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Wednes!ay, Morch 2, 1977


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Wednesday, March 2, T 977 THE MICH!GAN DA!LY vege ~evei'i



Fo rever


By HENRY ENGELHARDT ANOTHER GROTE claim to ing Michigan's only white start- and fans overlook these things.
The dictionary definition of fame happened during this past er, the 6-2 co-captain constant- They say I got off to my worst
T summer. After practicing on his ly harasses the man he guards, start ever this season - but I
grots (rhymes with zygotes) own six hours a day for two swatting with his hands trying didn't feel that way. I've quit
reads as follows: Something weeks, he went, quite determin- to knock the ball away. At the reading the sports pages be-
that always gives 100 percent, ed, to the Olympic tryout camp. other end of the floor, setting cause I know what I'm doing."
110 percent when faced with a He worked his can off there. picks for Phil Hubbard to shoot Grote proved he knows what
challenge. Extremely valuable "I was a carbon copy of what over. he's doing in last Saturday's
whalenge.gin etrggedvau they wanted. They wanted big, Michigan State game when he
whn the word's origin is also in- physical guys that hustled and "THERE WERE about 400 made a simply .amazing move.I
teresting: From the Cincinnati .. *. ::::s Driving the lane on a fastbreak
word . Grote. Usage: "Grote he put the ball behind him
hawks the balihandler." "The opposition hates me. I get booed while moving at top speed to-
This didn't come from a typi eerywhere I go . . That way I know i'm ward the basket. d
cal dictionary. It came from a He was trying to draw a foul
special, Basketball Coaches Dic- doing my job." -STEVE GROTE from the defender, but the
tionary of NCAA Tournament ISpartan wouldn't take the bait.
Terms, which may someday be :::: V So Grote pulled the ball from
written. played team ball -that just graduates from my high behind him and tossed it up
about describes me," Grote ex- school," said the Cincinnati underhanded.
GROTE 'IS the term assigned plained. Elder alum, "and one was,
to Michigan's fair-haired guard Then an unforeseeable injury black. "I STOOD under the basket
Steve Grote. Unless the Wolver- struck. Grote suffered a col- "A a freshman it was a little and couldn't believe that it wal
ines do a kamikaze imitation in lapsed lung. "I just sat in my new to me. But now I never going in," said Grote.
their final two Big Ten games hospital room and cried," Grote even think about it. We don't The home town fans loved
the senior from Cincinnati will remembered. "I'd never work- have any racial conflicts at this and other similar moves.
make his fourth appearance in ed so hard for anything, then all," Grote continued. But not all fans appreciate
the NCAA tournament. I I didn't even get a chance to "I always felt you got into Grote's efforts.
"Not many players in the show what I could really do." the game because of the way "The opposition hates me,"
country can make that claim," Playing for Michigan, Groteis you played. I don't think it has said Grote proudly. "I get
said Grote's coach Johnny Orr. i easy to recognize. Besides be- anything to do with what color booed everywhere I go. My
you are," he said. Dad told me that's the way it

in Grote's life. He began playing
organized baseball in first
grade, organized basketball in
second and football in third.
In the near future Grote
would like to help Michigan win
a national title. "We could be
our own worst enemy. We've
got to pull together as a team
like last year," Grote said of
the upcoming tournament.
Without predicting a national
title for the Wolverines Grote
said, "I know we have the sort


of people with character, talent
and confidence that we shouldn't.
be disappointed when it's all
GROTE WAS reluctant to talk
about his lifelong plans claim-
ing "I can't say what I will
do, it's not that easy."!
IOrr foresees Grote's future
to be as successful as his past.
"I think he's a pro (basketball)
prospect, I think he'll get draft-
ed and I think he'll make it.
"I also think he's going to
get drafted in football," Orr pre-
dicted. "Grote will be a success!
in life, whatever he does.
"I like Grote, I've enjoyed
coaching him," Orr said. "He
f always gives 100 percent. There
is just no other way for him."
7 e
From Wire service Reports
Detroit's two streaking basket-
ball teams both dropped key
contests last night.
The Pistons, playing in front
of a capacity crowd at Cobo,
fell apart in the final quarter
against the front-running Den-
ver Nuggets, losing a 110-94 de-
After forging a slim 90-88 lead,
with 7:55 remaining, Herb
Brown's Pistons went ice cold,
as brother Larry's Nuggetts
reeled off 20 straight points to
ice the game.1
Piston captain Bob Lanier,'
hampered -by a back ailment,
managed only eight points, while
fellow starters Howard Porter
and Eric Money were kayoed in
the first half with injuries. Da-
vid Thompson led Denver with

Marsicano weighs
talent and image
"He's crazy," or so the rumor went. And after hearing
all of the tall tales about him, one would have to agree.
Except Mitch Marsicano, Michigan's heavyweight wrestler,
doesn't believe any of it.
These tales about Marsicano include barroom brawls
and tossing stereos out windows. "I'm mostly original, not
like in the books," explained Marsicano. "I do -things by
trial and error, through actual experience."
His mind plays a major part of his wrestling. "On any
given day, he can beat any wrestler in the country, pro-
viding his mental attitude is there," noted assistant wrest-
ling. coach Cal Jenkins.
Head wrestling coach Bill Johannesen adds, "Mitch
is limited by the extent of' how he feels towards the
other wrestler. If he thinks highly of them (opponents),
he falls apart."
By the way, Marsicano does have talent. Two years
ago, he placed third in thhe Big Ten as a junior. The year
before, he finished second in the nation at Long Island's
Farmingdale Junior College.
Also, the 230-pounder fared quite well in the Olympic
trials last year in the Greco-Roman heavyweight class.
Marsicano's views of the big matches are different. 'I
get outwrestled; I'm not really ready for the match. I ihave
lapses in concentration and I burn up energy before a
"It's happened twice this year-Marsicano was
pinned by both Iowa's John Bowlsby and Iowa State's
Bob Fouts, both nationally ranked wrestlers.
But he thinks he may have found a' solution - I've been
getting into God; it lets me relax before the match. I leave
it in his hands: I wrestle for Him instead of for myself."
Marsicano has come a long way since entering Michi-
gan two years ago. According to his coach Bill Johannesen,
"When Mitch came here, he was a very immature kid.
He has grown up considerably."
Last year, Marsicano was redshirted, due to a knee
injury. At the time, the Long Island native was "heart-
"After preparing all summer, all my dreams went
down the drain. But it was a smart move on the side of.
Billy Jo(hannesen). I've gotten a .more educational
background and I think I would have reiijured my
In the future, Marsicano 'aspires to be a wrestling or
track and field coach. He is extremely glad that he came
to Michigan after being highly recruited by several Eastern
and Florida schools.
"I know I am going to come out of here with an edu-
cation, unlike the guys at Iowa State, who just wrestle."
However, the physical education major, has more
pressing problems on his mind. Upcoming are the Big
Tens and the Nationals. Marsicano sees himself as plac-
Ing second in the conference and also placing in the na-
According to coach Johannesen, he could do just that.
"The talent is there; he should place second." In order to
accomplish this feat, he must defeat someone to whom he
has lost, Gary Sommer of Wisconsin.



K duckind


ought to be. That way I know
THE GROTE method of de- I'm doing my job."
nse is one of the reasons he Off the court however Grote
as played in every game since is a different person. "My mom
ming to Michigan. kids me that the only time I
"I like to feel that when my move fast is on the basketball
an leaves the game he says court," Grote said. "Off the
ie toughest guy he ever played |court I never really get unset
gainst was me," said Michi- about anything. I'm very relax-
an's defensive leader. ed.

( ;

B OITHEN A PERSON STICKS his neck out, especially a journalist,
there is probably someone waiting to cut it off.
Such was the case last week when I wrote a column about
some of the problems the Michigan hockey program faces. I
made these poi.ts:

"Grote's one of the better de-
fensive players in America,"
said Orr matter of factly.
Orr uses Grote's 185 pounds
in the offense to set picks for
center Hubbard. "Nobody no-
tices the picks,". Grote explain-

GROTE WAS born in Birm-
ingham, Ala. but has lived in
Cincinnati since he was four.
His father was a minor league
baseball player for many years
and today his older brother is
in the New York Mets farm sys-
Sports have played a big part

* There is not enough fan interest. ed.
9 There is much wrong with Yost Ice Arena.
9 Hockey is not promoted enough. I THINK sometimes writers
* Football and basketball have priority over hockey. I
Don Canham, Michigan Athletic Director, was quite upset WOMAN CAGER
over my a'legations. He said that if I didn't think hockey was
promoted at Michigan I was crazy, that Yost was the best
arena in the country, and in general I did not have my facts ;
straight. E E'lI h ('

Steve (;rote

1)WS out in style


So I went down to the athletic department to discuss this with
On the subject of Yost, Cal(ham said that it was the
"best arena in the country." I asked him what he meant
by best. He replied that it was the largest college owned
arena, but the largest doesn't make it the best.
Canham said that hockey was promoted but I would have to
talk to Sports Information Director Will Perry to find out all the
ways it was.
As for my inaccurate facts. Canham said that ticket prices

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"How do you fe-ee-e-e-e-e-el?"
"We fe-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-el good!"
No folks, its not Peter Frampton chiding a
rowdy Cobo crowd. Marcus Welby diagnosing an
entire hospital ward does not quite explain it

at Michigan were low. IN FACT, one must only go as far as Cr=hr
I checked this out with ticket manager Al Renfrew and to Arena to witness this strange but true dialogue
my surprise, they are low. which precedes each Michigan womens basket-
Renfrew explained that ticket prices were raised in ball game.
hockey from one dollar to two dollars because that was the With co-captain Lydia Sims leading the way,
WCHA minimum price for playoff games. the entire squad claps, chants and chatters in
"I figured that if we charged $2 for playoff games, we an effort to psych up for the ensuing battle.
should charge that for all games," he said. Sims however, leads the team in 'more than
I was still curious why basketball. tickets cost less. "This is the pre-game rituals. Averaging over 20 points
the first year we had any real demand for tickets. Next year, per game, she leads the Wolverines in scoring
if we have a good recruiting year, all basketball tickets will cost and quarterbacks the team from her guard
$3," Renfrew said. position.
He added that hockey tickets at other schools (Michigan Behind - the - back passes, fancy dribbling,
State, Wisconsin) are much more expensive than at Michigan, twisting drives to the basket and deadly outside
but he named schools where hockey is the most popular winter shooting, distinguish Sims' style of play, and
sport. separate her from the majority of women who
What Perry had to say about promotion was equally take to the court.
interesting. "We send out applications to just about every-
one in Ann Arbor, and alumni. SIMS CAME to Michigan and played her fresh-
"We put ads in the paners, print schedule cards, we have a man year here: The lack of practice facilities,
beeper line with the coach so the press can get quotes, and we adequate budget, and generally second class
foupd that the marqis on State Street is very useful. There satbs of Michigan's program disillusioned her,
is'also one at Crisler." however, and she transferred to Immaculata in,
The three men matnally aereed that the 'season workedPennsylvania for her sophomore year.
against the students. "It's too long," said Renfrew, "we play Immaculata finishing in the to three na-
some games when students aren't here." Im a tas finisyig' s, th e to tr e
"The hockey seasons s'arts during the footba'l season," said tiomall for the past five years, is one of the
Perr reerrng o te ovrla ofspots.rare colleges in the nation at which women's
Perry referring to the overlap of sports. basketball outdraws men's. An average of better
What really ticked off Canham was that he was afraid that than 6,000 turn out for each game.'
my column wonid hamper Michigan hockey coach Don Farrell's
recruiting.r "What you wrote was really negative" Canham'taserdbc oMcia
said. "uo won'tget people to see the hockeygames that way." after one year at immaculatabecause of the
This is true. better academics. She would also be assured a
Canham went on to tell me about the revitalization of the starting spot at Michigan, something Immacu-
hockey program since Farrell became coach. He told me how jlate could not guarantee.
he had Yost -restrctured to make it usable for hockey. I
All this is true. B"t what he was saying and what I was say- "THERE ARE benefits to playing at either
ing were two different things. fschool," said Sims. "At Immaculata I learned
His point was that Michigan hockey has risen from the pits a a lot about basketball, especially the mental
few years ago to a respectable organization today. aspects. There I became a student of the game
My point was that Michigan hockey is successful and deserves instead of just a player. Of course by coming
sunort from the fans and more promotions to get people to go
to the ames I 414 L1A l A I.

back to Michigan I received a lot of playing ex-r
pene"Competing against otlher women is not the
limit to Sims' basketball experience. In thesum-
mer she often competes with men in pick-up
games at local gymnasiums in Detroit.
"When I first got into a pick-up game, I took'
a lot of verbal abuse - but I got used to it and
it really helped me a lot."!
SIMS' BRAND of basketball differs greatly
from the type of basketball played by women
who have only competed against other women.1
"Usually they have less one on one moves,"
according to Sims. "They are also not as ag-
As a senior, Lydia Sims' career is coming to
an end.
"As far as womens pro basketball is concern-
ed, I would definitely try out, but the possibility7
of either a league forming or my making a
team is far-fetched."
Becoming an athletic director is Sims' more
reasonable goal. She plans on attending a uni-t
versity which offers a program in athletic or-
ganization, possibly coaching a junior varsity
team as a grad assistant.
A women's team of course.
"I WOULD never coach men's basketball,"
said Sims, "It's not the same game. I guess I
kind of resent men's teams. I mean we get the
Thfto-er court time and everything. Of course
I know that the men make all the money and
draw the big crowds."
X'Thnv neonle, includin coach Carmel Borders
felt Sirs had the talent to make the Olymnic
team- last slimmer. When she failed to, politics
were blamed by many-but not'Sims.
"[ DON'T like to crv sour grapes. There may
have been rolitics involved but there were some
good guards my size that made the squad."
Whether or not Sims is bothered by women's
basketball's second rate status at Michigan or
her failure to make the Olympic team one thing
is for sure. When Lydia Sims twists her way
around three defenders culminating with a pic-
turesque lay-up she makes a lot of Michigan fol-
lowers "fe-e-e-e-e-el good."

Meanwhile. in Chicago, the
Lovola Ramblers handed the
University of Detroit its third
loss of the year, 79-71.
Playing in their season finale,;
the Titans were plagued with
noor shooting all night long, hit-'
tin g only 32 per cent.
The Ramblers jumped out to,
a 36-24 lead before Dick Vitale's
team came back to enjoy a brief
51-50 margin midway through
the second half. Loyola then ral-
lied to put the game out of
The Titans, led by Terry Ty-
ler's 25 points, are hoping to re-
ceiveSan NCAA tournament bid:
this Saturday.

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The average attendance is 4,800 per game, but it seems
lopical to assme that somehow there must be a way to!
sell the other 3.300 seats for most games.
I was honing to draw reaction from you, the reader, but my!
last column was met wi'h apathy which tells me something. I
would like to know what you think. Answer these questions if you
1) Do vo" like coPege hockey? Why or why not?
2) Do you go to the games? How often?
3' lrv - co"Ud it he imoroved?
Or basica'lv j st indicate anything you want about what I
am trying to sa I'll be waiting for your replies.

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Intercollegiate Activities
f Advisory Committee for
Recreation, Intromurals
and Club Sports
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" University Council
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