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Sigma Chi Routs SAETo Enter Basketbal

1 Finals


RPI's Upset is Greatest
In Ice. Tourney History

Maentz's 13 Points Sparks'
Winners to 64-46 Triumph
Reeves, Taylor, Kelsey, Williams, Winchell
Grab Victories in Residence Hall Contests

Fessenden Plagues Scrug frs in 440


They just wouldn't be beaten.
Considered only a minor ob-
stacle in the way of mighty Mich
igan and referred to as one of the
teams that just came along for a
joyride, Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute's hockey team put on the
greatest display of hustle an
drive that NCAA tournament fan
had seen in the seven year his.
tory of the playoffs to win the
1954 national championship this
past week-end.
Playing with only two forward
lines in the rarified atmosphere of
Colorado Springs, the RPI squad
overcame Michigan's pre-tourna-
ment favored Wolverines and then
Minnesota which had blasted an
outclassed Boston College sextet
14-1, the night before. Thus Rens-
selaer- returned the title to the
East for the first time since 1949,
when Boston College won the
thrilled the partisan crowd Friday
night as they took advantage of
Michigan penalties to stun the de-
fending champions, 6-4.
In their futile struggle, the
Wolverines were the victims of
an eastern referee who refused
4t allow the Michigan squad to
play its own brand of hockey.
Ed Barry, a Boston official, and
and to some extent "Rabbit" Mc-
Veigh, who works the Michigan
State home games, evidently in-
terpreted close, hard checking, the
trademark Michigan's style of
play, as dirty hockey and handed
out ten penalties to Vic Heyliger's
sextet, most of them coming early
in the first period when RPI built
up a three goal lead.
* * *
CONTRARY to what might be
expected, it was not "over-confi-
dence" that beat Michigan. If any-
thing, the Wolverines were too
keyed up for the game. While rest-
ing Thursday night and all day
Friday, the pressure of three
straight championships and what
was expected of them mounted.
When the Wolverines discov-
ered that playing their own style
of hockey only resulted in pen-
alties, they werereluctant to go
Into the corners for the puck.
The inspired play of the Engi-
neers, who sensed an upset in the
Y: making, combined with the com-
plete failure of Michigan's usually
reliable first line to produce any-
thing in the way of offensive
strength, added to the Wolverine's
frustrations and prevented them
from holding the Engineers in
AS GREAT as the RPI victory
was Friday night, it was nothing
compared to its win over Minne-
sota on Saturday.
Installed as at least a five
goal favorite and playing with
a day's rest, Johnny Mariucci's
Gophers found themselves in the
same position the Wolverines
were in twenty-four hours be-
fore: three goals behind and
playing a fired-up sextet using
its' heart as well as its' sticks.
The Gophers came roaring back,

however, and finally caught the
Engineers a few minutes after the
start of the final period. When
Dick Dougherty scored for Minne-
sota only minutes later to give his
team a 4-3 lead, most fans would
have admitted that it looked like
the beginning of the end for Rens-
* * *
BUT NED Harkness' squad re-
fused to roll over and play dead.




Sigma Chi earned the right to
meet Phi Delta Theta Thursday
night for the class A social fra-
ternity basketball championship,
by smashing Sigma Alpha Epsilon
64-46, last night at the Sports
Sigma Chi was in command
from the opening tip off. With
Tom Maentz breaking the scoring
ice for the winners the Sigma
Chis jumped to an 11-5 lead at
the quarter mark. Playing in two
separate units, the Sigma Chis
sent in their alternate team at
the start of the second quarter.'
JOHN MORROW of varsity foot-
ball fame tallied five quick points
to increase the Sigma Chi advan-
tage. Will Perry and Morrow con-
tinued to pour it on as the Sigma
Chi squad raced to a substantial
33-18 half time lead.
Despite the aggressive play of
SAE's Tony Cornielson and Guy
Foster the Sigma Chi's first team
widened the gap between the two
squads in the third period.
Maentz and Dick Balzhiser reg-
istered the majority of points
for Sigma Chi in a profitable on-
slaught on the basket.
The fourth quarter started with
SAE on the short end of a 54-25
score. Jim Bradley, Fred Rich-

mond, and Charley Tippy tried
desperately to make a game of it
in the final stanza, but it was too
late. They did succeed however in
outscoring the victors in the last
period, and the game ended with
the losers still rallying valiantly.
MAENTZ thwas the top gunner
for the Sigma Chi basketeers, as
he marked up 13 points, playing
less than half the time.
Taylor defeated Strauss in a
Residence Hall 'A' tilt 42-31 with
Gene Wolberg racking up 26
points, making it a miserable
night for the West Quad outfit.
Art Krijawski, and Wally Roeses
led Reeves to a class B victory
over South Quad's Taylor House,
Jim Rienstra's 14 points were
vital in helping Reeves House to a
tight squeeze win over Winchell
of West Quad in a class A clash.
Winchell regained some of its lost
glory in the class B bracket as
Buzz Stevens' 18 points paved the
way for a 43-17 rout of Anderson.
John Hribar was the big gun in
the Kelsey attack, as the South
Quadders defeated Strauss hand-
ily, 40-30, in another class B game.
Scott forfeited to Williams in a
class A game, that didn't material-
ize into much of anything.

Grant Scruggs is undoubtedly
Michigan's hard luck man of the
current track season.
Despite outstanding times, the
Cleveland junior has been nipped
twice in the 440 by Ralph Fessen-
den of Illinois and twice while
running the last lap of the mile
relay this year.
* * *
IN THE BIG TEN indoor meet
two weeks ago, Scruggs crossed the
finish line a split second behind
the Illinois quarter miler, Fessen-
den after holding the lead over
most of the distance. Previously in
a dual meet Fessenden had hit the
tape a step ahead of Scruggs.
In the Big Ten meet at Cham-
paign Indiana's sophomore Len
Robinson anchored the victori-
ous mile relay team that won for
for the Hoosiers a second in the
Scruggs, who had started the
final lap of the relay 10 yards
behind Robinson, turned in a
great 47.6 quarter mile to barely
miss catching Robinson.
DESPITE the fact that Scruggs
has lost several races this year, his
record is not so dark as it might
first appear. When he was a senior
in high school, rising from relative
obscurity in high school track cir-
cles, he visited Ohio State Univer-
sity with the intention of enrolling
the follwing fall.
However, because of the OSU
track coach's indifferent atti-

tude toward Scruggs at the
time, the lanky athlete decided
to look elsewhere for develop-
ment of his running abilities.
In his senior year, his high
school coach, George Dale, who
now coaches at Western Michigan,
planned to return to Michigan to
do some graduate work. Through
Dales, Scruggs met the Wolverine
track coach, Don Canham. Can-

Scruggs attributes much of his
cinder success to Canham's vigor-
ous practice sessions. A lot of
physical training goes into a track
team, for Canham believes that
there is no substitute for work.
Scruggs added that the mental
aspect of the sport should not be
overlooked. One of the chief con-
cerns of most trackmen is to guard
against becoming keyed up before
a big track meet. "An -athlete's
mental approach to a race is also
important," Scruggs claims.
* * *
SCRUGGS first took up track in
junior high. He claimed he never
broke a high school record, but
added that Dale's "conscientious
coaching" and encouragement by
his father, helped him to continue
with the cinder sport.
Canham groomed Scruggs
further for stiff college competi-
tion. "I don't think there's a
smarter track coach in the
country," Scruggs commented
about the Michigan track head.
He spends about two hours a day
working out at Yost Field House
to combine "strength and speed"
in the 440 and to perfect the
baton handoff used in the mile
Now that the team is moving
outside to the Ferry Field track,
Scruggs has his eye on the Big
Ten outdoor meet scheduled for
May 28, 29 at Purdue, and if he
continues to run with the times he
has turned in thus far this season,
he will stand a good chance of
taking top honors in the quarter

To Captain
Bill MacFarland, who led Miclii-
gan's hockey team in goals scored
for the season and then tied an
NCAA tournament record with
nine points in the two games, was
elected Saturday to captain the
1954-55 icers.
In a vote taken at the Broad-
moor Hotel, MacFarland was also
chosen, along with Doug Mullen,
as the team's most valuable play-
er for the current campaign.
In addition to these honors, the
Toronto sophomore was also se-
lected by members of the press to
the second team all-star squad for
the tournament. Captain Jim Haas
was also placed at a defensive po-
sition of the second team


. crack quarter-miler

. ..tourney star
Lead by Abbie Moore, winner of
the Most Valuable Player trophy,
and backed up by the remarkable
goaltending of Bob Fox, unani-'
mous choice for all-star team, the
Engineers fought desperately, but
In one of the prettiest plays of
the tournament, Moore took the
puck into the Gopher territory,
out-faked the' Minnesota de-
fense, hesitated, and then fired
the puck past goalie Jim Matt-
son, who was completely (fooled
on the play..
Thoroughly winded from the ex-
hausting pace of two games in as
many nights, the Rensselaer crew
managed to hold off the surging
Gophers until the end of regula-
tion time, forcing a sudden death
AFTER a five minute rest, RPI
returned to the ice intent on keep-
ing the puck in the Minnesota end
and hoping for a break. It came
on its' first rush. With the Engi-
neers pressing in the Gopher end,
Wing Gordon Peterkin, also a first
team selection on the All-Star,
team, flipped in the winning goal
at 1:54 to send the RPI squad and
well over 2800 fans into a frenzy.
Throwing their sticks high in
the air, all 13 RPI players rush-
ed into a group on the ice, hug-
ged each other, lifted their coach;
high on their shoulders, and,
amid pandemonium, left the ice.
No one could blame them, how-;
ever, for they had pulled the "im-
possible." Everyone in Colorado
Springs, from the fans who re-
membered their great performance
last year when they lost to the
Gophers, 3-2, in the first round,
to even the Minnesota players
themselves, had only kind words
and warm praise for the Rensse-
laer players and their coach.
RPI's win not only added a birl-
liant finish to what was expected
to be a routine tournament, buta
restored once again the East's
claim to recognition as possessors
of championship hockey teams.

Mann's Successor Looms as Puzzle


When swimming coach Matt
Mann resigns on June 12 one of
the most coveted jobs in collegiate
coaching will be open.
The successor to the veteran of
29 conference campaigns will in-
herit one of the strongest squads
in the history of college swimming.
Only three members of the pres-
ent team, which is generally re-
garded as "Matt Mann's great-
est," will be lost because of grad-
SPECULATION is rife over just
who the next Wolverine tank
coach will be. High school and
college coaches alike figure in the
rumors. One of the few things the
speculators seem to be able to
agree on is that the new swim-
ming pilot will be an ex-Michi-
gan natator.
One particularly prominent
name being mentioned among
armchair swimming experts is
that of Tom Haynie, the coach
of the Stanford tank team.
Michigan's swimming captain in
1939, the former Wolverine star
has won four NCAA individual
titles and was a member of two
.of Michigan's national freestyle
relay champions.
Since taking over the coaching
reins at Stanford, Haynie has con-
sistently come up with one of the
top teams in the nation.
a,* ae
ALSO PROMINENT in the talk
of the speculators is the name of
Gus Stager, who swam for Mann
from 1947-50. Since graduation,

ham showed immediate interest in
Scruggs, and had him working out
with varsity squad his first year at
* * *
LAST YEAR Scruggs took a
third in the Big Ten indoor meet,
and a fifth in the outdoor meet.
In the Ohio AAU meet last yea,
he placed first in the 440. He' also
swept the field of runners in the
quarter mile at the Michigan AAU
Track Meet in Ypsilanti with a
time of 48.5, the best time he has
run in that distance.
This year he has been clocked
in 49.3 for the 440. He plans to
run in the Knights of Columbus
meet in Cleveland with the mile
relay squad. His biggest thrill
came last June when ha compet-
ed in the NCAA track meet at
Lincoln, Nebraska. Running in
105 degree weather, the 5' 10"
133 pound speedster entered in
the 440 and placed ninth in the
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the freestyle star has performed
a high school coaching miracle at
Dearborn Fordson. Inheriting a
squad which was in the depths of
the swimming doldrums, Stager
has turned it into the top high
school team in the natioit.
In Stager's first year at the
helm the Tractors vaulted from
the basement to the champion-
ship in the Border Cities League.
The following season the Ford-
son tankers won the state title,
and Stager's men have success-
fully defended the champion-
ship for two years.
Another candidate for the Wol-
verine coaching position is Matt
Mann III. The Michigan captain
in 1950, Mann served as the as-
sistant to his father in coaching
the Wolverines during the 1951
season, after which he took the
coaching job at Lansing Sexton
High School.
STAGER AND Mann each have
one serious shortcoming. Neither
has had much experience as a
swimming mentor, which may be
an important obstacle to gaining
the coaching position at a national
tank power such as Michigan.
A third high school coach
mentioned by speculators is
Dobie Burton, the pilot at Evan-
ston Township High School in
Evanston, Ill. The Wildkits have
captured two successive Illinois
state swimming titles under his
direction, and the present squad
is ranked with the finest in the

Gym Captain
Michigan' gymnastics "squad
has selected Bill Winkler, ace
trampoliner, to captain next
season's team. Winkler suc-
ceeds fiery Mary Johnson as
At the same time, the team
named Lee Krumbholt, num-
ber two high bar man in the
conference, as Michigan's most
valuable gymnast.
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D. H. Robertson, coach at New
Trier High School in Winnetka,
Ill, is still another prep pilot
whose name is prominent in the
minds of speculators. Burton's
chief rival in the fight for the Illi-
nois state crown, Robertson con-
sistently develops one of the top
teams in the nation.
Dark horse candidates who are
not receiving much serious consid-
eration from the armchair experts
are Charles McCaffree, coach- at
Michigan State, and Dick Papen-
guth, Purdue pilot. McCaffree al-
ready has a good position as the
Spartan mentor, while Papenguth
has met with little more than or-
dinary success at Purdue.


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