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March 23, 1989 - Image 10

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Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 23, 1989

Left: Cevin Taylor (left), a
senior in the school of LSA,
jabs into LSA junior Jeff
Jacobs. The two spar at the
boxing club building on Elbel
Above: Boxing coach Pat
JESSICAGREENE/Daily Egan, known as Father Pat,
watches as his club practices.
Egan came to Ann Arbor from
London in 1982, intending to
stay for one year.
Under Father Pat, Michigan boxing club benefits its members and the needy

Blue batters bottle
tournament title
The Michigan softball team recently returned from Sunnyvale, California
where it won the Bud Lite National Invitational Softball Tournament with
an 8-1 won-loss record, ending its 'spring training' with an overall 18-6
The Wolverines got off to a slow start, going 2-1 in their first three
In Michigan's fifth game against Adelphi, the Wolverines "weren't
sharp" but still pulled out a 4-2 victory, one of seven consecutive wins.
Other victories included a 1-0 shutout of sixth-ranked Arizona and a 2-0
blanking of 18th ranked Creighton.
IN A GAME against Central Michigan, the Wolverines won 4-3 and
there were plenty of highlights. Michigan outfielders threw out two runners
at the plate and both teams provided excitement with a lot of diving catches.
"That Central Michigan game was a great game. It was awesome if you
were a spectator," Hutchins said. "There was a lot of emotion in that one.
They're a big rival of us."
During the tourney, and throughout their 24 game preseason, the
Wolverines had been playing well in all facets of the game.
The pitching was excellent as Michigan allowed only 10 runs in the
nine-game trip. Sophomore pitcher Andrea Nelson was named the MVP of
the tournament in which she was undefeated in five appearances including a
2-0 shutout of Adelphi in the championship game. Overall the Michigan
staff amassed four shutouts.
"Andrea's off to a great start but she's not even pitching as well as she
should be," Hutchins said. Nelson now posts a 14-1 record and has an ERA
of 0.95.
Also pitching well has been junior Jenny Allard who in addition to being
the No. 2 pitcher on the staff plays third base. She went 2-1 and improved
her ERA to 1.21.
AT THE PLATE the Wolverines continued to put runners on. In the
nine games, they scored only 30 runs, but batted .266 and left 61 on base.
"We're fortunate to be 18-6 right now, leaving that many on base," the
fifth-year coach stated. "But could you imagine what our record could be if
we drove a few of those runners home?"
When she's not pitching, Allard has been quite formidable in the
offensive department. She went 11-for-29 over the weekend in her home
state to raise her average to a team-leading .359. Senior outfielder Beth
Mueller slugged two home runs and had seven RBIs.
One definite improvement has been the hitting of sophomore Julie
Cooper. Before the trip Hutchins switched her No. 2 hitter from playing left
field to right. No one is sure if this had any effect on Cooper but since then
she has gone 11-for-26 in raising her previous average of .174 to a decent
Some of the Wolverines have been in a slump, though. Rookie Bridget
Fitzgerald started off the season at a .280 clip but has gone two for her last
26 at bats (.076) to lower her season average to .176.
Michigan's season starts in a week and Hutchins is positive about her
players. "One of our great qualities is that we're a team. We pull for each
other. In fact this is the best team I've ever had."
The Wolverines open their season at home on March 29, against Wayne
Rugby club opens home slate
The Michigan Men's Rugby Club opens up its home season Saturday
with two matches against the Detroit Tradesmen and two against a team
from Windsor.
After starting out 0-3, the club is ready to show just how inhospitable
it can be. The Detroit team is a bitter rival of Michigan's All Blues. The
two teams have squared off for many tough matches in the past.
The first match starts at noon at Mitchell Field, and the games will
continue throughout the day until approximately 6 p.m.

The names "Long" John Wygrecki, Bob
"TNT" Tumacker, and "The Russian Wol-
verine" Noah Sudarsky are not as widely
known on campus as "Sugar" Ray Leonard or
Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini. But this first
group of names belong to people right here at
University of Michigan.
These nicknames belong to the members of
Michigan's own boxing club.
The names are not familiar, though, because
the club has since fallen into obscurity after
enjoying wide popularity in the 1950's. But
due to the efforts of Patrick Egan, better
known asFather Pat, the present situation may
soon change.
Egan first came to Michigan in 1982 on a
sabbatical from London, to work as a priest at
the local People's Church of Ann Arbor,
Christ the King. He took it upon himself to
rejuvenate the boxing club in his spare time,

and, although he initially planned to stay for
only one year, he has been here ever since.
ALTHOUGH THE club has never
produced any boxers of the caliber of a Mike
Tyson, there have been some recent minor
successes. Both Tony Sensoli and John Larkin
went on to win the Michigan Golden Gloves.
"The club is more into fun than into
building champions," Egan said. "I measure
success by the amount of confidence it gives to
these young men and the character it builds."
Many of his boxers would agree that the
club has helped them in exactly this way. One
boxer, Jon Kest, said that the club, besides
having given him confidence in himself,
allows him to relieve the stress of studying.
Another boxer, Adam Lackner, said that he
joined the club not for the love of boxing, but
for the cardiovascular workout it gives him.
"I bike all of the time in the summer. I
would rather bike 50 miles a day than box

three rounds," Lackner said. "I get a great
workout, though, and that is why I am here."
compared his experience in the boxing club to
wrestling. "Both wrestling and boxing are
physically tiring, but you have to remain
mentally sharp," he explained. "You're your
own general out there. You call all the shots."
Next month, the club will be able to
demonstrate its talents to the general public in
a charity boxing match. They hope to top last
year's fund raising earnings of $4,000.
Father Pat intends for all of the proceeds
to go through his church to Mochito, a small
mining town in Honduras, which is the second
poorest town in the Western Hemisphere. The
event will be held at Domino's Farms on
Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Thanks to Father Pat, the boxing club has
grown to fill both the personal needs of his
boxers and the vital needs of those in poverty.


Rozelle resigns, ending era

NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle
announced Wednesday he is retiring,
efffective immediately, after thirty
years. He said he would remain on
the job until a successor is found.
Rozelle, 63, said he made the
decision last October , But told no
one. Most owners were unaware of
his decision until he made a private

announcement to them, 10 minutes
before his public statement.
Rozelle's contract runs through
the 1991 season. But he said he
wanted to step down now "to enjoy
more free time, stress-free time"
with his family. "It's been a great
thirty years."
Rozelle, who lives in the New
York City suburb of Rye, said he
would move to the San Diego area.
Rozelle said he expected a
successor would be named before the
season begins, and would stay on to
help the transition.
"I have no health problems except

for the 20 pounds I gained since I
stopped smoking a year ago."
Rozelle said.
Rozelle was elected commissioner
in 1959 as a dark-horse candidate
following the death of Bert Bell. At
the time, Rozelle was general
manager of the Los Angeles Rams.
He guided the NFL through its
most lucrative period, including a
merger with the AFL in 1966. He
was especially adept at obtaining
large television contracts, increasing
the NFL's television revenue from
less than $1 million a year to the
current $440 million.

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Continued from Page 1
"J.R. is a great competitor, but I
like competition," Mills said Sun-
day. "It should prove to be a great
Smith commented that a main
Tar Heel concern revolves around
stopping Mills.

North Carolina had five players in
double figures for the game.
The Wolverines are looking for
Loy Vaught to regain the form he
displayed during the regular season,
when he led the Big Ten in field goal
percentage. Against Xavier, Vaught
was in foul trouble and only spent
10 minutes on the floor. In Sunday's
game, Mark Hughes started in place
of Vaught, who scored only two

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