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vs. Illinois
Saturday, Crisler Arena


vs. Iowa State
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena


;The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, February 5, 1985

Page 9


'M' nine forms aerobic line

An *oldtime baseball player would gag on his chewing
tobacco if he peered into the Michigan Fieldhouse these days.
The oldtime would see that the modern off-season con-
vieniences of indoor astro-turf, a weight room, and four
sheltered batting cages are not enough for the 1985 Michigan
baseball team. He would find something that totally defies
old-fashioned baseball tradition. He would discover that the
Wolverines have gone (gasp) aerobic.
"ONE, TWO, three, now four," ordered a young, slender
woman in a black and purple leotard Thursday. "Press
down, pull up, feel the beat."
The Wolverines pressed, pulled and snapped their fingers
to the tune of Soft Cell's "Tainted Love".
"What foot are you going with?" asked one Wolverine to
"I DON'T know," said the other, laughing.
"Press two, three, and four," said the woman. "Now put
your forehead to the floor."
It all seems silly, but it's not. At least not to the players who
must endure twenty continuous minutes of the hardcore
stretching and flexing. For them, instructor Stacy Wenson is
not just a pretty brunette with a lot of pep.She is more like a
female drill sargeant.
"THEY TREAT her with respect," said assistant coach
Danny Hall. "They don't razz her. They moan and groan
from time to time. But in terms of razzing her, no."
"She's in a lot better shape than we are," added outfielder
Kurt Zimmerman. "She makes us look really bad."
"She pushes you pretty hard," catcher Matt Pattullo said
with a confirming nod.
HEAD COACH Bud Middaugh does not think aerobics are
silly either. Middauagh said the only reason he hired Wenson
two weeks ago was that the workout might get the players in-
to better physical condition.
We do aerobics for flexibility, balance and conditioning,"
he said. "Those are the areas we need to improve most at. If
(aerobics) make some improvement, I'll continue it. If not,
then I'll discontinue it."
While he has had his team aerobicizing about every other
day, Middaugh said stretching to "Soft Cell" can't
replace pitching from the stretch.

"WE'RE STILL doing other things," he said. "I've decided
just to add aerobics to (practice). It's part of practice, an ad-
dition to it."
That means the traditional Wolverine workout continues -
at a steady pace.Six days per week, three hours per day, the
Wolverines field grounders, play pepper and take their licks
in the indoor batting cages. The pitchers also fine tune their
arms, and to conclude practice, the whole team runs.
Michigan trains outdoors from early September until
Thanksgiving break. After taking a month and a half off, the
Wolverines bring their workouts into the fieldhouse. There
they practice until mid-March, when they drag their bats and
gloves down to Edinburg, Texas for an official spring
It adds up to about five months of pre-season conditioning,
and Middaugh said the work is necessary.
"YOU'VE GOT to perfect a skill," he said "Why do you
eat three times a day? Because you want to? No. You do it
because it's good for your health. You've got to practice to
improve your skill, and you don't do that by sitting in your
Nevertheless, five months of basic baseball training can be
monotonous, so the novelty of aerobics may be one of its best
"That's the best thing about it," Pattullo said. "Practice
gets to be a pain in the neck."
"IT BREAKS up the routine of practice," said Hall. "It
gives them a different form of stretching than they're used
Even Middaugh strayed from his hard-line approach after
spotting a couple of his players smiling and snapping their
"It's fun for the players too," he said.
MICHIGAN is not the first sports team to do aerobics, and
Middaugh said they are probably not the first college
baseball team to do them either. Yet something seems
strange. about a large group of male athletes being
aerobicized to death by a slender, young female.
"Ready, and a hop," said Wenson.
And the Wolverines shuffled three steps to the right. They
moved forward, clapped their hands and did the twist.
"Billy, Billy, you're a dancin' man," said a young man on
the sidelines.
The oldtimer would not believe it.

Wolverine baseballers now do other things besides hit and field grounders. Under the recent command of Stacy Wenson
these guys aerobicize.

Women cagers hit cell

The Wisconsin Badgers, now ninth in
the Big Ten, buried the Women's
basketball team Sunday, 81-72, and left
the Wolverines all alone in the con-
,.erence basement.
Michigan, losers of five in a row, are
now 1-8 in the conference and 7-12
"If you want to call it a low point,
we're at it," head coach Bud Van De
Wege said.
The Wolverines led 33-30 with two-
and-a-half minutes left in the first half
Sunday, but then things fell apart.
Wisconsin's Faith Johnson and Sheila

Driver combined for 10 quick points
before the intermission to push Wiscon-
sin ahead 40-33. The Badgers never
relinquished the lead.
"We're so streaky," Van De Wege
said. "We play in spurts. In two
minutes we go from three up to seven
down, and that just kills you."
THE WOLVERINES narrowed the
Badger advantage to 42-40 early in the
second half, but a 12-point Wisconsin
streak put the game out of reach.
Van De Wege said he hoped his
players would use the embarrassment
of last place as a source of motivation.
"I hope they're down," he said. "I
hope they're getting sick of this.
They're going to have to hate to lose.
They need to get mad at themselves."
AN ANGRY attitude, however, would
probably not have cooled off Wiscon-
sin's sizzling shooting. The Badgers,
who normally shoot 39 percent from the
field, shot 55 percent from the floor on
"We tried to change our defense to of-
fset their hot shooting, but nothing
worked," Van De Wege said.
Johnson, who hit on eight of 11 field
goals, and forward Chris Pruitt paced
Wisconsin with 20 points apiece.
Kelly Beninfendi led the Wolverines,
pouring in a career-high 16 points.
Wendy Bradetich added 15, but scored
only four in the last 30 minutes.
A month ago Van De Wege said he
would like to finish with at least a 6-12
conference record. Now at the midpoint
of the Big Ten season, the Wolverines
need to finish 5-4 to reach the coach's
minimum standard - a feat that seems
highly unlikely.

ar., 81-72
76ers 106, Hawks 92
ving moved into fourth place on pro
basketball's all-time scoring list with a
23-point effort as the Philadelphia 76ers
defeated the Atlanta Hawks 106-92 in a
National Basketball Association game
last night.
Erving's 22 points gave him a career
total of 27,113, to put him ahead of Dan
Issel with 27,112 points. He achieved the
plateau on a foul shot with 2:51
remaining in the game.


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CCHA Scorecard
)CK EY MICHIGAN at Lake Superior
Ohio State at Ferris State
J Miami at Western Michigan
Michigan State at Bowling Green
....... s Lake Forest at Illinois-Chicago
.... 27 7 384 SATURDAY'S GAMES
....... 22 7 1 81 MICHIGAN at Lake Superior
.......20 2 0 73 Ohio State at Ferris State
.... 22 8 3 56 Miami at Western Michigan
. 19 13 0 46 Bowling Green at Michigan State
. 11 2 1 42 Lake Forest at Illinois-Chicago

t. Michigan State.........
2. Minnesota-Duluth.
3. Boston College ........
4. RPI ......................
5. Minnesota ................
6. Wisconsin ................
7. Harvard .................
$. Lake Superior ............
North Dakota..........






10. Boston University .............. 17 11 2 8
Washburn will do time
CCHA Standings RALEIGH (AP) - North Carolina
w L T Pts State basketball player Chris Wash-
1. Michigan State .................. 23 3 0 46 burn was sentenced yesterday to 46
SLaenolsuCicor...............418 0 hours in jail after he pleaded guilty to
4. Western Michigan..............13 13 0 26 three misdemeanor charges stemming
Bowling Green .................. 13 13 0 26 from the theft of stereo equipment last
6. Ohio state ....................... 11 15 2 24 December.
7. MICHIGAN ..................... 9 16 1 19 "It is very clear to us . . . that this
S. Miami.......................... 8 16 2 18 young man has to be punished,"
S. Ferris State ..................... 8 17 1 17 defense attorney Wade Smith told
Wake Superior Court Judge Milton Reid
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