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Michigan Seeks To Extend
Dual Meet Streak to Seven


Il' Swimmers Toda


Basketball'-What's Happened?
W MHMICHIGAN'S basketball team tumbling deep into the Big
Ten cellar after starting the season in championship style, the
questions are beginning to fly. Why the collapse? Why didn't the
team take up where last year's left off? Isn't it virtually the same
team? Why are some players apparently loafing part of the time?
Why doesn't Coach Bill Perigo drive the team harder? Better yet,
why not bench the loafers?
These questions don't come strictly from the outside. After more
than one game I have wondered just what has been going on down
at the field house. Some games every man will be fighting as hard
as he can to win, but at other times all seems confusion with only
one 'r two of the team doing anything more than putting on a good
So much for appearances. Reasons come from talking with the
team and with Perigo. Members of the team are quick to blame them-
selves for mechanical mistakes, but a consensus from some indicates
a basically bad atmosphere for basketball at Michigan. Part they
blame on the lethargic crowd, part on Perigo, and part on themselves.
Although perhaps not champs, they feel they are better than the
record s'hows. Not being a driving coach, they feel Perigo is not
providing the leadership which a coach should give his players. He
gives them the fundamentals and the plays, and leaves the spirit to
them. They argue its very hard to keep going under these conditions,
and very hard to respect Perigo because of his easy going ways.
Some dislike him because they feel they have been treated un-
fairly. Good at one position, they have been shifted to another. They
have a case in part. Switching positions always gives a player a com-
pletely different view of the court, and forces him to adjust to a
whole new style of play.
Perigo is aware of much of this criticism, but his problems can-
not be corrected by it. In the first place, this year's team is not last
year's despite the almost identical personnel. Ron Kramer and Jim
Shearon are gone.
KRAMER WAS quick on defense. Many times he stopped an oppo-
nent cold who had successfully eluded someone 'else. He wasn't
a tall man, but with his quickness .he could defense ta men better
than anyone on this year's squad. Consequently, defense is a problem
this year, and it hurts team stability. Nothing is more discouraging
than to be scoring consistently, but still be falling behind.
With his deadly jump shot, Shearon could keep up the team mo-
menum when the opponents were also hot. No one this year can hit
outside like Shearon could at times.
Because these two graduated, Perigo had to do some. line-up
shifting this year. George Lee, sensational as a sophomore guard,
found himself shifted to forward. Perigo needed his rebounding on the
frnt line.
Great things'were expected of Lee this year, and so far they have
failed to consistently materialize. Perigo explains it this way: Lee's
Jump shot, which he fires from over his head is unorthodox. Only
Lee's fine eye and constant practice have brought him accuracy with
it. Eye and practice, however, had built up a frame of reference for
Lee from the guard position, a position in which he could see the
basket and backboard behind it.
When switched to forward, Lee could only see the basket rim,
since a forward shoots mainly from the corner. This change affected
Lee's shooting percentage quite a bit, and with it the rest of his game
dropped off too, a reaction which Perigo says is perfectly normal.
Consequently Lee wanted to move back to guard where he was more
PERIGO COULD not do -this. His bench is weak this year. Randy
Tarrier, a very capable sixth man, and best substitute forward,
doesn't have the offensive punch. There has been friction, then, be-
tween Lee and Perigo as to the position switch, and because of the
switch Lee's game was hurt.
At another point Pete Tillotson, who had been excellent at for-
ward wgs shifted into the pivot. Normally quite a tense player, Til-
lotson has trouble at times handling the quantity of passes which
come in from all angles and at all speeds to this position. He began
the season very well but has tapered off in scoring and in defense.
With his troubles at the pivot, Tillotson would naturally like to
tmove back to forward, but once again Perigo can't allow it as there
is just no one else to play the pivot. Gordie Rogers, who is 6'7" and sits
the bench, just hasn't the experience for this stage in the season.
This accounts for some of the decrease in performance and for
some of the dissatisfaction. But it doesn't account for why the team
looks so lackadaisical on the floor at times. Can this be Perigo's fault,
the players, or both?
Perigo is not a driving coach. He is an easy going, friendly type
who seems very sincere in his work. He is disappointed about this
season, but he doesn't feel it's his job to instill spirit and desire in his
/players. "They have to have this themselves" he says. "If a player
hasn't a winning spirit, how can a coach give him one? He did add
that he would have liked to bench some of the regulars at times
when they were not putting out, but that with his weak bench it
wouldn't have helped.
t ON THE WHOLE he gives his players the benefit of the doubt. He
feels they have been working very hard most of the time. He
mentioned Jack Lewis as a type who oddly enough just doesn't get
"up" for games. He always plays a coldly mechanical game, hitting
some nights, cold others, but never appearing concerned.
No matter what type or what reasons are involved, however, I feel
that before the season is' over, each member should evaluate his
grievances and his performance Since the honor of this institution
and that of each individual is being represented each, time the team
takes the court, the least each man should give is his all.
If the other team is better, all right, we lose, but at least we
'made an honest showing. In some games to date, we haven't been
1 aking an honest showing.

Yardley Nears
Scoring Mark
NEW YORK (P) - The Detroit
Pistons' George Yardley needs"
only 125 points in the six remain-
ing regular-season games to break
the National Basketball Assn.
scoring record of 1,932 points set -
by George Mikan #n 1951.
Yardley counted 44 points last
night in the Pistons' overtime vic- e n s
tory over St. Louis to raise his
season total to 1,808.

Gymnasts Need Pre-College Training

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Michigan will put a six-meet
winning streak on the line when it
meets a fairly strong Ohio State
swimming team this afternoon at
the Ohio State Natatorium Pool.
The Buckeyes, who have a 3-2
record in Big Ten dual meet com-
petition this year, will attempt to
avenge a 61-44 drubbing received
from Michigan last year in Ann
Arbor. The chances for a Buckeye
victory, however, are quite slim.
"We are very strong in diving,

fairly strong in the sprints, but
weak in the middle distances, but-
terfly, backstroke, breast stroke
and the individual medley," states
OSU Coach Mike Peppe in sum-
ming up his team.
The Buckeyes are almost as-
sured of winning the diving even
though Michigan possesses Dick
Kimball, last year's NCAA cham-
pion. OSU was not entered in the
NCAA meet last year, but Don
Harper, the Buckeyes' top diver,
won in Big Ten competition and
also finished second in the Olym-
pic games. Teammate Glen Whit-
ten finished fourth in the Olympic
Sprint Stars
In the sprints Peppe has several
standouts. Billy Van Horn is the
top Buckeye swimmer. He was
Ohio's 200-yd. champion in high
school but has done a :23.0 for
the 50 and about a :51 for the
Another top short sprint star is
Bob Dewey, who specializes in the
50 and the 100 while Charles
Bechtol Is State's top man in the
Michigan Coach Gus Stager will
go with the lineup he has used in
recent meets; thus Carl Woolley
and Dick Hanley will meet the
biggest of the OSU threats in the
short sprints.
Peppe is Ohio's first and only
coach. Considered one of the
wiliest of swimming coaches, the
5'4" mentor has turned in a fabu-
lous record since organizing the
sport at Ohio State in 1931. Peppe
has coached OSU to 12 Big Ten,
10 NCAA, six NAAU indoor and
four NAAU outdoor champion-

... trained in Canada
Gym Star
Cole Injured
In Practice
The second injury to a star
gymnast in a week and a half
threatens Michigan's chances for
victory in this Friday's meet with
Michigan State.
Ed Cole, Big Ten champion
trampolinist, sprained his right
ankle during practice for the State
encounter and it is uncertain
whether he will be able to compete
Friday. An examination this after-
noon will determine the degree of
the sprain.
The injury is especially serious
since it closely follows the muscle
separation suffered 10 days ago by
Captain Ed Gagnier.

In gymnastics, as in other var-
sity sports, the college team must
depend on previous training for
the development of athletes to the
point that they become varsity
There are a few notable excep-
tions, such as Ed ,Cole, Frank
Newman, and Chuck Clarkson, all
present members of Michigan's
gymnastics squad. But in most
cases a good gymnast must start
his training long before he reaches
the college level.
Six Years Needed
According to Coach Newt Loken,'
it takes at least six years to de-
velop into a top-flight gymnast.
Unless an athlete has had previous
training in a related -activity, like
diving or weight-lifting, he can
not become a competent perform-
er during his three or four years
in college.
Unlike football, baseball, bas-
ketball or track, the .college gym-
nastics team is unable to dravw a
significant number of performers
from high school squads, since few
American schools have adequate
facilities or coaches capable of
making a program in gymnastics
work. In the future the high
Detroit 114, St. Louis 113 (over-
Philadelphia 132, New York 110
in the modern manner
Shop at
State St. at North Main

schools may become an important
source of potential college gym-
nasts, however, due to increased
interest in the sport in the past
15 years.
Until then, the main source of
gymnasts will be the gymnastics
clubs, boys' clubs, and YMCA
groups throughout this and other
Important Source
As for the present source of
Wolverine gymnasts, by far the
most important single group is the
Windsor Gymnastics Club in Can-
ada which provided the prelimi-

. . .

nary training of Nino Marion and
Ed Gagnier. Wolfgang Dozauer
also trained at the club for six
months after coming from Ger-
many, where gymnastics receives
greater recognition.
Jim Hayslett is a product of the
Indianapolis Turners, a gymnas-
tics club, while Bill Skinner was
tutored in Canada by Bob Sulli-
van, a noted coach.
Al Stall completes the training
cycle, having developed his skills
at the YMCA in Dayton, Ohio,
before coming to Michigan.

-Daily-wesley Kar
..faces top competition

Sig Eps Cop
Playoff Tilt
In I=M Play
Repeating past court perform-
ances, Sigma Phi Epsilon, 1957
social fraternity champion, rolled
over Kappa Alpha Psi, 33-21, in
the first, round of "A" team play-
offs last night in the I-M gym.
Sigma Nu, runnerup in last
year's race, surged back late in
the second half to overcome Beta
Theta Pi, 34-28, while Phi Delta
Theta added insurance to its, first
division place by defeating Phi
Gamma Delta, 26-16.
Paced by the 26-point effort of
Gordon Morrow, Sigma Chi's well-
balanced ball club outfought Sig-
ma Alpha Epsilon, 49-40.
The Sig Eps' tight defensive
pattern forced KAPsi to do its
shooting from the outside while
they pushed in for, the shorter
shots. While KAPsi kpt within a
few points of the Sig 1s its lack
of balance during most of the
game proved to be the deciding
A slow starting Sig Nu team
built up steam slowly to overcome
the scrappy Beta's who finally
succumbed to the superior ball
handling of last year's runnerups.
In second place contests, Kappa
Sigma trounced Tau Delta Phi,
21-12, and Zeta Beta Tau edged
Lambda Chi Alpha, 24-23.
Dick Dunlap's all-around work
on offense and sparkling def en-
sive play on rebounds helped to
bottle up the Phi Gains, who' were
unable to halt the Phi Delts'
deadly outside shooting.
In third place playoffs Chi Phi,
led by. Terry Ziegler with 18 points,
easily overcame Alpha Epsilon Pi,
46-20. Tau Kappa E p silo n
swamped Delta Kappa Epsilon,
51-21, while Pi Lambda Phi slid
past Trigon, 29-26, in the other
Theta Chi's squad won over Psi
Upsilon on a forfeit.
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