THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 196'7
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THE JUNIOR CIRCUIT
By RICK StERN
University High School on the south side of the now-buried, but
once-thriving city of Chicagd has never been exactly a hot-bed of
The school is run by the, school of education of the University
of Chicago and most of the students are progeny of University
When youngsters in neighboring Indiana are shooting buckets
long into the night, U-Highers are concentrating on their sopho-
While Chicago area elementary school students play baseball in
the street, third graders at. "Lab School" are thumbing through
But the high school does field an occasional athletic team,
though football went out even before Robert Maynard Hutchins came
in. Basketball games usually draw a couple of hundred fans and the
"Maroons",have had their share of winning seasons too, although
competition in Chicago's Previate School League is not exactly rock-
Four years of basketball managing at University High didn't
reward me with any state champion medals. Most of my time was
spent lugging trunks loaded with decayed uniforms, or delving into
players' lockers looking for mildewed towels. Yet, in retrospect, it all
looks preety good and I'd probably do it again without a second
There were some classic moments too that feed nostalgic
reminiscences, too. My first day on the ,ob, as a green and skinny
freshman, I bungled my first task by spilling coffee all over Mr.
Tourlas, the Frosh-Soph coach.
This was minor, though, compared to the first game when I put
the needle of the record player down smack dab in the middle of the
Star Spangled ,banner. Were this not enough, at a game a year
later the audience rose for the rendition of the Anthem and was
blasted with the mellow tones of Sweet Georgia Brown.
- Some of our opponents were classics too. An annual pre-season1
exhibition game was held with St. Michaels', a parochial institution
on the north side of the city. Imagine our chagrin when St. Michaels',
boasting a Lewandowski, two Zybinzywiches, and a Poholsky in the
starting line-up, suddenly brought reserve forward Sol Gottstein
off the bench.
Then there was Latin High, a fellow league member. Sports
at Latinfare deemphasized more than at any other institution in
the country. I'm not lying when I tell you that at Latin they
don't print up a mimeographed schedule of games, but rather
of practices. Once we played them at their cracker-box like
gymnasium and four people showed up-all from U-High.
But the highlight of all Latin basketball was the day they played
us at our gym and only could find four players to bring along. A
fat unathletic Latin senior named Jim Baehr, who looked indeed
like he might have been in hibernation, and who had never been
on an athletic team in his life, had showed up to watch. Sure enough,
the pale, equally unathletic "Roman" coach drafted Baehr.
As expected, the game was a runaway. It was 44-3 at the half
and 65-7 after three quarters. Then Baehr, playing, in a borrowed
pair'of tennis shoes and wearing a uniform two sizes too small, caught
fire, muscling his way through the skinny U-High reserves for 12
Latin points in the fourth quarter and a final 77-19 score. He stayed
on the team too, and averaged ten a game for the remainder of the
season. (If you don't believe it, check Chicago newspapers in Decem-
ber of 1961 .on microfilm in the Graduate Library.)
Our own coach, Sandy Patlak, is a zany fellow who once skied
ae'ross Lake Michigan on one leg and wears red socks to every
game. It is often frustrating to coach a team of child prodigies
and adolescent intellectuals, yet Patlack bears up to it surprisingly
Even the supposedly unathletic Private League had its share of
fix and scandal. Harvard School for Boys, our closest rival on the
south side, had as its official timer at all home games, one Art Blond,
who also happened to be the father of a starting player. Old "ArtI
The Clock," as he was affectionately known, gave Harvard a cham-
pionship one year when he skillfully ticked 40 last minute seconds
out of existence during a free throw attempt in a game decided by
U-High had some outstanding players, too. Eddie Williams was
an enthusiastic substitute who once scored a basket while lying flat
on the floor of the court. Jeff Melnick, a starter at 5'5", once missed
nine straight lay-ups, and was voted "Cutest Player in the League"
by our school newspaper his freshman year.
By BOB LEES
When you come from a Minne-
sota town only 100 miles from the
Canadian border, and you like to
play sports, which one do you con-
sider? The obvious answer is
hockey, but not for Jim Kamman.
"I've lived all my life in Grand
Rapids, Minn.," declares the sen-
ior wrestler, "and as far back as
I can remember the town's been
nuts for wrestling.
"Of course we have an amateur
city hockey league, just like all
the towns in the area, but wrestl-
ing has been the only continuous-
ly winning sport at the high
school. On a given night, a wres-
tling meet will outdraw both a
basketball game and a hockeyE
And wrestling has been a win-
ning event for Kamman, too. In
his sophomore year at Mich-
igan, he pulled the upset of the
Big Ten tournament by capturing
the 147-pound crown - even
though participating in only two
matches during the regular season.
Last year he was a regular until
midseason, when a knee injury
forced him out. But he came on
anyway to grab third in the na-
tionals, and this year the* only
blemish on his 8-1 record has been
a loss in the finals of the Mid-
lands to Iowa State's Dale Bahr,
last year's 152-pound NCAA run-
Grand Rapids' mania for wres-
tling is so pronounced that they
have regular programs in the
grade schools. ("The town's ideal
is to have a coach and a mat for
every grade . . . and they'll get
it in a few years".) Yet Kamman
never really considered going out
until seventh grade.
"My health teacher in junior
high was also the wrestling
coach," recalls Kamman, "and he
said that if I tried out he'd make
a man out of me. With such an
incentive, how could I refuse?"
It wasn't long before Jim, too,
adopted the civic fanaticism for
grappling. For the six years of
junior and senior high, he was a
faithful member of the squad, and
in his senior year he was able to worker I've ever seen on the mats."
grab fourth spot in the state. declares assistant Wolverine coach
That fourth place finish sill Rick Bay. "He's always the last
rankles him a little. "I always felt guy to leave every practice. Not
I had the ability," he remembers, only that, but he always wants
"but I always choked at tourna- me to stay after with him to help
ment time." Because he never him. Sometimes. I have to sneak
finished higher than fourth, out when his back is turned, or
however, Minnesota didn't consid- he'd keep me there all night."
er him for a scholarship. But his ...Digs It
high school coach, Snip Nalen, a Kamman himself indicates a
former national champ at Mich- devotion to the sport in which he
igan, knew he could make it in a4 $ has participated for ten years.
the Big Ten. "There's so much more to wrestl-
"I think my coach knew I would x ing than just the meets them-
be going here almost before I even selves," he asserts. "The drills are
thought of it myself," laughs pure hell, but I really like learning
Kamman. "I knew my grades were the various phases of the game.
good enough, but I was thinking Even if you're not a well-known
along the lines of Morehead State member of the squad, there's some
when I found out from friends kind of intrinsic value just in be-
that the coach was telling every- longing and participating."
one I was Michigan-bound! I want- Jim is not on a scholarship, and,
ed a good education anyway, so I f in the long run he thinks this is
applied here and was accepted be- beneficial. "I've heard of some
fore I even thought too much more guys in other sports who say that
about any place else." nthey keep on playing only because
Kamman was especially elated of the scholarship they're getting.
when he got the chance to prove If it ever came to be that I was
himself in his sophomore year JIM KAMMAN just wrestling for money, I'd quit."
here. The winning of the chain vacation breaks. While I was And wrestling is an all-year deal
ponshp wasa thrillto be sure, there I heard that a couple of for him, too. Aside from keeping:
but he was even more pleasedguys who knew us both were kind in shape during the summer
with the semi-final match against of touting a match between us, through basketball and just work-
Ron Ankenny of Minnesota. and Ron was saying that he could ing out, he also has a 9-month-old
"Ron was from the southern take me. -
part of the state," Kamman re- "To make a long story short, it
lates, "but I sure knew about him.I grew into a grudge match, and KEEP A H EA D
He won the state title three years when we met in the semifinals I HA
in succession, and in his senior beat him, 6-2. The ironic.thing is OF YOUR HAIR!
year I was one of his victims in that it was almost exactly two
the semi-finals., NO WAITING
years to the day that he had de- * 7 BARBERS
Grudge Match feated me." * OPEN 6 DAYS
"Well, I have some buddies who After his knee injury last year,E
go to school in Minneapolis. and I Kamman had no other thought The Dascola Barbers
went down there a few times my Ithan to get back in time for the ,wr Michigan Theatre
sophomore year when Michigan Enationals. "Jim is the hardest _____________________
German shepherd named Shane
to keep him active during vaca-
tions. "He does a good job of keep-
ing me in shape too," laughs
Kamman. "Did you ever try to,
walk a frisky German shepherd
without ending up running after
him with your hand wrapped up
in the leash?"
Shane and Jim share an apart-
ment here with fellow wrestler
Burt Merical, former wrestling
captain Bill Johannesen, one more
guy, and one more dog. "I think
the dogs are taking over the
place." worries Kamman. "All of
us are beginning to act like them,
Kamman plans to keep wrestl-
ing for a few more years, with one
eye toward an Olympic berth and
the other toward a coaching job.
Aside from that, however, his fu-
ture remains - indefinite.
One thing is sure, though:
Kamman has made his mark al-
ready in Michigan wrestling. Let
us hope that his old health teacher
has no further doubts as to his
Hawks Halt Bruins
and the LIVING
1 S EASY..
BALTIMORE (R)-The Boston
Celtics, continuing their belated
drive for another division title in
the National Basketball Associa-
tion, edged the Baltimore Bullets'
111-107 yesterday for their 11th
Veteran Sam Jones led the Cel-
tics with 29 points, including 11
in the final period after the Bul-
lets had rallied from a 14-point
deficit to pull within one point.
Baltimore, rallying behind Don
Ohl, pulled to within 102-100 with
3:20 remaining before the Jones
83 on a basket by Willis Reed.
The lead changed hands five
times and was tied three times
before a basket by Dave Debus-
schere ' and two free throws by
Joe Strawder made it 92-89 for
Detroit with four minutes remain-
Dave Bing then hit two baskets
for Detroit, but the Knicks kept
crowding back on the scoring of
Dick Barnett and Bellamy to move
within a point of the Pistons four
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threat. Black Hawks boosted their Nation-
Bailey Howell and Jones con- al Hockey League lead to 11 points
nected from the floor within 37 yesterday by whipping the last
seconds after Baltimore pulled to place Boston Bruins 6-1.
within two points and then Jones Only about 12,000 fans braved
added a free throw for a 107-100 Chicago's second severe snowstorm
lead with 2:25 left top lay. Jones In a week to watch the Hawks run
added three more points and K.C. their unbeaten string to seven vic-
'Jones, one, to finish the scoring, tories and a tie in eight games.
* * * It was the smallest crowd to see
DETROIT (AP)The Detroit Pis- a hockey game here in nearly five
tons snapped an eight-game home years.
losing streak yesterday, fighting The Hawks jumped off to a 2-11
off a late rally by the New York lead in the first period when Bob-
Knickerbockers and winning the by Hull and Chico Maki sand-
National Basketball Association wiched goals around a power play
game 104-101. tally by Boston's Pit Martin.
After Detroit had built up a 12 Ken Wharram scored the second
point lead early in the third per- frame's lone goal, and Stan Mikita,
lod, the Knicks surged back on a the league's scoring leader, veteran
15-point explosion by Walt Bel- Bill Hay and Wharram again tal-
lamy' and finally sent ahead 84- lied in the final eriod
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