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US xs1 1948sTHE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE SEVEN

Iviu-atais~lrn aie~ot

By BEV BUSSEY
Six Michigan captains will all
be feeling the pinch of their vari-
ous Jzed boots as each one leads
to tme startingpost. a Western
Conference championship team.
The leaders who will be out to
retain those titles are Dom To-
masi, of the undefeated Big Nine
and Rose Bowl football conquerors,
Bill Roberts, head of the basket-
ball squad, Al Renfrew, of the
"royal" hockey "mounties," and
co-captain swimmers Dick Wein-
berg and Bob Sohl.
In the spring Hal "Tubby"
Raymond will lead the Wolver-
ine diamond aggregation which
tied Illinois for a share of the
Confcrence crown in '48. The
baseil! team, starting out slow-
ly, inmshed in a fiery blaze at
Shampaign, by splitting a :cru-
si' series with the Illni. They
salvaged one title out of a very
disappointing spring season for
Michigan athletics.
Tomasi is a little guy. If he
walked past the average student
en the siag, he'd never be taken
for theW"guard that makes the
Michigan offensive go." That's
what former gridiron coach "Fritz"'
Crisler said about Dam after last
year's overwhelming season.
About 5 ft. 8 in., weighing in
at 180 pounds soaking wet, Dom
pulls out of the line for those
all-important key blocks against
opponents twice his size. "Sur-
prise" is his by-word, because,
according to Tomasi, the opposi-
tion never expects him to hit as
hard as he does.
After playing three years in
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the big-time college ranks, Dom
admits that he still gets buck-
fever the night before every
game. But after the first hard
"encounter" it's no longer a bed
of roses-only the side thorns
that keep the guy with the per-
petual brush-cut hopping until
the 60 minute spectacle is over.-
In addition to football, Tomasi
has been a regular at second base
since his freshman year in 1945.
At the opposite end of the yard

teammates, Renfrew hails from
parts across the northern border,
Canada, but unlike the rest, he
calls Toronto home.
Along with GordGMcMillan at
center and Wally Gacek at the
other wing, Renfrew can claim the
distinction of playing on a lineI
that set the record for scoringt
the most points in intercollegiate
competition.
Al, a shy guy off the ice, took
more interest in setting up plays
than in producing all the goals.
Nevertheless, he netted enough
to push his total past the 100
point mark, the third Michigan
hockey player to achieve this.
It was a difficult choice for
Michigan's Big Nine and NCAA
swimming champs to make when;
election time came around. The
only safe way out was to name Bob
Sohl and Dick Weinberg co-cap-
tains.

but is chock full of spunk. Take
that from his closest friend since
high school days and still his
teammate, Dom Tomasi.
Last summer, Raymond broke
his leg trying to steal a base. He
wore a cast during the fall se-
mester, and when Fisher issued
the call for pitchers and catchersI
in November, Raymond was the
first to show up for assignments
and drills-the removable brace
being stored in the locker over two
hours every day.
The boys on the team like to
tell about "Tubby" during the
Iowa series. It was a comical sight
watching little Raymond stand up
for his rights to Umpire Major-
kurth, a midget-sized giant who
weighed close to 300 pounds tow-
ering over the Wolverine peanut.

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Seend in (oRgg iec
The season record doesn t count.
Although Michigan's tennis
team won 7 matches and lost only
2 during the regu-lar 1943 season,
they couldn't quite win the con-
ference title.
The favored Wolverines were
edged by Northwestern despite
s:cetacuiar work by Anr'y Paton
who won the individual title and
Paton and Bill Mikulich who
teamed up to win the number one
dcubles crcwn. -
The team, coached by Eob Dix-
on, was a seasoned outfit that
played steady tennis all season
only to be nipped in the Big Nine
Championships by the Wildcats.
The netters started their season
with the annual Dixie tour and
founa, southern hospitality a lit-
tle rough. North Carolina and
Virginia both whipped the Wol-
verines, then Michigan turned
around and edged Duke.
Back in their own back yard
the Wolverines gave little indica-
tion that they were gOing to make
a strong bi:l for conference honors.
Both Miclhigan State and Notre
Dame boat them before they found
themselves, but suddenly catching
fire, Michigan started to roll and
piled up seven victories in a row
previous to the Big Nine Chain-
picnships.
Western Michigan, Kalamazoo,
and Illinois fell easily; then
Northwestern's defending cham-
pions were nosed out 5-4 in the
most closely contested match of
the season. Purdue and Western
Michigan fell along the way, then
to climax the dual match season
the Wolverines stopped Michigan
State to avenge the early season
defeat.
Throughout the season, Andy
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A fast improving track squad
was Coach Ken Doherty's parting
a to the University, when he
left at the end of th islast sea,)n
<o accet a similar pestat Penn-
e,.y appointed Coach Don
Ca ham will have such individual
stars as Herb Berten, distance
star, and stellar shetputter Char-
lie Lonville as a nucleus for next
yea-r' campaign.
Pranising Fresh
in addition, a promising crop
of 1.st year's freshman give prom-
ise that Michigan's 1948-49 cin-
der sIuad will be one of the
t c;-,est.
The biggest piece of news to
\VOi ecrine track fans was the set-
ting of a new world mark in the
shotput by Fonville. lie sent the
16-pcund sphere 58'14" in the
BKansas Relay's to eclipse the for-
moer mark held by Jack Torrence
cf LSU by almost a foot.
Harten Stars
Herb Bar ten was probably
Michigan's biggest point getter
during the regular season with
,ucccsscs in the 880-yard and one
uie i as well as being the an-
chr --,.n on the mnile relay squad.
i-us aca1 of achievement came at
the beginning of the summer in
the Olympic track trials, when he
pla '-ed second behind Mal Whit-
field of OSU to gain a place on the
U. S. Olympic track squad in the
800 meter run.
Constantly improving through-
out the year and a very valuable
asset to the Maize and Blue
trackmen was 440-man Val John-
son. His precense in the 440, the
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freshman year. They won Big Nine
titles fn '46-'47-Dick taking a
double dose in the 50 and 100
yard freestyle as Bob clipped the
200 meter breaststroke.
Along with backstroke Harry
Holiday, retiring captain, Sohl
and Weinberg composed the
medley relay team which holds
the world's record. Their indi-
vidual accomplishments added
to their team work thus made

Sox - Sweat Suits

DOM TOMASI
S.. little dynamite
* * -
stick is long Bill Roberts, a six-
feet-seven-inches of steadily im-
proving center material. From
Harmon - on - the - Hudson, New
York, Roberts came to the Mich-
igan scene with the advent of re-
juvenated basketball under newly-
acquired coach Ozzie Cowles.
That was only two short years
ago, during the '46-'47 season,
when Cowles took a handful of
freshman players and moulded
them into the following season's
Big Nine cage sensations. Rob-
erts, in his first year, looked as
green as the first apple on'the
tree. He was clumsy and didn't
always know the right thing to
do.
Off the court Bill appears and
acts like the suave, former Army
Air Corps officer. With a polished
sense of humor, he knows how to
take both work and a lot of rib-
bing. And it has paid off. He
has the confidence on the Yost
Field House hardwood that he has
during off hours and he's ripened
into a capable pivot man that
Coach Ernie McCoy can count
on.
When the Wolverines played in
the NCAA tournament in Madison
Square Gardens last winter, it was'
Roberts' homecoming appearance
for the folks back in New York.
As the cagers lost to Holy
Cross and whipped Columbia in
the East. the hockey team trav-
eled west to Colorado Springs
where they annexed the NCAA
championship.
Finishing his third season with
the sextet was Al Renfrew, left
wing on the best line in collegiate
hockey last year. Like most of his

As befitting the Western Con-
ference and NCAA swimming
champions, Michigan natators
captured berths in all eleven
events in the recently announced
1948 All - American swimming
team selected by the College
Swimming Coaches of America.
The Wolverines were the only
school in the country to have
men place in all the divisions.
However, only Michigan's cham-
pion 300-yard medley relay team
was awarded a first place, while
their arch rivals Ohio State gar-
nered three first spots but were
shut out of two events.
Two Wolverines grabbed sec-
onds on this year's squad. Bob
Sohl, Michigan's sole Olympic
swimmer was runner up to the
incomparable Joe Verdeur in the
200-yard breaststroke. His best
time for the year was a 2:17.5
clocking against Keith Carter of
Purdue in a dual meet in the
Michigan pool.
Harry Holiday, Michigan's ace
backstroker slipped to second in
his specialty, as Allen Stack of
Yale was named for first honors.
Holiday only lost one race all
year and that was to Stack in the
NCAA meet here in March.
In the sprint events, it was
Dick Weinberg who took the
laurels for Michigan. Anchor
man on the medley relay team,
Weinberg was honored in both
the 50-yard and 100-yard dis-
tances. His two seconds in the
Big Nine meet and his fourth
and third in the NCAA event
gave the Wolverines needed
points. ,
Breaking into Ohio State's vir-
tual monopoly of the high and low
springboard diving, Gil Evans
brought home the bacon for
Michigan, gaining positions in
both events.
Gus Stager, who was reon-
sible in no small way for Michi-
gan's triumph in the NCAA
meet, was honored by spots in
the 220, the 440 yard and the
1500 meter free style events,
while teammate Matt Mann III
joined him in the 440 and the
1500.
In the last event, the 400 yard
freestyle relay, Michigan's four
man team gained the fourth spot
in this national ranking.

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. .. tower of strength
selection a toss-up-and this
coin landed on the ridge giving
Olympic-performer Sohl and
Dick W inberg a share of the
captain' seat.
Rounding up the list of cap-
tains who will be carrying a Big
Nine flag into the fracas is
"Tubby" Raymond, the diminutive
catcher for Coach Ray Fisher.
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