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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 16, 1988

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Catching it: A healthy Kolesar
means double trouble for 'M' foes

CCHA SCORECARD

BY ADAM SCHEFTER
John Kolesar had always practiced
tossing the ball up, closing his eyes, and
trying to catch it. In 1985, against Ohio
State, his practice was put to use.
Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh
spotted Kolesar in one-on-one coverage.
Kolesar saw the ball leave Harbaugh's
hands, but lost it in the lights. He stuck
out his hands, and his practice paid off.
Kolesar's 77-yard touchdown catch made
him the newest hero of the old Michigan-
Ohio State rivalry.
"It was a while ago, but that was a
great feeling to score," Kolesar said. "I
just ran my fastest. To see all that green
in front of you... It was just one play,
though."
There have been others - this season,
an 18-yard touchdown pass against Miami
to put Michigan in front, 20-14, a 24-yard
touchdown pass against Iowa to tie the
score, and a 15-yard touchdown reverse
against Northwestern.
There was last year in the Hall of Fame
Bowl against Alabama, when Kolesar
caught a 20-yard, fourth-down touchdown
pass with 50 seconds left in the game to
give Michigan the win. "I didn't do any-
thing all day, and I catch one ball and I get
all of the attention," he said.
He is Michigan's big-play man. His
first year, he averaged 28 yards per catch.
The next year, in the opener against Notre
Dame, his first reception was for 37 yards.
He returned to the huddle, and after being
complimented on the catch by teammate
Paul Jokisch, Kolesar kidded him, saying,
"Just keeping the average up."
SURPRISINGLY, Kolesar's most
memorable play was not a pass. Or a run.
Or any play when he had the ball in his
hands.
"My freshman year, when we were
playing at South Carolina, and right
before we went out, Bo (Schembechler)
put his finger in my chest and said,

ball," Schembechler said. "He doesn't have
the stats he normally has, but he is doing
a lot of other things and contributing a
lot. The disappointing thing is not getting
a big year out of him because of injuries."
INJURIES. The word makes Kolesar
quiver. He suffered a broken collarbone his
sophomore season while diving into the
band for a reception. He came up with
mono and a chipped elbow his junior year.
The injuries forced him to miss the
eqiuivalent of one season.
Then, in this year's opener, against the
Fighting Irish, Kolesar fielded a punt
while surrounded by defenders. He was hit
hard in the head and twisted his ankle,
sidelining him for the rest of the game.
"People still say I shouldn't have taken
the kick," Kolesar said. "But I say, hey,
well, I saved 10 yards. I don't play for the
future. I play for now. That's, why I take
punts and dive into bands."
Kolesar's wounds caused him to miss
the 1986 Michigan-Ohio State game
played in Ohio Stadium. He sat in the
stands, watching his teammates clinch the
Big Ten title. This year will be his first
and last appearance there. And he has
something to prove.
Last year against the Buckeyes, he
dropped two potential touchdown passes.
One would have put Michigan up at the
half, 20-7, the other would have been good
for 45 yards. Hero one year, goat the next.
"I'll always remember that I should
have come up with both those catches,"
Kolesar said. "Now this (year's game
against Ohio State) is the rubber match.
Let's see what I can do."
Everyone already knows. But in his last
regular-season game as a Wolverine, it's
his chance to give Michigan fans one final
thrill. It wouldn't be shocking to see the
light shining on Kolesar at the end of the
game, and Kolesar enjoying it, just like he
always practiced.

Standings
TEAM (OVERALL) W L
1. MSU (9-1-0) 9 11
2. MICHIGAN (7-2-1) 7 2
3. UIC (5-3-2) 5 3
4. Ferris (4-5-1) 4 5
5. BGSU(7-4-0) 4 4 t
6. LSSU (5-4-1) 3 4
WMU (5-5-1) 3 4
8. Miami (2-8-0) 1 7 1
Ohio State (1-9-0) 1 7
Scoring
NAME GP G
Reynolds, MSU 10 8
Miller, MSU 10 9
Brind'Amour, MSU 10 7
Melton, UIC 10 7
Gorski, UIC 9 12
DENNY FELSNER, UM 8 8
Parks, BGSU 8 6
Murray, MSU 10 7
Goaltending

T
0
1
2
1
0
1
1
0
0
A
13
11
11
11
5
8
10
8
ve.
77
86
01
71
91
00
23

PTS
18
15
12
9
8
7
7
2
2
PTS
21
20
18
18
17
16
16
15
Pct.
.921
.938
.863
.887
.892
.765
.858

Friday's results
MICHIGAN 2, Ferris State 1
Michigan State 12, Bowling Green 1
Illinois-Chicago 5, Miami 2
Western Michigan 4, Ohio St. 3
Lake Superior 7, St. Cloud 3
Saturday's results
MICHIGAN 9, Ferris State 0
Michigan State 6, Bowling Green 2
Illinois-Chicago 7, Miami 5
Western Michigan 3, Ohio St. 2
Lake Superior 4, St. Cloud 3 (OT)
Friday's games
Ohio State at Michigan
Ferris State at Bowling Green
Bowling Green at Lake Superior
Western Michigan at Miami
Boston U. at Michigan State
Saturday's games
Ohio State at Michigan
Ferris State at Bowling Green
Bowling Green at Lake Superior
Western Michigan at Miami
Boston U. at Michigan State

Muzzatti, MSU
KEOUGH, UM
Hoffort, LSSU
Williams, Ferris
DePinto, UIC
Stewart, MSU
SHARPLES, UM

GP
9
2
8
5
10
1
9

GA
16
3
23
16
40
4
36

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3.
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Kolesar
... Bo's "wide blocker"
'You're going in on the kickoff.' Jamie
(Morris) got the kick and I blocked
number 15 all the way into the bench."
Even today, Kolesar still enjoys block-
ing. With Michigan being a running team,
he gets plenty of chances. In fact,
Schembechler often calls his wide
receivers his "wide blockers."
Being a "wide blocker" has limited
Kolesar's output as a receiver. It also
hasn't helped that he rotates in and out
with teammate receivers Greg McMurtry
and Chris Calloway. But Kolesar has still
managed to excel on special teams,
returning kicks and punts. He leads the
Big Ten in punt-return yardage this year,
averaging 11.3 yards per return.
"He's very dangerous when he gets the

Red: A player with two hats

BY MIKE GILL
It was 20 years ago this month... and it
wasn't that Sergeant Pepper taught the band
to play.
On Nov. 7, 1968, Michigan hockey coach
Red Berenson had one of the most incredible
days anybody had ever had in the NHL.
Playing with the St. Louis Blues, Berenson
scored six goals, a double hat-trick, in one
game against Philadelphia.
"Every player has nights where he could
have scored three or four goals in a night. It
was a game I scored six and could have had
seven or eight."

Berenson said what pleased him most
about the night was that the team recorded a
shutout (8-0) in an opposing arena against a
team they had a strong rivalry with.
Games were not videotaped in those days,
so Berenson doesn't have the chance to relive
something no one else has ever done in NHL
history. "Now it's just more of a memory
than something you can sit down and look
at," Berenson said.
Berenson was the first player to step out
of college and right into the NHL. He played
17 seasons with St. Louis, Montreal, the
New York Rangers, and Detroit.+

The University of Michigan
SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Thurs.- Opera Theater: Gianni Schicchi and Suor
Sun. Angelica by Puccini
Nov. Jay Lesenger, director, Gustav Meier,
17-20 Conductor
Tickets $7.00, $10.00 call 764-0450
Power Center, 8:00 (Thurs-Sat) 2:00 (Sun)
Thurs.- University Players:
Sun. The Mighty Gents by Richard Wesley
Nov. directed by Charles Jackson
17-20 Tickets $7.00, call 764-0450
Trueblood, 8:00 p.m. (Thurs-Sat) 2:00 (Sun)
Thurs.- Ann Arbor Dance Works Fall Program
Sun. Tickets $7.00, call 763-5460
Nov. McIntosh Theater, 8:00 p.m. (Thurs-Sat) 2:00
17-20 (Sun)
Fri. Guest Faculty Recital by
Nov.18 Jeffrey Irvine, viola, Oberlin University, assisted
by Jeanne Kierman Fisher, piano
music by Enesco, Hindemith, Carter and
Brahms
Recital Hall, 8:00 p.m. FREE
For up to date information on School of Music events
call the 24-Hour Music Hotline, 763-4726.

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