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SIX

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

FRIDAY, AUGUST 15. 1947

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Michigan's Sports

Year in .Review

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Illini Shade'M' Gridders
In '46 Conference Race
Wolverines Give Army Toughest Contest;
Blast Ohio State in Season's Last Game

Linksmen Save Michigan's Title Record;
Barclay Takes National Collegiate Crown

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One "Lost Weekend" during the
1946 season sent the Michigan
football team's hope for a Confer-
ance title flying out the window,
but Coach "Fritz" Crisler's boys
established themselves as the
sixth best team in the nation last
year with a record of six wins, two
losses and a tie.
The 651,387 people who saw
Michigan in action were more
than had ever watched a college
football team in history.
The Wolverines gained revenge
for the pair of defeats which In-
diana had handed them in '44 and
'45, by opening the season with a
21-0 win over the Hoosiers. The
fourth quarter was a real thriller,
with Michigan scoring twice while
Indiana's All-American, Ben Rai-
mondi filled the air with passes
in a vain attempt to score.
Iowa threw a real scare into
the Maize and Blue in the sec-
ond contest of the season, but
Halfback Bob Chappuis led the
Wolverines to a hard-fought 14-
7 win. The Hawkeyes came
within ten yards of tying the
score in the final minutes of the
game.
In what has been called "the
football game of the decade," the
great Glenn Davis led the Army
team to a 20-13 victory over the
Wolverines, but not before the
Maize and Blue had given the
West Pointers their toughest
battle in three years. It was in
this contest that Elmer Madar
sewed up his All-American rating.
The Wolverines completed their
home season by whipping Wiscon-
sin 28-6, defeating a team on
which a half dozen men who had
played for Michigan under the
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Minnesota,
TakeTitle
The 1946-47 version of Michi-
gan's hockey team had a success-
ful season, winning 13, losing
eight, and tying one, and copping
the mythical Conference "title"
by taking their series with Minn-
esota, the only other Big Nine
school which plays hockey. .
The Wolverines beat t h e
Gophers twice, tied one, and
lost one in retaining the
"crown." They started the sea.-
son by dropping an exhibition
match to the Detroit Red Wings,
7-5, but soon hit their stride,
winning 10 straight games in
the middle of the season,
Coach Vic Heyliger completed
his third year as Wolverine coach,
and now has a record of 33 wins
and 21 losses. On the ice, it was
small but game Connie Hill, first
three-year captain in Michigan
athletics, who provided the win-
ning spark. Center Gord McM11i-
Ian and wing Al Renfrew led the
team in scoring, both garnering 38
points.

Navy program had returned to
Ann Arbor with the Badgers.
Suffering from a let-down after
the Army contest, Michigan had
a hard time salvaging a 14-14 tie
See FOOTBALL, Page 7
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Ever since the days when the
resent Michigan coaching staff
was just a bunch of freckled-face
high school kids, Michigan has
won at least one Big Nine title
each year, but it took an 11th
hour drive by Coach Bert Katz-
enmeyer's golfers to turn the trick
during the past season.
Led by Ed Schalon, who tied
for medalist honors in the Con-
ference tourney with Ohio
State's Howard Saunders, the
Wolverine linksmen came from
behind on the last day to beat
out Purdue for the team title.
It marked the second year in a
row that the Maize and Blue golf
team had salvaged the long-
standing Coulerence title record
of Michigan-and both times it
was at the last possible moment.
One Michigan golfer, 'Cap-
tain Dave Barclay, went on to
further glory by copping the
National Collegiate individual
golf title this June, beating out
Louisiana State's Jack Coyle for
the crown. The NCAA tourna-
ment, a one-week affair, was
held right here on the Univer-
sity links and LSU walked off
with the team title while Mich-
igan finished fifth.

Barclay, who barely qualified
for the individual match play,
beat some of the finest collegiate'
golfers in the country day after
day to sweep through to the
NCAA championship.
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In Conference play during the
year, the Wolverine golfers won
three and lost two matches.
They took the measure of Illi-
nois, Northwestern, and gained
revenge by beating Ohio State
after losing a match to the
Buckeyes earlier in the season.
They also dropped a contest to
Purdue's Boilermakers-on the
same links (Lafayette, Ind.)
where they were to win the Big
Nine title two weeks later!
The golfers took a southern
swing before the regular Confer-
ence season got under way, and
returned with a record of four
wins and two losses. They whipped
Washington & Lee, Virginia Poly-
technic, the University of Vir-
ginia, and Randolph-Macon, and
lost to North Carolina and Duke.
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golfer who won the 1947 Na-
tional Collegiate title.

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Crack Swim Squad Defeats
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ELMER MADAR - Michigan's'
'46 All-American end.
Fisher's Nie
FinishesThird
Capt. Cliff Wise Ends
Great Mound Career
Michigan's baseball team, lack-
ing in all-around strength, still
managed to cop a third place in
the final Conference standings for
1947, with a Big Nine record of
seven wins and four losses.
Cliff Wise, captain of the
diamond squad, was the out-
standing member of Coach Ray
Fisher's nine for the year. His
four wins and one loss in Con-
ference contests gave him the
fifth best record in the Big
Nine, and only tone Conference
pitcher, Perini of Ohio State,
pitched more innings than
Wise's 56.
Wolverine batting was not up to
its usual standards, with Bob
Weise, who played a "little" full-
back for Michigan, leading the
team in Conference batting with a
.280 mark. Jack Weisenburger was
next with .270. Michigan had the
lowest team batting average in the
Big Nine, .183, and their fielding
also ranked witfi the tail end with
a mark of .909.
The loss of Bob Chappuis,
who was recovering from a
long-needed wrist operation,
was a big blow in the catching
department.

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Improved Cage Squad Warns
Big Nine to Look Out in '48
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Michigan acquired a new bas-
ketball coach in 1946, and served
notice on Conference circles that
the days of cage doldrums in Ann
Arbor are coming to a close.
The fifth place Coach Ozzie
Cowles' crew won in Big Nine
competition wasn't exactly champ-
ionship showing, but it was the
highest that Michigan has fin-
ished since 1937. Furthermore,
there was a certain air of "wait
and see" evident that clearly in-
dicated changes in the offing.
Coach Cowles' " eyes were on
the future when he shaped last
years Maize and Blue quintet.
The squad was built largely
around freshmen and sopho-
mores.
In Mack Suprunowicz, a year-
ling from Schenectady, N. Y.,
Michigan produced one of the
year's outstanding hardwood pros-
pects. The lightning-fast forward
racked up 163 points in the 1946-
1947 season to gain.. fifth place in
Western Conference individual
scoring. His average was 17, and
on one occasion he swished 25
points through the net.
A freshman was at center, too.
A young giant, Bill Roberts should
be one of the most dangerout piv-
ot-men in the Mid-West, once he
acquires the ease and finesse that

HARRY HOLIDAY - Great
Wolverine swimmer who con-
ducted a one-man assault on
the record books this year.
Fast Big Nine
TeamsBatter
'M' Thindlads
Charley Fonville and Herb Bar-
ten, two brilliant sophomores,
were the sunny spots in an other-
wise mediocre Wolverine track
season during the past school
year.
Fonville smashed a record just
about every time he set foot in
a shot-put circle and Barten
equalled a conference half-mile
mark that had stood the test of
time since 1933.
Salt Lake City was the scene
of Fonville's best effort when
the Detroit husky won the Na-
tional Collegiate championship
with a heave of 54 ft. 10 7/8 in,
During the preceeding months
" he had cracked both the indoor
and outdoor Conference records
and set a meet mark practically
every week-end.
His indoor Big Nine distance
was 53 ft. 2, in., achieved on
his last throw, while at the out-
door championships he tossed
the iron ball 54 ft. 1sin. to break
See TRACK, Page 7
'Corky' Ends
Mat Career
Michigan's wrestling team com-
piled a record of four Big Nine
wins against two losses during the
1946-47 year, and tied for third
place in the Conference champ-
ionship battle.
C o a c h Cliff Keen's men

Michigan's 1946-47 swimming
team, one of the finest that Coach
Matt Mann has ever produced,
was the second best collegiate
team in the nation, bested only by
the array of stars which made up
Coach Mike Peppe's Ohio State
squad.
Micshigan took second to the
Buckeyes in the Big Nine cham-
pionships, National Collegiates,
the Indoor National AAU cham-
pionships, and took third in the
outdoor National AAU swim
this summer in Tyler, Tex. while
Ohio State was winning again.
It is hard to name standouts on
this Wolverine team, but the name
of Harry Holiday must be men-
tioned first. The newly-elected
captain of the '48 swim team set
more than eight new national and
world marks during the year in
his specialty, the backstroke.
Dick Weinberg, Wolverine
sprinter, took two National AAU
crowns in the indoor meet, while
Breaststroker Bob Sohl broke
the national mark at the 150-
yard distance.
The medley relay of Weinberg,
Sohl, and Holiday, also broke a
couple of world mrks. Whey
cracked the 300-yard and 150-
yard medley records during the
sea son, and then blasted the 300-
meter mark twice in the outdoor
Natibnal AAU meet.
DiversaGilEvans and Alex Can-
ja were two other outstanding
members of the Maize and Blue
group. Although they had to be
content behind Ohio State's great
trio of divers, the two Wolverines
were among the best in the coun-
try.
Next year's team promises to be
as strong as ever, and will be
bolstered by the return of Matt
Mann III, son of the Michigan
coach. After serving a hitch in
the Army, Matt Jr., returned to
the Wolverine squad in time for
the Tyler, Tex., meet where he
placed in the 400-meter and 1,500-
meter free style events.
Netters Have
Fine Season
Working under the tutelage of
a new coach who could not ac-
cept a pay-check from the Uni-
versity, the Wolverine tennis team
had a fine season, winning ten
matches while losing only three.
Bob Dixon, who was appoint-
ed to the head net post after
LeRoy Weir left to accept an-
other position, took the job
without pay so that he would
retain his amateur standing.
Dixon is one of the outstanding
amateur netters in the coun-
try.
Led by Andy Paton, the diminu-
tive player who held down the No.
1 spot on the Maize and Blue
team, the Wolverines knocked off
two Conference foes, Ohio State
and Purdue, and lost two 5-4 de-
cisions to Illinois and Northwest-
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