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WASHINGTON, D. O, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1942. Toughest Test of Season Is Faced by MacMitchell in A. A. U. Mile Run Tonight < Win, Lose or Draw By WALTER McCALLUM, (In the Temporary Absence of Francis E. Stan.) Florida Fever Begins to Rise in Anglers About this time of year that busy fellow haunting the sports goods •tores with the fanatic gleam in his eye might be getting his tackle ready for a Florida fishing trip, dreaming dreams of sun-bathed oceans, beaches laved by warm waters and wildly leaping sailflsh or tarpon. No one knows how many Washingtonians go South in the winter for a whirl at the tarpon, or the sailflsh, or the humbler varieties, such as snook, snapper, redflsh (the channel bass to you), or on the offshore reefs for am berjack or barracuda. But they form a fairly substantial segment of Southern travel and a big proportion of the visitors who throng to South Florida. Enthusiastic press agents claim 250,000 people will enter the Miami Ashing tournament in three months, apd that is only a small segment of the people who fish from the beach, from skiffs, palatial cruisers and from bridges and piers. Altogether the one-time gentle art has become big business for Florida. Some of them, those genuine fanatics who have the savvy born of •xperience, pass up the spectacular sailflsh, and all ocean fishing for •hallow water thrills around the southern tip of Florida, where tarpon Just now are beginning to show. The tarpon is an old-fashioned fish in that sportsmen have been taking them for 50 years. Sailfishing Is Comparatively Modern Sport The sailfish, off the East Coast, have been in the limelight around JS years since grizzled Bill Hatch, veteran guide, learned the trick of hooking the billed warrior of the Gulf Stream. In view of the publicity turned out by Miami about sailfish with little attention to the tarpon, which almost is strictly a West Coast fish, it is remarkable that the tarp bolds his popularity. But he does, for the dyed-in-the-wool angler. Far down the West Coast, where the long finger that is Florida begins lo bend around to the East, lies the last remaining frontier of wild life In the Eastern section of the United States. This is the Shark River region, referred to by aome as the heart of the ‘ mysterious” Everglades, which aren’t mysterious at all, but simply half-submerged, half land and half water sub-tropical areas inhabited largely by dirty, simian Seminoles; deer, black bear and plenty of rattlesnakes. Twice daily the tides push the waters of the Gulf of Mexico deep into the back country through a series of tidal rivers which indent the coast line. The whole area is known as the Shark River country, and in addi tion to the numerous branches of the Shark River itself (so named be eause of the plentitude of sharks) the Hameys, Broad. Lostman’s, Little Shark, Chatham and a few other unnamed rivers drill through the maze of mangrove swamp and untraversable land which lifts itself above the water. In and out of the rivers is carried by the tide tremendous quan tities of shrimp, mullet, and other food for game fish, notably the leaping dervish of the shallow waters—the tarpon. Everglades Tough Going Without Boat You couldn’t walk a mile through the interlaced maze of mangrove In this country, and if you tried you wouldn’t be comfortable. At night hordes of mosquitoes come out of hiding. And there are plenty of snakes. It Is no country for a man on foot. He wouldn’t last long. But he can get there, where the tarpon are, in a boat, and wherever there are game fish, there man will go, with as little hardship as solicitous boat captains ean circumvent. I've seen luxurious house boats anchored in tha mouth of the Shark, with a price of around $150 a day set on these floating hotels, and with small guide boats to take the luxury-seeking customers back into the tarpon country. But the usual way to get there is to take a 30-foot cruiser out of Everglades City, 50 miles north, cruise down the coast, and live and sleep on the boat. It isn’t too comfortable, but any tarpon fisher man can take it for the thrills he gets. The country is wild and in many cases unexplored. It is the last remaining haunt of the ibis, the blue heron, the curlew and a few flamingo. It can be, and probably is the hangout for men hiding from the law, for very few men know the country, and even the guides be come lost sometimes. But the Shark Kiver country gets the earliest tarpon in the United States, barring the few taken from the Key West causeway and the waters around the Keys stretching in a westward curving line down to Key West. Some big tarp have been taken in those waters. You can't exactly baby a leaping, fighting 187-pound fish such as the silver-sided Jumping Jack landed in that country not long ago. Or a 1,000-pound •hark or sawfish, either of which may pick up your mullet bait. Tarpon Cruises in Shallow Water Some people may question the fact that tarpon come into those ■hallow waters, for the rivers in the Shark River country average only S to 6 feet in depth. But they do, and because of the depth of water the tarpon does most of his fighting in the air. It isn’t unusual for a big tarp of the active variety (around 100 pounds) to leap a dozen times during a 45-minute fight. Wherever the feed is good the tarpon will go. And wherever the tarpon goes the fisherman will go. That wild-eyed fellow you see around the sports goods counters nowadays is heading for some thrills. Down there, back in the mangrove-bordered Hameys River a few years back, I saw an honest man. He was an ancient trapper, sporting a month’s growth of beard, tobacco juice trickling down deep grooves in his chin. He lived, with a pack of mangy hounds, on a half-sinking old tub, driven by a one-lunged motor whose explosions scared the ibis and the curlew from their wild haunts. He made a precarious living trapping raccoon and the rare otter. "Do you need anything?” asked our guide. “Any meat, salt (precious stuff in that country), coffee or sugar?” ’ “Not a thing,” he grinned. "I have all I need. I don't drink or •moke, and all I need once in a while is a chew of tobaccy.” Over on the bank a mangy cur chewed at the skinned carcass of a •eoon. "Is that all they eat?” we asked. “Yep,” he said. "They get enough to eat that way. "Do you?” we queried. -Sure, I don’t want much. Don’t need whisky, or women, or much of anything. Come on down and have some coffee.” How could he be other than honest? _ Athletic Subsidization Is Opposed by S. I. A. By the Associated Press. CLINTON, Miss.. Feb. 28.—Dr. J. W. Provine of Mississippi College, president of the Southern Inter collegiate Athletic Association, said today 23 of the 35 loop members are on record in favor of banning sub lidization of their athletes. He was instructed by the associa tion to poll members on the subject and submit the question for final action at a meeting March 10. West Texas Basketers Sought for Tourneys By the Associated Press. CANYON. Tex., Feb. 28.—The tall boys from West Texas State, certain to win border conference basket ball honors, are mighty popular these days. The Buffaloes are pondering three invitations to post-season tourna ments, including the national inter collegiate, but they’ll wait until after the season ender with Texas Tech Monday night to decide. Stolz Is Artful In His Victory Over Ruffin Win Apt to Get Him Lightweight Title Go With Angott By SID FEDER, Associated Pres* Sports Writer. NEW YORK, Feb. 28.—For several years, when he was Just a kid, Allie Stolz studied in Newark Art School, but it is safe to assume that the job of hand painting he did on Bobby Ruffin with his fists last night was a gaudier work of art than anything he ever turned out with a brush. The direct result of this display of fistic daubing was that Promoter Mike Jacobs indicated today he was considering pairing Allie Stolz with Lightweight Champion Sammy An gott. Thus, ironically enough, the fight that Allie Stolz was going to call off proved to be the stepping stone on which the stylish Newark socker probably will land a shot at the crown in May. Goes Without Ketchum. For he loyally refused at the weigh in yesterday to go through with the tussle after the profound New York State Athletic Commission, coming up with one of its deep dark deci sions, suspended his long-time sec ond, Willie Ketchum. It was only after a dozen or so interested par ties, including Ketchum, pleaded with the curly-haired Jersey jolter that he agreed to fight without his trainer in his comer. Of course, the plans for a Stolz Angott affair are bound to bring up quite an argument from Bob Montgomery, the Philadelphia flail er, but Jacobs and Angott's set figure that Sammy can take care of Philadelphia Bob in the ap proved style in an overweight party in the Garden next Friday. There are those who think Allie ought to qualify by taking on Mont gomery before saying "howdy" to Sammy, but after the 23-year-old Newarker all but punched the ears off the 5-to-9 favorite last night, Promoter Mike was all for pairing him with Angott as soon as possible. And the fact that last night's little get-together drew 13,192 customers and a gate of $35,644.95 isn’t going to hinder the boys in making up their minds. Both Hit Somewhat Low. In addition to his loss of Ketchum, who drew the commission suspen sion few acting as Stolz’ manager without holding a manager’s license —a practice which has been winked at in these parts for years—Stolz had to overcome another handicap last night. This was RufHn’s series of peri scope punches, for which the Con necticut Irish lad was penalized with loss of two rounds. A couple of times, the way he was hitting low territory, you got the idea the Ruffin theme song was ’’South of the Border.” Finally. Stolz swung one in that direction himself, Just to even things up, and he lost a round, too. ■a - ■ . — Three D. C. Fives Play In Quarterfinals Of M. A. Tourney Three local teams found them selves in the quarter-finals of the Middle Atlantic amateur basket ball tournament today, with two facing stout competition on tonight’s pro gram to continue in the elimina tions which will culminate In the championship round tomorrow night. Jacobsen’s Florists, victorious over Air Force Combat Command, 74-50, tackle the potent Jewish Community Center Quintet in the curtain-raiser at 7:30. The nightcap pairs Senate Beer, which last night nosed out Census, 53-39, against Bolling Field, while sandwiched in between will be the Hot Shoppes-Philadelphia game. High scorers last night were George DeWitt, who tallied 20 points in pacing F. B. I. to a 58-49 victory over St. Stanislaus of Bal timore; Bob Custer, who chalked up 22 for Jacobsen, and George Knepley, who found the mark for 16 for Senate. m in###*,,' RUN IN HIS HOSE—Four newcomers seeking regular berths with Chicago’s White Sox came under the critical eye of Man ager Jimmy Dykes (left) as the team opened spring training at -.- ....< Wilson Is Confident Hard Work Will Make Him Helpful to Nats Ex-Bosox Is Good Pitcher, Harris Says; Griffith to Punish Holdout Leonard By BURTON HAWKINS, Star Staff Correspondent. ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 28.—“I'm not as fast as I was a few years ago,” confesses Pitcher Jack Wilson of the Nats, "but I know more about pitching and 111 promise this—I’m gonna be better than my record with Boston last year would indi cate.” Wilson's record of four victories against 13 defeats with the Red Sox would indicate he isn’t prepping for a spot in baseball’s hall of fame, yet he is a pitcher for which Man ager Bucky Harris offers no excuse. "He’s a good pitcher,” says Bucky without the usual qualifying re marks. Wilson and Outfielder Stan Spence became the Nats’ property in mid-December in a deal that sent Pitcher Ken Chase and Outfielder Johnny Welaj to the Red Sox. Wil son isn’t regretting the deal. “Maybe it will cost me some money.” says Jack, who has been accustomed to snatching a slice of second, third and fourth place money with Boston, “but that's past history. I don’t know whether Bucky plans to start me or use me in relief, but whatever he says, I'm gonna do the best I know how. * Happy to Escape Short Fence. “I’m awfully glad to be away from that short left field fence in Boston, I think that some of the hits that beat me there are going to be easy outs in Griffith Stadium. Those home runs at Fenway Park are go ing to be long fly balls in Wash ington. "The Yankees probably will walk home with the pennant but there might be a pretty good scrap for those seven other positions. We may do some surprising ourselves— at least there’s no sense to starting the season beaten.” Prematurely gray about the tem ples, the 200-pound Wilson will be i 30 in April but he doesn't feel he is approaching the twilight era of his career. If work will contribute to a comeback, he is assured a suc cessful season, for Jack is toiling harder than any ambitious rookie. “I’m not going to alibi for last sea son.” declares Jack. “Joe Cronin is a good friend of mine and he always treated me fine. He had pitchers he thought were better at < Boston and he used them. With Washington, I'll know when I'm working and that means a lot to a pitcher.” Jack quit high school after his second year to join Hollywood of the Pacific Coast League as an in fielder in 1930. Three years later he was pitching for his home town team, Portland, Oreg. Until now his major league pitching, with the exception of a 2-game span with the Athletics, has been for the Red Sox. Griff Clamps Down on Dutch. The sturdy right-hander has been nominated as a starter by Harris, who is beginning to wonder if Dutch Leonard will be available this season. Leonard and President Clark Griffith of the Nats still are con ducting a telegraphic battle. Dutch telegraphed another "no” yester day to Griffiths offer of the same salary Leonard made last season. If Dutch doesn’t make an ap pearance tomorrow, Griffith plans to make him train at his own ex pense until Harris pronounces him fit for service. Griffith expects In flelder Jimmy Pofahl to appear for a conference tomorrow, although he hasn’t heard from him in weeks. Outfielder Roberto Ortiz, who will file citizenship papers upon arrival in Washington, arrived here yester day by bus from Miami, where his plane from Cuba landed. He is distressed about forgetting most of the English he learned laboriously in previous seasons In the United States. Braves Look to Home Towners To Fetch Big Money to Gate By BOB BROEG, Associated Press Sports Writer. BOSTON, Feb. 28.—Ask any baseball magnate, and hell tell you that—next to a pennant contender—a team of home town players will make the old turnstiles click to a musical do-re-ml. That might have been the real reason for President Bob Quinn's smile today as he cleaned up odds and ends preparatory to his Boston Braves’ departure^ Monday for spring' training—with six New Englanders on the club's roster. To a players’ list that included one Rhode Island native and four youngsters from suburban Boston towns within an Infield fly of Braves’ field, Quinn yesterday added George Washburn, a Solon, Me., Proposal to Abolish Bramham's Job Brings Hot Debate Evashevski May Become Pitt Backfield Coach; Midget Smith, in Last War, Rejoins Army By HUGH FULLERTON, Jr„ Wide World Sport* Writer. NEW YORK, Feb. 28 —Sound and fury dept: Baseball writers around the minor league cities lost no time taking sides when Alvin Gardner, the Texas League president, said that Judge Bram ham's office should be abolished in the interest of wartime econ omy. Most of the judge s sup port so far noted has come from Gardner’s own district. At least two of the others have suggested Gardner should cut his own sal ary to $21 a month before he starts talking. This department doesn’t want to mix in the fuss but still wonders how come the minor leagues, never filthy with money, stood for $82,000 expenses if a couple of clerks could do the whole job. Forest Evashevski, Tommy Harmon’s running mate at Michigan, is reported about to sign as Pitt backfleld coach. Gene Sarazen will compete in his 17th Miami four-ball golf tourney early next month. He's aaiaaad the event only twice. Today’s guest star—Art Edson, Oklahoma City Times: “Dizzy Dean has announced that -his once great right arm has gone dead and he will try no come back this year. It seems odd that Dean, who has been nearer to his arm than any other person, should be the last to learn of its demise.” Odds—and some ends—It’s “bundles for baseball" at Somer ville (Mass.) high school. The kids are collecting and selling waste paper to finance their ball team. The Halls may be out scored but not outnumbered at next week’s I. C. 4-A track meet. Six are entered—Ira of Alfred, John of Colgate, Sidney of M. I. T„ Taylor of St. John’s, Walter of Tufts and Charles of Virginia. Is that Hall? Hymie Wiseman, current manager of Lee Savold, and Pinkie George, Lee’s former pilot, have settled their fuss and are friends again. John Gil lespie, new International League umpire, is teacher of English in a suburban Philadelphia high School during the off season. There should be no doubt as to what he means when he says “out.” Room service—When Barney McGinley, the Pittsburgh fight promoter, went to Cleveland to see Pastor-Franklin, the hotel where most of the fight folks were staying told him "all sold out.” After spending the night in another hotel, Barney bumped into a hometown pal and asked where he had slept. “Why, I slept in your room,” the friend answered. It wasn’t until then that Barney remembered he had wired ahead for a reservation. Service dept.—Service men who fought in the Carolinas Golden Gloves Tournament got a fine tribute from Jake Wade of the Charlotte Observer. He wrote: “Golden glovers should make good soldiers. In the squared ring they are showing the quali ties of fighting men. They are well trained, rugged, courageous, determined and loyal.” Inciden tally, Marines from the New River (N. C.) barracks earned off most of the laurels at Char lotte. Midget Smith, who twice fought Joe Lynch for the ban tam-weight title in 1922 and 1923, rejoined the Army at Camp Up ton (N. Y.) the other day on the 25th anniversary of his enlist ment for the last war. He weighed in at 145 pounds. The Sporting News reports that or ganized baseball's first war cas ualty was Lt. Gordon E. Houston, killed in a crash at McChord Field (Wash.). He played in the outfield for Monroe, La., and Texarkana and had a trial with Oklahoma City. Spring braining—Godron (Plain Dealer) Cobbledick suggests that Lou Boudreau may escape the second-guessing plague that has afflicted other Cleveland man agers because war-minded fans will be too busy second-guessing the generals. The most reliable sources report that those Cleve land customers are so expert they can do both without turning a hair. righthander from the Yankee farm at Newark. The other "home town boys” are Outfielder Johnny j’OId Man River" Cooney of nearby Cranston, R. L: Second Baseman A1 Roberge of Lowell, and Pitchers A1 Javery of Oxford, Art Johnson of Winchester and Tom Earley of Roxbury. Newcomer Washburn has a strong Maine following. But the tall, lean pitcher, who won 17 games in the minors two years ago, is wilder than the man from Borneo and will have to harness his fast ball before the conditional purchase becomes final May IS. Yes, Quinn said the local boys should help the Braves' underweight gate receipts, adding: “I guess now we’ve got more home-town boys than any team in either major league." But that wasn’t the only reason the 72-year-old Boston prexy smiled, even though he had just left a tooth in a dentist’s office. “I'me really anxious for training to begin,” he explained. “Last year we lacked punch more than any thing else. Now, along with Max West and Chet Ross—the latter back after a broken leg last season— we’ve added Ernie Lombardi and Froilan Fernandez (Sacramento shortstop), both long-distance hit ters. And, too. Tommy Holmes .from Newark should get a lot of base hits.” Seventh in the National League last year, the Braves, who haven’t finished in the first division since 1934, are the last club to go into their spring tuneup. Battery men report Wednesday at Sanford. Fla., the new training base, and the rest of the squad oa March 9. i. Pasadena, Calif., yesterday. The youthful athletes are (left to right) Pitcher Les Ross, Infielders Murrell Jones and Harry Sketchley and Outfielder Wallace Moses, jr. —A. P. Wirephoto. , TWO ACE CARDS—Manager Billy Southworth, on whom St. Louis fans are depending for a National League pennant this year, here Is shown at the St. Petersburg (Fla.) training base with one of the stars of the Red Birds, heavy-hitting Stanley Musial. —A. P. Wirephoto. Good Neighbor Policy Will Help Nationals, Griffith Believes Seven Spanish-Speaking Caballeros on Roster Of Capital Club By the Associated Press. ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 28 —Presi dent Clark Griffith of the Washing ton baseball club, a pioneer ip the field, said today he believed in creasing recognition of Latin American athletes in this country would greatly aid the good neigh bor policy. With seven Spanish - speaking Caballeros in his organization al ready, Griffith said that as long as Latin-American countries continue to produce good baseball prospects, he will be in the market for them. "I am confident that our policy of employing good Latin-American baseball talent has strengthened the good neighbor policy as insti gated by our present government materially and I foresee a favorable result during the present crisis," declared the 72-year-old baseball magnate who has been importing players from south of the border for years. Latins Are Aggressive. “Their baseball prospects are ag gressive, alert and intense students.’’ he explained. “The majority of them are handicapped by ignor ance of our way of living, speech and social connections, but on the diamond they’re ready and willing to learn and usually advance quicker than the native player.” Griffith said his club had been successful with them because of the friendly attitude of other members of the team toward them. "They’re eager to aid the new prospect in any way they can,” he said, “taking him into their con fidence, teaching him the American way and he seems to get a whale of a kick out of it. He soon falls into the regular routine.” The Washington organization has five Cubans, one Venezuelan and one Texas-born Mexican on its roster. Club Has First Mexican. With the Nationals are Pitcher Alex Carrasquel of Venezuela and Outfielders Roberto Ortiz and Bobby Estalella of Cuba. Either Ortiz or Estalella has a good chance of breaking into the Nationals’ regu lar outfield, which lacks a 300 hitter. The Nationals’ first Mexican rep resentative, Pitcher Daniel Riso, is expected here soon. Washington’s other Latin-Ameri can players are scattered through the farm system. Three years ago—Jack Tidball eliminated Sidney Wood, 2—8, 6—8, 6—4, 7—5, 7—5, in quarter finals of United States indoor tennis tourney. a Cage Scores Tell Only in Spots By the Associated Press. GREELEY, Colo.. Feb. 28—It takes lots of baskets to make a basket ball champion—or does it? Greeley State won the Rocky Mountain Conference title this season with the highest-scoring average in the league, 50 points per game. The same team won the cham pionship last year, but was the lowest scoring outfit. Cards Hope Scanlon Will Turn Tables On A. U. Quint Catholic University will be host to American University tonight at Brookland in a game that has an important bearing on the Mason Dixon Conference championship playoffs coming up and which also may decide whether the Cardinals’ Dick Scanlon will cop the league's individual scoring honors his first year up. Both teams are assured of a berth in the tournament as a result of Johns Hopkins’ loss to Western Maryland last night, but the out come of tonight's game probably will determine their respective positions in the pairings. American U. handed the Brook landers a humiliating 61-33 setback in their first encounter, but C. U. was without Scanlon’s services and the Cards shoul be a different team with him in the line-up. The muscular center, b°wever, has his task cut out for him in going up against Bing Byham, American's towering point-maker. Tar Heels, With Five In Finals, Loom as Mat Champions By the Associated Preas. GREENSBORO. N. C.. Feb. 28.— The University of North Carolina, by sending five men into the finals of the Southern Conference wres tling tournament here, stood the best mathematical chance today to cop the championship. The finals will be reeled off to night. The five North Carolina finalists include the Mordecai brothers, Frank and Sam; Capt. Hobart McKeever, John Robinson and Gene Bryant. Washington and Lee, winner of the tournament last year, moved three men into the championship round, while Virginia Military In stitute sent four. The feature match of the semi finals saw WoodrOw Jones of North Carolina State defeat Ed Hipp, the hitherto unbeaten Davidson heavy weight. Big Race Means More to Leslie Than Record Dodds, Mehl Prepped To Press Big Star In National Meet By HAROLD CLAA88EN, Associated Press Sports Writer. NEW YORK, Feb. 28— Leslie MacMitchell, New York University’s robot of the track, expects his hard est race of the indoor season at the National A. A. U. championships in Madison Square Garden tonight. "Winning that mile means more to me right now than a record,” he declared MacMitchell, who has flirted with 4:10 in every start this winter, rates Earl Mitchell, Indiana’s sophomore, as No. 1 menace and also is a mite curious about what kind of a race Gil Dodds of the Boston A. A. will produce. Mehl Is Challenger. Dodds is the divinity student who has forced Greg Rice to do under 9 minutes in the 2-mile three times in recent weeks. He has dropped to the shorter race for this meet while Rice has stepped up to the 3 mile where he is defending cham pion. There is no 2-mlle run And then there also is Walter Vfehl, the last runner to defeat Mac Mitchell and winner of last year’s race in 4:10.9. The former Wiscon sin spiked shoe star has been slowed down all season by tender feet, but will have 72 hours of rest by meet time Mehl is one of the meet's 10 in tending champions. John Borican, who was too busy studying art to run while at Columbia, will try for his fourth indoor record while de fending his 1.000-yard title. Borican, now representing the Shore A. C. of Asbury Park, N. J., has been granted permission to carry on to the 1.000-meter line for an attempt to shatter Lloyd Hahn's recognized standard. The powerful Negro already holds the 600 and 1.000-yard run marks and shares the indoor half-mile record with Hahn. Other Titleholders to Race. In addition to Mehl, Rice and Borican. the returning titleholders are Earle Meadows of Los Angeles in the pole vault; A1 Blozis of Georgetown, shot put: Allan Tol mich of Detroit, high hurdles: Jim Herbert of New York, 600-yard run; Herbert Thompson of Jersey City, sprint: Mel Walker, formerly of Ohio State, high jump, and Hank Dreyer of New York, 35-pound weight. Athletes from 44 high and prep schools take over the 11-lap track in the afternoon for the ninth an nual A. A. U. scholastic champion ships. High Jump, Shotput Records Loom in Southern Meet Terps' Alexander, Duke's Lach Are Standouts In Specialties By the Associated Press. CHAPEL HILL. N. C., Feb. 28.-Afc least two meet records were expected to fall here today as more than 400 athletes from 41 schools and col leges took their marks for the 13th running of the Southern Indoor Track and Field Games. The games are divided into four divisions—Southern Conference Col legiate, Non-conference Collegiate, Freshman and Scholastic. All Southern Conference teams with the exception of the Citadel. Furman and George Washington are entered. North Carolina, which has won the title for the last three years, is slated to repeat, but probably will be hard-pressed by Duke. Navy Favored to Repeat. Non-conference entries are Catho lic University, Loyola of Baltimore, Tennessee, Navy, Virginia and Pres byterian. The Middles, who have won for the last three years, are favored, with Virginia generally conceded the runnerup spot. Thomas Jefferson High of Rich mond, Va., is the defending title holder In the Scholastic division and will be a leading contender again. Also highly regarded is the team from Jefferson High of Roanoke, Va. Seton Hall of New Jersey and Duke seem to have the outstanding teams among the frosh. North Carolina's yearlings won last year. The two records which may be smashed are both in the Southern Conference division. Duke Alex ander, Maryland’s sophomore, prob ably will crack the high jump mark of 6 feet 3 Inches set by Bill Cor pening in 1940. Alexander now holds the scholastic record of 6 feet 41-16 inches and the freshman mark of 6 feet. Alexander Seen Winner. Steve Lach of Duke, who now holds the shotput record, Is ex pected to give the boys a little lesson in the gentle art of pooshing 'em out. Steve broke the record In 1940 and then broke his own mark last year with a heave of 46 feet 11H inches. Barring upsets Duke and North Carolina may take 10 of the 12 first places in the conference competi tion. The only two places sewed up by other schools are in the pole vault, with Ralph Pennell of Clem son rated as tops; and the high jump, where Alexander of Mary land will try to jump his own height—which is • feet I. *. •'