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Page 2- The Michigan Daily -Sports Monday -April 9,1990
Mich igan Sports
Calendar
A compilation of Michigan sporting events and
information for the coming week.
Monday, April 9
Softball doubleheader vs. Eastern Michigan at Varsity
Diamond, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, April 10
Baseball doubleheader at Eastern Michigan, 1 p.m.
Softball doubleheader at Michigan State.
Wednesday, April 11
Baseball at Detroit, 1 p.m.
Men's Lacrosse vs. Bowling Green at Tartan Turf, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 12
Women's Tennis vs. Notre Dame at Track and Tennis
Building, 2 p.m.
Men's Tennis vs. Michigan State at Liberty Sports Complex, 2
p.m.
Friday, April 13
Softball at Ohio State.
Men's Lacrosse vs. Lake Forest at Tartan Turf, 7:30 p.m.
Men's Golf at Marshall Intercollegiate, Huntington, WV
SaturdayApril 14
Softball at Ohio State.
Women's Tennis at Illinois, 11 a.m.
Women's Track at Dogwood Relays, Knoxville, TN.
Baseball doubleheader vs. Minnesota at Fisher Stadium,
1 p.m.
Men's Lacrosse vs. Indiana at Tartan Turf, 7:30 p.m.
Men's Golf at Marshall Intercollegiate, Huntington, WV
Men's Track at Michigan State.

COOPER
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game caught by Cooper. "She calls a
really good game for me. I'm
confident when Julie is behind the
plate. She's really good at what she
does, and shows a lot of leadership."
Cooper, true to all good catchers,
dedicates herself to the position, and
will make sacrifices for it. Usually
after catching a game for junior
pitcher Andrea Nelson she has to put
her hand on ice. "Andrea throws a lot
of heat," Cooper quietly states.
Unfortunately, she has made one
too many sacrifices and recently
sprained her catching hand. She has
not caught in the last few games.
While nursing the sprain, Cooper
has been playing in the outfield, and
has handed over her usual spot to
sophomore Bridget Fitzpatrick. But
Cooper is getting antsy, "As soon as
it's better I'll be back."
Good friend and teammate Sara
Dyksterhouse is familiar with
Cooper's personality, "For a junior
on the team she shows a lot of
leadership and will probably be
captain of the team next year. She's
really consistent in her play and her
attitude. She's never too up or too
down. She's someone who wants to
win, but is also someone you can
complain to when you're in a bad
mood, or unhappy about the game."
Besides being a defensive stand-
out who committed only 3 errors in
49 games last year, and was named
to the Bud Lite All-Tournament
team the same year, Cooper is the
team's leading base stealer. Last year
she stole 11 times, this year she will
most likely have more.
Coach Carol Hutchins says,
"Julie possesses great speed. In the
past I didn't steal too much. This
year, we're going to give her more
opportunities to go. As a player she
has a lot of potential and over her
last two years as a starter, she has
improved a lot."
Cooper is anxiously anticipating
more base stealing freedom. "I think

it's better that I can be more
aggressive. There's a lot of times
last year when I'm out on the bases
and she doesn't steal me and I'm
thinking 'come on, come on, steal
me."' Now she has the green light.
There are a few simple rules in
Cooper's base stealing handbook,
"When I'm stealing a base, my
concentration is on second base. If
it's a wide throw I'm gonna slide on
the inside of the base. If it's a low
throw I'm gonna try to slide on the
outside of the base. I think that
stealing bases has a lot to do with
the way you slide."
She slides better than anyone on
the team.
The only time a Michigan base
runner is allowed to steal without a
signal from a coach is on a delay
steal. A delay steal occurs when the
catcher is not paying attention, and
slowly lofts the ball back to the
pitcher. If the runner thinks she can
beat out the time between catcher to
pitcher, to second base, she goes.
However, only the fastest runners
get the green light from Hutchins.
Of course, Cooper is one.
So how did she ever get so good?
She learned from her father. "As I
was growing up my father and I did
everything together. I don't know
how many times he was out in the
yard hitting me grounders, playing
catch with me. And he got big old
blisters on his thumb because I was
making him hit me grounders."
He's still involved in his
daughters athletic career. He can be
found in the stands at almost every
home contest, giving Julie pointers
after the games. He's so involved
that he is now president of the
Diamond Club, the booster club for
the softball team.
Cooper has grown by leaps and
bounds while at Michigan. Besides
constant improvement on the field,
she's improved in the classroom as
well.
"My freshman year I hardly put
much emphasis on school at all. But
since then, everything has started to
revolve around school. I'm more up-
tight now when I get a bad grade.
I'm more concerned with getting

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KENNETH SMOLLER/Daily
Wolverine catcher Julie Cooper escapes a rundown between second and
third base against Minnesota Saturday.

Sunday, April15
Baseball doubleheader vs. Minnesota
1 p.m
Women's Tennis at Purdue, 11 a.m.

at Fisher stadium ,

Sports Monday
Associate Editor
Mike Gill
Night Editor
Jeff Sheran
Answer to Sports Monday Trivia
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good grades, not necessarily in terms
of getting a good job, but for
myself."
Sounds like the confession of the
normal Michigan student. But
besides being a softball player, she
has one major difference from the
normal Michigan student. She's
engaged to be married. Cooper will
marry her college sweetheart,
Michigan hockey player Tim Helber.
Helber, a senior, plans to open a
construction company with his
cousin. Cooper hopes to break into
the sports marketing field.
There are still many days between
now and the wedding and Cooper
plans to make the most of her
remaining time at the university.
Though she is finding it consistently
more difficult to juggle school,
softball and a fiancee, she's making
it. She looks forward to playing the
bulk of this season and all of next

year, too.
"I just have fun playing. As long
as I have fun, everything is all right.
If the fun goes out of it, I don't even
want to play anymore. I like to go
out there and smile and have a great
time - be relaxed and play the
game. It makes playing so much
easier."
No one ever said softball didn't
come easy for Julie Cooper.
But she doesn't make it look
easy.
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