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even Trackmen To Compete in Chicago)

Clark Feels 'Good, Real Good
After Winning Big Ten Crowi

.i. In Chicago

How does it feel to win a Big
Ten championship for the second
time and set a new American rec-
Ron Clark, Michigan's 200-yd.
breaststroke record-holder, says
it's great.
Clark set a new American rec-.
ord of 2:14.3 in the Big Ten cham-
pionships last weekend breaking
his record of 2:15.9 set only a week
before in Ann Arbor, while swim-
ming an exhiliition race alone.
That day some of his teammates
said that he could have gone at
least a second better if he had
been racing against strong com-
petition. He proved them right.
How did he feel right after the
race? "I felt good, real good. I
didn't really know that I was go-
ing for a 2:14 as'I pulled in, but
I knew I'd won," related Clark.
Start With Plan
"I start out every race with a
sort of plan. If (Jastremski) had
gone out very fast for his first
100, I would have probably just
held on to him, but if he had gone
sort of easy, I would have been
far enough ahead he wouldn't
have had a chance of catching
me. I -thought I could win."
Clark's ideas closely follow those
of his coach, Gus Stager. About
Clark, Stager said, "Ron, like any
other athlete, can sometimes wor-
ry about his race too much, which
can slow him down. But just let
him get out in front.
"I have never seen a race where
Ron got ahead and lost. If he be-

lieves he can do something, I'd
say he could probably do it. Ron
isn't unbeatable, but he is one of
the greatest competitors that I've
Ann Arbor Product
Clark is a product of Ann Ar-
bor's swimming program, whicha
has also produced Steve Thrasher
and Owen Kleinschmidt, a pair of
strong sophomores, and is now a
junior in business administration.
Clark had some bad luck dur-
ing the Olympic trials and was
disqualified, but otherwise his ca-
reer has been sparkled with vic-
tories and new records, such as
the one he ,set during the 1960
Big Ten championships, when he
won going away in a then record
time of 2:17.4.
Who will be his toughest com-
petition? "The whole field is
tougher than usually would be
expected-in the Big Ten meet.
Dick Nelson came in fifth, but he
did a 2:19 which is pretty fast.
There. are lots of others, too."
About Bill Mullikan, probably
his toughest competition, Clark
mused, "I don't know about him.
He's the Olympic champion now,
and has no place to go but down.
Even if I don't win, he'll have an
extremely hard time winning."
"Before, all he had to do was to
stay ahead of me, but now he has
the whole field to worry about.
Jastremski Uncertain
"Jastremski, I'm not sure of. He
hasn't beaten me yet in a 200, and
I don't intend to let him."
Of coutrse, winning isn't all at-

titude, for a lot of training is in-
volved, but that training has been
provided by Stager.
The name Clark is a common
name, but connect it with swim-
ming and you have an uncom-
monly fast man, another of Mich-
igan's champions.

Delaney's indoor record set in
Kidd has been the newest sen-
sation of the indoor season in the
two-mile run. He won the Boston
Games event and finished second
in the Los Angeles Invitational.
Holds World Marks
Bragg holds the world pole
vault marks, both indoors and
outdoors, and has vowed to clear
16-ft. in what he says will be his
last indoor season.
After tonight's competition Can-
ham will take his Chicago en-
trants, plus two miler Jim Wyman
and a two-mile relay team to
Wisconsin for the Milwaukee
Games tomorrow night.

.. ."feels good"


Unbeaten Buckeyes Parallel 1943 llini

The Big Ten basketball cham-
pionship has been decided and
Ohio State has gained much na-
tional recognition for its players,
both as individuals and as a team.
Ohio State, the team of Lucas,
Havlicek, , Seigfried, Nowell, and
Hoyt, has rolled through its first
23 games, including 13 Conference
tussles, without a loss, thus ac-
quiring the rating as the nation's
number one ' college basketball
It has been a long time, in fact
18 years, since a team finished un-
defeated in the Big Ten, noted for
gridiron rather than cage prowess.
Iflinois was the last to do it back
in 1943. That team earned a nick-
name. "The Whiz Kids."!

The one-on-one free throw rule,
which adds 'points to our modern
games was also absent from the
scene, but certain Illini were as
famed then for their scoring out-
put as the stars of today.
Chief among them was Andy
Phillips, junior guard. He led all
Big Ten scorers in 1943 with a
then-astounding 21.3 point aver-
age, scoring 255 points on 111 field
goals. A 40-point record-setting
performance against Chicago was
his best single game effort. -
The Illini ran a four man weave
around a high post offensively,
waiting for a breakaway or an
opening for a good set shot. Phil-
lips was the good shot and Je
came through for them.

What happened that year was a
surprise to coaches and fans alike,
because the high-flying Hoosiers
of Indiana had won their first 11
games and looked like the prime
favorites for the title. It took a
showdown battle of the giants,
with the young Illini upsetting
Indiana, to determine the final
Lost Once
Despite its proficiency, Illinois
did lose -one game that year. It
was a time of war, with the world
in turmoil, and the Whizz Kids
played an exhibition contest with
an army camp. The doughboys
emerged the victors.
Perhaps it was .patriotism, but
nevertheless, it was the only blot
on an otherwise perfect record.
How far they could have gone, to
what peak they might have soared
in the following year, was never
The Whizz Kids did not compete
in their senior year. Instead, they
all took up the khaki and went to
fight with a gun, instead of a ball,
for Uncle Sam.
OSU 'Whiz Kids'
Today's "Whiz Kids," the Ohio
State Buckeyes, are the epitome
of the streamlined fast - breaking
and jump-shooting quintets.
They get the ball off the back-
boards in a hurry and in an in-
stant all five men are rushing
downcourt on the attack. Pum-
meing 23 consecutive opponents

Height was not the strong point\Tebounder
of the Illini competitors, their tall- With a rebounder in Mathison
est boy was 6'6" Art Mathison, and a capable scorer in Phillips,
but they had a tough defense and the Illini also had good balance.
worked the ball around until an Ray Menke at 6'2" played the for-
open man could find the range, ward post opposite Phillips while
They did it often enough to win 6'2" Gene Vance and Jack Smiley
all of its 13 Conference games, played at the guard slots. Every
starter on the team was a junior.
No Jump Shot The 1943 "Whiz Kids" led the
There was no jump shot in those Conference in scoring with a 63-
days (it came after the war), and point average and in field goals
even the one-handed push shot with 325. Defensively, they held
was just in the experimental stage. the opposition to a meager 38
The two-handed set shot was king, points a game, outscoring them by
and consequently, scores were low. j almost a two to one margin.

including high-ranking St. John's
and St. Bonaventure, the Buckeyes
have no peer in cage circles today.
Averaging 86 points a game
against 65 for their opponents,
OSU also leads the league in field
goals with 445 and in accuracy,
connecting on 49.9 per cent of its
shots from the floor.
'Big Man' t
Like Illinois it also has its "Big
Man." In Jerry Lucas they have
college basketball's most publi-
cized and highly-regarded per-
former. Although sitting out most
of a game's final minutes, "Big
Luke" is the Conference's second
leading scorer, averaging 24.5 a
game, the country's most accurate
shooter with a .611 percentage,
and the league's top rebounder
with 218.
What sets Ohio State apart from
other fline squads is its balance,
Behind Lucas, they have three of
the, best ,ballplayers around any
campus in John Havllcek, Larry
Seigfried and Mel Nowell.
Great on Defense
Havelicek, 6'S5" forward, has been
praised by rival coaches as the
best defensive player in the land,
although teammate Seigfrled gives
him quite a battle for that dis-
tinction. The junior performer is
currently the ninth leading scorer
in the Big Ten with a 15.4 average.
He took in 101 rebounds in Con-
ference competition and scored on
58.6 per cent of his shots, due to
a dead eye jump-shot which he
propels with a quick twist of his
The calmest Buckeye mighs be
Seigfried, if free throw accuracy
in the pressure of a game is any
indication. His .917 percentage is
by far the best In the nation.
This senior is tied for 13th among
Conference scorers with 14.5 points
a game.
See 'WHIZ KIDS,' Page 7

The Theosophical Society in America
invites you to a FREE PUBLIC LECTURE
National Theosophical Lecturer
Friday, March 10, 1961, at 8 P.M.
Ann Arbor Pubic Library, 343 South Fifth Ave.

SAnn Arbor
High School



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