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America's Tenley Albright
Dims Championship Hopes


Wolverine Swimmers,
MSU Clash Tomorrow

--Tenley Albright, America's world
figure-skating queen, gashed her
right leg in a harrowing skating
accident yesterday, but insisted
she would make her bid for an
Olympic gold medal.
The slim 20-year-old from New-
ton Center, Mass., regarded as a
virtual championship cinch, was
practicing on Cortiha's glazed rink
when suddenly on a backward
glide she struck a hole in the ice.
As she fell, the sharp edge of her
left skate struck her right leg
above the ankle.
Dr. Giuseppe Gasparini, official
physician of the U.S. team, said
there appeared to be no muscular
or bone damage. The cut did not
require stitches.
Scheduled for Jan. 30
The figure skating event is
scheduled Jan. 30 with Miss Al-
bright and Hayes Allen Jenkins of
Colorado Springs, Colo., favored
for the individual championships.
Miss Abright's injury threw fur-
ther gloom over America's pre-
Olympic trials in all events, which
have been marked by accidents
and sub-par performances. The
games open here next Thursday.
Katy Rudolph of Reno, Nev., a
leading hopeful in the downhill
skiing competition, suffered a frac-
tured vertebra five days ago and
is out of the games. Uncle Sam's
bobsledders, skiers and skaters
have been outclassed by the strong
Russians, host Italians and the
always formidable Scandinavians
in preliminary tests.
Russ Sets Record
A powerful Russian speed skat-
er, Oleg Goncharenko, won the
5,000-meter grind in the Swiss
International Championships at
Davos yesterday in the local rink-
record time of 7 minutes, 59.4 sec-
America's best time was made
by Pat McNamara, a Minneapolis

landscaper, who registered 8:33.7
for 29th place. Gene Sandvig of
Minneapolis finished 33rd in 8:42.2.
America's ski jumpers held their
first workouts on the "Italia"
Olympic jump but failed to natch
the distances of the Finns or Rus-
Art Devlin of Lake Placid, N. Y.,
had the best leap of the American
squad with a jump of 249 feet, 5
inches. Dick Rahoi of Iron Moun-
tain, Mich., made two jumps of
240 feet and another of 242 feet.
Finland's Auli Kallakorpi flew
282 feet for the best jump of the
day. The Russian ace, Koba Tsa-
kadze, did 266.
Ted Indicates
Return in '56
CHICAGO (J-P-Ted Williams in-
dicated yesterday he will be back
in baseball with the Boston Red
Sox in 1956 and said he planned
to have a contract talk with the
club's general manager, Joe, Cro-
nin, in Boston Feb. 3.
Williams, who hit .356 and
slammed 28 homers in 98 games
last season after being lured from
brief retirement, was in Chicago
for a meeting that featured a busi-
ness promotion film of his fishing
"I know what I'm going to do
next season but any announcement
should come from Cronin," said
He added, perhaps significantly,
that he had been invited to make
an outdoor show at Minneapolis
late in March, "but I won't be able
to get there." ,
As for the 1956 American League
pennant race, he said that "if the
Yankees get one more good pitch.
er, it's 'Katy bar the doors."'


Michigan's faltering swimmers
will have their second crack at
Michigan State's powerful nata-
tors tomorrow night in a dual-
meet at the Wolverines' home pool.
In their first meeting earlier
this month, the Spartans whipped
Michigan easily, 76-63. But this
was in the first annual Big-Ten
Invitational Relays, which doesn't
tell the whole story.
Strong in Sprints
State's strength is in the short-
er races, and Its outstanding
sprinters combined into excellent
relay teams to outrace the Wol-
Howe's Three,
Spark Wings
By the Associated Press
Gordie Howe collected the first
three-goal "hat trick" by a De-
troit player this season in leading
the Red Wings to a 4-2 National
Hockey League victory over Bos-
ton's last-place Bruins at the
Olympia last night.4
Meanwhile, at Montreal the
Canadiens increased their NHL
lead to 10 points by defeating
Toronto, 3-1, Thursday night for
their second victory over the
Maple Leafs in as many nights.

verines and their other compett-
The Wolverines, meanwhile, are
depending on individual perform-
ances from swimmers like the
Wardrop brothers and co-captains
John O'Reilly and Mike Delaney.
Michigan's power lies in the long-
er races. which were not used in
the relay meet.
One event Michigan can count
on in tomorrow's meet appears to1
be diving. Charley Bates, John
Narcy and John Murphy came in
one, two and three in that order
in the Big Ten Invitational, with
State's divers a distant second.
The Spartans have been build-
ing up a good swimming team
since 1922, and each year they'
have been a little better than in
preceding ones.
At the beginning of this year
they had an overall record of 149
victories in 224 meets, which gives
them a .610 average over the
. This year, with John Dudeck,
the NCAA -200-yard breast-stroke
record-holder back, Michigan State
rates as one of the top contenders
for the Big Ten Championship.
Besides Dudeck, the Spartans
claim good depth and a fine group'
of sophomores who have posted
outstanding times in the freestyle
Meet Big Question
Tomorrow's meet will be a big
question for both of the teams.
Neither of them can be assured
of the outcome until things are
either well underway or complet-
ed at the I-M pool. The winner
will certainly be oneof the teams
to watch in the Big Ten meet this
After Saturday the Michigan
squad will rest until after exams.
Then, on Feb. 3, it will host the
swimmers from Purdue University
in a dual-meet. The Boilermakers
have the problem of replacing
back-stroker Fred Bautz and free-
styler Dick Talbot, who scored all
but a few of Purdue's points in
last year's conference meet.
Most of their strength lies in
sophomores and juniors who are
so far untested in strong compe-
tition. The only two lettermen
who placed in the Big Ten meet
last year 'are George McElligott,
fifth in the individual medley, and
Dick Steinmetz, fifth in the 200-
yd. back stroke.


"Michigan's basketball fortunes
are rising."
Today this could be a typical
headline in any state newspaper,,
thanks largely to the tireless ef-1
forts of Bill Perigo, head Wolver-
ine basketball mentor,
Since coming to Ann Arbor in
1952, Perigo has greatly rejuven-
ated the sore spot of Michigan ath-'
letics-the long-neglected sport of
Installs Fast Break
Succeeding Ernie McCoy, who
resigned to become athletic direc-;
tor at Pennsylvania State Tegch-
ers College, Perigo replaced the
Wolverines' slow deliberate offense
with his own fast, high-shooting,
brand of firehouse basketball.
his first two seasons, the Lebanon,
squad to a 5-9 conference mark,
Michigan's best since the plush
years between 1947 and 1949.
Perigo has produced teams cap-
able. of upsetting anyone in the
Big Ten. This was evidenced last
year by the squad's 74-58 upset of
Iowa's NCAA semi-finalists.
He believes that things may be-'
come even brighter for the com-
paratively small Wolverine team
because "the big man is not as
effective this year."
Playing in high school at Del-

phi, Indiana, Perigo went on to
become one of Western Michigan
College's greatest pivot men.
Winning three letters on the
hardwoods, the soft-spoken Hoosi-
er also participated in freshman
track, where he ran the high-
hurdles and high-jumped.
Led Win Over 'M'
On December 6, 1933, Perigo led
the Broncos to a 24-11 trouncing
of Michigan. He paced both squads
in scoring with nine points. The
highest any Michigan man could
garner was three.
After graduating from Western
in 1934, Perigo coached for two
years at Markleville, Indiana, high'
In 1936 he went to Benton Har-
bor where he was to become one
of the outstanding prep coaches
in the 'state's history.
The Tigers finished their first
year under Perigo's tutorship with
an unimpressive 4-8record. But
in 1941 Perigo's emphasis on fun-
damentals paid off with a 34-28
win in the Class A state finals.
When Perigo left to take over
the coaching reins at Western Mi-
chigan, the Harborite fans held
a "Bill Perigo Day" in his honor.
In his three years at Western,
Perigo's teams tied for the Mid-
American conference title once p
and were runners-up another year.





The driver of the green and white vehicle nearly didn't take:
the right road. After all who would want to return to East Lans-
ing after what had happened in Ann Arbor that night? But, being
a loyal and efficient man he gritted his teeth and took the Michi-
gan State hockey team back home.
The Spartans had committed the mortal sin on that March
9, 1950-they had lost to Michigan, and it made the 14th de-
feat in a 14 game schedule-the first full slate for a Spartan
ice squad since 1930.
Perhaps one of the most gladen of all was Paul Milanowski,
Wolverine goalie. Milanowski had seen the red light at the other
end of the rink flash so often, he thought that it was a neon sign.
In the evening he was forced to make only 10 saves--which is
pretty light work in any goaler's work.
Gil Burford was pretty happy about the evening's events,
too. "Burf" picked up two goals and an assist for his night's
work which was good enough to set a new Michigan season scor-
ing standard, topping Gordie McMillan's old mark of 61. For the
Wolverines it was their 21st win of the season-another record,
(they later beat Western Ontario to make it 22) and it was their
15th triumph in their last 16 outings.
Paul Pelow and Bob Heathcott both picked up .the hat trick.
The rest of the boy's didn't try too hard. They just skated around
the Spartans and passed back out, a method of humiliation that
enraged the State skaters no end, but what could they do.
As in any contest there was a goat. In the shower room
after the massacre the Wolverines were good-naturedly but per-
sistently needling defenseman Graham Cragg. Cragg along with
Lou Poolatto had been pushing Spartans away from goaler Mil-
anowski all evening, but Jimmy Doyle, MSC forward, bringing
the puck down ice in the second stanza had outmaneuvered Cragg
and scored the Spartan's only goal.
Rut Dovle wasn't very haoov on the trip back to the campus





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