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February 23, 1956 - Image 7

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Daily Sports Editor

THE GOOD BURGHERS of Houghton, Mich., are in a quandary
these days. They don't know whether to go to work or to line up
for seats to the next Michigan Tech hockey game.
If you think this is a joke-we aren't kidding. This puck-crazed
Upper Peninsula town has gone into a hockey coma. Nothing else is
a suitable topic of conversation-not even the weather.
Meanwhile, what of the team that has so captivated the hearts,
pocket books, and shoe leather of this tiny college town? Michigan
College of Mining and Technology is a humorous title for a school that
plays in the same conference with such institutions as the University
of Michigan, the University of Minnesota and Michigan State Uni-
versity. Just shorten the name to Michigan Tech-and it is no longer
a laughing matter-in fact it's downright serious.
Never before in history has this tiny school of only 1750 students
mAde such a stir in the world of "big-time" collegiate athletics. In the
first twenty games this season, Allan M. Renfrew, late of the Univer-
sity of Michigan, has guided his Cinderella club to. an astounding
mark of 18 wins against only two losses.
Michigan Stands in the Way...
HERE IS NO TELLING where the Huskies will stop, as they careen
merrily along toward their first berth in an NCAA playoff game
at Colorado Springs' swank Broadmoor Hotel. The only thing that
really stands in its way-is Michigan ... but that's getting ahead of
our story.
The Huskies now lead the WIHL with a staggering 12-2 mark.
A peek at the scoring standings will tell you why. Big Jack McManus
is second in the league with 43 points. Tom Kennedy is fifth with
36. Pete Aubry is eighth with 32, and Cliff Wylie is ninth with 28.
By way of comparison, Michigan's leading scorer, Bill MacFarland,
is 15th, with 25 points.
But scoring isn't the only thing that makes the Huskies click.
The fan support in the famed Michigan Copper Country has been
nothing less than amazing. As the Renfrewmen roar toward their
first hockey title in history, each succeeding crowd smashes another
record-for example 2,546 fans jammed Dee Stadium to the hilt
just two weeks ago. Doesn't that sound big to you??? It would if you
were there, because Dee Stadium seats exactly half that many. Half
the fans probably sat in each others' laps, or climbed onto shoulders
to see.
So rabid are the fans that general admission lines form at 6 p.m.
for a 9 o'clock game. Rumor has it that $1.00 seats are going for
$5.00. And this is just the beginning. Wait until Michigan hits the
Upper Peninsula in just a little over, a week.
* * * .
What's With Tech ...
WHAT'S WITH TECH anyway-you may have been wondering.
Well-they have always been in the league-but never much of
a threat until last season. Renfrew, who played under Vic Heyliger
here in 1949, did himself a bit of recruiting-in the tradition of the
cigar-chomping master himself. The result turned the standings
upside down, for Tech's Huskies roared from dead last in '54 to a
mighty respectable tie for fourth in '55.
Playing with a car-load of freshmen last 'season, Tech is now
nearly a completely sophomore squad. -Aubry, Kennedy and Wylie
are all sophomores. McManus, along with his brother Bob, who Is
Tech's spectacular goalie, is a junior. It's no wonder Tech is going
to be rough for a few more years-when you stop to consider the
tremendous youth movement up there.
Add to the list the McLaye brothers, the McHaye brothers, and
even Wee Willie Tattersall-and you have still more sophomores and
juniors. In fact, Renfrew has only one senior on his entire squad,
Jean Barbe.
Like Michigan, the Huskies are almost all Canadian, with only
two or three American players on their team.
It doesn't take much imagination to realize what fireworks are
going to come out of the big four-game home-and-home series be-
tween these two schools come the month of March. The Wolverines
need at least three of the four to stick in the running and to retain a
shot at 'their NCAA title defense. It's going to be an awful big
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CAPTAIN MIKE RODRIGUEZ (left) and Charley Anderson led
the Michigan wrestling team to a one-sided victory over the
University of Toledo last night in Yost Field House. Both men,
along with Steve Zervas, won their matches by falls.
By BILL GRANSE years ago, and last year, when I
Five high jumpers in one fam- finished second in the Big Ten-
i vy e Pacific Coast meet behind the
Believe it, or not, this is true in great Ernie Shelton," he said
the case of Mark Booth, Michi- Booth, whose best jump is 6'-
gan's talented high jumper, who 7%", also tied for first in last
leaped 6'71" in the Big Ten-Pacif- year's Big Ten Indoor Track meet
ic Coast track meet last year to
take a second place.
Started Young OSU Probed
Booth started his high jumping COLUMBUS, Ohio W-Ken-
young, first competing at the age neth L. "Tug" Wilson, Big Ten
of nine in grade school competi-
tio, H thn flloed n te fot-commissioner of athletics, ar-
tion. He then followed the foot- rived yesterday to "investigate
steps of his three older brothers, rumors and accusations of un-
continuing the sport in Cadillac earned aid to athletes at Ohio
High School. 'State," a university spokesman
A younger brother kept up the said.
family tradition at Cadillac High, Dick Larkins, Ohio State ath-
but Mark was the only one to com- icdietrisedSte lo-
pete in collegiate cmpetition. He setae director issued the follow-
far outclassed all competition i "ng statement:
high school track."Mr. Wilson is here to i-
hHis high jump of 6' 2%"stands vestigate rumours and accusa-
as a North Central Class B Con- tions of unearned aid to ath-
ferene recrd. etes at Ohio State." He did not
ference record.
Although occasionally plauged elaborate.
by hard luck, Booth has played
an important role in the success at Michigan State. The Wolver-
of Wolverine track teams in the ines were hit hard when Booth
last two years. missed the all-important Penn re-
Lists Big Thrills lays due to a pulled muscle.
As a sop Pomore, he finished sec- Missed Last Fall
ond in the National Collegiate He continued.to miss action last
meet, with another jump of 6'7%14". semester as an automotive job
j"My two greatest thrills in track made it impossible for him to com-
were when I came in second in pete. Although he is now back in
the National Collegiate meet two action, Booth will be unable to

Dukes Given
NEW YORK W)-Walter Dukes,
7-foot center of the New York
knickerbockers, was re-instated
yesterday after a 24-hour suspen-
sion but must pay a $100 fine for
being late to practice.
Dukes, former All-America at
Seton Hall, was indefinitely sus-
pended by Coach Vince Boryla
Tuesday without pay. Boryla said
Dukes had been late for several
practice sessions recently and
when he arrived tardy Monday,
drew a $100 fine.

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