The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 26, 1971, Page PAGE 7, Image 7

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Nebraslta three leaders
going into Big 8 indoor meet
Sports Writer
Each year as the Big Eight
Indoor Track and Field
Championships roll around,
various coaches start saying the
same thing-Kansas can be beat.
But Then everybody gets down
to business on Kansas City's
creaky board track, KU proves
them wrong.
This year, though, even
Jayhawk boss Bob Timmons is
sending lip storm warnings.
He's never lost a Big Eight
indoor championship, but
several key performers from
last year's squad are missing
and Timmons is worried.
"I CAN SEE four other
teams besides ourselves who
could score 40 points,"
Timmons said this week.
"Nebraska, Kansas State,
Oklahoma State and Oklahoma
are all capable. 'ith Missouri
coming off a championship in
cross-country and with Mel
Gray back in competition
they'll have a good team, too,"
he said.
"There isn't a single event in
the Conference that won't be
highly contested individually,"
continued Timmons. "The
really interesting thing is trying
to figure out where everybody
is going to put their athletes.
There are going to be all kinds
of guessing games going on
about where to put your own
hurt KU in their quest for
another title is the absence ot
Jin Johnson and Doug Knopp.
Johnson, who recently
transferred to Alabama, won
the 1970 NCAA outdoor pole
vault and Knopp would have
assured a 1-2-3 Jayhawk finish
in the shot put.
No one is happier about
these losses, than Husker coach
Frank Sevigne. He figures his
squad, heavily loaded with
middle distance runners, might
be in position to pick up its
first indoor championship since
Nebraska has three event
leaders going into Friday's
Wes Leonard has posted the
swiftest quartermile time
(48.0) and holds a one-second
bulge over KU freshman Mark
Lutz, runnerup on the 440
form chart. Six more runners
have posted times under 49.8.
Carlberg inherits the favorite's
role in the mile on the strength
of his 3.59.6 at the Houston
Astrodome. Carlberg expects
his top challengers to be
Oklahoma State's Peter Kaal
(4:03. 5) and Jerome Howe of
Kansas State who logged a
4:01,9 mile for K-State's
distance medley relay at
Houston. Carlberg will return
an hour later in the 1000 yard
Although better known as a
triple jumper, NU's Hopeton
Gordon leads heading into long
jump competition. His 24-10
tops Mel Gray by an inch and
betters defending champion
Phil Reaves' seasonal best of
Sevigne is also counting on
veteran Garth Case in the
600-yard run. Case, a junior,
has won the event the last two
years but lies only second on
the form chart this season.
Kansas State's Dale Alexander
has posted a 1:11.0 effort to
lead Case by three-tenths of a
Alexander,"" Case stated flatly.
"According to my times I'm
running better this year than
ever before. My goal for the
Big Eight is 3 : 10.0."
Case will also anchor the
mile relay, an event that NU
won last year in Kansas City
but have been beaten in twice
this season by Oklahoma State.
Teaming with Case in the relay
will be Bob Pierce, Leighton
Priestley and John Mottley.
'They wont beat lis again.
We're the best team in the Big
Eight and we're going to prove
it Saturday," promised Case.
"They beat us at Houston
when Stan Stolpe ran a 45.5
but he won't do that on Kansas
City's track."
If the Huskers are to win
Saturday night Sevigne points
out that several freshmen must
come through in their first big
test. The NU coach is counting
on Bob Unger, two mile; Dan
Speck, 1000 yard run; Mark
Cooper, pole vault and Larry
Cimato in the 880.
Huskers head for fie- day season
Sports Editor
A one-day season has worked its way into
sports dictionaries. It usually refers to
Sports Illustrated called New Years Day a
one-day season when Nebraska climbed from
third to first after Ohio State and Texas had
been upset.
BUT SATURDAY at Columbia, Mo., a
one-day season refers to Nebraska's
basketball team. And Texas, Notre Dame,
Ohio State, Stanford or Louisiana State
don't have anything to do with it.
The Cornhusker basketball team, which
was enjoying a dream world season until
Tuesday's loss to Oklahoma, puts its
second-place hopes and a trip to the NIT on
the line against Missouri in a 2:10 p.m.
televised game Saturday.
"You can't actually say it's a must
game," said Cornhusker coach Joe Cipriano,
"because even if we lose we wouldn't be out
of it mathematically. But it would sure help
if we won."
A NEBRASKA WIN would place the
Cornhuskers in a tie with Missouri with 7-4
records. But whether that tie would be for
second or third place depends upon what
Oklahoma does against Iowa State.
The Huskers could come home tied for
second with Missouri. They could come
home tied for third with Missouri. Or they
could come home a solid fourth with a 6-5
But of 2!! the possibilities and all the
problems going through Cip's mind, he's not
worried about the attitude of his squad.
WE'VE HAD OURups and downs all
season, said Cip, '"but this team has always
been able to come back. We lost at Kansas
State and Oklahoma, but were able to come
back. We lost to Kansas, but were able to
come back.
"If this is the trend maybe its time for us
to come back Saturday at Missouri."
Cip says there are two things the Buskers
have to "iron out" hetore Saturday's
televised date with the Tigers.
"WE HAVE TO get into the right frame
of mind and we have to start playing
together offensively," said the Husker coach.
Cipriano, who was concerned about the
lack of timing in the Nebraska offense
against Oklahoma, may go with a different
starting lineup against Missouri.
"We're thinking about changing the
lineup," said Cip, "but we probably won't
know for sure until Saturday. But if there
isn't a change in the lineup, the starters
won't get as much time to produce as they
have in the past.
"THEY MUST EITHER get the job done
or someone else is going in there."
Missouri, which survived a 69-67 overtime
scare by Oklahoma State Wednesday, may
be at a slight disadvantage against Nebraska.
The Tigers will have only two days to
prepare, while the Huskers have three. But
Cip knows the confines of Brewer Field
House (in its last year) should take away any
Nebraska advantage.
"it will be easier to win at Missouri than
it was at Colorado," said Cip. "But that's
not saying it will be easy."
Seniors form McCrOvern group
The presidential election is
still 20 months awav but
supporters of Senator George
McGovern have already begun
to organize at the University.
The political group is being
started by University seniors
Ron Alexander and Kristi
Chappelle, a South Dakota
resident, said she first became
interested in McGovern during
Christmas Vacation.
"I was contacted by
McGovern's national student
coordinator Edward T.
O'Donnell and asked to
establish a "McGovern for
President" organization at the
University of Nebraska."
The student organization
will be provided with free
campaign material, but
operating expenses will be a
problem. According to
Chappelle they get no money
from the national organization
and must depend on private
"Once these money
problems are solved" said
Chappelle, "serious
consideration must be given to
planning our campaign
The coed indicated a low
key approach aimed at the
university community would
probably be used.
Citing a possible McGovern
visit next fall, Chappelle said
they were depending on
student support to give them a
victory in Nebraska's
Presidential Primary.
When activated, the group
will become part of the 225
college and SO high school
campuses with "McGovern for
President" organizations.
ran 3 no !SP
ESP; or ExiraSensory PoUntion
Physicists tell us there are three basic forces at work la the uni
verse: matter, energy nd chopped liver.
But I, for one, am no longer satisfied with this narrow definition.
How do physicists classify ESP? Certainly it falls into none of these
cutegc es, but just as certainty it extets. And not as a mere theory, ESI
is a 7 oeen, drmonntraied fact.
For example, how many times have you walked into a place you
never saw before and yet recognized everything? How many tunes have
you known the txaci words someone was going to say before he ever
said them? How many times have you been abeolutete certain some
thing was going to happen hundreds or even thousands of miles away
and, sure enough, it did?
Let me tell you about a case I am fortunately able to document.
Some years ago I went fishing with my dear friend Donald L. Fromku
at a virgin lake deep in the Canadian wilds. It was hellishly difficult to
get there, but we did not mind, for the moment we dropped our lines
we each caught a splendid crappie. Mine weighed just over 300 pounds.
Donald's was somewhat smaller, but by far the friendlier.
Imagine my surprise then when, before we could throw our lines
back for another try, Donald suddenly leaped up and cried he'd had a
premonition that he must go home immediately. He could not tell me
why. He only knew that some one or some thing was calling him back
and he had to go at once. Apologising profusely, he left me sdone on
the lake and portaged to the nearest town (Moose Jaw, well over m
thousand miles, and poison sumac every inch), and there he chartered
a Ford Tri-Motor and flew home.
Well sir, at first he felt like an utter dolt. Everything was perfectly
normal at home. His wife Edith was quietly reading The Sensuout
Women. His son Herschel was taking his daily glamblowing lesson.
His dog Trey was eating his leash.
And yet the premonition would not leave Donald. Carefully, he
went through the house, inch by inch, room by room. Sure enough,
when he got to the back hall he suddenly heard a faint whimpering
noise outside. He flang open the door. And there, by George, he saw
where the whimpering was coming from : someone had left a basket on
the back stoop!
Well sir, who can blame Donald lor crying a cry of joy said tri
umph? What a find ! A whimpering basket ! That's something you don't
see every day, let me tell you !
And so today, as you know of ou?se, Donald L. Fromkiss and
His Whimpering Basket is one of the highest paid acta in show busi
neas. Next Sunday, in fact, he completes his 84th consecutive year on
Ed Sullivan.
As for roe, I too was a beneficiary of Donald's ESP, for when he
left me alone on the lake I figured I would get to drink eU not just
halfat the goodly supply of Millar High Life Beer we had brought
along, and as you know of course, Miller High Life is never so welcome
as it is on a tranquil sylvan lake while a flock of Canada geaas darkens
the sky above. Of coums. Miller isn't had in a noisy bar cither while a
flock of American eoeds darkens the jukebox. For that matter, it's even
great la the dorm while your cruddy roommate darkens the tub.
But as it happened, I never did get to drink all our Miller High
Life because I forgot how well sound travels across a sylvan lake. No
sooner did I nop my first can of Miller when lo and behold! tan
Mounties galloped out of the forest singing selections from Rom Marie!
Of course, I shared my Miller with them, and gladly, became 1 know
it'a hard being a Mountie, especially if you're an alto. And so by the
time they polished off my Miller and said adieu, we ware all fast friends.
One of them, in fact, let me slide down his hat.
We, Ike tmmt of MiBer High Life Beer end the tpoam of thi col
umn, are like the Mountiee in one reepeet: we too chaos met our man
that i, f out mm wante m beer that mhemme makm it riant M&er High
Life, ike Ckmmpegne of Been!
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