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Stunt Divers

To Highlight Gala

Patterson, Liston


the first hard punch but Patter-
son's foe kept coming back for
more and more and more.,
It was the first heavyweight
title fight in Canadian history and
also the first held outside the
United States since Primo Car-
nera fought Paulino Uzcudun in
Rome, Oct. 22, 1933.
Staggers Floyd
McNeexey, also slipped down sev-
eral times and managed to stag-
ger the champion whose hand just
about scraped the floor in the
wild fourth round.
It was obvious that McNeeley, a
10-1 underdog, came to fight. He
went out on his shield, a badly
battered and beaten man but a
brawler who won the cheers of
the crowd.
Referee Jersey Joe Walcott, the
ex-champion, coun'ted out Mc-
Neeley as he gamely struggled to
get back on his feet after the last
Draws Ovation
The 24-year-old challenger, un-
beaten in 23 previous fights, drew
an ovation from the fans as he
left the ring. For a few fleeting
seconds in the fourth round, he
had Patterson on queer street but
the sleek and fit champ snapped
out of it and resumed his attack.
The champion, vowing he would
be 100 per cent better than in his
Olivet defeated Adrian, 75-
66, last night to avoid setting a
national record for consecutive
losses, 46, which it tied last sea-
last title defense in March against
Ingemar Johansson, weighed 188
while the beaten challenger check-
ed in at 197.
Patterson won easily as expect-
ed but McNeeley was hardly the
sacrificial lamb he was supposed
to be. He showed the Maple Leaf
Gardens fans why he is known as
boxing's angry young man.
Hits Deck
McNeeley rushed to the attack
from the opening bell, shoving off
the champ, but Patterson's left
hook dropped him in the middle
of the first round. He was up on
one knee at 1 but had to take the
automatic 8 under the Ontario
Commission rules. In a few sec-
onds McNeeley was down again on
his green trunks with the white
shamrock on the side.
College Basketball
Wisconsin 64, Florida State 63
Minnesota 89, Memphis 81
Notre Dame 59, Northwestern

Giggles and groans will replace
the usual complacent concentra-
tion of a varsity meet when the
laugh-a-minute duo of Dick Kim-
ball and Hobie Billingsley whirl
through their world-famous tower
diving and clown show at the
Michigan Gala in the Varsity Pool
this Saturday.
The acrobatic comedy divers
regularly tour the United States,
earning praise wherever they go.
Both are topflight divers and div-
ing coaches when not on tour.
Kimball is Michigan's coach while
Billingsley is the mentor of power-
ful Indiana.
Together they have made over
1000 performances on three con-
tinents. Their routine of tower
diving, water ballet, trampolinmg,
comedy diving and novelty swim-
ming has led them to appearances
on "You Asked For It," "Toast of
the Town" and "Sports Spectacu-
lar" over national television.
In 1960 the genial twosome was
chosen for a round-the-world good
will tour by the State Department
and visited the Philippines, Ha-
waii, Japan, Thailand, India,
Egypt, Greece, Italy France Spain,
England, Ireland, Wake Island,
Hong Kong and Korea. Every
summer they do a two-week show
in Minneapolis and Seattle. They
perform for numerous clubs, coun-
try clubs and other groups, doing
as many as four shows a week
while on tour.
NCAA Champ
Former collegiate great Kimball
was the NCAA one- and three-
meter springboard champion and
three-year All-American. He also
took up gymnastics and became
one of the top trampolinists the
United States has ever produced.
Before laboring at teaching the
diving trade to his Indiana pro-
teges, Billingsley was a fine per-
former in his own right, placing
in the top three in the National
AAU championships while still in
high school.
He went on to Ohio State where
he was an All-America for four
years. While in the service he won
the All-Army Diving Champion-
ships in Toyko and later captured
the National AAU title. He was
also the coach of the winning
United States team in the 1959
Pan American Games.
Kimball Acrobatic
Acrobatics are the prime con-
tribution of Kimball to the duo,
while Billingsley is recognized as
a master of water comedy. The
fancy, twisting, somersaulting
plunges are Kimball's special love
while Billingsley delights in trying
complex original dives that aren't
done in competition.
All sorts of props are employed
by the men in their act, utilizing
trampolines and even a special
high tower for specific stunts. In
a past performance the zany ex-
perts took out a light in the
ceiling of the I-M pool and dove
from above into the water below.
The new immovable lights in the
varsity pool cut out this popular
tidbit of their renowned show.

Developing a show takes time
and work. "We use the low board
at first, together with special div-
ing belts, when first trying a new
trick on the high tower. We work
in stages from simple to more
complex and in time we have even
the extremely difficult things suf-
ficiently mastered for a worth-
while exhibition," explained Kim-
Though the best of friends, the
two performers turn into rivals
during the school months, vying
for talent in recruiting battles and
pitting their boys against each
other in the yearly , Michigan-
Indiana battle for the Big Ten
and sometimes the National swim-
ming title. "There's nothing like a,
couple of wins over Indiana to
warm our friendship," said Kim-
Like Performing
"We enjoy diving and perform-
ing. With new tricks constantly
being developed, we never tire of
it. The travel and experience has
been interesting and rewarding,"
he added.
Thie Gala is a yearly feature at
Ann Arbor, combining open com-
petition in the afternoon with a
fun-filled water show to provide
a full day's entertainment for all
avid aquatics.
Wolverine Stars Perform
Combining with the well known
Kimball and Billingsley will be
Michigan divers Ron Jaco and
Pete Cox in various acrobatic rou-
tines and Olympic champion Bob
Webster, Michigan's Olympic gold
The ladies will also get into
the act when a troupe of six
Michigan female divers put on
an exhibition on both the high
and low boards. Each of the tank-
erettes is a former state or na-
tional junior titlist including a
high tower specialist from Toyko.

The annual highlight of the 1.5
hour show is the finale of original
comedy diving where all the par-
ticipants take part in a single
display of mass precision diving
from the high board.
This Saturday will mark tl e
27th annual holding of the Michi-

gan Gala. The opening swimming
trials will take place at 11 a.m.
and the finals will begin at 4 p.m.
The comedy show will get under-
way at 7 p.m. and continue until
8:30. Admission is $1.00 for stu-
dents, and $1.50 general admis-



NOT REALLY A CLOWN-Michigan diving coach Dick Kimball,
Jackknifing through the clouds above, will team up with Indiana
diving coach Hobie Billingsley as' the serious half of a world-
famous acrobatic-comedy diving show at the 27th annual Michi-
gan Gala here.

Renfrew Praises Team Effort

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"Tech had a great team," said
Michigan hockey Coach Al Ren-
frew, whose team scored 3-1 and
5-3 victories over the highly rated
Huskies of Michigan Tech Friday
and Saturday. ,
"They seemed to have every-
thing; three veterans on defense,
veterans up front; it took a real
team effort to beat them."
Probably the most impressive
part of the series was Red Beren-
son's three-goal performance Sat-
urda; night. "Red picked the team
up when we needed to be picked
up," said Renfrew. "His third goal
was sheer determiation.
"Not only did he make a great
rush and fake out the goalie, but
he got the rebound of his shot to
score. Most guys would call it
quits after the first shot."
In The Books
Berenson's second goal, scored
on a faceoff; was a planned play
according to center Gordon Wil-
kie. "We practice it all the time

58 (overtime)


in scrimmages," said the sopho-
more center. "In the games I tell
Red beforehand that I'll try to get
the puck back to him.",
Renfrew was also pleased by his
scrappy second line, featured by
Bill Kelly, Larry Babcock and
Tom Pendlebury. "That line help-
ed us a lot. Tech can't score when
the pick is in its own end, and
those boys just kept it down
However, the lack of depth on
defense was one of the few notice-
able defects in the Michigan at-
.tack. It was most evident in the
second game when Louis Angotti,
stole the puck from Wayne Kar-
tusch to set up a goal.
Not To Blame
"You can't blame Wayne on that
play," said Renfrew. "He realized
his mistake but he was really tired,
and wanted to get off the ice."
In Friday night's game, Mich-
igan also had the problem of get-
ting the puck from back of the
net and setting up a play. "They
weren't passing it out into the cen-
ter enough. Sometimes it's just
better to clear it completely when
they've got the pressure on you
like that."
Renfrew is still undecided about
his goalie situation. According to
the Michigan coach, both Bob
Gray on Friday and Dave Butts
on Saturday were impressive in
their respective games. "We'll go
with both boys again this week-
end against Toronto, and after
that we'll see."

The Wolverines are in good
shape injury-wise. Both Don Rog-
ers (injured wrist) and Kartusch
(injured leg) were skating in prac-
tice yesterday. According to Ren-
frew they will both be available
for the Toronto series.
Michigan now shares the West-
ern Collegiate Hockey Association
lead with last year's NCAA chan-
pion, Denver. Denver defeated
Colorado College, 9-1 and 5-4, in
their home-and-home weekend se-
ries. Renfrew reports that Denver
"is not as good as last year. In
the second game they had only
two shots on goal in the third
Elsewhere in the WCHA, Mich-
igan state split with North Da-
kota on North Dakota ice. The
Spartans took the first game, 5-3,
while the Sioux came back to win
the second, 6-4. Minnesota played
no conference games.



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