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December 14, 1960 - Image 7

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Defense Leads Icemen to Victory
A___________________ __________________________

Impressive as the scoring of the
Wolverine front lines has been in
the first four games of the season,
the Michigan skaters owe much of
their success to the much-im-
proved play of the defensemen.
Don Rodgers, John Palenstein,
and Butch Nielson form the core
of the defensemen, and are backed
up capably by Tom Wilson and
Denny Rhode. Rodgers and Palen-
stein combine to form the number
Grid Pictures
Members of the freshman
football squad who want squad
pictures are requested to place
their orders immediately at, the
information desk in the Athletic
Administration Building. All or-
ders must be in before Christ-
mas vacation begin.
one pair of defensemen, and Niel-
son and Wilson form the number
two defensive alignment.
As Coach Al Renfrew said, "The
defense looked very good Friday
night and looked outstanding in
the last thirty minutes of Satur-
day's game. We went with Nielson,
Palenstein, and Rodgers 'in the
last thirty minutes of Saturday's
game, and they came through with
a fine performnance to put away
our victory."
As was indicated by Renfrew,
Nielson, Palenstein, and Rodgers
bore the brunt of the attack in
much of Friday's game as well as
shouldering the entire load on
Saturday's last 30 minutes of play.
Renfrew pointed out that the play
of all three has improved greatly.
"Their passing, checking, and
puck-clearing has improved to the
point where we can count on them
for a steady performance whenever
they are on the ice"
Close-Working Duo
The hard-skating Rodgers, a
sophomore, was paired with the
steady Palenstein at the beginning
of the season, and they have since
proven to be a close-working duo
on the ice. Palenstein, a junior,
returns after a highly successful
sophomore year at a defensive post
for Coach Renfrew's Wolverines.
Nielson returns from a letter-
winning season last year to team
with Wilson, who lettered two
years ago, on the second Michigan
defensive team. Rhode saw his
first action of the season, though
somewhat limited, in the North
Dakota series.
The passing and hard-checking
Patterson TOP
Boxer of Year
NEW YORK M) - Floyd Patter-
son, the first man to regain the
world heavyweight boxing cham-
pionship, today was named winner
of the Edward J. Neil memorial
plaque as "Fighter Of The Year"
for 1980. The award was made by
the Boxing Writers' Association.
It was the second time that
Patterson, 25-year-old New Yorker,
has been voted the Neil award.
Patterson was the youngest to
win the, heavyweight crown when
he knocked out Archie Moore in
the fifth round, Nov. 30, 1956. That
made him the Neil winner for
that year.
-Dethroned by Ingemar Johans-
son, June 26, 1959, in a shocking
upset, Patterson bounced back
from that third round knockout
and flattened the previously un-
beaten Swede in the fifth round
of their rematch last June 20.
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of Nielson, Rodgers, and Palenstein
has kept the pressure off of the
Michigan goalies and enabled the
Wolverine forwards to keep press-
ing the attack into the opponent's
end of the ice. This ability to keep
the puck out of their own zone has
given the forwards the scoring
chances they have received.
Looking ahead to the six-game
road trip, Renfrew noted that "the
defense is going to have to come
through with the same fine per-
formances in each game to enable
us to go to the front of the league
race. If the defense keeps up as it
has, and our lines continue their
good scoring, we have a good
chance for a good road trip.
"As the season progresses, as
Rodgers gains more experience,
anal as Wilson regains his form of
two years ago, the defense should
continue to produce these fine
games, and will perhaps give an
even better performance than they
did in the last two games."
Praises Forwards
Renfrew continued, "Up ahead
of the goalie and defensemen, the
forchecking of the forwards has
improved and is one of the im-
portant factors in the success of
the defense."
In the first four games of the
year, four games which have pro-
duced a three won-one lost record,
the defense has provided the im-
petus for the victories, Just as they
caused the opening-game loss. The
upcoming series at North Dakota
will show if the Michigan defense
can continue to lead the way to
an improvement over last year's
fifth-place finish in the WCHA.

SCRAPPING DEFENSEMAN-Don Rodgers (2) Michigan de-
fenseman, scrambles for the puck with an unidentified Toronto
player. Rodgers, along with his defensive running-mate, John
Palenstein, and Butch Nielson, forms the nucleus of the Michigan
defensive corps that has been the key to the three Michigan
victories this season.

State Trackmen Bolster Frosh Squad

In recent years Coach Don
Canham's Wolverine track teams
have depended heavily on talent
drawn largely from other parts
of the country, as well as from
Canada and the Caribbean.
This season, however, Canham
has found home-grown prospects
more appealing and has stripped
clean Michigan and the Detroit
area to get material for his fresh-
man squad.
Intrasquad Meet
Tomorrow night at 7:30 these
former prep stars will get a chance
to show their stuff when they
team up with the sophomores
against the juniors and seniors in
the annual intrasquad meet.
Big Ten outdoor mile champ,
Ergas Leps, could have his hands
full when he takes on Detroit
Denby's Frank Carissimi and Con-
necticut ace Dave Hayes.
Last year Carissimi's winning
time in the Detroit city champion-
ships at 4:17.7, was the fastest
mile ever recorded by a Michigan
high school runner and won him
a place on the national high school
All-American team.
Hayes, whom Assistant Coach
Elmer Swanson considers "on a
level with Carissimi," ran a 4:23
mile in high school and has im-
proved considerably since joining
the freshman squad.
Dearborn's Al Ammerman, the
squad's "outstanding field man,"
cracked former Michigan star Milt
Mead's state high jump record last
season with a leap of 6'4" in the
state championships.
Ammerman, who also cleared
6'5" in the Monroe Relays, should
give handyman Dick Cephas, a
hard time in that event. Michi-
gan's Big Ten champ, Steve Wil-
liams, will not compete in the
Hunter Good In Sprints
Mac Hunter, of Muskegon
Heights turned in the fastest
sprint times in the state last
season (:09.8 for the 100 and 21.5
for the 220) before being hurt.

Swanson thinks Hunter was the
best sprinter in the state last year
despite the fact that he could
not run in the state meet.
After the season ended last
spring, Hunter won a dash from
Olympian Les Carney, a silver
medalist in the 200-meter event.
Bill Radcliff from Pontiac Cen-
tral, who finished third and fourth
in the state meet sprints last
season, will join Hunter in trying
to upset veterans John Gregg and
Cephas. Tom Robinson, the in-
door and outdoor champ, will not
Join the team until next semester.
Dorr Casto, an out-of-stater
from Barrington, R. I., has done
:51.0 in a 440 relay leg and should
stay close to varsity men Bryan
Gibson, Hilton Nicholson and
sophomore Carter Reese.
In the mile relay, the three var-
sity units should really have
trouble from the foursome of Hun-

ter, Hayes, Casto and John Davis,
a dashman from Manhatten who,
during an Army hitch, was nosed
out by the 1956 Olympic double.
sprint champ, Bobby Morrow.
George Wade of Union, N. J.,
Jerry Wright of Flint Northern,
and Trinidad's Ed Hinkson, the
lone Caribbean representative,
should make their presence felt
when they team with sophomore
Steve Overton in the pole vault.
Wright finished third in the
pole vault at the state meet and
Hinkson holds the Caribbean re-
cord at 12'6".
Among the other top prospects
are Mac Poll from Lansing Sex-
ton, Joe Mason from Saginaw
Arthur Hill and Ken Burnley from
Detroit Mumford.
Poll won the mile in the state
meet last season and Mason topped
the field in the state low hurdle

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