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Page 16

Friday, April 3, 1981

Ieers awarded
at banquet;
qBlum, ManM.nin'g
share MVP

The Michigan Dekers Club gave their annual
awards last night to the 1980-81 Wolverine hockey
For the first time since 1972, two Most Valuable
Players were named, John Blum and Tim Manning,
for their outstanding work on the power play. Paul
Fricker was given his All-American award; head
coach John Giordano was presented with his WCHA
Coach of the Year award.
SENIOR ROGER BOURNE was given the Most
Outstanding Sportsman of the year award.
The Carl Isaacson Memorial Trophy, which is
awarded to the player who exhibits the highest
scholastic average combined with athletic ability,
was awarded to senior left winger Gordie Hampson.

The Michigan Dairy
Kelly McCrimmon was awarded the Most Color
Rookie Award by the Dekers Club.
KEN "RED" Simmons, the women's track coach,
was presented with the Deker-of-theYear award for
demonstrating continued support for the Michig'an
hockey program.
The team's leading scorer, junior defedsemin
Steve Richmond, was awarded the Hazel M. "Doe"
Losch Trophy, for scoring the most total points, goals
and assists.
Dave Richter was awarded the Alton D. Sim
Trophy for becoming the most improved player
chosen by his teammates. Tim Manning won the Vic
Heyliger Trophy for Most Valuable Defenseman for
the third year in a row.



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Had he wanted to, Chris Sabo could
have been a professional hockey
player. A goaltender.
He decided against it.
Had he wanted to, Sabo probably
could have become a standout golfer. In
his high school years, with little or no
practice, Sabo was capable of con-
sistently scoring in the mid 70's.
He decided against that, too.
WHAT SABO decided to do was at-
tend the University of Michigan and
play baseball, and so far, the freshman
starting third-baseman from Detroit
Catholic Central has compiled some
very impressive statistics. In 15 games
this season, Sabo is batting .340 with
four home runs and ten RBI's. His four
homers are the most on theMichigan
team so far this year. And although
baseball is not the only sport at which
Sabo excels, it is, by far, his favorite.
"I've always wanted to play
baseball," said Sabo. "I would
definitely like to play in the pros some
Although he's never played
professional baseball, Sabo has already
played in "the pros." He played hockey
well enough to be drafted into the On-
tario Major-Junior League after his
junior year at Catholic Central.
"I WAS DRAFTED by the Niagra
Falls Flyers, which is sort of like
professional hockey. It's the next
step, the minor leagues," Sabo ex-
So, in August, 1979, Sabo packed his
bags and moved to Niagra Falls, where
the team provided him with room and
board and about $100 a. ,week. Sabo did
not keep the money since he did not
want to harm his amateur status.
However, his hockey experience didn't
work out quite the way he had hoped.
"I played the exhibition games and I
played great," he recalled. "I had a
couple shutouts but then the regular
season came around and I didn't play.
They screwed me."
In November, Sabo decided to quit.
"I was going to quit anyway to play
baseball. I got sick of hockey-too
much pain," he joked.
SABO RETURNED to Catholic Cen-
tral in time to finish his senior year and
to play baseball for the Shamrocks.
Sabo's .480 batting average- during his
senior year was enough to impress the
Montreal Expos, who drafted Sabo in

last summer's amateur draft. But Sabo
decided he wasn't ready for the majors
just yet.
"I knew I had to get a lot better
(before signing with the pros). If you're
going to go to the minors you've got to
be good," Sabo said. "I came here
(Michigan) because I knew that I had a
lot of improving to do. I don't want to go

"I LIKE IT. He's (Middaugh) tryi4
to make me better," Sabo said. "JHe s
trying to put more power in my swing
so I can hit more home runs. He just
wants me to use my wrists and wrist the
ball out, instead of taking the big
stroke. It will just take a little getting
used to."
But, according to Sabo, hitting isn't
the only area he needs to work on.
"I'm not a very good fielder," Sab
admitted. "I improved a lot betwe
my junior and senior years in high
school, but I stillshave a lot of work to
Middaugh, however, says that so far
this season defense has been Sabo's
strong point.
"Sabo has contributed an awful lot
defensively. He has great reactions and
a strong throwing arm," said Mid-
daugh. "I think that his reactions are
partly due to his hockey career."
Sabo's modest attitude about his'ow
skills can be explained by the fact 'th
he is never satisfied with the way he
plays. He always strives to do better.
"The coach (Middaugh) thinks I'm a
wild man because I'm never satisfied., I
always think I can do better," Sabo
said. "If I hit .400 I'm not satisfied until
ALTHOUGH Middaugh may, not
believe that Sabo is a "wild man,' be
does agree that Sabo is never satisfiedg
"He (Sabo) expects to get a hit every
time he goes to the plate," Middaugh
said. "That's a great attitude, but he
has got to control his emotions so they
don't hurt him. That again will come
with experience.'
But for now Sabo doesn't want to set
any goals for himself. He just hopes
that the team can have a successful
season. And since Sabo is only a fresh-
man, he is likely to become a mainstay
in the Wolverine infield. Then, after his
college career, he will most likely tryG
play professional baseball.
That is something he has decided



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(to the majors) until I know I can make
Wolverine coach Bud Middaugh has
made some adjustments in Sabo's bat-
ting style, adjustments that Sabo says
will help him hit with more power.
"Sabo has 'a long 1 way to' go" offen-
sively," Middaugh said. "But you will
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sively on his part. That will come with
maturity and experience."
Sabo agrees that he needs to work on
his hitting, and says he doesn't mind the
fact that Middaugh is trying to change
his style.

Miami (0.) old friend to:
batsmen coach Midda-ugh

When head coach Bud Middaugh and
his 10-7 Wolverine baseball team travel
to Oxford, Ohio this weekend to face the
Miami (0.) Redskins, they will not be
playing against strangers.
Through 1979 Middaugh was the head
coach at Miami, and consequently he is
very familiar with the Redskin lineup.
"I DON'T THINK that there is a boy
in their starting lineup that wasn't
there two years ago," Middaugh said.
Michigan will face the Redskins in
doubleheaders today and tomorrow and
will then head down to Cincinnati to
play a doubleheader against Cincinnati
University on Sunday.
The Wolverines will be sending
sophomore Steve Ontiveros (1-0) and
Scott Elam (2-1) to the mound for
today's doubleheader. The Blue bat-
smen will be without the services of
catcher John Young, however, who in-

jured his ankle in last Wednesday
game against Eastern Michigan, ar
shortstop Anthony Evans, who has an
injured hand.
throwing their ace, Billy Long, against
Michigan in the opening game today.
Long, who is considered to be one of the
best pitchers in the Midwest, is the only
hurler this season to defeat the Miami
(Fla.) Hurricanes, one of the top teams
in the country.
Middaugh hopes that the WolverinU
can perform well on the Ohio road trip,
"Our goal is to win all six games," he
said, "but I just hope that we do the best
we can. Miami is a good offensive~cJpb.
They're just waiting to explode."
The Wolverines will return home on
Sunday and will face Aquinas in a nice
inning game at Fisher Field on

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