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Alton Evening Telegraph Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1972 B-5 Eagle vets New coach Gary McMillen is banking on these five lettermen to help come up with a successful '72 season. Kneeling in front are Gary Brucning (left) and Harold (Hop) Prange. Standing are Ron Hammon (left). Brad Rogers (center) and John Bast. Optimism outlook for CM's new boss Optimistic Gary McMillen, a six-year assistant under resigned Ed Hartweger, is optimistic and confident his inherited Civic Memoral Eagles won't be everybody's patsie. "There was only one ball game last year that we were really out of," he reminded, "and it was against O'Fallon. We were just too young and inexperienced." O'Fallon, the eventual Mississippi Valley Conference champion, flattened the Eagles in their opener, 42-6, but from then on Civic Memorial was difficult to deal with. Wood River and Roxana, arch-rivals and down-to-the- wire contenders for history's first MVC title last year, barely got by the Eagles, 12-0 and 9-'0, respectively. The shutouts belie each game's closeness, however. Their second worst licking came at the hands of Mascoutah, 19-6, also in conference play. Other MVC losses were to Highland, a 22-20 squeaker; and to Triad, 27-16. They lost a non-conference footrace to Mater Dei, 33-26. CM caught Jerseyvillc, 14-8, for its only conference victory and then closed out with a 36-14 walloping of Madison. Chaminade of St. Louis has replaced Madison on the Eagles' schedule this season. "We'll be competitive," says McMillen, meaning his Eagles won't back-off, "and we should play better than .500 ball this year. (They were 2-7 overall, and 1-6 in conference.) "Because of the lack of seniors, we were forced to go with underclassmen who now have experience. We should have fairly good depth at most defensive positions, but will need some help on the offensive line." Illiiii have JV schedule CHAMPAIGN — For the first time since 1953, the University of Illinois will play a six-game varsity reserve football schedule, which was announced today. Because of NCAA rules allowing freshmen to be eligible for varsity competition this season, Big Ten Conference teams will field varsity reserve teams, which will l)e composed of freshmen and players with varsity status not on the traveling squad. The Illini will play three of the six games at home and will meet Indiana and Iowa on a home and home basis. Home games will be played either on the northeast practice field or inside Memorial Stadium, depending on weather conditions. Home games are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Following is the schedule: Sept. 29 — IOWA; Oct. 6 — at Indiana; Oct. 13 — IOWA STATE; Oct. 27 — at Purdue; Nov. 10 — INDIANA: Nov. 17 — at Iowa. McMillen believes his back- ficld, three members of which have 10.5 speeds or better, will be one of the better ones in the conference "Brad Rogers is expected to be one of the best linebackers in the area," says McMillen. "He led the team in tackles as a junior, averaging about ten a game, but he needs a little more weight. He'll also play offensive guard." Rogers, who's working on a third letter as a senior, weighs 185. Gary Bruening is a 6-foot 13, ISO pound senior end, also after a third monogram. Other top returnees include John Bast, a halfback- quarterback who weighs 170; Tony Wall, defensive end, 185; and Hop Prange, quarterback- linebacker, 170. All are juniors after second letters. Other vets include ISS^pound tackle Mike Rethon, a junior; guard Rick Sauls, 175, junior; and safety Steve Smith, 160, also a junior. Halfback Iton Hammon, 165, and guard Jim Ellis, 190, are seniors seeking second letters, rounding out McMillen's 10 letter returnees. "Roxana and O'Fallon should again be the teams to beat," McMillen predicts. "Wood River's always tough." The Eagles entertain one of the "toughies" right off the bat — O'Fallon, at home Friday. CIVIC MEMORIAL LETTERMEN: (10) liury Bruiniing. E, 180. Sr.; Brad ROBOTS, l.B-Ci. 185, Sr.; John BUM, HU, 170, Jr.; Hop Prange. l.B-QB. 170. Jr.; Tony Wohl, OK. 185, Sr.; Mike Kcthorn, T, 185, Jr.; Kuk SuuU. U. 175, Jr.; Ron Hummon. HB 1C5, Sr.; Steve Smith, S, i&u. Jr.; Jim El- tt*. C, 190, Sr. Put nO'longer-needed 9 but useful items back to work again with a TELEGRAPH Want Ad. Plwne 465-6641 and a friendly Ad-Visor will help you with your ad! TIMELESS CLASSICS BY qcirlcnd You're with a winner in Garland classic separates —-Such as this sharp duo.... Rib turtleneck in all the colors "that you need to have, $11. Newest cuff trousers in classic brown Herringbone, $20. All Garlands in junior Sizes.