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'M' Athletes Await Vacation

Ski Club Offers
Tries, Comnetition

Christmas vacation will see Uni-
versity students scattered all over
the country with home their des-
The December break will also
mean travel for many Michigan
athletes but their destinations will
be far from home.
Basketball .
The Michigan basketball team
will hardly give the turkey time to
cool off on the Christmas dinner
table before they will take flight
to Portland, Ore., for the Far
West Classic.
Last year at this time, the Wol-
verines had a rather mild schedule,,
playing only three games. This
year, however, Coach Dave Strack's
crew will play in the three-day
tournament which begins on Dec.
27. Seven other teams besides
Michigan have been invited, in-
cluding its perenial rival, Michi-
gan State.
Oregon Host
Oregon is the host, while other,
teams are Oregon State, Cali-
fornia, Portland, Idaho and Wash-
ington State.
Oregon State this year has a
towering 6'11" sophomore, Mel
Counts. In addition the Beavers
have .6'7" Jay Carty and 6'6" Bob
Jacobson to rank as the tallest
team in the tournament. The
Beavers, tourney favorites, could
be one of the best in the west if
Counts performs as has been pre-
dicted of him.
Host Oregon yearly has one of
the best defensive units around,
but also has a tall center in the
person of 6'7" Glenn Moore. Wash-
ington State compiled only a 10-
16 record, but have 13 out of 14
lettermen back.
Defensive Club
Last year Portland was the fifth-
ranked defensive club in the na-
tion and figure to improve with
the addition of 6"'" sophomore
center Steve Anstett. Michigan
State, like Michigan, is in a re-
building year. Last year Michigan
was the only team the Spartans
were able to beat out, and many
experts pick the two to battle it
out for the cellar again this year.
The tournament should give
Strack a very good indication of
how his team will fare in the

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The whistle of ski versus snow
-down the slopes !
Michigan ski enthusiasts, with
ski poles in one hand and the
latest weather forecast in the
other, are all set for another
season of winter fun.
The ULLR Ski Club, named for
the Norwegian god of skiink, is
the University center for these
"conquerors of the slopes."
A free weekend, a fresh snow-
fall, and a convenient ride will
send club members on an informal
expedition to the slopes of north-
ern Michigan. Here the snows of
Nub's Nob, Boyne Mountain, and
Caberfae provide all the week-
end fun that any winter sport
enthusiast could ask for. And the
hills of local centers provide ski-
ing for a quick Saturday jaunt.
Quebec Trip
Journeying farther to the north
to the downhill grades of the Lar-
entian Mountains of Quebec is a
highlight of the skiing season. It's
here that the Mount Tremblant
ski area provides a wintery para-
dise for a semester break.
During the spring vacation per-
101 the group travels west, where
the slopes of Aspen, Colorado,
one of America's greatest winter
playlands, host the Michigan ski-
ing students.
The club keeps its members well


informed on racing competition,
and men and women teams from
the University participate in events
of the Michigan Intercollegiate
Ski Association at a northern ski
resort. Club members get a chance
to match their skills in competi-
tion with skiers of some of the
snow-bound colleges of Michigan's
north country.
But membership is not confined
to Olympic potential only. "In
fact," says club vice-president An-
drea Rogers, "nearly 50 per cent
are beginners. Our membership
covers the full range of skiing
Club Meetings
The club meets every Wednes-
day night at the Michigan Union,
where the uninitiated as well as
the skiing veterans can take ad-
vantage of ski movies and discus-
sions of techniques an dequipment.
Newcomers have the advantage
of learning from the more ex-
perienced slopemen and it's a
grand way to pick up welcome tips
on how to avoid the catastrophe
of a snowy ending to a would-be
perfect down-hill run.
At present the club is formulat-
ing plans for another winter of
skiing fun, and those who have
been suppressing a hidden urge to
grab a pair of skis and head for
the hills are urged to join now, for
the $3 membership fee.

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WILKIE STOPPED--Michigan Tech's Phil McVittie makes the stop on Wolverine center Gordon
Wilkie in Saturday's game. But the Regina, Sask., sophomore came back to chalk up two assists
on Red Berenson's goals.

Big Ten. It will particularly give
center John Harris and forwards
John Oosterbaan and Tom Cole
experience against tall teams. The
presence of two strong defensive
teams in 'the tournament should
also give the Wolverines some val-
uable experience.
With student fans on vacation
the Wolverine hockey team will
play a home series with the North
Dakota Sioux on Dec. 15 and 16.
The Sioux, according to Michi-
gan Coach Al Renfrew, have "a
really good team." North Dakota is
stocked with veteraans and ac-
cording to Renfrew "they're go-
ing to surprise a lot of people."
In last weekend's action, North
Dakota's first of the season, they
split with Michigan State. The
Sioux lost their first game, 5-3,
but rebounded with a 6-4 win the
following night.
The hockey team will have a
brief respite before resuming ac-
tion at Troy, N. Y., in the Ren-

ssellaer Polytechnic Institute tour-
ney. Michigan's competition in
this three day series will be RPI,
Yale and McGill. RPI will prob-
ably offer the Wolverines the most
competition. Like Michigan, RPI
is loaded with Canadian personnel,
and was one of the outstanding
eastern teams last season making
the NCAA playoffs.
The Wolverines will play all
three teams on successive days,
Dec. 28, 29 and 30.
Track ...
Track Coach Don Canha.n will
take about a dozen performers,
mostly freshmen and sophomores,
to the Chicago Open on Dec. 22.
The meet will be held at the Uni-
versity of Chicago Fieldhouse, but
is sponsored by the Chicago Track
The list of Wolverine tracksters
is tentative presently, but junior
pole vaulter Steve Overton ap-
pears to be the only letterman
who will make the trip.
Wrestling . .
Coach Cliff Keen and the Wol-
verine wrestlers will spend part
of their vacation at Wilkes-Barre,
Pa., where they will compete in
the Wilkes Open Wrestling Tour-
The Wilkes is the foremost open
wrestling tournament in the coun-
Keen plans to enter a ten-man
team in the tournament. In or-
dinary NCAA intercollegiate meets,
there are only eight weights, but
the 115-lb and 191-1b classes have
been included in the Wilkes Tour-
In addition to the regular ten-,
man squad, Michigan will enter
seven wrestlers unattached. Assis-
tant coach Dennis Fitzgerald, Big
Ten 167-lb champion last year,
wil wrestle in this category.
List year, Michigan did not
enter a full team, but managed to
finish second to Pittsburgh.
The squad will leave Ann Arbor
on the morning of the 27th.

... newcomer sparks squad

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HALL HOOPS BALL-Wolverine Captain Jon Hall goes in for a
layup against the Ball State Cardinals in the season opener. The
senior guard's bucket started Michigan on a late rally that put
the game far out of Ball State's reach.
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