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'DAY, MARCH 1, 1963


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4_________________4_ If ever a Michigan athletic team had a chance for a national

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Special To The Daily
MADISON - "We're the best
team here--only nobody knows it
So quoth Michigan's track coach
on the eve of the Big Ten Indoor
Championships, and by tomorrow
afternoon everyone will know just
how well Canham qualifies for the
swami act.
Canham already has quite a few
track experts who disagree with
him on the eventual winner of this
two day meet. Besides the obvious
ones like Fran Dittrich of Michi-
gan State, who also has come out
with an early championship claim
for his team, there are some track
buffs quite .close to home who
don't look for Michigan to be in
the winner's circle when the laur-
els are being handed out.
Foremost among them is Phil
Diamond of Ann Arbor, long time
Wolverine follower and forecaster.
"They could lose by as many as
20 points to Wisconsin," bemoaned
Diamond after conypleting his an-
nual charting of Big Ten teams.
"Iowa is the team I'm most afraid
R nenfrew 's
Top Scorer
Misses Trip
Michigan meets North Dakota
tonight and tomorrow night in its
final two games in the Western
Collegiate Hockey Association and
the Wolverines' chances for vic-
tory 'become slimmer by the min-
Gary Butler, second leading
scorer in the WCHA with 25
points, will not, be making the
.western trip. His mother is ill and
he returned home to Regina, Sas-
Dave Newton, who was injured
last Friday in the game with Mich-
igan State, is expected to return
to action, though he will not be at
full strength. This again raises
Michigan defensive corps to three
members Newton, Wayne Kartusch
and Don Rodgers.
The Wolverines, who now are 3-
13-2 in the WCHA and are 7-13-2
overall, are hard on the trail of
their worst season since Al Ren-
frew took over as coach in the
1957-58 season. That year the
Maize and Blue won only eight
games while losing 13. The next
year Renfrew's charges ended up
with a 8-13-1 record.
Sioux, Too?
If the Wolverines drop the se-
ries to the Sioux, they will end up
with a 7-15-2 record, the worst
record a Michigan hockey team
has had since 1939. That year's
hockey team won only five of 20.
North Dakota will not slacken
its pace this weekend, even though
they are already assured of a
play-off berth. At stake in the se-
ries is first place in the WCHA.
The Sioux are only 11 percent-
age points behind league-leading
Denver and a double win will give
North Dakota the number one
spot, ahead of the Pioneers, who
play a non-league series.
Last ' weekend North Dakota
came up with a pain of victories
over third place Minnesota. Coach
Barry Thorndycraft was full of
praise for the ailing Sioux.
"I am real proud-make that
extremely proud-of all the men
on our team," he exulted. "Hard
work got the job done for us."
North Dakota boasts the second
best goalie in, the league, Joe Lech.
Lech has given up 2.64 goals per
game. Dudley Otto, the Sioux al-
ternate netminder, has given up
4.7 goals a game. Al McLean is
tied for third in the WCHA scor-
ing race with 23 points on nine
goals and 14 assists.

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of because they're strong in the
same events we are and could take
away points from us," he added.
Wisconsin Tops
He could be right about Iowa,
but Wisconsin, last year's winner,
is the team most of the Big Ten
coaches are looking out for.
The hurdles are Wisconsin's'
strongest event. Besides Larry
Howard, last year's winner in both
hurdle events, the Badgers boast'
Gene Dix, who won the highs last
week in a triangular meet withI
Michigan State and Indiana; Steve!
Muller, who has recorded the best
time in the highs of any Wisconsin
hurdler, :08.6; and Bill Smith, who
has done :07.9 in the lows.
Michigan will clash most direct-
ly with Wisconsin in the shot put,
an event which Canham has lab-
eled a must if the Wolverines are
to have any kind of a shot at Wis-
Don Hendrickson showed that
he was ready for his Michigan
challengers last week at East Lans-
ing when he got off a heave of
55'x". His running mate, Elmars
Ezerins, has the best toss by a
Wisconsin man forthis year, 55'
8%/$" against Minnesota. Minneso-
ta, incidentally, is the team most
likely to break up a Michigan-
Wisconsin slam in the shot, and
the man who would do it is Wayne
Puce Better
Michigan's best man in the shot
is George Puce. Puce has gotten
off a toss of 56'7" this year, far-
ther than either of the Wisconsin
weight men. Aiding Puce in the
shot are Roger Schmitt and Ernst.
Soudek. Both men have been in
the 53-foot range in recent meets.
Canham would probably be quite
content with a one-four-five fin-
ish in this event.
Michigan's captain is the only
defending indoor champion on the

... after record
squad, and the only man who
could honestly be called a favorite
for his event, the thousand yard
It is in the other middle dis-
tance events that Diamond's warn-
ing about Iowa's hurting. Michigan
chances come to full meaning.
The Hawkeye roster includes one
of the nation's prime middle-dis-
tance runners in Bill Frazier who
last year as a sophomore ran a
1:48.1 half mile and placed sec-
ond in the NCAA championships.
Canham feels that "Frazier could
win any event he entered running
on one leg."
The other big Iowa man is Gary
Fischer who is expected to walk
off with the mile run. Besides
these two, there is Hawkeye cap-
tain Roger Kerr who placed sec-

ond in the 1962 Big Ten 660-yard
Dash Tossup
The most tightly contested event
on the schedule will be, judging by
the entrants times, the 60 yard
dash. Favored in this event is Bob
Moreland of Michigan State. More-
land gets off the starting blocks
in a big hurry and seems to ac-
celerate for the whole 60 yard dis-
tance. He already has run :06.1
this year and if he can repeat this
performance tomorrow he will
place his name right besides the
great Big Ten sprinters of the
past: Jesse Owens, of Ohio State
and Sam Stoller and Tom Robin-
son of Michigan.
Right behind Moreland with
:06.2 clockings this year are Louis
Holland of Wisconsin, Nate Adams
of Purdue, and Trenton Jackson
of Purdue. Michigan's Ken Burn-
ley has also been caught in :06.2
but this was only in a preliminary
The two mile is the last event
where Michigan has anything more
than a long shot for a first place
finish. Chris Murray of the Wol-
verine squad has the best time run
in the Big Ten so far this year,
The men he will have to be
watching out for are Allen Carius
of Illinois and Don Loker of Wis-
consin. Carius has a 9:19.2 and Lo-
ker a 9:19.2.
Picking the eventual winner of
the Indoor Championships can be
an upsetting thing. Last year
Michigan looked like a shoo in only
to be tripped up by Wisconsin 61
to 46V.
,This year, the Wolverines have
been gaining momentum as they
neared the indoor championships.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin has been
hurt by injuries to key men: How-
ard has a pulled thigh muscle and
Smith has been running with a
wired up jaw.
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This Weekend in Sports
TRACK-Western Conference Meet at Madison, Wis.
HOCKEY-Michigan at North Dakota
TRACK-Western Conference Meet at Madison, Wis.
HOCKEY-Michigan at North Dakota
BASKETBALL-Michigan vs. Illinois, Yost Field House, 2 p.m.
SWIMMING-Michigan at Michigan State
WRESTLING-Michigan at Iowa

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