Michigan spirit and
spirits remain solid
A city upon a hill.
There's some historical significance to that simple little phrase, I think.
Something about the Puritans. Or maybe it was a quote from Thomas
Jefferson. Whatever. It's just another random offering from my education,
something I learned somewhere along the line in high school or in college.
The point? Well, basically, that I found it.
Perched at the highest point on campus, tucked away near the back of
Forest Hill Cemetery, is that city upon a hill. That place - a shrine, if you will
- where the mystique of two distinct colors and a fight song originates.
I WISH TO REST WHERE THE
SPIRIT OF MICHIGAN IS WARMEST
That is the inscription on the tombstone next to the John
grave of Fielding Harris Yost, a man who lives in/N/
Michigan lore as coach of the legendary Wolverine
"point-a-minute" football squads.
Not far away - facing Yost's tombstone in fact - is
that of another Maize and Blue hero, Bob Ufer, a man
who will always be remembered as the voice of Michi-
gan football and as the torchbearer for something called
the Michigan spirit.
We paid them a visit recently. Being seniors -two of
us - suddenly on the verge of graduation, we felt it was
the least we could do. 0
Pay them a visit. Check in, in a way, before checking
Four years ago - it seems like yesterday, really - I came to this Univer-
sity knowing that football was king, basketball was a newly crowned champ,
and that I was about to become a part of it all.
College, of course, means different things to different people. But for me,
and for countless others, the football Saturdays and the Final Fours are what
will stay with me forever. There will be others, sure. But few memories, at
least for this Wolverine, will stand out more blatantly than these five:
The Fab Five's First Final Four: Yes, it ended with a disheartening thud. But
the adrenaline rush they provided on the way was, in a word, fabulous. I remember
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showed repeatedly that they did things
only one way -theirs.
Women's soccer in, men's
gymnastics out. That was the decision
made by the athletic department in or-
der to comply with the Big Ten's gender
equity policy. Feelings abounded both
yea and nay. Soccer players are now
preparing for their move from club to
varsity status while the gymnastics team
ponders its future.
David Roberts (bottom) and
the rest of the Michigan hockey team
certainly left a legacy for future skaters
to follow. Although the CCHA title
never materialized, the team marched
through the NCAAs until its semifinal
round meeting with Maine. The Black
Bears dispatched the Wolverines in over-
time in a classic college hockey battle.
Overall, it was a great season for Michi-
gan puck as the team won 30 games for
the third straight year.
Tailback Tyrone Wheatley
(top) led a Wolverine charge in
Michigan's Rose Bowl victory over the
favored Washington Huskies. That,
however, was not the only storyline
during the 1992 football season. The
team won its fifth straightBig Ten cham-
pionship, made up for the loss of
Heisman trophy winner Desmond
Howard and survived amidseason quar-
It was a tale of two programs
last season for the men's and women's
gymnastics teams. The women won
their second straight Big Ten champi-
onship andfinished ninth attheNCAAs.
Beth Wymer led the way for the tum-
blers and was named All-American for
the second year in a row. The men did
not fare nearly as well. Numerous inju-
ries, lack of experience and news of the
team's impending elimination proved
to be too much for the men to handle.
The Big Ten title is becoming
an afterthought for the Michigan swim
teams. The men captured the confer-
ence crown and then placed second at
the NCAAs behind untouchable
Stanford. The women grabbed their Big
Ten championship before placing fifth
at the NCAA meet. Marcel Wouda and
Aussie imnort Lam Hooiveld led the
The Michigan baseball team
struggled through a difficult start to its
season, going 6-24 in its first 30 games.
The hurlers regained their composure
in the second half of the year to avoid
repeating the disaster of 1992. Unlike
the previous season when the team
posted a school record for most losses,
1993 saw coach Bill Freehan and his
Wolverines right the ship to finish 25-
All-Americans Sean Bormet
and Steve King guided the Michigan
wrestling team to an 11th place finish at
the NCAA tournament in 1993. The
wrestlers were plagued by injuries all
season long but managed to put in a
solid effort for head coach Dale Bahr.
V WOMEN' S
Greg Giovanazzi began his
career as head coach of the Michigan
women's volleyball team in 1992. The
team reacted well to the personnel
change, posting a 15-7 overall record.
The Wolverines came up short in their
bid for an invitation to the NCAA
tournament but served notice that they