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CC HERE FOR SECOND PLACE DUEL:
Michigan resumes

WCIIA battle

By GARY LEVY
Their non-league schedule completed, the Mich-
tgan icers get down to WCHA business tonight when
they face Colorado College in a crucial weekend
series at Yost Ice Arena.
The icers made mincemeat of their non-league
schedule opponents, posting a 9-1 record, but life has
been a bit tougher in conference play where the
Wolverines have skated to a 6-4 mark, good for third
place in the WCHA standings.
THIS WEEKEND'S games pit Michigan against
the second place Tigers (12-8; 10-6 WCHA) in a battle
or the number two position, a notch behind first
ace North Dakota.

And both coaches realize the significance of the
series. "It's definitely the most important series of
the season for us," said Michigan coach Dan Farrell.
"If we can win, we go into second place." -
"This weekend is an important series for us," said
CC coach Jeff Sauer, whose Tigers are coming off two
straight defeats. "We'll have to regroup and get
ready for Michigan. We know they're greatly im-
proved and will be tough for us on the road."
THE LATTER COMMENT might be considered an
understatement since the Michigan icers have yet to
lose at friendly Yost this season, being victorious in
11 consecutive contests.
"It's always more difficult for the visiting team,"

said Farrell. "It's tough no matter what the home
team's record."
But Farrell is wary of the second place Tigers.
"They've been playing well lately, so they'll be
coming in with a lot of confidence," he said. "They've
gotten pretty good balanced scoring between their
lines all season long. We didn't have much balance
before Christmas, but now we do."
AN ADDED PLUS for Michigan, according to
Farrell, is that his icers are free of injuries. "Right
now, we're the healthiest we've been since training
camp."
The Wolverines enter the series with two straight
wins over Boston College (7-2) and Princeton (4-1)
and eight wins in their last 10 games.
BLUE LINES: The Hampson
brothers will invade Yost Arena for tke
series between Michigan and CC.
1 ~ Junior left winger Gordie Hampson will
' be hosting his brothers Greg and Scott,
both regulars in the Tigers' lineup.
...CentersMurray Eaves still leads the
nation in scoring with 59 points in 20
Zahour if games (28-21-59).

The Michigan Daily-Friday, January 11, 1980-Page 11
Stargell named AP
Athlete of the Year
NEW YORK (AP)-Willie Stargell, the patriarch in the Pittsburgh
Pirates' "Family," was named Male Athlete of the Year for 1979 by The
Associated Press yesterday.
Stargell, named most valuable player in the Pirates' seven-game World
Series victory over Baltimore, received 481/2 votes in nationwide balloting by
sports writers and broadcasters.
He easily outdistanced Sugar Ray Leonard, who won the World Boxing
Council welterweight championship at the end of the year, and Sebastian
Coe, the Englishmen who set three distance world track records in 42 days
last summer. Leonard received 28 votes and Coe 24.
Earlier, tennis star Tracy Austin was named Female Athlete of the
Year.
Stargell, 38 and in the autumn of a fabulous career, reached back for one
more springtime in 1979 and carried the Pirates to the world championship.
Through the pounding stretch drive of Septemer, when the Pirates were
locked in a day-to-day battle for survival with Montreal in the National
League East Division, Stargell steadied the team. He batted .281 for the
season, hitting a club-high 32 home runs and driving in 82 runs, most of them
crucial.
As important as his tangible contributions were on the field, Stargell was
perhaps more valuable in the clubhouse. He is captain of the Pirates and
the team looks to him for leadership. He supplied it in large doses during the
summer of 1979.
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TUMBLERS FACE TOUGH WESTERN RIVALS
Blue in gymnastics Rose Bow

By LEE KATTERMAN
What can you do in 12/z seconds? Sign
* check - do your chemistry
nomework - trip on a crack in the
sidewalk?
Senjor Jim Varilek, men's gyrm team
captain, can use it to leap backwards
itto the air, twist one and a half times
while doing a one and three quarters
somersault, land on his upper back and
roll forward to a standing position.
AND LIVE.
That might be a little hard to
visualize, so try to look at it this way.
Using a pair of back handsprings to
gain momentum, Varilek does more
twisting and turning in less than two
seconds than most of us manage during
a whole night of bad dreams,.
This floor exercise trick, known as a
1/z twisting back one-and-three (for the
one and three quarter somersault), will
be one of the big guns the Wolverine
,.ymnasts will unleash against its West
ast competition this weekend.
FOR THE first time in his thirty
three years in Ann Arbor, Michigan
mentor Newt Loken is taking his squad
to California for a pair of meets with
some of the best competition the West
has to offer.
"It's been years in the making," ex-
plains Loken, adding that the trip
finally became a reality when
ichigan's West Coast hosts agreed to
provide some needed/ financial
assistance. "I feel tremendously ex-
cited and privileged to make this trip."
Tonight, the Wolverines will be in
Berkeley, California, to face California,
Oklahoma and LtSC. Saturday the ac-

tion moves to Palo Alto for a meet with
Stanford and UCLA.
OKLAHOMA WAS NCAA runner-up
last year and has recorded the second
best team score in the nation (274.20) up
to this point in the season (compared
with Michigan's best score of 251.50 in
the Windy City Invitational). Olympian
Bart Conner, presumably rested after
earning a gold medal on the parallel
bars in last month's World Gymnastics
Championships in Fort Worth, Texas,
will lead the Sooners against Michigan.
The other gymnastics superpower the
Wolverines will face is UCLA. The most
recent gymnastics coaches statistical
report lists three Bruins with all-around
totals greater than 55 points, or
something over 9.1 on each of the six
events. Loken noted that UCLA has a
fourth all-arounder, a freshman, who is
also likely to score above 55 points.
While Loken admits his team will
have its collective hands full against
some of their competition this weekend,
he thinks the Wolverines ought to have
a few surprises of their ow. Besides
Varilek's new move (already thrown
successfully in the December 13 meet
with Eastern Michigan), the pommel
horse and high bar scores should show
some improvement.
SENIOR DORIAN Deaver, regaining
eligibility this semester after picking
up some needed credits, will strengthen
the pommel horse total. A former
Michigan prep pommel horse cham-
pion, Deaver is a good bet to score near
9.0, based on past exhibition perfor-
mances.
On the high bar, the emergence of
freshman Kevin McKee gives Loken

the flexibility to rest Doug

Zahour hasn't fully recovered from an
ankle sprain. McKee, better known for
his superlative tumbling, has respon-
ded to Loken's urging by putting
together a well-executed high bar
routine for the Eastern Michigan meet,
scoring an 8.7 to tie Zahour for first.
Beyond these bright spots, the rest of
the team appears excited about the
West Coast trip andsLoken has ex-
pressed his pleasure with its
preparations over the semester break.
As Deaver pointed out: "This is our
gymnastics Rose Bowl."
TUMBLING TALES: While twelve
Wolverines take their West Coast
"swings", assistant coach Nigel Roth-
well is taking the second string to the
Big Ten Invitational in East Lansing
this weekend.

WCHA STANDINGS

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