
tet of Neisch, White, Byberg and
Martin could still grab the im-
portant relay as they did against
Ohio State last week.
In both the back stroke and
especially the breast stroke
Michigan shouldn't have much
trouble at all.
Sophomores Herb Martin and
Bill Webber of Iowa do not seem
to threaten Michigan's veteran
Bernie Kahn, or Jack Arbuckle
and Dick Howell.
* *
BREAST STROKERS Stu El-
liott and John Davies should have
an easier time in their specialty-
which has been the bright spot
of the team's endeavors all season.
The Hawkeyes, however, have
a strong diving entry in the per-
son of Otto "Bunny" Broeder
who has garnered over 360
points as his best mark in his
first season of competition.
At the distances, matters seem
rather close and a valuable sec-
ond place in either the 220 or the
440 may make the difference in
the final team scores.

Icers Meet
Weak MSC
At Coliseum
2Celley Threatens
Scoring Record
By KEITH MILLER
An ambitious Michigan State
hockey squad will invade Ann Ar-
bor tonight for the second install-
ment of its two game series with
the Wolverines.
The starting time for the Coli-
seum clash has been pushed back
to 8:30 p.m. because of the In-
diana-Michigan cage tilt, which
starts at 7:30 p.m.
* * *
THE SPARTANS have given
Denver University a pair of rough
games although losing by 7-2 on
each occasion, since the Maize
and Blue handed the Green and
White a 10-1 thumping at East
Lansing on February 21.
In the Denver contests, State
led 1-0 at the end of the first
period the first evening, and
were tied with the Westerners
one up in the second tussle be-
fore the Pioneers broke loose
with a rash of goals.
The visitors may be the victims
of several Michigan scoring rec-
ords this evening. The Wolver-
ines need but seven goals to break
the high water mark of 179 coun-
ters, which the 1948-4- edition
chalked up in 25 regular season
tussles.
GIL BURFORD'S record of 64
points will likely be broken to-
night by the Eveleth, Minnesota
flash, Neil Celley. "Seal" has 64
points himself and he will un-
doubtedly fashion a tremendous
mark for future Wolverine puck
chasers to aim at.
Chief obstacle in the Wolver-
ines path toward the breaking
of the records, will be the ver-
satile State goal tender, Del
Reid. Reid, a 140 pound mighty
mite from Detroit, was the
Spartans top performer in the
Wolverine debacle.
Time and time again the ag-
gressive Reid dove to the ice amid
pounding sticks and sharpened
skates to thwart the Michigan at-
tackers. He stopped 45 of the
Maize and Blue's shots that night.
Performing as State's top line
will be co-captain Bill Blair, Neil
Bristol, and Bill McCormick. The
latter centers this line. Another
stalwart Spartan performer is
center Dick Lord, one Of two Ca-
nadians on the squad.
GTroth's Home Run
Paces Tiger Drills
LAKELAN, Fla.-(P)-Johnny
Groth, the only regular outfielder
in the Detroit Tigers' camp, slam-
med his third home run in two
days of practice yesterday.
The speedy centerfielder cli-
maxed a long batting session
by slamming one of Hank Bor-
owy's pitches over the left field
wall. Thursday he hit one each
off Teddy Gray and Fred Hut-
chinson.
Steve Souchock, the Tigers' new
first base candidate, also hit a

homer-his off rookie Dick Mar-
lowe.
Saturday will be a big day in
the Tiger camp. Pitcher Virgil
rrucks, whose arm went dead early
last season, is due to test the wing
in batting practice. If the arm
proves sound, Tiger pennant pros-
pects may perk up considerably.

By TED PAPES
The virus of Indiana basketball
fanaticism invades Yost Field-
house tonight when Hoosiers and
Wolverines collide in the semi-
final contest of the season for
both quintets.
Billy Garrett of Indiana and
Leo VanderKuy of Michigan will'
face each other for the tip-off at
7:30 p.m.
** *
BESIDES THE outcome of the
game and its subsequent effect
on the Big Ten standings, a num-
ber of side-issue attractions her-
ald the event as a top-flight Mi-
chigan hardwood promotion.
Garrett will start at center
needing only one point to set an
all-time Indiana University
scoring record. He is currently
even with Lou Watson who set
the standard at 757 before his
four year career ended last win-
ter.
Bouncing Billy, on the other'
hand, played without the benefit
of the wartime freshman rule so
his total is a three season accom-
plishment.
FORWARD Bill Tosheff of thel
visitors also comes to town with!
f * s

mark. The obsolete standard
was 13 set by Dick Schnittker
of Ohio last year.
Tosheff's all-around finesse has
been a major element in Indiana's
courageous drive down the stretch
in an attempt to overhaul the
high-flying leader, Illinois. His
team nust win again tonight to
stay in the chase. He has been
* * *

Hoosiers battle To Stay
In Conference Contention

BILL GARRETT
. .. bouncer needs one point
operating at a clip of 13 points
per game over the last seven lea-
gue engagements.
Other memo~ers of the Hoosier
starting five are forward Jack
Brown and guard, Gene Ring and
Bobby Masters.
S* * *
HOPE SPRINGS eternal in the
Michigan camp despite a loop rec-
ord of three games won against
nine lost. A victory tonight or
Monday against Iowa would prob-
ably keep the Wolverines from
finishing in last place.
Coach Ernie McCoy will prob-
ably send out the combination
which spelled success at Wis-
consin earlier this week. Besides
VanderKuy on the front line
will be Jim Skala. and lanky
Dick Williams with the task of
keeping the backboards clear.
Charlie Murray and Bob Olson
should get the call at the guard
positions with Doug Lawrence
and Tom Tiernan close at bhand
for substitution.
Olson has played some fine bas-
ketball for McCoy this season but
many observers feel that experi-
mentation in the backcourt has
kept him from utilizing his re-
bounding skill and " occasional
jump shot threat to the fullest.
LINEUPS
MICHIGAN Pos. INDIANA
Skala ...........F ...........Tosheff
Williams ........ F............ Brown
Vander Kuy ....C...........Garrett
Murray.........G.............Ring
Olson...........G ..........Masters

Wrestlers
Trail OSU;
FinalsToday
Three Survive
Semi-Final Bouts
By CY CARLTON
Special to The Daily
EVANSTON, Ill. - Michigan
placed three men in the finals of
the Western Conference Wrestling
Meet to remain a strong conttender
with Ohio State and Michigan
State in last night's semi-finals
held in Patten Gymnasium.
The Buckeyes placed four men
in the finals anti the Spartans
three.
* * *
LARRY NELSON, Jack Gallon
and Bill Stapp are the three fin--
alists for Michigan and this after.
noon will go in search of Confer-
ence crowns. Seven Michigan grae
plers qualified for the semi-finals.
Nelson won three 123 pound
matches during the afternoon
and evening rounds. In the first
match of the entire meet, he
beat Dan Socha of Northwestern,
10-5. Later in the afternoon he
shutout Bob Carlin of Indiana ;
3-0. In his final match of the
day he eked out a 6-5 win over
Harold Parsons of Purdue via
riding time points.
Obviously tired from his two
previous matches during the day,
only a strong second period in
which he scored two riding points
gave Nelson the win. He will,
meet Bill Buckingham of MSC
in the finals. Nelson decisively
beat Buckingham two weeks ago
in a dual meet.
* * *
GALLON WON two matches,
both by one point in his trium-
phant march to the finals in the
130 pound division. T e Wol-
verine sophomore sensation beat
Bob Carter of Minnesota, 4-3 in
the preliminaries and Phil Dug-
gan of Iowa, 7-6 in the semt
Behind, 5-4 going into the
final period of the Duggan
match, the Wolverine light-
weight rallied for three points
(an escape and a take down)
to win the match and reach the
finals.
Gallon will meet Dick Picard of
Illinois, in quest of his first Con-
ference championship.
Captain Bill Stapp repeated his
last year's performance as he
reached the 157 pound final where
he will meet Don Ryan of Wis-
consin, who defeated him last
season for the title.
« *
STAPP WAS superlative in the
days activities as he won both of
his matches by pins.
Dick Gillespie of Northwest-
ern was the first victim of the
Wolverine ace in 4:26. In the
evening round, Ralph Thomas
of Indiana was felled in 6:00.
Stapp never-looked better as he
easily disposed of his opponents
by means of body presses.
F our other Michigan men
reached the semi-finals but they
all fell by the wayside in the eve-
ning.
Joe Scandura decisioned Bill El-
wood to reach the semi-finals but
was dropped by Ron Lax of OSU
in the semis, 7-2. Scandura,.. a
mere sophomore, was outclassed
by the Ohio veteran despite a
game battle, in a 137 pound bout.
In the 147 pound bout, Dave
Space found his old nemesis,

Bryce Keough of Ohio State too
much as he dropped a semi-final
match, 4-0. Keough, runner-up
over Space in last week's dual
meet.
Scandura won his consolation
match however and will face Joe
DiBello of Michigan State for third
place this afternoon. Space lost to
Dave Zastrow of Minnesota in his
consolation round.

Illinois.......... '.2
Indiana..........12
Iowa .......,......12
Wisconsin........12
Northwestern .. 13
Minnesota ..... 14
Michiga Sttet 12
Purdue..........13
Ohio State .... 14

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If offense and defense are considered together, a comparison of
Illinois and its opponents shows:
Offense: Illinois .......71.6 (per game) Offense: Illinois .......71.8
N.U...........68,6 MSC ..........47.0
Plus.... 3.3 Plus.... .24.6
Defense: Illinois.......70.8 Defense: Illinois.......62.5
N.U..........62.5 MSC .........48.0
Plus.... 8.3 Minus.....14.0
The only negative reaction to a test of this type shews up in
the Michigan State edge in defense, but this is more than compen-
sated for by the overwhelming offensive margin piled up by the
Illini
But because the aforementioned intangibles can't be overlooked, it
appears as though it will be a down-to-the-wire finish, with the Con-
ference championship in the balance until next Monday night.
* * * *
Michigan INVote.. .
Anna Oosterbaan, pretty little blue-eyed daughter of Coach Ben-
nie Oosterbaan, is a skating enthusiast. Bennie takes her to the Mich-
igan ice rink but doesn't attempt to coach her. "That's not my line,"
he says modestly '
Cliff Keen, Michigan wrestling coach, has had 110 wins and 42
losses in 26 years at Ann Arbor ..-.

BILL TOSHEFF
... free throw king
* s *
records on his mind. The Gary,
Indiana flash hasn't missed a free
throw since Jan. 22, and is work-
ing on a string of 25 consecutive
conversions over a seven game
span.
Every time he sinks one he
establishes a new Conference

Improving Wolverines Meet
Champion Illinois Gym Squad,

NOTHING TOO DIFFICULT:
Fisher Begins Giant Rebuilding Job

By JOE EPSTEIN
The Wolverine gymnasts meet
a highly favored Illinois team at
8:30 p.m. tonight in the large
gymnasium of the Intramural
Building.
The Illini, holders of the 1950
NCAA and Western Conference
gymnastics titles, have not lost
a dual meet this season, and are
expected to retrain both the na-
tional and the Conference crowns
for 1951. }
OUTSTANDING I L L I N O I S
gymnasts to perform here tonight
will include Irving Bedard, na-
tional tumbling champion for the
last two years; Bruce Sidlinger,
one of the nation's top trampoline
artists; Frank Dolan, a seasoned
veteran of all-around gymnastics
competition; and Bob Sullivan, an
all-around sophomore who has
given Dolan quite a fight this year
for all-around honors.
Michigan showed much im-
provement in last week's Ohio
State meet and figures to give
Illinois a tough fight if im-

provement continues at the
same rate. Although the Wol-
verines lack tumbling strength,
they are quite capable of pull-
ing some surprises in the other
five events.
A special feature of the meet
will be the presence of two photo-
graphers and a reporter from
LIFE magazine, visiting Ann Ar-
bor to prepare a story on the de-
velopment and acceptance of
trampolining as a gymnastics
sport.
Michigan was selected as the lo-
cale for the story because of the
enrollment here of Ed Buchanan,
the country's leading trampoline
performer, and action shots will
be taken of the trampoline con-
test during the meet tonight.

* * *

By JIM PARKER
Michigan's Ray Fisher, the "old
fox" of the college baseball coach-
ing profession, is on the old fa-
miliar "spot" again.
The genial Wolverine mentor,
who always seems to start a new
baseball season with the critics
saying he just can't do it (win
the Big Ten baseball title) again
this time, sent his Maize and
Blue diamond squad, 75 strong,
through its first spring training
drills this week.
* * *
ALTHOUGH his pitching staff
has been working out since last
fall, it wasn't until this week that
the remainder of the squad got
down to the Yost Field House in-
door training grounds for a taste
of batting and fielding drills.
While the majority of Fisher's
players come under the title of
inexperienced, the Michigan
coach always seems to come up
with something that upsets the

last year's squad and five of them
were starters-not including pit-
chers.
On the mound, that's where the
real loss came-and it wasn't via
the graduation route.
Big Ed Grenkoski, Michigan's
top hurler and one of the finest
in the Big Ten (Grenkoski had
a 4-1 Conference won-lost rec-
ord) signed a professional con-
tract with the New York Yankee
system and with that went the
mainstay of Fisher's mound
staff.
"Ed just began to find himself
last year," said the Michigan
coach, "and we certainly were
counting on him this season."
While still wondering who would
be able to fill in for Grenkoski,
Fisher hoped that his former
pitching star would make a suc-
cess of himself in pro ball. "He's
I got the potential," stated Fisher,
I"and this - is his hig chance to

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