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Wednesday, September 2, 1970

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Wolverine Sports-Page Seven

JOIN OR DIE
Sports: Call to arms

By BILL ALTERMAN
Young Revolutionaries! Old Revolutionaries!
Counterrevolutionaries!
This is your last chance. Everywhere one
turns; one finds affluence. From businessmen to
garbage men, personal salaries are increasing.
And with this increase in income comes an in-
crease in taxes! Yes more and more people are
giving more and more of their hard earned
rponey to the "establishment" in Washington.
This is not the life for you. You weren't cre-
ated merely for death and taxes. NO! Avoid the
latter (and possibly the former) by joining up
with the Daily Sports Staff. Yes folks, no mat-
ter how hard you work there is no way we will
pay you enough to warrant the feds to come af-
ter your impoverished estate.
What we will give you however is'experience
which cannot be measured in mere numbers
but in flibitzers, the ancient biblical way of
counting something too v a s t to be counted.
(What, you never heard of flibitzers?)

Actually, the sports staff has come a long
way since the newspaper's inception in 1891.
The newspaper was founded for the sole pur-
pose of covering the big sporting events. Over
the years however, the problems of the world
have forced the sports off the front pages and
into the dark abyss of the rear. Nevertheless,
sports information remains an integral part of
Michigan and attracts a major portion of The
Daily's readership.
Contrary to popular opinion, we are not dis-
gruntled campus jocks. We are (semi-) serious
students who like to write and enjoy the free-
dom the sports staff gives us. Few of us are
journalism majors, but everyone seems to end
up in it.
I could also sit here and tell you how close
we are and how we hang around here all the
time and how we have parties and on and on
...That, however, is something you will just
have to find out for yourself.
So come on down one evening and say hello.
We promise not to bite.

-Daily-Jim Judkis
Racquet blurrs as tennis hopeful strains

Tennisr
The noted tennis expert Fargo
Berman once declared, "If you
can eliminate the rackets you
can serve the people."
It seems doubtful, though,
that the Michigan tennis squad
served anyone but themselves,
as they got free trips around
the, country that could have
paid for numerous black scholar-
ships or could have helped fi-
nance a University day care
center.
But then the University does
have priorities.
This is not meant to say that
athletics do not'have a place at
the University. For it is only
through extensive development
of the body as well as the brain
that women and men can be
truly alive.
Besides a graceful and power-
ful overhead shot can be most
helpful in the street.
Of course the expenditures for
the tennis team do not come
close to matching the $100,000
a year the University spends on
maintaining its two verdant
golf courses.
But it has always made one
wonder why the University con-
structed 14 beautiful. composi-
tion tennis courts at, the IM
building - and then charged
students one dollar an hour.
The Michigan tennis team,
however, must be given some
credit. It is unquestionably the
biggest fish in the small pond,
though it usually manages to
suffocate by the time it gets to
Lake Erie.
Last year's tennis season, for
the most part, was uneventful.
The season began with the team
taking its annual jaunt out to
the West coast, where they gen-
erally annihilated, as usual.
Then they came back to their
womb in the Mid-West where
they destroyed all opponents in
the Big Ten and swept the con-
ference championships, captur-
ing seven out of nine firsts, for
t h e i r umpteenth champion-
ship in umpteen plus one years.
For all their hard endeavors

NC IZQC
Bill Dinner
in the ,Big Ten they were sent
out west o n c e again to the
NCAA Championships in Salt
Lake City. As usual, they were
out of the running -before the
tournament began.
The highlight for Michigan,
in the NCAA's came when the
number one doubles combo of
Mark Conti and Jon Hainline
advanced all the way to the
third round by drawing a bye
in the first and getting a de-
fault in the second, before bow-
ing to a pair from Stanford.
In fact the only unusual de-
velopment the whole season was
a wiz by Conti and Hainline ov-
er highly touted P a t Cramer
and Luis Garcia of Miami.
A lot of the credit for the
success of the team should go
to Michigan's new head coach
Brian Eisner, who replaced Bill
Murphey. Murphey had desert-
ed the Wolverines for a better.

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capitalistic venture at a private
tennis club.
But all was not comic for the
devoted squad. Take Conti,
Michigan's t o p tennis player,
w h o always worked at being
adept in several fields of phys-
ical endeavor.
During a friendly brawl in
West Quad b a c k in 1968 he
threw a broomstick through the
bent vents in a, dormitory :door
and hit his opponent squarely
in the forehead.
His graceful movements could
only be described as -Zen 'ar-
tistry and the pure beauty of
his skill transcended the ban-
ality of what would have nor-
mally have been a commopplace
fight.
The ability to be an athlete
artist in all scopes - of life is
what makes the tenacious ten-
nis talents of Michigan what
they are-whatever that is.

ENTIRE SQUAD RETURNS

Baseball -year

Of

By LEE KIRK
Associate Sports Editor
One of the more overworked
cliches of the coaching profes-
sion crops up at the opening of
what appears to be a mediocre
season when the mentor sums up
his team's outlook by saying,
"this is going to be a rebuilding
year."
Apt though the term may be,
it could hardly do justice to
Michigan's baseball team this
past season, as Coach Moby
Benedict's crew opened without
a single senior on the squad.
With freshman eligible for vars-
ity competition for the first time
in many years and sophomores
also getting their first taste of
the big time, the diamondmen
appeared to have depth only in
inexperience.
But the gritty y o u n g team
learned their lessons quickly.
Anchored by the strong pitch-
ing of Jim Burton and Pete Helt,
the. Wolverines closed with a
flourish, winning their last six
games to finish at 17-19 overall
and in fifth place at 7-7 in Big
Ten play.
B u r t o n provided Wolverine
fans with many a sterling mound
performance, as the fireballing
southpaw struck out 119 baffled
opposing hitters in only 85 in-
nings to easily set a new varsity
record for total whiffs in a sea-
son. Burton's finest game came
at. Kalamazoo when he blew the
ball past 17 Western Michigan
Broncos.
Inconsistent hitting plagued
the Wolverines at times last
season, but as everyone will be

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back this season, Michigan's hit-
ting should have no way to go
but up.
Leftfielder Tom Kettinger led
the regulars in batting with a
fine .335 mark. Kettinger belted
four home runs in the team's
spring trip to Arizona, but only
hit one more after their return
to Ann Arbor. Still, he hit with
consistency throughout the sea-
son and finished third in team
RBI's with 16.
Catcher Tom Lundstedt paced
the Wolverines in RBI's with 21
and led the team in round-trip-
pers with six. He also stroked
out a fine .304 average and gave
the team a strong anchor behind
the plate.
Picket man John Hornyak and
first-sacker Bob Makoski round-
ed out the Wolverine .300 club,
with .303 and .319 averages re-
spectively.
The left side of the Wolverine
was the "veteran" part of the
team, if any part of the young
Wolverine team can be said to
be veteran. Shortstop Mike Raf-
ferty and third-baseman Mark
Carrow, b o t h regulars their
sophomore year, returned to
their positions last year to give
the Wolverines a little experi-
ence on defense.
Basketball captain Dan Fife,
after giving it a go on the mound
in 1969, was switched to outfield
and second base this year. The
versatile Fife led the team in
trips to the plate and knocked
in 15 runs.
A 1 t h o u g h overshadowed by
Burton's strikeouts, Pete Helt
also had quite a year. The fresh-
man was by far the stingiest of
the Wolverine hurlers, finishing
the season with a microscopic
ERA of 1.80.
Mickey Elwood was the other
regular Wolverine starter. He
overcame some bad breaks to
compile a 3-6 record and a 3.90
'ERA. Pitching depth was some-
times a problem for the Wolver-
ines, as they had only seven
pitchers and only Burton and
Helt could be counted on as
stoppers. One or two more good
pitchersncould come in very
handy next season.
The Wolverines also had their
home remodelled last season, as
the old Ferry Field ball lot was
given a coat of paint, a solid
fence around the outfield, and a
genuine lighted scoreboard, leav-
ing the boy who hung the num-
bers on the old one without a
job.
The old diamond also got a

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new name. It is now called Fish-
er Stadium in honor of Ray
Fisher, former longtime Wolver-
ine baseball coach and major
league hurler when Woodrow
Wilson was President. Fisher
was present for the dedication
ceremonies in May, and though
it had rained hard the night
before, the puddles in the base-
paths were burned dry with
kerosene and the doubleheader
was played.
The Wolverine diamondmen
just might light a few fires of
their own this coming season
with all of last season's squad
returning in tact, and it
wouldn't be surprising if they
made a strong bid for their first
conference title since 1962, when
they stormed all the way to the
national championships.

-Daily-Thomas R. Copi
Strikeout artist Jim Burton lets loose

FACE COMPETITORS
Club teams offer involvement

FINISH EIGHTH
Golfers erraticn i
conference matches
By JOHN STROPS
For Michigan golfers, it was a season of mostly frustration.
What began on a sunny note in Miami ended damp and gloomy in
Champaign where the Big Ten championships were held.
Out of 85 teams competing in Miami, the Wolverines finished
a strong sixth behind golf powers Florida, Florida State, and
Miami.
The team was led by now graduated Randy Erskine, and a
strong nucleus of juniors, including Keith Mohan and John Roska.
Besides Mohan and Roska, Michigan has returning this year
Gary Balliet, Pete Clarke, and Dan Hunter.
Michigan's biggest loss comes with the graduation of Erskine.
He overcame damp and cold weather in Champaign to shoot a 302
and capture individual honors by two strokes. The Wolverines
could manage only eighth place as Indiana bested the field by 13
strokes.
In opening day's play, Erskine wedged an eagle on the 317-yard
14th hole to tie with Minnesota's Greg Harvey. The next day he
surmounted putting troubles to shut out both Wayne McDonald of
Indiana and Bob Mulert of Iowa.
Other Michigan scores were Mohan-319, Roska-325, Balliet-
329, Clarke-332, and Lyle-318.
In both the Illinois and Northern Invitationals, the team
finished in a tie for ninth.
The golfers' highest finish came in the Spartan Invitational.
They racked up a fourth place in East Lansing with a 775 total,
two strokes behind third place Miami (O).
Michigan State walked to the title on their home course for
the third time in five years with a 754.
The Wolverines were paced by Mohan and Erskine with 152,
over two rounds. Roska finished at 156, while Balliet had a 161 total
and Clarke came in at 168.

-Daily-Jim Judkis
Ace Mark Conti awaits serve

THE ACTION MAN SLACKS

By BILL ALTERMAN
Having once garnered a crowd
of 103,588, it comes as no sur-
prise to learn that football is
the sport supreme in these here
parts. Being only a crummy
sophomore, however, it is my
solemn duty to expound to you
on the wonderful world of Mich-
igan club sports.
Foremost among the club
sports are lacrosse, rugby and
soccer. These brave boys in blue
shirk no expense to travel the
country wide in finding an op-
t ponent. This past spring for in-
stance, the lacrosse team piled
into some autos and headed off
on a so-called "spring trip"
which included games against
VPI and Roanoke (losing both)
in Virginia. On the whole, how-
ever, the stickmen had a fine
season which included their first
win over the green meanies from
East Lansing.
Michigan's ruggers had a fine
fall season but couldn't seem to
put it together in the spring and
lost several big games including
one to Indiana in the Big Ten
tournament.
Most of the clubs have open
membership and minute club
dues. Usually they meet one or
two times a week. At last count
there were 23 of them.
For a start we shall turn our
attention to the Fencing Club.
Founded in 1967, it has grown
from five people to 35.
The Fencers meet on Thurs-
day nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.,
but the highlight of the week is
on Friday nights when they all

pile into some convenient ve-
hicle and head for Detroit where
they are instructed in the art of
fencing by renowned Istvan Da-
nosi. Though it is the most ex-
pensive part of club activities,
it is the most rewarding.
SEEMINGLY LIKE m o s t
clubs, their long term goal is to
field a collegiate level team. But
they admit the prospects are
dim. The major problem involv-
ed is getting a full time coach,
a very expensive proposition.
Stil, despite the club's large
size, getting new people is still
their chief goal. So if you feel
like killing your roommate with-
out getting too close, the fencing
club will be only too happy(?)
to teach you how.
If you prefer to kill your
roommate in a more intimate
manner, perhaps you might like
to know of the judo club. Al-
though last year's president Jim
Lemandowski claims, "We teach
judo as a sport, like badmitton,"
it still might be fun to pretend
your roomie is a birdie.
The club has about 30 mem-
bers and $2.50 per semester dues.
Because of their place of habit-
ation, the confines of the IM
wrestling room, there is no room
for expansion. In addition one
instructor can only handle about
35-40 members.
ONE CLUB which has little
in the way of equipment needs
is the Tae Kwon Do (Karate)
Club. Contrary to popular rum-
ors, these sports enthusiasts do

not go around breaking tons and
tons of boards and bricks. In
fact (so they say) it is not con-
sidered a contact sport. Karate
developed out of the tranquility
of the mind taught by Bud-
dhism. Though it is a self-de-
fense technique, that is not its
sole purpose. As one cute Karate
coed put it, "It builds mental
discipline."
Other clubs which might
arouse your dormant interest in-
clude the following: handball,
boxing, volleyball ,and (gasp)
weightlifting.
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