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the Michigan Daily.

Wednesday, September 29, 1982

Page 7


Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRlEF
Ali Haji-Sheikh kicks a 47-yard field goal in Saturday's game against UCLA.
Haji-Sheikh also hit a 48-yarder in the game, the longest of his career. Rich
Hewlett is the holder.
Club Sports Roundup
Michigan's 'A' Rugby Club, last year's National Collegiate semi-finalists,
upped their record to 2-0 with a 19-13 victory over the Fort Wayne Rugby
Club last Saturday in Fort Wayne.
Jeff Hinkle's second-half try sealed the win for the 'A' squad after a tightly
played first half. The 'B' team also raised its record to 2-0 by beating Fort
Wayne's second group, 56-0.
It was the second consecutive lopsided victory for the Ruggers' second
. squad, as they blasted the Detroit Tradesman Rugby Club two weeks ago by
the score of 37-0. Seven different players recorded tries for the 'B' Ruggers,
and Mark Hoch hit for three conversions.
The 'A' team also defeated the Detroit Tradesman squad last weekend,
chalking up a 13-11 win. Michigan constantly fought off the feisty Detroiters,
clinging to a slim lead throughout the entire contest. David Weber and Peter
Maglocci each made tries to pace the Ruggers, and Jack Goodman added a
This Saturday, Michigan plays host to the Detroit Rugby Club at Elbel
Field. The 'A' and 'B' squads will be joined in action by the 'C' team, which
will be competing in its initial contest of the season.
Twenty teams from all over the nation joined the Michigan Sailing Club in
the Navy Fall Invitational Regatta in Annapolis, Maryland Saturday.
Michigan finished tenth overall, as Navy blew by the pack-to claim victory
by a large margin. Kings Point Merchant Marine finished second, and
Tulane placed third.
Michigan's stand-out performer was C-Division sailor, Jorge Freeland,
who placed fifth in his divisional competition. Doug Wefer, Michigan's D-
Division sailor, was somewhat pleased with the squad's performance. "This
was kind of an off week," he said, "but some new people got to sail, so it was
a building weekend."
This weekend, the Sailing Club hosts the Cary-Price Memorial Regatta on
Baseline Lake in Dexter. The sailors hope to rebound from their mediocre
finish last week to showlavorably in more friendly waters.
Michigan's Undergraduate and Graduate Soccer Clubs were both in action
this past Saturday, as the Undergrads played host to Central Michigan at
Ferry Field, and the Graduate team travelled to Dearborn to meet the
Detroit College of Business squad.
After spotting CMU a first-half 3-0 lead, the Wolverines finally got on the
board when Tong Park hit the back of the net. After another Chippewa score,
Michigan narrowed the gap to 4-3 on successive goals by Eric Freeburg and
Paul Oren. Although the Undergrads had numerous chances at the close of
the game, they could not net the equalizer.
The Graduate team opened its season last Saturday in Dearborn against
the Detroit College of business with the hope of improving on last year's 4-5-1
record. They accomplished part of that, tying the Detroiters 1-1.
Carlos Selke opened the scoring about 15 minutes into the second half with
a blast from 20 yards out, Detroit scored the tying goal six minutes later, and
the rest of the game featured strong defense and solid goalkeeping by both
squads, as the game ended without additional scores.
The Graduates continue their season Saturday when they take on the
Michigan Undergraduate squad at Elbel Field. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

Three years ago, when the Iranian
kicker with the funny name arrived on
campus, Michigan fans would chant
"Ali, Ali, Ali," in an insane, fanatical
ritual every time the man they call
Sheik prepared to kick.
Today, Ali Haji-Sheikh's name is not
as novel and the chants are not as
vocal, but his kicking continues to im-
prove. In last Saturday's 31-27 loss to
UCLA, Haji-Sheikh hit a 47- and a 48-
yard field goal which made him the all-
time Michigan leader in career field
goals with 22, but the quiet senior from
Texas downplayed the accomplish-
"THEY WERE two of the better
kicks in my career," he says. "But I
didn't think too much about the record
until someone mentioned it."
And that is not out of character for
Haji-Sheikh. He is an unexcitable
character with an icy coolness and,
now, a burgeoning confidence that has
been borne out of a resolve to seek suc-
cess, rather than avoid failure.
"My freshman year, it was 'What if I
miss?' instead of 'I'm gonna make it,'
he says. "It was confidence, not
pressure that got to me."
INDEED, Haji-Sheikh professes im-
munity to pressure, though he has not
yet been forced to attempt a last-second
field goal. "I try to not really think about
it (the pressure) - I think like it's just
practice," he says.
"Once I look at the tee and the goal
posts, I never look up. When I hear the
ball hit the holder's hands, then I know
to kick it."
Haji-Sheikh has kicked it to the tune
of 42 consecutive extra points - the
seventh longest streak in Big Ten
history- and three of four field goals
this year. And Wolverine head coach
Bo Schembechler isn't at all surprised
with his kicker's steady improvement.
"HE'S ALWAYS had the potential but
he has missed a few kicks in the past,"
says Bo. "He's always had a strong leg
- 50-yarders in practice are not un-
What is uncommon about Haji-Sheikh
is his name and his background, both of
which probably get more attention than
any record-breaking field goals. His
father is a native of Iran and a graduate
of Michigan. Ali was born in Univer-
sity Hospitkland moved to Texas at an
early age. His father is currently a
professor of mechanical engineering at
the University of Texas-Arlington, and
it was as a grade-school youth in
Arlington that Ali took up soccer and
then football and nurtured hopes of

k h give,
returning to Michigan to play for the
"M1y total goal since high school was to
come up here and kick," says the man
whom the late Bob Ufer once referred
to as the "only Iranian kicker who
wears cowboy boots."
SO IN THE fall of '79 he walked on to
the team and into the midst of the
Wolverines' famed kicking woes, and
earned a spot as Bo's kicker. At the

hostages were seized in Iran a while
ago. "Some guys on the team would kid
me and say 'Where are you hiding
them?,' " he says.
For now, Haji-Sheikh is content to
pursue his degree in geology and wait to
see what the pro scouts have to say
about him. He is happy about his con-
tinued improvement after what he ad-
mits was a tough freshman year and he
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..22 career field goals

big kick
awaits that last-second field goal try
and a chance to show off his nerves of
steel. Until then, he'll labor as the
Michigan kicker with the funny name;
"I'll introduce myself at a party as Ali
Haji-Sheikh, and they'll say 'Come on,
what's your real name?' "
Maybe now as Michigan's all-time
field goal leader, they will know.

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conclusion of his freshman year he was
offered a scholarship and he has been
the Michigan kicker ever since.
Perhaps his greatest asset as a kicker
is his ability to consistenly deliver non-
returnable kickoffs, though the one that
the Bruins' Dokie Williams returned 65
yards on Sat.urday was obviously retur-
"That's the first time anyone's run
one back on us," he says. "I'm not used
to doing a lot of tackling - I didn't have
the right angle on the guy."
LIKE MOST kickers, Haji-Sheikh .
has his mannerisms and nuances that
he goes through before a game, though
nothing of the proportions that would
qualify him as a flake.
"I do the same little things every
week," he says. "Like for instance, I
never eat scrambled eggs during the
pre-game meal because 1 had a good
game my sophomore year against
MichiganState and I didn't eat scram-
bled eggs before that game."
That's as off the wall as Haji-Sheikh
gets. He jokes now of the kidding he took
for his heritage when the American

American League
Detroit 9, Baltimore 6
Toronto 3, Minnesota 0
New York 6, Cleveland 4
Milwaukee 9, Boston 3

S c h o o l o f E d u c a tio nAs
Fall Lecture Series
Public Policy
and an Educated Society
A Continuing Dilemma
Thursday, September 30
Torsten Huse~n
Why Comprehensive
- Some European
8 to10 p.m.
Rackham Amphitheatre
Dr. Husen will return for discussion of
his remarks: Friday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to
Noon, East Conference Room, Rack-
ham Building.
Dr. Husen is Chairman in International Education
and Director of the Institute of International Edu-
cation, University of Stockholm. He has written
more than forty books, including The School in
Question: A Comparative Study of the School
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