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The Athletic Ticket Office will
start taking 1983 football
ticket orders on
April 1.

SPORTS

Windsurfing open house
and season opener
at Gallup Park
April 8-9.

The Michigan Daily
Wom4
By PAUL HELGREN
lot of in-state (women 's barsket-
IalI) talent is bypassing Michigan.
Why aren 't the best players going to
Michigarn?"'
--C'arol Cook, women's
basketball coach,
Brighton High School
The Michigan women's basketball
teaim is losing the game.
No, not the game played on the court,
though it certainly lost its share this
~son. The game it is losing is a dif-
~'eient game. This one is played off the
court. It is the recruiting game, and
Michigan coach Gloria Soluk has con-
sistently found herself on the short end
of-the score.
IN THE PAST three years there has
Pbeen an abundance of talented women's
high school basketball players in
Michigan. Soluk was only able to land
one - Peg Harte from Brighton. Harte,
asophomore ,broke the Michigan single-
~eason scoring record last year, but
quit the team last Thursday. Harte will
play for Aquinas College, a Division III
school, next year.
Harte is one of the few top prospects
DAILY
CLASSFIED

Wednesday, March 30, 1983

Page

MICHIGAN LOSING RECRUITING WARS

en's ho

that have come to Michigan. Here are
some that didn't:
Pa mela and Paula McGee: The
super-twins f rom Flint Nor thern
dreamed all their lives of going to
Michigan. An unfortunate incident at
Soluk's summer basketball camp tur-
ned them off to Michigan. Instead, they
chose Southern Cal., where both have
been All-America three times and have
led the Women of Troy to the final four
twice in the last three years.
Rachelle Bostic: Bostic played her
high school ball at Royal Oak
Shrine, but, like the McGees, took her
talents out of state. Bostic is a junior at
lndiana where she led her team to the
Big Ten championship this year while
earning All-Big Ten honors.
Sue Tucker: "Miss Basketball" 1983
from Okemos has decided to take
her extraordinary skills to Michigan
State. .
Julie Polakowski: 1982's '"Miss
Basketball," the Leland guard also
chose Michigan State last year.
To be fair, players have had varying
reasons for not coming to Michigan.
Bostic said she didn't think the
program at Michigan had enough
money, that the athletic department
didn't really care about women's
bsketball. Tuckesaidbshe was im-
recruiting her, but chose MSU because
of academic goals. Polakowski was not
activly rcruitd"byMichian, ccor
ding to Soluk. And the McGees, well. ..
Yes, what about the McGees? It
seems playing at Michigan was their
lifelong dream.
"WE A LWAYS wanted to go to
Michigan ever since we were kids,"'
said Pam McGee, in a phone interview
last week.
"Everybody wanted us to go there so
they could see us play," Paula added.

ops do1
The women even attended the Gloria
Soluk summer basketball camp. But
when they were placed on opposite ends
of a one-on-one tournament and met
each other in the finals, they soured on
Soluk and Michigan.
"They -didn't want to play (each
other)," Soluk said, "but I made them.
But that's not why they didn't come to
Michigan. They were only 15."
BUT 15 is a tender age and the
McGees were hurt by the experience.
"Her putting us against each other,"
Paula was quoted as saying in the
Detroit News, "meant she didn't care
about our feelings as sisters." So the
McGees went to USC, taking with them

n'd andthe b

but added that she felt is was hurting
Michigan's recruiting because "the
word gets around.",
"THEY (HIGH school recruits) pret-
ty much know what's going on," she
said. "Whatever college they visit, they
stay with the girls on the team and talk
with them. The word gets around.",
She did add, however, that even
though she got a bad impression of
Soluk, it could be different for other
players.
One player who did have a positive
experience at Soluk's summer camp
was current team member Amy Rem-
bisz, the only player on the team that
attended the camp. Although she said

cording to a player involved, it ap-
peared their efforts were futile.
SOL UK, THROUG H, def ends her
record and refutes the idea that in-state
players have been bypassing Michigan.
"I ,don't know if that's necessarily
true," she said. "We only recruited two
Michigan players this year, for exam-
ple. Michigan just didn't have any post
players.
"I'm a little tired to people taking
potshots at our program." She added
thLnnMorzko, a 6-7 centera from
Michigan next fall.
SHE WENT ON to name a list of
players from the state who have atten-
and Peg Harte, however, the players
she named were a far cry from the
Mcees, Sue Tucker, or Rachelle
Bostic is an interesting case. A
thoughful, intelligent woman, Bostic
carefuly considered her options before
choosing Indiana. Actively recruited by
Soluk, Bostic talked about her im-
pressions of the Michigan program.
"Coach Soluk is a real nice person,
but the program . . ." Bostic paused'.
"There just wasn't enough mone.y to
make it a good program." Bostic added
that if she wasn't mistaken, Michigan
had only one assistant coach while most
Big Ten schools have two. That is true.

igfish
Every Big Ten school has two or three.
assistant coaches while Michigan has
only one, Steve Hebold. Bostic said road'
trips to Ann Arbor when Indiana plays
Michigan only reaffirms her initial
choice.
Coach Soluk refused to answer
Bostics comuments, saying, "I'm not
going to commenit on what an 18-year-
old kid has to say about our program."
But a player on Soluk's own team,
Rembisz, agrees with Bostic's obser-
vation that the program needs more
money.
''We need a little more money in the
program from Don Canham," Rembisz
said. "We could make a winning team ..
..if there was a bit more money. We
could run ourselves.
''We have a student manager ..,. she
does so much. She's just a student an&
she does the work of a full-time
assistant. Every team we play has four.
or five assistants sitting on the bench ..
I think it would make an impression
(on recruits) to have more assistants."
Obviously it will take more than just
a dding assis tants to aid in the.
recruiting program. As former cam-
pers, high school coaches, and almost,
re r iswil tel youtthe problems go

Hoop evaluation set

The women's basketball team will
be evaluated in the next few days by
the Michigan athletic department,
according to women's athletic direc-
tor Phyllis Ocker.
Although Ocker said that such a
review is common among all sports,
she said she is "concerned" about
the women's basketball team.
"THIS IS something we've done
every year," Ocker said. "The
results of this season have given us

reason to pause. Obviously they
didn't have a very successful season
and we're concerned about that."
Ocker also said that the women's
basketball program had made suf-
ficient progress in years past.
When asked if the departure of
star forward Peg Harte would have
an effect on the evaluation, Ocker
said, "I don't know. It may or it may
not."
-- PAUL HELGREN

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Michigan's chances for a top-ranked
basketball team.
Apparently the McGees weren't the
only ones to have a less than positive
experience at Soluk's summer camp.
One woman, who went on to play at a
major university after two summers at
Soluk's camp, describe d her im-
pressions of the Michigan coach.
"(Soluk) seemed like a nice person,"
said the player, who asked to remain
anonymous, "but she didn't seem very
competent. I knew I didn't want to play
for her.
"SHE SEEMED like she might be a
good high school coach or something,
but the (basketball campers) just
dint respect her. A lot of other girls
felt the same way.~
Another woman who attended the
camp and later declined an offer to visit
Michigan, said she had the impression
that there was "trouble" at Michigan.
"I knew there was trouble," said the
player, also wanting to be anonymous.
"Trouble between the players and the
coach, trouble between the players
themselves. I didn't want to get in-
vole ina situation where there wr
specific about the nature of the trouble,

she didn't form any impressions of
Soluk or Michigan during her stay at
camp, she did say she enjoyed the camp
and was unaware of any problems.
"I DIDN'T hear anything about any
problems," Rembisz said. "I did notice
that the players seemed to get along
well with each other."
Although it's impossible to tell which
girls' impressions are closer to the
truth, there are indications that there
have been problems with the program.
An article inl the Daily two years ago
reported two separate movements to
have Soluk ousted as coach, one in 1979,
the other in 1980. The players even took
complaints to a member of the athletic
department, but gave up when, ac-

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LAKELAND, Fla. (UPI) - Third
baseman Gary Gaetti smashed a pair of
two-run homers yesterday pushing the
Mlnnesota Twins past the Detroit
Tigers, 10-5, in exhibition baseball.
Gaetti raised his spring batting
average to .385 with a four-for-five day.
Gaetti has nine home runs and 21 RBIs
in 17 games.
FIRST BASEMAN Kent Hrbek, last
year's rookie sensation, also homered.
His was a three- run blow in the ninth.
Detroit starter Dave Rucker yielded
one of Gaetti's homers, and Larry
Pashnick was the other victim. Hrbek
homered off minor league right hander
Craig Eaton.
Detroit's Lance Pa rrish hit his fifth

home run in his last six games, a two
run shot off Jack O'Connor, who was
the winner. O'Connor allowed all five
Tiger runs in the sixth innings he
worked.
The Twins, who have a team batting
average of .325 in exhibition play, ran
their record to 14-5. The Tigers are 12-8.
The two teams open the regular
season against each other Tuesday
night at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

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