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The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, March 12, 1986

Page 8

Steady butts lead to rifle championship
By JEFF RUSH LAST SATURDAY Michigan beat rallywell, bust o te wa r
Some coaches kick butts in an at- Michigan State to clinch the title in fid We s
tempt to produce top-notch perfor- the Southern Michigan-Northwest said Wells.Es
mances from individuals on their Ohio ROTC Rifle League. Eastern HE ILbEMspt15 mem
hers six of whom are civilians Seven

team. Willy G. Wells just shows his
squad members how to handle their
butts. The team takes it from there.
Wells is a master sergeant of the
United States Army Infantry ROTC
Detachment and coach of the Univer-
sity's rifle team. Since Wells took
over coaching duties in July of 1984,
the team has been virtually flawless.
It has not lost a single match, and at a
recent tournament at Miami of Ohio
the team took every possible trophy.

Michigan finished second in the
league, which also includes Central
Michigan, Western Michigan, the
University of Detroit, the University
of Toledo and Howe Military
Academy of Indiana.
Despite Michigan's not having lost
in the last two years, the first-place
finish wasn't a lock until the final
match was over.
"Eastern's average was really
high, and they had been shooting

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of the team members are female. Top
performers, according to Wells, have
been Dan Ligon, Erik Blomgren,
Bridget Seeger and Elaine Trudell.
A stubborn attitude seems to be the
key to controlling the rifle butt. The
ability to push oneself is most impor-
tant, according to team members.
"At first I didn't want to go out
because A) I was a woman, B) I'd
never shot before and C) I was a
civilian," said Trudell. "But I went
out for it, and pretty much if you stick
with it you're on the team."
WHILE THE TEAM members en-
joy the sport, they realize it is not ac-
tion-filled. "We have no fans and
there's no glory. It's really boring
just to sit there and watch somebody
shoot," said Seeger.
"It's not a spectator sport," agreed
coach Wells. "It's really boring."
The participants aren't just sitting a
theirebutts, however. Riflery requires
supreme concentration.
"Most sports have a mental com-
ponent to them," said Michigan's
Dave Rogers, "but riflery probably
more so than others. If you're not
psyched up, that can make the dif-
ference between a garbage score and
a great score."
It's not all boring, though.
Trudell noted, "It's exciting when we

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Civilian and ROTC members of the Michigan Iifle Club with coach Willy G. Wells (in fatigues). The rifle team
has not lost a match in two years and captured the Southern Michigan-Northwest Ohio ROTC Rifle league
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win." Considering the team's record
the last two years, Trudell and her
teammates must be having a ball.
Michigan's celebrating has been a
source of woe for other league teams.
"Eastern was really cocky before we
beat 'em," said Seeger.
"They whined and complained a lot.
(when we were shooting at our

range) we always took the right side,
and they're always complaining about
people walking in the door and the
lighting and everything," he said.
Eastern returned the favor when
Michigan shot at Eastern's range,
which is two stories high. Though
team members claimed they were at
a disadvantage shooting on the top

floor, they still were able to pull out a
win.
Michigan will go to tournaments at
Ohio State and Eastern on the fifth of
April, which will conclude the season.,
Wells and his team members are
confident, and should the team do
well, the coach won't be butting in
on their winning ways.

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From staff reports
Special to the Daily
WINTER PARK, Fla. - After split-
ting the first four games of the 194
season, the Michigan baseball team
has won two straight including yeste-
rday's 17-8 thrashing of nationally-
ranked North Carolina.
Wolverine lefty Dave Karasinski
picked up his second win of the year,
pitching five innings of seven-hit
relief. It was the second time this
season that Karasinski relieved
freshman Jim Abbott, who once again
was forced to leave the game in th
second inning because of contro
problems and nervousness.
KARASINSKI lowered his ERA to
2.62. All five runs scored against him
in the sixth inning were unearned, as
Michigan committed all three of its
errors in the frame.
North Carolina took a 1-0 lead in the
first when Abbott loaded the bases on
walks. The lefty from Flint got out of
the jam when Michigan pulled an
unusual 5-4-5 double play and Abbot
completed a pic -off.
Michigan- ame right back in the
bottom of the inning when outfielder
Chris Gust reached second on a single
and stolen base and came around on'
Casey Close base hit. Close would
gather two additional hits for a typical
three-for-four game for the senior who
is batting .520 on the season.
AFTER THE Tar Heels went
ahead, 3-1, in the second, Michiga
came right back with seven runs of it
own. Thirteen Wolverines batted in
the inning, with the key hit being an
Eddie Woolwine two-run double with
the bases loaded.
Four runs in the fifth and three in the
seventh sandwiched in between by
Carolina's five in the sixth put the
score at 15-8 Michigan.
Gust and Close combined for seven
of the Wolverines 12 hits, and nine
RBIs. Gust raised his team leadin
batting average to .632 with 12 hits in
19 at-bats.
Michigan leads the Rollins Baseball
Week Tournament in Winter Park,
home of Rollins College, as the
Wolverines are the only'teamwithout
a loss. Bud Middaugh's squad gets
back into action today against seven-
th-ranked South Carolina. Michigan
ace Scott Kamieniecki will be on the
mound looking for his first win of the
year.4
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