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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

THURSDAY", SEPTEMBER 20, M'

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Michigan Gymnasts Look
Toward Brighter Future

Hockey Team Won
NCAA Title in '51

A sport which is rising in stature
and popularity at Michigan as the
years roll by is that of gymnastics.
Although the Wolverines didn't
enjoy too many successes in the
past season, the year was notable
in that Ann Arbor was host to the
ninth annual National Collegiate
Athletic Association gym meet in
late March.
* * *
AT THE FINALS over two thou-
sand fans crammed their way into
the Intramural Building and then
even some were turned away. Re-
cording the event for posterity
were three Hollywood movie stu-
dios.
Michigan and Coach Newt Lo-
ken in particular acted as hosts
for the assembled aggregation
from nearly 50 schools. Florida
State took the championship
while the Wolverines were
among the also-rans.
At the beginning of the season
the affable Loken was expecting
to reach the heights with his
squad. However, scholastic diffi-
culties proved fatal to four men
including Pete Barthell, Michigan's
parallel bar champion, and the
team balance was lost.
The home squad did manage to
win two out of six dual meets and
came in seventh in the Big Ten
championships, which was won by
Illinois. This year's record was the
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NEWT LOKEN
... eye to the future
poorest since the reactivation of
gymnastics as a varsity sport in
1947-48. Since that time Michigan
has won 21 of 29 dual meets.
* * *
IN REGARD TO individual per-
formances captain Ed Buchanan
retained his NCAA trampoline title
and then proceeded to cop the AAU
crown in the same event.
Connie Ettl, who could appro-
priately be dubbed the "Wiscon-
sin Whiz" (he is from Milwau-
kee), was the Maize and Blue's
most consistent scorer and for
his deeds was named the 1951-
52 captain. Ettl, the Wolverines'
versatility man-he works in five
events-is the only senior with
experience returning this season.
When the personable Loken, who
was a star gymnast in his own
right at Minnesota, looks at the
coming campai'gn he remarks, "We
will depend mostly on the sopho-
mores to plug the holes, therefore
it will primarily be a build-up
year."

By KEITH MILLER
Michigan not only has a success-
ful football eleven, but also has a
winning hockey sextet.
In 1948 the National Collegiate
Athletic Association commenced
its hockey championships at Colo-
rado Springs, Colorado, and since
that time the Maize and Blue un-
der the expert coaching of Vic
Heyliger have been chosen to par-
ticipate four times.
* * *
DURING THAT four year span
the Wolverines have taken the
title in 1948 and 1951 and have
finished third in the intervening
years.
To receive the prize trip to
Colorado Springs in early
March, the Wolverines have had
to compile amazing records over
such outstanding Western sex-
tets as Colorado College, Minne-
sota, Denver, Michigan State
and Michigan Tech.
From this list two teams are se-
lected to play in the finals and
two squads are selected from the
eastern United States. In addi-
tion to Michigan, Colorado has
played in the tourney in all four
years.
* * *
AMONG THE eastern represen-
tatives Boston College has been
the most successful copping the
bunting once in its three voyages
to mountains of Colorado.
In its most recent champion-
ship effort, the Wolverines eas-
ily swept past Boston University
and Brown University to notch
their second title in four years.
To complete its domination of
the tourney four Wolverines were
named to the Associated Press all-
tournament team. The high-fly-
ing first line of Neil Celley, Gil
Burford and Johnny Matcrefts
and defenseman Bob Heathcott

were the proud recipients of the
awards.
* * *
OTHER MEMBERS of t h e
Michigan sextet who chalked up
honors in the tourney included:
Hal Downes, goalie on the second
team, and forwards Johnny Mc-
Kennell and Earl Keyes and ue-
fensemen Alex McClellan and
Graham Cragg, honorable men-
tion.
In the most recent NCAA
playoffs Michigan started off
well, swamping Boston Univer-
sity 8-2 in a first round en-
count. This game saw the Maize
and Blue inflicted with a rash
of 22 minutes of penalties to
Boston's eight, but still Michi-
gan had too much for the east-
erners.
Performing excellently for the
winners was goalie Hal Downes,
who had recently left a sick bed
to make the trip to Colorado.
Downes, who was Heyliger's regu-
lar season goal tender, was down
with the flu bug to such an extent
that Earl Keyes, a star forward,
was being groomed to play in the
nets in the NCAA.
* * *
SEVEN PLAYERS tallied for the
victors with Johnny Matchefts
scoring two while Al Bassey, Joe
Marmo, Johnny McKennell, Neil
Celley, Bob Heathcott and Keyes
added one apiece.
In the final NCAA clash Mich-
igan met and trounced Brown,
the Ivy League titleholders. The
Bruins inflicted an 8-4 defeat
on Colorado, the 1950 champs,
to advance to the finals.
The Wolverines probably reach-
ed their zenith of the season in
the Brown tussle as they combined
stout defensive play with flashy
offensive fireworks to completely
outclass the lads from Providence,
Rhole Island.

IN POSSESSION--Gil Burford, high-scoring Michigan wing, takes over back of his own nets in the NCAA championship game against
Brown University. Other Michigan players in the above photo include, left to right, John Matchefts, Alex McClellan, Neil Celley, and
Hal Downes, goalie, Michigan won the game and the championship to cap the climax of a season which had seen scoring records
topple and the Maize and Blue finish with a 20-4 record.

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1951 Champions
Won 20, Lost 4
By ED WHIPPLE
Michigan's Vic Heyliger-coach-
ed hockey teams loom large in the
Wolverine tradition of topflight
athletic squads, and the 1950-51
men added considerably to the
Maize and Blue ice reputation as
they won 20, lost but four, and tied
one, not counting playoff triumphs.
In his seventh season as Michi-
gan's hockey mentor, Heyliger put
together a combination which, in
addition to copping the NCAA
championship plus several national
individual honors, featured the
highest scoring individual, line and
team in Wolverine history.
. * *
GENERALLY RATED the best
college sextet in America, last sea-
son's outfit scored more goals (197)
during the regular season than
any other previous Maize and Blue
team, while feeding left-winger
Neil Celley the puck as he tallied
74 points, a new high for individual
regular season scoring.
The curly-headed Celley's ef-
fort shattered the old standard
of 64, set by linemate Gil Bur-
ford season before last, and
earned for "The Seal" the most
valuable player vote from his
teammates.
Oddly enough, both of the old
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records mentioned above were
broken in the same contest - a
9-6 conquest of Michigan State in
the Coliseum at Ann Arbor. Odd-
er still, Burford had broken Gordie
McMillan's 1948-49 total of 61-
then tops-also against MSC in the
Coliseum.
THAT EVENING'S activity saw
Michigan rout the Spartans, 17-1,
the Maize and Blue 17 being a
record for one game.
Celley and Burford, two sen- '
iors, lined up with sophomore
center Johnny Machefts to form
Heyliger's number one line, apd
this unit bagged the staggering
total of 74, 66, and 55 points, re
spectivefy through the season to
set another all-time mark.
The 1950-51 total of 20 victories
marked the fourth time in the last
four years that Michigan has
reached the charmed circle of 20
or more wins during the regular
season. The .1949-50 powerhouse
won 23 and lost four, the most a
Wolverine sextet has ever won.
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ALTHOUGH prospects for the
coming campaign don't warrant
anticipation of another record-
breaking offensive juggernaut be-
cause of the graduation of four
veteran forwards, including Bur-
ford and Celley, Heyliger's sextet
will be a formidable match due to
its team balance.
A coach doesn't lose players
of the Burford-Celley caliber
without a wince here and there,
but a couple of sophomores, Mat-
chefts and John McKennell, jun-
ior and captain-elect Earl Keyes,
a first-class goalie from fresh-
man ranks, Willard Ikola, plus
experienced defense hands make
things more than bearable for
Heyliger.
McKennell, a red-headed flash
from Toronto who plays right wing,
bagged 32 goals and 21 assists in
his first campaign to rank fourth
in scoring behind Celley, Burford

and Matchefts, who had 24 goals
and 31 assists.
* * *
THE "TORONTO TERROR" has
already established himself as a
favorite with the large crowds that
pack the Coliseum by his lively
play and spectacular goal-getting.
Matchefts is a slight, 150 pound
speedster whose home is Eveleth,
Minn., the home of Celley.
The versatile and dependable
Keyes has played almost every po-
sition including goal, in addition
to scoring 40 points last season,
fifth best total on the squad.
* * *
WHEN INFLUENZA sidelined
regular goalie Hal Downes (ano-
ther 1951 graduate) against Mich-
igan Tech at Ann Arbor last sea-
son, Keyes stepped into the pads
as Michigan an 8-3 triumph from
the Huskies.
The remainder of the cam-
paign Keyes centered the second
line, operated on the power play
with his patented golf shot, kill-
ed penalties, and played the
steady brand of hockey that
makes him much more valuable,
than the scoring summaries in-
dicate.
Ikola's only appearance to date
has been in the annual exhibition
in the Coliseum with the Detroit
Red Wings, but the yearling show-
the fans plenty against the best in
the business, including Ted Lind-
say, Sid Abel, and Georgie Gee.
AN INKLING TO Ikola's poten-
tial can be gained from the fact
that he is currently on the Red
Wing negotiation list, a distinction
seldom accorded American-born
hockey players.
Returning intact is the entire
defense corps from 1950-51, ex-
cept for goalie Downes. It in-
cludes two-year men Bob Heath-
cott, Eddie May, and Graham
Cragg, plus Alex McClellan, with
one year of experience.
At the beginning of last season
Heyliger was forced to operate with

only one experienced rearguard:,
Cragg, since Heathcott and May
were shifted from forward where
they played in 1949-50, and Mc-Y
Clellan was up from freshman
ranks.
Goal tender Downes, though a
senior, also played his first season
as a regular.
THIS QUINTET improved from
game to game as the campaign
wore on, and by spring made a
first class unit. The year of ex-
perience for May, Heathcott, and
la puts the rear guard in, good
McClellan plus the addition of Iko-
shape for 1951-52.
Each year Heyliger schedules
the best in Canadian and Ameri-
can college hockey, besides one
or two professional organiza-
tions, including a exhibition tilt
per season with Detroit's Red
Wings.
Feature attractions on the card-
are two games each in Ann Arbor
with Toronto and Montreal, prob-
ably the class of what's tops on ice
north of the border.
THESE TWO FOES each ac-
counted for one of the four Wol-
uerine losses last season, and.
the knock-down, drag-out battles
proved to be great crowd-.pleasers.
Unbeaten with nine straight
wins, the Heyligermen came from
two goals behind in the last six
minutes of the first Montreal
game to tie Les Carabins 8-8 in
a real thriller. Burford and Gor-
die Naylor, a sophomore, banged
in the equalizers.
The following night another ca-
pacity crowd watched the invad-
ers hand Michigan its first loss.of
the campaign, 3-2.
Also on the 1950-51 slate were
one tilt with Detroit Auto Club,
Boston University and Boston Col-
lege, perennial powers of eastern
hockey, two each with Princeton,
Western Ontario, Michigan State,
North Dakota, Michigan Tech, and
four with Minnesota, all of whicl4
were swept by the Maize and Blue.

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