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Saturday, March 22, 1975


Page Seven

Saturday, March 22, 1975 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Seven

"What you have to realize," says Michigan
track co-captains Jim Howe and Bob Mills,
"is that everyone in the midwest fears Michi-
gan timekeepers. You lose about .1 seconds
every 100 yards."
Howe and Mills have been running track for
Michigan for the past four years. The above
quote is just one example of the obstacles
Michigan has thrown their way.
Howe, a San Diego resident, came to the
winter wonderland because his brother, a
Michigan student, pounded on athletic de-
partment doors until his speedy sibling was
given a partial scholarship.
"My first year was (ex-head coach) Dixon
Farmer's first year," said Howe, "and that
was one fiery year. Farmer was the opposite
of what everyone told me Dave Martin had
been. He pushed everyone to their limit in
practice all week. And he was always getting
into arguments with guys on the team, and
kicking someone off the team for a day or two."
Mills remembers Farmer very well also.
"Farmer worked you so hard during practice
that no one had anything left for meets," said
the Ann Arbor native. "Saturday was almost a
resting day. You'd think, hey, I only have to
run one race today.
"With Dixon Farmer practice was a job.
He was always out there with his big sheet,
recording times no matter what the weather.
He'd have us outside no matter what the
weather, also."
Mills and Howe were often outside for a
reason that Dixon Farmer had little to do with.
Starting their careers running in what is now
Yost Ice Arena, the pair had even this dubious
palace taken from them in their junior years
when Yost was being refurbished. They were

promised that the Multi-Sports Building would
be ready, but . .
"They told us it would be ready by November
our junior year," said Howe. "By January
:hey finally got some girders up, but by then
it was too late to pour the concrete, so we
ran at Eastern (Michigan) the entire indoor
"Eastern was bad. We were sharing the
building with Eastern's basketball, baseball,
wrestling, track and girl's tennis teams. They
had a nice blind curve that you'd run around
and half the time you'd plow into someone be-
cause you couldn't see them in time to stop."
So with all the problems at EMU, Howe
should have been wishing he was back at Yost,
"Yost was the worst place for track any-
where," said Howe. "It felt like the air that
was in there when they built the building
was still there years later. But the pigeons
didn't seem to mind. They loved it. The
sprint area was always white, and not
because it was painted that color.
"There were other problems with Yost, too.
The seats were pretty much like they are now
for hockey, and so popcorn and coke would fall
on you in the middle of a race. But it wasn't
too bad if you weren't in the iniside lane, which
was worn down two or three inches. It wasn't
the best surface in the world."
Despite all the obstacles, Howe has managed
to do some running for the Wolverines. His first
two years he didn't accomplish much-as a
freshman because of the big switch from out-
doors to indoors, and as a sophomore due to
injuries and low blood sugar. But in his junior
year, things started to happen. He got a new
sprint coach, Steve Walters, who stressed re-



taxation instead of the blood 'n guts approach
that Farmer had taken.
"Dixon was kind of upset with Steve's
methods," said Howe, "but everyone on the
team was running better times than they
ever had under him. That probably bothered
him more than the change of training."
Howe finally got the first wins of his career
that year, taking first in both the 60 and the
300. He was track's Wolverine of the Week for
his efforts. It was the climax of a long, hard
road that had a shakey start.
"My first race ever was a 300 yard dash at
the Michigan State dual meet, which meant
that I was in a final with both Herb Washington
and Marshall Dill. Of course they creamed me,
but what bothered me the most was that Dill
was turning around and almost laughing at me
at the finish line."
It was poetic justice, then, when the last
indoor dual meet of Howe's career was against
MSU. This time he won the 60, and beat all of
state's men in the 300, losing only to teammate
Dave Williams.
The triumph was soon followed by another
triumph and then a total disaster. In the
Big Ten Championships two weeks later,
Howe ran the best 60 of his life - 6.1 sec-
onds, the NCAA qualifying time. He didn't
even make the finals because four other men
in his heat had run 6.1 or better, but he
thought he was going to the NCAA's.
Then Howe got the word. Michigan Athletic
Director Don Canham said he couldn't go to the
championships because he hadn't been in the
top three in his heat. "Talking to Canham is like
talking to a brick wall," said an understandably
upset Howe.
Mills was quick to add to his friend's com-
ment. "It's ridiculous to post standards as an

incentive and then not send a runner," said
The powerfully built Mills hasn't exactly had
it easy during his tenure at Michigan either.
During his freshman year Farmer tried him
out as a hurdler, putting him through workouts
that were designed for a world-record holder,
instead of something for a freshman just learn-
ing what hurdling was all about.
In his sophomore year Mills started to
shine. The hurdling experiment past him,
Mills ran a 1:51.5 half mile, and looked like
a future star. The success continued into his
junior year, and all of a sudden things
started falling apart.
"I started feeling weaker around the time of
the Big Ten indoor meet," said Mills, "but I
couldn't figure what it was. I was trying harder
than ever, but I was running like I'd been hit
with a slow-motion ray gun. Farmer told me that
he had no plans for me outsoods until I did
"I finally went to see a doctor after walking
the last 10 yards of a 72 second quarter-mile.
It turned out that I had hypoglycamia (a pre-
diabetic state), and that I'd ruined any chances
of doing well in the Big Ten by loading up on
carbohydrates in the week before it.
"I thought I'd been building myself up, but it
turned out to be the worst thing I could have
Now Mills is in good shape again, and even
though the muscle that pulls him out of tight
packs indoors won't be of as much help, he
should have a fine outrood season. Howe has
peaked as well. It's been a four-year race, but
it looks like Bob Mills and Jim Howe are still
strong enough to have the big kick that cham-
pions need. Michigan should be proud of them.

TRACK CAPTAINS Jeff Mills and Jim Howe warm-up to-
gether in preparation for their races in the Central Col-
legiate Conference Championships held this year at Western
Michigan University. Howe ran a qualifying time for the
NCAA's, but didn't qualify, while Mills pulled a hamstring
muscle in a practice, hampering the chances of the Michi-
gan relay team.




full court

Prep crowns on



High school finals ...
. .. packed. with action
SITTING COMFORTABLY on a, 15-point 72-57 lead Hamtramck
Coach Frank Worzniak took center John Dobroczynski out of
the game and proceded to initiate a stall.
With only 3:22 left in the 1959 class A finals game, the rope
had just about run out for Lansing Sexton.
But the game was not over yet and the Jenison Field House
crowd of over 12,000 was to witness one of the most dramatic
finishes on record for the annual basketball tournament.
Taking advantage of Hamtramck passing errors, the Big
Red cut into the Cosmos lead. Hamtramck was shut out in
those last minutes, while Sexton scored six field goals and
one free throw.
Still two points behind and with just nine seconds left, Sex-
ton's Bob Davis sank two charity shots to send the game into
Amidst the understandably charged and deafening atmos-
phere of the Field House Hamtramck regrouped for the over-
time. In the waning moments of the extra period the Cosmos
found themselves with a one-point lead. As the seconds ticked by
Sexton managed to get the ball to Davis in the corner. Davis let
go a desperation shot that danced on the rim and fell through
as the buzzer sounded. Sexton 80, Hamtramck 79.
Lansing was euphoric. Hamtramck cheerleaders collapsed,
players cried unashamedly.
Though the games are not always quite so dramatic and
the scenes of joy and anguish are not always so extreme, the
excitement, the emotional partianship, and the dramatic atnos-
phere are always a part of the high school finals.
The community aura of the finals add immensely to
excitement of the contests. Even when there are blatant mis-
matches or poor games, die-hards anywhere from Detroit
to Ewen-Trout Creek remain boistrous and loyal to the end.
Today's finals feature Highland Park against Flint North-
western in Class A, Mount Pleasant vs. Lake Odessa Lakewood
in Class B, Cassopolis against Bay City All Saints in Class C, and
Allendale against Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart in Class D.
The tournament began way back in 1917, where is was spon-
sored by the University of Michigan and played at Waterman
Gym. After that the finals were held in East Lansing, Detroit,
Grand Rapids, and Flint. The tournament found a home at
Jenison Field House in East Lansing in 1940 and the finals
were staged there annually until 1970. The finals have been
played alternately in Criler and Jenison since then.j
Besides the Secon-Hamtramck game there have been
many great moments in the tournev. One was the great finish of
the '72 Class B final. River Roge came back from a 64-57
deficit with 45 seconds left to beat Muskeon Heights 65-64 on a
pair of free throws by Leighton Molton with two seconds left.
Some great plovers have seen action in the finals.
Among them I1inh Simnson and Spencer Haywood of the
1967 Detroit Pershing team.
Dave DeBusschere and Chet Walker, however, have to be
considered two of the finest to plav in the finals. The two suer-
stars met on the hardwoods in the 1958 class A final. DeBuss-
chere and Detroit Austin topped Walker and Benton Harbor
Unlike some states such as Indiana and Kentucky, Michigan
has had the foresight to divide the tournament into classes ac-
cording to school enrollment. This has allowed otstate and
upper peninsula schools some of the snotlight that otherwise
would have been dominated by the Detroit area and urban
For examnle tournament fans would have missed the likes
of, the Chassell team of '56, '57, and '58. This team, according
to Dick Kishpaugh of Parchment, the unofficial historian of the
annual event, was probably the best class D team the tourna-
ment has seen. Coming from an unmer peninsula community of
just 500 the short "run and shoot" Chassell squad may never
have reached even the quarter-finals in a one class tourney
The four class system has provided the tournament with
state-wide representation making the event truly a 'state'
contest. Names like Covert, Shelby and Saginaw St. Stephen
are sometimes just as well known as River Rouge and Flint

The crowd roared, "Dew ...
Dew! . . Deurod!"
The fans at Highland Parkr
High certainly know who Terry
Deurod is.dHe almost single-
handedly destroyed m i g h t y.
Bruce Flowers and Berkley with
a 43 point performance in the
Class A quarterfinal. Today
Deurod leads his team after the,
top prize, the Class A cham-
The Wildcats of Northwestern
come in to the championship
with a 20-6 season record and a
9-1 record in the Valley con-
Northwestern and HighlandI
Park played each other early
in the season with the Polar
Bears running away with the

game. "They blew us apart,"'
stated Northwestern coach Gro-
ver Kirkland. "That Deurod and
Wright killed us on the fast
break, we'll try not to have
that happen again."
KIRKLAND feels that it will
be a running game, "We are
both the same type of team,
mainly run and shoot, I just
hope we play more defense."i
Northwestern's top player is
Televised basketball today
on WWJ, Channel 4, includes
Syracuse-Kansas State at 11
a.m., Ketu::ky-Indiana at 1
p.m., and Arizona-UCLA at 3
p.m. All four high school fi-
nal games will be telecast on
Channel 56 beginning at 11

forward James Person. The 6-6
forward is a great shot blocker
and shooter and the Polar Bears
mrust try to contain him. Person
is also quick in getting the out-
let pass out and starting the
Flint fast break.
Terry Thames a 6-1 senior
guard is the Wildcats second
leading scorer behind Person.
The rest of the Northwestern
starters are underclassmen.
Eric Harvey a 6-2 junior, Eddie
Simmons and Ondra Stocker
also 6-2, round out the Wildcat
lineup. A rival Flint source
stated, "I don't know how quick
Highland Park is but North-
western is very quick."
land Park will be 6-5 center
David Draper, 6-4 David Pay-

ton the Polar Bears top re-
bounder and guards Morris
Wright and Edgar Kennedy.
The Class B final at 11:00 a.m.
pits Mt. Pleasant with a 19-7
record against Lakewood.
CENTER Mike O'Hara is the
key to the Lakewood attack. The
6-7 big man can score from in-
side and controls the boards for
Lakewood's feared fast break.
Guards Al Westondor and Stacey
Bosworth do the running for
Forward Kim Tillotson is the
key to the Oiler attack. Tillot-
son at 6-3 can rebound well and
broke numerous school scoring
records. The boys from central
Michigan run a good ball control
offense, but can fast break when

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Slated to stattoday
By The Associated Press (20-8) in the East; Maryland
Indiana coach Bobby Knight (24-4) vs. Louisville (26-2) in
has given fifth-ranked Kentucky the Midwest; and UCLA (25-3)
something to think about be- vs. Arizona St. (25-3) in the
sides revenge. West.
That is the probability that UCLA did not look its sharpest
All-American Scott May will in the first two rounds of the
make his return to the starting tournament, struggling p a s t
l i n e u p for the top-ranked Michigan and Montana. Bruin
Eoosiers in today's NCAA Mid- coach John Wooden thinks Ari-
east basketball final at 1 p.m. zona State is much tougher than
EST in Dayton. Montana, though.
"T h e r e is an excellent "They're a much stronger all-
chance that Scott will start around team," Wooden said. "I
against Kentucky," said In- think Ned Wulk has one of his
diana assistant coach Dave better fast-break teams and
Bliss, who spoke on behalf of their press can certainly be
Knight, sick with the flu. devastating." The game begins
"Scott has made tremendous at 3 p.m. EST.
progress over the last few T he Maryland - Louisville
weeks and we feel he's ready shootout may be the best of
to play basketball again." the four games today. The
May broke his left arm nearly contest could develop into a
a month ago against Purdue, battle of the guards, with
but has played briefly in the Louisville's Junior Bridgeman
Hloosiers last few games with and Phillip Bond trying to off-
the aid of a flexible cast. set Maryland's trio of stars,
There are three other excel- John Lucas, Mo Howard, and
lent regional final games today: Brad Davis.
Syracuse (22-7) vs. Kansas St. In the East, relatively un-
_ heralded Syracuse and Kansas
C0RESState do battle. Syracuse upset
I CENorth Carolina to enter the fi-
nals, while Kansas State beat
- Boston College. The winner of
NBA today's game will play the Mid-
Boston 109, Buffalo 106 east champion in the na ional
Philadelphia 114, Atlanta 103
Chicago 104, KC-Omaha 98 semi-finals.
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