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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

,eball Squad 'Mentally Fit' for Wyoming

Seven Wolverines To Compete
in NCAA Gym Championships

-Daily-James Warneka
UNDER WESTERN SKIES-Three Wolverine baseball lettermen, Barry Marshall (left), Dick De-
Lamielleure (center) and Ed Hood are part of the contingent facing Wyoming today in the spring
trip opener at Phoenix, Arizona.
Michigan Faculty, Students Form
Unique Intramural Sports Program
rt ror

tion soon after, but no records
were ever kept. About nine years
ago the program began officially
with a championship being award-
ed to the students or faculty each
year.
Point Scoring
When the two rivals compete,
either the students or faculty get
one point for each game won in
a team sport, such as bowling,
basketball or volleyball. The group
winning the greatest number of
matches in a non-team sport such
as paddleball or tennis also get a
point. At the end of the year the
points are tabulated and the group
with the highest total is judged the
winner.
Surprisingly, for eight of the
past nine years the faculty has
emerged the victors, as they did
last year 18-12. Though the con-
tests are arranged according to
the relative strengtl of the parti-
cipants the faculty, as can be
seen, has performed well in com-
petition.
Water Polo Tough
In water polo, the faculty is
more than a match for even the
strongest student squad. Through-
out the year, members of the team
play every noon hour and get in
more practice than any student
team possibly could. Each year
this smooth faculty unit tackles a
combined squad of the top two
IM finishers and in .the past al-
ways has come through the win-
ner.
Over 232 faculty members plus

an equal number of undergrad-
uates take part in this combined
program, which embodies basket-
ball, volleyball, squash, handball,
billiards, table tennis, bowling and
badminton. I
At this point the faculty is
the front runner for the cham-
pionship, winning nine of 15 vol-
leyball matches, six of nine bas-
ketball games, and three of six
bowling duals.
Though the faculty often pulls
a surprise by winning some sports
they don't figure too, the students
sometimes pull an equal "shock-
er" in the annual rifle shooting
matches between the faculty
ROTC instructors and the under-
graduates.
Each year two instructors from
the Air Force, Army and Navy
compete against two of the best
cadets in each branch. The Dan-
iel Boone" undergraduates have
bested their military superiors in
every instance, which might prove
the instructors take their jobs too
seriously.
Have Ceremony
Athletics may be emphasized in
these matches and the action
might be heated, but the skirm-
ishes are never without a certain
degree of ceremony and good feel-
ing. Before each game the cap-
tains of both teams introduce
their members to each other and
in many instances last year, the
student units treated faculty
groups to dinner after the con-
tests.

By GARY GUSSIN1
A month has passed since Michi-
gan's powerful gymnastics team
swept to its first Big Ten cham-t
pionship in history in front of a
partisan crowd in the I-M Build-
ing.
It has been a month of working,
and waiting-waiting to see if
Newt Loken's amazing crew could
add the NCAA crown to its laurels.
Next Friday and Saturday the
waiting will be^ over, when seven
Wolverine gymnasts journey to
Champaign to take on the nation's
best.
'Best Ever'
Loken will take with him to
Champaign seven, of the "Best
gymnasts we've ever had at Michi-
gan." The group is headed by all-
events men Richard Montpetit,
Jim Hynds, and Gil Larose; Big
Ten = trampoline champion Tom
Osterland; tumbler Jim Brown;
side horse specialist Lew Fenner,
and trampoline specialist Mark
Erenburg.
Much has been said about Mont-
petit, the team captain and Big
Ten all-events champion, but it is'
clear- that the team's chances and
Montpetit's chances are coinci-
dental. If Rich is at his best, the
team will probably win. If not, who
knows?
Some 40 schools will enter the
meet, and the presence of such.a
vwst number of gymnasts means
that a team that can qualify one
man in every event, is a good bet
to walk off with the title.
SIU Favored
Southern Illinois, led by Fred
Orlofsky, is the team favorite,
having beaten Illinois in a dual
meet earlier in the year, and hav-
ing edged both the Illini and
Michigan in the Midwest Open.
The only blot on Southern Illi-
nois' record is an early season
drubbing by the Wolverines, but
Orlofsky was injured andl could
not compete in two or three events
that day.
Since the meet will be held in
Champaign, Illinois must be rated
a good bet to gain revenge on
Michigan and win the team title.
If Ray Hadley hits, as he failed to
do inthe Big Ten meet, then the
Illinois will be tough to beat.
More Toughies
Other teams to' watch include
California, Southern Cal, and Penn
State. As Loken says, "never before
have there been so many teams
than were in top contention for the
team title. It's the first time in a
ABC Renews
Football Pact
NEW YORK P) -- American
Football League games will be tele-
cast exclusively again this year by
the American Broadcasting Com-
pany's TV network.
The renewal was announced
jointly today by Thomas W. Moore,
ABC vice-president of television
programming, in New York, and
AFL Commissioner Joe Foss In
Dallas.

long time, that one or two teams
haven't gone into the meet expect-
ing to run away from the rest of
the field."
About his own team,-'Loken ad-
mits its chances are good. "How-
ever ,it's so difficult to tell w'hat
will happen in a meet," he
stressed.
"The boys have been practicing'
hard for over a month. It's been
tough avoiding a letdown after the
Big Ten meet, but everyone's been

working to improve his routines,"
he added.
Chances Good
"Rich's chances are real good,"
Loken continued. "He's added new
tricks to each of his routines and
has improved considerably since
the Conference meet (If that is
possible.)."
The team will practice during
vacation and will leave Wednes-
day or Thursday for Champaign.

-Daily-James Warneka
ILLINI STAR-Ray Hadley, whom Michigan's Rich Montpetit
unseated as Big Ten all around champion this year, performs on
the sidehorse in the conference meet. Hadley will get another
shot at the Wolverine star this weekend at the NCAA meet,
STARTING APRIL11:
Elliott toWelcome 85
ToSprng Gri d Pratie
To pil r4

Spring football practice starts
after vacation and seems early
enough to most enthusiasts, but
Michigan players have been con-
ditioning for several weeks.
With the official opening on,
Tuesday, April 11, Michigan
coaches have been urging their
players to work out at least three
times a week in order to guard
against costly spring injuries.
Head Coach Bump Elliott and
his staff have ,been working hard
in preparation for the start of
practice, and expect 85 or more
hopefuls to report. The Ferry Field
sessions will continue five days a

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Exhibition Baseball
Pittsburgh 6, Philadelphia 4
Los Angeles (A) 3, Vancouver (PCL) 2
Milwaukee 8, Kansas City 2
Minnesota 4, Chicago (A) 3
St. Louis 2, Los Angeles (N) 1
New York 5, Detroit 4

week through Saturday,' May 6,
when they will conclude with the
annual Blue - White intra - squad
game in Michigan Stadium.
Interest High
Interest is high for the 20-ses-
sion workouts as 20 of the 38
lettermen from 1960 will be back.
However, some of them are play-
ing other spring sports and will
miss the football drills, They in-
clude end Bill; Freehan* and back
Ed Hood, baseball; Halfback Ben-
nie McRae and Bill Hornbeck,
track; and end Scott Maentz, ten-
nis.
Also absent will be fullback Ken
Tureaud, still suffering with a bad
shoulder that was injured at Ohio
State last fall.
Great Anticipation
"We're looking forward to prac-
tice with great anticipation," said
Elliott. "There are a lot of new
faces and we will be working main-
ly witA the freshmen to see what
they can do against stiff varsity
competition. Our biggest problem
is to find replacements for last
year's interior line. Though they
were one of the smallest in the
Big Ten, they were also one of the
toughest."

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