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Egstad, H. M. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 33, Number VI (March 1932)

Depression hits Badger sports,   p. 180


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The Wisconsin Alumni Magazine                                           
                  March, 1932
Depression Hits Badger Sports
                                                        Track Team Holds
Up Victory Side;
T   HE OPENING of the second semester found "Doc      Basketball, Hockey,
W        resttinS Squads
Meanwell facing a tough schedule with a com-
    pletely disorganized team for the second succes-  Suffer Defeats    
in  Conference Games
    sive year.  Disorganized because ineligibilities
took their annual toll. Last year graduation thinned
the ranks by taking the two captains, this year Bobby  consin to come through
in easy style. Captain Mary
Poser, one of the outstanding guards in the confer-  Steen took scoring honors
with four baskets and two
ence, and four promising sophomores were dropped by  free throws.
the wayside. Much has been made of the Poser case      After trailing the
Indiana team by only a few points
in local papers, and whereas there is a bone of con-  throughout the greater
part of the game, the Badger
tention the fact remains, nevertheless, that Poser did  defense cracked and
the Hoosiers coasted through to
not receive sufficient gradepoints and is now warm-  a 33-21 victory. It
was in this game that the ineligi-
ing the bench while his team mates are desperately   bility of Poser was
most keenly felt. "Doc" had taken
trying to stem the withering attack of superior teams.  him on the trip thinking
that he was eligible. Shortly
  February netted the Badger cagers three wins and   before the game, however,
a wire was received stat-
four losses. Marquette, Butler and Chicago -were taken  ing the Bobby's playing
days were over. A hasty shift
into camp while Indiana,                              in the line-up was
made and Miller took Poser's place.
Minnesota, Purdue   and                               With all due respects
to this newcomer, he could not
Michigan continued to                                 take the place of the
brilliant Poser. The teams played
push the Badgers a little                             nip and tuck ball during
the first half and the score
further into the cellar. At   X                       at this time was 13-10
in favor of Indiana. Griswold
the present writing we are                             and Steen were the
stars for Wisconsin while Indiana's
safely intrenched in ninth                            sensational forward,
Weir, lead both teams with five
place.                                                baskets.
  The Marquette game was                                 The less said about
the Minnesota game on the fol-
  a thriller throughout al-                             lowing Monday night,
the better. The Badgers seemed
though the play of both                                completely disorganized
and at no time did they seem
teams was highly erratic.                             able to get their offense
working nor to stop the high
In all fairness to Mar-                               scoring Minnesota squad.
The Gophers won easily
quette, it must be stated                             with a 43-17 score,
Wisconsin was held to only four
that they had lost two of                             field goals. At one
time the Gophers held a lead of
their regulars through in-                            14-1 before Wichman
dropped in the second Badger
eligibility. Frequent fum-       AX                   point. Three Wisconsin
boys, Robinson and Licht of
bles and kicking of the                               Baraboo and Engebretson
of Eau Claire, were the spark
ball marred what other-                                plugs for the Minnesota
team while Steen and Gris-
wise would have been a                                wold again performed
most
fast and interesting game.                            creditably for Wisconsin.
B~oth teams started  out   -    GRISWOLD                To attempt to get
back into
fast, but the Badgers were                            the win column against
Pur-
able to find the hoop a little more frequently than the  due, leaders in
the confer-
Hilltoppers and managed to eke out a victory by a    ence race, might seem
to be
score of 18-16. This game furnished a marvelous ex-  a foolish thing to do,
but
hibition of guarding by two outstanding men, Poser of  that is exactly what
"Doc's"
Wisconsin and Shipley of Marquette. The bout ended   charges chose to do
and al-
in a draw, although some writers credited Poser with  most accomplished the
as-
a slight margin.                                       signment. Had even
a goodly portion
   The highly touted Butler team was unable to cope   of the many Badger
attempts at the bas-
 with the Meanwell short pass system and succumbed    ket connected or had
the officiating
 28-17. Butler took a commanding lead in the first few  been somewhat on
a higher plane, this
 minutes of the game and seemed well on their path    feat might have been
accomplished.
 to victory. A certain Harry Griswold was inserted    Seldom  if ever have
basketball fans
 in the fray and with his advent the tide turned. The  been privileged to
watch a scrappier
 score was tied at nine all at the half and the Badgers  Wisconsin team in
action than the outfit
 ran the score to 18-9 before the Butler Bulldogs were  which battled with
the Boilermakers
 able to score their first point in the second half. It  only to lose out
in the final minutes by
 was Griswold's inspired play at center where he con-  a 28-21 score. MIarv
Steen, diminutive
 sistently got the jump from his taller opponent and  Badger captain, ran
his legs off guard-  S
 his unquenchable spirit at all times that enabled Wis-      (Co8ti0ued on
page 199)         OAKES
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