Page 8-Wednesday, February 16, 1983-The Michigan Daily
Bradetich excels far from home
By MIKE BERRES
There's a joke going around in
women's basketball coach Gloria
Soluk's office. It's about the "can't
miss" prospect from Bangor, Maine or
Tempe, Ariz. Every time the coach
hears something like this she thinks:
"Oh no, here we go again."
When Jeff Bradetich told Soluk about
his sister Wendy, however, it was no
joke. Wendy has been bigger and better
than anyone had expected.
BRADETICH IS from Eugene, Ore.,
and according to Soluk the women's
team can't afford to recruit much far-
ther away than central Ohio. This is
where brother Jeff fit in. A professor at
Michigan, he called Soluk to talk about
his sister. The coach suggested that
Wendy send game films, and was so
impressed with the results that a
scholarship was soon offered. Both
sides have been very happy with the
"Wendy is one of the finest athletes
we've had play for us," said Soluk. "It
was a great surprise for us the way she
has played and the way she was able to
step right into the line-up."
Bradetich has been an important part
of many lineups since she began playing
in the fifth grade. Her father coached
the sixth and seventh grade teams to
championships, and her success
carried into high school. A four-year
varsity player, Bradetich blossomed
after her freshman season. In her
senior year, the Winston Churchill High
team she played for lost just once on its
way to a third-place finish in Oregon.
Early in that season, Bradetich scored
40 points to help her team avenge a
state quarterfinal loss from the year
THE 1982-83 season has changed
Bradetich's winning ways, however.
Despite the team's 3-17 record,
Bradetich's enthusiasm remains high.
"It's (losing) a big change," she said,
"but I love basketball whether we're
winning or losing. It's really
frustrating, but as long as everyone
puts out, and they are, it's still fun. And
with everyone coming back next year I
think we can call this a building year."
Soluk thinks the team's future may
ride on the improvement of the 6-0 cen-
ter. "She has definite leadership
qualities," Soluk said. "She has been a
solid force for our squad, and a good in-
dication of how good the team is playing
can be judged by how well Wendy is
The coach is not making Bradetich a
scapegoat for the team's poor perfor-
mances, but rather complimenting the,
freshman center for keeping the team
in games. "If, and we think it's when,
Wendy emerges as the leader, this
team may come together," Soluk said.
BRADETICH IS enjoying her ex-
periences with the team, and may soon
provide the leadership her coach expec-
ts. "I like everyone on the team," she
said. "The coach has been just super
and I wouldn't trade it for anything.'
One other thing that has kept
Bradetich's spirits high is Michigan's
campus and the surrounding town.
"Ann Arbor is similar to Eugene, but in
many ways it's different, in a nice
way," Bradetich said. "I'm very glad I
came here. It's (the campus) all so
pretty. I love to take walks through the
Bradetich hasn't been back to
Eugene since July and has adjusted
well. "My brother is here, but I do get a
little homesick," she said. "It's great to
be on my own."
A BIG CONCERN for student-
athletes is completing their
schoolwork. Bradetich thinks basket-
ball has helped her studies. "I've been
able to budget my time. Before we star-
ted practicing I would let things go
because I had so much time on my han-
ds. Now I am able to get things done
because I know my time is limited."
Basketball has given Bradetich a lot
and she would eventually like to give it
something back. "I'm in Phys Ed and I
would like to be a coach someday." She
also hinted that she might like to coach
men, but first she'd like to play basket-
ball and finish her education.
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Big T'en foes too refined.. .
'M' cagers still crude
TAKE LAST season's Michigan basketball team, add five gifted young
forwards, remove two of limited ability and a third who barely got a look
at an NBA training camp, and what do you get?
"An improved version of the Wolverines" is the obvious response. Robert
Henderson, Paul Jokisch, Richard Rellford, Roy Tarpley and Butch Wade
comprise a much better front court than Willis Carter, Dean Hopson and
Why, then, is Michigan's team mired in ninth place in the Big Ten
standings, just one notch above its position at this time last year?
Again, the answer is obvious. The rest of the conference improved as much
or more than the Wolverines.
While Michigan rebuilt its team with fresh talent, Ohio State, Purdue and
the like refined theirs. And in the Big Ten, a refinery is a profitable business
while a construction company is not.
The Buckeyes, for instance, returned four starters from last year's
conference runner-up squad. The quartet was an undistinguished lot but one
summer of practice suddenly transformed them into highly-skilled athletes.
Tony Campbell used to shine Clark Kellogg's shoes. Now, the junior
forward's high tops sparkle in his own light.
A similar occurence happened in West Lafayette, where Purdue coach
Gene Keady graduated two seniors from his lineup. The Boilermakers
couldn't be expected to challenge for the Big Ten title after the loss of Keith
Edmonson and Mike Scearce but with a little work, benchwarmers Curt
Clawson and Dan Palombizio became a pair of sharpshooting starters.
Improvement takes work
The list goes on: Northwestern's Art Aaron; Wisconsin's Cory Blackwell;
Michigan State's~Kevin Willis, and OSU's Troy Taylor and Ron Stokes.
None of these players stood out last
season. Now, the five are mentioned
among the conference's best.
It isn't that players improve with
age alone. They're not fine wines.
Instead, they improve with effort,
with tuning. It takes a year to learn
what's needed to win in the Big Ten.
A freshman enters the conference
and learns his shortcomings. He
works to correct them. Most rookies
have many to fix. Plenty don't get
fixed at all.
"There's nothing to say they're
going to get better," says Michigan
coach Bill Frieder about his five
freshman. "They just have to work
over the summer."
Frieder acknowledges that Frieder
improvement is not guaranteed. But... dg r
he also must realize that it is a .. . no guarantees
reasonable expectation. Tim McCormick and Leslie Rockymore are (or
was, in the injured Rockymore's case) better second- than first-year
players. Nothing less should result from Henderson and his classmates.
And with individual betterment should come upward movement in the
standings. True, the rest of the Big Ten returnees will improve, but more
return to Michigan than to any other school.
The Wolverines graduate only Isaac Person from their lineup, but Indiana
loses Ted Kitchel, Jim Thomas and Randy Wittman-three early-round NBA
draft choices-and a pair of top reserves. Minnesota loses giant center
Randy Breuer and with him goes most of its offense. Coinciding with the loss
of starters Jim Stack, Gaddis Rathel and Michael Jenkins should be
Northwestern's return to the Big Ten basement. Iowa says goodbye to wings
Bob Hansen and Mark Gannon and Ohio State loses center Granville
All of this adds up to a brighter outlook for Michigan. While much of the
Big Ten turns to construction, Wolverine Refinery should be open for
... contributing freshman
Injury knocks ilcher
Wileher, who inji
during track comp
miss the football te
f spring practice
anaesthesia," said Dr. Gerald O'Con-
CK JAFFE nor, "and he was found to have
ervice reports significant instability of the knee,
ing back Thomas which required surgery to repair the
ured his right knee torn ligaments."
ietition last weekend, Wilcher, who hurt the knee in long
y Tuesday and will jump competition against Michigan
am's spring drills. State, was expected to play a large part
examination under in replacing senior Lawrence Ricks as
the Michigan tailback. The 6-1, 190-
opound Detroit native still has freshman
presents eligibility after not playing during the
SUM ER"I'm sure he's going to do everything
to get back into shape and get back on
the field," said Michigan offensive
SOFTBALL backfield coach Tirrel Burton. "When
you have a knee operation it's a day-to-
day thing, and you don't get involved in
G Classics predictions. There's no doubt that if you
miss 20 days of practice you will be 20
slut days behind, but you can't predict just
h Leagues how far it will set him back."
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By TIM MAKINEN
It was all fun and games for the twen-
ty Michigan students who participated
in the American College Unions Inter-
national (ACUI) tournament this past
weekend in Toledo.
The ACUI, in its 50th year of com-
petition, pits college students from
across the nation in the not-too-rigorous
sports of pool, bowling, chess,
backgammon, darts, table soccer
(foosball), and table tennis. Michigan
competes in Region 7 which includes
other Michigan schools, all of Ohio, and
some schools from southern Ontario.
The location of the tournament alter-
nates every year between a Michigan
and an Ohio university.
"WE'VE PUT in a bid for it next
year," said David Mitchell-Yellin, the
Michigan Union Recreation Coor-
dinator. "It's been growing every year.
We had 130 people try out this year
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which is double the number of people
from last year."
The Michigan Union financed the trip
through a two-dollar registration fee for
the on-campus tryouts held in January.
This paid for the participant's lodging
in the Toledo Sheraton where they were
accompanied by some 400 other game-
hungry athletes from the various
schools. Although reports have it that
things occasionally got wild in the hotel,
Michigan still managed to put in some
Leading the Blue was Nancy Wright
who cruised to the Women's Table Ten-
nis finals without a loss, and then pad-
dled her final opponent from Kent State
into the ground, 21-18 and 21-16nin the
"ALL THE MATCHES were
relatively easy except for the finals,"
said Wright. "She (the opponent) could
do more than I could, but I just returned
everything she gave me."
Michigan's John Tsao and Reza
Salehi put in an equally tremendous
performance as they captured the
Table Soccer crown. The pair did not
lose a game until the finals where their
Western Michigan opponents managed
to beat them once in the best-of-five
Wolverines also took second place i
chess, fourth place in backgammon,
and the fifth and sixth spots in both the
darts and pool competition. Dennis
Dieckman, who captured fifth place out
of 29 participants in the pool event, ad-
mitted the weekend was a lot of fun, but
was slightly dissappointed with his per-
formance. "The only incredible shots I
made were the ones I lost on," said
Dieckman, "When they go in the
pocket it's planned, so it isn't incredible,"
BUT ALL IN all, most everyone had a
good time at this year's ACUI tour-
"It was really fun, nothing at all like
what you would expect from Toledo,"
commented bowler Ray Wright.
The synchronized swim team hosted
a meet last Saturday at Bell Pool and
just barely succumbed to Ohio State 108
to 103 for a strong second place finish.
The team did manage to outswim
perennial power Arizona which was
submerged in third place with a score
Swimmers Cathleen O'Brien and
Betsy Neira took second place in the
duet competition and, along with Erin
O'Shaughnessy, a third place finish i4
the trio event.
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