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by Meg Beison
Daily Sports Writer
Penn State got a lesson in what it
will take to be a contender in the Big
Ten this weekend, as the Wolverines
downed the Lady Lions in four
games, 10-0, 6-1, 5-2, 6-1.
The match up was the first time
the two teams have met in confer-
ence play and marked Michigan's
first four-game sweep since it
trounced Ohio State in May of last
The Wolverines (6-2 Big Ten,
19-15 overall) totaled 27 runs on 40
hits over the weekend. Michigan
gained some much needed confi-
dence in, the series opener by scoring
seven runs in the first inning and
three in the second to beat Penn
State, 10-0, in a five-inning mercy
rule decision.
"Our team put together some
tough offense," Michigan coach
Carol Hutchins said. "Hitting is con-
tagious and we hit well. We had a
lot of zip."
Six Wolverines had two or more
hits in the opener. Senior first base-
man Heather Lyke went 3-for-4 and
scored one run. Juniors Kari and
Karla Kunnen, along with sopho-
more Tina Martin also led the way
by driving in two runs each.

turn to her home state. She struck
out 10 Penn State hitters over the
weekend, including five in the last
contest of the series.
"Kelly is an all-around athlete,"
Hutchins said. "She stays ahead of
the hitters and makes them hit her
The Wolverines continued their
balanced scoring attack as they went
on to win the next three games. The
closest of the games was Saturday's
5-2 victory. Junior pitcher Julie
Clarkson (6-6), who leads Michigan
with a 1.76 ERA, went five innings,
allowing two runs on two hits, while
striking out two. Forbis (4-4) re-
lieved Clarkson in the sixth and
earned her first collegiate career
save, holding the Lady Lions score-
less on two hits.
The slugfest weekend helped
some Wolverines keep up some
league-leading statistics. Kari
Kunnen, who leads the league in
runs scored with 23, tallied five hits
against the Lady Lions to cap off a
strong offensive week which saw
her batting average rise 23 points as
she went 7-for-17. Senior co-captain
Stacey Heams and Benedict con-
tinue to lead the team in doubles as
they hit two doubles apiece against
Penn State.

Rookie pitcher Kelly Kovach (9-
5, 1.79 earned run average) got the
start and went three innings, holding
the Lady Lions to one hit while
striking out three. Junior Kelly
Forbis took over in the fourth and
secured the victory by allowing no
runs on one hit.
Kovach, a three-time All-State
and All-League pitcher from
Pittsburgh, recorded three of the four
victories this weekend in her first re-

In one of the only dark moments for the softball team this weekend, Heather Lyke is tagged out while trying to
steal second. The hitters swept four games from the Nittany Lions in Univeristy Park, Penn.

Lions bring important message to
Crisler during Superstar Challenge
Pro players, Michigan athletes square off whike enlightening youngsters

by Brett Forrest
Daily Sports Writer
A select few Detroit Lions en-
tered Crisler Arena Friday evening
minus the hubris tic swagger which
accompanies many professional ath-
letes today. The occasion was the
"Superstar Challenge" and the op-
ponents were current Michigan ath-
The program, run by Pro
Challenge, brings professional ath-
letes from the Detroit area into high
schools and middle schools through-
out Michigan and Ohio. They com-
pete against the schools' top athletes
and talk about important issues with
the students between events.
The Lions in attendance were
Lomas Brown, Mel Gray, William
White, Jack Linn and Derrick
Tennell. They were joined by former
Lion and current Calgary Stampeder
Carl Bland. Barry Sanders and Jerry
Ball were conspicuous in their ab-
Michigan was represented by a
slew of varsity athletes - from
members of the women's volleyball
squad to a few football players.
Headlining Michigan's team were
basketball players Freddie Hunter,
Kirk Taylor and Leah Wooldridge
and football players Ricky Powers
and Burnie Legette. They all com-
peted in at least one of the seven
These events included a volley-
ball competition won by the
Michigan women's volleyball team;
a relay race in which the men's
baseball team was defeated; a sit-
up/push-up race where Brown and

White jumped on Wolverine football
player Jay Riemersma mid sit-up; a
three-point basketball shootout in
which Hunter, Taylor and Jen
Nuanes wowed the crowd in defeat;
three-on-three touch football where
NFL strong safety White had no
trouble covering two receivers on
the basketball court; a five-on-five
basketball competition in which
Wooldridge fed Hunter on two
crowd-pleasing alley-oops and bas-
ketball senior Chris Setter dunked in
Tennell's face; and a slam-dunk
competition where Hunter electrified
those in attendance with several
earth-shattering displays of athleti-
A fun time was had by all as par-
ticipants from both sides joked
around for the entire evening. There
was a deeper reason for the event,
Between several of the events, a
Lions player took the microphone to
speak to the fans about something
that was important to him. Brown
made introductory remarks concern-
ing making the right choices in life.
Bland spoke of the huge role
Christianity has played in his life
and decision-making. Finally, White
talked of his life and family history
and how his religious faith has
guided him throughout his life.
Powers was glad he took part in
the challenge. "I had a real good
time," he said. "I was listening to the
messages and it made me think a lot
about my life."
Afterwards White spoke of his
commitment to Pro Challenge. "To

me it's worth it if one soul is saved,"
he said. "It's worth the time, because
we're not going to save everyone in
the gym, we're not going to save ev-
eryone that we talk to.
"But what we can do, if out of a
hundred people we talk to, three
lives are changed, then those three
people can each save three people.
Then it just becomes a chain reac-
tion. Whenever I can fit it into my
schedule, I do as many (outreaches)
These athletes know they occupy
an important place in society. That is
why they appear in events such as
"Superstar Challenge." They want to
present a positive role model for
young fans.
"I think we have an important
message to bring people," said
Brown when asked why he came out
to Crisler. "I think it's important for
people to see some of the profes-
sional athletes who have come out
tonight. It does everybody good."
Burnie Legette felt the same. "I
like the message behind it - the
whole purpose of the whole event,"
he said. "It is very positive. We need
to do something to give back to the

youth of today. I feel that I am in a
position, along with the rest of the
athletes, to help by being a positive
role model."
Along with Pro Challenge,
Athletes in Action and the
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
were instrumental in bringing the
event to the University.
Athletes in Action campus direc-
tor Bruce Dishnow thought the hap-
pening held a vital meaning for the
community. "I feel that it is a very
needed message - making the right
choices," he said.
"I think that was communicated
very well, about staying away from
drugs and alcohol and also where the
pros find their strength for making
the right choices."
The "Superstar Challenge" was
enjoyed by a crowd largely made up
of children. All of the athletes made
time for autographs and pictures. It
was a positive experience from start
to finish. Bland summed up the rea-
soning behind the appearance of the
athletes best.
"This gives us the opportunity to
come out and share our strength and
what keeps us going in life," he said.
"We had a lot of fun."

Kirk Taylor and his three fellow senior cagers were among the Michigan
athletes who participated in Friday's Superstar Challenge.

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