OVERCOMES EARL Y SE TBA CKS
The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, February 27, 1980-Page 9'.
By STAN BRADBURY
He also serves who sits and waits .. .
.. . and waits, and waits. For junior guard Mark
Bodnar it has been a long wait with a lot of sitting.
But then again that might be all in, the past as the
realization of the above cliche has begun.
He has not exploded onto the Michigan basketball
scene like his twin brother, Marty, did last year as a
sophomore. Mark has merely merged quietly into the
flow of the Wolverine game plan-used primarily as a
steady guard late in the game in crucial situations.
The reason for Mark's appearance on the hard
court can be summedup in one word-character.
The story of Mark, howevet, cannot be told without
reviewing Marty as well.
The two Bodnars came to Michigan from Barberton,
Ohio, where they had just led their team to 51
consecutive wins and a mythical prep national
"We wanted to go to school together," Mark said.
"We told recruiters if you don't want both of us,
forget it. Michigan had just won the national
championship but they were losing both (Ricky)
Freen and (Steve) Grote so they wanted both of us."
At the time basketball started when they were
freshmen, their careers parted ways and it became
A Tale of Two Brothers.'
Mark said, "We knew our first year we wouldn't be
playing much." True, but while Marty was
practicing, learning, and keeping in shape Mark was
hampered with a stress fracture in his foot which
began bothering him the fourth day of practice.
During their sophomore years it was the best of
times and the worst of times for- Marty and Mark,
respectively. Marty was a regular starter and
leading the Big Ten in field goal percentage. Mark
missed the first five weeks of practice because his
foot's stress fracture reoccured and it had to go into a
Then came this season. Mark worked hard in
practice and Marty played hard in games and was co-
captain, but playing time never materialized for the
lesser known of the Bodnar pair.
Assistant coach Bill Frieder said, "Mark's biggest
disadvantage at the beginning of the year was that
the four other guards had played more and had a lot
And so the season went as Marty, Keith Smith,
Johnny Johnson and Mark Lozier divided up the
playing time. Mark sat on the bench as the
Wolverines dropped clutch games against Toledo,
Indiana, Northwestern, Michigan State, etc.
"We started using Mark when we were getting
some inconsistencies out of the other four," Frieder
As opportunity knocked, Mark responded
promptly. Michigan was at Wisconsin seeking their
first road triumph of the conference season. Mark got
the chance to play down the wire and the Wolverines
Back at Crisler, Mark was used. late in the
Northwestern, Illinois and Purdue games. Against
the Illini and the Boilermakers, clutch performances
were required from BOTH Bodnars.
"Mark was very instrumental in those two
victories," said Frieder. "It makes you wonder how
we would have done earlier in those other close
games if we had been using him."
Mark looked back on the games earlier this year
and said, "I didn't get an opportunity to play and I
was down. It was just a matter of keeping up a good
attitude. I really wanted to come to practice and play
well and I was doing well in the practices.
"While I was injured I was doubting myself,
thinking that maybe I wasn't good enough to play,"
Mark continued. "Seeing Marty do well helped me. I
knew I was as good as Marty but he had just gotten
ahead of me. If I had been healthy I think you would
have seen Marty and I playing more together."
The 6-3. business major continued, "I'm not an
envous or jealous person. I'm happy for Marty and
everything he's accomplished." The two Bodnars
still live together on campus and take practically the
Mark says he thinks a successful senior year
actually begins this season. "I need playing time to
give the coaches confidence in me and I need some
confidence in myself. I'm really looking forward to it
(a tournament berth) so I have more opportunities to
play. If I play well at the end of this season it will give
me a good start on next year. That's why it is so
important for me to finish strong this year," Bodnar
Frieder said, "It's a credit to his character that he
waited for the opportunity. He's really come along
considering the fact he was injured the first two
years. He really kept in shape."
But most of all he waited.
Ha mpson ..................
B. Sutton (1-0)
P. Fricker (18-10-2)
R. Varvari (2-1)
GP G A PTS
G A PTS
35 41 76
29 43 72
35 34 69
7 39 46,
7 36 43
12 18 30
9 19 28
9 13 22
7 12 19
8 9 17
7 10 17
2 14 16
6 6 12
4 8 12
3 6 9
4 4 8
1 6 7
0 4 4
1 2 3
1 2 3
0 3 3
0 3 3
0 1 1
0 0 0
0 0 0
1 6 7
188 339 527
G GA AVG. SAV PCT.
2 1 1.76 34 .944
31 131 4.39 1000 .884
5 17 4.42 125 .880
34 150 4.30 1159 .885.
34 188 5.39 996 .841
26 ~ 30
24 121 217 338
GA AVG. SAV pc
1 7.03 9 ,
108 4.71 796F
3 2.26 48 =97
112 4.59 853
121 4.96 679
Mark Bodnar ...
.. .coming into his own
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ST. LOUIS (AP)-All-star shortstop
Garry Templeton has agreed to a six-
year contract which reportedly will pay
him more than $4 million, the St. Louis
Cardinals announced yesterday.
The Cardinals, in keeping with their
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Atlanta after Craig
BOSTON (AP)-U.S. Olympic
hockey goaltender Jim Craig soon may
be wearing the colors of the Atlanta
Flames of the National Hockey League,
according to his lawyer.
Bob Murray, Craig's attorney,
reported "significant progress"
yesterday in negotiations with Flames
General Manager Cliff Fletcher.
Murray said he expected that further
talks might yield a final agreement
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FLAMES OFFICIALS met twice with
Murray earlier this week in Lake
Placid, N.Y., after the spirited
American squad captured the gold
medal with a 4-2 victory over Finland.
Craig, a former Boston University star,
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David Poile, the Flames' assistant
general manager, has said if a contract
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willbe in goal Saturday night against
the visiting Colorado Rockies.,
Murray hesitated on that point,
noting it would be "difficult for him to
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NY, Ixpos tampering?
NEW YORK (AP) - Commissioner
Bowie Kuhn will look into charges that
the New York Yankees and Montreal
Expos have tampered with Dave Win-
field of the San Diego Padres, although
the Padres have not brought the matter
to the commissioner's attention, a
spokesman for Kuhn said yesterday.
Ballard Smith said Monday he knew
Montreal Manager Dick Williams had
talked to Winfield in Las Vegas, Nev.,
and told him the Expos would like to
have' him on the club and that a
Yankees' publicity person told Winfield
the same thing.
Mickey Morabito, Yankees public
relations director, told The Associated
Press by telephone from Fort Lauder-
dale, Fla., that the Yankees had not
talked to Winfield but that the Padres
had been in contact with him about the
power-hitting center fielder.
Smith has said the Padres have no in-
tention of meeting Winfield's demand
for a 10-year, $20-million contract.
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-..MICHIGAN ....... 12
Iuinnesota ....... 16
Notre Dame ......13
Colorado College .. 14
Michigan Tech 11
Michigan State .... 11
Denver ...... t 8
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.".ichigan State at MICHIGAN (Sat.)
*Minnesota at Notre Dame
North Dakota at Wisconsin
Michigan Tech at Minnesota-Duluth
Colorado College at Denver (Fri.)
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Chicago 105, Utah 85
Milwaukee 122, San Diego 88
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Washington 5, Los Angeles 3
Northern Illinois 58, Miami (0.) 53
Iona 69, Farleigh Dickinson 53
Bowling Green 54. Eastern Michigan 49
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