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September 13, 1960 - Image 99

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13, 104


Associate Sports Editor



Hockey is one of the top specta-
tor sports at Michigan, and the
1959-60 season saw what may be
the first surge toward the promi-
nence that Wolverine Pucksters
enjoyed in the late 1940's.
Coach Al Renfrew, in his third
year of rebuilding at the helm of
the hockey team, saw his squad'
post a 12-12 record. The year was
one of great promise that some-
times materialized . . . but not
quite often enough.
But for the first time in Ren-
a frew's tenure, he was able to suit
a full strength squad. Largely
made up of a promising group of
sophomores, prospects look good
for this year's team to boost its
average over the .500 mark.
Roaring Pack
A roaring pack of Wolverines
startede the season on the road
as they traveled to upstate New
York for a pair of games with St.
Lawrence and a single contest with
Clarkson. Goalie Jim Coyle start-
ed the campaign with a bang as
he didn't allow a single goal to
the Easterners in the first 127
minutes of play. After skating to
easy 6-0 and 8-0 whiteewashings
of the Larries and Clarkson, a leg-
weary Wolverine team dropped its

third game, boking to St. Law-
rence, 6-5.
Renfrew's charges had enough
steam left to stop off on the way
back to Ann Arbor and hand
perennial powerhouse Toronto a
5-1 lacing.
In the home opener, Michigan
met Colorado College for a pair of
games. The Tigers were easy prey
in the league opener for both
teams as the Wolverines ground
out a hard-skating 8-2 win. The
next night was a different story
as the Tigers rebounded for a 6-4
Best of Defense
A layoff of a month took little
of the edge off the Wolverine at-
tack as in the first action after
the Christmas vacation, Michi-
gan's defensemen turned in their
best performance of the season,
stopping Michigan Tech twice, 5-1
and 4-1, and shutting out the
famed Husky "production line."
A pre-exam period home-and-
home twin bill with arch - rival
MichiganState produced a split,
with both teams winning at home.
Renfrew's aspirations for the
Western Inteercollegiate Hockey
Association title were then jolted
by the loss of three players in the
battle of the books. Eligibility

losses were Pat Cushing, Tom Wil-
son and Bill Kelly.
An addition on the credit side of
the ledger was Red Berenson, who
became eligible in February and
who scored in 10 of the last 12
11 Seconds Away
Nothing jelled in the second
semester as the Wolverines missed
an NCAA playoff berth by 11 sec-
onds. In the season's final game,
a dying-second goal by North Da-
kota knocked Michigan out of
fourth place and a chance for
NCAA action.
This upcoming season's chances
of success hinge on how well Ren-
frew can fill the shoes of his four

graduation losses. Graduated will
be Captain Bobbie Watt, All-
American as a junior, Bob White
who was twice honored as an All-
American, Steve Bochen and Gary
Trying to take up the slack will
be 13 returning lettermen, bol-
stered by five promising freshmen
hopefuls. Captain-elect Dale Mac-
Donald will get a big boost from
a quintet of pucksters from the
Regina Pats team of the Western;
Canada junior 'A' league. Beren-
son, Kelly, Joe Lunghamer, Gerry
Kolb and John Palenstein came
to Michigan as a group in 1958 and
saw their first varsity action last

Senior letteremen on the squad
will be MacDonald, Cushing, Wil-
son, Coyle, Ed Mateka and Butch
Nielsen. Nielsen, from Minnea-
polls, will be the only American
on the team for the 1960-61 sea-
Junior 'M' men, in addition to
the Pat contingent, include Al
Hinnegan and Carl White.
Renfrew would like to guide the
Wolverines to their first NCAA
title since 1955. The Wolverine
mentor himself skated for the na-
tional championship Michigan
teams of the late 1940's. Since
1947, the Wolverines have posted
an unparalleled six national ice'

Quarterback, Guards Listed
As 'M' Problem Positions


(Continued from Page 1)

Backing Halstead and Johnson
up at the flanks will be four more
lettermen: Keith Cowan, Jim
Korowin, George Mans and Jim
In addition there is yearling Bill
Freehan who won the Morton
trophy as spring practice's most
improved player. This sure handed
youngster, who played his high
school football at Bishop Barry in

St. Petersbug, Fla., but now resides
in Detroit, will be hard to keep
out of the lineup.
Center is solid with three compe-
tent veterans returning. There is
Todd Grant, a defensive terror all
last fall, Gerry Smith, team Cap-
tain. axed John Walker, a trans-
,ianted fullback.
Top candidates for the tackle
position are lettermen Wilt Hilde-
brand, Jon Schopf, Bill Stine, Guy
Curtis and Tom Jobson.
Flashy Halfback
Halfback candidates are led by
flashy Bennie McRae, a fast-mov-
ing open field runner. McRae's
speed (he was the Big Ten low
hurdle champion last winter) is
one reason why Elliott wants some
good offensive blocking. A block or
two in the right place and the
Newport News youngster could go
all the way.
Although he re-activated an old
spinal injury in the Big Ten out-
door track meet last spring, word
is that after a summer of special
exercises he should be ready to
Backing up McRae at the left
halfback spot will be letterman
Reid Bushong and promising sophs
Jack Strobel and Jim Ward.
Soph Speedster
Sophomore speedster Dave Rai-
mey has the inside track on the
right halfback job due to his per-
formances during spring practice.
Competing with Raimey is Dennis
Fitzgerald, a Big Ten wrestling
champion and easily the hardest
runner on the team. Letterman
Wilbur Franklin is another con-
A possible halfback candidate is
former All-State star Ken Mike
of Detroit's Redford High. He
missed a whole year of practice
with a knee injury. However, if
his clippings read accurately his
ability could easily outweigh his
The fullback job is strictly a
tossup with five lettermen and one
sophomore in the running. The
lettermen are Bill Tunnicliff, Rudd
Van Dyne, Gary McNitt, Ken Tur-
eaud and Paul Raeder. The year-
ling candidate is Joe O'Donnell.
In summary a fruitful year if
the quarterback and guard posi-
tions are filled adequately, an av-
erage year if they are not.
But in both cases a season of in-
teresting and exciting football.

WOLVERINES SCORE-A Michigan player slips the puck past the Spartan goalkeeper in a game
played against Michigan State last winter.
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