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    Wednesday, March 22, 1931
The Nebraska n
Page 3
.Npbraskan Picks AltUniversity
Two Navy Cagers
On Top IM Quintet
By Cloyd Clark
"I may have tq retire
Prokop as he accepted the
basketball award for the sixth consecutive year.
The 6-7 Kappa Sigma center is the only returnee to the
team this year. Dean Prazak of Navy, Dick Muma of Gus
I, Monte Kiffin of Gus II and
plete the all-University quintet.
Kiffin, Stacey and Prokop
should be able to handle the
, board control department of
the team while Prazak and
Muma set up the plays and
take pot shots from the out-
"Porky" Prokop seems to
be a good luck omen for the
team on which he plays. The
Kappa Sigs have now won
two all-University titles and
the Chemists, his earlier team
won three all-University titles
with Prokop at the helm. ,
The Kappa Sigs weren't the
only team to possess the 6-7,
230-pounder from Wilber this
year. He also played on tne
Diamond Bar and Grill team
in the city league, Behlen's
AAU squad and the Dents.
Honorary Dent
Prokop was only an honor
ary Dent for the freshmen
basketball games. He gained
honorary status by teaching a
Bio-Chem course in the Dent
Independent champion Navy
garnered two spots on the
all-University five with play
maker Prazak and scorer-re-bounder
The mechanical engineer
ing junior from Clarkson set
up the scoring for the Navy
team in its long 30-game sea
son and Prazak could be
counted on to score his share
especially when Stacey was
having an off night.
His first year at the Uni
versity Prazak played fresh
man basketball. As a sopho
more he competed with Jerry
Bush's cagers in varsity com
petition. ,
Freshman Cagers Expected
To Help Varsity Next Year
By Norm Beatty
A well balanced team with
a high potential scoring
punch denotes the 1961 fresh
man basketball squad that
will stand ready to supple
. ment Coach Jerry Bush's var
sity in the 1961-62 season.
"We think the freshmen
team this year is one of the
best we've had in a good
many year s," said Tony
Sharpe, the freshman basket
ball mentor.
He also gave some pretty
convincing evidence to back
up the thoughts he and Coach
Jerry Bush are thinking as
they look to the future.
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Daily Nebraskan all-University
Mike Stacey of Navy con
Team mate Stacey cleared
the boards and filled the scor
ing column for the NROTC
basketball squad.
Stacey, 6-3 sophomore from
Weeping Water, played fresh
man ball last year and won
all-state honors as a senior
on Weeping Water's Class C
championship team in 1959.
Kiffin at Forward
Monte Kiffin, Gui II cen
ter, will play the other for
ward spot with Stacey. Kif
fin, 6-3, was the leading
scorer and rebounder for the
Burr-Selleck champions.
Kiffin's speciality was un
der the basket fmeese and
ball handling.
The junior inTeaahers
College is from Lexington.
While in high school he was
awarded all-state basketball
honors three years and
brought the Lexington team to
the finals of the Class A tour
nament in 1957.
Kiffin has been plagued by
a back injury suffered in
freshman football, but ex
pects to see some action
next fall.
Dick Muma finishes out the
all-University team. Muma,
a leading scorer in the Gus
I lineup, set up Gus II for a
40-33 upset in the Burr-Selleck
finals, l
Muma will be pitching for
the Husker baseball squad
this Spring. Last year as a
freshman he played b o tji
baseball and basketball.
Muma is a sophomore in
Teachers College from Chad-
ron. I
Of Darly Petsch, product of
Marysville, Kans. and also
the top freshman scorer for
the season, Sharpe noted that
the 6-5 sharpshooter "is a
fine shooter with one of the
best outside shots I've ever
Former. All-Stater
The most raved about
member of jthe junior Husker
team this season was 6-8 Bill
Vincent of Omaha South. The
former all-stater already has
given an advance notice of
his devastating accuracy with
"his rebounding and corner
hook shots.
"Bill is one of the finest
shooters you'll find anywhere.
We feel he can be a real bal
anced player if he works. He
is now working on an off-season
program," Sharpe said.
Vincent will be vying with
Big Bill Bowers, Tom Russell
and Jim Yates next year for
a starting role.
In third place in the fresh
man scoring chart and cer
tainly one of the top, rugged
rebounders is Charlie Jones
from Washington, D.C. Be
cause of his play in the
armed service, Sharpe ex
plained that his performance
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Stocker Ready
For NCAA Meet
Joe Stocker, Omaha senior,
will represent Nebraska in the
NCAA swimming champion
ships at Seattle, Wash., this
week end.
Stocker, holder of the Ne
braska varsity records in the
100 and 200-yard breast stroke
and in the individual medley,
will be entered in these events
in the nationals.
3 NU Grapplers
To Vie in JCAA
Harold Thompson, Nebras
ka's 157-pound wrestler, Jim
Raschke, a heavyweight, and
Mike Nissen in the 123-pound
class. wiH compete in the
NCAA championships at Cor
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day and Saturday.
this year was "commenda
ble." Jones's weakness, ac
cording to Sharpe is his
"shooting and scoring in con
sistancy." He too will be
among ,the strong forward
candidates next year.
Chuck Sladovnik, ineligible
for intercollegiate competi
tion in the latter part of the
season, still ended up in the
fifth position in the scoring
Strong Defensively
"Chuck is one of the finest
defensive players we've
had," Coach Sharpe com
ments. He added that Sladov
nik, a former all-stater from
Omaha Holy Name, will need
to improve his outside shoot
ing. "He's a real good one,"
Sharpe noted.
Also ineligible for the lat
ter part of the frosh schedule
was former Syracuse all-stater,
Neil Nannen. The 6-41
forward, accoding to Sharpe,
is "a good board man." How
ever, he explained, "Neil still
needs work on his outside
shooting to be an
ball player."
Rounding out the top fresh
men players of the 1960-61
season are two hustling
guards. Sharpe noted thai lit
tle Dennie Puelz, 5-6 all-stater
from Lincoln Northeast,
and the deadly odtside shoot
ing Roger Denesia, all-stater
from Wayne High School, are
nearly opposite!.
"Dennie is pretty small but
a good floor man. He gets in
a guy's hair out there. He's a
real playmaker," S'harpe
said. He added that Puelz
will have to improve his out
side shooting even though his
defense is good.
Denesia, while lacking in
his defense, is a "real fine
outside shot," Sharpe noted.
"He needs to move a little
better. He has improved de
fensively by great strides,
however," he added,
Another Northeast grad,
Keith Sieck has a knee injury
Keith Sieck has a knee injury
which may hamper him on
the court, Sharpe said. Sieck
is on the freshmen baseball
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By Hal Brown i
When the original Damn Yankee play was presented
on Broadway, it was far from reality in one basic aspect,
but this is even further away today as Kosmet Klub pre
pares for their spring show featuring the same play.
The Broadway hit, which will be presented April 15 at
Pershing Auditorium, was adapted from a
book entitled, "The Year The Yankees Lost
The Pennant." According to the play the
team that defeated the Yankees was the
Washington Senators.
. The Senators were one of the doormats
of the American League when the play was
originally presented and they are in even
worse shape now if that is possible.
This year's Senator team is composed
of castoffs from other American League
clubs. This situation came about when the
American League moguls decided to "ex
pand the circuit. The original Senators
Minneapolis-St. Paul and new
ana uos angeies.
To stock these teams, each of the other teams gave up
some players at the rate of $75,000 each. If the old saying,
"Washington is first in war, first in peace and last in the
American League," was ever true it is sure to be accurate
this year.
This may have little to do with the Damn Yankees, but
it is quite appropriate thafthe play involves two teams that
are at opposite ends of the baseball ladder. While the Sena
tors should finish last this year in the flag chase, the
Yankees should also win the pennant again.
This arrangement makes the play attractive to the
American way of life where the underdog comes up and
bites the leader. It captures the imagination of the average
audience and even though they know it can't happen in
reality, it gives them a feeling of joy for the underdog
Senators. A feeling of joy, that is, unless you happen to be
a Yankee fan.
the scheduling of the play is also quite appropriate
since the baseball season opens the same week that the
play is presented here. .
Damn Yankees could easily turn out to be the most
successful presentation ever staged by Kosmet Klub.
Baseball coach Tony Sharpe has nine players, who had
averages of six or better scholastically last semester, on
his baseball roster. This would indicate that although Ne
braska may not have the best baseball team in Husker
history, it is probably the smartest.
Even so, we'll bet they still miss a few signs from Tony
on the bench.
When Missouri football coach Dan Devine returned
from a coaching clinic on the East Coast, he brought a
book that had been presented to him. "It won't be a best
seller, but it might get a few laughs," Devine remarked.
The hard-bound book was entitled, "What I Know About
Football" by Daniel Devine. It contained some 350 pages
all of them blank.
Who gave Devine the book? Without batting an eye
lash, Devine replied, "The Kantas Alumni Association."
It was Kansas that prevented Missouri from achieving
an undefeated season last fall when the Jayhawks downed
the Tigers in the final game of the season. Kansas then
had to forfeit the contest for using an ineligible player.
New Hours Slated
For Men' Swimming
New hours have been set
for recreational swimming for
men in the Coliseum Pool,
according to Dick Klaas,
Husker swimming coach.
The pool will be available
for men from 12 noon to 12:45,
D.m. Monday through Friday
4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday
and Thursday, 8 p.m. 10
p.m. Wednesday and 9:30
a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.
NU Grid Schedule
Announced for Frosh
Nebraska's freshman grid
ders will meet I o W a State
here Oct. 27 and Kansas State
at Manhattan Nov. 10 in their
two-game schedule next fall.
Stronger Cindermen
Dependent on Sophs
were moved to
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to express your
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By Jan Sack
"The Nebraska track team
should be slightly stronger
for the outdoor schedule,"
said Coach Frank Sevigne.
The main strength of the
team will come from the tal
ented sophomores.
The team composed of 19
squad members has nine
sophomores, five juniors and
five seniors. Seven of the 19
are returning lettermen.
The - Husker middle dis
tance crew will be stronger
with the elimination of the
600 and 1000-yard events. The
Nebraska cindermen will be
able to concentrate on the
440, 880, and mile.
Bill Kenny, outstanding
sophomore in the 1000, will
be concentrating on the 880.
Last year as a frosh Kenny
turned in a 1:55.7 for the half
In the mile event Ray Stev
ens, also a soph, will give
the Huskers a boost. Stevens
ran the indoor mile in 4:15.5
and may be able to equal
that outdoors. His frosh mark
was 4:20.8. Paul Nielsen and
Clarence Scott will provide
depth in the mile and two
mile events.
Depth in Weights
In the discus and javelin
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the ' Huskers are fairly well
equipped with Al Wellman
and Larry Reiners in the dis
cus and Al Roots in the jav
elin. Roots has thrown the
spear 222 feet.- Wellman, Rei
ners, and Leon Janovy will
be the Husker weight men.
Fred Wilke, versatile soph,
will compete in the high and
low hurdles, the broad jump,
and the high jump.
In addition to Wilke, Bill
Fasano, Milt Haedt, LeRoy
Keane, and Bob Knaub will
provide depth in the Husker
crew of timber toppers.
The sprints are the weakest
events with only one man
Steve Pfister scheduled to
compete. (
The 440 men will be Dick
Hoelscher and Keane.
Jim Kraft and Larry Dono
van are the hopes in the pole
vault. Kraft has an outdoor
vault of 14-0. In the high
jump Vayden Anderson, Fa
sano, and Roots will back
Husker co-captains Knaub
and Kraft will also be broad
The outdoor track schedule
provides for 12 meets with
only three of them at home.