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M'Ice Squad Hosts Colorado in

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Cagers Face Five Holiday Road Games

Michigan Sports 1957
AS THE YEAR draws to a close and The Daily goes to press for the
last time in 1957, it is ofily fitting that we turn through the pages
and look, in quick summary fashion, at what was important 'locally
in athletics over the past 354 days.
During the first week of February, while students were taking
their well-deserved semester vacation, the heads of the Conference
wrote into the books an extremely important and far reaching plan,
^ the Big Ten Basis of Need Aid Plan.
Created to destroy one of collegiate athletics greatest evils, the
bidding for talent during recruiting, the effects of the young program
S are not yet fully known. Whether it's a remedy or not, whether it will
be detrimental to the top flight football of the Big Ten or not, or
whether it will be an easy thing to get around or not-time will tell.
At all costs it is a positive step forward and one which should be
undertaken by every conference in the nation.
Later in the spring, on March 14, a story broke which is bringing
forth repercussions yet. Michigan's hockey team was NCAA Playoff
bound when it learned to the surprise of everyone that two of its
standout players, wing Wally Maxwell and defenseman Mike Bu-
chanan, had been declared ineli-
gible by the NCAA.
The next day more fat was
... ' added to the fire when sophomore
swing John Rendall became a vic-
tim of the Associations Committee
on Eligibility. Michigan athletic
heads, hockey coach, team, and a
great many fans became indig-
nant over the ruling because of its
timing. The three had played a
whole season and not been q
q e-tiond, but at the beginning of the
"j 3.<.important tournament of college
hockey, the team was being se-
verely penalized.
As it was, the Wolverines fought
their way into the finals only to
be swarmed over by Colorado, 13-
6. Because of the implications at
VIC HEYLIGER , the time that Colorado was mixed
.. Hdeparts up in the adverse eligibility rul-
departs ings, tensions developed between
the two schools, tensions which are now coming out in talk of possible
withdrawal of several s'chools from the WIHL. Final decisions on' this
matter are not expected until early next year.
A Blaze of Glory ..
BASKETBALL at Michigan for the past few years has not been the
strongest of sports, but the 1956-57, team wound up its season in
a blaze of glory not seen on the Yost Fieldhouse court in ages. The
cagers bounced off a 94-88 loss to Ohio State, snapped out of a
lethargic season, and began a spectacular three game winning streak
by staggering invincible Indiana, the Conference leaders, 87-86. They
then flew out to Iowa and made their first impressive road showing of
the year with 'a 83-79 win.
The final- opponent of the year was the "loathed" crew from
Michigan State. Michigan had beaten State early in the year. Since
then the Wolverines had gone down and the Spartans up with the
result that the latter were in first place and rated one of the best
teams in the nation. Michigan tore them apart. At one time the
Wolverines led by 18 points and State was never in the ball game.
Yost Fieldhouse that night was as full as it had ever been and every
partisan Michigan rooter was as proud of his team as if the Wolverines
had been the champs, instead of the Spartans.
The Champions . ..
MICHIGAN was not without its champions, however. Although only
second in the Big Ten competition, the Michigan swimming team
rocketed to national prominence 21 days later on the last day in
March by capturing the NCAA championship. Diver Dick Kimball
led the way with a double win, taking firsts in both the one and three
meter diving.
Also among the champions was the tennis team, so overwhelming
in winning the Big Ten that they swept nearly every event. This group
went 'on to become Michigan's second NCAA champion-Barry Mac-
Kay winning the singles. MacKay's victory was a prediction of bigger
things to come. Just this week he was picked for the Davis Cup
competition in Australia.
Departed from the Scene .. .
DEPARTING from the Michigan scene in 1957 were two figures who
gained phenominal success with the Gold and Blue. One-Vic
Heyliger, was probably the most successful coach in Michigan history.
Heyliger's 13 years here saw his teams win 225 of 298 games, go to
the NCAA Playoffs 10 times, and win these playoffs six times. The
other-Ron Kramer, who was one of Michigan's greatest athletes.
All-American at football, All-Conference at basketball, and a letter-
man at track, Kramer's graduation was a great loss to the athletic
world of the campus.
One Man Show . . .
THIS FALL Michigan had a one-man show on the football field
and proper recognition was given for the efforts. Jim Pace ripped

great chunks of yardage from his opponents, led the Big Ten in yards
gained rushing, and also copped the scoring title. For this he was
given an All-American rating, named the most valuable player in the
Big Ten, and was quickly snapped up by the San Francisco 49er's in
the first round of the Pro grid draft.
Not exactly a great year for Michigan, it still had its great
moments. We've tried to cover them. The only thing left to say is a
Merry Christmas to all and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!

DEFENSIVE STRENGTH-Colorado College's four reasons for
success and a chance to repeat as NCAA hockey champs are (left
to right) Dick McGhee, Ron Villeneuve, Doug Bassarab and Cy
McDonald Paces

lers' CO
"If wenget a few breaks, we
should win."
This is Michigan hockey coach
Al Renfrew's thoughts on the up-
coming series with Colorado, over
the weekend. Helping to bolster
the team, as he has done in the
past series, will be Captain Neil
McDonald is a picture of raw
courage. He has been playing the
last few games with a torn tendon
attaching the muscles of his leg
to the ankle bone. According to
Renfrew, the ankle can't get any
worse because the muscle is al-
ready ripped away from the bone.
However, when McDonald does
get hit, or he turns his ankle, the
muscle folds over the nerve emit-
ting excruciating pain. This hap-
pened to him in the last game
against Denver, and he was forced
to leave the ice for half of the
third period, but as a true hockey
No positive action has yet been
taken to break up the Western In-
tercollegiate Hockey League.
But The Daily has been in-
formed that the announcement
will definitely be made by Janu-
ary 6, at the latest, and very pos-
sibly, before 1957 expires.
Nevertheless, athletic authori-
ties on, the Michigan campus have
stated that they know nothing of
this proposed splitting up of the
Michigan's Athletic Director,
H. O. "Fritz" Crisler, when ques-
tioned as to whether the break
would involve principally the, Big
Ten schools who are also mem-
bers of the WIHL, said that he
personally knew nothing of the
proposed split.
"Rumors of this sort have been
circulating since last year's NCAA
Tournament," C r i s 1 e r added.
"Nothing concerning the forma-
tion of a Big Ten hockey league
was discussed at the recent meet-
ings in Chicago."
It has been further noted that
perhaps the principle reason, if
there had to be one, for the pos-
sible breakup is the eligibility rule.
The Big Ten rule concerning
eligibility differs with the WIHL
rule, and thus has lead to contro-
versy between the Big Ten schools
and the non-member schools, with
little compromise made.

player, he refused to let the in-
jury hamper him from taking his
turn once again with the first
Hay Leads Colorado
Leading the attack for Colorado
will be Bill "Red" Hay, captain
of the Tigers, and an All-Ameri-
can hockey player. Hay is the cen-
ter for the Tiger first line with
forwards Ike Scott and John An-
Hay has been described as "a
real cool player on the ice. One
who always seems to get the right
pass into his wingmen."
Heading the second line for the
Tigers is center Jack Smith, and
his wingmen, Bob McCusker, and
Harry Harasyn.
These two games approach the
point of being very crucial. A
double loss to Denver, Tuesday
and Wednesday night, dropped the
Wolverines below the .500 mark,
at one win and three losses.

For Season
Like most of the other Michi-
gan teams Coach Cliff Keen's
wrestlers will spend the Christmas
vacation preparing for the up-
coming Big Ten season.
Two events are scheduled for
the Wolverines in this two week;
period, The Wilkes College Invita-
t4onal Tournament at Wilkes-
Barre, Pennsylvania on December ,
27 and 28 and a dual meet with
Pittsburgh in Ann Arbor on Janu-"
ary 4.
Keen will take a 20 man squad,
including freshmen who will wres-
tle unattached to the Wilkes Tour-
ney. Three years ago the Wolver-
ines won the tournament, which
attracts over 300 entrants yearly
and they finished as runners-up to
Pittsburgh two years ago. This
tourney will afford Keen his only
opportunity to see his freshmen
in actualcompetition this year.
Most probable winner for the
Maize and Blue is Captain Max
Pearson who is Big Ten 130-lb.
champion and NCAA runner up
in that weight division.
These two meets should give
Keen a good line on his squad
for the Big Ten season which
opens at Indiana on January 11.
will consider withdrawing from
the Western Intercollegiate Hock-
ey League at the next meeting of
the school's athletic policy-making
body, it was disclosed yesterday.
Professor Stanley Kinyon,. the
school's athletic faculty represent-
ative, said a decision would be
made by the university's senate
committee on intercollegiate ath-
letics, possibly before the first of
the year.

With a breath of hope Coach1
Bill Perigo leads his cagers out
of town at 4 p.m. this afternoon
for Indianapolis and the first of
five road games over the holidays.
Tomorrow evening the Wolver-
ines square off against a strong
Butler team in the Hoosier capitol.
After the game the players will
split up to head home, returning
to Ann Arbor Christmas evening.
Next Thursday morning the
cagers leave for a western swing
that will take them against Wyo-
ming and New Mexico at Albu-
querque Friday and Saturday
night. The following Monday night
the Wolverines meet Arizona at
Tucson returning home on New
Year's Eve. Friday, Jan. 3, Michi-
gan takes off for Iowa City to open
the Big Ten Season against the
Hawkeyes, Saturday night.
Home Opener
After the game they return to
Ann Arbor for the Big Ten home
opener with Wisconsin, Monday,
Jan. 6. Outside of Iowa the strong-
est opposition should be provided
by Butler. The Bulldogs have a
3-2 record including victories over
Fort Knox, Ky., Ohio State, and
Wabash. They lost to Michigan
State 74-55 and Illinois 91-75.
The Bulldogs biggest problem is
height. The tallest starter is Ken
Pennington 6'4" center. Their big-
gest asset is accurate shooting.
GuardBob Plump, Butler's top
scorer with a 21.7 average has hit
58.5 per cent of his shots from
the floor. From the foul line he
has totaled 25 of 26 shots.
Four of their starters, Ted Gu-
cek, Keith Greve, Wally Cox, and
Plump, are playing together for
the fourth straight year.
On Way Up
New Mexico and Wyoming are
two teams that appear to be on the
way up after dismal seasons. Last
year Wyoming was 6-19 after a
pre-season bally-hoo. But with
four of last year's starters return-
ing, including possible All-Ameri-
can Tony Windis from New York
City, they should be tough. In the
first four games of the season
Windis has averaged 15.3 points.
New Mexico along with Iowa
Pistons Hire
New Coach
DETROIT UP) - Red Rocha,
former NBA player, yesterday was
named head coach of the hard-
pressed Detroit Pistons.
He succeeds Charley Eckman,
whose forced resignation from the
National Basketball Assn. team
was announced Wednesday.
Rocha is now a Syracuse, N.Y.,
sheet metal salesman.
Announcing the surprise choice,
Fred Zolner of Ft. Wayne, Ind.,
wealthy owner of the Pistons, de-
scribed Rocha as "a very smart
ball player with the Pistons last
year." The salary was not an-
Zoliner said Rocha retired vol-
untarily at the end.of last season.

will be the two teams on the trip
that will hold a height advantage
on the Wolverines.
New Mexico will field a front
line averaging 6'6", with several
tall reserves.
Arizona is a fast breaking team
that will give Michigan plenty of
Iowa has eight returning letter-
men from last year's team. Coach
Bucky O'Conner has nine mne
who measure 6'5" or over. But the
biggest news coming out of Iowa
City is the fine group of sopho-
mores. Whether they will be up

to Big Ten standards by the tir
they meet the Wolverines will
the big question.
The biggest question for Mich
gan on this trip will be how w
it can do away from home. Peri
is hoping that his chargers ,c
overcome the road jinx, but
like the rest of the Michigan fa
will have to fait for the answer.
Detroit 3, Toronto 2
New York 3, Boston 3
Wisconsin 59, Butler 58
Purdue 74, South Dakota 62

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