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Captain combo leads tumblers

Leaders are crucial to any team. They
provide experience,'set examples, and are
often responsible for dictating the morale of
the squad. A team would consider itself for-
tunate to have one person who commands
the respect of her peers, but on the Michigan
women's gymnastics team, leadership
comes in a double dose..
Senior specialists Cindy Shearon and
Laurie Miesel combine as co-captains, and
are compatible not only in their per-
sonalities, but in the way their talents mesh,
as well.
COACH SHERI Hyatt explained. "They
compliment each other on the events. Cindy
does the- floor and vault, and Laurie does
beam and bars. Together," Hyatt said,
"they make one all-arounder. We consider
them one person."
The pair concurred with Hyatt's obser-
vation and calculated that if they were one
all-arounder, they, or rather "she," would
score in the neighborhood of a 34 or 35,
which would make them one of the best.
gymnasts in the Big Ten.
"We could clone ourselves," Shearon
BUT THE TEAM of Shearon and Miesel

are perhaps more important as co-captains.
The two women provide needed experience,
as they are the only seniors on a young 15-
member squad. They are the second and
third gymnasts ever to compete during all
four years at Michigan.
"Yeah, we kind of know the ropes,"
Shearon said as the pair explained that they
try to help the younger gymnasts with
everything from the adjustment to college
life, to handling the disappointment of being
left behind from a road trip.
"It's really important to keep the team
together," Miesel said "We won't do well
unless we stay together." She added that
she is happy with the team's attitude thus
far this season and said, "I think this is the
best unit ever at U-M...in Michigan's
BUT IT WASN'T so easy at the start of the
season as many of the younger members
went through the unusal freshman-itis. "We
helped the younger teammates earlier in the
year when they were upset," Miesel said.
"Having experience," Shearon
elaborated, "we could tell them it would all
work out - and it did." '
Hyatt attributed the women's relationship,
with their teammates to the respect they are

accorded, "and that's why they voted them
co-captains," Hyatt said.
MIESEL REASONED that their success
as co-captains is a direct function of how
well they work together. "It's'good with the
two of us because if one of us doesn't see
something (wrong) the other will. It's
really worked out."
The seniors agreed that one of the biggest
problems the Wolverine women gymnasts
have had is a'result of the squad's size.
"One of the hardest things for the new
girls," Hiesel said, "was trying to make the
adjustment of not doing all-around. Most do
all-around in high school, but with so many
girls here most have to specialize. I tried to
explain that its the team that's important."
SHEARON IS appreciative of Michigan's
depth, but she acknowledges that it creates
problems. "It (the team) is huge right now,
but the only part I hate is when we have to
leave someone on trips."
Miesel knows all about being left behind
- two weeks ago she was stranded at the
Pantree restaurant in Ann Arbor while the
gymnastics team was on its way to a meet in
"I went to the bathroom and they took
off," she explained. Miesel said that the

team usually travels by bus, but this time
there were going in three cars.
. "EVERYONE figured she was in another
car, so we didn't know she wasn't with us,"
Shearon continued. "We got to the meet and
wondered where she was. I said 'She must
be in the bathroom.' Little did we now that
she was, only in Ann Azor."
Throughout the narration,Ahe co-captains
couldn't help laughing. "It was funny,"
Miesel admitted. "I was laughing as soon as
I'd realized (the situation).
Both seniors look forward to the rest of
their final season at Michigan.
"Our short-range goals" Shearon said,
"are to win the Big Ten's as a team. Our
long range goal is to go to nationals. To go
out as a senior in nationals would be great."
Personally, Shearon said that she would
like to improve on her fifth-place finish in
the vault at last year's regionals.
MIESEL ECHOED Shearon's team goals
and added, "I'd like to place in the beam in
Big Tens. I definitely have the potential to;
it just matters if I reach it.,"
Finally, Miesel added, "My long-long-
range goal is to do cartwheels when I'm 80."
Maybe she will. And if she is, Shearon
could well be beside her doing back flips.

Blue Lines
Yost crowd dead
o oBGSU gets rowdy
THERE'SPLENTY TO watch at a Bowling Green-
hockey game, even for those who don't follow hockey.
There's a skating bird, for one. The fine-feathered.
Falcon mascot hits the ice before each period, arousing
school spirit and leading cheers in the student section.
There's also the Ealconettes, a group of mini-skirted
"precision" figure skaters who offer quality entertain-
ment between periods.
But the best entertainment in the Bowling
Green Ice Arena emanates from none other than
the spectators themselves. The spirit and intensity of
Falcon hockey fans makes the crowd at Michigan's Yost
Ice Arena look like spectators at a chess match. The
only between-period entertainment at Yost is the Zaui-
boni ice machine.
"Take away the band, and that place is dead," was the
way Bowling Green Sports Information Director Allan
Chamberlin described Yost.
No Falcon monopoly
Granted, Bowling Green fans have a first-place team
to cheer about, but then again the Falcons do not have a
monopoly on CCHA crowd spirit and enthusiasm.
After a 5-4 loss to Ferris State in the series opener last
weekend, Lake Superior State evened the score on
Saturday, smashing the Bulldogs, 8-1. When the game
was over, Laker fans stoodup and chanted for an encore,
refusing to leave the arena until the victorious squad
reappeared on the ice.
"I've never seen anything like it in college hockey
before," said Lake Superior coach Bill Selman. "A
demonstration like that ohe is quite a compliment."
And it is a compliment which Michigan Wolverine
icers never get the pleasure of soaking up. How is it that
Michigan, which draws 104,000-plus, frenzied fans every
home football Saturday, can be out-spectatored by
smaller schools such as Bowling Green and Lake
Superior State?
Something to do
"I've gone to four or five hockey games this year,"
said one Bowling Green student. "I really didn't care
that much about hockey until I came to school. , BG
games are really a good time. It's something to do on.a
Saturday.night." Indeed, going to a hockey game may'
be the only thing to do in SaultSte. Marie or Bowling
Green on a Saturday night..
In addition, for both Lake Superior State and Bowling
Green, hockey is the big time. For the Falcons, it is the
only sport in which they have even a remote shot at the
national title. And it is the only opportunity these in
stitutions get to take on the big boys '- athletic powers
such as Michigan and Notre Dame.
But what's the big deal? All three hockey programs
draw sizable crowds. In fact, Yos&t Ice Arena with its
seating capacity of 8,100, is the largest college ice arena
in the nation, let alone the CCHA. The numbers are what
bring in money. What difference does the disposition of
the fans matter?
It makes a big difference to the players and the
coaches. "When you work as hard as the boys do," said
Selman, "you like to be appreciated. We want our fans to
have a good time. For the boys, peer group approval is a
very important thing. It also reflects in their play."
Michigan coach John Giordano has more than once men-
tioned a small or unenthused crowd as a non-factor after
a disappointing game.
What, then, is the solution-a skating Wolverine, a
between-periods leg show? Selman said that it took all-
out dedication from the athletes, coaches, and athletic
department officials *to build up the Lake Superior State
hockey program in the eyes of the spectators. But, of
course, the Lakers' hockey team does not have to com-
pete with Big Ten football and basketball.





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Northeastern 82, Brown 74
Walsh 70, Tiffin 69
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