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Four Wolverines Join AAU Cage Team Gymnast Duke Serves as

M' Sparkplug

The final buzzer at Iowa City
Saturday night supposedly marked
the end of 1965-66 competition for
the Wolverine, cagers, but four
Michigan seniors have decided to
have another go at it next week
at the National AAU tournament
in Denver,
All-America Cazzie Russell leads
the quartet that includes. captain
Oliver Darden, John Clawson and
John Thompson. They will join
the roster of the Ford Mustangs,
which is sponsored by the Ford
division. The team will begin prac-
tice tomorrow at University of De-
troit High School.
The squad is coached by Hor-
ace Walker, a former member of

the Michigan State five. Walker
led the Spartans to their last un-
disputed Big Ten championship in
1959, when he cracked the confer-
ence mark for total rebounds in
one season with 259, a number
that still remains in the record
A well-known and experienced
mentor in AAU play, Walker was
named the AAU coach of the year
last season when he led the Denver
Capitol Federal team to second
place in the tourney.
The four Wolverine starters will
augment an already strong group
of area talent. Other players pre-
viously lined up for the Mustangs
are paced by the high-scoring MSU

duo, Stan Washington and Bill#
Curtis, who led the Spartans to
the runner-up spot in the Big
Other Mustang players are Dorie
Murrey, who received honorable
mention on several All-American
squads, and Lou Hyatt, both of
Detroit; Ollie Johnson, former
University of San Francisco All-
America; Randy Gethis, former
NAIA All-America from Rider Col-
lege; in addition to Larry Tre-
goning, last year's Wolverine cap-
tain, and Lance Olson, a former
Michigan State starter.
Sixteen teams will participate
in the finals, which are slated to
begin on Sunday and run through
March 23.

The captain of a sport is sup-
posedly a leader. He does not have
to be the greatest athlete, rather
Ssomeonewho his fellow teammates
can look to for inspiration.
Ned Duke was chosen captain
of the gymnastics team last year
by his fellow teammates. Duke is
not the most talented member of
Big Ten champs. Still, he was
elected captain because he has the
attributes of a leader. As Duke put
it himself, "as the captain, I am
everyone's friend. My job is to
get the team happy, ready. You
could sort of call me the spark-
plug of the team."
As captain, Duke is also a
quasi-asistant to Coach Newt
Loken. Loken says, "Ned Duke
has been an excellent captain this
year. He has shown a keen in-
terest in his teammates routines
and subsequently has made some
fine comments on the ways of im-
proving their methods."
Duke hails from Chicago, Ill.
When in high school, he was ex-
tremely interested in both wrestl-

ing and gymnastics. He partici-
pated in both sports but decided
before college to concentrate his
efforts solely on gymnastics. It is
a decision that he has not re-
This year, Duke has concen-
trated on the still rings. and the
parallel bars. Though he hasn't
finished high in most of the meets,
he was performing with the na-
tion's best. Michigan has many
brilliant performers in these two
events. In the parallel bars, the
Maize and Blue are led by Gary
Vander Voort and Ken Williams.
Williams finished second in the
Big Ten championships while
Vander Voort copped a third. In
the still rings, senior Rich Blan-
ton pulled down a second in the
conference championships while
Vander Voort, competing in the
all-around, finished fifth.
Satisfied Coach
Coach Loken has been happy
with Duke's performance this sea-
son. Loken noted, "His perform-
ance has been up to its peak and
it just so happens that he has
been overshadowed by some pow-

erful performers. Thus, Ned hasn't I
been in the winning circles too
many times."
During the four years that Duke
has attended Michigan, the Wol-
verine gymnasts have collected
four Big Ten championships and
one NCAA crown. The NCAA
championship was won in Duke's
freshman year in 1963.
The gymnasts head for Chicago
this Friday to participate in NCAA
regionals. Duke's goal before he
graduates is that coveted national
title. If the Wolverines do well in
the regionals the team will travel
to Penn State for the NCAA
finals. To make it to the finals,
Michigan has to finish among the
top three teams in a regional that
features Michigan State, Illinois,
Iowa and the ever dangerous
Southern Illinois squad.
Biggest Thrill
Duke's greatest thrill during his
c a r e e r was Michigan's sixth
straight Big Ten gymnastic title,
this month, edging out Michigan
State. "I have been on the squad
for three championships and this
was the greatest team effort ever,"

he explained. "It was the greatest again next year. He explained,
moment of my career." "We are losing only three seniors
This year's captain went on to this season and all of their places
expand on the team and Coach have been filled. We will have
Loken. "Our team is a real group, seven trampolinists next year and
a solid unit. The championship two of them, Wayne Miller and
was not an individual effort. It Dave Jacobs, are slated for the
was a team effort. world tournament."
"Coach, along with the school, In his sophomore year, Duke
was the big difference in choosing performed all-around while he
Michigan. He is just amazing. You limited his action to the rings as
can see that by what he did with a junior.
the team this year." He is currently on the execu-

-Future Plans
Duke plainly loves the sport.
Tliough he doesn't plan to coach,
he feels gymnastics will always be
a part of his life. After gradua-
tion, dental school will fill his
When asked about the future
of the Michigan gymnastics team,
Duke thinks that they can win

tive council of the 'M' club and is
a member of a senior honorary
As he looks back on his Mich-
igan experience, Ned Duke com-
ments, "It's been a great four
years. I have been here four years
and the gymnastics team has
earned four championships."
What more can you hope for?



APRIL 1966
on sale

Netmen Begin Spring Tour

Mon., Mar. 14; Tues.; Mar.

15; Wed., Mar. 16


At this time of year thousands
of college students swarm down
to the warm Florida beaches.
They come from .all over on
their spring breaks to enjoy the
sunshine and relax before return-
ing to class. One group, however,
is down there for a purpose-the
Michigan tennis team. The Wol-
verine netmen, making their an-
nual invasion of the South, are
out to win some tennis meets..



Endorses the Following Candidates in the

The Florida trip is made pri-i
marily as a tuneup for the Big Tent
season, which will get underway
April 15. Last year the Wolver-
ines lost to Mississippi State, 7-2.
and to the University of Miami
twice, 7-2 and 9-0. Miami, a per-f
ennial tennis power, has whip-t
ped Michigan six times in the pastl
three years'
Michigan's first opponent in theI
Big Ten will be the University of7
Minnesota. Last year the Gophers+
were the victims of a 9-0 lacing
in the first meet of the season,
falling to a Wolverine squad en1
route to the Big Ten title. Michi-
gan also swept through the indi-
vidual championships, winning in
four singles and two doubles divi-
Hedrick Captain
Michigan is led this year by
Captain Karl Hedrick from Free-
port, N.Y. Hedrick, who is rank-
ed 15thnationallyby the USLTA
in individual men's tennis, is con-
sidered a top contender for the
Big Ten singles title. He also re-
cently received the Hazel M. Losh
Award for outstanding achieve-
ment in academics and athletics.
Other lettermen returning this
year are Jim Swift of Detroit,
Jerry Stewart of Daytona Beach,
Fla., and Bill Dixon of Ann Arbor.
Newcomers to this year's squad
are headed by Ed Waits of Jack-
son, a small college individual's
champion who transferred here
this year. Others are Ron Burns
Detroit; Bob Pritula, Detroit, and
Ron Teeguarden of Los Angeles.
They are backed up by a strong
freshman squad which includes
Pete Fishbach, Brian Marcus, and
Dick Dell.
Coach Bill Murphy is embark-
ing on his 17th season as Michi-
gan's tennis coach. In previous
years his teams have captured
eight Big Ten titles and one NCAA
championship. During this time
Murphy's squads have won 150

matches and have lost only 30 in
dual meets.
Wolverines Favorites
The Wolverines are favored to
take the Big Ten championship
again this year. Points for the ti-
tle are determined by the num-
ber of matches won during dual
meets, which are held on a round-
robin basis. In the conference tour-
nament, points are earned by in-
dividual performances for each
team and added to the dual meet
totals to determine the 196,6 cham-
pion. This year's Big Ten meet
will be held May 19-21.

Ir 'I

NED DUKE, MICHIGAN'S gymnastic captain during the 1965-
66 season, is shown in "the iron cross position. The Wolverine
senior has performed on three Big Ten championship teams dur-
ing his varsity career.




University Lecture by
sponsored by The Office of Religious Affairs
The University of Michigan

Dr. Spike is executive director of the
National Council of Churches' emergency
Commission on Religion and Race; author
of a number of books including The Free-
dom Revolution and The Churches; cur-
rently. Director of the Doctor of Ministry
Program at The University of Chicago
Divinity School; and was recently ap-
pointed by President Johnson to the
National Council on the Humanities.


Robert Bodkin

Neill Hollenshead

These men comprise one of the finest slates of candidates ever to run for the top
two offices of Student Government Council. They should change the direction of
Council along the lines of concrete accomplishments, toward real goals.


Ruth Baumann

Ruth is a diligent worker and has
made strong contributions to the'
Council. Her ideas are well thought
out and give fine direction to the
spirit of Council.

Michael Dean
Mike's experience in extra curricular
activities and his gently persuasive
manner embody the spirit of a fine
member of Student Government

Army Stuns
NEW YORK A')--Sparked by
the fabulous shooting of Bill Bel-
kie, Army upset a taller San
Francisco team 80-63 last night
and moved into the semifinals of
the National Invitation Basketball
Tournament for the third straight ,
Villanova didn't score a field
goal in the last five minutes, but
edged Boston College 86-85 on
Terry McGuire's two free throws
and joined surprising Army in the
semifinals of the NIT Tournament.
Vinlanova 86, Boston College 85
Army 80, San Francisco 63
St. Louis 7, Minnesota 5
Baltimore 6, Washington 5
New York (N) 4, Los Angeles 1
Chicago (A) 7, Houston 3
New York (A) 7, Atlanta 2
Pittsburgh 4, Cincinnati 3
Kansas City 7, Detroit 6
San Francisco 6, Chicago (N) 2
California 6, Cleveland 4
Philadelphia 8, Boston 7
Cincinnati 125, NewYork 107j
for information call
Tickets are available
at Travel Bureaus or
the Michigan Union




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