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March 18, 1952 - Image 3

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Ex- Wolverine Hoopsters
To Play Exhibition Game
Suprunowicz, Skala, Putich, Gutowski Go
AgainstMichigan Normal-LIT Aggregation


Name Matehefts
Hockey Captain

The 1951-52 basketball season
copies to the end of its local trail
Sunday afternoon when a group
of ex-Michigan cagers faces a
squad of Michigan Normal and
Lawrence Tech stars at Ypsilanti.
Probably the biggest array of
hoop talent in this area will ap-
pear on the Ypsilanti High School
Entry deadline for the I-M
badminton doubles toruney has
been extended to Thursday,
March 20..
-Bob Berman
court as the Trojan Laundry five
of the Ann Arbor City League
meets the Alani Chapel club from
Ypsi. Game time is 3 p. m.
* * *
HEADING A combination of
four former Wolverine standouts
and four more ex-college perform-
ers that compete in Trojan colors
is Mack Suprunowicz, Maize and
Blue captain in 1950.
Suprunowicz is a 6-foot for-
ward from Schenectary, New
York, who ranks as the highest
scorer in Michigan hoop his-



tory. He holds the Wolverine
individual game scoring mark
with a 28-point harvest against
Purdue in 1949.
This season's captain, Jim Skala
of Chicago, holds down the other
Trojan forward post. Skala top-
ped the 1952 Wolverines with 258
markers, and closed out his three-.
year varsity career with a 508-
point total.
* * *
OTHER MAIZE and Blue stan-
dard bearers of the past who com-
pete for the Trojans are Bill Pu-
tich, guard on the 1950-51 five
and three-year halfback on the
football team, and Frank Gutow-
ski, reserve Michigan guard for
three campaigns.
The Trojan combination is
rounded out with Jim Gault of
Yale, Chuck Hoffer of Williams,
Bill Ely of West Virginia and
Wally Riley of Chicago Univer-
Alan Chapel will come into the
contest with two of the top col-
legiate players in the state, Web-
ster Kirksey of Michigan Normal
and Blaine Denning of Lawrence
* * *
KIRKSEY was named all-state
forward two years in a row at
Saginaw High School, and in his
first year at play at Normal es-
tablished a school scoring stan-
dard by meshing 325 scores. He
was picked as the outstanding
player- who played against Wayne
University's Tartars this season.
Denning is the top point-get-
ter for a Lawrence Tech squad
that just returned from the
NAIB tournament in Kansas
Also shooting for the Chapel
entry is the Michigan Normal
quartet of Bob Sims, Sherm Col-
lins, Chuck Paige and Jim Miller.
Collins captained the 1951-52 edi-
tion of the Huron hoopsters, while
Paige was the team's high scorer
last year.
Proceeds of the struggle will be
used to send the participants to
invitational tournaments at Ad-
rian and Flint. Squads from the
University of Detroit and Wayne
also have been invited to these
St. Louis (A) 8, Cleveland 7
Cincinnati 6, Philadelphia (A) 5
Boston (N) 2, Boston (A) 1
New York (A) 8, Washington 5
St. Louis (N) 6, Philadelphia (N) 5
Brooklyn 13, Philadelphia "B" (A) 5
New York (N) 10, Chicago (N) 0
Seattle (PCL) 6, Chicago (A) 3
Chicago "B" (A) 11, Los Angeles
(PCL) 6

Ice scrapings in the wake of
Michigan's epoch making second
straight NCAA hockey champion-
THE LITTLE MAN who wasn't
there has been elected captain
of next year's puck squad. Flying
home from the Colorado Springs
tourney the Wolverines Sunday
named diminuitive Johnny Mat-
chefts of Eveleth, Minnesota, to
lead the 1952-53 sextet.
Scholastic ineligibility kept the
junior center out of the playoffs
and the final eight contests on the
regular schedule. Matchefts was
leading the team in scoring when
the axe fell.
* * *
THE TEAM also picked as its
most valuable player another little
man who was very much in evi-
dence at Colorado Springs. He is
K* *

aIh #4/ #wi//

hockey, it's no secet there was
little love lost between Coloradans
and the Wolverines. u
One radioman made repeated
reference to the "Michigan
woodchoppers," a term the Wol-
verines had in sharp focus as
they pasted CC, 4-1, to take the
A newspaper report described
George Chin as being "as wide as
he is high." The phrase had more
application to the championship
trophy than to Chin, who led all
playoff scorers with two goals and
two assists.
STILL ANOTHER account be-
littled Michigan's 9-3 semi-final
victory over inept St. Lawrence.
"Four of Michigan's five first per-
iod goals were undeserved," it said.
When Chin outskated a Larrie de-
fenseman for Michigan's second
tally, it was unfair, the newspaper
claimed, because the Larries were
tired and the Wolverines were
fresh from changing lines fre-
Finally, the accepted excuse
aound the Broadmoor Ice Pal-
ace was, "It would have been
different with Hartwell, Erasca,
and Brandt in the Colorado line-
up." (Injuries and ineligibility
benched the high scoring trio.)
Perhaps, but the Wolverines
were content to leave that much
consolation so long as the first
place trophy returned to Ann Ar-
* * r*
Michigan defenseman, went the
distinction of scoring the first and
last goals of the tourney, and they
were twice as many as he scored
all season long. Graham's scoring
splurge might be attributed to the
presence of his father, who flew
from Edmonton, Alberta to see his
son's last game in the Maize and
Battling Joe Marmo, wing on
last year's championship team,
journeyed from Loveland, Colo. to
witness the big final contest.
* * *
NO SERIOUS rhubarbs develop-
ed with the three officials, Hank
Frantzen, Minneapolis, Jack Mc-
Kee, Winnipeg, and Herb Gallagh-
er, Northeastern University.
Coaches voted befoe each gamet
to decide which two would work
the con*est, and the odd man
served as penalty time keeper.
Pat Cooney of Michigan argued
a holding penalty too long with
Gallagher, and got the full treat-
ment, a 10 minute misconduct ban-


... chief skate

A.J.ULAn ,L & .LJ
. .. champs like Ike
* * *
Willard Ikola, sophomore custod-
ian of the Wolverine cords, also
from Eveleth.
During 24 regular contests he
allowed an average of 2.75 goals
per game, and in two playoffs,
his total four goals against was
low for all goalers.
Despite this, not enough of the
press, pfficials, and coaches liked
Ike to place him on either the
first or second all-tournament
team. Ahead of Ikola were rated
Colorado's Ken Kinsley and Paul
Cruikshank, of Yale.
Replacing capable Chuck Hy-
man as senior manager is Pete
Pickus, a junior from Sioux City,
* * *
GENERALLY speaking, the three
visiting tournament teams were
royally received and treated by
the Colorado officials, reporters,
and fans, but when it came to

'M' Shooters
Top Indiana
Win Invitational Test
By One-Point Margin
Michigan's rifle team scored a
one-point decision over Indiana to
capture the Illinois Invitational
Rifle Match at Champaign Satur-
The victory over a 3-team field
gave the Wolverines a year's po-
session of the Sara O'Hara Tro-
phy, permanent possession of the
winner's plaque and six gold med-
RALPH BIRD, a freshman from
Dearborn, fired 284 in the ten-
shot prone, ten shot kneeling and
ten shot standing course to pace
the winners' score of 1380 out of
a possible 1500.
Kalamazoo sophomore Gene
Woodruff followed Bird with a
278 score, one better than a 277
fired by ,Jim Ryan, a Kenmore,
New York sophomore.
Junior Bill Zayanchkowski from
Detroit came next with a 276 tally
and St. Clair Shores freshman
John McClay trailed with a 265





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