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NOTES FROM THE EDITOR: MG 71 : During the past few months your editor and Ken Sakoda our Art Director have been going over and evaluating the production needs, schedule and contents of the M.G. to see where we could make improvements. 1. The most obvious need , is to improve our mailing schedule and this will be our primary goal for ' 71. We intend to accelerate our production schedule by whatever means necessary (prescheduled articles, photos , meet results, reports, calendar inserts, and ads not in on time wi II be left for the next edition) to gain at least one week on every edition until we are on time with our mailing schedule. 2 . In our brain picking sessions we came up with the thought that although our M.G . logo on the cover was well known and identifiable to the coach and Gymnast, was it doing what it could or should to identify and promote the sport of gymnastics as much as possible? The answer was no. So Ken went to work and came up with what we feel is an attractive and functional new heading for the M.G. Not just by name, but also by abstract All-Around event symbols, (which were designed by Craig Matsumoto) don ' t be surprised if Ken comes up with decals, T-shirts, bumper stickers, and other ideas using our new M.G . logo to promote the sport. 3 . As to content , changes are still under discussion; but a few plans have emerged to the effect that we plan to use more and larger photos (especially sequence photos) , more extensive High School coverage, a better calendar of events system , emphasis on instructional aids and over all, COMMUNICATE GYMNASTICS . 4. Stimulate M.G. subscriber growth around the world , which will give us more contacts for material and $ $ $ for working capital to continue improving your M.G. magazine. There were many other thoughts beyond those listed above on how we can better serve you and Gymnastics through the M.G.; but this is a good ambitious start . Already under way, on point # 1 . You should be receiving this edit ion at least a week . sooner then you received the last M.G. Point #2, is a reality and we hope you enjoy it . Point # 3, (A) we have started our increased High School coverage as the official publication for the National High School Gymnastic Coaches Association. Gymnasts, be sure your coach joins the NHSGCA as there will be many benefits for you and your team when your coach is a member. (B) See the new calendar program notice in this edition. (C) Gerald George has written several hundred letters to coaches allover the country to solicit material for his "Anyone for AIIAround " instructional series, which will be resumed in the M.G. shortly. On point #4, once the M.G . is on schedule, subscription growth should follow. P. S. Have a good year for '71 . 4
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NOTES FROM THE EDITOR, Glenn Sundby
VIEWPOINTS , Dick Criley
NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL NEWS, Bill Ballester
U.S.A. VERSUS SWITZERLAND AND JAPAN, Bill Roetzheim
MID-WEST GYMNASTIC CHAMPIONSHIPS, Clarke Shultes
NEW ENGLAND GYMNASTIC CLINIC, Dr. Joe Massimo
MG CENTER PHOTO , Russell C. Brown
REGIONAL REPORTS , Jerry Wright
THE DREAMER, Robert B. Davis
COVER : On the January issue of the Modern Gymnast, we are featuring a photograph by Russell C. Brown, taken at the New England Clinic. The photograph is of Canada's top gymnast, Andre Simard .
PUBLISHER-EDITOR: Glenn Sundby ASSOCIATE EDITORS, STAFF: Kenneth Sakoda, Dick Criley ASSOCIATE EDITORS, FEATURE: A Bru ce Frederick, Education; Dr. James S. Bosco, Research; Jerry Wright, Competition ; Frank Bare, USGF; John Nooney, Canada; Andrzej Gonera, European; Gerald George, Dan Millman, Don Tonry, AA Instructional; Bill Roetzheim, Instructional. THE MO DE RN GYM NAST magazine is pu blis hed by Su ndby Pub li cations, 41 0 Broadway, Santa MOl)ico, Ca lifo rn ia 9040 1. Second Class Pos tage pa id a t Santa Monica, Ca lif. Published rrion th ly except bi -mo nt h ly June, J uly, August a nd Septembe r. Pri ce $6.00 pe r year, 6Qc a sing le copy. Subscription co rllespond 路 ence, Th e MO DE RN GYMNAST, P.O. Box 6 11, Santa Mo ni ca, Cal iforn ia 90406. Copy right 1971漏 all r ights rese rved by SUNDBY PUB LI CATI ONS, 4'10 Broadway, Santa Monica , Calif. All photos and manuscripts submifted become t he p roperty of The MO DERN GYMNAST un less a retu rn reques t and suff ic ie nt postage are included.
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SO. ILLINOIS UNIV. GYMNAST KILLED Seven members of the Mens Gymnastics Team of the Southern Illinois University, accompanied by Coach Meade, left Carbonda le by plane for Des Moines, Iowa on the evening of 11 December 1970. They were to represent SIU at the Iowa Open , and the group represented SIU' s best pos sible team, limited to seven by the capacJOHN LAWRENCE ARNOLD ity of the twin Beechcraft plane used for 8 October 1950 - 11 December 1970 the flight. Traveling the Interstate highway from Des Moines to Ames , about two John lived in Northbrook, Illin ois, miles from Ames a long patch of ice on and graduated from Glenbrook North an otherwise clear highway set the station High School in 1968. Though a fina lwagon carrying the seven into a skid. The ist in the Illin ois State High School car rolled throwing f ive of the seven from Meet, outstanding gymnastics was the ca r, and rolled or bounced over those still a few years away. Coach Meade f ive. John Arnold, though showing few said of him in an interview shortly external marks, suffered internal injuries before John's death , " I have to say and died , peacefully and painlessly, within Arno ld must be a contender for a a few minutes at the edge of the highway. national ring tit le if he contin ues to The remaining six suffered injuries, but work as he has. I feel it' s 路going to miraculously none of these proved serious. be a constant battle meet by meet Thomas Lindner, the driver and member of the USA Wor ld Games Team , and Donald Locke, escaped with minor cuts and bruises. Ronald Alden (4th in 1970 NCAA cut. There are many fine people who coach Side Horse, 2nd 1970 Midwest Championin the Connecticut area who would be sh ips) remained in hospital for a few days avai lable aid for us in presenting an exce lbut is now discharged and on his way to lent and needed cl in ic for a growing sport working out again. Freshmen Gary Morava in Conn . (III . State AA 1970 Champion, 9th AA A Promotional Idea Midwest 1970) and Nick Woolls (Ind iana From Michigan State AA Champ ion) and Junior Tim Frank (FX,V,HB) are getting back to gymnastics For the first time anywhe re, the Univerafter a few stitches and a coup le of weeks sity of Michigan is offerin g season tickets of rest. to home gymnastic meets . The Wo lver in es The memorial services for John Arnold have four meets at Crisler Arena and you were held in the Northbrook Village can see all the exciting action for just $3 . Church, in his home town north of Chi- (You save $1 and he lp support one of the cago. Attendance by all of his teammates finest gymnast ic programs in the nation.) and close friends despite examination What are you buying? A chance to see week at the University was made possible the defending Big Ten and NCAA chamby the University, which provided its pionship team in act ion against the finest largest plane for the trip . competition in the Midwest. Michigan State, Ohio State, powerfu l Iowa and InFirst Annual Hartford Clinic diana State in a triangular, and Eastern report by John J. Reilly M ichigan are the attractions. A lso, there I w9u ld like to take this opportunity to are trampoline exhib iti ons that feature give a brief report on the first ever Gym- NCAA champion George Huntzicker. All nastics Clinic at Hartford Public High this in Crisler Arena . School, Hartford, Conn. It was conducted by Mr. Mike Jacobson and Miss Cinnie 1972 Munich Olympic Tour Maloney of Southern Conn. As most peoFrank Endo, who is an experienced ple know Mike was standout performer and traveler to many Olympic and World A ll -American at Penn State. For its f irst Games is organ izing a tour to Munich. year the clinic drew about eighty' people, Departure can be from either Los Angeles around 40 buys and 40 girls plus 10 or 12 or Seatt le flying via SAS over the polar coaches from throughout the state. The route . Tour will be from Aug . 21-Sept. 5. host coach was Mr. John J. Reilly of Those interested are to write for full deH.P.H.S . We are hoping to make this clinic tails from: Frank Endo, 12200 So . Berendo an annual affair for the state of Connecti- Ave., Los Ange les, Ca li f . 90044.
between him and Charlie (Ropiequet, (rings) 1st Midwest 1969, 2nd NCAA 1970). Arno ld impressed everyone at Midwest, and by that I mean all the coac hes. " Arnold ' s performance at Midwest on Rings estab lis hed him as one of the outstanding ringmen of the country. His 9.40 average in preliminaries, his 9.60 tie with the eventual winner in the superior judge's scores, attest to his success and his rapid cl imb to prominence. Hi s parallel bar set made John the best candidate SIU has ever had for an NCAA first on Parallel Bars. But not for his gymnastics alone will we remember him. I be li eve it was im possible to get angry with him, or to fail to pay attention to his quiet, helpful hints. Bill Meade, a man not known for his even temperament or soft-spoken man ner, says he cannot recall eve ry having to raise his voice in coaching him. My experience was the same. A bit of a poet, more of an artist than a compet itor at heart, an outstanding student and human being, John Arno ld enriched the lives of all of us. Know ing him and working w ith him has been one of my most rewarding experiences. H. J. Biesterfeldt, Jr., Ph .D. Southern Illin ois University
Long Island Gymnastic Camp report by Peter Bacon This year' s camp was held in two sessions-August 23-28 and August 29-Sept. 5, 1970. The camp is directed by Peter Bacon , Emerson Dunton, Midge Cairns, and Feno Vo lpe. The men's staff was headed by Mike Jacobson of Am erican Ath letic Equipment Co. and the girl ' s staff by Tom Auchterlonie a former Springfie ld College gym-
nast (who by th e way runs his own girls camp earlier in the summer in up state N .Y.).
The master instructo rs for men includ ed Bob Eisinger, Rick Black, Doug Alt, Bob Pataky, and Ned Crossley. The girls staff included Kate Rafferty, judy Black, Ute Alt, Chris Collier, and Lois Eisinger. (Many of the above being former Springfield College gymnasts.) Th e camp catered to o ne hundred boys and gi rl s each week. Each Gymnast and coach received individua l help in prob lem solving and general wo rk-o ut sessio ns. A lth ough the camp is a Gymnast ics Camp, recreational activit ies were made avai lab le such as sw imming, tennis, vo ll eyball , and a 40 foot sail boat captai ned by Coach Bob Pataky.
The National YMCA Gymnastic Championships Th e 22nd Men's and 7th Women 's National YMCA Gymnastic Championships will be held at the New Canaan Community YMCA in New Canaan, Conn ecticut this co min g April 16 and 17, 1971. Th e Nationa l YMCA Operating Council for Gymnastics has approved the new World Games Adaptat ion Routines, w hi ch are th e junior National Women ' s routines for the comp ul so ri es for the 7th Women's National YMCA Championships. Th e Men ' s compulsories routin es will be, as last year, the 1970 juni or National Men' s Routines. Copies of the compulsory exerc ises m ay be obtained free of cha rge by writing Mr. William Buffa, 53 Skymeadow Place, Elmsford, New York. Entry ' blanks and further meet information may be o btain ed from Meet Director Patrick j . King, Physical Education Directcr, New Canaan Community YMCA, 564 South Avenue, New Canaan, Conn . 06840 .
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Old Gentlemen On a recent TV panel which directed attention to the "Sports Revolution," Olympic swim m er Murray Rose charged that the Olympics have become too big and too cost ly. As examples, he cited the t remendo us building efforts of Mexico City and Munich and the heavy expenditures by Moscow, Los Angeles, and Montreal seeking to host the 1976 Olympics. In addition , the costs to each participating country multiply as the number of co mpetito rs, coac hes, trainers, m anagers and off icia ls increases. One solution Rose offered was to reduce o r elim inate team competit ions (i.e., basketball, socce r, hockey, water polo, etc.) . He felt this wou ld have at least two advantages: elimi~ate the costs of several different stadia for the host and reduce the number of athl etes to be financed by each participating country. In the same panel exchange, former profootball star, Rosey Grier, urged the reduction of po liti cs in athletics. In parallel with this pl ea, Olympics swimmer and gold medalist, Don Schollander, wrote in the October 1970 iss ue of Signature m agazine
that too much nationalism had crept into O lympic ceremony and that cou ntr ies were using the Olympics to pol iti cal ends. As a first step to elimi nat in g political overtones, Schollander suggested doing away with flags and anthem-p laying at the cere monies ho norin g the medalists. While not denying pride in repres enting his count ry, Schollander argued that the Olympics were set up to honor ath letics and the athlete, not a country. The concept of amateurism, particularly as it has evolved in the past decade, is a far c ry from the ideal env isio ned by the founders of amateur sport. Murray Rose argued that it (amateurism) is an anachronism perpetuated by "old gentleme n" and that in the reality of today true amateurism is imposs ibl e. Few ath letes in any sport can find the tim e, the faci lities, and the coachin g necessa ry to co m pete internationally unless some aid is provided. If a workable answer is not found , all th e 10C legislation against equipment manufacturers' payoffs will go for naught as alternatives will be found to finance athletes and parade a company' s products. A number of solut ions have been offered. These range from national sports schoo ls w hich co uld undertake to train ath letes in their post-college days to separate compet itio ns for "tru e" amateurs versus those from gove rnm ent subsidized p rograms. Th e Modern Gymnast at one time (Dece mber 1967) carr ied a guest editorial by Olympic skati ng champ, Irving j affee, who urged m onetary support of the amateur programs by the professional sports. Such funds would go to the sports schools, scholarships, and coac hes so that an athlete's training cou ld continue as long as he was competitive ly wo rth y. The United States and other English-speaking nations are alm ost alo ne in their lack of govern m ental suppo rt of international athletics. If Murray Rose's "o ld gentlem en" have their way this situation will continue to exist.
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NATIONAL BIGB SCBOOL NEWS Bill Ballester President, NHSGCA
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The National High School Federation has recently developed and published a high school rule book for boys which is curMore gymnasts . . . more coaches . . . rently being evaluated nationally. This more schools ... more. rules ... and more book is available to each state and each responsibility .. . . The high school gymnasstate can choose to accept or reject it. It tics programs throughout the United States is certainly a step in the right directioncontinue to grow in leaps and bounds; its national conformity to develop continuity potential growth is limited only by lack of in our total program . qualified coaches and teachers . The National Federation of State High More and more non-gymnasts are acSchool Athletic Associations and Executive cepting teaching and coaching positions in Secretary, Clifford B. Fagan, are to be con~ high school gymnastics; many are doing gratulated for the insight and leadership excellent jobs and are extremely successful. they have displayed in providing the book, These coaches as well as former gymnasts路 . in addition to the committee who prepared are constantly seeking aids, books, clinics, the book : john Hines (chairman) , Indiana; and all forms of help that will enable them Fred Bellman, California; Sid Drain , Illito do a better job. nois; Tom Hesiak, Wisconsin ; Harry JohnThe National High School Gymnastics son, Oregon ; Bert Lark, Vermont ; and RusCoaches Association in conjunction with ty Mitchell , New Mexico. Copies of the Modern Gymnast will provide as much inbook may be obtained from the National formative articles, area reports and general Federation of State High School Athletic news as is possible to be of service. Associations, 7 South Dearborn Street, ChiThe elected officers of the NHSGCA are cago, Illinois, 60603 . Bill Ballester, President; Tom Gardner, Illinois has a weekly paper, the Illinois Vice-President ; and George jessup, SecrePrep Sports Special, that has one to two tary-Treasurer. pages per issue on Illinois high school In addition to the officers there are area gymnastics. Many articles may be of value to your local or State programs : feature representatives who will provide materials to Modern Gymnast for the NHSGCA colarticles on schools and individual gymnasts, a top twenty State ranking for schools; a umn. We need your help on articles and top twenty All-around ranking for indivimeets. We will print YOUR articles and dual gymnasts, to name just a few. This welcome all types of materials that may be of service to other coaches and teachers . paper and these articles have greatly increased the State-wide interest in gymnasSend your information to the area repretics. Information may be obtained from : sentative closest to you : jack Taylor, Illinois Prep Sports Special, 321 West Main Cross, Taylorville, Illinois, Area Correspondents for 62568. High School Gymnastics The United States Gymnastics Federation Illinois is now recognized by the Federation of Frank Walsh International Gymnastics as the governing 17113 Evans Court body for gymnastics in the U.S.A. This is a South Holland, Illinois victory for all gymnasts. The U .S.G .F., its 60473 supporters, and especially Frank Bare, ExIndiana ecutive Director, are to be congratulated john Hinds for their untiring and unselfish job . Columbus High School Good luck to you and your gymnastics Columbus, Indiana program this year. Let's get those articles 47201 in to your area representatives so that we Colorado & Denver area know what YOU are doing. Talk to you Chuck Ehrlich next month. 11516 E. Amherst Circle-North Denver, Colorado Report by 80232 Charles Ehrlich Far Northwest Hal Halverson COLORADO 532% -4th Avenue-West Kalispell, Montana Gymnastics season in Colorado is con59901 sidered a spring sport, beginning in February and ending the second week of May. East Coast This season has been increased for 1971 George jessup from ten weeks to fourteen weeks. There 185 Cornell St. Newton Lower Falls, are many fine teams in Colorado with Ranum High School , coached by Lou BaMassachusetts 02162
retta, being the best. Last year their team won state with a score of 191.30 based on the six olympic events plus trampoline and tumbling. This team was led by Mark Graham (now at Colorado State University) who scored 49.3 for All-Around which is the best ever in Colorado. In Colorado dual meet competition, four contestants are allowed per event with the best three scores counting. Out of those four contestants one must be a designated all-around. This coming 1971 season will see tumbling only used as a special event not counting in team score. So for determining a dual meet winner, the best three scores on the six olympic events plus trampoline must be added to the predesignated all-around final score. (note : free-exercise in this state must be worked on a 40'x40' -1" reselite mat) For scoring, Colorado uses the F.I.G. code of point system without exception, with two judges per event for dual meet competition and four judges per event for district and state competition . Last year (1970) the Colorado Gymnastic Association was fortunate to be able to use Denver University's facilities for its state meet. Competitive high school teams in Colorado number forty-five. So far competition has been limited to varsity level because most high schools are only three year schools, but there will be an attempt to experiment with junior-varsity competition. This coming year an eye should kept on the following Colorado teams. They are: Ranum High Schoolcoached by Mr. L. Baretta Westminister High Schoolcoached by Mr. B. Clark Aurora Central High School coached by Mr. R. jackson Wasson High School coached by Mr. M. Larson Billy Mitchell High Schoolcoached by Mr. H. Metz Cherry Creek High School coached by Mr. C. Ehrlich Denver South High School coached by Mr. G. Koehnke Returning all-arounds from last year's state meet to look for are Robin Stoecker (Ranum), Bicho Alexander (Aurora Central), and Leo Hollberg (Cherry Creek). That's it from your Rocky Mountain observer. See you next month.
Report by John Hines
INDIANA High School gymnastics is on the move in Indiana, a state in which active high school competition has existed for only ten years . Only for the past four years has the sport been sanctioned and governed by the Indiana High School Athletic Association. In ten years the number of teams has grown from four to thirty plus and a recent study indicates that this number may well double in the next couple of years. Behind much of this growth is a group of active coaches that make up the Indiana High School Gymnastic Coaches Association and the IHSAA which consistently indicates
a ge nuin e interest in th e deve lopment of hi gh school gym n as tics in Indi ana. Both of these associations have worked act ive ly and cooperat ive ly i n th e deve lopment of rul es and regu lat ions. Rece ntly the high schoo l coaches went o n reco rd as favoring rese rve m eets using on ly compu lsory rou tin es. If adopted, this action would have far reac hin g effects upo n gymnastics in Indi ana and the Natio n. Also, und er co nside rat ion in Indi ana by the state's hi gh schoo l coac h es is a reco mmend ation that o ur state adopt th e recently d eveloped National Fede rat ion rul es. Compet itive strength in gymnastics in Indi ana varies from one area t o anothe r. For the past severa l years Co lum bus High School has dominated th e p rep gym nas tic scene. However, this year the power ap pea rs to be distr ibuted throughout th e state. Such wide ly scatte red sch ools as North Central , Elkhart, Jimtown and Co lumbu s all have their strengths an d on ly time will decide the 1971 State Champio ns. Most Ind iana gymn astic teams begin pract ice i n Octobe r and finish w ith the state m eet in February. During this time th e average team wi ll have fifteen dual m eets. The average number of participants per school is thirty. At th e present time eight eve nts are contested in the sta te m eet: tumbling, trampoline, floor exe rcise, side h o rse, ho ri zo ntal bar, para ll el bars, sti ll rings and the al l around consisting of th e Olympic events. F.I.G. rul es are followed with specific modifi ca tions . To qualify pa rt icipants for th e state m eet three sectionals are held and t he top five m en in each eve nt in each sectional advance. In the state m eet th e team title is decided by totaling points awa rd ed team m embers for individual pl ace m ent. In conc lusi o n, high schoo f gymn as tics in Indian a is in th e neop hyte stage but its presence is being felt aro und the co untry and wi ll continu e to b e fe lt as it grows and the calibe r co ntinu es to improve.
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The last performer was scored, and Ljubljana quickly reverted from the gymnastic capital of the world to a quaint mountain town. Although most teams were hurrying back home, the U.S .A. had one final challenge yet to meet. This was in the form of a triangular meet to be held Oct. 31st in Zurich, Switzerland. As we boarded the plane in Yugoslavia our American team was looking forward to seeing japan in action once again and being evaluated in a direct comparison with the Swiss team. We arrived in Zurich late Wednesday, Oct. 28th. Practices were scheduled for Thursday and Friday with competition on Saturday night. Suddenly, the doldrums
dicted that in competition these weaknesses would cause them to break many time s. We were warm ing up at the same time they competed at the world games, so it was quite a shock when I read their team totals at the end of each session. They not only did not break, but after losin g a gymnast w ith an injury early in the competition we re forced to count every score. They went thru wit hout a mishap in spite of this tremendous pressure. Th e stadium at Zurich was immense, seating over 12,000 people, and the contest was a complete sell out. In fact, this was the largest crowd eve r assembled in Switzerland to witness a gymnastic event. Photos by Don Wilkinson
u. S. A. Vs. Switzerland and Japan By Bill Roetzheim (Note: This is the conclusion of an article begun in our last issue reporting on the Wo rld Championship in Yugoslavia and the dual meets held before and after this contest.-Ed.)
h it. Everyone began to have difficulty " Psyching" up for this meet coming as it did on the heels of the World Games. This down feeling was reflected in our training. The boys were having trouble getting through productive workouts. This was interpreted by some team members as being physically drained, but I believe it was strictly a mental concept. Weaknesses began to show up in optionals that were previously overlooked. Weak points became cracks, and cracks, fissures. I watched in disbelief as one of our gymnasts missed his side horse mount fifteen consecutive times. Where this move had always given him minor trouble it was now magnified out of proportion . I have never subscribed to the adage of " poor practice, good meet." It has always been my observation that poor practices build anxiety and this is one factor that doesn't need to be increased when competing. All of this was fresh in our minds as we boarded the bus for the arena that Saturday night. After turning in an erroneous scouting report on the Swiss only th e week before, I was looking forward to seeing them in action. It was in Ljubljana three days before the games that Frank Cumiskey and I had watched his team go through their paces. They tumbled heavily, turned their hips out on flank circles and were most unimpress ive. Both Frank and myself pre-
The methodical planning for which the SWiss are known went into this m eet. They had the japanese to draw the crowd and th e Americans to give them someone to beat. In order to effici en tly run this meet without boring the crowd two events were worked simultaneously. The japan ese felt the strain of the past few weeks and had many slight breaks which made them only a superior team instead of a super colossal outfit. We also had trouble with routines, leaving only the Swiss to continue performing to their maximum. This level did not match th e ski II of the japanese, yet it demonstrated the importance of coaching. In defeating
the Americans the headline in the Zu rich Sunday paper said it all - it read, "Magic jack Doe s it Again. " jack Gunthard was not a magici an but a well-schooled coach p laced in a workab le situat ion . He did not have the super stars or a large group of gymnasts to choose from in bui lding his national team. What he did have was continu ity of coaching and the money to carry out a workable program . The other required ingredient was the great compet iti ve longevity of his team . Each of his gymnasts, upon making the national team, guaranteed they would continue as compet itors for X number of years. Funds were appropriated to bring
their young men together every week. It was at th ese gatherings that jack had the opportunity to study and learn about each of his gymnasts. He slow ly formu lated each of their routines structuring them to take advantage of body build and natural ab ili ty. He knew them well enough to d erive a master plan for each competitor and to instruct regional coaches as to what work out plans to follow. His team personnel did not turn over yearly. This was the same team that toured the U.S .A . two years ago. This continuation of coach and team with the necessary money appropriated for training has led to a winning combination . Mr. Gunthard is not a
parttime national coach but is well paid to handle the Swiss team on a fulltime basis. If a program of this magnitude can be fostered by little Switzerland, can we do less? In the closing ceremonies watches were presented and each coach asked to speak . Gene Wettstone captivated the 12,000 people when he said in perfect Swiss dialect, " how can a littl e nation like yours beat such a big country as the U.S.A ., especially after we bought so many of your watches?" Team Scores japan 287.90 Switzerland 278.75 U.s.A. 274.15 All Around 1. Akinoni Nakayama - 57.85, japan; 2. Shigenu Kasamatsu - 57.70, japan; 3. Mitsuo Tsukahana - 57.30, japan; 4. Fumio Honma - 57.00, japan; 5. Takeshi Kato56.50, japan; 6. Hans Ettlin - 56.25, Swiss; 7. Makato Sakamoto - 56.05, U.S.A.; 8. Peter Rohner - 55.90, Swiss ; 9. Roland Hurzel er - 55.60, Swiss; 10. Paul Ti cke noff - 55.00, U.S.A.; 11. Meinrad Benchtold54.75 , Swiss; 12. Edi Greutmann - 54.60, Swiss; 13 . Brent Simmons - 54.55, U.S.A.; 14. Max Bruhwiler - 54.05, Swiss; 15 . Kanati Allen - 53.85, U.S.A.; 16. Marshal Avener - 53 .55, U.S.A.; 17. George Greenfield - 53 .05, U.S.A.; 18. Eizo Kenmotsu - 48.10, japan (inju red). I covered outstanding moves executed at the games in the last issue, now let's look at tricky combinations. Rings Stem up, japanese Inlocate, Stra ight arm back uprise to a handstand. Cross, pass th rough a back lever, i mmediate kip to an " L" position. High Bar Front Stalder, imm ed iate pirouette, immediate back Stalder. Back Stalder, and as you come out " Ono Hop," (California Hop) % giant to hecht reg rasp. Stem up, drop into Stalder, to immediate full pirouette reach in with cubital grip Ono spin to vault. Back uprise, straddle double rear to imm ediate Stalder. Takamoto, vau lt, draw legs between arm s shoot backwards to Czechstemme stoop out on top, hop to reverse grip at bottom and draw legs between arms on the end of the forward swing jamming to inverted gian ts. Parallel Bars Stutz, to a back with a full off. Back toss, to a basket handstand , i mmediate pirouette, to a cast support. Side Horse jump to two flank circles in cross support rearways, hop to flank circle on the same end to a front in immediate Czechkehre around far pommer. Reverse Czechkehre side trave l to an immediate reverse Czechkehre sid e travel into saddle. Front in to immediate Czechkehre on far pommel to an immediate front out. Reverse Czechkehre mount to a backward stochl i (all on one pommel).
Mid West Gymnastic Championships Report by Clarke shultes In short the " Mid West" meet was a g reat one this year, competition both girls (Friday night) and men ' s on (Saturday) was of a very high caliber and the meet was very well attended (3,500 F~iday night & 7,500(+ ) Saturday night). I might note there were 361 gymnasts entered in the meet, with 150(+) in meet events during the pre-lims; needless to say it was a bea r to judge. Meet highlights: Trampoline: George Huntzicher won both pre-lims (9.55) and finals (9.35), no doubt-he's the best. LH : (Iowa State) Five of six in the finals were from I.S .U. , Mason Buck did very well; geed hecht-very good form and stuck both landings. R: Dave Seal (Indiana路 State) looked tough, he threw good piked double dismount (9.5). Routines, nine competitors averaged 4 Y2 C moves. Most routines were hit well. PB : Great swing routine , Takie Yoshiaha (9.5) Dennis Maz (5th) (9.15) did a great peach hand mount. HB: Best event of the meet, the winner had a long look, and easy flowing routine . Tom Lindner (9.6), Neil Schmitt (Iowa) looked strong (9.4), Brent Simmons (Iowa State) ver clean (9.5), Mark Davis (S. I.U .) V~ way tough routine-wind up on giants and triple back dismount (9.05).
Dave Seal (I.S.U.I 1 st Rings, piked double dismount.
Dick Hamm ers (Ma nkato State) tough routine with one arm (overgrip) giant, followed by a double full dismount (9.15). FX: Takie Yoshiaki (Georgia State) (9.4), very good combinations. Jim Stevenson (Iowa State) strong tumbling. Rich Simmons (Iowa State) clean and strong tumbling. sH: Ken Barr (9.45) (Illinois) throughout super set on horse, no less than six C moves-he looked better than when he won a year ago. Ron Alden (S.I.U.) (9.4) clean. They both had much " behind the back." AA : Brent Simmons super clean, (55.35), good balance, made finals in all but side horse. Gary Morava (51.70) Freshman at s.I.U. last year State AA champion in Illinois, was very tough on high bar, floor exercise (9.25) and parallel bars . His is the only new comer to the scene. Number of competitors per team to m ake finals: Iowa State (IS): 15, Southern Illinois University (sIU): 7, Indiana State (InS): 6, Georgia Southern (Gs): 4, North Eastern Louisiana (NEL): 3, Illinois State University (lSU): 3, University of Michigan (UM): 3, University of Illinois (UI): 2.
EVENT FINALS: Trampoline: 1) George Huntsicker (UM), 9.35; 2) Dale Hardt (sIU), 9.30; 3) Terry Haines (IS), 9.20; 4) John Hoffman (lsU), 9.15; 5) Gary Smith (sWL), 7.55. Free Exercise: 1) Yoshiaki Takie (Gs), 9.40; 2) Jim Stevenson (lsU), 9.30; 2) Rick Simmons (lSU), 9.30; 4) Gary Morava (sIU), 9.25; 5) Brent Simmons (lSU), 9.20. Side Horse: Ken Barr (UI), 9.45; 2) Ron Alden (s IU ), 9.40; 3) Mike Kaziny (UM), 9.30; 4) Ed Slezak (lnSU) , 9.20; 5) Darryl Miller (BYU), 9.15; 5) Russ Hoffman (lsU), 9.15. Rings: Dave Seal (InsU), 9.50; 2) Chuck Ropiequ et (SIU), 9.35; 3) Jim Hopper (UI), 9.30; 3) Yoshiaki Takie (Gs), 9.30; 5) John Arnold (sIU), 9.25; 5) Chuck Froeming (UI), 9.25; 5) Ben Fernandez (Uln), 9.25. long Horse: Mason Buck (ISU), 9.30; 2) Brent Simmons (lsU), 9.175; 3) John Pellikan (lnsU), 9.10; 4) Jim Gilberto (lsU), 9.05; 5) Rick Simmons (lSU ), 8.95. Parallel Bars: Yoshiaki Takie (G,s), 9.50; 2) Toshio Otoshi (NEL), Dave Butzman (lSU), 9.30; 4) Brent Simmons (lSU), 9.20; 5) Dennis Mazur (lsU), 9.15 . Horizontal Bar: Tom Linder (S IU), 9.60; 2) Brent Simmons (ISU), 9.50; 3) Neil Schmitt (UI ), 9.40; 4) Rick Scorza (UI), 9.30; 5) Dick Hammers (Ms), 9.15. All-Around: 1) Brent Simmon s (lsU), 55.35; 2) Yoshiaki Takie (GS), 55.30; 3) Dave Butzman (ISU), 53.55; 4) Neil Schmitt (UI ), 53 .00; 5) Toshio Otoshi (NEL), 52.85; 6) Tom Linder (S IU), 52.45; 7) Rich Scorza (UI), 52 .20; 8) Dennis Mazur (ISU), 51.75; 9) Gary Morava (S IU), 51.70; 10) Jim Stevenson (ISU), 51.10.
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New England Gymnastic Clinic
Dr. Joe Massimo
The annual New England Gymnastic Clinic was held on November 27 and 28th at Lowell Technological In st itute, Lowell, Massachusetts . The clinic has enjoyed the reputation of being one of th e finest teaching clinics of its kind in th e nation . Again this year the New England Clinic attracted 1200 gymnasts and coaches from throughout the eastern area and provided for competent instruction to yo ung people interested in developing their gymnastic ability at a variety of leve ls. Although Lowell ' s facility is beautiful ind eed it is somewhat sma ll er than th e previous sites of th e New England clinic. Because of this fact certain modifications were mad e in the program
primarily in terms of a reduction in the number of teaching stations available for complete instructi o n and problem solving at all levels. The Lecture-Demonstration format given by Master Teachers was maintained and again proved highly successful. (Atte ndance at some Master lectures ran as high as 300!) Special sessions in dance, judging, film analysis, World Game report, and the Psychology of Coaching were also given. Despite some space limitations the clinic ran extremely smoothly attesting to administrative ability of Mr. Richard Aronso n the Clinic Director and the members of his staff. An added feature of the clinic this year was an Interna tional Competition for women (Friday night) and for men (Saturday night) between the United States and Canada. Both teams were composed of two national leve l competitors and four collegiate or junior national level gymnasts. Rep-
resenting Canada were Andre Simard, Sid jensen, Pierre Leclerc, Bruce Medd, jean Gagnon and Rene Bigras. Representing New England were Bob Emery, jim Culhane, Bob Cargill, jeff Wiles, Rich Martin and Norman Vexler. Canada dominated the individual events and the all-around while the New England team won the team competition because of superior depth. Simard and jensen combined to win nine of the eighteen event awards and took first and second respectively in the all-around competition. Simard totaled 53.65 and took firsts in side horse and long horse vaulting. jensen totaled 53.45 and was first in floor exercise, rings and parallel bars. Bob Emery was third in the all-around with 52.00 and showed the effects of the difficulty of trying to combine medical studies with gymnastic training. The superior depth of the New England team was shown by the all-
around ran kings. They took places three through eight behind Simard and jensen . jim Culhane was the lone New England event winner as he took first place on the horizontal bar. The team score was: New England 260.00 - Canada 244.50. Bearded Andre Simard was the favorite of the 2,000 spectators as he placed above nine in four of the six events. Outstanding routines in the meet were performed by Bob Cargill and Sid j ensen on the Rings and by jim Culhane on the high bar. Following is the summary : Floor Exercise: 1. jensen, C 9.2, 2. Emery, NE 9.15, 3. Simard, C 9.05.' Side Horse: 1. Simard, C 9.0, 2. Culhane, NE 8.85, 3. Martin, NE 8.55. Rings: 1. jensen, C 9.4, 2. Cargill, NE 9.3, 3. Vexler, NE 9.05. Long horse: 1. Simard, C 9.15, 2. Cargill, NE 9.1, 3. Gagnon, C 9.0, Emery, NE 9.0.
Parallel bars: 1. jensen, C 9.1, 2. Emery, NE 9.05, 3. Simard, C 8.85. High bar: 1. Culhane, NE 9.25. 2. Simard, C 9.15, 2. jensen, C 9.15. The people most responsible for the continued success of this exciting gymnastic affa ir are the members of the Clinic Executive Committee whose dedication to the sport has received much deserved national attention. Clinic Executive Committee: Richard Aronson (Chairman elect), Frank Wolcott, Erik Kjeldsen , Bob Hanscom, George jessup, AI Bickum, Isidore Battino, Kitty Kjeldsen, Marge Smith, jeff Cardinali. Master Teaching Staff, Men: Rusty Mitchell, Dave Thor, Bob Emery, jim Culhane, Glenn Wilson , Mike jacobsen . Women: Delene Darst, Ernestine Carter, Kathy (Corrigan) Ekas, Dr. joseph Massimo, Mary Foltretht (Canada - Coach), Dan Peterson (Dance). 15
REGIONAL REPORTS Jerry Wright, Coordinator
Region 1 - Connecticut, "Mahle, Massachu路 setts, New Hampshire, Rhode lsltlnd, Vermont.
Yale University - Coach Don Tonry reports that the 1970-71 Yale team has more depth than all his past teams. AA: Steve Young, Rich Miller, Ray Kinoshita. FX: AA + Chris Khoury , John Malick. SH: AA + Malick, Bob Rossback. SR: AA + Juhn Waxman, Khoury. LH: AA + Malick , Hunt Buckley. PB: AA + Tom Mooney , Paul Zorabedian. HB : AA + Ca rl Pabo , Mooney. Princeton - Coach Joel Baba gives us practically no indication of what he has as a team or what his prospects for the season are. The only thing Joel does report is that he has at least two gymnasts, captain Fred Gooding and Jack Sackett. The team apparently will be building character this year. Boston State - No indication as to what this team is capable of scoring so here is the lineup : AA: Kent Albrecht, James Farley, David Montani , Tim Wright. FX: AA + Brian Boyd, Owen Boyd , James Perry. SH: AA + B. Boyd, O. Boyd , Bill Reynolds , Skane. SR: AA + Robert Ameroso, Mike Clark, Richard Furguson, Richard Simmonelli , Ed Simpson. LH: AA + Ameroso, Mike Capobianch, Reynolds , Perry. PB: AA + Ameroso, O. Boyd, Capobianch , Ferguson , Tom Schell, Skane. HB : AA + Perry, Schell , Simpson. Coast Guard Academy - Coach Jeff Cardinali indicates that several new freshmen and a young team will make the coming season much better than the last one. Lost from last year's squad was captain Mike Kirby - AA , and fine SH performer. Team members include Larry Brudnicki AA ; Tim Dohert y - AA; Paul Russell - AA; Kevin Eldridge - AA ; Mike Hathaway , John Malmrose, Dave Smith, Herb Williams, Bob Skewes , Mike Hoskins , Mike Coutois , Phil Matyas and freshmen Jim Dwyer, Steve Hilferty , John Ahern and Eldridge. Lowell Tech - Coach Dick Aronson is optimistic about the fact that the team will be greatly improved over last year. Dick expects Larry Fava to be his outstanding sophomore performer and Paul Nea le, a state high school finalist in SH a nd H B, to
possibly crack the lineup as a freshman . AA: Hank Anderson , Nick Cicciu, Paul Neale, Walter Pauli , Stuart Tolley. FX: AA + Dan Mitchell, Mark Brooks , Jack Meagher, Larry Fava, Dick Morelli. SH: AA + Mike Holmes , Clarence Poisson. SR: AA + Tom LaCosta, Frank Alden , Eric Johnson , Fava , Richard Mach, Morelli. LH : AA + Hank C roteau. PB : AA + Fava, Mach , Croteau. HB: AA + Croteau , Morelli. M.I.T. - Coach Bob Lilly reports th at the Massachusetts I nstitute of Technology will be strong on HB and vaulting, about average on PB and weak in FX , SH and SR. Losses from last year were Dick Hood, who scored 40 points per meet and Tom Hafer, who scored 25 per meet. AA: Ken Gerber, Larry Bell , Dan Bocek. FX: AA + Dave Beck, Bob Barrett. SH: AA + Paul Bayer, Larry Willson , Dennis Pubro. SR: AA + John Kiehl , Dave Ashley , Gregg Oppenheimer. LH: AA + Donn Wahl , Neil Davies. PB: AA + Mace Rudd. HB: AA + Wahl. Plymouth State (New Hampshire) - Coach Art Bourgeois sends in a brief report stating that he has a young and inexperienced team with only two gymnasts with more than one year of experience. The 17-m"a n squad will be led by cocaptains Richard Alexander a nd Daniel Phelan. Other top pelformers will be Tom Rays and Maurice Boucher, with Davis Clouth, Richard Gordon , Rich Martin and Michael Demers adding depth. New personnel include Richard Franchi , Barry Keith , Robert Carlisle, J a mes Silley, Paul Hewitt , Ronald Blankenstein , Charles Robbins , Robert Kilian and Robert Todd. Southern Conn. State College - Because of the loss of Jim Amerine (no! you're kidding! Already?) , Jim Yearwood, Mike Shey , Paul Stevens and Vincent Barone , coach Abie Grossfeld is somewhat downcast about his prospects for this season. Abie figures his team for about 120-130 points so will be relying on John Crosby to bring in the spectators. John finished fourth in the NCAA FX last year and 15th in the World Games Trials this summer as a freshman. Other team members include Jim Ball (cocaptain) - SR & PB ; Tony Tamburri (cocaptain) - FX , and Tony Guarnieri - HB , plus two freshmen with potentia l that have to be made into AA men. University of Massachusetts Gone from the scene are Joe Reed , Mike Kasavana , Frank Dean and Joe Godwin ; however, with ten returning lettermen a nd the addition of last year's undefeated freshman squad , the 1970-71 U Mass gymnastic team has the material to have its most outstanding season to date. In the important all-around positions , Se-
nior Norm Vexler, Tony Vacca a nd so phomores Steve Scuderi and Danny Spier will be the chief challengers , with freshman Richard Seikunas as an outside possibility. Floor exercise should provide a strong starting event with specialists John Calabria, Jack Berner and Bob Nelligan adding their talents to those of the all-around men. The Side horse , as usual , is a critical event. Norm Vexler and senior Rick Riley assure some strength in the event, but finding a strong dependable third score makes the event a question mark. Junior Len Aubrey , transfer senior John Walsh a nd sophomores Steve Scuderi and Steve Nelson appear to be the chief candidates at this point. The development of sophomores Dan Spier, J ay Aronstein and John Oliver in a ddition to the proven capability of Norm Vexler seems to be the key to the success of the ring event. In long horse , the vaulting of Ton y Vacca, Scott Stover, Steve Cary a nd Bob Henry provides a strong base. The parallel bar event has three New England Championship finalists returning in Steve Cary, Norm Vexler and Tony Vacca. Juniors Dave Genest and Doug Salisbury provide added depth in the event. The high bar also has three New England Championship finalists returning. Captains Scott Stover and Tony Vacca along with senior Tom Myslicki combined for a 27 point total in that event las t year and should provide a strong final event for the team in 1970-71 . Goals for the team will be to improve last year's five win and three loss record and fourth place standing in the E.I.G.L. With the hosting of the Eastern League championship meet for the first time , the Redmen hope to be in position to provide a strong challenge for the league title.
Region 2 - Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York , New lersev. Maryland.
Penn State University Another strong Eastern team that expects to be in the top three is Penn State. The Lions a lso suffered some significant losses in Richard Swetman , Tom Clark, Jim Corrigan, and Scott Bressler. First-rate newcomers include Jim Kruest and Mike Greene. Proba ble lineup: AA: Marshall Avener, Tom Dunn , Bill Mitchell ; FX: AA plus Greene, Kruest ; SH: AA plus Kolnig, Murph; SR: AA plus Bloom, Faust ; LH: AA plus Kruest , Greene; PB: AA plus Greene, Kruest ; HB : AA plus Johnson , Kemmel , Greene. U.S. Military Academy Coach Frank Wells reports that he hopes to see the Army in the top three this year in the Easterns. Losses from last year's team include John Senor, Pat Dunphy, Bill Elliott and Bill Arcuri. New gymnasts that are expected to help are Bob Cadow-SH , Jim Hayes-SR , Jack Rotherford, Mike Amidon and Gordon Israelsonall around.
Probable lineup : AA: Leger, Rutherford , Israelson ; FX: AA plus Rad ziesk i, Ba rnes; SH: AA plus Cadow , Keif; SR : AA plus Wilcox , H ayes ; LH: AA plu s H arvey Radzi es ki; PB: AA plus H arv ey, Kirk ; HB : AA plus Timmers , Pillasc h. U.S.M.A. Gymnastics Team losses: On side horse, Bill Arcuri from Satellit e Beac h, F la. On para ll el bars , flo or exercise and long horse, Pat Dunph y fro m White Bear Lake , Minnesota. On still rings a nd paralle l ba rs, Bill Elli ott from Lafaye tte Hill , Pennsy lv ania. On high ba r, st ill rings a nd para ll e l bars , last yea r's ( 1969-70) team captain , John Senor, from G len Ell yn Illinois. ' U.S.M.A. Gymnas ti cs Team Most Proba ble V ars it y Line up: FX: Gordy Israelson , Dou g Rad zieski , C hri s Bishop, Jim Barnes. SR : Jim H ay es , Dave Levin , J ay Wheaton , Steve Wilco x. PB : Gordy Israe lson, D ave Lev in , Bob H arvey, Bob Kra mer, Tom Kirk. SH: Gordy Israe lso n, C lyde G ibson , Scott Mosele y, Bob Cadow , Brian Keif. LH: Doug Radziesk i, Bob H arvey , D av e Gerlach. HB : D a n Pillasch , C liff Black , C hri s T immers. AA: Ted Leger, Mike Am id on , Jac k Ruthelford. INDEPENDENTS
Trenton State College With good performers in FX , SR a nd vaul ting Trenton expects to have a representative tea m this year. Newcomer Ted J ackson on H B, PB , FX and vau lting appears to be the best of the new team members . Probable lineup : AA: Minore , Paul ; FX: AA plus J ackson , G lass ; SH: AA plus C onover, McFadden ; SR: AA plus Soltis, Holder ; LH: AA plus Co nover, McFadden ; PB: AA plus Soltis, J ackso n; HB : AA plus J ackson , Lang.
R.egion J - Alaoama, Wash . D. C, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia. klt'St Virginia, Lo uisian4, Mississippi, North UJrolina, Tennessee. South Carolit14.
The South Co mpiled by Lyn Bryson Writte n by Je rry Wri ght If coac hes optimism is indi cativ e of the 1970- 71 Southern gymnastics season , then th e compet iti on shou ld be on an ex treme ly hi gh level. It is ass umed that Northwestern State Co ll ege (of Louisia na) under Coac h Arma ndo Vega would lead the pac k scoring a pproximately ISS -p lu s per meet. This should be more th an adequate for them to remain in the top three s mall college N CAA teams in the nation. Another rapidly growing small college team is Louis iana State Univ. at New Orleans. Under their fine coach Llo yd Hu va ll , LSU has devel-
oped ve ry rapidl y and should break into the 150s thi s yea r. In the U ni ve rs it y Di vision , Lou isia na State U ni v. at Bato n Rouge see ms to be highl y im press ive a nd may well repeat as S I G L c ha mpi o ns. Re ta ining th e titl e, ho weve r, may not be easy because the Memphi s State Tigers a re fired up and will give LSU a rea l battl e as th ey push for 150 ma rk thi s year. D a rk horses are the Un iv. of North Ca ro lina and Georgia , and w ith thi s kind of co mpet ition th e season sho uld be very int eresting. The Sout hern N A I A compe tition see ms to be down a little thi s yea r as reported from T o m H a nvey a nd C huck Menica of David Lipscomb and North eas t La . With several new tea ms a nd coaches th e Sout hern Region should have a greatly improv ed competitive seas on. Advanceme nt s are ta king pl ace , eve n th ough th ey are slow a nd difficult. The Citadel Hopes here a re to brea k even in the win-lose co lumns now th at the schoo l has fin all y go tten a hold of a coupl e of gy mnasts w ith so me previous experience. The tea m lost the services of Bob H a bu AA a nd D av id Hughes - FX a nd LH th rough graduat ion but gained T im Moore , Jim Cas h ~nd George Fisc her. AA: S horter Rybolt , S teve Sweiga rt , Wen 4.ndrews. Other team members include Larry Flowers - FX-LH , Jim Cas h - S H , SR , PB ; Jim Moore - S R, P H ; Bob Every - LH , HB ; Kleinfeltbr - H B. Florida State University - FSU figures to score in th e area of 130-140 , a nd if they do , th ey should come out with quite a res pectab le tea m. Tea m losses from last year were Don H e rnig a nd Terry Morris. The most impress ive newcomer appears to be Wa rren Bacon. - AA: Karl Bi s路ho p, Bob White , Ed J ones , Wa rren Baco n. FX: AA + Steve Ka uffma n , D ave King. SH: AA + H a nk T ay lor. SR: AA + Ka uffman, T ay lor. LH: AA on ly. PB: AA + Tay lor, G unter. HB: AA + T ay lor. Georgia Tech - Coach Bill Beavers report s th at having just ass umed the position of gy mnas tics coach a t Tech following the ret irement of veteran coach Ly le Wel se r in Jun e , he has not had time to adequately as sess the tea m pote ntia l for th e coming seaso n. H owever, he adds that he had a large enthus iasti c group of 3 I showed up for the first form a l practice on O c t. 5th , a nd if they can put it a ll together by the time the first meet rolls around in Ja nu ary , th ey could su rpri se a few opponents. Most of last yea r's tea m is back , and severa l seem to be potentia ll y high-caliber performers , the on ly lo ss being Gart h F reema n - AA. Tech ca n expect strong routines from tea m captain Flo Lovelace as well as last year's sta ndouts C ha rlie Peeples , Ted Cy r a nd Ron Wise. However, the y lack depth in the a ll-aro und , H B a nd SR. AA: Kim Carte r, Ted Cyr, Flo Lovel ace , C harloe Peebles , Ed T ay lor. FX: AA + Bill Bolton , Phil D awso n. S H: AA + Jon Dennis , Jack Gimson, Ken Kuck , Victor Langlois , Ron Wi se. SR: AA + Bolton. L H : AA + Ken Groover. PB: AA + Bill Bolton , Groove r, D ave Sta nle y, Phil D awson. HB: AA + Bolton. Georgia University - A nother mildl y optim istic report here as Georgia ex pects to score somewhere in the 13 0s. Beca use of the presence of great depth thi s will probabl y be G eo rgi a 's fine st tea m ever. Lost from las t year were Hollid ay - AA , who will be ha rd to replace; Wi se hart - AA, and Murphree - AA. New gy mnasts to watch out for a re Mike Ra ines - AA , who has talen t and wo rks with
good form ; Nea l S ha rt ar - four eve nt s a nd exce ptiona ll y strong ; Bruce Ba ll a rd - AA - a transfer with exce llent pote ntia l, and Rick Bo yer - SR - has a ll th e st rength moves a nd is just learn ing to swi ng. AA : Bruce Ba ll ard , John C unningha m, C ra ig Presle y, Mich ae l Ra ines , Neal Sha rt ar. FX: AA + Frank Hayes , Boles J a nows ki. SH: AA + Steve Bradley , Hayes , D av id McEver, Bruce Ph arr. SR: AA + Richard Boye r, Janows ki , D oug Peters. LH: AA . PB : AA + H ayes, Janowsk i, Pe ters. HB : AA + J a mes Fortner, Peters. louisiana State Univ.-Baton Rouge - Overa ll tea m strength a nd depth is better tha n las t season , giv ing good reason to believe LSU cou ld repeat as c ha mpion s of the S I G L. T here were no losses from las t yea r's championship tea m. New gy mnas ts to look for a re Steven S tei n, an exce ll ent tumbler who has a double back on the floor , plus good front wo rk . A lso G reg Anderson , w ho is very strong on the side ho rse, beautiful work on the end of the horse, wa lka rounds , reverse wo rk , etc. AA: Ken Ourso (cap t. ), C lyde As hl ey, Steve Stein , Rol a nd Ra nge l, Kim Willia ms , Tom Spi ller. FX: AA + Ra nd y Raudabaugh, Ca leb D a na. S H: AA + Greg Anderson . SR: AA + Steve Borges , Marty O lson , Raudabaugh, Rick Vasqu ez. LH: AA + Ruda ba ugh , D a na. PB: AA + Anderson , Ri c ha rd Broussea u, Raud aba ugh, Vasquez. H B: AA + Brousseau, Tom Yoder, Dana. Memphis State University - Coac h Lyn Bryson fee ls th at ass uming no injuries the Tigers shou ld be grea tl y improved over las t year's I 1-4 record. Most of th e team is hea lthy a nd extreme ly eager to regain their S IGL title. No eve nt is weak , but as usual a ll can stand improve ment. Potentia l is for high 140s. Losses from last year in clude J ac k Cribbs, SIG L hi gh-har cha mpion ; Gary F reeman, sixth pl ace in S IGL in FX as a fre s hman; both wil l be replaced. Newco mers to the tea m a re Terry Venzey , fre shman w ith middle 8s potent ia l; Bob Murph y, a very strong vaulte r in the 8.5-9.0 range. A lso Dave C heverton a nd Bob Acuff, who have potential but wi ll have to work ha rd to make th e team. AA: Jeff, Mi ll er, Jim C lemons , David Buel. FX: Terry Ven zey , Dick Geisinger + AA. SH: AA + D ick Olszews ki , Bob Maye rs. SR: AA + C huck Dunca n, Gei singer. LH: AA + Bob Murphy, Geisinger. PB: AA + Geis inger, Acuff. HB : AA + Mayers , Dunca n. University of North Carolina - Coach F red Sanders ind icates he fee ls hi s team ca n sco re in the 140-145 ra nge w ith no weak event s a nd fi ve a ll-around men. With thi s in mind North Carolin a a ppea rs to be a strong con tender for the SIG L title an d will have thi s in mind a ny ti me they ta ke the flo or. T he tea m s uffered no significant losses from las t year and picked up four good fre shman, including Rick Fox - AA ; D av id Lorentzson FX-LH; Paul Wheel oc k - SH , a nd Murray Krav itz - AA. AA: Ben Edk ins, Mu rray Krav itz , Robert Semes, John He sser, Rick Fox. FX: AA + Paul Wh eelock. SR : AA + C ha rle s Pitts, John Brantley. LH : AA + Lorentzson . PB: AA + Steve A lexand er. HB: AA + Bill Obrien , Fra nk Jeffreys . Western Carolina University - This is a yo ung tea m, but 路they fee l they have progressed s ince last year. A lth o ugh th ey are a s ma ll team , they feel the y have th e potentia l to up set man y we llknown tea ms in the a rea. Lost from last year's squ ad were Jim Hudso n and Dann y Co nners. The tea m ha s one newcomer to watch out for in C ha rlie Jones.
AA: Bob Stutts, Paul Geibel. FX: AA + - PB; D ave Domengeauz - PB , and Joe Dave Pattilo. SH: AA + Jim Golem, John GoCholora - SR. lem. SR: AA + Dick Griggs , C harlie Jones , Georgetown College - Coach Frank Powell Terry Winters , Dave Pattilo. LH: AA. PB: AA reports that the team will be weak. + Jim and John Golem , Griggs , Jones , Pattilo. AA: Bob Kohl , C urtis Wilhoite, Doug WilHB:AA . liams. College Division - South Other team members include Rick Wilhoite Northwestern State College (Louisi a na) - LH and PB ; Coach Armando Vega has again come up with John Co nn - SH a nd FX ; Jerry Kelle y - SR , an excellent team built around the Olympic proPB , SH , and Art Rome - SR. gram of a ll- around performers. His roster includes 10 all-around men with three of them among the best in the country. His only .concern, as with many coaches , is that the team remain free of injuries and stay healthy academically. If both happen , this team can go all the way. The only team loss was John Elias (only loss!!!! - with most teams that would be six losses). If you are not familiar with Elias, you don 't follow gymnastics. A newcomer to watch out for is Rick Russel from New Orleans , a fine potential all-around performer. AA: Paul Tickenoff, Max Magdaleno, Bruce McGartlin , Bob Quintanales, Bill Luciano, Pat Dial, Brian Jowers , Patrick O'Brian, Patrick Thysen, Rick Russell. Louisiana State U'niversity-New Orleans - This year's LSU-NO team should be much stronger than previous teams due to better recruiting. This year we could score in the 150s. Bob Johns (A A) was the only team loss from Region 4 - fllinois, Indiarnz, Michigan, OhiO, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa. last year, and he will be ably replaced by Steve Yancovich , a solid AA performer, and Pat by Hamilton, reportedly a good twister. AA: John Barras , Don Pferrerle, Steve YanRoger Counsil covich, Roland Lopez. FX: AA + Pat Hamil- Indiana State University ton , Scott Rodosta . SH: AA + Glenn Morris , Terre Haute , Indiana Ron Lind. SR: AA + Scott Radosta , Jerry Adrian. LH: AA + Hamilton. PB: AA + Conference of Midwestern Universities - A Adrian, Lind. HB : AA + Lind , Joe Emmel. newly formed conference consisting of five George Peabody College - George Peabody schools from Illinois a nd Indiana should prove College is not a member of the NCAA or the to be one of the stronger conferences in gymNAIA , reports coach Ken Black. " We are try- nastics in the U.S.A. The 1970-71 season will ing to get something going but plan to compete be the first year of competition on a dual meet only informally with others for the immediate basis for the conference. The C.M.U. Conferpresent. " ence Gymnastics Championships have been Team roster includes Eddie Wright - AA designated as one of the qualifying meets for from Macon , Ga. ; Gene Gowsomlin - I/ R , the N .C.A .A. finals. The schools and their outHB-PB from Nashville, Tenn.; Bill Holland looks in the C.M. U. conference are: HB-PB from Nashville, and Lyn Ridough Ball State University - Individual improveLH , PN , SH from N as hville. total this year in spite of the loss of three gymnasts. All-around will see Mike Rich , Jim GasN.A.I.A. zynski and Steve Gale filling the spots. By David Lipscomb College - One of the few events, the event roster is: FX - Jack Kosma schools in the South that is not optimistic about and Steve Davis ; SH - Don Hoecherl; SR the prospects for the coming yea r, and the Steve Voger; LH - Bob Wright and Jack Koscoach indicated he does not expect to do very rna ; PB - Dennis locco, Bob Wright, and HB well this year. With a small squad of only five - Steve Vogel and Dennis locco. men and the loss of two all-around men from Illinois State University - Coach AI Weith figlast year's team , it does not look good for David ures to make a respectable showing in the Lipscomb this year. Conference of Midwest universities in spite of The roster includes Steve Bohringer - all- the considerable competition from the likes of around; Jerry Guiffre - all around ; Scotty SI U and Indiana State. Howa rd - FX and LH ; Joseph Rigol - allSome promising new gymnasts might have around , and Chuck Tomlin - SH. something to do with AI's optimism as he has Northeast Louisiana - Northeast's prospects Jay Benson (FX) from Prospect H.S. , Kyle look fair for the 1970-71 season. The overall Wouldridge (S H) from Hersey H .S. , Bob Balteam strength has dwindled due to the loss of docchi (SR) from Maine East H.S. and Tim many seniors , but the team should have a few Kessen (AA) and especially strong on SR from individua ls who will do well in dual meet com- Wheaton Central H.S. petition. AA: AI Galatte, Terry Haines , Tim Kessen , Tea m losses include Ray Carnahan , second Art Weidner. FX: AA + Nick Isaacs , Jay Wilon the rings in last year;s N AlA finals ; Bill son, Kurt Hendershut , Jay Benson , Jim JohnSchmidt - AA, and Chuck Minica (now the son. SH: AA + Doug Atkins , Kyle Wouldcoach of t!)e team) . ridge , Lou Menges, Larry Larson. SR: AA + Newcomers to watch out for are Steve Snow, Rich Carlson , Bob Baldacchi, Greg Bian, Rich national junior college SH champion , and Greg Smith , Bill Jacger. LH: AA + Jim Johnson , Printup, who has a double back on the floor and Jay Benson , John Huffman , Wilson, Henderlooks good on the PB. shut, Isaacs. PB : AA + Gary Gathman , Breg AA: Ruben Villalobos , David Taggart, Slen Bian , Joe Farrell , Bob Plarczyk , Mike Hellinger. Venator, Steve Snow , Greg Printup. HB: AA + Steve Munro, Rich Allen, George Other team members include Dave Holland Creswell.
Indiana State University - With a young, but talented squad , aided by 15 new frosh gy mnasts , the I ndiana State gymnastics team should again be vying for national honors. Side horse and high bar were most affected by the loss of seniors. Both Tom Neville and Greg LaPointe gave st rength to the side horse team as did Dave Gilchrist in high bar. Coach Roger Counsi l says, " I feel that we have the best frosh side horse group of any school in the U.S.A. , and we have added some " blue chip" freshman performers to our already strong veteran squad in the other events. I feel that with hard work , our outlook is optimistic ." Event-by-event roster - floor ex.: All-American Ray Jauch and Fred Henderson will add great strength backed by sophomore Paul Woerz and Jerry Hostetler. Side Horse - Junior letterman Keith Ehrhard will be joined by four new faces on the frosh tea m - Ed Slezak (Illinois prep champ both in '69 and '70) , Tom McBride, Kevin Murphy and Alan Pizzato, who will all be competing for the two specialists' slots. Rings - 1970 NCAA rings champion Dave Seal will return as a junior and will be given help by California Jr. College transfers Bob Mahorney and Tom Morgan along with Dave's Columbus (Indiana) High School teammate Bill Zeigler and sophomore Doug Taylor. Long Horse - Returning will be Big 10 Invitational champ Dan Wunderlich along with Fred Henderson and Ray Jauch. Parallel Bars - I n this event senior letterman Tom Thomas will be the man to beat, with frosh all-around man Rick Danley challenging. High Bar - Vying to replace super "pi pe man " Dave Gilchrist will be several talented frosh specialists - Bob Clark, New York State high school champ in 1970 ; Chris Licht , 1970 illinois State fin a list, and Wayne Lewis along with veteran Mike Tavenner. In addition all-arounders Paul Blasko, Rick Danley and John Pellikan will lend much strength. All-Around Returning as much improved sophomores will be John Pellikan and Dave Huson. Adding to the strength in this event will be three new faces: Rick Danley (Denver, Colo.) , Paul Blasko (W. Mifflin , Pa.) and Bob Dourlain (Villa Park, 111.) Southern Illinois University - With the loss of Larry Ciolkos , Homer Sardina and Mark Davis, Southern Illinois will still have a better team than last year. Every event should be improved , and if their second specialists on high bar and long horse can develop their depth , it will be difficult for any team to beat them. As a new addition , a ll-around man Gary Morava will stand out on FX, PB , LH and HB. Nick Woolls will also do well in AA and should be able to be back to take top honors in all-around performer. FX has two new faces this year: Jeff Clark and Ronald Rebmann. Both should be better than their best FX man last year. SH will have Oliphant and Alden filling the specialist spots. Rings will see Aronald and Ropiequet stronger than last year. Long horse has Alden as a specialist. PB has Arnold and Locke, while Smith will work H B.
EASTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE LEAGUE Springfield College The 1970 Eastern I ntercollegiate Champions expect to be in the top 3 again this year in spite of the loss of Dave Ellis - All American on SR ; Chuck Shiebler- National champion and All American on SR; and Mike ProvencherAll American on PB & LH. Outstanding new gymnasts include Rich Martin , Paul Assaiante, George Guido, Jim Harvey, AI Heller, Jim Huston, Dave King , Mike McCabe, Sal Scuderi , and Dennis Thompson. Probable varsity line-up: AA: Jeff Wiles, Rich Martin, Dennis Thompson ; FX: AA plus Ed Datti , Jim Huston ; SH:- AA plus Andy Wahtera, Ron Brown ; SR: AA plus P~ul
Briggs, Jim Huston ; LH : AA plus Datti , Sal Scuderi; PB: AA plus D atti , Scuderi ; HB : AA plus Tony Manzella , Rich Seibert. Northern Illinois University - Coach Hubie Dunn listed a strong roster of 24 gymnas ts th at promise to make this the stronge st team ever at Northern. Major weakness , however , is lac k of third all-around performer. Team emphasis will be on youth , but several good young gy mnasts promis e a strong team , especially on SH , PB a nd HB. Northern lost four lettermen from last year, but all were specialists. New personnel include Robert Berglund from Forest View H .S., a promising AA performer ; John Isaacs from Arlington Height s , fourth in FX in 1970 Illinois State H.S. meet ; Kirk Mosher from Niles West , fourth on PB in 1970 Illinois H .S. meet ; Wayne Olson from Elk Grove, fifth on SH in Illinois State meet , and Peter Botthof from Palatine , district senior champion. AA: Robert Berglund , Michael Suerth. FX: AA + Steve Sadler, Kendall Kauffman, John Isaacs. SH: AA + Wayne Olson, Phillip Keller, David C hidle y. SR: AA + Richard La rsen, Botthof, Nicholas D a llas. LH: AA + Isaacs , Sadler, J a mes Janssens. PB : AA + Robert Suda, Kirk Moser, Neil Hagen. HB: AA + James Morrison , J anssens, Charles Koules. Big Ten - A conference that boas ts many national contenders in past years will aga in have many individuals with nationa l championship potential. NCAA tea m champion in 1970 Michigan University will be the tea m to beat but it should be challenged by a young but rapidly improving Iowa and the University of Illinois. University of Iowa - Coach Dick Holzaepfel feels that as the team matures , Iowa should be able to give Michigan a fair run for the Big 10 title. Iowa should have a strong high bar team with good power in side horse , long horse a nd rings. Barry Siotten on FX and Dan Repp on S. R. will defend indivi dual honors in the Big 10. The top two men in each event can be expected to challenge for a conference championship. Last year Iowa lost high bar all-American Ri ch Scorza. In addition the losses include Roger Neist, Dick Taffe a nd Phil Farna m. Five new men hav,e joined the team: Ca rl Wa lin - all-around; Kenny Ruhl - AA ; Wood y Wilkes - s ide horse; Bob Sal stone - floor ex. , and Bruce Waldman - high bar. Working all around with Ruhl and Walin will be junior Dea n Schowalter. Working FX will be Barry Slott en and Bob Sal stone. SH will have specialists Ken Lichr (196 9 All-American) and Chuck Citron. SR - Repp , Gary Wagner or Rudy Genez. LH - Barry Siotten and Bob Salstone. PB will have Rudy Genez, Bruce Wa ldman or D av e La ng. H B has specialists Rudy Genez and Bruce Wa rd ma n. University of Illinois - Coac h C harlie Pond says this could be " the year" for his gymnastics tea m. The talent is good enough to win the Big 10 title, and the NCAA title is a lso in their plans. Last year losses included Larry Butts and Ed Ray mond. University of Illinois has a young team with no seniors. All-around will go to three of their five men, Don Grieb , Paul Hunt, Mike Grimes , John Roemes and Bob Swonick. Floor Ex. will see Grimes and Rafoloski with men such as Greib , Swonick, Roemer and Hunt backing them up. Side horse will have Ken Barr with help from Goldberg, Prochaska and Moeling. Still rings will have Brad Barrett and Dick N agel with help from Gorden and Van Etten. Long horse will have Marrow working. The PB team will specialize Gene Ka lin and Greg Fenske. HB has Owen Legar and Dan Hockhou se. University of Minnesota - Minnesota's tea m
has seen aJoss of four men since las t year. I ncluded in the los ses are Fred Kueffer , a ll around; Randy Hoffa (SH) , Dave C hapma n (PB) a nd Frank H a rri s on high bar. The team , however, has picked up Bill Ke rchner, the Minnesota Sta te high school AA champ. Working AA for Minnesota will be J eff Rock , C harl es Marti and Bill Kerchner. Specialists on FX will be Bles i and C a rlson. Side horse will have Sandman and Fystrom. SR will have Preston and Blesi filling the spot. LH specialists are Blesi and Peterson. PB will work Blesi and Cbs settee. In high bar, specialists will be Hanson and Blesi. University of Michigan - " Whenever a team loses four men through graduation of the likes of Rapper, Huntzicker, Jen sen and Mackie, you're hurting." This is the feeling of coach Newt Loken of Michigan. The tea m is now working ha rd on their combinations , moves
nold and Larry Lad. SH - C huck Morse, Don Waybright a nd Mike Manthas. R - C huck Morse and Bob Goldenberg. LHV - Don Waybri ght. PB - C huck Morse. HB - Tom Kuhlma n an d Dick Manning. University of Wisconsin - No report received . Indiana University - With a tea m made up primarily of freshmen a nd sophomores , the I U team expects to be improved this yea r. Losing only AI Gatti in floor ex. and vaulting, I U has five new faces. Benny Fernandez (Illinois State ring champ) , Don H abjan on high bar, Bill Dieterich - P. B. ; Ken Grosse on FX and John Shields on fl oo r exerc ise. The top 3 AA s pots will be chosen between Gene Coy le, D ave Carter, Bob Gleichman , Ben Fe rn andez, Gary Powell a nd Bill Dieterich. FX s peci ali sts will be Mike Taffe and Tom Holler. Side horse will have Dave Mattson a nd Jack Harcourt filling the spots. Still rings will have C huck Earle and
Randy Balharne , AA IM.S. U.)
Jahn Pellikan , AA Iindiana State)
and routines to make up for the loss. The freshman group consists of all-around men Bill Hudgins and Jean Bouchard ; ring trio - Monty Fall , Craig Sjogren and Steve Smith; p. bars Bob Johnso n. Upperclassmen AA men will have cocaptain Rick McCurdy (twice Big 10 AA champion), Ted Marti, Murray Plotkin , Ray Gura and Pete Rogers . FX will have Ward Blac k, C huck Weibel , Terry Boys , Rusty Pierce and Bill Bowles. Rings sees Skip Frowicz , Monty Falb, C ra ig Sjogren, Mike Sale and Steve Smith competing for varsity slots. Long horse will have Rusty Pierce and Terry Boys filling the spots. PB will have specialists Murray Plotkin and Bob Johnson. High bars will have cocaptain Ed Howard and Jim Scull~. In s ide horse Dick 路 Kaziney, Mike Gluck, Ed Howa rd and Mike Fanshel will form a strong nucleus. Ohio State - No report received. Michigan State University - With prospects of finishing in the top four teams in the Big 10 Conference a nd fielding seve ral outstanding individuals , Michigan State will continue its fine gymnastics tradition. Head coach George Szy pula feels that his strongest events will be side horse a nd parallel bars , but that overall hi s tea m will lack the depth to go "all the way." With Stella r floor ex. performer Rick Murahata lost through graduation , the MSU roster by events will be: FX - Dave Ziegert , Paul Ar-
Gary Funke. Long horse has Mike Taffe and Tom H aller. P-bars has specialists H a rry Constantine and Steve Geiger. High bar will include specialists Roger Scully and D a n Robin . INDEPENDENTS University of Illinois-Circle Campus: University of Illinois at C hicago C ircle feels that its team should be one 'o f the contenders for the N CAA College Division Crown. The tea m is beginning to give us some meas ure of depth , although there are several events where this backi ng is not present. C ircle Ca mpus has 40 members on its gym team. The only loss came from Jim Shaeffer , who was No. I FX man and vaulter and also worked P-bars. Due to the late date on which fall term began , a ro ster by events is not ava ilable at this time. UIC Coach Bill Roetzheim will be the host , a nd Ci rcle Ca mpus will be the site of the 1970 NCAA College Division N a tiona l Gymnastics C hampionships. Eastern Michigan: Eastern Michigan could have the best tea m in its school 's history this year. The team should be a strong contender for the newly formed Lake Erie Intercollegiate Gymnastics League Championship. They are a lso working hard to win the NAIA , although the going will be tough . Losing Tim Reilly hurt the team quite a bit. Reilly was a n a ll-American in AA. Other losses include Bob Kainz, a side horse specialist; Joe Sawtell - rings, and Tim
Wasyliniuk , a high bar, P-bar and long horse performer. Freshmen for the team are George Olsen (Michigan high school AA and FX champ), Rick Restanio (Michigan high school P-Bar state champ and second in AA) and Rick Leyshock (Michigan high school runner-up on high bar). There are two seniors on the team captain Lanny Mills, an AA pelformer, and side horse man Chuck Harvey. Four juniors include John Ciaravino, who will work rings and P-bars; Don Peters , Vince McDermott, P-bars and rings , and Jim Curtis , a ring man. Sophomores will back the team up with ring man Bill Cilk, FX Mike Fronimos , all-around performer Dennis Sawtell , side horse specialist Joe Trimai and AA gymnast Dan Witz. Eastern Illinois: Eastern Illinois will start the year with 18 men. They suffered four losses. Captain Bill Cook graduated along with Jay Johnson , FX ; Noll Cryder, LH and PB. AIIaround man Jerry Konicek transferred. Eastern was fortunate to receive Tom Beusch , an all-around man who was Iowa High School state champ in floor exercise, P-bars and vaulting. Working all around this year, along with Beusch , will be freshman Robert Bass , sophomore Keith Fuerst (1970 NAIA still ring champ) , junior Dale Simon and freshman Mark Watman. FX specialists include seniors Wally Eyman and Gene Everett, who have freshmen Mike Fessel , Kim Moore and Gary Powell backing them up. Side horse has two freshmen specialists: Richard Cousins and David Sakata. Still rings will have freshman John Valentino while P-bars have specialists John Armfield, a junior, and Peter Klein , a freshman. High bars will have Tom Sterling, a sophomore leading the way. Wisconsin Parkside: The only upperclassman on Wisconsin Parks ide's gym team will be Warren McGillivray , a JC transfer student. With a new school , team and coach , Wisconsin Parkside is off to hard work and high hopes. Its first year will have four all-around men - Doug Anderson, Dan Boswein , Warren McGillivray and Fred Wolnerman. One specialist will be Warren Vogel on rings. These five men will face such teams as Southern Illinois. Indiana State and Kansas State. The new head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Farkside campus is Bill Ballester, formerly of Waukegan High School in Illinois. Bill coached many outstanding high school performers who later went on to collegiate greatness. Wisconsin Parkside is indeed fortunate to add a man of this calibre to its coachinp staft.
Regi9" 5 - Iowa State Univ., Kansas, Mis路 souri, Nebraska, North . J)Qkota, Oklahoma. South Dakota.
Big 8 Conference Iowa State University - With virtually every point returning from last year's NCAA score (1/10 pt. out of first place) , the Iowa State Cyclones are expected to be rated as favorites to capture the 1971 title. Experienced seniors are expected to cover as many as 13 of 30 event positions. Of the I I lettermen returning , four are all-American (Dennis Mazur, Russ Hoffman , Mason Buck and Dave Butzman) , and one (Brent Simmons) was selected as a member of the U.S.A. World Team. These men will be defenders of one NCAA and five Big " 8" Conference individual titles.
2. A first for Coach Ed Gagnier to have been honored as national coach of the year. 3. Russ Hoffman was the first Cyclone to win a n NCAA side horse title and the first Cyclone to win any NCAA title as a sophomore. 4. Brent Simmons has become the first Iowa State gymnast to make a World Games team. 5. Cyclones had the highest prequalifying score recorded for the NCAA championships (165.55 pts.). 6. A record of four all-Americans in one season. University of Colorado - This appears as though it will be a building year for UC as they suffered some severe losses and have very little depth.
OLYMPIC AA , BiG 8 1970, 1st-BRENT SIMMONS, IOWA STATE, 108.15 2nd-KEN SNOW, KANSAS STATE, 106.90 3rd-DAVE BUTZMAN, IOWA STATE 104.50 4th-DAVE MAWHORTER, KANSAS STATE, 91.75 5th-JOHN BREVILLETTE, KANSAS UNIVERSITY, 89.95 6th-DICK RAINER, OKLAHOMA, 89.50
With well-balanced depth in every event, the Cyclones could easily come up with two or three favorites in most events. With the exception of the side horse, which will be led by NCAA champ Russ Hoffman , and long horse , which will be led by NCAA runner-up Mason Buck ; the remaining four individual events will be dominated primarily by men who work allaround. In the all-around category we will again see a close contest between seniors Brent Simmons and Dave Butzman. With three all-around gymnasts to be used in each competition, we'll be expecting to see a great deal of action from Jim Stephenson, Dennis Mazur, Jim Gilberto and Pat Davy. In the specialist department we can look forward to seeing a great deal of Stewart Buck in floor exercise and vaulting and Jeff Levin on parallel bars. The Cyclone freshmen will be led by Bob Roth and Bruce Keeshin , who have both been recruited as all-around men. Keeshin , who is a product of former ISU great Jerry Fontana, earned Illinois State title honors in his senior year. Ralph Hernandez, top side horse specialist, should come close to replacing Doug Peak , who was the Cyclones' only loss through graduation. 1970 - A Year of Iowa State "Firsts" in Gymnastics
I. First undefeated dual meet season.
Losses were in the person of Pat Edward and Gary Pomeranz, two fine gymnasts. New personnel include Mark Christensen - AA ; Mike Jones - SR ; Rod Locke - FX ;- Jeff Meskan - PB , and Tom Murphy - H B. AA: Dave Forman , Mark Christensen. FX : AA + Rod Locke, Mike Harrison, Dennis Berg. SH: AA + Bob Kagohara , Jim Lane. SR: AA + Mike Jones, Randy Schumacher. LH: AA + Tom Murphy , Harrison, Locke. PB: AA + Jeff Meskan, Lane. HB: AA + Locke, James Bonner, Murphy. University of Oklahoma - Coach Russ Porterfield submits the information that OU will field a very young and aggressive team. A team that will lack depth after the third man but which expects a higher finish in the Big 8 after it completes the toughest dual meet schedule ever. AA: Pat O ' Brien , Dick Rainer, Mike Cahill , Wayne Crockett, Mike Caldwell. FX: AA + Steve Von Ebers , Odess Lovin. SH: AA + Fulton Loebel , Greg Kripple. SR: AA + Mike Michalco, Kevin Lindsey , Bob Medlin. LH: AA + Yuen , Rob Webb. PB : AA + Mike Torez, Gary Hearstfield. H B: AA + Torrez, H earstfield. Kansas State University - Coach Dave Wardell and assistant coach Kirk Rose expect that KSU's chances for success in the coming season hinge on the outcome of how unproven
newcomers can blend with the seasoned veterans. With on ly two sen iors and eight letterme n returning, Dave Wardell , in hi s second yea r at Ka nsas State , finds a challenging schedule and a relativel y you ng squad to look forward to. D ave Mawhorte r, all-a round , and John H owla nd , side horse, are KSU 's two se niors who will constitute the backbone of the Wildcats' squad. Two outstanding fre s hmen , Larry Estes of Lawrence on the S H and Steve Sc human of Medicine Lodge (A A), are expected to provide immed iate help. GI'ad uation losses were Scott Dolenc, Steve Kinder and Mike McDermid. The Wildcats , who finish ed a surprising second in las t year's Big 8, cou ld be ha rd-pressed to repeat that high again thi s seaso n. But th e n the 'Cats proved to be a pleasa nt surprise last yea r. AA : D ave Mawhorter, Steve Schuman , Mike Thomas , Tom Yother. FX: AA + Tom Ca rrier, Ken John so n. SH: AA + Larry Estes , John H owland , Dave Obenla nd . SR: AA + Dick Barker, Bill Kenned y, Jerry Simmo ns , Steve White. I.H: AA + Carrier, Jim Norris. PB: AA + Ron Dugger. HB : AA + Carri e r, Tom Morell ino . University of Nebraska - The Co rn huskers will apparentl y be better tha n last year wit h a lmos t the sa me tea m bac k a nd a year of experience under their collective belts. AA: Foster Batten. FX: Batten , Steve Elsasser, Jeff J ohnson. S H : Batten , Rick Y ate s, Larry Everma nn , John Kocourek. SR: Batten , J ack Bullington, Mark Albanese, Larry Lococo. LH: Batten , Kocourek . PB: Batten , E lsasser, Martin Lowe. H B: Batten , E lsasser, Steve Jones.
Region 7 - Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Utah , Wyoming.
WAC University of Utah (Larry Anderson , coach) Remarkabl y, the U. of Utah has neither lost nor ga ined a gymnas t. The tea m co nsi sts en tirel y of sophomores and sen iors. A ll-around Sergio Lun a poses a real competitive threat this yea r. He had a lot of O lymp ic tra ining and experience. AA: Sergio Luna , Ken Wright , Roge r H a ldeman , Bob Montgo mery, may be C huck Mortimore. FX : Dennis Jones. S H : Jone s, Guy Seghetti. SR: MikeJudd. LH: Brian T ay lor, Judd . PB : Judd , T ay lor, Jones. HB: Mike Hom , Mortimore.
Some spots a re yet to be filled. Brigham Young University (Von Johnson , coach) - Bruce Morgenegg is on leave to Co lumbi a U ni ve rsit y for gradua te wo rk . A II aro und Don Ferre was the major loss from las t season. Don is assisting wit h coaching thi s yea r. A coupl e of junior co ll ege recruit s a nd a number of wa lk- ins ma ke the tea m look ve ry promi sing in a numbe r of even ts. AA: Werner H oeger, C hu c k Stettler, John Hughe s. FX: Brent H ardcas tle , Kent H alTison. SH: D arryl Miller, Way ne Larson. SR : Rich Trimble, Ra leigh Wilson. PB: Bob Lander, Bob Baile y. LH : Rand y Greener, La nder. HB: La nder, Ba rry Di c kerso n. Other tea m members inc lud e Scott Bleak . Brad Cattermole, Gary Crandall , Guy Fish , Bria n Large, Rich Schafer and Way ne Young. Arizona State University - Coach Robinso n will have a large squad of some 25 gy mnasts from wh ich he expects to mold a very competitive tea m. Watc h out for so me fine performa nces on side horse and high bar. MIDWEST INDEPENDENTS Air Force Academy (Major Ka rl K. Schwenzfeier , coach) - The major full y expects to w in th e new National Independent N CAA Qu a li fying Meet a nd to go on to pl ace high in the N CAA finals. The team lost three lettermen: C huck Kennedy , Ray Oakeshott and Greg Lowe. New faces include C hri s Porter (SH) , Larry Garrett and John Tomich (AA) , Phil N ardecchi a (HB , PB ) and Phil Walker (FX). V arsity Lineup: AA: Steve Hoit , Bill Ritter, Eric Nickerson , D ana Alex a nder. FX : Rick Solana, Ritter, Hoit , Wa lker, Nickerson. SH : Porter, Bob Fretzs , Vaughn C lauson , H o it , Nickerson. SR: Bob Tracey , Joe C hase , Hoit , Ritter, Nickerson. LH : Solana, Ritter, Hoit , Nickerson , Robin Ma rtin. PB : Breck C unningha m, Brian Eaton, Ritt er, Hoit , Nickerson. HB : N a rdecchia , Alexander, Ritter, Hoil. Nickerson. Plus a fu ll junior varsity squad . Specia l Events: Mid-Febru ary: Ru ssian Men 's and Women 's tea ms visit. Mid-August: N ational Junior Ol y mpic Meet. University of Denver (Doug DeWitt, coach) Denver is still in a building stage and lacks a littl e experience, but the tea m s hould be con siderably stronger thi s yea r. Frank Swanson on H B was a seriou s loss, but fres hma n Tom Wa tson will amply replace him. Steve Sc hro eder a nd Tom Watson will add strengt h to all a round . Tom Zaczek and Bob Rippley wi ll strengthen a n a lread y strong SH squ ad . Bob H offman will he lp PB . Ke nt Brown a nd Jeff McC ue w ill help FX and SR, res pectively. Probable lineup: AA: Rod Richards , Vince Nicoletti , Watson , Schroeder. FX: Mike Meyer, Brown. SH : Larry Stone, Gregg Att leson , D a n Belger, Zaczek, Rippley . LH: Meyer, Rick Mosier. SR: Ga ry Cook , McC ue. PB: Hoffma n, Mosier. H B: Andy Sa unders , Meyer. Eastern Montana College (J ay H. Shaw, coach) - EM C may surpri se a few competitors thi s year. The tea m placed ninth in the NAIA las t yea r and looks to do better this year. There will be no "super" pelforma nce by the team , but there is unprecedented depth and cons istency. A ll lettermen but one from last year are returning. Best events will be para llel bars and horizo nta l bar. Five freshmen will ass ist th e upperclassmen : D a n Smi th , Mike Roberts , Andy Small , Jerry A lexander a nd Larry Egan. The y are inexperienced but hav e strong drive and potential. Most probable varsity lineup is as follows (all-around li sted a lph abeti cally, other events in order of ability) :
AA: Bob Anderson , D ave H arnes s , C ha rles Nichol s , Tom Perry. FX: Ande rson, Dick E ri ckson , Nichols , Perry. S H : Erickson , Anderson , Nichol s , Perry. SR : Ha rness , Robert s, Anderson , Perry, N ic hols. LH : Anderso n, Harness , Perry , Ni c ho ls. PB: Perry, Nichol s , H arness , Anderson . HB: H amess a nd Perry, Anderso n, Smith , Robert s.
Region 8 - Alaska, Qdifomi4, HalVai~ Nevado, Idaho, Or~gon. WaJhington .
Pacific Eight Conference University of California-Berkeley - C oach Frey did not send in a re port but look for Ca li forn ia to be loaded. Greenfield shou ld be at hi s peak, Morisaki will be better, and th ere will be a good team battle for the third AA s pot between Bernie Peters , Pasadena C it y C ollege transfer; Tom G ardiner, C lark John son and Robbi e McClaren. The la tter two scored 48.00 to 50.00 points last yea r as hi gh school sen iors in the No. Ca li f. area. Ca l will a lso have so me spec ialists to watch out for especiall y on side horse a nd parallel ba rs. University of Washington - After hav ing picked the University of Was hington as favorites in this conference the pas t two years , I a m going to desert them thi s year and figure them for second pl ace. Coach Eric Hughes report s that he expects his group to be just as strong as ever and pl ans to be in the thick of the conference bat li e for first pl ace. The only losses were Bo Bennett a nd Mickey Wissler with the ret urn of Sho Fukushima more tha n mak ing up for this. Yoshi H ayasa ki , Hide Umeshita and Fukush ima will lead the team in th e a ll-a round. Good new prospects include Bill Ca rpen ter, H B potentia l from Ill inoi s ; Richard Gay lor,
a top AA prospect from Oklahoma , and Jan Ornhold, a frosh AA prospect from Norway. Other varsity team members include Kirk Bare, Chuck Dra per, Norman Ewald , Gordon Jones and Tomi Ozora. AA: Hayasaki , Umes hita and Fukushima. FX: AA + James Blackstock, Bruce Brinton. SH: AA + Bruce Denton , Chuck Sanders. SR: AA: + Kerry Leiman, Ron Hunter. LH: AA + Richard Gaylor, Lars Kolsrud. PB: AA + Hunter, Gary Fox. HB: AA + Carpenter, Ja n Ornholt. . University of Oregon - Coach Dick Smith reports that this shou ld be Oregon's strongest team ever wit h the prospects of a third-place finish in the conference a good possibility. Team losses we re Bob Leach, H B; Dav e Olsen , LH , HB , PB , and Dan Moninger, SR . Additions to the team include Kevin Cornelius , seco nd place in the AA in the Oregon State high school c hamp ion ships; Mark Mannerelli , SH & PB ; Mike Huddelleston , Oregon State high sc hool champion in the all-around and HB a nd second in FX, PB and LH ; John Lehman, third in the Oregon State hi gh schoo l a ll -aro und; Doug McDonald, sop h. , AA; Greg Maxwell , sop h. , FX , LH , HB , a nd junior Joe Yamanchi , FX , SH and PB. AA: Mike Huddelleston, Kent Fredrickson , Dean Hale. FX: AA + George Shoemaker, Gary Pemberthy. SH: AA + Steve Cooper, Larry Moore. SR: AA + Doug Church , Corneliu s. LH: AA + Pemberthy, Doug McDonald. PB: AA + Brad Hunter, McDonald. HB: AA + Bruce Hoyt , Greg Maxwell. Stanford University - Coac h Dan Millman reports what may be the recruiting coup of the year with t-he announcement that Steve Hug is a ttending Stanford. Steve is presentl y injured a nd out of action , but when he return s, he will certainly add to the team. Dan feels the team should be in the 140 range this yea r in spite of the loss of two fine young AA men , C hris H arro ld a nd Rich Jerome. In addition to the loss of C hris and Rich , Dennis Mesick has graduated. Other new personnel include Howard Bessen, an AA potential , plus George May, Shawn Skerrett , Bob Horwitz , who are AA potential and are strong on certain events. AA: Ted Miyamoto and Bob Horwitz. FX: AA + May , Kephart , Morgan. SH: AA + Skerrett, Jim Sakamoto, Bob Tomlinson. SR: AA + Steve Rochell and Skerrett. LH: AA + Skerrett , Steve Bryson , May, Morgan. PB: AA + Rochelle , Skerett. HB: AA + Kephart, Bryson, Morgan , Skerrett. Washington State University - Interim coach Rea Anders is subbing for coach Bob Peavy , who is working on his doctorate at the University of Utah. Rea reports that WSU only averaged 115.68 last year and that their goal thi s year is to go over 135. Cou ld be a surpri se team to some of their Pacific Northwest opponents. WSU losses inc lude Mike Bitow (HB , PB , FX , V) , Jeff Bare (FX) ; AI Meyers (HB , SH) , Kelly Bogan (S H , PB) , Aaron Holloway (HB and Jan Hulen (FX , V). The team will be composed large ly of newcomers such as Todd C hisum , a good SH prospect in the 8.5-to-9.0 range; Paul Mengedoht , 42.00-plus in the AA ; Terry Hill , H B, PB ; Steve Griffen , SR, LH , a nd Mike Herser, PB. AA: Dan Holtman, Terry Hill , Paul Mengedoht , Dan Hunter. FX: AA + Brad Loan , Kevin Nelson. SH: AA + Todd C hi sum , Ken Hovermale. SR: AA + Steve Griffin , Jim Holt. LH : AA + Loan , Griffen , Herser. PB: AA + Mike Herser, Griffen. HB: AA + Greg AIIwine, Herser. San Jose State - As defending co nference
champions , the San Jo se State Spartans will have to face the traditiona l prospect of having everyone else out to get them. However, with practically the same team back the rest of the league will have to go some to beat coach Clair Jennett 's crew. The only loss from last year's team was Doug Hills , who is assisting coach J ennett thi s yea r. All-around men Joe Sweeney , Jim Turpin a nd Mike Cooper will be the team leaders, with the team 's on ly weakness being in the SH event. New personnel include Kim Kludt , a good AA prospect from the No. Ca lif. high schools (Hillsda le). Tony Spencer is back after a year's absence. AA: Sweeney, Turpin, Coo per, Bill Barnwell , Kludt , Gene Brown. FX: AA + Jake Steinlauf, Steve Marioni. SH: AA + Erik Haavsted. SR: AA + Ed Sparicino. LH: AA. PB: AA + Sparacino. HB: AA + Tony Spencer. California State College-Long Beach - Coach Ken Bartlett indicates that he feels the PCAA should be close, with San Jose favored. Ho wever, Ken feels Long Beach wi ll be stro nge r on five events than last year and will certainly put up a good battle against anyone. Graduation losses were Fred Robles and Elden Goldsmith. New personnel include Richard Godhardt , SH from Long Beach J .e.; Bruce Adams , PB , SR from Fullerton J. C ., and Gary Mikami and Garry Grafffrom EI Cam inoJ .C. AA: Gordon McCollom , Bria n Anderson. FX: AA + Nick Syracopoulos , Dave McCain , Mike Grant. SH : AA + Rich Godhardt, Rich Neuner. SR: AA + Bruce Adams , Tom Barker, Gary Graff. LH: AA + Syracopoulos , Klause Issle r. PB: AA + Geary Mikami , Adams , Tony Jaros. H B: AA + Gary Erickson , Frank Rose. San Diego State College - Coach Ed Franz subm its a rather pessimistic report by conc luding that he has no depth in the a ll-around or in special ists and will likely place last in the conference. Only hope appears to be in C liff Miyoshi. Graduation losses were Stan Shoemaker, Milt Vaught , Loren Cushing a nd Skip Varley. New personnel is in the person of Scott Jones , a ll around . AA: Scott Jones and C liff Miyoshi. FX: AA + Greg Hammas . SH: AA+ Bill Lassen , Glen Hagen . SR: AA + Thad Jankowski. LH: AA + Fred Baker. PB: AA+ Hagen, Baker. HB: AA + H agen. Calif. State College-Los Angeles - Coach Gordon Maddux indicates that this team will be quite inexperienced but can be very tough. As usual the goal wi ll be to win the conference , and that looks like it will be hard to do. Losses were Marty Caling and John Sevold ; both worked a ll around and will be a lmost impossible to replace. Good new gymnasts to watch for will be Chris Klingerman , SH , and Fred Guru le, AA from Long Beach City Co llege. AA: Daniel Wong , Gurule , Louis Moreno. FX: AA + Jay Smith , David Go nza les , Gregg Robin. SH: AA + Larry Perez , C hri s Klingerman , Len Luskin. SR: AA + Steve Kimura , A rtie Kamiya. LH: AA + Go nzales, Smith. PB: AA + Kimura, Klingerman. HB: AA + Kimura , Peter Scheurich. California Collegiate Ath. Assoc. Conference San Fernando Valley State College - First-year coach Jack Medina, former San J ose State gymnast and Homestead High School coach, reports that he is optimistic about this year, mostly because of the possible addition of a Mr. Naboru Miyagi from Okinawa, whom Jack expects to enroll in February.
Naboru is expected to score 54-55 .00 in the AA , a nd tha t wou ld help almost a nyone. Ju an Sanchez has graduated and left a big hole in the lineup , but the team still seems to have good depth and expects to be a strong opponent. New personnel: Bruce Cab le , outstand ing H B prospect from Valley J.e.; Lissie Ma rtini from Santa Monica CC, looks good in FX , LH , HB and SH; Rudi Ekstein , L.A. city HS champion on SH ; Ken Polinsky , Gary Stameisen , Gordon C larke and Charles Arbry are all good prospects. AA: George Engbrecht , Lissie Ma rtini , Dean Furukawa. FX: AA + Guy Gunderson, Pat Magoney. SH: AA + Polinsky , Ekstein. SR: AA + Gunderson, Cable. LH: AA + Gunderson , Cable. PB: AA + Mahoney , Cab le. HB: Cable , C harles Arbry. Cal. State College-Fullerton - After a most reward ing year in 1969-70 , coach Dick Wolfe is surprisingly noncommittal about this coming season. " I' m optim ist ic," reports Dick , and perhaps that 's saying a lot for him. With an initial squad of 19 men , he has quantity , and with the likes of newcomers like Gary Vanderhoef, one of the finest gymnasts ever to come out of No. Ca lif. , he could be tough. Losses include Dean Schwartz, Jim Mellis , George Pate, Whitey Anson, Trygive Kristiansen , Jay McDivitt and Larry Castle. New personnel include John Hess, Mike Peck, Keith Miller, Leonard Caling, Gene Bailey , Glenn Heckenlaible, Mike Kelly, John Weldon , Bob Davis, Eric Will , Robert Null and Va nderhoef. Cal Poly-Pomona - No report. Far Western Conference Sacramento State College - As sure ly as the sun rises each morning , Sacramento State Co llege wins the FWC conference championship. This year shou ld prove no difference as the Hornets, after a bit of a s lump last year, come back strong this year with some good new recruits. New prospects: Toccoy Dudley, a top AA pelformer from traditionally strong Encina High School in No. Calif. ; Verne Wooley , a nother top AA pelformer from Sacramento Junior Co llege; Randy Wright , fine SR prospect from Skyline in No. Cal if.; Bruce Frenzel , a good SH man from Hillsdale High , and Kirk Means (Sky line High) , one of the best HB prospects ever to come out of the No. Ca lif. hi gh sc hoo ls. Team losses from last yea r include Jim Fisher, Bruce Go ld stone, Pete Ivo ry and Dan Barber. These a re actuall y considerable losses would it not be for the good recruits. AA: Toccoy Dudley , Verne Woolley, Rod Ryugo , Kirk Means. FX: AA + Jim Hollister. SH : AA + Frenzel. SR: AA + Steve Russel , Randy Wright. LH: AA + George Sanders. PB: AA + Frenzel. HB: AA + Paul Tuffs. San Francisco State College - Coach Jerry Wright reports that the Gators will be improved because the entire team returns from last year. However, when yo u improve on a score of 90-100, you are not reall y sayi ng too much. It wou ld appear, at thi s time , that the Gators will be hard-pressed to keep from finishing last in the conference, something they have never done before. Best prospects o n the team are Bill Garcia, a potential conference champion on PB , and Mike Chong a nd Pat Avera, both of which cou ld conceivab ly win the conference title onSH. New personnel include Jon Leong SH from Oakland High. AA: Bill Garcia, Pat Avera, J im Killian , Jon Leong, Mike C hong.
UC Davis - Davis will not field a competitive gymnastics team this year. Chica State College - Coach Ray Lorenz reports that he is happy to relate that there has been a great deal of interest in Chico's total athletic program, and this year's gymnastics team is no exception. Several fine all-around gymnasts have come together to build the finest team in Chico's history. This should help make the conference title less of a giveaway as the " New Breed of Wildcats " go after the long-standing conference champions , Sacramento State. Team members includeJeff F1ieger, AA (captain), Joe Garcia , AA; Jerry Balaban , SH , HB , PB ; Ron Lechner a nd newcomers Gary Buckman, AA ; Mike Cutburth, AA ; Maurice Williams, AA; Tony Lopez, AA, and Rick Feuerstein, AA. Buckman , Williams and Lopez are especially strong, and all could make an appearance in the college division nationals. "Look out for Chico." Calif. State College-Hayward - Due to a lack of depth , according to coach John Ostarello, Hayward will quite possibl y finish near the bottom of the conference once again. However, John looks forward to some of the team members to finish high in the individual events. Lost from las t year's team were Bruce Barbosa, Bernie Hooper and Jon Winslow. One bright new gymnast will be Ken Korpi , who has the potential to win the conference SH championship. Roster includes George Green , Ken Korpi , Charles Pillow and D av e Smedley. West Coast Independents Central Washington State College - First-year coach Dick Foxal feels that Central should do well against some Northwestern teams but will be short on depth. Ken Krebs should improve on his eighthplace finish of last year in the NAIA on LH , and Steve Justiss , Fred Trousdale, Bob Arnold and Frank Perrone could be national caliber in their best events. Losses were Roger Smith , Dick Foxal , Ken Platt, Ed Barnhurst and Norm Moll. New personnel : Chan Faraone, fourth place in LH in Was h. State high school meet, and Keith Harvey , third place on SR in same meet. AA : Frank Perrone, Bob Arnold. FX: AA + Justiss , Krebs and Marsh Langan. SH: AA + Dave Rothermel , Langan. SR: AA + Trousdale, D a n Dunha m and Harvey. LH: AA + Krebs , Fa raone. PB: AA + Nich Hiatt, F araone . HB: AA + Hiatt and Faraone. Portland State Univ. - Coach Paul Thompson reports that they are a young team , hope to have a win ning season and expect to be heard from in the future. AA : George Rochat , John Kohlenberger. FX : AA + Ray Kueps. SH: AA + Barry Piene, Jim Kirby. SR: AA + Piene. LH: AA + Kueps , Piene, Bob John. PB: AA + Piene, John , Jim Kirby . HB : AA + John , Bill Rochat.
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MG SCORE BOARD The Rocky Mountain Open Gymnastics Championships Aurora High School, Aurora , Colorado Dec. 5, 1970 Don Norton, Reporter In a meet the size of the Rocky Mountain Open , the results say most of what there is to say. Iowa State U. conspicuously dominated the meet: -topping runner-up New Mexico by more than six points, -placing four all-around men in the top seven , and three more in the next ten, -taking three individual championships, side horse , p-bars and high bar, -averaging ten men in each event. Yet Ed Gagnier confessed he found the competition stiffer than he expected, especially in the individual finals, in which Iowa State averaged only a couple of men in the top six to eight in each event. How terribly disappointing that must have been! Brent Sim[l1ons of Iowa State looked good for this time in the season, averaging better than 9.0 per event in all-around (54.05 total). His side horse was not spectacular (8.5), but he offset that score with a 9.4 on high bar. The trend toward olympic quality performance was evident. All-around predominated. The il!dging, especially in the finals , was duly stiff. However, virtuosity was rare . The top performers have lots of polishing to do. The meet came off well . It started promptly and moved along smoothly. The most exciting event of the day for the gymnasts collectively appeared to be the breaking of a p-bar in the prelims. None felt to question the virtuosity of that performance. Team Competition: 1 . Iowa State U. 162.30, 2. New Mexico U. 156.15, 3. Kansas U. 148.10, 4. Arizona State U. 146.95, 5. Kansas State U. 144.65, 5. Oklahoma U. 144.65, 7. Air Force Academy 143.95, 8. Colorado State U. 142.55, 9. Denver U. 142.15, 10. Brigham Young U. 138.70, 11. Odessa College 135.95. 12. N. Colorado U. 134.75, 13. New Mexico J.e. 125.05, 14. Colorado U. 124.10. Eastern Montana College also competed, but not as a team . All-Around Competition: 1. Brent Simmons (ISU) 54.05, 2. Dave Butzman (ISU) 52.55, 3. Dave Repp (UNM) 51.15, 4. Jim Stephenson (ISU) 50.85, 5. John Hughes (BYU) 49.15, 6. Mark Graham (CSU) 48.95, 6. Bob Roth (ISU) 48.95. Others scoring above 45.00 were: Kirk Rose (unaffiliated), Brian Scott (ASU), Rod Richards (DU). lim Gilberto JISUl. Dan
Smith (ASU), Dennis Mazur (ISU), Jim Ivicek (UNM), John Bouillette (KU), Rick Simmons (ISU), Bruce Keeshin (ISU), Dave Mawhorter (KSU). Finalists, Individual Competition (Average of preliminary and final scores): FX: 1. Stormy Eaton (UNM) 9.50,2 . Dana Shelly (UNM) 9.25, 3. Roger Hudson (Odessa ) 9.20,4 . Rick Simmons (ISU) 9.125, 5. Mike Caldwell (Okla. U.) 9.025, 6. Brent Simmons (ISU) 8.95 , 6. Jim Stephenson (ISU) 8.95 . SH: 1. Russ Hoffman (ISU) 9.425, 2. Fred Cardenas (UNM) 9.20, 3. Greg Kripple (Okla. U.) 8 .75, 3. Wayne Crockett (Okla. U.) 8.75, 4. Darryl Miller (BYU) 8.40, 5. Richard Schubert (KU) 7.975, 6. Larry Stone (DU) 7.85. SR: 1. Kirk Gardner (KU) 9.375, 2. Dan Smith (ASU) 9.175, 3. Dave Butzman (ISU) 9.10, 4. Brent Simmons (ISU) 9.05, 5. Jim Stephenson (ISU) 8.975 , 6. Mike Waller (ASU) 8.90, 7. Mark Hannah (KU) 8.70, 8. Bob Tracey (AFA) 8.025 . LH: 1 . Dana Shelly (UNM) 9.10, 2. Mason Buck (ISU) 9.0875, 3. Stew Buck (ISU) 9.0625, 3. Roger Hudson (Odessa) 9.0625, 3. Kerry Casuto (ASU) 9.0625, 6. Cliff Gauthier (Individual) 8.975 , 7. Tommy Yuen (Okla. U.) 8.9625, 8. Rick Simmons (ISU) 8.905. PB: 1. Dave Butzman (ISU) 9.30, 2. Mike Torres (Okla. U.) 9.15 , 3. Brent Simmons (ISU) 8.950, 4. Bill Carney (NMJC) 8.775, 5. Steve Zamora (CSU) 8 .725, 6. Lee Wayman (CSU) 8.70. HB: 1 . Brent Simmons (ISU) 9.40, 2. Jon Aitken (UNM) 9.325, 3 . Mike Dyas (ASU) 9.20, 4. Jim Ivicek (UNM) 9.00, 5. Gerald Carley (KU) 8.975, 6 . Jim Stephenson (ISU) 8.925. TRAMP: 1. Stormy Eaton (UNM) 9.50, 2 . Dave Slade (CSU) 8.80, 3. Cliff Gauthier (Individual) 8.75 , 4. Hutch Dvorak (UNM) 8.30, 5. Jim Royce (UNM) 8.10, 6. Mark Graham (CSU) 7.80.
Annual Los Angeles Holiday Classic by Bob Smith The Annual L.A. Gymnastics Holiday Classic, "Featuring the West Coast's Premier Athletes in Early Season Competition" was, well - both good and bad. The point of the meet seemed to be to see how the teams, rather than individuals, looked in their premier appearance. However, of the nine teams present only three entered the maximum of three men per event in all of the events. The running of two events simultaneously, the maximum of three men per event, and the elimination of having to have an all-around man made the meet run smoother and faster (under three hours) . Turpin (SJS) won FX with some very good tumbling to get the high score of the meet,
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Photos by Bob Sm ith 9 .0. Also, of note were Fage of USC who did a 1 /2 fro nt rollout, front and tied for ' second with Mims (CS Full e rton) who did a beautiful back layout to splits. Side horse was very poor with 11 of 25 people scoring und e r 6.0, Mahoney (SFVSC) won long hors e and Turpin, who took third did an impressive 1 Vz front hand sp ring, losing a few tenths on his landing. Th e re was a tie for first on rings between Turner (USC) and a very strong Bail ey (CSF) . Caling won P-bars with a clean and easy routine. Hibar was probably the best event of the evening with the las t four gymnasts up taking the first four places , Erickson of CSLB w innin g u sing a front back for a dismount and Bakovic and Caling (CSF) taking 2nd and 3 rd , Caling using some deep stallers i n both directions. Rose (CS LB) took fourth , USC won the team title with an early season score of 141 .35, In general, the routin es had a lot of rough edges, which is expected this early in the seaso n. A lot of gymnasts had major breaks in
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RESULTS : L.A. Holiday Classic FREE EXERCISE: 1) ). Turpin (5 )5 ), 9.0; 2) O. Fage (USC), L Mims (CS F), 8.75 . SlOE HORSE : B. Kolb (UCSB), 8,65; 2) K, Browner (USC), 8.45. RIN GS: 1) S. Turn er (USC), E. Bailey (CSF), 8 .5; 3) G, Engbrecht (VSC), 8.4. LONG HORSE : 1) P. Mahoney (VSC), 8,85; 2) ). Swee n ey (5)5) , 8.8; 3) ) , Turpin (5 )5 ), C. Miyoshi (5 0S) , 8.7. PARALLEL BARS: 1) L Caling (CSF), 8.85; 2) ) . Sweeney (5)5), 8.7; 3) 8 , Turner (USC) , 8.25. HORIZONTAL BARS : 1) Erickson (CSLB), 8.85; 2) ) . Bakovic (CS F), 8.8 ; 3) L Caling (CSF), 8.6. TEAM : 1) USC, 141 .35; 2) CSF, 140,15 ; 3) VSC 138.10; 4) CSLB, 120.95; 5) CSLA, 120.1 5; 6) 5)5, 103 ,00; 7) UCSB, 99.80; 8) 50S, 98.05.
THE DREAMER by Robert B. Davis
6:30 P.M.-I snap on the T.V. set. (The President's face comes on against a blue background.) "Now that we have made a complete preventive withdrawal of all ground , air, and supportive troops from Southeast Asia there will be a reorganization of priorities so that we may begin the great task of making inroads into the problems besetting our society." "One of our problems (besides racism , unemployment, pollution, and political hot air) is the low state of gymnastics in this g~eat country of ours ; therefore my fellow Americans, I have authorized the Defense Department to spend the leftover war funds (which is an amount in excess of 31 billion dollars) on the general improvem ent of gymnastics." (The president makes a sweeping gesture with his left hand and points to a very huge burlap bag stuffed with money.) " Now let me say again so there will be no mistake about it that this entire amount will be spent on the improvement of gymnastics . These moneys will be dispensed in the following ways: 1 billion for magazine publishing, 5 billion for coaches, 5 billion for a new Department of Gymnastics with a Cabinet leve l Secretary of Gymnastics, 2 billion for a new Academy on a level with West Point, Annapolis, and the Air Force Academy, 7 billion for the National Science foundation for research with th e rest of the mon ey being dispensed as needed . Now let me make this crystal clear-make no mistake about it, I intend to support Gymnastics in this great country of ours with its red, white, and blue banner waving on high, with its purple mountains majesty above fruited plains ... " (A white haired gentleman walks into vi ew from stage left. He is carrying a huge white and scarlet W .) " Here it is Mr. President your high school letter." "Oh , Boy." I awoke with a start. I must have dosed off, war, peace, polution , poverty, rebel lion , riots and strikes. Billions everywhere going up in smoke-but not for gymnastics . . . Oh well , it was a great dream.
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LETTERS Dear Glenn: My bottom man and I were pleased to have been able to chat with you during
the World Championships last month. (Hotel Lev) We even managed a little workout and hope you might find room in the M.G. for this photo taken in Ljubljana. Top: Ernie Furblur (Geneva, Switzerland) by way of Boston. Bottom: Carl Aaberland (Ferney, France) by way-of Denver. Gymnastically, Ernie Furblur
Dear Sirs: I enjoy your magazin e, but I have several suggestions to make it even better. Why not have sequence photos of some e ntire routin e s, as you have in the past? These sequences are in structive, as they show the combination and execution of the nation's top performers. Such a feature would be more constructive and worthwhile than the tasteless article and the Gymnast" in the March M.G. Such an article served no worthwhile purpose (except to stir up readers) and sequence photos of routines would be of more value to your readers. Also, it would be good to include fullpage photos of outstanding gymnasts, perforated for ease in tearing out of the magazine. (As it is, whenever I want to cut out a particular photo, I have to tear up the article on the other side of the page.) Such pre-perforated, tear-out photos would eliminate the necessity of tearing up the whole magazine whenever one wants to remove a certain picture. I am sure other readers would be glad to see these changes, also. (Man y have, in fact, expressed a desire to see sequence photos of routines in letters to the editor.) So, how about incorporating my two simple suggestions ; and eliminating questionable articles such as " Marijuana, etc.?" This would make a great magazine even greater. Sincerely your, Devoted Reader We are currently working on a way to incorporate more sequence photos in the M.G. As to photo tear-outs at this time we are not too sure how to do this practically. Enough has been said on the marijuana controversy. - ed.
Davis to, " add pzazz and double moxie to a gymnastic meet," adequately describe a three-ring Circus. "Wouldn 't it be outasite if more double back or double twisting flyaways we re added? Gymnastic competition is an exciting, " real," experience for the competitor and knowledgeable spectator alike. It is free of gimmicks, put-ons, and frills. "Wouldn 't it be outasite if" the competitive sport of gymnastics increased it's participation and improved its quality, as it grows to remain the competitive sport of gymnastics? Gymnastically yours, Larry Debel, Vice President Suffolk County Gymnastic Coaches Assoc. South Huntington, New York
Dear Sir: This letter is in reference to the article, "Extrapolations," in the November, 1970, Modern Gymnast. The four examples described by Mr.
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Dear Glenn : I think you did your readers a disservice by printing th e picture of Mark Da vis and myself (doing simultaneous doubles out of th e swings) in th e fa shion that you did. Th e original photo showed Mark . myself and Clay Chrisman doing th e doubles - certainly a much more interesting shot. Th ere was plenty of room to include th e 28
original photo along with th e others; th e heading of th e beach meet could have been placed in small letters between the pictures if necessary to make up f or th e extra space. In any case. your readers deserve to see th e picture as is (o r was). not a cropped substitute. Sincerely. Steve Lern er Ed. : Here is uncropped original. OK ?
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ATTENTION: Camp Directors, Clinic Directors, Meet Directors We have recently been reviewing how the M.G. can best serve its readers an d the sport of gym路 nastics in general. It has been noted that gymnas路 tic camps, clinics, and major meets are the veh icle.; through which most of the momentum and enthusiasm for the sport are generated . Untortunately, to date we have not always been informed enough in advance to make these events known to our readers. In an effort to remedy this, we have devised a system that will encourage a camp, clinic, or meet director to make notice in the M.G. up to a yea r in advance, as to the date and speci fics of his event. To be fair to all concerned, all camps, clinics, and major meet announcements will hence forth be channeled through this program . This will eliminate any criticism as to why a given event was announced or was not-the responsibility will be up to the camp, clinic, or meet director to make sure his event and the specifics are formally made available to the offices of the M.G. magazine.
To administer this service, a fee will be made in order to cover expenses. This fee will include the following: A. A one time notice in the M.G. calendar (two lines, 12-15 words). Fee : $3.00 plus $1.00 for any copy over two lines, or B. A continuing notice in the M.G. calendar (two lines, 12-15 words) to appear in 10 consecutive issues or until the date of the event. This includes a 1/2 inch bonus ad to appear at your discretion. Fee: $15.00 annually (plus $1.00 for any copy over two lines) (layout and type included), or C. A continuing notice in th~ M.G. calendar (four lines, 30 words) to appear in up to 10 consecutive issues or until the date of the event (plus $1.00 for any copy over four lines). This includes a one inch bonus ad to appear at your discretion. Fee : $25.00 annually (layout and type included). Subscription to options B or C will make a special ad rate available to the director.
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