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The Daily Nebraskan
Thursday, March 17, 1966
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Grant Simmons watches Stuart Lantz capture loose basketball.
Big Eight Performance
Brings National Ranking
By Bill Minier
Nebraska lead the return of
Big Eight basketball to na
tional recognition. Making the
national rankings for the first
time in the school's history,
the Huskers finished eleventh
in the UPI poll for the sea
son. Cipriano's cagers record
ed a 20-5 record, the best in
Nebraska history since 1920,
and boosted Cipriano's stand
ing to thirteenth place among
the all-time list of Cornhusk
er coaches.
Kansas, a consistent mem
ber of the polls' Top Ten in
past years, was the only
team to out-rank the Huskers
in the Big Eight Conference.
Lead by Big Eight scoring
leader Walt Wesley, Kansas
defeated Nebraska in their last
two encounters and finished
fourth in the final UPI rat
ings. Wesley and Colorado's
Chuck Gardner were the only
two seniors to get a share of
the individual statistics titles.
All-American Wesley lead the
conference in scoring with 559
points and a 20.9 average,
and Gardner was the scoring
leader for the 14 conference
games with 20.2 points per
game. The rest of the titles
were garnered by players who
will return next year.
1965-66 was definitely a year
of the underclassmen as four
of the individual champions
return to the courts next fall.
Iowa State's Don Smith cap
tured the rebounding title by
grabbing 326, third best for
a sophomore in Big Eight his
tory. Tops in field goal accur
acy was Earl Seyfert of Kan
sas Mate who stashed away
o.d percent trom the outside
Tom Baack of Nebraska al
so grabbed an individual title
for shooting accuracy. Putt
ing in 85.2 percent from the
charity stripe, Baack now
holds the sophomore record
for free-throw accuracy. Mis
souri'g Ron Coleman was the
only non-sophomore under
classman to capture an indi
vidual championship. C o 1 e
man averaged 21.3 in 24 out
ings to win the all-games scor
ing title.
The major result of this
underclass power will be a
strong nucleus of experienced
players beginning next year's
season. There are four start
ing players returning to both
Nebraska and Colorado, and
at least two at the rest of
the Big Eight schools. In all,
the Conference is returning
more than 65 percent of its
offensive scoring punch to the
floor next fall.
On a team basis, Nebraska
will return the highest per
centage of players next Oc
tober. The Big Eight runner-
ups will have over 78 percent
of their offense back, includ
ing three of the league's top
16 scorers Tom Baack, Nate
Branch, and Stuart Lantz.
Kansas State is next in line,
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returning over 73 percent of
this year's players. Following
close behind are Colorado,
Oklahoma. Missouri, and
Iowa State, all above 60 per
cent. Hit hardest by gradua
tion were Oklahoma State and
Kansas. The champion Jay
hawkers will return only 45
percent to the floor next sea
son. Grant Simmons, C o 1 e y i
Klass Happy With Big Eight Meet;
Six Swimmers Prepare For NCAA
Coach Dick Klaas has noth
ing but praise for his swim
mers following the 1966 Big
Eight Conference swimming
"We thought we'd be fight
ing for third place, maybe
fourth, but the boys pulled
together, and really came out
fighting," said Klaas. Nebras
ka finished in third place with
76'2 points behind Kansas
with 81 points. Oklahoma won
the title scoring 134 points.
"Many coaches try to get
their boys' times down dur
ing the dual season. I've
always believed in getting
our best times in the con
f e r e n c e mete," explains
Sprint-star K e e f e Lodwig
led the Huskers to their third
place showing. Lodwig broke
a Big Eight record in the
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Webb, and Al Reiners are the
only team members which
will not return to play next
year. Simmons, the only non
returning starter, captained
the team during the past sea
son. He moved to the num
ber three spot in career totals
at NU with 839 points and
made both the All Big Eight
and the District P'ive A 1 1
American Basketball teams.
50-yd. freestyle with a time
of :21.9 in the preliminaries
and tied that mark in the fin
als. Lodwig also broke the
Big Eight record in the 100
yd. freestyle. His time was
:47.7, breaking the record set
in the prelims by Tom Han
Ion of Kansas State.
Lodwig also was the final
leg of the record-breaking 400
yd. freestyle relay team. Ne
br a ska's time was 3:14.7,
breaking the market by Kan
sas in th prelims of 3: 18.9.
Other scorers for Nebraska
were Dave Frank, third in In
dividual Medley (2:06.4);
Steve Sorensen, second and
Terry Tice, sixth in One me
ter diving; fifth in the 400
yard medley relay (3:47.9);
Jon Burchill, third in 200-yd.
butterfly (2:05.6); Tom Nick
erson, sixth in 200-yd f r e e-
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Spring Weatlier
Helps NU Teams
By Larry Eckholt
Spring doesn't officially ar
rive for five days, but the
break in the weather has
given Nebraska spring sports
a definite advantage over past
Baseball coach Tony Sharpe
has had his boys outside for
eight days. The baseball field
is in good enough shape
that Sharpe has been able to
hold intra-squad games. He
feels that both hitting and
pitching are definitely im
proved over last year at this
Harry Good, golf coach, has
the same feelings toward the
mild winter this year. Ne
braska golfers have been chip
ping balls outside for a couple
of weeks and have been able
to have more practical work
outs than just conditioning.
Ed Higginbotham, coach of
the tennis team, is just as
happy about the weather for
the same reasons: more and
better workouts for his boys.
All of this leads up to the
fact that the southern schools
in the Big Eight usually look
forward to spring in order to
grab some of the league
titles. Missouri won the Big
Eight baseball title the past
four years and is 'the' team
to beat this year again. ,
Oklahoma and Oklahoma
State are the perennial lead
races. It's fairly obvious to under
style (1:52.4); Steve Goetz,
second in 100-yd. breaststroke
(1:04.8) Dave Frank, sixth in
100-yd. backstroke ( :58.
8); Taylor Withrow, sixth in
1650 freestyle (19:26.3); Rich
Gorden, fourth in 100-yd. free
style (49.2); Steve Goetz,
fourth in 200-yd. breaststroke
(2:25.4); Steve Sorensen, third
in three-meter diving; and
second in the 800-yd relay
Eight seniors were on t h e
Husker swim team this year.
They were Dave Frank, Mike
Jackson, Keefe Lodwig, Gayle
McAdams, Bill Steele, Doug
Sutton, Terry Tice, and Tay
lor Withrow.
Nebraska finished the regu
lar season with a 6-8 all-season
record and 4-3 in the con
ference. .
S i x Nebraska swimmers
have been working out since
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stand WHY these schools
have an advantage over the
northern schools , with the
weather. Athletes are able
to condition throughout the en
tire year and coaches don't
have to cram workouts in a
three week period.
Things are pretty quiet
around the Coliseum these
days. The Coliseum is getting
a fresh coat of paint which
it needed badly after the 72,
500 people who watched the
Huskers remain undefeated at
home, s
Coach Cipriano's office is
empty, Cipriano, Glenn Pot
ter and Bob Gates are out of
town in search of more talent
to aid the Huskers.
The ticket office, making it
through the Husker season
and the State High School Bas
ketball Tournament, can't be
termed as "back to normal"
since "normal" in the ticket
office is generally quite hectic.
The office staff is being kept
busy answering requests for
next season's football games.
Believe it or not, football is
just around the corner. Spring
football practice starts April
1 and it 11 be great to hear
the rhythmic ' chants of the
Husker hopefuls drift over the
Columns again. Most follow'
ers think next year's team
will be as good or better than
this year's. It'll be great to
watch the fifth year of the De
vaney Dynasty unfold.
the conference meet in pre
paration for the National NC
AA swimming meet, March
24, 25 and 26 at the Air Force
Academy; .
The six Huskers w bo w ill
represent Nebraska are Dave
Frank, Tom Nickerson, Rich
Gordon, Keefe Lodwig, Ken
Gaeth, and Steve Sorensen.
Coach Dick Klass called
these men "the guys that
brought us up to a third place
finish in the conference."
The Husker coach said that
Nebraska 'hasn't scored in the
NCAA meet since 1947, but
this year the Huskers have
a good chance to score some
points and could have some
one named to the AIl-Amer-ican
swimming team.
Klass explained that f i n -ishers
in the top 12 places of
the individual events are us
ually . given All-American labels.
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Champion Sprinter
Charlie Greene, along with
the rest of the Nebraska track
squad, is now preparing for
the outdoor season. He be
lieves that this year's 440 re
lay team, tentatively com
posed of Tom Millsap, Ray
Harvey, Lynn Headley and
himself will "be as good if
not better," than last year's
team that recorded a 4.05.
Charlie feels they will per
form their best if given an op
portunity to run on the baked
clay tracks found in the west
ern United States.
Headley Biggest Competition
Greene says his chief com
petition in the Big Eight Con
ference this season will be
teammate Lynn Headley.
Headley won the Big Eight
60-yard dash with a time of
6.2 after Greene had pulled up
lame the day before in the
All of the traveling connect
ed with his track career "isn't
the best thing in the world for
studies," says Charlie.
He says missed classes usu
ally mean make up exams
and "make-ups are usually
harder than the first ones."
As Nebraska's star sprinter
Greene will readily admit he
could get along all right with
out wearing his sun glasses
saying, "I can run without
them just fine," but the Husk
er speedster choses to w e a r
them anyway.
Greene, who clipped the 60
yard dash in a world record
time of 5.9 earlier this year
and was .the NCAA champion
with a time of 6.1 hopes the
sunglasses will become h i s
distinguishing trademark.
Shades Add Interest
Charlie's shades are his
way of drawing interest to
what he calls "dull" running,
as if his presense on the
track wasn't enough to snap
fans to attention audience.
Greene said his sunglasses
to serve a functional purpose
in that they enable him to see
the finish tape quicker than if
Thursday's intramural vol
leyball schccWe shapes up
as follows:
Court 1-north
6:30 Pike A vs. Glenn A
7:30 Kennedy V vs. Custer B
8:30 Abel V A vs. Abel IX B
Court 1-south
6:30 Kennedy A vs. Patton A
7:30 Abel XI A s. Abel X A
8:30 Abel IV A vs. Abel XII B
Court 2-north
6:30 Governors B vs. Thoreau
7:30 Abel IX A vs. Abel VIII
8:30 Abel III A vs. Abel II A
Court 2-soutb
6'M Rogers A vs. Pike R
7:30 Abel VI A vs. Abel VII B
8:30 Smith vs. Seaton I
Simply print your name and
address on the back of the hang
tag (or reasonable facsimile)
found on every Purist button
down by Sero. Mail the com
pleted hang tag to Yamaha, P.O.
Box 1447, New Haven, Conn.
The 25 winners of a Yamaha
Omaha Trailmaster will be
selected on June 21, 1966.
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or local liw.
he wasn't wearing them.
Greene, a graduate of
O'Dea High School in Seatle,
Wash., said his prep coach,
William Gilmore, was influ
ential in getting him to attend
Nebraska. Gilmore was a
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Greene check out sunglasses.
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Can Charlie Greene run the
100-yard dash in world record
time? "I doubt it," says Char
lie, adding that it wouldn't
sound right if he said he