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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1953

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE THREE

Seven Lettermen Boost
Minnesota Cage Hopes
By ART EVEN
MinsTaEGlENmara and Doug Bolstroff, and a
Minneota' e ne number of sophomore hopefuls.
will enter the 1953-54 Big iMiller. who won letters while

Trackmeu To Hold
Intra-S quad Trials

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basketball race with high hopes
of grabbing at least a share of
the conference title.
The reason for this high aim is
the fact that the Gophers have
seven returning lettermen. These
men should improve their per-
formances over last year in which
they finished in a third place tie
with Michigan State. The Maroon
and Gold have lost only one start-
er, forward Bob Gelle, from last
year's quintet.
* * *
THE TEAM will be built around
guard Chuck Mencel and center
Ed Ialafat. Both have held start-
ing positions on the squad for the
past two years.
Mencel, a 5-11% junior, is a
scrappy competitor and a team
player. Last year he led Gopher
scorers with 378 points for an
18 point average. He finished
third in the Big Ten scoring
race.
While Mencel is being counted
on to lead the Minnesota offense,
big 6-6, 245-pound Kalafat will do
r most of the Gopher rebounding.
Last season he handled this duty
very proficiently, gathering in 175
rebounds to lead the team in this
department. He also ranked sec-
and in team scoring netting 341
points for a 15.5 average. Kalafat
%s a senior and will captain this
year's quintet.
* * *
ROUNDING OUT the starting
lineup will be forwards Glen Reed
and Virgil Miller, and guard Char-
ley Bennett. All three are seniors
who are entering their third year
of varsity competition.
Reed at 6-4 and Miller who is
6-3 "along with Kalaf at give the
Gophers a fair sized forward wall
averaging 6-4. Bennett, Mencel's
running mate at guard, is a very
r capable performer as a scorer
And rebounder.
Minnesota's main worry is a
weak bench. Coach Ozzie Cowles'
reserve talent is exceedingly thin.
Backing up the regulars are two
returning lettermen, Bob McNa-

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playing on the Gopher varsity inI
1950 and 1951, has returned after
serving a two year hitch in the
Marines and should give the de-
pleted bench corps a much needed
lift.
* * *
TWO OF THE most promising
sophomores are Bill "Boots" Sim-
onovich and Andy Snyder. Both
of them graduated from the same
Minnesota high school which they
led to the state championship.
Simonovich, 6-11, 205 pound cen-
ter, is making rapid progress as
successor to Kalaf at. He has al-
ready seen action against Okla-
homa A & M.
The Gophers have gotten off
to a flying start by topping three
straight non-league opponents.
Their best effort resulted in a
57-56 victory over highly touted
Oklahoma A & M, ranked third
in the nation on many pre-sea-
son polls. The Gophers also
picked up wins over Nebraska,
75-64 and Tulsa, 62-60. Mencel's
jump shot with 15 seconds to
play provided the winning mar-
gin over Tulsa.
The Gophers open their Big Ten
schedule on January 2 against the
University of Illinois at Cham-
paign. The outcome of this con-
test will be an indication as to
whether or not they will improve
their third finish of last year.
Illinois and NCAA champion In-
diana, the two teams who finished
ahead of Minnesota last season,
will represent the biggest road-
blocks to the Gophers title quest.

By DAVE LIVINGSTON
Coach Don Canham will un-
veil what could turn into the finest
track team in Michigan history;
tonight at the annual Christmas'
Time Trials.1
The Yost Field House intra-
squad meet, which pits the fresh-
men and sophomores against the{
juniors and seniors in team com-
petition, will get underway withl
the field events at 7:00, with the
first track event scheduled for 7:30.
* * *
WITH THE opening dual meet1
of the indoor season well over a
month away the big topic of dis-
cussion in local track quarters cen-
ters around the recent additions
to the schedule of events for the1
Big Ten Indoor Track Champion-
ship.7
The 300, 600 and 1,000 yardl
runs, although standard AAU +
distances, will be run for the
first time in a conference meet
at Champaign March 5 and 6.
The new events, voted in with
practically no discussion by the+
Big Ten track coaches, promise to
give the Wolverine thinclads a
substantial boost in their drive to
unseat perennial champion Illi-
nois from the indoor crown it has
held for the last three years.
* * *
WITH tremendous depth, pro-
viding eligibility problems don't hit
too hard, in the middle distances,
the added events fit perfectly the
material on the Michigan squad.
Canham doesn't plan to in-
clude the new events in tonight's
program, preferring to give his
charges more time to get into
shape before introducing the

new distances in actual competi-
tion.
Four returning indoor champs
will see action tonight. Although
the quartet, John Ross( mile)'
Jack Carroll (440), George Lynch
(two mile), and Captain Fritz Nil-
sson (shot put), will all perform
for the junior-senior aggregation,
prime attention will be focused on:
the performances of the under-
classmen, including several soph-
omores on whom, to a great ex-
tent, lie the possibilities of a con-
ference title for the Maize and
Blue.
Hurdler Tom Hendricks, miler
Jim Smithers, Ron Wallingford in
the two mile, Pete Gray and Ted
Kilar in the 880, Pete Sutton in
the quarter, Mark Booth in the
high jump, Bob Brown in the dash-
es-these are just a few of the
men who make up one of the top
sophomore crops ever to hit the
Ann Arbor cinder paths.
They have not unfounded hopes
of handing the star-studded jun-
ior and senior group a licking to-
night.

Byrd; Power Sent to A'sk
NEW YORK-(q -In an 11-
player deal. the World Champion IN ADDITION, the Yankees said
New York Yankees yesterday ac- that they would option two Kansas
quired first baseman Eddie Robin- ( City players to Ottawa, the Ath-
son and pitcher Harry Byrd from letics' International League farm.
the Philadelphia Athletics in ex-
change for first baseman Vic Pow- The Yankees sold Babe last
er, outfielder Bill Renna and first' April to the A's for $25,900 and
baseman Don Bollweg. as part of Wednesday's deal, the
Yankees will return the money.
The trade, biggest numerically i a
Yankee history, also involved the Although Earl Mack, Philadel- H

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Yankees' Kansas City farm of the
American Association and the re-
turn of $25,000 to the A's in the
sale of third bas-eban Loren Babe
last year.
* * *
BESIDES the main five, here
are the other players involved in
the massive transaction:

phia vice president, called it "a
wonderful deal for us," there was-
n't the slightest doubt that the
Yankees thought it was super-
wonderful for them.
* * ,
"THIS WILL open the flood-
gates," said George Weiss, Yan-
SkI N lr a1 n ol.-ith n. hiiP h

Kee general manager, wir a nuge
The A's sent Babe, first base- grin on his face. "The other clubs
man Tom Hamilton and out- will have to scramble."
fileder Carmen Mauro to Kan- "We strengthened ourselves in
sas City, the departments we needed help in
In return the A's got catcher most." said Weiss, who admitted
Al Robertson, who played with the Yanks gave up no one im-
Kansas City and Syracuse, pitch- portant to their drive for a sixth
er John Gray of Kansas City and straight pennant in 1954.
third baseman Jim Finnegan, of "The A's got a lot of good, young
Binghamton of the Eastern Lea- ballplayers which they need for
gue. their rebuilding," added Weiss.

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By PHIL DOUGLIS
Non-league contests have held
the hockey spotlight for the past
few weeks, as the seven Western
Intercollegiate Ice Hockey League
teams battled rugged opposition in
preparation for the coming season.
While the Wolverine puckmen
were dividing with McGill, and de-
feating and tieing Toronto, omi-
nous rumbles were heard coming
from the Northland, as Johnny
Mariucci's Golden Gophers of Min-
nesota showed their muscles.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Navy 78, Columbia 52
NATIONAL BASKETBALL
ASSOCIATION
Minneapolis 69, Milwaukee 63,
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THE GOPHERS out to win the
WIIHL (formerly Midwest) crown,
felt the sting of the powerful Bon-
nies of St. Boniface twice in their
opening series two weeks ago. Still
smartingfrom the double loss to
the leaders of the Manitoba Thun-
derbay Amateur League, the Goph-
ergs tore into a Fort William sex-
tet last weekend, and sent it home
to Canada with two defeats.
Over in Grand Forks, North
Dakota, where tomorrow night
Michigan opens its league sched-
ule, the Nodaks divided a series
with the Winnipeg Barons of the
Manitoba Jr. League, winning,
6-1, and losing, 6-5. The pre-
vious week, the Sioux divided a
pair with St. Bonilace, winning
the opener, 7-6, and dropping
the next, 6-5.
Michigan's country cousins from
East Lansing, paced by Jack My-
ers and Weldon Olson, divided
their opening series with St. Law-
rence, whipping the Larries, 5-1,
and losing, 5-3. Clarkson Tech fell
haplessly before the Spartans last
week, 9-1.
* * *
CHEDDY Thompson's Colorado
College Sextet inaugurated the
1953-54 season by splitting an an-
nual series with the Tiger Alums,
winning, 11-3, in the first game,
and dropping the second tilt to the
Alumni, 6-3.
Play in the WIIHL opens this
weekend, as the Wolverines travel
out to Grand Forks to battle the
Sioux of North Dakota, and in a
non-league tilt, Minnesota meets
Harvard at Minneapolis.
The Gophers and Colorado Col-
lege will play their first league
tilt on New Year's Day in the
north country, while the Huskies
of Michigan Tech, and Denver
University first experience league
play on Jan. 5 in the mile high
city.
INTRAMURAL RESULTS
VOLLEYBALL
Turks 4, Latvians 3 (Independ-
ent championship)
Phi Chi 4, Nu Sigma Nu 0 (pro-
fessional fraternity c h a m -
pionship)
Delta Theta Phi 4, Delta Sigma
Delta 1
Newman Club 4, Hawaiians 2
Nelson Co-op 4, MCF 0
Phi Alpha Kappa 4, Tau Epsi-
lon Rho Q (forfeit)
HANDBALL
Theta Chi 3, Alpha Sigma Phi 0

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