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December 10, 1980 - Image 21

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Another casualty?

The Michigan Daily--Wednesday, December 10, 1980-page 21
Blue cagers aim
to down Kent State

Ti soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer Ihear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio,
Four dead in Ohio.
-Neil Young
The above lyrics were written about
Kent State, whose basketball team will
meet the undefeated Michigan

Wolverines tonight at Crisler Arena.
And if the Blue cagers have their way,
there will be "four dead in Ohio" when
the season's over. Four dead hoop
squads, that is.
You see, Kent State is only one of four
Ohio teams that the Michigan hoopsters
play this season. The first was the
Akron Zips, who the Wolverines ate up,
98-69, last Monday night. The second

are the not-so-hot (1-2) Golden Flashes
from Kent, who tip-off against the
Maize and Blue at 8:05 this evening.
THE WOLVERINES will then try to
shoot down their third set of Ohioan
foes, the Dayton Flyers, who they visit
this Saturday. The fourth and final bun-
ch from Ohio is the one Michigan really
wants dead-you guessed it, Ohio State.
The cagers will battle the big, bad

Buckeyes (at least) twice before the
season is over.
But the season has just barely begun,
Big Ten action won't get going for a
while, and Ohio State won't be around
for a month and a half. So tonight, Bill
Frieder and his boys will have to con-
centrate on KSU, who hail from the
Mid-American Conference.
The Flashes, piloted by third year

coach Ed Douma, are having a little
trouble getting going themselves,
however, They came from behind to
squeak by Capital (from Columbus) in
the season opener, but then fell twice at
the Carrier Classic in Syracuse, where
they were handled easily by the hosting
Orangemen, 81-65, and edged by
Wagner, 73-72.
THE KENT STATE cagers can look
to improve, however, for with no
seniors, three juniors, six sophomores,
and four frosh, they are quite young. In
fact, the Flashes will probably start
four sophomores tonight, including
standout guard Robert Kitchen, who
averaged 13.1 points per outing a year
The Flashes may well have 'to chalk
one up to experience tonight against the
(UPI) 16th ranked Wolverines, who are
cruising along with a 4-0 record.

... undefeated coach


Alan Fanger



Mike McGee. (6-5)
Thad Garner. (6-7)
P. Heuerman. (6-8)
J. Johnson...(6-4)
Mark Bodnar.(6=3)


(6-6) Keith Gordon. (14)
(6-8) Bob Koch....(40)
(6-8) M. McClenahan(44)
(6-3) R. Kitchen... (24)
(6-3) Geoff Warren(22)

College Basketball
Notre Dame 68, Indiana 64
Fordham 68I ,ona 57
Tennessee 72, Lafayette 42
Bowling Green 88, Capital 70
New York 107, Washington 104
Philadelphia 96Cleveland 83
Vancouver 4, Washington 2

Hero McNamara quits...
for lack of support?
TT WAS WINTER term of 1979, and I had clearly hit an academic
1 "sophomore slump." I did everything I could to escape the dank, dreary
carrels of the libraries-a movie one night, some TV the next, pinball, the
bars-anything that would instill in me a sense of being somewhere other
than the book-ridden University.
After two weeks of solid recreation, I finally found a reliable venue to
which I could take my non-scholastic road show. It was basketball season
down at Crisler Arena, and it took about ten shots and a few steals for me to
find some sports heroes who were of another gender.
Katie McNamara and Diane Dietz. They were the Keystone Kops, the
Bonnie and Clydes, the Bobbsey Twins and every other gallant duo rolled in-
to one. For the few fans-mostly local junior high and high school girls who
played basketball-in attendance at these contests, they represented quality
-women's athletics in its most visible form. There on the basketball court, in
a game that so many of us can easily digest, were two women playing the
game as skillfully as their male counterparts.
They even attended high school together, leading their Our Lady of Mercy
H.S. squad to the state title in their senior year. What a pair they were.
Until a week ago, that is. McNamara's career had taken a distinct slide
since her freshman year (when she averaged 15 points per game), and two
games into her junior season, she decided that she would no longer play
basketball at Michigan. She quit. For "personal reasons."
McNamara wasn't the first
hero borne out of the young
Michigan women's athletic t
program to prematurely depart
from the limelight. But Mc-
Namara's decision to abandon in-
tercollegiate, basketball simply
reinforces sbmething many ob-
servers determined quite some
time ago.6
Somehow, somewhere, women
,athletes here at the University
_,need more support than what
they are presently receiving.
The assistance may be finan-
cal, moral, or aademic in
nature-reflecting the unique
makeup of each person-but the
overriding question is one of sup-
port in general.
I'm not even sure that the sour-
ce of this support can be drawn
along rigid lines. Universities,
families, and counselors cannot McNamara
offer suport that is limitless in . departed hero
its scope.
It is alarming to know that several of this school's finest women
athletes-many of whom were granted some form of financial assistan-
ce-are dropping the "athlete" portion from the socially-constructed title,
The women's basketball team, which joined McNamara in enduring a
slump during the 1979-80 season, provides an excellent example of the
problems that plague the program. /
Two years ago, the women cagers were on the rise, sporting a lineup that
consisted of an enthusiastic bunch of young players. Among the notables
were Terry Schevers, a 5-6 guard who had transferred from Indiana; Yvette
'Harris, a 6-2 center-forward who could dominate the boards; Kris Hansen, a
6-0 center who was a reliable inside shooter; and, of course, McNamara and
Just a season later, Schevers quit the team, Harris transferred to the
University of Detroit, and Hansen left school. McNamara and Dietz
remained on the 79-80 squad, along with reserves Brenda Venhuizen, Tam-
mie Sanders, Jeanne White, and spot starters Abby Currier and Penny Neer.
The following season was a disaster for the Wolverines. They finished a
dismal 8-20 and were eliminated in the first round of the SMAIAW (state)
tournament. Had some of those players remained on the team, Michigan
would surely have been more competitive.
Such a remarkable rate of attrition is not a phenomenon confined 'to one
team. The women's tennis team suffered heavy losses in the form of Kathy
Krickstein and Whit Stodghill, who left following the 1978-79 campaign. In
that season, the Wolverines won the state crown, finished second in the
AIAW Midwest regional, and placed among the top 20 teams in the national
Last season, the netters withered to a 3-11 dual meet record and were
eliminated early in tournament play.
Even the women's swim team, perhaps the mightiest of all Michigan
women's athletic squads, has been hit with a dose of the dropouts.
And the question remains: what can we, as supporters of Michigan
athletics, do to ensure that a woman can be both an athlete and a student and
can operate in that dual role relatively free of pain, whether physical or
I only wish that there were a surefire, catch-all answer to that question.
For now, I will lament McNamara's absence and hope that Dietz, along
with her fellow women athletes at the University, continue to delight the fans
with their abilities, despite what appears to be a wealth of pressure.


Penn StategrplrniBue
By CUKJscores. Rob Rechsteiner won a major 158- M-Beljan won superior de
By CHUCK JAFFE and for stalling. The stalling penalty decision, while both John Beljan and over PSU-Wood, 20-7.
'he Michigan wrestling team, gave DerGarabedian too many penalty Eric Klasson won superior decisions. 167-PSU-Hanrahan decisione
ring off of an impressive showing in points, and he was disqualified with The grapplers open their home M-Nadhir, 9-4.
t weekend's Penn State Invitational, only six seconds remaining in the mat- season against Clarion State this 177-- M-Rechsteiner won majo
s defeated by Penn State in a dual .-eh. Friday at 7 p.m. decision over PSU-Bingam




meet late Monday night. The Nittany
Lions opened a big lead in the middle of
the meet and held on for a 22-20 win.
After Joe McFarland started the
meet with the night's only pin, con-
troversy entered the match. Mike
DerGarabedian of Michigan was
disqualified in his match against Penn
State's John Manotti. DerGarabedian
was awarded penalty points for not
being in the correct starting position

wrestlers lost their contests, as Penn
State rolled up a big lead. Bill Goodill,
Mark Pearson, and Tim Fagan were all
decisioned by their Penn State op-
ponents. Fagan lost his match in the
last seconds, when a reversal gave his
Nittany Lion opponent, Mike Doherty,
an 8-7 win.
The Wolverines won three of the
remaining five matches, all by big

Meet results
118- M-McFarland pinned
PSU-Webster in 4:42.
126- PSU-Manotti beat
M-DerGarabedian by disqualification.
134- PSU-Bury won major decision
over M-Goodill, 12-2.
142- PSU-Fritz decisioned M-Pearson,
150- PSU-Doherty decisioned
M-Fagan, 8-7.

190- PSU-Johnson decisioned
M-Rehberger, 6-0.
Hwt- M-Klasson won superior decision
over PSU-Longcor, 20-6.

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