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, JANUARY 18, 1956



Daily Sports Editor
WILL WONDERS ever cease?
With the unpleasant chore of taking final examinations looming
ever closer, the University of Michigan sports scene is offering some
distraction for its devotees these days in the form of surprises which
shatter even the most complacent fans.
Gymnastics is an unknown sport-as far as fan-support goes.
We'll wager that no more than two girls-up on Mosher Hall's fourth
floor-or four men in the depths of South Quad's Kelsey House, have
ever been to a gymnastics meet.i
To most, it is only a passing term seen occasionally in the sporti
pages. It conjures up visions of sweating musclemen valiantly hauling
a torso over a cigar-shaped object called a horse-which really doesn't<
look like a horse at all. It calls up visions of some athlete staunchly
standing on one hand while all of the 207 fans present go wild in
We guarantee that these outlooks would quickly vanish if the
uninitiated would drag themselves over to the Intramural Building
after Saturday afternoon's basketball- game with Iowa-and set their
gaze upon the most fabulous athlete to grace Michigan's gymnastic
front in history-Ed Gagnier.
Human co-ordination is a spectacle in itself when done to per-
fection-and Gagnier comes closer to doing this than most mortals
can. When we saw him put on his juggling act before 5,000 at Hill
Auditorium's Varsity Night Show last fall, we labeled him as great
entertainment-but his showing so far this gymnastic season has
proved him to be an exceptional athlete. Twice this season, he has
won five firsts. -
Surprise of the Season .. .
AS FAR AS A TEAM GOES, Michigan's gymnasts are the surprise
of the winter season-easily as'much as the uipredictable basket-
ball squad. Friday's stunning upset over Illinois' defending national
gym champions at Champaign proved that,,for the first time in years,
Newt Loken's crew may go into the Big Ten Meet, March 2-3rd, as
favorites. f
It was the first victory in history for a Michigan gymnastics team
over Illinois in dual meet competition . .. and the smashing rou't of
Indiana the following day gave it three straight victories. Minnesota's
championship contendors invade the Sports Building Saturday after-
noon in an all-out effort to put the Big Ten upstarts back in their
dlace. It should be interesting to see if they can.
Basketball is also a most pleasant surprise-even taking intoJ
account the disheartening flop at Madison Monday night. With six
victories in their last eight games, knocking off such so-called "good"
teams like Brigham Young, Minnesota, and Purdue, the Perigo men
have showed us more this year than at any time during the past four
r' years.
For the first time in years they seem to be playing like a team
instead of individual, long-shot artists. It is a healthy sign-and
you never know where such things may end.
Personally, however, I have my doubts if even mighty San Fran-
cisco itself-Bill Russell and all-could successfully march through
Michigan's next five Conference games unscathed. The Wolverines
y must take on Iowa, Michigan State, Indiana, Illinois, and Indiana
again. Our only comment on this is-Ouch!
Turning to the third surprise, we have the tremendous reception
which has been accorded to Michigan's mighty hockey squad. Now
heading the'WIHL-something unusual for the Heyligermen for this
early in the season-it has played three games before over 11,500
fans in the past week-and have rewarded the faithful with two Y
sparkling clutch victories over a more-than-potent Minnesota squad.
Lorne Howes-the diminutive, balding goalie, must be given most
of the credit (one goal in two games)-as must the defensive combos
of Bob Schiller, Bob Pitts, Bernie Hanna and Mike and Neil Bu-T
* s * *
Unpleasantness Ahead...u
HOWEVER, Howes and his friends have some unpleasant business'
ahead of them. Their Western Hockey League path from here
on will not exactly be filled with posies. Michigan State, Colorados
College, Minnesota, and Michigan Tech (twice in successive series)t
make even a champion a bit uncomfortable. Yet-with the con-
tinuance of this month's calibre of play, we wouldn't bet againstt
that ninth straight trip to the Broadmopr in March.
Only two sad notes creep into the picture-the apparent drop ofr
Michigan's wrestling and swimming teams from championship con-
tention this year. Both teams are obviously a year or so away
fiom championship calibre -and have been further hurt by variousr
personnel disturbances.T
It will take some brilliant manipulating by Mssrs. Keen ande
Stager to lift these teams above mediocrity this year.3
The only winter sport we have not touched upon yet is Mr.
Don Canham's omnipotent tracksters-once again a unanimous choicek
to sweep all before them-both inside and outdoors. However, ins
talking with Canham, one gets the impression that there are at. least

two teams in the Conference with vastly superior personnel. Soundsr
Iike the.same old story to us-and it's our hunch that come March
3rd, that bouquetbthat Canham's men will bear home from East
Lansing will not be a bridesmaid's.
Summing up the entire Michigan sports scene at mid-winter-
it appears from here that the aid of some well-done bluebooks next
week, plus the abolition, of any over-confidence; Michigan's sports;
diehards may have a few champions to boast of come March.
I . . . . . . . . . . . ............":4.a .:"





Lack of Consistency Hurts
Michigan in Wisconsin Tilt

It had to happen sooner or later.
Michigan's basketball team took
three of its first four Big Ten
games this year despite one glaring
fault-inconsistency. The Wolver-
ines have been making a practice
of resembling Ann Arbor ,weather,
and that is not being consistent.
Wisconsin Primed
It wasn't too surprising, then,
when cellar-dwelling Wisconsin
blocked Michigan's path to glory
Monday night. The host Badgers

were primed for anupset-they
had lost four straight League
games, but gave a good account
of themselves on all occasions.'
Bill Perigo's men, fresh from a
convincing 94-76 win over North-
western -Saturday night, had a
complete letdown at Madison. The
Badgers easily battered Michigan's
slow-moving defense.
The visiting team's offense was
erratic with many passes going
astray. Michigan's shooting was
also way off, as was its rebounding.'
One might attribute this poor
play to the fact that the Wolver-
ines were tired after their weekend'
travels. Perigo refutes this: "The
boys were ii good physical condi-
tion. If they were tired, it was
* Wright Plays Well
Soph playmaker Billy Wright,
still short on experience, was the
only Wolverine who played well
throughout the game, netting three
field goals in each half for 12
points. Pete Tillotson scored 10
points in the second half, but
neither he nor. Ron Kramer, who
scored 18 points, were up to their
usual rebounding game.
Michigan actually outscored
Wisconsin from the floor, 24 field
goals to 23 for the Badgers. It
was on the foul line where the
Maize and Blue faltered, hitting
only 12 of 20.
Kramer, who had scored 222
points in 12 games, is the sixth
highest in the Big Ten. North-
western couldn't handle him Sat-
urday night, when he scored 34
points to break his own alb-time
Michigan scoring record.
Captain Tom Jorgensen had his,
best night of the season at Evan-
ston, pouring 20 points through
the nets. Jim Shearon, who star-
red in the Purdue and Minnesota
games, failed to find the range
over the weekend.

In Openers
It, doesn't take much to lose a
swimming meet.
If you don't believe it, just stop
by at the Varsity pool any after-
noon, and let one of the men on
Michigan's tank squad tell you
He'll tell you, with a rather
disappointing look on his face,
that just one-tenth of a second
snatched victory from the grasp of
the Wolverines Saturday against
He'll also inform you that just
three-tenths of a point in the div-
ing event took another victory from
the team's clutches against Iowa
State Monday night.
At Iowa Saturaay, the Wolver-
ines found themselves hanging on
to a slim lead up to the final
event of the afternoon-the 400
yard freestyle relay. But the sur-
prising Hawkeyes nipped Michi-
gan's relay squad by a tenth of a#
second to take the event and with

ONE OF THE BEST-Junior 'M' goalie, Lorne Howes,

Lions Draft
Reichow Top Choice;
Pitt Takes Baldacci
By the Associated Press
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Iowa's
star quarterback .Jerry Reichow
became the Detroit Lions first
draft choice in the night-long
meeting held here last night,
Lou Baldacci of Michigan was
picked by Pittsburgh on its 10th
Reichow actually became the
Lions' fourth choice as he is added
to the list of the three choices
picked at the end of last year
in Philadelphia by the Lions.
Also of note was that the Lions'
next choice after Reichow was
fullback Tom Tracy, ex-Tennessee
star who has been playing ball in
Caroline To Bears
Other big name collegians hi
the early selections included ex-
Illinois halfback J. C. Caroline
(Chicago Bears-seventh round),
Iowa's captain and All-American
line stalwart Cal Jones (Detroit
Lions-sixth round), Ohio State's
co-captain and center Ken Vargo
(Chicago Cardinals--ninth rounc),
and Michigan State end "Thun-
der" Lewis (Baltimore - ninth
Terrapins Pick Coach
By The Associated Press
Tommy Mont, 33, former
Maryland quarterback, was
chosen head football coach at
his alma mater yesterday, suc-
ceeding Jim Tatum, who re-
signed on January 8 to be coach
at North Carolina.

it, the meet.
Then, Monday night at
State, theA Wolverines once


New York 2, Chicago 2 (tie)
at Omaha, Nebr.
Detroit 9, Michigan State 3
(exhibition) at East Lansing


... soph playmaker
AP Cage Ratings
1-San Francisco (13-0)
2-Dayton (12-0)
3-North Carolina State (12-1)
4-Kentucky (9-2)
5-Vanderbilt (12-2)
6-llinois (10-1)
7-Duke (12-2)
8-Temple (10-0)
9-North Carolina (12-2)
10-Louisville (13-1)

had a slight lead throughout most
of the meet, only to see it fade; as
the Cyclones, too, copped the final
event and gained a tie.
Michigan was not without its
outstanding performers however,
as Jack Wardrop set an NCAA
mark at Iowa, by taking the 440-
yard free style in 4:50. He cut
more than six seconds off the old
mark, set eight years ago.

Tracksters To Pin Hopes on Sophs

# He will definitely go down as
one of the best goalies in Michi-
gan history-right now, the best."
From the mouth of Coach Vic
Heyliger comes this supreme com-
pliment about Lorne Howes, Wol-
verine goaltender for the past two,
Stars Against Gophers
Spectacular proof of Howes'
prowess as a goalie occurred in
the Minnesota series last weekend,
when he held the rugged Gophers
to but one goal in 120 minutes of
top-notch hockey. This lowered
his average to but 1.75 goals scored
in eight WIHL games, tops in the
Howes started playing hockey
at the age of 7, and went to high
school in both Kirkland Lake and
Toronto. During his prep days, he
opposed many of his teammates of
today. The toughest player that
Howes has ever faced is Jean Beli-
veau (star Cdnadien and leading
NHL scorer).
One of the most popular guys
on the team, Howes lists as his
likes: football (watching, that is),
steaks, and any good band. He
smiled slyly as he commented that
his pet peeve seems to be the
hockey refs.
A terrific competitor who al-
ways gives the best that he has,
Howes said he picked Michigan
because of its "good schooling and
good coaching. Vic has really
taught me a lot here," added
Although only 22, Howes is eas-
ily spotted by the recent "lack of
combable material" up above. Be-
cause of this, many teammates
affectionately refer to him as
"Baldy" or "Hairless," but the


even-tempered Howes is not both-
ered by this kidding.
According to him, the hardest
shot a goalie has to defend against
is the screen shot, when the path
of the puck is blocked from view.
Howes said he has no ambition
to play pro hockey after gradua-
tion. He is now majoring in pet-
roleum geology, and plans to work
in the oil fields of western Canada
upon leaving Michigan.
Lorne still has one year of eli-
gibility left, and this is good news
to Michigan hockey fans, for with
him back, the Wolverine defense
is aided immeasurably, and Mich-
igan hockey is certainly deemed
"safe" for one more season.


(First of two articles)
Sophomores should play a major
role in the fortunes of the Michi-
gan - tracksters' indoor season,
which will start officially on Janu-
ary 29 with a practice meet with
Michigan Normal.
In fact, so important will the
functio of the sophomores be
that Coach Don Canham is led to
assert, "How well the sophs do
will control how well the team
Thus thet Wlverines, who last
season controlled the Big Ten
track picture as it has never been
pontrolled before, now look to new
talent to supplant the departed
point-getters. And some of the
new faces look quite promising.
Hill Promising Hurdler
For example, a wiry hurdler
named Dick Hill from Woodbury,
N. J., is being counted upon to
eventually replace Jim Love, last
year's Big- Ten champ in the in-
door low hurdles, who has grad-
uated.tHillhis a fine prospect in
both the highs and lows, and
should ably assist the returning
Tom Hendricks in this depart-
The flashy football star, Jim

Pace, had a terrific record for
himself as a high school sprinter,
and his arrival on the Michigan
track scene when exams end
should prove a real booster to the
Another soph of whom big
things are expected is Eeles Land-
strom, the pole-vaulter. Land-:
strom, who hails from Finland, is
just about the best vaulter Europe
has to offer, and has turned in
several vaults of well over 14'.
Ireland's gift to Ann Arbor is a
talented sophomore high-jumper,
Brendan O'Reilly, and his coupl-
ing with Mark Booth, returning
Western Conference king, should
give the Blue a formidable rating
in this category.
Others of Note
Among the other promising
sophs there is Geert Keilstrup, a
Danish miler. Keilstrup will be
Lambda Chi Alpha over Sigma
Alpha Epsilon (forfeit)
Sigma Phi Epsilon 3, Theta Xi 0
Phi Gamma Delta 31, Sigma
Phi Epsilon 26

Michigan's top-rated miler this
season, and therefore must be re-
ferred to as a man to watch. Hel-
mar Dollwet, two-mile expert from
Germany, will probably be the
second man in that event behind
Captain Ron Wallingford, last sea-
son's Conference titlist.
Others are Robin Varian, a hus-
ky half-miler from New Canaan,
Conn.; Rock Ehle, Charleston, W.
Va., pole-vaulter; Don Matheson,
a steller quarter-miler from Tor-
onto; and Rog Severson, Ottawa,
Ill., low-hurdler, who although a
junior did not compete last year
because of an injury and is a.
sophomore by eligibility.

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