San Diego Marines Sensations; Reason: Sailors, Volker, Collins

Cowboy Stars Make Marines Fearsome Five

The San Diego Marine base has caused more than just a mild flurry along the Pacific coast with its basketball club.

There's a reason for it, and it can be traced directly to three wizards of the basketball court - all-American Kenny Sailors, Floyd Volker, and Jimmy Collins, the trio that played such a tremendous role in the Wyoming Cowboy drive to the world basketball throne last season.

Messrs. Sailors, Volker, and Collins have been united and are playing basketball, a whale of a brand of basketball, it might be added, for the San Diego Marine corps base. The Marinemen are now battling for the 11th Naval District championship on the coast and are represented, according to Pacific coast sports writers, with one of the finest teams ever to perform on the western seaboard.

Sailors, a lieutenant, is 22. He is currently one of the eight contenders for the James E. Sullivan award, annually given by the national AAU to the year's outstanding amateur athlete.

Collins, the "baby" of the Cowboys last season and one of the club's most fiery performers, is now a private first class. Young Collins, just 20, will return to the Wyoming U. boards after the war.

It's now Private Volker, one of the brightest luminaries in Casper high School's history.

All three are on the starting five of the marine base.

Thursday night the Marinemen downed the University of Southern California, leading coast college quintet, 42-55, with the "Terrible Trio" shouldering the major burden.