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September 05, 1985 - Image 73

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-Thursday, September 5, 1985 - Page 9C

The Michigan Daily -

What makes Michigan sports so
perennially successful?
The question has many answers.
Some say at a school as big as
Michigan, people are expected to care
about athletics enough to produce
nationally-ranked teams. But this is
not always true. In Wolverine coun-
try, people do care about athletics,
but it's not just the people involved
with athletics; it's the athletes them-
Add to the factory of Michigan spor-
ts, Wolverine determination. Not all
University teams compile winning
records in consecutive seasons, but
the determination of the participants
never ceases.
IN 1984, Wolverine football slipped
to an unusual middle-of-the-pack Big
Ten finish but regrouped to almost
upset national champion Brigham
Young at the Holiday Bowl, a game
many felt the Wolverines should have
won easily.
Compare the 1984-'85 Wolverine
hockey team. First-year head coach
Red Berenson revived the previous
season's ninth-place CCHA cellar-
dwellers to see his club finish seventh
and earn a playoff berth where they
almost upset nationally-ranked Lake
Superior. According to Berenson, last
season's graduating seniors walked
around like "lost souls" at the end of
the year, determined to see a
prominent Michigan team in the near
future but sorry they wouldn't be able
to contribute.
Softball head coach Carol Hutchins
exclaimed when her Wolverines
finished second only to Northwestern
last spring, "second isn't good
enough. We were shooting for the
Shooting for the top made the sof-
tball team a force in the Big Ten, and
it makes all Michigan teams potential
powers around the country.
Students are the only unmentioned
ingredient. Fall football Saturdays
see the majority of Michigan students
together chanting support through an
authentic Wave, the now-famous fan
cheer originated by the Michigan faithful.
Celebrate Wolverine determination.
Photos by DAN HABIB

Named Big Ten Most valuable Player for the second straight year, shor-
tstop Barry Larkin earned the praise of every spectator. Said Ohio State
head coach Dick Finn, "That Barry Larkin is the best college baseball
player I've seen since Paul Molitor."

Ace Vicki Morrow guided the softball team to a second-place finish in the Big Ten with overflowing intensity
and a great fastball.
Tailback Jamie Morris (23) scam-
pers through the defense in the an-
nual Blue-Gold spring game.
Morris came on strong in his
freshman~sampaign and is expec-
ted to plrhy a major role in a
revived offense this season.

Senior Patty Venturaa Lakewood, Ohio native, finished fifth as an all-
around last season and should return as a consistent performer in 1985-

Daiy Photo by DAN HABIB

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