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SPORTS

Page 10

Tuesday, September 30, 1980

The Michigan Daily

Stickers stick it to foes

Bo's blue offense:

By BARB BARKER and
MARTHA CRALL
One of the strengths of this year's
field hockey team is that there is not
one star player, according to coach
Candy Zientek.
"Not having to rely on one person
iakes things go better all the way
around,' said Zientek. "We're going
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Home opener today vs. CMU

out to play our best and we'll take
things as they come."
ZIENTEK FIELDS a team of 19,
which features ten freshmen and only
three returning juniors, one junior
transfer, and no seniors. Zientek lost

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all-time leading scorer Mary Callam.
The youth of the team doesnt bother
Zientek, though. She's convinced her
team is going to win.
And they have won. The stickers won
their first three games, beating
r Western Michigan last Wednesday in
their season opener by a 3-2 margin.
Last Thursday they rolled over Olivet,
14-0 and followed with a 2-0 victory over
Calvin College on Friday.
"OUR STRATEGY is the best
strategy," said the two-year coach.
Having watched and coached the
various squads from which the U.S.
Olympic team is chosen, she feels their
strategy has helped her teams here at
Michigan work. "If they (the U.S.
team) are using it, it must be good,"
Zientek said. "But whether we're
behind or not, we still play the same
game."
Zientek boosts the team's confidence
level by posting thoughts for the day in
the locker room before practice, her
favorite being "Fatigue is a mental
condition." According to Zientek, they

just give the team something to think
about. "I even got one from a wall in
Philadelphia!" she says.
Right now things are going well for
Zientek and the Wolverines. "We aren't
worrying about winning," she said.
"When you don't worry, things fall into
place."
AT THIS POINT the stickers are
looking forward to their home opener,
which is today against Central
Michigan.
"Central Michigan seems to be con-
sistently powerful," commented Zien-
tek cautiously. "I would expect it to be
an excellent game."
Zientek is hoping the stickers can
continue to improve upon their record
against the Chippewas. Two years ago
was the first time Michigan ever scored
against Central Michigan, but under
Zientek's leadership last year, they
beat the Chippewas twice.
Today's opening home field hockey
contest with the Chippewas will be
played at Ferry Field, beginning at 4
p.m.

I runningc
By STAN BRADBURY
There was a time not long ago when.
Bo Schembechler's Wolverines would
have to play three years before they
lost five games. The Blue gridders have
now accomplished that feat in only the
last six games.
Something is wrong, and Bo will be
the first to tell you about it. At yester-
day's press luncheon, Schembechler
"I liked it better when we
came in here and I heard
bitching about how (Rick)
Leach couldn't throw...
but dammit, we won
games."
-Bo Schembechler
started pointing the accusing finger at
one particular aspect of the team; its
reliance on passing.
"I liked it better when we came in
here and I heard bitching about how
(Rick) Leach couldn't throw, he
couldn't do this and that, but dammit,
we won games," said. Bo. "John
Wangler did a good job Saturday but we
didn't win."
Schembechler added, "We're not
running the ball like we used to. Right
now I don't know if we're physically
strong enough to play power football.
Sooner or later you have to dominate the
line of scrimmge and control the ball.
We have to make our mind up about
what direction we want to take, but I
don't want to be a team that relies too
much on the pass.
"I'm not opposed to passing, but I feel
that it has to compliment your running
game," said Bo. "We have a pretty
good running game, but it can be better
if we get more consistency on the offen-
sive line and better blocking from our
backs."
Statistics back up the current
weakness in the rushing attack. To date
the Wolverines average just 183.7 yards
rushing per game. During Schem-
bechler's first 11 years here, when
Michigan had the best overall record in
the nation, the Wolverines totaled an
average of 285.4 yards per game
rushing.
The worst rushing year for a Schem-
bechler team was last season, when
they averaged just 240.4. Not coinciden-

mempty
tally, Michigan also suffered its worst
record under Bo last year, finishing 8=4:
There seems to be a very defit4
connection between controlling the hind
of scrimmage, team rushing yardag,
and Michigan victories and Bo under-
stands this perfectly.
"I'd like to be a better'rushing teapu
than we are now. It's not like I'm upsf
with Wangler, but to be honest with yi,
I would like to see Steve Smith plate
Schembechler said.
Smith, a freshman from Grail
Blanc, is a better combination of runner
and passer, Bo said. Wangler, who has
thrown for 340 yards and five touch-
downs, is not able to run the ball. While*
the fifth-year senior is in the game, the
Wolverine offense is not permitted to
play the famous option football which
made the teams of the '70's great.
Bo said that there are two charac-
teristics of a passing team., "First, on
any given Saturday it can beat anybody
in the nation. Take Stanford beating
Oklahoma at Norman Saturday.
Second, they're not going to win any
championships."
And it is that second characteristic
which has Bo worried.
Women win
The Michigan women's cross country
team returned victorious from the
Springfield Invitational International
Road Race held Sunday in London, On-
tario.
Michigan's Melanie Weaver, who
earned a 6th plce finish in a field of .233,
paced the Wolverines in the first place
finish. The team's placing order span-
ned 6th place to the 40th spot.
"This was an exceptional team per-
formance. Our team is improving with
each race,". said Michigan coach Red
Simmons. "I was most pleased with the
running of Lisa Larson, Suzanne
Frederick, Lynn Fudala, and Vosie Von
Vorghlander." The four runners placed
12th, 16th, 17th, and 25th respectively.

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