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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1950

asketball
As F por EDior shock this year would be

Team

Finishes

Second

in

Conference

1I

equiva-

e weak sister of Michigan's
er sports picked itself off the
last year, completed its best
in in 11 years and scored a
-d number of points for a
-erine basketball team (1790).
.e second-place Big Ten fin-
f Coach Bill Perigo's charges
d many an eyebrow, but the

lent to that from a high-voltage
line if the performance is so much
as repeated.
For most of the Conference
quintets figure to be much strong-
er aggregations than their prede-
cessors - most, that is, except for
the Wolverines.
Ohio State now has tall and
talented Jerry Lucas and his fear-

some freshman playmates to add
to an already bulging roster. In-
diana has a host of juniors re-
turning that proved last year that
experience was all they lacked.
Always-dangerous Iowa and fl-
linois will continue to be just that.
Wisconsin and Minnesota, sport-
ing new coaches, figure to improve
considerably on their bottom-of-
the-pack finishes.

And so it goes throughout the
league.
Co-Captains Loss Great
But all Perigo can see at the
present is the loss of the greatest
single season point-mdker in
Michigan history, M. C. Burton,
plus stellar forward-guard George
Lee, 1958-59 co-captains.
Burton, the 6'5" ace from Mus-
kegon Heights, paced the team

witr 460 amarkers, erasing by 10
the Wolverine standard formerly
held by Ron Kramer. Burton
missed by a mere 11 points Kram-
er's three-year individual Michi-
gan scoring mark of 1,123.
Elected to the Associated Press'
All-Big Ten first team, Burton
proved his right to the honor by
copping Conference honors in

oach Elliott Attempts To Rebuild Grid Squad

(Continued from Page 1)
hs Paul Palmer and John Sta-
s and junior Don Hannah in a
ition to win a starting job.
Right halfback finds three let-
men returning: Brad Myers,
ed Julian and Gary McNitt.
'ers appears to have the inside
ck, but Julian, who was in-
ed during Spring practice,
>uld give him plenty of competi-
n. McNitt has displayed good
ensive talent and will probably
used accordingly.
An outside threat Is sophomore
edster John Haley, who was
pressive until injured during
ring practice. DennisFitzgerald
a transfer from the fullback
sition.
At left halfback Darrell Harper
ores to have the nod. The Royal.
k senior averaged 5.6 yds. in 55
empts last fall.
lowever, Bennie McRae, a year-
g from Newport News, Va., dis-
,yed speed reminiscent of Jim
ce during spring practice ses-

sions and may very well displace
Harper.
Making this one of the team's
strongest positions will be junior
lettermen Harry Newman Jr. and
Reid Bushong, both of whom figure
to see plenty of action.
In addition Wilbur Franklin,
best known for his baseball skills,
will also be available for service.
Fullback Wide Open
Fullback figures to be the most
wide open position with several
promising sophs in the running.
Bill Tunnicliff of Ferndale heads
the list which includes Ken Ture-
aud, Phil Wynn, Paul Raeder, Guy
DeStefano and Rudd Van Dyne.'
The top candidate, however, is
junior letterman John Walker who
was seriously injured on the first
day of spring practice. If fully re-
covered from a - knee operation,j
the Walled Lake junior should be
number one.
At the ends, a traditional Wol-
verine strong point, will be letter-
men John Halstead and Bob John-
son. Letterman Gary Kane and

promising soph Bob Brown give
the Wolverines a solid quartet.
Other flankers are Keith Cow-
an, Joe Brefeld, Jim Korowin, Jim
Zupkus, George Mans and Dick
Heiden.
Lettermen seem solidly en-
trenched at the two guard posi-
tions. Team Captain George
Genyk should start on the left side
backed up by sophomores Jon
Schopf and Lee Hall. Alex Calla-
han, a starter all last season, will
man the right side with both Mike
Fillichio and Tom DeMassa slated
to see action. Also available will
be Paul Poulos and Ron Perry.
At right tackle big Don Deskins
again seems to have things under
control. He will be spelled by let-
terman Bill Stine and also Paul
Schmidt, Jared Bushong and Dave
Palomaki.
Competition is a lot thicker at
left tackle. Lettermen Tom Job-
son is the top candidate if re-
covered from a knee injury. Let-
terman Will Hildebrand is in the
running, while sophomore Wally
Herrala has shown promise.

Lettermen Dick Syring and
Gerald Smith give the Wolverines
two experienced centers. Steve
Stieler, a soph from Wyandotte,
can be expected to make a chal-
lenge for starting honors, if he
recovers from a spring injury.
Other sophs are John Mans and
Todd Grant.
Much Work To Be Done
All in all, there is a lot of work
to be done by players and coaches
alike in preparation for the com-
ing season. But there is a deter-
mined feeling that the work will
get done.
Typical is the attitude of back-
field coach Fonde when he says,
"We have a new staff, a new sys-
tem and a lot of young players;
therefore we anticipate a lot of
problems, but we believe they can
be overcome."
There is also a feeling of opti-
mism in the air. It is the optimism
of an underdog. An underdog who
knows he is in a Conference where
members of his species are often
top dogs.

and finished ninth in Big Ten'
scoring.
What does Perigo have left aft-
er losing a duo that accounted
for 38 points a game last season
and gave him the best season he
has had in his eight years at
Michigan (15-7 overall and 8-6 in
the Conference)?
Has Three Veterans
Well, he has John Tidwell, con-
sidered by many the -Big Ten's
outstanding sophomore last sea-
l son. He possibly has playmaking,
hustling Terry Miller, captain of
the team. And he has the fifth
starter returning, 6'3" center Lov-
ell Farris,"who showed good prog-
ress during the year against sky-
scraping opponents.
But nowhere in sight does there
appear to be even reasonable-
facsimile replacements for Burton
end Lee.
Reserves Dick Donley (6'6")
and Gary Kane (6'4") could step
into starting roles. Little Rich
Robins, a junior like Donley and
Kane, provides a fine, scrappy
guard replacement.
Freshman Coach Dave Strack,
who during the summer became
head coach at Idaho, sends up
several sophomores who could be
of some help, but with only one
appearing to be of starting cali-
ber.
Maentz Possible Startex
He is Scott Maentz, 6'3" for-
ward, and cousin of former Michi-
gan All-American football cap-
tain, Tom Maentz.
Bob Brown, Steve Schoenherr
and Dick Clark are other year-
lings whom Perigo is counting on.
In addition, Paul Sangster, a jun-
for transfer from Kansas could see
considerable action.
There is little doubt that the
scoring star of the team will be
Tidwell. Despite his unassuming
and unspectacular performance
on the court, Tidwell still man-
aged to stand out while playing
along side the flashy Burton-Lee
combination..
Tidwell finished the season with
an impressive 19.3 average and
was edged by teammate Lee by
one point in the Conference race.
He also tied Burton for the Mich-
igan single-game high record

with a 38-point outburst against
Wisconsin. Burton got his share
of the mark against Butler earlier
in the season.
Miller was forced to the side-
lines toward the end of the sea-
son with an injured knee that re-
quired surgery in May. It is still

not known if he will be able to
continue with his basketball ca-
reer.
His permanent loss would al-
most cinch the Wolverine cage
team's relegation once again to
weak sister of Michigan indoor
athletics.

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TERRY MILLER
... cage captain

(,

both scoring (316) and rebound-
ing, nipping Michigan State's
great Johnny Green, 249 to 242.
Lee, a tremendously aggressive
player, proved an ideal forward
line partner for Burton with his
charging, bull-like rushes and un-
canny overhand jump shots. He
closed out the season with 395
points, an average of 17 per game,

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BLOCKED CAGER--Cager John Tidwell is blocked from ming
a shot during a game with Princeton in Detroit. The locals were
invited to play in a Christmas tourney with Wayne State as
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