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Women's Basketball
vs. Michigan State
Friday, 7:00 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS
Thursday, February 12, 1987

Wrestling
vs. Notre Dame
Friday, 9:00 p.m.
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily

Page 9

ILockwood nets praise as
BIue collar cueckxer. Wolverines reel in victories

By SCOTT SHAFFER
Every team needs a spiritual leader. Not the Oral
lioberts or Billy Graham type, but the type of person
*ho can ease the tension both on the field and in the
locker room.
For the Michigan hockey team, Joe Lockwood fills
Sthat role.
: The junior right wing has earned a reputation among
Itis teammates and coaches as a player who can be
counted on to provide the proper atmosphere with his
physical style of play and his joking personality.
"LOCKWOOD is the kind of
player everyone wants to have on
their team," said Michigan head
Coach Red Berenson. "He's hard
wvorking, energetic and he's a very
aggressive hitter. Although he's not
a prolific offensive player, he adds a
lot to our team in terms of spirit
and, enthusiasm."
Lockwood's parents are both
Michigan alumni, and they
frequently took him to Yost Ice
Arena as a child. As a result, the
decision to attend school here was
not a tough one for the Milford
native.
The highlight of his first two
seasons was scoring the go-ahead
goal against Spartak of the Soviet Lock
Union in the final minute of play. ... starti
THIS SEASON, Berenson placed Lockwood on a
line with freshmen Rob Brown and Ryan Pardoski. Their
duties include checking, defense, and penalty killing.
Like many of the Wolverines, Lockwood struggled at the
beginning of the year. But as the team has jelled in the
second half of the season, his play has improved.
"Up until Christmas break, I was upset and frustrated
with my play. I was having a tough time fitting into the
lineup," said Lockwood. "But starting about the Miami
series I started to feel like a bigger part of the team. Now
I'm even scoring a couple of goals."

While Lockwood's production has increased, the
sports management major will not challenge teammmate
Brad Jones for the league's scoring title. He has six
goals this year after scoring 12 in his first two seasons.
But Lockwood knows his primary duty.
"Right now my role on the team is more as a checker
than anything else," said Lockwood.
Lockwood's other job on the team is to help keep the
team relaxed before games and in between periods. "In
the locker room, I try to loosen things up by starting
conversations and kidding around with the guys," said
the junior.
And his efforts are appreciated.
"The expression happy-go-lucky,
that's Joe. He's always smiling and
laughing about something. He's the
kind of person that's always in a
good mood. That's one of the
reasons he's such a good influence
on the team," said teammate Bruce
Macnab, who lives with Lockwood.
L O C K W O O D often jokes
about his fishing ability. The mere
mention of his angling skills
brings a smile to teammates' faces.
Last year Brad McCaughey, former
Wolverine Bill Brauer and
Lockwood trekked to Manistee,
Mi., for a weekend of fishing.
wood "We called ourselves the
ng to score triple pinochle club because
a triple pinochle is when all three of us get a bite at the
same time, and we're reeling the fish in," said
Lockwood.
And was that feat ever accomplished?
"No, it never was.. In fact we're not very good
fishermen. We just try to catch fish and usually were not
very successful," he confessed with a laugh.
As long as Lockwood continues to combine his
personality with his skills on the ice, success is sure to
follow - at least in hockey.

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Doily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Wolverine right wing Joe Lockwood collides with an opponent during a game against Illinois-Chicago.
BO'S BEST STARRED FOR ST. LOUIS;
D erdorf reli~oves glory

Transfer guard Thompson aids
inexperienced women cagers

By ROB LEVINE
In a rebuilding year for the
women's basketball team, senior
Vonnie Thompson has stood out.
The guard from Saginaw is
playing her first season with the
Wolverines after transferring from
Notre Dame two years ago. At
Carrollton High School, Thompson
' earned three all-conference, all-area,
and all-state selections as she led
her team to three state

championships.
Thompson's contributions to the
Wolverines are noteworthy. She
averages over eight points per game
and leads the club with a total of 43
steals. She also leads the Big Ten
with nearly six assists a game.
"THERE'S nothing more of
her I can ask that she hasn't given
the team this year,"said Michigan
head coach Bud Van De Wege.
At her guard position,

Thompson is a workhorse. She
played the entire 40 minutes of
Friday night's game against Indiana
and averages over 36 minutes a
contest.
With the emphasis on the press
against other teams in recent
games, Thompson tries to rest
whenever she gets a chance. "I take
breaks on free throws, or I just
walk it up (on offense)," she said.
Even though Michigan's Big
Ten record stands at 1-10,
Thompson remains optimistic. "We
played aggressively against the top
teams - Iowa, Illinois, and Ohio
State," she said. "We had a chance
to win (against OSU). We made
runs and got close, but just couldn't
get on top."
WITH ONE year of eligibility
left, Thompson will return to the
Wolverines next season. But with
seven games remaining this season,
she has not thrown in the towel
despite Michigan's last-place
conference standing.
"I never like to lose," said
Thompson, "but we came out and
played hard (against OSU). We said
after the game that we're going to
beat Michigan State."
This Friday night at Crisler
Arena the women's basketball team
squares off against the Spartans.
Thompson sees a new beginning
that she hopes will carry into next
season. The Wolverines lose only
one player from this year's team,
and the starting five returns intact.
Van De Wege brought in eight
new faces this year and believes that
Thompson is one of the best.
"She's one of the top four guards in
the league," he said. "I hope she
will reap some honors, but the
problem is our overall record. A
lot of times that will hurt you in
individual honors. She's definitely
an outstanding guard."
After graduation, Thompson
hopes for a career in public
relations, working for a company
like Nike. She takes both sports
marketing and communications
classes to help attain that goal.
Her present goal is to see more
attention paid to women's sports.
She likes to play at schools like
Iowa because of the great fan
support at the women's basketball.

never made it to the World Series
during his career. Another
example of this inability to
achieve team goals is Dan
Dierdorf.
In his professional football
career with the St. Louis
Cardinals, Dierdorf, a second-
round draft choice in 1971,
received every personal award that
an offensive tackle could win. But
his team never appeared in the
Super Bowl.
" S U R E , it was a
disappointment not to be able to
play in the game of that
magnitude,"said Dierdorf. "As a
player, you always want to go to
the Super Bowl. That is your goal
as a team player. I am very sad
that I never had the chance to play
in one."
While Dierdorf never played for
the NFL championship, endless
personal honors were bestowed
upon him. He was named to the
Street and Smith's and the
College and Pro-Football
Magazine's team of the decade for
the 1970's, and he played in
numerous Pro Bowls in his
13-year career, which ended in
1983.
"I would say that my greatest
accomplishment in my years of
pro football was being recognized
as the best offensive lineman in
the game of football," said
Dierdorf. "I remember one year
when I went to the Pro Bowl and
played on a team with players the
caliber of Roger Staubach (the
ex-Dallas Cowboys quarterback)
and Walter Payton (the Chicago
Bears running back). I was the
only unanimous selection to play
on that team. That was a
tremendous honor.

-Sports information rnoto
Despite all his football accomplishments, NFL Pro-Bowler Dan Dierdorf

never made it to the Super Bowl.
"I would like the people I
played with to remember me as
the very best at what I did. I
would hope that they appreciated
my skills. I have fond memories
of many of my teammates and
opponents, and I strongly hope
that they have equally fond
memories of me."
DIERDORF HAS fond
memories of present Michigan
head football coach Bo
Schembechler, and the feeling is
mutual.
"When I interviewed Bo on
television and he said I was the
best offensive tackle he had ever
had, I was very flattered," said
Dierdorf. "For something like that
to come from Bo... I am deeply
honored. I have learned that when
Bo says something, he means it.
"I know that this may sound
hollow, but the longer you are
away from him, the more you
appreciate what a fine man he is.
He was always remarkably

consistent and fair. For that, I
respect and admire him a great
deal."
While at Michigan, Dierdorf
and Schembechler had their
differences, mainly over Dierdorf's
weight, but no one disputed the
talent of the Ohio native. Dierdorf
made seven All-American teams
en route to an appearance in the
Rose Bowl his senior year.
"I will never forget going to
the Rose Bowl in Bo's first year,"
explained Dierdorf. "I was sad that
we lost the game, but the game
didn't really mean much due to
Bo's condition (Schembechler had
a heart attack at the end of
season). After that, the game
meant very little compared to our
feelings for Bo at that time."
After all his accomplishments
in the world of football and in the
broadcasting community, Dierdorf
gives this advice to those who
want to follow in his footsteps.
"Go to Michigan and be in the
presence of greatness."

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Senior guard Vonnie Thompson currently leads the Big Ten in assists
with an average of nearly six per game.

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