Thursday, November 4, 1982
e Michigan Daily
The Michigan Daily
Loken is king of
By JOE BOWER
Every homecoming since 1967,
Michigan's energetic cheerleading and
gymnastics coach, Newt Loken, dons
his old Michigan sweater and ventures
onto the field with several other former
cheerleaders to perform stunts and
lead a capacity crowd in supporting the
football team. "It takes us six months
to rer' up and six months to psych up,"
joked the trim 64-year-old coach.
His seemingly endless supply of en-
thusiasm is contagious, as was evident
by the responsiveness of a vivacious
crowd at Friday's pep rally where he
around title. In 1938, he enrolled at the
University of Minnesota where he ex-
celled as an All-American cheerleader
and gymnast. One extraordinary feat
he did regularly was a handstand on the
goal posts. During his four yeats there,
he won the Big Ten all-around in-
dividual championship twice and a
prestigious NCAA all-around crown.
He quickly declares, "From this point
on it's Michigan all the way - Go Blue!"
After World War II, in 1945, he en-
tered Michigan's physical education
masters program. One year later he
assumed a position as physical
education professor and coach of the
One would think that th'e squads
would do'the same routines year after
year, that would make coaching
somewhat boring, but according to
Loken that is not the case. "Each year
the squads come up with some new in-
novation that makes them a little dif-
ferent from the previous squad." He
also mentioned that this year's group is
ONCE November rolls around and
football season is almost over, Loken's
attention turns to his other team - the
gymnastics' squad, whose season
begins this weekend. "I stop being a
cheerleader on the field and become a
cheerleader at the gymnastic meets,"
And some cheerleader he has turned
out to be.
Just as gymnastics had been his life
since the age of 14, he has been the life
of Michigan gymnastics serving as the
only coach Michigan has ever had. Sin-
ce 1947, Loken has compiled a 248-65-1
record. He has directed teams to 12 Big
Ten team titles, two NCAA crowns and
two NCAA trampoline championships.
He has also guided his gymnasts to 70
individual Big Ten championships and
22 NCAA individual titles. And he still
retains his enthusiasm for the sport
even after 36 years of coaching and con-
tinues to "get very excited about the
teams, meets and competition."
HE STILL keeps in contact with all
the former members by sending out an
annual newsletter introducing the
season's team. Loken is very op-
timistic on the prospects of this year's
team. He is seeking improvement from
last year's 10-4 team, continued
progress each week, and a healthy
Despite the titles and many other
distinguished achievements, his fon-
dest memories do not lie in awards won
and honors received. From his clut-
tered office in the IM Building, Loken,
gazing at the walls lined by many pictures
of past teams, explains, "Obviously a
title is a high point but that's all
materialistic. The greatest pleasure
for me has been my association with all
the student-athletes at Michigan and
helping them through four years of
school." He places a high emphasis on
the education of his athletes and "every
one on the teams (which he coached) is
a student first and athlete second."
In addition to coaching two teams and
leading pep rallies, Loken also teaches
gymnastics' classes four days-a-week
and social dancing two nights-a-week.
'ved as a master of ceremonies.
ken has lead an uncountable number
pep rallies over the years, but
mecoming is special. "It's a great
rill to see all the alumni come
gether," he said. "Each new one sur-
sses the other."
LOKEN STARTED cheerleading
Eck in high school in Minneapolis. One
the stunts ehe erformed was doing a
ember of flips off the wall after a
ore, equalling his team's point total.
is antic is now a Michigan
eerleading tradition- practiced at all
>tball games. He was also a gymnast
d won the state high school all-
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Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Michigan gymnastics coach Newt Loken sports a wide grin as he helps one of
his performers with a head stand. The dynamic Loken leads both the
Michigan-men's gymnastics team and the Wolverine cheerleaders at foot-
Pistons win fourth in
Sue Schroeder is not just another
freshman. She does something which
sets her apart from most of the others.
What she does is run, and run very
well. In just her freshman year,
Schroeder is already among the top
three runners on the Michigan women's
cross country team.
SCHROEDER is from the small town
of Napoleon, Ohio. According to her
coach, Francie Kraker-Goodridge, she
was one of the top two recruits in the
Big Ten. Schroeder narrowed her
choices down to Michigan and Bowling
Green. She chose Michigan because "it
offered a better program. I thought that
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improve," Schroeder said.
And Goodridge is very pleased that
Schroeder chose Michigan. "She is an
ace," said Goodridge. "She is running
much better than I could have expec-
Schroeder did not know what to ex-
pect at Michigan. She came here just
hoping to get a spot on the team. She
hasn't set any goals, yet. "I am waiting
to see how I do in the Big Ten (chan-
pionships), before I set any goals."
THE BIG Ten championships are this
Saturday at Iowa, and while Schroeder
would not make any predictions about
the meet, her coach said she is capable
of finishing amongst the top 10. She has
improved in each meet," said
Goodridge. "Now she is working with
our top two runners."
The freshman's best race came in the
team's last competition, a triangular
Eastern Michigan, at Ypsilanti.
Schroeder placed fourth, finishing the
5,000-meter course in 17:00.
Thus far, Schroeder has adjusted well
to both University life and the cross
country program. "I really like it
here," said the LSA student. "It is very
"I LIKE THE running program. It is
easy to get along with all the girls on the
Running helps Schroeder to release
her tensions. She runs 50 to 60 miles' a
week all year, and when the cross coun-
try season is completed she will run on
both the indoor ,and outdoor track
But for now it is cross country season,
and it is in this sport that Goodridge has
high expectations for Schroeder. "She
can aim to be Big Ten champ in her
years here," Goodridge said.
By DANIEL COVEN
Special to the Daily
PONTIAC - Despite heavy foul trouble
in the fourth quarter; the Pistons held
on to beat the run and gun Chicago
This Desk Can Reach Mach 2.
Why was Dick Headlee so happy late
on election night, even though the net-
works had already projected Blan-
chard as the winner? Rumor has it that
Headlee had received word that all 14 of
the teams in Griddes that he had tried
to bribe had accepted his offers.
Headlee rightly figured that with the
outcome of 14 games totally certain, he
can hardly lose. So what if he won't be
governor? At least he'll have the best
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1. MICHIGAN at Illinois (pick score)
2. Minnesota at Ohio State
3. Iowa at Purdue
4. Northwestern at MSU
5. Indiana a\ Wisconsin
6. Notre Dame at Pittsburgh
7. Arizona at Stanford
8. UCLA at Washington
9. Alabama at LSU
10. North Carolina at Clemson
11. Miami (Fla.) at Maryland
12. Houston at Texas
13. Tulane at Mississippi
14. Georgia at Florida
15. Kent State at Eastern Michigan
16. Moorhead State at Illinois State
17. Morehead State at Liberty Baptist
18. Pine Bluff at Prairie View
19. Millersville State at Slippery Rock
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Bulls, 152-144, last night at the Silver
Winning their fourth in a row, the
Pistons never trailed, and led by as
much as 20 points. Leading the Pistons
to victory was guard Isiah Thomas with
28 points and 14 assists.
THE YOUNG Bulls, under new coach
Paul Westhead, challenged the Pistons
by cutting a 19 point lead to six points in
the fourth quarter. The leading
Chicago scorers were Reggie Theus-
with 41 points and rookie guard Quintin
Daily with 23 points.
Coach Scotty Robertson liked the
Pistons' confidence, but also noted that
the Bulls were injury-ridden and were
trying a new style of play.
John Long scored 22 points for the
Pistons who led at halftime, 80-70.
The undefeated Pistons will meet the
Philadelphia 76ers tomorrow night at
Red Wings 3, Islanders 3
Special to the Daily
DETROIT- It has often been said
that tying is like kissing your sister. But
the Detroit Red Wings must have felt
like they were on a date with Miss
America as they fought to a 3-3
deadlock with the three-time defending
Stanley Cup Champion New York
The Red Wings, who outshot the
Islanders 39-26, outhustled the Islan-
ders throughout the evening, much to
the delight of the boisterous Joe Louis
DENIS POTVIN tallied the tying goal
for New York as he utilized a Mike
Bossy screen with 8:02 remaining in the
The Red Wings' Mark Osborne had
given Detroit a momentary 3-2 lead
when he pushed a shot over a sprawling
Billy Smith six minutes earlier.
The Red Wings, which also played the
Islanders evenly throughout the first
two stanzas, gained their first points
against the New Yorkers since 1980.
"Basically we tried to force them in
their own end but they played well in
their own end and we didn't get on them
early enough in the game," said Clark
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