The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 20, 1952, Page 3, Image 3

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Sports Staff Writer
Fifty diamond hopefuls an
wered Tony Sharpe's call as for.
mal baseball workouts began
Monday. Under the bright lights
oi me university or Nebraska
fieldhouse, the athletes began
"spring training" activities de
1 signed to ready them for the Big
Seven conference grind which
gets underway April 15th.
Greeting Sharpe at the Initial
workout were seven lettermen,
Bob Diers, outfielder; Bob Rey
nolds, second baseman; Dick
McCormlck, pitcher; Ray Mlad
ovich, first baseman; Dale Bun
en, pitcher; Jack Shull,
catcher; and Jerry Dunn, out-
turn on the hill. Ray Novak, ver
sitile baseballer from Omaha,
should also see plenty of action.
Chuck Wright of Scottsbluff and
Bill Fait of Omaha have shown
enough in the past to warrant
serious consideration.
Because of their hitting ability,
Novak and Fait might be seen at
urst base or in the outfield.
The best of the freshmen
chuckers seem to be. Bob
Kremke, Millard hotshot; Don
Muenster, Omaha Benson High
grad; Fran Hoffmaler, Mission
Hill, South Dakota lefty; and
Bob Gleason, strong armed Ful
lerton right hander.
Filling the first base position
for the 1952 Huskers is about as
The Benehivarmer
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Also on hand were last year touchy a problem as the catching
squad members John Leach, third department. Possibilities, ' along
baseman; Al Benjamin, pitcher;
and Henry Mullen, pitcher. Jim
Snyder, first baseman, is to re
port at the conclusion of the bas
ketball season.
Glancing over the roster, Sharpe
said "this year's club should be
better than lest seasons aggrega
tion, which compiled a 10-5 rec
ord, although we might not win
as many games." He pointed out
that improved pitching and more
all - around experience should
make the difference. Sharpe did
express a need for "a good catcher,
the take charge type."
A problem facing Sharpe Is
finding suitable replacements
for five regulars that were lost
through graduation or service
calls. Gone are Del Kopf,
pitcher; Bob Lohrberg, catcher;
Bill Fitzgerald, outfielder; Bill
Jensen, shortstop; and John
Reto. third baseman.
Kopf teamed with McCormick
for the Husker pitching punch
while Lohrberg handled the lion's
share of the receiving duties.
Jensen and Rego anchored the
rieht side of the infield with some
ton-notch defensive play beside
providing some timely basejiits.
Fitzgerald was one of the 1951
clubs leading swatsmen, compil
ing a lusty .358 average.
While Sharpe named Shull,
Murray Backhaus, Jim Cederdahl,
Chuck Jensen and Gerry Sand
bulte as outstanding candidates
for the backstopping job, he
stressed the fact that the posi
tion is wide open.
Backhaus caught for the State
Legion baseball championship
Millard nine. Cederdahl is a fine
all-around frosh athlete from Lin
coln. Jensen hails from Pawnee
City, while Sandbulte comes
highly recommended from Sioux
Center, Iowa. Hard working Jim
Oliver should given them all a
battle for the job.
The Nebraska pitching staff
lists eighteen candidates. Mc
Cormick, the ace of last years
mound corps, should capture
one of the starting jobs. How
ever, a wild scramble could de
velop for the remaining pitching
assignments. Besides return
ees Bunsen, Benjamin and Mul
lenis, an outstanding group of
sophomore and freshmen pitch
ing prospects.
Pat Mallette, through his per
formance on toe freshmen team
last spring, has indicated he will
be a good bet to win a regular
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TONY SHARPE . . . feels con
fident for a good Husker season
this spring. Fifty men have re
ported for early workouts, In
cluding seven lettermen.
with Novak and Fait, are Bill
Giles, Jim Snyder and Ed Bartels.
Ray Mladovich could win the post
with some improved stickwork.
Sharpe has a wealth of tal
ent battling for the infield jobs.
Bob Reynolds has the inside
track on the keystone spot.
Competition may come from
Dan Brown .or Dick Chrlstoph.
Al Karle, Mladovich, Dirk Ral
ston and Leach will compete
for the important shortstop po
sition. Karle, a freshman from Grand
Island, showed up wellin fall
drills. Leach is a topnotch fielder
who has failed to reach his po
tential at the plate.
The hot corner will probably be
handled by Bob Decker, Om,aha
Holy Name three-sport star, or
Fred Seger, varsity basketball
In the Husker outfield, Diers,
Dunn and Milt Frei will be dif
ficult to lodge from regular
berths. Diers, a third team
Ail-American choice last year,
and Dunn proved to be the lead
ing sluggers of last season.
Frei demonstrated his ability
with the bat in the summer Plo
neer Nite league. Christoph or
Cliff Hopp might earn a spot in
the outer garden.
Assistant Snorts Editor
Jim Buchanan. Nebraska's outstanding senior guard and captain
of the Husker team, is coming dangerously close to the all-time
JNeDrrska season record.
When he hit 11 field Roals for a total of 22 points against the
Oklahoma Sooners Monday night, ha boosted his season total to 357
points. The present season s'tandard was set at 384 by Bob Pierce 8
year ago.
Three tames remain on the Cornhusker roster. The Big Seven
cellar-dwellers will entertain Iowa State college Monday, Feb. 25,
play host to Kansas State college Saturday, March 1, and finish
the season on Monday, March 3, at Columbia against the Missouri
With three games remaining on the Husker slate and a 17.0 points
per game average. "Bucky" should have little trouble setting a new
all-time scoring mark for a Husker flipper.
And the list of Nebraska record holders In that department
snows pieniy or ciassy scarlet stars have held that honor.
Claude Ketherford. who still holds the 3-year NU scoring record.
was followed by Milt "Bus" Whitehead, now with the Phillips Oilers.
Retherford wore the scarlet Jersey during the 1947, "48 and '48
seasons, and Whitehead shone as a top Husker scoring power 1948-1950.
Buchanan, often spoken of as "Nebraska's All-America candi
date," has been the sparkplug and playmaker of the club through
out the entire season. The lone senior on the starting five, Jim haa
been the team's backbone in every contest.
Standing only six feet even. "Buckv" has the disadvantage of
being the shortest member on Coach Harry Good's squad.
Yet he leads, the team In rebounds. Following the Colorado
contest on Feb. 11, official figures showed Buchanan to be Nebraska's
top rebounder with a total of 92. Bill Johnson was close behind with
90, followed by Fred Seger who had 80.
A 40 for bo free throw accumulation by "Buc ' places him close
to the lead in that department, also. His gift toss percentage is .606.
in neid goal averages, Jim led the squad with a hefty .372
following the Buff contest, with 140 buckets for 376 attempts. This
average has gone up since the Kansas and Oklahoma contests.
Jim's difficult shots deserve some consideration, too. Being much
shorter than the average Big Seven player, he must confine his shots
to jump shots, running shots, or set shots from backcourt. Seldom
have his points been scored on easy shots.
Coach Good will have a number of returning lettermen on next
year's squad, but his big problem will be the replacement of Jim
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BILL JOHNSON , . . Made a good showing on defense against
Colorado Monday night while scoring ten points. He will face
Iowa State's big Jim Stange next Monday night on the Coliseum
maples. The tallest membef of coach Harry Good's squad, John
son has shown great Improvement during the season.
Basketball Tourneys Set
Entries for the all-University
Squash championship tournament i
match consisting of three games.
All independent and fraternity
must be submitted to the Physical I ams desiring to compete in
" " . , ieither the shallow-water or deep-
Education building by Tuesday, water basketball leagues must
Feb. 26. Pairings will bepostedfile entries at the Physical Edu
on the bulletin board in the! cation building by Tuesday, Feb.
Court e Lincoln Journal.
DON WEBER . . . Although not In a starting forward position since
the early part of the season, this Estherville, Ia sophomore has
been playing an Important role In Coach Harry Good's basketball
plans for the future. (Courtesy of LincMnJlournal.)
Phys ed building soon after en
tries are received.
Games will be scheduled ac
cording to times the handball
courts in the Coliseum are avail
able. Two out of three games will
constitute a match. Winners of
the match will advance in the
A trophy will be awarded to
the championship Fraternity on
point basis, and a medal will be
given to the individual champion.
Rules will be posted on the
Coliseum basement squash court
walls, and players may check out
equipment daily and practice.
Entries for volleyball will not
be accepted later than 5 p.m. on
Feb. 26. Rosters must accompany
the entries.
Schedules will be announced on
Monday, March 2. Official volley
ball rules will govern all matches,
which will determine the cham
pionship. A trophy, will be
awarded to the champions of the
fraternity groups, and the inde
pendent champions will receive
medals. '
Teams are expected to provide
their own officials as in softball.
Leagues will be set up in single
round-robin style, with each
All contestants must secure
swimming permits from the Stu
dent Health center.
These swimming permits must
be on file in the equipment cage
before contestants may enter the
swimming pool. Contestants can
not wait until the last minute on
getting their permits, as no ex
ceptions to this rule will be permitted.
Fraternity or independent
groups may enter a team in each
league. The use of time out pe
riods has been eliminated thig
Intramural Sports Writer
The Pluggers found their play
off chances a little slimmer Mon
day night after the Warriors in
general and Marv Lawton in par
ticular sent them reeling to a 43
46 defeat.
The Pluggers had romped past
the Warriors In their first outing
of the year, blasting them S5-36,
but things were entirely different
in this contest.
Lawton reigned supreme dur
ing the entire contest, dunking
a grand total of 29 points and
doing a lion's share of the re
bounding. Mighty Marv hit his
peak during the second period
by sinking 15 counters and
probably would have gone well
above the 30 mark If the War
riors had not adopted a stalling
game throughout the entire
fourth quarter,
The Pluggers, seeking their win
to clinch their playoff berth, took
command during the first quarter
and led after the first ten minutes
15-12, holding Lawton to six.
The second quarter was all
Lawton as the big boy grabbed
all but five of his team's points
in that stanza and the Warriors
held a 32-29 halftime lead.
Ten points to the Pluggers'
three in the third frame gave the
Warriors a comfortable ten point
cushion going into the final ten
minutes and the Warrior stall was
The Pluggers came close, but
the margin was too great and the
Warriors had a coveted victory.
Behind the Lawton machine
came Jaok Mankameyer with
seven points and Scott Cast with
six. Rod Pope topped the losing
scorers with an 11 total fol
lowed by Ron Powers with ten
The Dorm A Stars and Shortys
clinchied their playoff berths from
league X by dropping NKUIL
and Dorm B-C, respectively.
The Stars wound up their reg
ular season in a 25-24 squeaker
over Navy. The Stars, leading
most of the way, had to fight off
a determined Middle rally in the
final period and stall most of the
game out.
The quarter scores were all in
favor of the winners, reading 12-6,
20-10 and 25-21. The Stars went
scoreless throughout the fourth
period, ball control being more to
their pleasure.
Keith Kohrs and Bill Kennedy
led the way for the victors with
ten points apiece. Vondrarer
with seven and Jim Clark with
six were tops for Navy.
Shortys got an unexpected bat
tle from Dorm B-C all the way
before ending up on the long end1
of a 49-44 tally. Only an early
fourth quarter splurge gave the
winners breathing room from
where they coasted to the win.
Charlie Bush topped all scorers
with 23 counters while teammate
Al Karle added another ten for
the winners. Chuck Huestis led
the Dorm men with 19 points fol
lowed by Don Lindberg with 15,
A free-throw by Bill Apklng
after the end of the overtime
stanza gave the Alibis a 26-25
victory over Delta Theta Phi.
With five seconds to go In the
extra period and the score
knotted at 25-all, Apklng drew
a foul and dunked his winning
Both teams had scored a goal in
the overtime to set the stage for
Apking's gratis shot after the
lawyers had rallied in the final
quarter to gain a 23-23 tie at the
end of the regulation time. In
pushing the contest into overtime,
the shysters had to overcome a
sevqn-point third quarter deficit.
"Xoe Kroese of the Alibis topped
the evening's scorers with 11
while mate Hubka tallied seven,
Otto Kovar and Bevin Bump each
garnered six for the losers.
Unbeaten M-S t r e e t Boys
rolled to their ninth straight win
by dropping the Pill Rollers,
57-31. The Pharmacists kept the
score close for the first half but
wilted under the M-Street
power In the final 20 minutes.
Bill Thayer with 14 and Jim
Evans with ten led the way for
the victors while Dick Peering
potted nine and Jack Donnelson
and Maurice Russell each gar
nered seven for the Pills.
The Methodist clipped Inter
Varsity, 29-16 in their final game
of the season. The MethocUtts led
throughout the game, but the out
come was never certain until they
fashioned a final seven-minute
scoring burst.
Forrest Stith was the scoring
leader as the Methodist potted
a 12-polnt total. Daryl Bohl
helped with another six. Ed Nel
son topped the I-V scoring with
eight points.
The Bearcats spurted In the
first and fourth periods to romp
past the Ramblers, 44-29. With
Verl Claussen and Doug McPher
son leading the way, the Cats
rolled up a 16-4 first period mar
gin and then teamed with Ray
Svehla in the final period to
stretch a 29-24 margin into vie
Claussen's 14 points with Mc
pherson's 11 and Svehla's eight
led the Cat scoring charts. Jim
Worth topped the Ramblers with
12 while Gene Bishop added an
other seven.
Leads Nebraska Swimmers
Two Platoons
Cuts Iron Men
Football's sixty minute iron
men. not oniy aon t exist any
longer under the two platoon sys
tem, but never were, according to
a sports article in the current is
sue of People Today. Tiuea, "now
Much Actual Playing Time In a
Football Game?" the article
quotes, as source of authority,
George Allen, once iritz urisier s
fireball assistant at Michigan and
currently head coach at Whittier
College in California.
Coach Allen conducted an
astonishing experiment during the
1951 season by having two men
with stopwatches assigned to all
games. The stopwatch, however,
was not started until the center
had snapped the ball and it was
stopped immediately upon the
referee's whistle. Only the actual
time of body contact was re
corded, with time taken in hud'
dies, approaching the ball, calling
signals, time exchange of the ball
and penalties, all discounted.
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BUELE BALDERSTON ... Is currently the leading scorer among
Nebraska's swimmers and will lead coach Hollie Lepley's team
against Grlnnell college in the Coliseum pool Friday, Feb. 22.
The Huskers are hoping to forget their string of defeats and gain
a needed victory.
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