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The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 18, 1986 - Page 11

Offense stronger

than defense, for now

By MARK BOROWSKY
Spring ahead, fall forward. Whatever the weather
may be, the first sign of fall will be at Michigan
Stadium at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow in the annual intra-
squad football game.
Although the scrimmage will give the first glim-
pse of the 1986 squad, don't expect the game to have
any resemblance to the 1985 team that went 10-1-1
and ended up ranked second in the country.
"DON'T COUNT the spring game," Michigan
head coach bo Schembechler said. "The spring
game is going to be a conglomeration, a fun game.
You're not going to have the continuity, you're not
going to have an offensive line definitely together."
The Michigan defense, the backbone of last year's
squad, may not be the dominant factor in
tomorrow's scrimmage. With five departing star-
ters from last year's unit, the offense has been
ahead of the defense.
"The defense played extremely well, up until
(last) Saturday," Schembechler noted. "Then they
got decimated. I mean, they (the offense) scored
eight touchdowns on 'em."
OF COURSE, it's hard to expect a defense that
lost the likes of Mike Hammerstein, Brad Cochran,
and Mike Mallory to be impenetrable, especially in
spring practice. Nonetheless, with five starting
spots "up for grabs", little is set on defense.
The secondary has all but Cochran back, and is
anchored by returnees Ivan Hicks and Tony Gant at

safety, and Garland Rivers at cornerback. Gant has
been hospitalized with mononucleosis and is
questionable for the scrimmage.
With the losses of three starting linebackers, Todd.
Schulte and Andree McIntryre will battle for inside
sports and Deiter Heren and Steve Thibert will
challenge for outside spots.
ANOTHER area of concern for Schembechler is
the kicking, since beginning this season, kickoffs
will be from the 35-yard line instead of the 40. No
longer will teams be able to blast kickoffs into the en-
dzone and face no return. Michigan returns Pat
Moons, Rick Sutkiewicz, and Mike Gillete in the
department, but no one has emerged in practice in
either kickoffs or fieldgoals.
Admidst all the vacancies, one area that will be
set in stone are the skill positions on offense. Retur-
ning is the nation's most efficient passer in fifth-
year senior Jim Harbaugh, and targets Paul
Jokisch and John Kolesar. Jokisch led the team in
receiving yards last year with 681. Kolesar led all
Michigan receivers with a 28.0 yards per catch
average.
Not one to be an optimist, Schembechler sees the
loss of tight end Eric Kattus to graduation as the
biggest vacancy on offense, perhaps the team.
Freshman Jeff Brown is the only returnee to have
playing experience, and all the other candidates are
freshmen. Playing a two-tight-end offense on short
yardage situations, Schembechler will have to

carry three tight ends and thus hope someone
emerges to start.
THERE AREN'T such problems at running back,
however. A traditional area of strength on the
Michigan squad won't be deficient this- season,
either.
"The running back situation is the best on the--
team," Schembechler said, who, in his 17 seasons at
Michigan, knows his running backs. "Jamie Morris
is a vastly improved back, (and) I think Gerald
White is one of the great backs that we've had."
Morris, a junior, has put weight on his 5-7 frame
and will be looking to improve on his team leading
1,054 yards. The versatile White will again be split
ting time between fullback and tailback, battling
junior Bob Perryman at the fullback spot and Morris
and Thomas Wilcher for the tailback position..
Wilcher, the NCAA 55-meter indoor hurtle cham-
pion, has split time between football and track this
spring.
Leading the way for the backs is an offensive line
which last season vacillated between "patchwork"
and "injury laden." For tomorrow's contest,
"reshuffled' might be the best description. Junior
John Elliott moves from quick to strong tackle, and
John Vitale moves from guard to center. Guard
Mark Hammerstein, who missed most of the 1985
season with a knee injury, is still recuperating and
has not practiced.

Softballers take on top-ranked Gophers

By PETE STEINERT
The Big Ten's version of the Bronx
Bombers or Harvey's Wallbangers
arrive in Ann Arbor today in the form
of the Minnesota softball team.
The Gophers are in town for a four-
game series with Michigan starting
today with a doubleheader at the
Marsity Softball Diamond at 3 p.m.,
and concluding tomorrow with
another twinbill at 1 p.m.
Wolverine pitchers Vicki Morrow
and Michelle Bolster will have their
work cut out form them against con-
ference leading Minnesota (6-2, 14-14
overall).
THE GOPHERS lead the Big Ten in
hitting with a .258 team batting
average, and they boast the conferen-
ce's top three hitters in Barb Drake

Doily Photo by MATT PETRIE
Bo Schembechler discusses team strategy at Tuesday's press conference
for tomorrow's spring intra-squad game. The game is slated to start at
1:30 p.m.%

(.478), Judy Oliverius (.455), and 1985
Big Ten batting champ Ann Flis
(.423).
Drake in particular has sparked
Minnesota to the top of the pact, at the
plate as well as on the mound. While
previously unbeaten and defending
Big Ten Champs Northwestern was
losing three of four to Indiana last
weekend, Drake was on her way to
beating Michigan State three times
which included two shutouts. She also
contributed at the plate, going six for
12.
Her performance put the Gophers
into first place and earned her Big
Ten player-of-the-week honors for the.
second consecutive week.
DRAKE HAS been the team's num-
ber-one starter followed by Oliverius
(4-5, 1.30).
Despite the Gophers' recent success,
head coach Linda Wells is cautious of
what lies ahead.
"I have a lot of respect for (Alicia)
Seegert's bat, and (Vicki) Morrow is
an outstanding pitcher.
"I EXPECT the same kind of team
we saw last year." The two teams
split their four meetings in Min-
neapolis.
One thing that concerns Wells is the
fact that her team is untested on the
road. The teams' series wins over
Iowa and the Spartans both came at
home.
Minnesota does not play another

home conference series until the final
series of the season against Indiana.
ALTHOUGH Michigan is currently
in the middle of the pack, Wells
believes the outcome of the series is
unpredictable. "We could go 4-0 or 0-4.
There is no way to gauge what's going
to happen.
"I don't think we can afford
anything less than a split. We need to
stay in the win column."
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If the Wolverines are to put the
Gophers in the loss column, top hitters
Seegert and Morrow must help offset
Minnesota's run production,. Seegerf
is batting fourth in the conference,
with a .375 mark. Morrow, however,
has been struggling in the Big Ten
(.143).
"We just have to play our game,
play consistently, and not worry about
what Michigan has," Wells noted.

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Hawks go one up on Pistons, 140-122

pwATLANTA (AP) - Dominique
ilkins scored 28 points and Jon Kon-
cak and Spud Webb had sparkling ef-
forts of the bench as the Atlanta
Hawks buried the Detroit Pistons 140-
122 in the opener of their NBA first-
round playoff last night.
The Hawks, trailing by 12 at one
point during a sloppy first quarter,
took control with 41-27 second-quarter
burst to take their 1-0 lead in the best
of-5 series that resumes in Atlanta
!tomorrow.
KONCAK had 19 points, including 10
in the second quarter, and Webb 18 as
Atlanta built leads of 17 points several
times in the third quarter and led by
as many as 20 in the closing seconds.
A 9-2 burst at the start of the second
half created the first 17-point lead
before the Pistons got within 10 points
later in the third quarter, which ended
with Atlanta enjoying a 103-90 lead.
The Pistons, who dropped four of
Phe six regular-season meetings with
Hawks, cut the margin to 103-94 on
two free throws by Kelly Tripucka
and a field goal by Bill Laimbeer at
the start of the final period, but got no
closer.
Laimbeer led the Pistons with 26
points, Isiah Thomas had 20 and
Tripucka 19.
Celtics 123, Bulls 104
1 BOSTON (AP) - Dennis Johnson,
who was guarding Michael Jordan for
most of his team-record 49 points,
scored 16 of his 26 in the third quarter
as the Boston Celtics defeated the
Chicago Bulls 123-104 in the opening
game of their NBA playoff series last
night.
Jordan's total matched his NBA
career high and set a bulls' record for
points in a playoff game. The previous
eam mark was 41 by Flynn Robinson
n 1968. Elgin Baylor has the league
playoff record of 61 points.
JORDAN, who was 18-for-36 from
the field and made 13 of 15 free
throws, had 30 points in the first half.
Chicago trailed just twice in that
stretch, 11-10 and 61-59 at inter-
mission.
Boston, seeking its 16th NBA title,
got 30 points from Larry Bird, 27 from
Kevin McHale and 23 from Robert
Warish.
Parish's two free throws with six
seconds left in the first half gave the
Celtics their halftime edge.
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Orlando Woolridge added 25 points
for the Bulls and Charles Oakley had
13.
The victory was Boston's 32nd in a
row at home, where the second game
of the best-of-five series will by played
Sunday.
Rangers 4, Capitals 3 (OT)
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Brian
MacLellan scored his second goal of
the night, on a breakaway at 1:16 of
overtime, to give the New York
Rangers a 4-3 victory last night over
the Washington Capitals in the
opening game of their best-of-seven
Patrick Division finals in the NHL
playoffs.
The Rangers, who overcame a 3-1

deficit, were winless in their last 21
overtime games - playoff and
regular season - while the Capitals
had played 25 extra-period games
without a loss since last losing in the
playoffs on April 13, 1984.
The Rangers, who upset division
champion Philadelphia in the first
round, sent the game into overtime on
goals by Mark Osborne and Mike
Ridley.
Osborne ignited the comeback wiht
a shorthanded goal at 17:33 of the
second period. Ridley, a rookie,
scored on a backhanded shot during a
scramble in front of goaltender Pete
Peeters at 9:37 of the third period. It
was Ridley's fourth goal in the playof-
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