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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

e ig ities S ne NineAthletes

7

By FRED KATZ
It is a unique feature of inter-
collegiate athletics that cham-
pionships often are made or lost
not on the field of battle as much
as in the bruising jungle of black-
boards and bluebooks.
And as the winter's sun quickly
set on the fall semester of 1958,
just as quickly did it set tempor-
arily on the athletic careers of
nine Michigan students.
The toll was heavy in numbers,
but with the exception of one,
none of the Wolverine teams ap-
peared to be immediately jeopar-
dized.
Severe Loss
Undoubtedly the most severe
loss of individual eligibility was
suffered by Don Canham's' track
crew when Ray Locke, an out-,
standing shot putter, was shuttled
to the sidelines for the reiainder!
of the season.
Two top-notch divers were lost
in Alvaro Gaxiola and Bruce Web-
ster, and a third member of the
swimming team, Dick Mehl, was
also ruled out. But Coach Gus
Stager, blessed with an abundance
of talented young men, will still
find it difficult to legitimately
sing the blues.
Three sophomore reserves were

whistled to the bench from the
basketball team - Rich Miller,
Rich Myer and Tom Weadock.
However, all have seen extremely
limited action thus far and don't
appear to be serious casualties, al-
though their removal will weak-
en an already shaky bench.
Don Lund, in his first season
as head baseball coach, got a
quick taste of one of the prime
hazards of his profession when,
junior pitchers Larry Hearin and
Ron Jernigan bit the academic
dust.
Lose Four Sqphs
In addition to the above nine,
four promising sophomores failed
to make grades, all of whom werej
prime prospects. Two of them,
Rudy Hernando and Mike Gor-
don, were aspirants to Coach Bill
Murphy's tennis squad. Basketball
player Steve Jordan was the
third, and diver John Deinenger
the fourth.
Hernando, who withdrew from
school, was expected to be num-
ber one or two man this spring,
while Gordon was ranked among
the top eight. Murphy also suf-
fered another loss when George
Koral, number four singles player
of last year, transferred to Wayne
State.
An agile 6'4" forward, Jordan
had been counted on to give cage
coach Bill Perigo ' rebounding
strengthduring the home stretch
of the Big Ten race.
Puckster Leaves
Still a freshman and not eli-
gible to participate this year,
hockey player Gordie "Red" Ber-
enson dropped out of school for
the semester to play with the Ca-
nadian National team which will
be touring Russia. He was consid-
ered one of the finest pucksters
ever to enter Michigan and is ex-
pected to return next year.
Al Renfrew's sextet was the only
squad to gain and not lose any
varsity men. Butch Nielsen and

Ed Mateka, both defensemen, be-
came. first-semester sophomores
last week and should bolster a
hockey squad that has been lack-
ing in sheer numbers all season
long.
Diver Breaks Leg
One more between-semesters
loss, although not an academic
failure, was still another diver,
Tee Francis. He sustained a
broken leg and is through for the
year.
By far the most pessimistic con-
cerning his team's chances was
Canham. The track mentor
termed the loss of Locke as "the
blow that could cost us the Big
Ten title."
"We had to have Locke, Robin-
son (Tom), and Landstrom
(Eeles) to really be terrific," la-
mented Canham. "Those were our
sure first places. Without any one
of the three we lose points that
can't be substituted."
Locke, a 60-ft.-plus shotputter
in high school, has been consis-
tently around 53 feet with the 16-

lb. lead ball. Canham had expect-
ed him to better that mark before
the Conference meet March 6-7.
Canham's worry appears justi-
fied since Illinois boasts two
weightmen who, although ranked
below Locke, could now provide
added points that might conceiv-
ably mean a margin of overall
victory.
Concluded Canham, "The se-
cret in this league is not losing
any key men. You can see what
happens when you lose guys like
Herrnstein in football. The same
thing applies to Locke on the
track team."
Stager Happy
In happier spirits was Stager
despite losing Gaxiola, a big
point-getter in last year's NCAA
swim championships.
Gaxiola was third in the one-
meter board competition and fifth
in the three-meter.
"We naturally hate to lose Al
along with Webster and Mehl for
they are all tremendous assets and
great performers. tut frankly,

their losses just don't hurt us too
much this year."
Gains Equal Losses
"In fact," continued Stager,
"the gains we are now getting just
about equal our losses."
Just turned sophomores are
Ronnie Clark, (breaststroke),
John Urbanscok (440 and 1,500), ..AS T O
Harry Huffaker (free style), and
Ron Jecko (diver).
"We should get just as many SWISS CLEANERS
points from these newcomers as
we would have had.from the'inell- 210 S. 5th Ave.--DRIVE IN- NO 3-4191
gibles," said Stager.

RICH MILLER
.... lost to cagers

This Week in Sports
Friday, February 13

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GAIN REVENGE OVER

NODAKS:

New Defensemen Aid Hockey Squad

By TOM WITECKI
One of the few Michigan coaches
who greeted the new semester with
a smile was hockey mentor Al
Renfrew.
While several coaches were be-
moaning recent ineligibilitiy losses,
Renfrew was beaming at the gain
of two defensemen who will bolster
his undermanned squad. Sopho-
mores Bernie Nielsen and Ed Ma-
teka will enable the Wolverines to
have a second defense combination
for the first time this season.
Stalwart Duo
On several occasions this winter
defensive stalwarts Bobbie Watt
and Barrie Hayton have been
forced to play almost the entire
game because of the lack of ade-
quate substitutes. "This situation
which has handicapped the squad
all season should now be relieved,"
stated Renfrew, smiling.
Added encouragement was given
to the Wolverines by the play of
Watt, the team's captain, in the
last game before the semester
break, against North Dakota.
The big defenseman, wearing a
makeshift football helmet to pro-
tect his injuled jaw, played one

of the best games of his career in
the surprising 4-2 victory over the
Nodaks. Absent from the ice the
night before, when his teammates
absorbed a 6-1 defeat at the hands
of North Dakota, Watt led a de-
termined Michigan team to hard-
fought uphill victory.
Another encouraging prospect
emerging from the North Dakota
game was the fine play of Michi-
gan's two forward lines after a
little pre-game juggling by Ren-
frew.
The two players-Dale MacDon-
ald and Steve Bochen-who were
shifted in the maneuver responded
by scoring three of the four Michi-
gan goals.
New Lines
The new combinations which
Renfrew says are' permanent, find
MacDonald combining with Gary
Mattson and John Hutton on one
line with Bochen taking his place
on a line with Bob White and Pat
Cushing,
The return of Bob White to full
time duty at center, after several
games when he had to double up
to help out on defense, should also
strengthen the team.

However the Wolverines will
have to hustle if they hope to put
their 5-6-1 record over the .500
mark because the opposition will
be rough. They must face a Michi-
gan Tech squad that has beaten
them twice this season for two
games at Houghton plus four
games with a strong Minnesota
team.

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