FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 1952
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
To Run in Montreal, New
f i tt A
BY GEORGE FLINT
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Ross Will Appear in Garden
Nine Wolverines To Compete in Canadian
Pre-Olympic Test; McEwen To Face Wilt
CONPLAINTS ARE NOTHING NEW around this newspaper, which
makes mistakes often and doesn't pretend infallibility.
We received one recently which we will have to admit is valid.
It concerned the naming of Doug Lawrence to the basketball cap-
taincy, and Daily coverage of the cage situation generally.
Not that we completely overlooked Lawrence and the basket-
ball team this year. But it is a sign of the times in Michigan
athletics that a team which doesn't produce doesn't produce
Basketball this season was not a winning sport. Nor was Lawrence
a great ballplayer. Neither of these facts, however, can adequately
condone the general sentiment on campusthat a losing team is not
worth supporting or talking about.
Lawrence Shows New Trend...
MICIGAN BASKETBALL has never been great-but with a view
toward next year it may be said that it will probably be good.
Lawrence is exemplary of this new trend.
This writer has had personal contact with the captain-elect
-which illustrates to him the idea of "new blood" in the Michi-
gan cage sport. Back in Indiana, where the hoop sport is closer
to a disease than an activity, both of us participated in the game
when we were barely young enough to read. Backyard and alley
games played on the basis of no holds barred gave all the partici-
pants a competitive urge which is not equalled in many states.
Never a large man, Lawrence made his high school team by dint
of good ballhandling and a large serving of hustle. He still retains
both of these propensities. They are what makes the Hoosier cage
carnival the great thing it is at the high school level.
The little package of dynamite named Lawrence came to
Michigan although many of his basketball buddies went to
Michigan State, which had almost an all-Hoosier squad this year.
He played against such former teammates as Gordon Stauffer,
Bill Bower, and DeNeal Hartman this season, and hustled all
the more for it.
Now he's been elected captain of the Wolverine basketball team,
almost a thankless honor these days if the fans' attitude is con-
sidered. There is no doubt that the Michigan team of 1951-52 was
a poor team--but it was a young team and a colorful team. Given
better coaching and encouragement from the student body, it could
make a name for itself in the 1952-53 season.
Track Picture Brightens
SMINGTIME IS HERE and aside from any general hilarity accom-
panying its arrival sports fans can give thanks for a chance to
get outdoors to watch Michigan teams in action.
If spring air is indeed an elixir, there is a good chance that
it will breathe new life into at least one Wolverine team. Coach
Don Canham's cindermen, after losing a close battle to Illinois
in the indoor Conference meet, may get enough extra bounce from
the switch outdoors to win a title at long last.
It's possible to list the following as definite outdoor assets: Milt
Mead, who didn't practice during the indoor season, should be able
to improve enough to better his fourth place spot in the Conference
Van Bruner, shut out of the low hurdles indoors, is more
likely to be a threat over the longer (200 yards) distance. He is
not primarily a sprinter, as is Illinois' Willy Williams, and thus
a. longer distance places more emphasis on form, which Bruner
has in large quantities. And one field event added outdoors con.
currently adds strength to the Canham cause. It's the discus,
where Fritz Nilsson should be the class of the Big Ten, as he is
now in the shot put.
Coach Canham has said that Nilsson's track future is brighter
in the discus than in the shot put, and with steady improvement
the big Swede could shatter a few records this spring.
The Conference meet is many weeks away, but we'll go out on
a limb right now and predict a reversal of the Illinois-Michigan
one-two finish when the outdoor carnival is run off.
Illinois Battles Dayton Tonight
In NCAA Opening Cage Round
By JOHN JENKS
It will be a big weekend for Don
McEwen and his little band of fel-
low Canadian thinclads.
Today they head for their native
land, nine strong, and the Eastern
Canadian National Championships
to be held in the huge Monteral
Forum this evening.
THEN TOMORROW night Mc-
Ewen, John Ross, Bill Hickman
and Aaron Gordon will perform
in the Olympic Fund-Raising
Games in New York's Madison
An estimated crowd of 10,000
track fans will jam every nook
and cranny of the Montreal
McEwen and George Lynch,
transfer from Illinois, will repre-
ent Michigan in the two mile run.
Rich Ferguson of Iowa, who ran
a fine two mile in the Big Ten in-
door championship, will cavort
with the Wolverine pair in the
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JACK CARROLL will face that
man again-Mal Whitfield-in the
500-yard race. Last week Whitfield
displayed true Olympic form in de-
feating the Hamilton Harrier in
the 600-yard run.
Another track great, Herb Mc-
Kenley, a former Illini and
Olympian, and Penn State's
sensational sophomore, Ollie
Sax, wil be on hand to round out
Michigan's ace miler, Big Ten
indoor champ John Ross, is the
odds-on favoite to be the Canadian
mile champ. His source of compe-
tition wil be Notre Dame's Jack
Alexander, whose best effort is a
4:15, six seconds slower than Ross'
* * .
FRESHMAN Ross Coates will
match talents in the 50-yard dash
with Don McFarland, sprint
champ from McGill, while car-
toonist-hurdler Van Bruner will
take on Gordon Crosby, Canadian
national hurdle champ, in the 50-
Michigan's other entires are
Jeff Dooley in-'the 1000-yard run,1
Bill "Slim" Barton in the junior
500, and freshman John Moule
in the junior mile. An all-Cana-
dian mile relay team will also
bear the 'M' symbol.
New York's cinder fans and
Michigan bQosters will have a
chance to see Ross run the mile
against Don Gehrmann, and Mc-
Ewen run the two mile against
Fred Wilt, besides seeing the two
mile relay team in action.
. ..and his band
Detroit Wins, 7-3,
Over Ranger Six
DETROITMP)-The Detroit Red
Wings tuned up for the forthcom-
ing playoffs by hitting for their
highest scoring total of the season
as they blasted the New York
Rangers and substitute goalie
Lorne Anderson, 7 to 3, last night.
EXHIBITION BASEBALL SCORES
Philadelphia (N) 2, Detroit 0
Boston (N) 14, Milwaukee (AA) 12
Pittsburgh 8, Seattle (PCL) 3
a Brooklyn 4, Cincinnati 0
Boston (A)N14, Washington 8
New York (N) 4, St. Louis (A) 3
New York (A) 5, St. Louis (N) 2
4Chicago (N) 7, Chicago (A) 1
Hardwood finals continued last
night as Phi Alpha Kappa edged
out Alpha Kappa Kappa in the
second place profesisonal frater-
nity basketball playoffs, while Al-
pha Sigma Phi defeated Alpha
Delta Phi in the third place social
Characterized b yhard, fast play-
ing, the Phi Alphas came from a
12-11 half-time deficit, to decision
the Alpha Kappas, 29-21, scoring
18 points in the second half to
their opponents' nine.
Free throws proved the margin
of victory as the Phi Alphas made
11 out of 12, eight of which oc-
curred in the second half.
SPRINGING FROM a 10-0 lead
in the first quarter, the Alpha Sigs
went all the way to defeat the Al-
pha Delts, 23-15. In the fourth
place social fraternity champion-
ships, Alpha Epsilon Pi outpointed
Tau Kappa Epsilon, 31-21.
In the independent league, the
Checkers swamped the Bye Nots,
53-21, and the Freshmen Aces,
led by 24 point Al Mann, downed
the Hawaii "B" team to the tune
of 52-44, for the third and
fourth place titles, respectively.
In the second place semi-finals,
Hawaii "A" defeated the Hurons,
35-19, and the Escheators ploughed
past Health Service, 34-25.
Michigan Natators Seek
Five American Records
Michigan's record - shattering
swimmers of 1952 will attempt to
add five more American marks to
their collection in an added at-
traction at the dual meet with
Wayne tomorrow evening at the
The assaults on the American
record book will take place at 7:30
p.m., half an hour before the meet
competition gets underway..
THE MICHIGAN breaststrokers
will be out to erase three relay
marks, while Don Hill, Ron Gora,
and Jim McKevitt will try to
write two new individual free-style
records into the books.
John Davies, Stew Elliott,
Bumpy Jones and Rusty Car-
lisle will swim an 800-yard
breaststroke relay, while Jim
White will join them for the
1,000-yard relay and Tom Ben-
ner will swim the last leg of the
The existing marks for the re-
lays are 10:08.6 for the 800, 12:51.2
for the 1,000, and 15:36.1 for the
1,200. All were set in 1939, Ohio
State holding the 800-yard relay
mark and Michigan establishing
the other two.
TO BETTER the 800-yard rec-
ord the Wolverine foursome will
have to average 2:32.1 a man for
each 200. Davies, Elliottt, and
Carlisle have all turned In under
2:30 this year, while Jones has not
swum the 200-yard breaststroke
in competition this season.
In the free-style departrpant,
Hill will be out to set a new Arm-
ican 75-yard record. The present
mark is held by Ohio State's Dick
Cleveland, a 35.7 effort.
Gora and McKevitt will attempt
for the second time this year to
break the American 150-yard free-
style record of 1:21.4. Gora swam
a 1:21.5 race last month in edgwgg
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