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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 54, Number 10 (May 1953)

Lentz, Art
On Wisconsin in sports,   pp. 30-31


Page 30


Spring Sports                                 VARSITY BASEBALL
                                                GAMES THROUGH MAY 12
                                        Wisconsin      2  Western Illinois
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                                        Wisconsin ---- 21 Western Illinois
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                                        Wisconsin     12  Western Illinois
F ROM ALL appearances, Wiscons-n
    is headed for another fine spring
    sports performance, with only track
not expected to turn in an altogether
successful season.
   At this writing, Coach Dynie Mans-
field's varsity baseball team has been
beaten only by Notre Dame in 13
games. The "Big Three" pitching staff
for the Badgers largely has been respon-
sible for the 10-game winning streak
which carried into the spring vacation
trip (April 17-22) and some timely
hitting by veteran outfielders also has
helped out.
  Wisconsin's trio of veteran hurlers,
Ron Unke, Al Suter, and Hal Raether
each have gone the route in their two
starting assignments. Unke has pitched
two shutouts, the last being a no-hit,
no-run stint against Bradley.
  Unke's no-hitter is the first on record
for Wisconsin s i n c e Johnny Sater
pitched one against Northern Illinois
Teachers in 1941, the Badgers winning,
8-0.
  Unke, in addition to his fine hurl-
ing, has played left field in games when
he is not given a pitching assignment.
His three-run homer won the sixth
game of the season for Wisconsin.
Other potent homers have been hit by
Al Suter (vs. Western Illinois), by Jim
Temp and John Jahnke (vs. Bradley).
  As things stand now, Coach Mans-
field can field seven major letter.men
and two junior "W" winners in the
starting team. Lettermen include Ron
Pavlik, shortstop; James Temp, center-
field (he was regular first baseman last
year); Gust Vergetis, right field; Ron
Barbian (first base; James Schultz, left
field; Captain Tom Cooper, catcher;
arnd one of the three regular top pitch-
ers, Unke, Suter, and Raether. John
Jahnke at second base, and Paul Carter
at third base, are junior "W" winners
in the lineup.
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Crew Prospects Bright,
Sonju Optimistic
  Potentially the strongest c r e w in
Coach Norm Sonju's career as a Wis-
consin coach is the pleasant possibility
for Badger sports enthusiasts. Even
Coach Sonju is optimistic over the out-
look, what with eight major lettermen
back from the varsity shell which was
one of the best in the country last year.
  Sonju admits that "we have more
power than at any time since I came to
Wisconsin in 1947 and if we can get
it harnessed I think we will be able to
give anybody a good race."
  Biggest problems are the develop-
ment of a new stroke and a No. 6 man.
At this writing, All-American and Cap-
tain-elect Vic Steuck (No. 4 last year)
is the choice at stroke while Virgil
Trummer is set for the No. 6. oar.
  Besides these two lettermen, Sonju
has James Healy at bow, Bob Hood at
No. 2; James Lorenzen at No. 7, James
Moran at No. 5, Don Rose, Coxswain;
and Robert Roehrs at No. 3.
  The intercollegiate season properly
opened on May 9 with Syracuse coming
to Madison to lose varsity and JV on
Lake Monona. However, the Badgers
were booked for an exhibition race
against, of all people, a girls' crew from
Rockford College, at Devils Lake near
Wisconsin Dells on May 2. The exhi-
h_
bition was between four-oared crews,
with the girls, of course, being given a
head start. Earlier, the varsity and
junior varsity eight-oared shells engaged
in an exhibition race.
Tennis Team to
Show Improvement
   Although he has only two lettermen
returning, Coach Carl Sanger looks for-
ward to the varsity tennis team with cer-
tain hopes of improvement over last
year's performance. Captain-elect Bill
Rudelius is back along with Robert Rea-
gan to head the squad as singles players
and also to team up as one of the
doubles combinations. Topnotch pros-
pects include Jack Vincent, a high rank-
ing a m a t e u r from Madison; Jack
Schmidtman of Manitowoc (a transfer
from Northwestern); Bill Romero of
Mexico City, Mexico; Bill Hentzen of
Milwaukee; John Chyle of Wauwatosa;
and Owen Roberts of Madison.
   During the schedule Wisconsin meets
all but Ohio State in the Big Ten con-
ference membership.
Golf Team Host to
Big Ten Tournament
  Coach John Jamieson's Badger golf-
ers who were third in the Western Con-
ference meet last year and whose cap-
tain-elect Doug Koepcke won the Big
Ten individual crown in 1952, are host
to the Big Ten tournament participants
at Maple Bluff country club May 28-30.
  Captain Koepcke is one of three
major lettermen returning; the others
are Robert Bruce and Phil Schoenbeck.
Other standouts on the varsity squad
which opened a 10-match schedule with
a victory over Illinois, April 25, are
Peter Angelbeck, D u r w a r d Baker,
Charles Carpenter, Wayne Hansen,
Donald P. Miller, Parry Sober, and
James Tanner.
Track Team at Low
Ebb with Lean Material
  Coach Riley Best's varsity track squad
has no real prospect of success this
spring because of the leanest material in
years. Fourteen major lettermen were
lost by graduation while two others,
Captain-elect Bob Johnson, b r o a d
jumper and relay runner, and Jack
Mansfield, outstanding 440 yard star,
were sidelined by ineligibility. In addi-
tion, Don Voss, hurdler, was lost when
this All-American football end under-
went a knee operation.
  Because Johnson was lost, Kenton
Peters, shot putter, was elected as the
           WISCONSIN ALUMNUS


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