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Women's Tennis vs. OSU
Saturday, 3 p.m.
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The Michigan Daily


Friday, April 13, 1984

Offense owns new

Graduation has decimated the middle
of Michigan's offensive unit. Gone from
last year's squad are guards Stefan
Humphries and Jerry Diorio, all-
American center Tom Dixon and quar-
terback Steve Smith.
Bo Schembechier, entering his six-
teenth season as Wolverine head coach,
is especially concerned about the offen-
sive, line. "The key areas of
replacement are the tackle and guard
positions," noted Schembechler.
senior Doug James (6-2, 267) to move
from his quick tackle position to Hum-
phries' vacated guard spot. The other
guard is up for grabs between veterans
Bob Tabachino (6-0, 255) and Bob
Popowski (6-3, 251).
Clay Miller returns at' strong tackle
while Schembechler is looking to Mark
Hammerstein to replace the transplan-
ted James at quick tackle. "Hammer-
stein and Miller have got to come
through at these positions," stressed.
the coach.

What a difference spring practice
makes. Three weeks ago Schembechler
was reserved about his new center, now
the coach is crowing. "(Art) Balourdos
(6-2,. 244) is very, very good. He's
definitely gonna be one of the best cen-
ters in the league next year," he said.
BUT ONE trouble spot remains. Lost
to graduation is Larry Sweeney,
Michigan's snapper the last four year's
for punts and place kicks. Conjectured
as Sweeney's replacement is incoming
freshman Marc Hill, who the Wolverine
coaching staff has seen at several
Michigan summer football camps.
Sim Nelson, last season's leading
receiver with 41 grabs, and Eric Kattus
return to give Michigan strength at
tight end.
"The key for a successful offensive
line is learning how to work together
and play together," said Schem-
bechler. "The ultimate goal is to have
an offensive line that operates like a
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loaded with talent. Said a confident
Schembechler, "Fullback is one of our
strongest positions.''
Junior Eddie Garrett is the starter,
followed by similar powerhouse-type
runners Dan Rice, Bob Perryman and
Greg Armstrong. Perryman has come
on so strong that Schembechler is
looking for ways to -get the junior into
the lineup. And Rice has been very im-
pressive in spring practices as of late.
If the fullbacks look good, the
tailbacks are looking awesome.
"WE'RE WORKING with four other
guys," said Schembechler, referring to
the absence of Rick Rogers, last year's
1,000-yard tailback. Rogers is working
out in pads, but due to academic
probation, Schembechler will not allow
the senior to scrimmage. "Rogers will
have to re-establish himself (both
academically and competitively)," he
Rogers' absence is not making the
head coach's heart flutter. Gerald
White, Phil Webb, Ben Logue and
Thomas Wilcher are the tailbacks of the
present and future. Schembechler is
high on all four and says that all can
receive considerable playing time next
"White and Webb have come on very
strong," said Schembechler. "Then you
have Ben Logue who's a very tough kid
and Thomas Wilcher who is coming
slowly (due to a severe knee injury)."
HANDING THE ball off to this talen-
ted group of running backs, and
assuming the hot seat of the entire foot-
ball program is junior quarterback Jim
Harbaugh, although Schembechler
refuses to officially name his opening
game starter.
"When you don't have an established
returning quarterback, you take them
to the limit," said Schembechler. "Why
should I declare who my starting quar-
terback is going to be? I don't have to."
But Schembechler conceded that by
virtue of experience and ability Har-
baugh is the front runner. Sophomores
Russ Rein and Chris Zurbrugg are
competent reserves and incoming
freshman Bob Cernak is highly ac-

SCHEMBECHLER IS confident that
Harbaugh can guide his offense. "The
kid has been trained for two years. He'll
make the transition. That's not one of
my major concerns."
Harbaugh will be looking downfield to
a gifted array of receivers. Vince Bean
(29 receptions last season) and Triando
Markray return, followed closely by
Gilvanni Johnson, who has made some
outstanding catches this spring, Steve
Johnson, Kenny Higgins and newcomer
Paul Jokisch.
On those occasions when the offense
if stalled, a sound kicking game is
crucial. Four-year punter Don Bracken
is history with Todd Schlopy and Monte
Robbins battling for his job.
Bob Bergeron, kicker of 15 of 17 field
goals last season returns and is facing
tough competition from Schlopy and
Pat Moons.
"I don't wanna talk about the kicking
game," moaned Schembechler in
reference to the poor performances he
has witnessed this spring. But he
discounts the poor showings to the in-
clement weather and notes that it is in
the fall when the kicking game should
come together.
As the new offensive unit is being
molded into a dominant, ball control
force, Schembechler reflected on what
it takes to field a winning team. "Our
concept at Michigan is teamwork. We
concentrate on putting together a team.
One of the biggest problems of sports
today is the media hype, the media
highlights individuals and individual
statistics. The best chance of winning
today is as a team."

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Even overcast skies and a cold rain couldn't dampen
the spirits of the Michigan softball team, as it swept both
ends of a doubleheader from Western Michigan, 4-2 and
The Wolverines were never behind, capitalizing on
scoring opportunities early in both games to up their
record to 18-12. In the opener, senior Missy Thomas got
things brewing for the Wolverines, knocking in junior
Lisa Panetta with a shot down the third base line.
Thomas had the favor returned when freshman Vicki
Morrow drove her in with a double in the same direction.
Michigan kept the scoring barrage going in the fourth
when Marcie Smith and Panetta both drove in runs with
shots to right field. Both were out on the fielder's
choice, however, when a hustling Leslie Bade threw
them out at first on successive plays.
WOLVERINE pitcher Julie Clark, now 5-0, held the
Broncos scoreless until the sixth when Sheila Poteracke
singled in a run. Junior Linda Allen came in to finish it
off, allowing one run on back-to-back doubles before
shutting the door to clinch the Wolverine victory.
"I'm very happy with (Julie's) performance," said
Michigan head coach Bob DeCarolis. "She didn't have
real good stuff but she threw strikes."
Carol Patrick's bat work was all freshman pitcher
Mari Foster needed in the nightcap, holding the Broncos
scoreless on five hits. Michigan's lone run came in the
first inning when with Jody Humphries on first, Linda
Allen's single to right got'past Bade, allowing Humpries

'to score. Foster went the distance to record her fourth
victory against two defeats.
"WE REALLY moved the ball well today," said
DeCarolis. "We didn't strike out much at all. When we
needed the big play we got it.
With a weekend road trip to Iowa on the agenda,-
DeCarolis is glad to have today's victories as well as
Tuesday's sweep over Eastern Michigan under his belt.
"We needed to win these games. Now that we've got
the momentum it's time to go out and do it.",
DESPITE A less-than-threatening reputation, Iowa,--
could be dangerous. A solid-hitting team, the Hawkeyes
are the type of team that can easily be overlooked, but
can come back to haunt you.
"They can hit, and they've got the kind of pitchers that
aren't going to walk many," DeCarolis said. "We're
going to have to hit the ball to beat them."
Next week, the Ann Arbor nine breaks from its Big
Ten schedule for a road trip against Wayne State. The
intra-state contest promises intense competition,, as
many of the Michigan players are teammates of some of
the Tartars in summer leagues.
"(WAYNE) is always tough. It's a great rivalry," said
the Wolverine mentor. "They're one of the best Division
II teams in the country."
Returning home, Michigan faces another Great Lakes
rival in Michigan State the following day. With the ad-
dition of South Carolina transfer Diane Gentry, the
Wolverines face a potentially deadly pitching staff.



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The memories of a poor spring trip
have vanished, the weather is no longer
unpleasant and, hopefully, all the kinks
and quirks have been smoothed out by
coach Bud Middaugh as Michigan
opens the Big Ten baseball season this
It's put up or shut up time for
defending champions and they won't
have easy pickings tomorrow when
they travel to Bloomington to face the
WHILE THE Wolverines have boun-
ced back from a 3-7 start to move to 18-9
Indiana is on fire with the best record in

the league, 25-9 as of last Sunday. First-
year coach Bob Morgan's team leads
the conference in hitting (.347
average), pitching (2.81 earned run
average) and defense (.970 fielding
Hottest among the Hoosiers are cat-
cher Dan Winters, who is batting .478
with 34 RBI's in 34 games, and pitcher
Bob Hicks, who is 5-1 with a 1.20 ERA
and a fantastic 50 strikeouts in 37 in-
"THEY'RE OFF to a good start,"
said Middaugh. "I question their op-
position, but I'm impressed with their
pitching. We've got to get better hitting

en play
because we're going to face good pi4-
ching this weekend."
Michigan will play a doubleheadgr
against Indiana both Saturday and
Sunday, and Middaugh hopes to hav e
sophomore pitcher Scott Kamienieclki
available for one of those gameg.
Kamieniecki as been out with back
After the trip to Bloomington, ,,ae
Wolverines come home to play t~o
games against Ferris State April 47,
before a four-game series with
Cleveland State on April 18 and 0.
Michigan plays a twinbill with Aquinas
April 22 and then hosts Ohio State (145)
for a big four-game weekend matchiip
April 28-29.
For more spring sports afi
vances, see page 16.

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