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November 01, 1984 - Image 9

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The Michigan Daily

Thursday, November 1, 1984

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Bodnar twins
By PHIL NUSSEL He was always in the right place j,
"It seems like every time I played and he was always the one to hustle w
basketball there would be at least more than anyone else, you know,
one guy on the court who looked he was the guy who would go play
like anything but a basketball defense while the rest of us caught C
player, yet this guy would always our breath. Now, this guy is suc- b
know what the hell was going on. cessful in the work world because, gi
i ti
h W

triumph after cage career

ust as he did in basketball, he
works his butt off."
- a typical frustrated ex-athlete
A BASKETBALL team is just not
omplete without this kind of player.
ome call this guy "the team quarter-
ack" while others call him the point
iard. Last year, on the Michigan
eam, he was called Dan Pelekoudas.
From 1977-1981, there were two guys
ke this on the Wolverine squad and
hey were identical twins - Mark and
Marty Bodnar.
The pair, both guards out of Barber-
on, Oh., played in the shadow of
[olverines like Mike McGee (all-time
coring leader), Paul Heuerman, and
ohnny Johnson. Therefore, they had to
lay supporting roles.

stayed here and got his Masters degree
in Business Administration and Marty
went back home and graduated from
the University of Akron's law school.
He took the bar exam in July and is
anxiously awaiting the results.
The two, obviously, have continued to
work hard - the only difference now is
that basketball is no longer one of their
highest priorities. Both brothers agree
on what they miss and don't miss about
"I miss the excitement of com-
petition," Mark said. "I miss the
games, but I don't miss the workouts.
and regimentation."
MARTY SAID he had to make an ad-
justment after quitting competitive
basketball. "In law school, all I was
doing was studying. I was going
through withdrawl in a way. That was
definitely an adjustment. After the first
year, though, I liked it. I learned to per-
severe I guess."
While adjusting to being without
basketball, the Bodnars also had to ad-
just to being apart for the first time.
But both claim that this was not a very
big deal.
"It's not like we got divorced or
anything," Marty said.
"IT WAS probably good for us.
Sometimes you get classified in-
dividually. It wasn't that tough of an
adjustment. Still, when we have
problems, we talk to each other."
Mark concurred, "We're accustomed
to being apart. We're close, but not that
The Bodnars do keep in touch with
their roots. They both visit Ann Arbor
frequently to see football and basketbll
games. Marty also finds time to help his
old coach, Bill Frieder, recruit new
talent. The twins even had a chance to
team up again on the court this past
winter in the top public league in Akron.
Their team won the league title, of
course. They both continue to play
roughly once or twice a week.
FRIEDER, WHEN asked about his
former twin guards, had nothing but
praise for them. "They are terrific
young guys," he said. "They're
phenomenal kids. They're the type of
players we recruit at Michigan."

Frieder went on to explain that he wan-
ts to have players who will go on to
become a success even after their
basketball careers.
Without a doubt, the Bodnars are a
perfect example of this.
Marty believes that playing basket-
ball taught him a sort of mental
discipline that can be used in all facets
of life. "By the time I got to Michigan,"
he said, "working hard was second

nature to me. It (basketball) teaches
you descipline. My grades were always
better during basketball season. And
I'm sure it (the discipline) helped me in
law school."
The fans may only remember the
Bodnars for being the only twins to play
for Michigan in recent history, but
hopefully their example of the true
student-athlete will not be overlooked.

MARTY, a captain on the 1979-80
team, saw a considerable amount of
playing time. He started in a total of 65
games and ended up as the third best
all-time Michigan free thrower (94-118,
80%). He was described as being a
great team leader who knows what has
to be done.
Mark, on the other hand, started only
eight times in his career. His entire
career was plagued with injuries and he
was never able to fully develop his
potential. He saw most of his action
during the 80-81 season when he ap-
peared in 27 games.
Today, with college far behind them,
the Bodnars .are both on their way to
successful careers. Marty is working
for the McDonald and Goren law firm in
Southfield, Mich. while Mark is back in
Akron, Oh. working with his older
brother Andy in a financial planning
THE TWINS have been apart most of
the time since they finished their un-
dergraduate work at Michigan. Mark

-Sports Information photo
Former Michigan hoopster Marty Bodnar, shown here against Ohio State
during his senior year, is presently working in a law firm and is anxiously
waiting for his bar exam scores.

-Sports Information photo
Mark Bodnar, now working as a financial planner in Ohio, is shown here
during the '80-'81 season. Mark and his brother Marty, played together for
four years at Michigan.

Michigan lacrosse

serves up fun, victories

If you start with a stock of something
that is fun, outdoors, and great exercise
and keep adding a variety of ingredien-
ts, you will end up with a "souper" club
sport. You will end up with lacrosse.
With 67 persons on their roster, the
Michigan lacrosse team really does
have a gamut of choice players.
"IT WORKS better than you'd think,"
said one player, "the older men help the
younger ones. There's a lot of interac-
tion between them.
The team consists of undergraduate,
graduate and non-students alike and
anyone is invited to join. Anyone can
become part of the mixture.
Lacrosse is a combination of hockey
and soccer, and like them, the object of
the game is to get the ball in the goal.
Ten players on each team play each
other on a 110 yard-long field. Steve
Friedlander, the president of the club,

boasted about the sport, "It's the
fastest game on two feet."
WITH ONE goalie, three defen-
semen, three midfielders, and three at-
tackmen, a lacrosse team defends its
own goal and tries to score in the other.
Because they run up and down the en-
tire field when they are in the game, the
midfielders work in set lines for three to
five minute shifts. Mid-fielders are of-
ten the most well-rounded and adap-
table players on a lacrosse team.
Each player wears gloves similar to
hockey gloves, a light-weight helmet
with a face mask, and arm pads. He
also carries a stick. The stick, with its
asket top, can range from 40 inches in
length all the way to 6 feet, end to end.
The offensive players usually carry the
shorter sticks, and the defensive
players have the long ones. With these
sticks, Friedlander said that some
players hurl the ball up to 100 miles per

Now for the ingredients to the
Michigan lacrosse team, the people
who spice it up...
played lacrosse for four years in high
school and knew that he wanted to join
the Michigan team before he really
knew anything about it. When asked if
he is enjoying being on the team he an-
swered, "Tremendously, it's a great
Another first-year Michigan lacrosse
player is Daren Gopouzian. Gopouzian,
however, has played at Michigan State
for three years. He believes the
Michigan lacrosse team is "not as well
organized, or as well disciplined, but a
hell of a lot better" than Michigan
State's team.
The vice president of the club, Matt
Hiller, has played lacrosse at Michigan
for two years. The sophomore

especially likes lacrosse because "with
good teams it (the game) never stops,
it's continuous action. . . and hard hit-
ting. I know it's a weird term, but there
is a meaningful contact, not like other
sports. I feel it's very skillful," he ad-
AN OLDER member of the team,
Dana Friend, who has been playing on
the Michigan lacrosse team since 1973,
is one such person. He started playing
at about age 12 in junior high school and
is still playing as a married man with
two children about twenty years later.
The Clabi

Outside of their 20 scheduled games
for this spring, one of the most exciting
things for the lacrosse team this year is
that it is hosting the Big Ten Tour-
nament on April 13-14. Friedlander
said the club is looking forward to the
event and "we want a big turn out."
More recently, last weekend the team
traveled to Grand Rapids to play the
Grand Rapids and Lincoln Park
lacrosse teams. By beating Grand
Rapids in their first game, 6-5, and
wiping out Lincoln Park, 8-2, in their
second, Michigan won the tournament.
The Wolverine's goalie, Mike Keys, was
honored with M.V.P. of the tournament.
This Friday at 7:30 the lacrosse team
is playing the Toledo lacrosse team on
the Tartan Turf in Ann Arbor. Anybody
who would like to savor a spectacular
sports performance should show up and
watch this winning lacrosse team "dish
it out."

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Daily Photo by DAVID FRANKEL
The Michigan Lacrosse team, shown here after Monday's practice, is a club
sport that's been in existence for over fifteen years and currently enjoys
NCAA status. It will be taking on Toledo Friday night at 7:30 at the Tartan
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