Vince Lombardi steps down as Packers coach after posting a record of 89-29-4 in regular season play while winning five NFL titles and two Super Bowls. The 54-year-old will remain as general manager, saying “both jobs are too much.” Taking over as coach is 56-year-old Phil Bengtson, who has been defensive coordinator since Lombardi took over in 1959.
Also 50 years ago this month, figure skater Peggy Fleming is the lone U.S. gold medal winner in the Olympics at Grenoble, France. Diane Holum wins two speed skating medals and Terry McDermott takes a silver.
Jean Claude Killy of France sweeps the three alpine events. The ski jumping titles go to Jiri Raaska of Czechoslavakia and Vladimir Beloussov of Russia, while the top American on the big hill is Menomonie native Billy Bakke in 34th place. The U.S. winds up with one gold, five silver and one bronze, while Norway leads with six gold.
In high school basketball, Memorial downs North 72-53 as Jim Howe has 15 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Coach Jim Gleboff’s team goes on to beat Wausau 61-58 to become the Big Rivers’ first unbeaten champion as Greg Morley scores 16 and Larry Bugher 15.
North defeats Chippewa 70-62 as Lance Thiel scores 20, while Terry Hayes has 14 for the Cards.
Jim Anibas and Bill Caton combine for 56 points as Regis beats Thorp 92-57, and Dan Pedersen scores 24 in a 95-69 win over Mondovi.
Kay Lancour, 14, sweeps four weekend races to take the junior girls title in the international 10,000 Lakes speed skating derby at Minneapolis.
Marie Quast and Rosemary Ryder set records in the City-Wide Speed Skating Championships at Half Moon Lake.
Tim Close and Brad Zuehlke win junior ski jumping titles at Madison and Stevens Point. Billy Olson scores a first at Ishpeming with Dale Baumgarten and Jim Wright taking seconds.
Jeff Ellenson scores 32 points in UM-Duluth’s 74-69 loss to Gustavus Adolphus, while former Abes teammate Gary Rheingans tips in a basket with 4 seconds to go to beat St. Thomas 93-92.
LSU beats Tulane 99-92 as Pete Maravich scores 55 to become the first sophomore to go over 1,000 points. He also sets a record for SEC assists.
Former Husky Jim DeCremer scores 23 points and grabs 15 rebounds as the Badgers freshmen beat Northwestern 102-69. He is averaging 25.8 points.
Led by Joe Franklin and Chuck Nagle, the Badgers stun Ohio State 86-72 and stay in Big Ten contention with a 5-3 record. In a 95-83 win over Michigan, John Schell scores 18 points.
The Burnette Bernicke Rink that also includes Norm Ballard, Jon Stolp and John Kukuska, wins the men’s city curling bonspiel.
Don Jordan wins the individual medley and 100 breaststroke in sectional swimming and advances to state, where he betters his own state record in the 200 IM.
Abe Sam Spanel and North’s Dave Phillips advance to state wrestling where Phillips loses in the 138 finals and Spanel is nipped 3-2 after scoring 27 straight wins on the season.
Hector Cruz of Milwaukee Boys Tech wins at 112 with a 32-0 record.
Pat McCrackin of Regis wins the 130-pound title in the State Catholic Wrestling Meet.
As the Blugolds beat La Crosse 89-77, Pat Hammond scores 24 points with the help of 8-for-8 free throws which gives him a conference record of 29 straight. In a 101-92 loss at Whitewater, Jim Severson scores 28 points.
Oshkosh (13-3) goes on to win the conference title with Stout (12-4) second.
In a proposal to eliminate PAT kicks and force run or pass trys in the NFL, Don Shula and Otto Graham are enthusiastic, while Lombardi has reservations. In could be used in preseason games next fall.
Wilt Chamberlain, considered the world’s worst free throw shooter, scores his record 25,000th point from the line.
Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita of the Blackhawks share the NHL scoring lead with 61 points.
Arnold Palmer defeats Dean Beman in a sudden-death playoff to win the Desert Classic at Palm Springs for a third time.
The Minnesota Muskies defeat the Indiana Pacers 99-96 for a 15th straight ABA home win.
Rick Hense, former Abes and Badgers standout and ex-minor league player of the year, heads to the Washington Senators camp in Florida with hopes of making the majors as an outfielder.
In YMCA Senior League basketball, the week’s high scorers are Bob Hall 34, Jeff Kain 26 and Geno Golden 22. Virg Green emerges as the league scoring champion with a 22.2 average to Hall’s 21.6, while Larry Plaszcz tops the Young Men’s League with 22.0.
The doubles teams of Diz Kronenberg/Rog Stolp and Bill Gharrity/Ralph Hutchens are YMCA paddleball A division leaders.
In the final AP and UPI polls, it’s Milwaukee Lincoln, Manitowoc, Racine Park and Memorial among large schools, while Whitehall (18-0) is the No. 1 small school with Glenwood City fifth.
In tournament play, Whitehall defeats Mondovi 83-77 as Ralph Rasmuson scores 26.
Osseo nips Fall Creek 78-77 on Clarence Boettcher’s buzzer-beater, negating Steve Wilhelm’s 40 points.
Reserve John Gilbert scores 21 to lead Altoona to a 68-56 win over Cadott.
La Crosse Central star John Ford, averaging 33 points despite an 8-for-37 game against Memorial, is ruled ineligible for the rest of the season for playing in a non-sanctioned game.
Glenwood City’s Jeff Garske scores 50 in an 84-75 win over River Falls and Rice Lake’s Dan Boe has 45 in a 94-67 win over Chetek.
Dave Ochu scores two wins as Memorial defeats Wausau 65-30 in swimming.
The AP college poll lists Houston, UCLA and North Carolina as the top three with Marquette 10th. The All-America team consists of Lew Alcindor, Elvin Hayes, Pete Maravich, Don May and Wes Unseld.
Bob Gernander, who helped Peters Packers to two state fastpitch championships, coaches his Coleraine Greenway team to a 6-1 win over South St. Paul and the Minnesota hockey championship.
Stout thwarts a Blugolds upset bid 71-70 in Bill Zorn’s final game as coach. Zorn’s Blugold teams win 398 games in his 40 years. Stout is led by league scoring champion Bill Heideman and Cal Glover.