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Athlete lifts half -ton
Joe KesseM, a 220 lb. sophomore shot-putter
from Levittown, N.Y., recently became the first
athlete in UNL history to lift more than 900 lbs,
according to an Athletic Dept. press release.
Kessell made the record attempt using the
Athletic Dept.'s Leg Sled, a mandatory exercise
for Nebraska linemen in their off-season training
Previous top performances by football players
were 895 lbs. by John Plucknett, 875 lbs. by John
Lee and 870 lbs. by Mike Fultz and Willie
Kessell bettered all these marks by lifting 900
lbs. He then asked for 1000 lbs. as athletes began
to gather around the leg sled,, the release said.
According to the release, Kessell strained only
slightly as he moved the weight to full extension.
When he completed the lift he said, "I can do
The machine was loaded with 1,050 lbs. and
Kessell was not able to budge this weight for five
seconds. . . . .
He exerted every ounce of energy he had and
the more-than-half-ton weight began to move very
slowly. His back bowed and his legs quivered as
the weight gradually moved to full extension.
Weight training coach Boyd Epley says of
Kessell, "Joe is one of the strongest young
athletes in the nation and certainly has the
potential to be a National Collegiate Weightlifting
Champion and possibly World Champion some-
daKessell has set his sights on a 60-foot heave in
the shot-put this year.
Noverrnbcr gams schdeuled
Skaters hit ice with 1 -0 record
By Becky Morgan .
Hockey in Lincoln? Yes, that's right.
According to UNL hockey club president
Mark White, the team will be schedul
ing as many matches as they can on the
ice at Pershing Auditorium this fail.
White stated that Pershing has an
advanced schedule of events and when
ever there are several open dates the
artif ical ice is put down. Some time early
in November will be the next chance to
see the hockey team in action, he added.
UNL has had a hockey club for four
years. This year marks the third that
they have competed intercollegiately
White said. The skaters are coached by
Frank Bosanek of Omaha and their
faculty sponsor is Robby Christofferson
White said the team's current record
is 1-0. They were victors over Creighton
University in their first match held in
Lincoln Oct. 6.
Competition for the hockey club
includes several Big 8 teams and other
matches that.may be scheduled. A Big 8
tournament will be held at Ak-Sar-Ben
in Omaha this spring. The winner of the
invitational last year was Iowa State.
No athletic fund dollars
White added that the hockey club is
not funded from the university athletic
fund. However, they have received
spending power from intramurals and
Corn Cobs, the UNL spirit organization.
Ahio cuiH Avral outstanding play-
ers on the club are: Ross Scrivens,
defenseman, Steve Maher, left wing,,
and Billy Erickson, defenseman. White
plays right wing. He added that several
talented freshman have added depth to
the team. ' , . .
Hockey is a very physically demand
ing sport, White explained. Tempers
run short and the game involves a lot of
"rough housing." The players must be
in top physical condition in order to play
well and injury free. White said that
most of the club members have been
skating for some time. He himself had
been on skates for eight years.
The main purpose of the UNL hockey
club, White said, is to establish hockey
as a varsity sport in the Big 8.
"Other teams have helped us get
started (such as Iowa State) and now it is
our turn to help establish more clubs."
White said that the UNL club is
currently aiding Kansas University in
establishing a team there.
The season outlook for the UNL
hockey players was termed very good by
"We have seven or eight really good
players back and several top freshmen
prospects," he said.
Crowd attendence at the matches has
been extremely poor, White empha
sized. However, the club expects a
larger turnout now that several matches
will be played in Lincoln, he said.
ings, Knights satisfy fan 's hunger in lax season
With only three home football games left
and the start of the basketball season still
more than a month away, Husker sports fans
may be despairing over the relative lack of
activity. High school football is a possible
attraction for some, but others may reject it
as too low in quality.
However, the quality is definitely top
notch if fans are willing to drive 50 miles to
satisfy their sports hunger. The National
Basketball Assoc. (NBA) Kansas City-Omaha
Kings and the Central Hockey League (CHL)
Omaha Knights provide professional enter
tainment from October to April in Omaha.
The Kings, bolstered by the return of
superstar Nate Archibald, opened their
Omaha schedule Wednesday. Ten other
games are scheduled, including contests
against the defendina NBA champion Boston
Celtics on Feb. 12 and the runner-up
Milwaukee Bucks on Jan. 29.
Archibald, one of the shortest players in
the league at 5 ft. 11 in., had a sensational
season two years ago when he led the NBA in
both scoring and assists. He was off to
another good start last year before suffering
a partially torn Achilles tendon midway
through the season. With his return, the
Kings are hoping to climb from their
last-place finish in the tough Midwest
Joining Archibald in the backcourt is
Jimmy Walker, last year's leading scorer
with an average of 1 9.2 points a game.
One of the rookies expected to help out at
forward is Scott Wedman, whom Husker fans
may remember from his playing days at
Colorado. He made the All-Big 8 team twice.
The Knights open their Omaha schedule
with two games this weekend, against
Denver on Friday and archrival Dallas on
c.nHau i a5t vfW. thev tried for the regular
season CHL championship and are expected
to be major contenders again. .
Leading scorer Wayne Schaab is back, as
is goaltender John Voss, who had the best
goals-against average in the league lasi
A longtime barrier was broken last
Saturday when Monte Anthony started at
l-back, making him the first freshman to start
at Nebraska in modern times'"'
Although the consequences may seem
minimal at first glance, freshman Husker
recruits may be more willing to come here in
the future if they know that they, too, will be
given the opportunity to start.
Husker Randy Lessman ranks sixth in the
Biq 8 in punting, but close inspection of the
records shows just how effective those
slightly shorter punts have been.
Husker opponents have returned just six
punts for a. total of 13 yards because of
Lessman's lofty kicks. Missouri's Tony
Gillick, the leading punt returner in the Big
8, was held to six yards in two tries.
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