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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Nov. 20, 1979)
tuesday, november 19, 1979
Not all Sooner fans pick their Big Red
By Ron Powell
As one might expect, Oklahoma is the fan's choice in
Norman to win Saturday's NU-OU shootout, but there is
The Daily Nebraskan randomly contacted 18 Norman
residents Monday and four said they felt the Huskers
would win the game. However, 12 stuck with their
Sooners and two were undecided .
H.J. Gamble, an Oklahoma university employee at OU,
: said he was "afraid" Nebraska was going to win because of
how close the OU-Missouri game was last Saturday.
"If I were a betting man, I'd. put my money on
Nebraska, but it will be a close game. I am going to hope
for the best (an Oklahoma victory) but expect the worst ,M
Jerry Hancock, a real estate salesman, said the majority
of the people in his office think Nebraska will win.
"I am not an avid fan of Sooner football, I am just a
realistic fan ," Hancock said . "Nebraska will win ."
Another person that thought the Huskers would win is
Bob Carrell, Dean of OU's School of Journalism.
"I am afraid that you guys (Nebraska) have the horses
this time and I think the difference will be the defense,"
Carrell said. . ,
Linda Capello, homemaker, said, "I don't know who
will win, but my husband (Ken) seems to think that Nebr
Nebraska will win because they have a better team than
Oklahoma this year."
An Oklahoma's player's wife said she thought the
Sooners would win. Lori Taton, wife of OU starting
defensive end Bruce Taton said, "I think we're going to
win. I want to go to the Orange Bowl. Our defense is vcy
powerful and it will be enough to hold Nebraska's offense.
Taton, a receptionist, said the players think they're
going to win. "I don't think it will be by a wide margin
Ava Johnson and Fred Morton also believe the Sooners
will win, but that it will be a close game.
"I think OU will win, but only by a five or six point
spread ," said Johnson , who is a student at OU.
"It will be a close-game, but I think OU will pull it out
by three points, provided they don't screw up and make a
a lot of mistakes," said Morton, a 1977 OU graduate who
works for KOMA radio in Oklahoma City. Morton added
that if the Sooners do lose, he hopes they play Texas in
the Cotton Bowl.
The owners of the Boardwalk Cafe, a campus nights
spot, also predicted a three-point Sooner win.
. "I think it will probably be 24-21 Oklahoma,' said
Mike Smith, who was speaking for co-owner Jack
Rosenberger as well. "I think the main reason will be Heis
.man Trophy winner Billy Sims getting his 200 yards a
game." "; ;
Two people thought the question of who was going to
win Saturday's game is a "dumb' Vne.
"I think Oklahoma will win, any more dumb
questions," said Judy Travis, who works part-time giving
acting lessons. "We've gotten the best of Nebraska the
past few years and since the game is here, it won't be any
different this year."
"That's a dumb question, we know OU will win be-
cause they're the better team," said Jo Ann Smith, an
, employee at the Holiday Inn.
Constant Young, who is retired , said she "guessed
Sooners would win.
"I may be going up the river without a paddle, but I
think the Sooners will win ," Young said .
Two people thought the game was a toss-up.
"I really don't know, who will win, it's a toss-up," said
housewife Barbara Witson. "It could go either way."
Steve Fulton, leader of a band called Oleo, said, "I
think it will be really close. I'd rate it a toss up. Whoever
is emotionally on top will win the game because the teams
are pretty evenly matched in the skilled departments."
Three OU students were confident of a Sooner victory.
Lisa Hamilton, an OU freshman from Lawton, Okla.,
"Oklahoma will win. The main reason is they will still
hold their title as Big Eight champs. I just think they're a
Denise Clrnelius, a freshman from Yukon, Okla. said,
"OU will win. If OU doesn't fumble a lot and can keep
from getting sloppy, I think they'll win."
Diane Benson, a junior, added "I think Oklahoma will
win because they're the better team."
One Norman woman who wished not to be identified
might have summed Oklahoma's attitude toward the game
"I think everybody down here is pretty worried about
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Photo by Mitch Hrdlicka
Nebraska freshman Kathy Hagerstrom (40) goes up for a shot in the Huskers 83-68
win over Weber State Saturday morning in the Husker Invitational. Defending are
Cindy Stumph (44) and Jenny Wilkening (31). Hagerstrom was third in scoring and
rebounding for the Huskers, who won all three games they played.
of fledgling g
Huskers sweep top places at Invite
The Nebraska women's gymnastics team
'opened its season by taking first place in
the eight-team Iowa Invitational Gymnas
tics meet Sunday at the University of Iowa.
The Lady Huskers set an all-time Ne
braska record with a 138.15 score, while
taking the first four places in the all
around. Fourth-year head coach Judy Schalk's
team dominated the meet by outscoring
Iowa, the second place team, by 12 points.
Senior Patti Carmichael-Gerard took the
all-around title with a 35.65 score. She also
won the vault and the floor exercise with
9.3 and 9.1 scores.
. Second-semester freshman Renee
Reisdorff finished second in the all-around
competition with a 35.10 mark while win
ning the balance beam.
Crissy Robertson and freshman Debbie
Harrison took third and fourth in the all
around competition with 33.85 and 33.25
Carmichael-Gerard and Reisdorff travel
to the University of Illinois Chicago Circle
Friday to compete in the Midwest Open.
The Huskers face the University of Iowa
Dec. 15 in their home opener.
By Paul Huscher
Nebraska's- two-time defending Big
Eight champion women's gymnastics team ,
will be stronger this year despite losing its .
top all-arounder from last year's team,
according to Patty ( Carmichael-Gerard.
Head Coach Judy Schalk's top , all
arounder this year,' Carmichael-Gerard
(wife of former Husker gymnast Larry
Gerard), who replaced last year's top per
former Peggy Liddick, said despite having a
young team the Huskers have more depth
and better talent than last year's team
which finished 11th in the nation a year
ago. . .
"I'm really excited about this year,"
said the 22-year-old senior from Montgom
ery ville, Pa, "This year's team has except
ional talent to go along with a good team
"Everyone's working real hard and the
young girls have been making exceptional
progress," she said. "I really believe we can
break into the top five teams in the nation
if we can stay away from injuries."
She also pointed out that the team is
larger this year (13 girls compared to eight
last year). This year's team has two seniors
seniors, two sophomores and nine fresh
man. Carmichael-Gerard said injuries will play
a big role in the team's performance this
year because " any little injury can hold
you up from training."
The Lady Huskers also are helped by
an excellent coaching staff, she said.
"Judy (Schalk) is a fine coach. .She
helped put me back together when I came
here," she said. "She was able to make me
finish 12th in the World University games (
(the highest collegiate level in the United
Being one of two seniors on the team,
along with Crissay Robertson, Carmichael
Gerard said she is also the oldest member
of the team.
"I'm considered the old lady of the
team and I'm probably one of the oldest
female collegiate athletes in the U.S.," she
"I've been in gymnastics a long time,
probably the longest on, the team, so I'm
able to give pointers to the other girls " she
Carmichael-Gerard said she has been in a
lot of big meets so I know what it takes
to achieve and get ahead, and I can help
the girls out in this way also."
"I would like to finish this year out
..well" she said. "I want to achieve as much
"as I did last year." V " "
" Carmichael-Gerard, the Big Eight's
defending floor exercise champion said she
has several goals for this year. v j '
"I'll have to do much better this year to
finish as high as I did last year, because of
improved competition," she said. 'To
finish 10th in the nation this year (as she
did last year) I'll have to perform well
enough to finish about sixth last year,"
Finishing fifth in the floor exercise at
nationals last year helped her earn AIAW
She said another goal is to become an
All-American again and to "bring home a
few more Big Eight medals instead of just
one like last year.
She said her routines are coming along
well, but her school work will be a big
factor this year.
Keeping her grade point average around
3.3 will require a lot of time studying, time
that could be used for gymnastic training,
Carmichael-Gerard, a political science
major, said she hopes to attend the
University of Nebraska College of Law
after she graduates in May.
"I believe in a world after gymnastics,"
she said. "I hope to nake the same
accomplishments in my future work as I
have in gymnastics." ,
Another reason she is satisfied with her
gymnastics career is the fact that she met
her husband at Nebraska, she said.
Gerard was one of Nebraska's top all
arounders from last year's NCAA
championship gymnastics team coached by
She said Gerard is presently training for
the 1980 Moscow Olympics and coaching
gymnastics at Lincoln Southeast High
Carmichael-Gerard said she will also be
going to Moscow in 1980. She will go in
July with NBC-TV as a technical assistant
She said she kids her husband about
going to Moscow. "He doesn't like the idea
of his wife going for sure," she said.
Chances are youH see both of them in
Moscow because Gerard recently placed
third in the World Games behind Bart
Conner and Curt Thomas, and his wife said
his chances of making the VS. Olympic
team are "pretty good."
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