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Tuesday, December 1, 1953
In The Stands
Good Says '53 Husker
Five In 'Better Shape'
By GEORGE PAYNICH
Athletic publicist John Bentley and his capable assistant Jim
May have released their 1953-54 NU basketball brochure.
In his outlook for the coming season the Husker boss, Coach
Harry. Good, Is not exactly In a raving mood, relates Bentley.
COACH GOOD, In his eight seasons at Nebraska, does admit,
'We're definitely in better shape than a year
ago In our starting five. But sophomore re
placements are only average. Thus, when you
consider the tempo of the game as It's played
to day, we are thin In reserve power."
We don't exactly share the tame subdued
feeling m Coach Good. As we stated earlier, a
sop rung (seeond or third) for NT) In the Big
Seven is more than a mere possibility.
Six lettermen form the nucleus of this year's
aggregation points out Bentley, with five of
them being two-year men.
Good sees a lack of depth in this year's
team. He could be right here, but that first five Courtcny Lincoln Journal
looks mighty good. Good
FOLLOWING IS a rundown on Good's 18 man squad.
FORWARDS Ward David, 8-2, Palisade, Ag College sopho-
more . . . one-hand set shooter . . . graduate of Palisade High
WILLARD FAGLER, 6-5, Harvard, junior in College of Agri
culture . . . two-year regular . . has speed and agility . . . extra
long arms give him longest reach on the squad ... a good turning,
one-hand shooter . . . made AP All Big Seven second team a soph
. . . All-State center at Harvard High School.
JERRY HARE, 6-3, Grand Island, sophomore in BlzAd . . .
a good jump shooter , . . fast starter with fair running speed .' . .
should see considerable action . . . hit 41 per cent of field goal at
tempts in freshman games a year ago . . . graduate of Grand Island
High. . '
BOB PROKOP, 6-5, Wilber, Arts and Science sophomore . . .
also plays center ... a one-hand shooter . , . has the desire but
needs experience and developing . . . fairly aggressive rebounder
... graduate of Wilber High School where he played basketball,
football and baseball.
BILL ROY, 6-2, Berwyn, Illinois, Bizad sophomore ,,;a left
hander . . . good one-hand shooter . . . top scorer on frosh squad.
DON WEBER, 6-3, Esterville, Iowa, senior physical education
major . . . lettered as a sophomore, was a regular last season . . .
an aggressive rebounder, fair passer and shooter ... second best
field goal percentage on squad a year age ... a graduate of Ester-
Ville High School.
CENTERS Bill Johnson, 6-7, Lincoln, Teachers College senior
. . top scorer last season . . . has good hook shot with either hand
. , , a good rebounder and passer.
CHARLES "CHUCK" OTT, 6-6, Lincoln, Illinois . . . tallest
sophomore on the squad . . . played in 14 games as a freshman
during the 1051-52 season ... a good set shooter from medium
J JOE POYNTER, 6-4, Kearney, sophomore in Arts and
Science ... a hook shooter with either hand . . . second highest
scorer on last year's frosh squad ... hit 46 per cent of field goal
GARY RENZELMAN, -5, Seottsbluff, junior in College of
Arts and Science . . . letterman last season . . . will be pushing for
starting position on the front line . . . can hook with either hand
. . hit 40 per cent of his field goal attempts last year.
BILL SOELBERG, 6-3, Sioux City, la., junior in BizAd . . .
saw only limited action the past two seasons ... a graduate of
, Sioux City Central.
GUARDS Duane Buel, 5-10, Malcolm, Bizad sophomore . . .
good driver and passer ... a set shooter from oustide ... hit 44
per cent of field goal attempts as a freshman.
NORMAN COUFAL, 6-0, David City, sophomore in business
administration ... a good ball handler and competitor . . . has
fair speed . . . relaxes under pressure ... an infielder in baseball.
STAN MATZKE, 6-2, Lincoln, junior in Ag College . . . also
plays forward ... untiring speed finds him leading the Nebraska
fast break . . . a fine medium one-hand shooter , , . last year's
leader in free throw percentage (.783) . . . wears contact lens . . .
high Jumper on track team . . . graduate of Teachers College High
FRED SEGER, 6-4, Omaha, Teachers Collere senior (Phys-ed
major) . . . voted most Valuable Player on squad by Big- Seven
coaches last year . . . second highest scorer on team, hitting out
side set, jump and drtveln shots ... a good passer and driver . . .
keen competitor . . . good free thrower . . . first team shortstop in
baseball . . . graduate of Benson High in Omaha . . . married ....
DON SIRLES, 5-8, Omaha, sophomore in Teachers College . . ;
shortest man on squad. . . fast . . . fine ball handler . . . good two
hand set shooter from outside . . . has good driving, one-hand
jump shot . . . aggressive defensively . . . baseball infielder . . .
graduate of Central High in Omaha
CHARLES SMITH, 6-1, Anderson, Indiana, physical educa
tion sophomore . . . also plays forward . . . could be a starter this
Treason ,. . a good one-hand jump shooter . . . has excellent jump
wing ability ... an aggressive rebounder and hard worker ... has
a possible future as a baseball pitcher.
WAYNE WESTPHAL, 6-0, Elkhorn, Teachers College sopho
more . . . good on faking . . . quick on starts ... a one and two
hand shooter . . . alert and aggressive floor worker . . . hit 40 per
cent of field goal attempts as a freshman.
Huskers Snag Laurels
Bordogna, Connor, Minnick
Grab Post-Season Honors
Quarterback -John Bordogna
and tackles Ted Connor and
Jerry Minnick have grabbed
most of the after-season honors
on the Nebraska football squad.
BORDOGNA, the conference's
second best passer, was named
on the Big Seven first eleven by
both the Associated Press and
United Press. In addition to be
ing selected to these mythical
teams, the Turtle Creek, Pa.,
senior was invited to compete
for the North against the South
in the Shrine-sponsored tussle
in Miami on Christmas night.
.Connor, the big Hastings
tackle who found two-way foot
ball much to his liking, was
named on tht Associated Press'
All-Big Seven outfit and became
the 35th Husker to be Invited to
play in the other Shrine-spon
sored post-season game, the tra
ditional East-West battle at San
Also a senior, Connor was also
picked on the United Press' sec
ond team in the Big Seven.
CO-CAPTAIN Minnick re
ceived the nod on the United
Press' Big Seven team and also
landed a second team berth on
the Associated Press' conference
selections. The Cambridge sen
ior, Connor's tackle partner, was
also listed on the second team of
the All-Midwest team selected
by the players themselves.
HOME IS WHERE THE BUCK IS
OR e Who did you siy
Is a boy's best friend?
One there was i sophomore
Whose father had a bad habit of
aaying "No". Vehemently. Par
ticularly about money. Ask him
lh Big Question and his jowls
would turn a fetching shade of
So Junior, his need needled by
three days of living on liverwurst
sandwiches, cast about for a New
Approach, Found it, too. Right
at the Western Union office. He
just sat down and worked out a
wire to Negstive Polarity Pappy.
A brisk little wheeie ... to wit:
"Must twenty dollars ,im-
mediately. Urgent. Please flash
by telegraphic money order." Re
suits? Our sophomorewas caress
ing the cash -within two hours.
What's Junior's major? Psy.
etiology, of course.
It's darned good psychology to
wire home at other times than just
when you need help and comfort.
For holiday greetings Mother's
Day good news about grades
things that would make Home
Happier. Try it next time. Just
jead for your local Western Union
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Gophers Here Saturday
id Kalafet, Charlie Mencel
Spark Invading Minnesota
University basketballers open
their eighth season under the
tutoring of Coach Harry Carleton
Good here Saturday night, going
against potent Minnesota in an
8 p.m. Coliseum attraction.
A11 Cornhusker home con
tests will start at 8 p.m. this
The game also will mark the
beginning of Good's 26th year
as a basketball coach. At In
diana Central, the University of
Indiana and Nebraska during
the last Quarter century, Good's
teams have registered 803 vic
tories against 167 defeat (a .645
percentage). At Nebraska he
has compiled a 78-86 mark.
Minnesota, with the return of
Charlie Mencel and Ed Kalafat,
a couple of All-Big Ten selec
tions last season, the Golden
Gophers loom as threats to In
diana, the Big Ten king which
also wound up as national cham-
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pion. Good's MusKers nave iosi
six straight to Minnesota.
THEN THERE'S Iowa (Dec.
12), a newcomer to the Nebraska
slate since Good came here. The
Hawkeyes have McKinley (Dea
con) Davis, a Big Ten second
team choice a year ago.
South Dakota (Dec. 15) Is
next among the home foes.
Good's teams have won seven
straight from the Coyotes, but
then good things don't last for
ever. Oregon and Oregon State are
two more new comers on the
Huskers' list of opponents.
Nebraska plays Oregon State
at Corvallis, Doc. 19 and Oregon
at Corvallis, Dec, 21, moving
over to Eugene for another game
with Oregon on Dec. 22. Indiana
meets Oregon and Oregon State
in doubleheaders with the Husk
ers on those three nights.
OREGON STATE is the pre
season choice for the Pacific
Coast Conference's Northern Di
vision title, and Oregon is rated
as a top contender.
After Christmas there's the
Big- Seven Conference tourna
ment. Nebraska faces Kansas
State at 8 p.m. Dec. 28. In the
same bracket are Oklahoma and
Washington who mix at 9:45 that
evening. The two losers play
the following afternoon and the
winners the following night.
Finals art; scheduled for Dec. SO.
ON JAN. 4 the regular con
ference race opens for the Corn
huskers at Ames, la., where thty
meet Iowa State. From then on
there will be two games each
with Oklahoma, Kansas, Mis
souri, Colorado and Kansas
State, plus a second fray with
Good-coached Nebraska lubs
hold a 10-8 edge over the Cy
clones and 8-7 over Colorado.'
But against the others they are
on the short end against Mis
souri 8-9, Oklahoma 6-10, Kan
sas 6-11 and Kansas State 4-13.
Nebraska has dropped nint
straight contests to Kansas.
Five Top Bow Tussles Set t
With Gator Bow Selection
The signing of Auburn and ,
Texas Tech for the Gator Bowl)
at Jacksonville, Florida, Mon
day completed the five major
New Year's games' line-ups.
Although Coach Shug Jordan's
Auburn team bowed to Ala
bama 10-7 Saturday the Plains
men hold victories over such
teams as Mississippi, Florida and
The Red Raiders from Texas
Tech wound up with a 10-1 rec
ord and captured their fifth
Border Conference title since
1941 by blasting Hardin-Sim-
mons 46-12 Saturday.
IN THE granddaddy of them
all, the colorful Rose Bowl at
Pasadena, the once-beaten Mich
igan State squad under Biggie
Munn will meet a likewise once
beaten UCLA team coached by
Red Saunders. The Spartans fell
before Purdue while the Uclans
bowed before Stanford.
The Orange Bowl pits unbeaten
Maryland against once-beaten
Oklahoma in what could be eas
ily the day's top attraction. Jim
Tatum's SplH-T power is ranked
first nationally while Bud Wilk
inson's Sooners, also a Spfit-T
finished very, strong after a
rather alow start.
In the day's two other head
liners Alabama meets Rice in the
Cotton Bowl and Georgia Tech
tangles with West Virginia in
the Sugar Bowl.
Team Due Wednesday
The Nebraskan's All-Big
selections for 1953 will be re
vealed in Wednesday's ei 'tion.
Goincr Bitr League, the Ne
braskan will notify each gelec
tion of their choice by the sports
editor and snorts writers of the
Pictured above are six letter
men who will be the main
stays of Coach Harry Good's
1953-54 basketball squad. They
Courtesy Sunday Journal and Star
are from bottom, Stan Matzke,
Don Weber, Fred Seger, Gary
Renzelman, Willard Fagler and
Who made it? Which section placed the most men?
Who is the player of the year?
You'll get the answers when you get the new issue of
Collier's and meet the finest of all the All-Americas
selected by the American Football Coaches
Don't miss this authoritative last word on a great
gridiron season, in v
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Main Feature Clock
(Hchrdules FurnHhf by Yhcatov)
Lincoln: "Kiss Me Kate" 1:00,
3:05, 5:10, 7:20, 9:30.
Stuart:- "The Robe," 12:20,
2:45, 5:05, 7:30, 9:50.
Varsity: "OaiyleCT," 1:33,
3:33, 5:33, 7:33, 9:33.
State: "Conquest of Cochise,
1:17, 4:06. 6:55, 9:45. "Slaves of
Babylon," 227, 5:16, 8:05.
Nebraska: "A Yank In The
R.A.F.," 1:19, 4:87, 7:55. "The
Golden Blade," 3:07, 6:25, 8:43.
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