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Friday, January 1 7, 1975


Page Seven

Fridy, anuay 1, 195 TE MIHIGN DALY age eve


Time will tellfor


Although trying to shed a zoriv n.k-
name like "Windex" would be a diffi-
cult task for any freshman athlete,
Joel Thompson is discovering that the
transition from high schrol to college
basketball involves a lot muz e.
While gifted with a fine shoiang
touch and extraordinary leaping ability
-which according to hometown Flint
fans, allows him to "wipe ' the glassi
backboards clean - the six feot, seven
inch forward has seen li:nited action
this season.
Probably the main rea.in he plays
only about five-or six minP'es a game,
is his inability to adjust to the sophis-
tication of college basketbakl.
"In high school you're judged on
ability alone, but in college you have
to work on finer points and really think
about what you're doing when you're
in a ggme," Thompson explains.
"I tend to play too cautiously so I
have to loosen up. I have to lose my-
self in the game and get totally in-
Sporting a wild afro and the ability

to swat away an opponent's shot just
before it reaches its apex, Thompson
is steadily winning the favor of the
fans just as Lionell "Main Train" Wor-
rell did last year with his frantic
plnying style.
Popularity, however, won't be enough
f!}i : }:-k'is si:'.'r: i":v;""::.:::..;t:::""""v'tims a i f:L{ti'::':ime
"I tend to play too cau-
tiously so I have to loosen
up. I have to lose myself
in the game and get tot-
ally involved."
-Joel Thompson
to make Thompson's first season a
success. He is the first to admit his
game needs a lot of polish.
"I used to think that I was playing
good defense if I held my man even
in scoring," he says. "But just last
week I realized that there's a lot more
to defense than holding your man even.
"You've got to help everyone else

out and play good team defense,"
Thompson states.
Watching the game from the bench
and going in cold are difficult adjust-
ments for a player accustomed to
starting. Coach Johnny Orr usually
uses Thompson to spell starters Way-
man Britt and Johnny Robinson when
they get into foul trouble.
"It's hard to come in there after sit-
ting on the bench most of the game and
hit your shots," Thompson says. "When
you don't start, you're tense and there
seems to be a lot more pressure."
Although he shot over 50 per cent
from the field at Beecher High School,
averaging nearly 23 points a game,
Thompson refuses to concentrate on
scoring while on the court.
"I mainly need to concentrate on my
rebounds and tipping the ball in. Right
now I think I can contribute to the
team with rebounding and defense ra-
ther than with my shooting," he re-
Thompson's decision to come to Mich-
igan did not come easily. After narrow-

m son.
ing the field down to Mich'gan and
Central Michigan, he decided thut aca-
demic opportunities should decide.
"It's real hard to pick a school be-
cause some only have certain p r o-
grams that you can study," he says.
"I came to Michigan mainly because
of the academic program. You can get
into just about anything you want to
In the end, however, his mother's in-
fluence prompted him to choose Mich-
"When I was first recruited, I didn't
know that I was going to be playing
varsity and I really wasn't expecting
a lot. With Campy (Russell) and Lion-
el (Worrell) still here, I thought that
I might have to play with the junior
varsity," Thompson claims.
With his great leaping ability and
shooting accuracy, Thompson has al-
ready put those fears to rest. Now that
he's recognized his weaknesses and
shown the insight needed to impove, his
future as a Wolverine seems anything
but up in the air.

THRU JAN. 31st



Joel Thompson-on his way up

"They're not as bad a team
as the score indicated. I'm Sure I
we'll both improve in the weeks
Such were the prophetic words
of Coach Dan Farrell after his:
Michigan hockey team annihi-' BILL CRANE
lated Wisconsin 8-1 on Novem- NIGHT EDITOR:
ber 2, in the teams' first WCHA fi ;:.:;
series. jj
SINCE THAT time however, very hard to win in Wisconsin.
many things have fogged Far- Their fans are very reactionary,
rell's crystal ball. The Badgers so you have to play it cool and
have improved - at least their keep your poise in order to do
11-7 record shows Wisconsin is the job."
not the league's doormat. R E H A S H I N G old mem-
And the same Wolverine team ories, the Wolverines managed
that previously beat the now a split last year at Wisconsin,
4th place Badgers resoundingly, when the Maize and Blue stole
is now four points behind them a 3-2 victory from the Badgers
in the league standings. in overtime. Michigan lost the
Thus, the Michigan Wolver- other game 6-3, mainly because
ines will travel to Madison this Robbie Moore was injured and
weekend " with the hope of had to leave the game.
breaking a pattern of inconsis- And even though Michigan
tency. With nine wins and as won the second game of its op-
many losses, the probability of ening series with Wisconsin
the Wolverines losing ope game this year, the Badgers capita-
looms large. But when the home lized on the absence of Moore
ice advantage of Wisconsin is to earn a tough 5-2 victory in
considered, the possibility of the opener. Moore was side-
Michigan losing twice is even lined with a knee injury at the
greater. . time, and it forced freshman
As Farrell points out, "it's Frank Zimmerman into a hasty
Sports of The Daly
women cagers stomped
Special to The Daily
HE scrappy Michigan women's basketball team dropped its
second game of the season to a taller, more physical
Western Michigan team here last night, 69-29.
Western spurted to an early lead and was never threatened.
At one point, the score stood at 28-7, although Michigan did cut
the gap to 30-16 at the half. Western rallied largely because
Michigan switched from a 2-1-2 to a 1-3-1 zone defense but both
zones eventually proved ineffective against the Broncos' outside
Both teams committed their share of turnovers, but
Michigan was especially plagued by sloppy passing throughout
the contest. It was the fast break that buried the Wolverines,
run ragged and playing without a bench.
Western, which has practiced since Thanksgiving, had an
obvious advantage in teamwork and coordination over the Maize
and Blue, who didn't hold tryouts until early this month.
Coleen Woodbury and Carol Klomperan led Michigan in3
scoring with ten points apiece.
The women's basketball team's next action will be on
January 2, at Crisler Arena, against Michigan State. The junior-
varsity tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., with the varsity contest
to follow at 7:30.
* i*
'Common sense will prevail'
QUEBEC - Premier Robert Bourassa announced an im-
posed wage settlement yesterday that would send back to work
Quebec construction workers whose strike has threatened the
1976 Montreal Summer Olympics.
The 1,200 iron workers began their strike at the Olympic
site Nov. 27, and the delays in construction set off rumors that
the Olympics first would be cancelled, then moved to some
European city.
Asked if he thought the imposed settlement would get the
workers back on the job site, Bourassa said: "Common sense
will prevail."
W * Y
Wayne puts up his dukes
MILWAUKEE - Big Ten Commissioner Wayne Duke said
yesterday there is growing sentiment in the conference for a
change in its post-season football policies.
He said no definitive action has been taken, but some
could come in future months.
"There is no question whatsoever that other Big Ten teams
would have been in major post-season games each of the past
two years if not in previous years," Duke said.

debut as a college goaltender. can play with Angie Moretto's
Even without Moore, how- line. Farrell hopes that "a
ever, Michigan played a strong change in scenery" will help the
second game in winning 8-1. The burly left winger to get back#
game showed that when the on track.
Wolverines skate with the de- Another player who's shownj
sire to play hockey, they have flashes of talent this season, but
the firepower to beat anybody. hasn't been scoring enough for#
Still, the Wolverines play in- Farrell's tastes, is right-winger
consistently and their play has Pat Hughes. In his first season
plagued Farrell. Hughes scored 14 goals, but so
"IT'S BEEN an up and down far this year he has just 8.
season for our team," Farrell IT WAS Hughes who scred
commented, "and part of the T WAS Hghesw sorte
reason has been the inability of the winning goal last year in the
some play up to their poten-f overtime game at Wisconsin,
sialto y"and undoubtedly Farrell hopes
Farrell cited two players in he will return to last year's
particular who have not been form this weekend against the
producing up to par. "I've been Badgers.
disappointed at times with Doug Farrell has made a couple of
Lindskog's play," said Far- other changes since the Tech
rell. "He's just not getting as series last weekend. Don Far-
many goals as he should be, dig returns to the lineup after
and it's because he hasn't been recovering sufficiently from a
getting the chances." ' leg injury.
For this reason, Farrell has Also, forward Ben Kawa will
switched winger Frank Werner replace defenseman John Mc-
with Lindskog, so that Doug Cahill. Farrell said Kawa can

do the job, mainly because he
played defense when he partici-
pated in junior hockey. Thus,
the positional switch should be
less difficult for Kawa than it
would be for most forwards.
Other than a vociferous home
crowd, Wisconsin's strengths ap-
pear to be strong defense and:
quickness. I
Farrell elaborated on his!
team's plans for success, say-
ing "The key to beating Wis-
consin is playing a strong fore-
checking game. Plus, we can't
take cheap penalties or their!
powerplay will burn us."
Farrell's fear of penalties is
well founded by the three power
play goals Wisconsin tallied in
the teams' first meeting.
Farrell concluded that "the:
Badgers have no outstanding
players on their team." This
weekend will help Maize andI
Blue skeptics decide whether'
there are any standouts play-
ing for Michigan.

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in only two

Tumblers meet Ti gers
in Baton Rouge duel
By MICHAEL WILSON pete as a team member on Mon- 0 Floor Exercise-Randy Sa-
Michigan's gymnastic squad day. kamoto and Chuck Stillerman
heads into their first dual meet Two other players also joined j Pommel Horse - Rupert
of the season tonight when they ranks with the Michigan squad. Hanson, Jerry Poynton
travel to Baton Rouge, La., to Senior Bruce Medd and junior * Rings-Joe Neuenswander,
take on the Tigers of LSU. Pierre LeClerc, both all-around Scott Ponto and Kurt Golder
The Maize and Blue tumblers, performers, are back in school * Vaulting-Randy Sakamoto,
fresh from dominating last following a tour of Europe last Chuck Stillerman
weekend's Big Ten Invitational, fall . Parallel Bars-Bob Johnson
face what could be their tougn- Both Medd and LeClere and Rick Pomerantz
est meet of the season. competed in the Big Ten In- S High Bar-Carey Culvert-
The Tigers soundly defeated vitational and appear to be in son and Bob Greek
an exceptional Illinois team a excellent shape. LeClerc qual- Michigan shoots for their ninth
week ago and Michigan coach ified for the finals in two straight dual meet victory with-
Newt Loken is not taking to- events, taking second in the out a loss, as the Wolv.rines
night's match lightly. vaulting,* and Medd came went 8-0 last year. Also, a vic-
"They're a superb team," through with a first in the tory would move Loken's per-
Loken emphasized. "We have high bar. sonal dual meet record one step
our work cut out for us. LSU Michigan's lineup for tonight'sIcloser to the 200 career meet
consistently scores over 200 victories. Going into toigt'se
points per meet," the Wolver- match essentially remains un- meet Loken's record currently
ine mentor warned. c h a n g e d. Co-captain Bruce stands at 194-34 in 27 years of
The steadily-improving Wol- Keesh, Medd, Richard Bigras' competition.
verines travel to Baton Rouge ntered in the a o arouden are
with two of their top performers
still suffering from injuries. The specialists for the events
Senior co-captain Carey Culbert- include:
son is still recovering from a ,r
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