THURSDAY, MARCH 9,1967
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
THURSDAY, MARCH 9,1967 TUE MICHIGAN DAILY A f~
By DAVE WEIR
You might call it the beginning
of the end; or maybe, the end of
Whichever way you look at it,
tonight's hockey game between
Michigan and Michigan State is
the first obstacle facing the Wol-
verine icers in their attempt to
run the NCAA gauntlet.
A late season slump dropped the
Wolverines into fourth place in
the WCHA standings, after they
had spent most of the season in or
near the top spot.
But that part is over and for-
gotten, since under the current
playoff system, conference stand-
ing has absolutely nothing to do
with the NCAA tournament.
Instead, coach Al Renfrew's
squad is looking to the future,
embarking on 'The Road to Syra-
cuse' with as good an opportunity
to capture the title as anyone else.
"We are capable of going all the
way," says Renfrew. "But it will
be a monumental task. We just
have to take them one at a time.
"This game with State is the
key one for us. The boys know
that they face a formidable task,
and they are definitely 'up' for
the game. If we don't win, we
won't have any alibis."
It's been a strange season for
the Wolverines so far. Led by All-
America center Mel Wakabayashi,
they won their first ten games and
copped two Christmas holiday
Despite Wakabayashi's gradua-
tion at the end of the term, the
club pulled together and moved
into first place in the league at
mid-season with an 8-1 record.
But a 3-5-1 mark for the last
nine games ruined any title hopes,
and plummeted the Wolverines in-
to fourth place.
"It's been a season of ups and
downs," says Renfrew. "Earlier,
when we had to adjust for per-
sonnel changes, we began to win
and the goys gained confidence.
They were playing good hockey.
"When the breaks started to
go against us, we lost confidence
and it showed up in the results.
Even so, we played one of our best
games of the season two weeks
ago when we beat North Dakota,
"Maybe the Tech series was a
turning point . . . although there
has never been any 'let-up' on the
part of anyone on the team.
Breaks and scheduling have play-
ed important parts in the turn of
The Spartans are hoping for a
repeat performance of last year's
Cinderella finish, when they won
10 of their last 13 games, includ-
ing four straight at the end to
capture the NCAA title.
Renfrew calls State a "big'
strong, fine team . . . capable of
beating you physically as well as
on the score board. They skate real
hard and shoot well. They will
often simply wear the other team
Standouts on the MSU outfit
include goalie Gaye Cooley, center
Tom Mikkola and wing Doug Vol-
mar. Renfrew points out that the
Spartan netminder "can be the
best or worst on any given night.
The first time we played him, he
had a terrible game and we won
10-4. Since then he's been out-
standing against us."
Mikkola sat out half the sea-
son with a wrist injury and missed
the first three meetings between
the two teams, all won by Mich-
igan. The MSU co-captain did,
however, play in the most recent
series a month ago, and led the
Spartans to a double victory by
racking up eight points on three
goals and five assists.
Volmar is known for his bullet
shots on goal and is the defending
WCHA scoring champion.
Cooley's counterpart in the nets
will be Jim Keough, Michigan's
sophomore goalie from Toronto.
Renfrew believes that "goaltend-
ing will definitely be the key for
The Wolverine mentor states
Frantic Finale Saturday
By JOEL RUBENSTEIN the beginning of this season, iron-
A chameleon, according to Noah ically, Sports Illustrated dubbed
Webster, is "any of a group of the Big Ten as the most powerful
animals remarkable for changes conference on the national bas-
of color . . . according to the mood ketball scene. Both SI and the
of the animal or surrounding con- Big Ten admit to being slightly
Webster, the dictionary man, Even more people have been as-
n bty hahekn dinctbso nuay nh- tounded. From a pre-season pre-
may have known absolutely noth- diction of a dynamic league top-
ing about basketball, but he ped by Northwestern, the chame-
couldn't have been more accurate leon-like 1967 Big Ten has evolved
in describing the chameleon-like into a group of teams that play
1967 Big Ten hoop race. badly against each other but sun.
WOLVERINE WING MIKE MARTTILA turns up the ice as
Ron Ullyot leads the way against the Spartans in last month's
Michigan-Michigan State encounter. The two teams meet tonight
in the first round of NCAA tournament action.
THE FINAL SCORE
L r .
Waterlogged Coaches and
A Hershey Bar on Olck
My original intent concerning the Big Ten swimming meet was
to enjoy it, not cover it. But I ended up doing both. Somehow,
though, I cannot consider that I actually covered the meet inasmuch
as the account that appeared in Tuesday's Daily was more a recapi-
tulation than a cover due to the fact that meet had been over for
A Big Ten swimming meet has a few unique intricacies which
would be unfeasible in just about any other sport, but in swim-
ming they have proved both apt and practicable. For instance, the
diving coaches of the ten teams are the judges for the diving events.
Try it out in some other sport. Can you imagine Woody Hayes as
head official in a Michigan-OSU football game? But it works in
t diving. The stipulation that makes the system fair and workable
prohibits a coach from judging one of his own divers. As one coach
put it, "Frankly, we just don't trust each other." In other words,
only nine coaches actually score a given dive. And in further control
of bias, only five of the judges' scores are used. The two high and
two low scores are dropped.
Another rule allows a coach to enter four men in a relay
event during the qualifying preliminaries and substitute any
number of them with different swimmers in the finals. The pur-
pose of this rule is to let a coach rest his best swimmers so
they'll be fresh for the finals. While this tends to slow down
the qualifying times, it could be responsible for the difference
between just a win and a new record in the finals.
Another idiosyncrasy of Big Ten swimming meets which isn't
practiced in other sports is the tradition of the winning team heaving
its coach into the pool at the meet's end. I can't quite picture the
track team tossing Don Canham on the cinders and rubbing his
face in the dirt, but that would be the equivalent. The swimmers
pick up their coach and throw him a couple yards into the water, with
much splashing and dunking characterizing the ceremony.
Coach Doc Counsilman of Indiana has gotten rather used to
the practice in the past seven years. So used to it that this year he
was ready for it. After the last event he had removed his glasses, and
be had the forethought to wear a sport shirt instead of a suit.
Up in the press box, the reporters were enjoying the meet to
the fullest. Nick Vista, Assistant Director of Sports Information at
MSU took care of the paper work for the press. I'd like to take this
opportunity to thank him for his efficiency and friendliness, which
made the meet all the more enjoyable.
Saturday night the first event was the 1650-yard freestyle
and there was a lot of speculation among the press as to the out-
come. There was, of course, the expected battle between Carl Robie
and Bob Windl for first place, but what got most of the attention
of the newsmen was the race for third. Ed Glick was swimming
for the Spartans and Mike O'Connor for the Wolverines. O'Connor
had already finished a respectable fifth in the 500-yard freestyle
and seventh in the 200, and although Glick had taken a fourth in
the 400-yard individual medley, he had not performed up to ex-
A bet was on. George Van, covering the meet for the Detroit
News, bet a Hershey bar (with almonds) against Nick Vista.
Nick, of course, backed the Spartan while Van was the Michigan
man. For a while it looked like the race could go either way, but
a late surge by Glick won the chocolate bar for Vista, payable at
the NCAA meet on March 23.
Aside from the individual champions, the most talked about
swimmer in the meet was a Michigan sophomore, Tom Arusoo. Part
of the talk was of the Canadian champ's name (Toomas), which only
Nick Vista had any luck in spelling, but most of it was about his
swimming. Arusoo was beaten only by Robie and Kevin Berry, the
silver and gold medalists in the last Olympics, in the 200-yard
butterfly, and he also took eight in the 100-fly and fifth in the
excruciating 400-yard I-M. It gives Michigan fans something to look
forward to when Robie, Paul Scheerer, Bill Groft, Russ Kingery, and
Tom O'Malley are gone next year.
that "we know we can win, but
after allowing 10 goals to Minne-
sota in our last outing, it's hard
to say what our chances are to-
"The defensemen wonder what
they're doing wrong . . . the for-
wards wonder if their checking is
up to par, and if they are drop-
ping back fast enough to cover
"But we have beaten every team
in the league at one time or an-
other . . . and we are no better
or worse a team than Michigan
Renfrew's crew does have one
disadvantage however: two regu-
lars will miss the contest because
of injuries suffered in last Satur-
day's loss to the Gophers.
Senior Bob Boysen has had his
career cut at least one game short
due to a knee injury described as
"identical to the one suffered by
Bob Baird earlier in the season."
He will be unable to play again
Lee Marttila has a wrenched
shoulder and will not see any ac-
tion tonight. "He may play in the
second game if we can get by
State," Renfrew remarked yester-
day. "He's been skating a bit in
practice this week, but is not
strong enough yet to go 100 per
"The injuries are tough, but I
think we're a team that can over-
come that hardship," continued
the Michigan coach. "We've never
been a 'one-man team."
Two new lines have been form-
ed asa result of the injuries. Dean
Lucier will replace Lee on the
"Detroit Line" with Mike Marttila
and Bruce Koviak.
Sophomore Jerry Hartman will
take. over Boysen's job as center
on a line with Randy Binnie and
either Danny Walter or Al Brook
at the wings.
"The new lines shouldn't bother
the boys too much," hopes Ren-
frev, "but you can never tell.
Sometimes it helps to switch the
line around, sometimes it hurts,
and sometimes it doesn't matter.
"This has been a good team-a
great bunchbof boys with tre-
mendous spirit. It's been a long,
hard season for these guys and,
in a way, we'll be glad when it's
all over . . . but we. hope that
won't be for another two weeks."
Vie for Berth
North Dakota and Denver, the
first and second place teams in
the Western Collegiate Hockey
Association, will clash head on
Saturday night in the western sec-
The WCHA regular season
champion, North Dakota, defeated
Minesota 7-2 Tuesday night at
Minneapolis while runnerup Den-
ver won on home ice against Colo-
The winer of the week-end clash
will represent the WCHA western
division in the NCAA tournament
in Syracuse, N.Y., March 16-18.
Going into its last games on,
Saturday, the unpredictable Big
Ten is topped by Michigan State
and Indiana, with 9-4 records, with;
third-place Iowa, 8-5, the only
Since the least-recent leaguea
champ is eligible for the NCAA
regionals in case of a tie, and
the latest conference wins among1
the top three are Iowa '56, Indi-
ana '58, and MSU '59, this is how
it adds up:
-MSU or Indiana is the cham-
pion, if one of them wins and
the other loses, no matter what
-Indiana is the champion ift
both MSU and Indiana win re-
gardless of Iowa's outcome. Indi-
ana also becomes the champ if
Indiana, MSU and Iowa all lose.
-Iowa is the champion if Iowa1
wins, and MSU and Indiana both
It sounds confusing and it is.
That is the way the Big Ten has1
been all year.1
For the first time since 1935,-
no Big Ten player is All-American.
Only Honorable mention was
awarded to a conference cager
this year, to Northwestern'sJim
Further, no Big Ten team is
nationally ranked for the 1967
season. This is quite a switch
from the last five Michigan- and
Ohio State-dominated years. At
erbly against outsiders.
Witness the uncanny victory of,
Michigan, now 2-11 in the Big
Ten, over Houston, ranked in the
nation's Top Ten with a 23-3
This Saturday will be a day of
duels between the contenders and
the potential spoilers.
T h e championship hopefuls,
MSU, Indiana, and Iowa, will be
meeting their respective oppo-
nents, Northwestern, Purdue, and
Michigan. Anything can happen,
and it probably. will.
The awesome force of a string
of 29 home victories will be one of
Michigan State's most potent
weapons against Northwestern.
The Wildcats, led by Jim Burns,
will be aiming for a possible third-
place finish. They were picked for
first at the start of the season.
The hot shooting of Indiana's
Butch Joyner and Vern Payne may
be too much for Purdue when the
Boilermakers attempt to turn the
Detroit 3, New York 1
Toronto 6, Montreal 4
Chicago 3, Boston 1
Detroit 120, Baltimore 113
Philadelphia 115, Boston 113 (ovt)
.t Louis at Los Angeles (inc)
Big Ten Standings
tables on the Hoosiers this week-
end, Strangely, t h o u g h, the
league-topping Hoosiers have twice
narrowly averted losses to cellar-
dwelling Michigan in the last
week. This game may also be a
In the final game involving a
contender. Iowa attempts to gain
a championship, while defending
champion Michigan looks toward
a face-saving win.
The Wolverines' Dave McClel-
lan, leading the league with a .597
shooting average, though in too
few games to be officially ranked,
is aiming to continue his torrid
scoring streak. The sophomore's
field goal record for the past five
games is 40-for-63. Center Craig
Dill is sixth in the conference with
his 21.1 per game point average.
In the ranks of the Hawkeyes,
Sam Williams stands as the big-
gest man on the court; pointwise,
that is. The unanimous All-Big
Ten junior college transfer is sec-
ond to Tom Kondle (27.9 ppg) of
Minnesota with a 25.7 average.
ELECTION MARCH 22:
Koln, Doane Seek Position
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Howard Kohn, '69, and Thomas
Doane, '69, have registered as
candidates for the position of stu-
dent representative on the Board
in Control of Intercollegiate Ath-
A campus-wide election, held in
conjunction with the regular SGC
election March 22, will decide a
replacement for outgoing repre-
sentative Richard Volk, '67-All-
America defensive back.
Students hold two seats on the
16-member board headed by Ath-
letic Director H. O. (Fritz) Crisler.
Each spring a sophomore is elected
to a two-year term, which he offi-
cially assumes in June,
Bob McFarland, '68, executive
sports editor of The Daily, will be
the senior student member on the
Board next year. -
Kohn has been a member of The
Daily sports staff for two years,
currently holding the position of
sports night editor, and has been
a correspondent for United Press
International for the past year.
Doane, who went out for the
football team even though he
wasn't signed to an athletic tender,
is a reserve linebacker.
Both candidates were required
to obtain 300 signatures from Uni-
versity students advocating their
candidacy for the Board. The
Board's function is to govern ath-
letic policy and finances at the
"In the past four years, student
ticket prices have been increased
on three different occasions. It
is my opinion that the athletic de-
partment should exist for the stu-
dents, not vice versa, and that a
ceiling on ticket prices should be
established," Kohn told The Daily
Kohn also said that he would
recommend legislation to transfer
jurisdiction of the intramural pro-
gram from the athletic department
to the University. "The athletic
department has been unable to
meet increased student needs for
updated intramural facilities; and
I strongly feel that, with the add-
ed boost of state aid, the Univer-
sity could modernize the program,'
Doane, in an interview with The
Daily yesterday, declared that he
also would fightto keep student
ticket prices at a minimum.
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