The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 29, 1962, Page Page 4, Image 4
The Daily Nebraskan Thursday, March 29, 1962 Gymnasts Cap Good Season By Copping All-College Crown Page 4 By BOB RAY Sports Staff Writer For a man who "only coaches so I can have some thing to do between five and six each night," gymnastics coach Jake Geier certainly has a lot to show for it: This year was the eighth time his team has won the All-Col lege Championships in Gei er s seventeen seasons at Ne braska. The Husker gymnasts had an 8-2 record for the regular ALL-COLLEGE CHAMPS LJiiiliif NEBRASKA GYMNASTS From left to right (back) Louis Burkel, Steve Swihart, Tom Sitzman, Gene Hart, (front) Chuck Williams, Tom Nystrom, Bob Kuhn, and Dick McCoy, pose with their All-College Championships trophy. (Photo by Bob Ray.) cJhe (9 Id Pro Soring fever has hit the camDus and with the warm weather and sunshine, the old cry, "Play Ball," is once again heard in the Big Eight baseball campaign. With tne current Husker squad as good as it can possibly be both with the material pres ent and the spirit, the Old Pro will go out on a limb and say the Huskers win their first baseball title in a de cade. The Husker pitching staff is something to marvel at Led by sophomore Keith Sieck, the moundsmen are the best in recent Husker history. Keith had a very inv pressive 1.26 E.R.A. in the Nebraska Independent League last summer and with an improving curve ball should easily be the Huskers' best chucker since the days of Dwight Siebler. Sieck is an unusual pitcher In that It takes mm a long time to warm ud and usually he starts slow and finishes fast. He struek out 26 in one game last summer against the league winners, North Platte, in posting an eleven Inning J-z victory. Meek re lies niainlv on the fast ball and has one rnaii; weakness, changeups. If Keith can come through in the close games with the tough teams in tne league, the Huskers should be in Omaha for the N.CX.A playoffs in June. The other chucker that could really have a year is Ed Johnson. Ed posted a 1.28 E.R.A. average in the fast N.I.L. last season and did a vdrv creditable iob in a pitcher-laden North Platte entry. Johnson is by far the fastest chucker on the sauad but he badly needs breaking stuff. He could form a 1-2 punch with Sieck if his curve and changeup come around. Plagued by injuries last year, Ed came on fast in August in summer league play. Ed's mental attitude may ten tne tale. Bonistall Boosts Experience Ernie Bonistall has a great deal of experience in tne New York State League and is one or the proven Husker pitch ers back from last year. Er nie has a lot ot DreaKing stuff and control but lacks blazing speed. The change from a Johnson or -a Sieck to a Bonistall wi" confuse hit ters a great deal and Ernie may become a big winner on the tag end of .double head ers. Ron Havekost, one of the star pitching sensations in northeast Nebraska, also is a proven Husker chucker. Also lacking blazing speed, h s breaking stuff is some thing to behold. If the Husk ers choose to put Ron ia the bullpen, be could become .he rotifer in the league. Havekost also should have a big year this season and his ability to bold on to tight leads in the close ones also could be a big difference in the Big Eight title race. Tom Ernst, another Husk er chucker, has a great deal of speed and staying power but he is too valuable to the squad as a hitter to be wast ed in this capacity. If Ernst is called on to pitch however, he could be a big winner. Ernst pitched and hit well in the N.I.L and was selected as an outfield choice on the All-N.I.L. All-Star team. George Landgren, an un- proven pitcher m the Big Eight, will probably be the Huskers spot pitcher this season. Landgren is going to have a tough time this season in cracking the squad with so much talent along the pitching lines, but he should pick up valuable experience for the seasons to come Purccll Big Help Don Purcell, the present choice for the cscchmg spot, is definitely a big asset to this season s Siiuad. Don has an extremely strong arm and is an experienced man with the pud. Purcell's bat may give the Husker s much need ed power but he won't prove to be a big average hitter. Dick Becher, also an N.I.L. graduate, could be the other long ball hitter the Huskers' need to win the big ones. Becher is an adequate field er although he is prone to commit errors occasionally. Another power hitter, his av erage wouldn't be in the top five, but in R.B.I.'s he could be among the leaders. Ernst will have to take up the rest of the slack as a power hitter. Ernie belted ten home runs last year in the N.I.L and gets on base when a runner is needed. Ernst has a tremendous arm for the outfield and more than ade quate speed for the right neia position Steve Smith, another N.I.L. graduate, shows both some power -and speed to aid the Husker cause. Smith could again lead the Huskers in batting average since he has tremendous wrists and tim ing. In the home run depart ment, ne u pick up an occa sional blast, but is more of an extra base hitter in the doubles and triples category. nis speea in tne ouuield is exceptional and his arm is almost as strong as Ernst's Schindel in Center Don Schindel also hit well last year and rounds out the Husker starting outfield. flaying center field. Don has tne speed necessary for the position. Don could have a good season with the bat if the ball drops in for him but don t look for any power hit ting here. Also on the Husker bench In the line of fly catchers are Dave McClatchey and fat 2aierno. Dave has power and, if needed, can produce .'he long ball. Salerno is more of a line drive hitter and could aid the outfielders if someone lets down with the bat or fielding. McClatchey hitter last summer with Grant, banging a .340 aver age for the season. The Huskers big weakness this season will be the m field. With Rex Swett cur rently out of the lineup due to a pulled back muscle, the burden of the shortstop duties falls on Denny Puelz. Puelz is a good infielder but still isn t proven in competition His hitting will have to im prove in order for the Husk ers to score a lot. Ron Doug las is the other possible re placement and his strong forte is hitting.'' His major prob lem is just the opposite of Denny's, he isn't a great fielder. They may be able to get together and aid the Huskers with their special ized talents. At second base will be Bin Redmond, slick fielding but only average sticker. Bill is r food double play man but wiL have to pick up a better average than in the past in order to be great. Some say Redmond has the quickest hands in Husker baseball his tory. Bill's fielding may give the Huskers a tight defense and stopper up the bole over the pitcher's mound, a favor ite target last season for op posing hitters. The third base situation will be handled by Dale An derson. Dale is a good field er but has trouble making the bunt play easily. His bat' ting average could be good, depending on what type of start he gets this year. An derson will have to be the leader on the infield and show aggressive play in order to really put the Huskers in contention this season. Myers Adds Depth The backup catcher will be Dave Myers, a starter on last year's Husker team. Dave can relieve Purcell in double headers and also come in as a pinch hitter. Dave has trouble making the play at second but with last year's experience, could prove very valuable to the team. The infield will have John Morris, Bruce Pearson, and Dave May backing up the starters. All have not been proven in Big Eight competi tion and will be basically picking up experience this year. Overall, the Huskers have a strong pitching staff, are strong in the outfield, and are above average in the catching department. The only weakness that is evident is the hitting and fielding in the infield. Defensively, they are about average; offensive ly, they have adequate power and enough hitters to ' pull them through with their pitch ing staff holding up. During the season, they'll play a lot of one run games but should hold up under the pressure. The two key series are with Oklahoma in three weeks and Oklahoma State the first weekend in May. both on the road. If they win these two series, they will easily win season. Losing duals for the first time in four seasons Coach Geier's crew s t i 1 showed good form in execut ing difficult stunts against some of the toughest compe tition in the country. In the All-College Cham pionship meet the team, un ruffled by Dennis Alber's in jury, did better than their best and came from behind to clip nemisis Denver to win the meet. They did it Dy ex hibiting the same perfect form that had done them credit in other meets. , Gene Hart, who specializes in the side horse, (entered in eight events this season, he won seven,) is a master at making his pet aparatus look obedient. Louis Burkel does well on all aparatus. but wins con' sistentlv on the high-bar. par allel bars, and still rings with gumchewing nonchalance. Another bov who makes the difficult look easv is C h u c k Williams in free exercise and tumbling. The amazing thing about Coach Geier's team is not that it has so many two and three year lettermen who excel on couDle of aparatus each. but that he has a sophomore who can win against ail com petition on all aparatus. In his first year on the var sity team, all-around competi tor Albers, of Hastings, paced the Nebraskans in every meet to claim top individual title with 294.5 regular season points. He amassed more points than any other compet itor at the Boulder Invitation al Meet, despite an injury, to become undisputed All-C o 1- lege Champion. Albers Will Go Gymnastics coach Jake Geier announced that in spite of his back injury, Dennis Albers will participate in the NCAA Gymnastic Meet at Albuquerque, Ne Mexico, this weekend. All-around performer Al bers hurt his back during the high bar event at the All College Championships meet. Coach Geier will also take Gene Hart to New Mexico. McCoy, Burke Elected Captains Dick McCoy and Louis Burkel were elected co-captains of the gymnastics team for next season by unanimous vote of the gymnasts. is . Sm - - ; - -1 THE ONLOOKERS-Husker baseballers Swett watches Bill Redmond stoop to pick Dick Becher and Don purcell give the up a bat in baseball workouts. (See picture eagle eye to batting practice while Rex below). NU Diamond Men View Batting Practice if. &' I s ' '.TvVvv :v , ' ,f m c ... ... - , .,,'' ' " : r t BONISTALL HURLS Pitcher Ernie Bonistall pitches batting practice to an unidentified hitter in Tuesday night's NU diamond practice. The catcher is Dave Myers. Coach Ready; Shortstop Out Nebraska baseball coach Tony Sharpe has obtained the doctor's okay to make the trip with the Huskers down to Tulsa this weekend. Alone with the good news nf Coach Sharpe being in top form came . the word that shortstop Rex Swett is out for this series with a pulled muscle in his throwing arm. Swett is not slated to make the trip, according to Sharpe. The Huskers will open up with Keith Sieck this week end in the first game Friday with any relief work coming from Ernie Bonistall. Ed Johnson will pitch the first end of a double header Sat urday and Ron Havekost vill make his initial debut in the final, game. Tom Ernst is slated for relief duty Satur day. Ron Douglas or John Mor- ris will get the call at short stop for the injured Swett this weekend. The extent of Swett's iniurv. which oc curred in practice Wednes day, is unknown but Sharpe hopes Rex will round into ' shane in order to be readv for the Big Eight opener next weekend with Kansas on the Husker diamond. ' , ' delivers Jfl ( Pl jVAL FILTER DOES IT! Tareyton'$ Dual Filter in duas partes divisa est!" saysUrsus (Bear Foot ) Sulla, popular Coliseum bear fighter. "We animal wrestlers fight tooth and Claudius to get to that first post-fight Tareyton," says Bear foot. "De hoc smoke, Tareyton's one filter cigarette that really delivers de gustibus!" jfT' WW.'?':.' also had a fine season as a 'the Big Eight crown s- ACTIVATED CHARCOAL PURE WHITE iOUTER FIITEU DUAL FILTER Tareyton tndud tf iC tCtttium &m&yftp $&m- iinr middlt turn" tn.t.