Cleveland 2 Gm. 2
Boston 0, Gm 1
N.Y. YANKEES 4,
Boston 3 Gm. 2
San Francisco 4
San Diego 3
N.Y. Mets 2
CHI CUBS 5,
Los Angeles 7,
ST. LOUIS 6
September 17, 1997
Oh, Derr! 'M' stickers go up
against familiar face at Ball State
By Nancy Berger
There will be a familiar and friendly looking
f4ce on the opposing sideline when the
Michigan field hockey team looks at its oppo-
nent at 4 p.m. today in Muncie, Ind.
Former Michigan defender and 1997 gradu-
ate Bree Derr will proudly be wearing Ball
State's red and white as a graduate assistant
coach for the Cardinals.
Derr played an integral role in the
Wolverines' program, starting in all 79 games
of her career as well as being a two-time All-
Big Ten second team selection, and an All-
Midwest second team selection.
Only a year removed from her playing
career, Derr admits that it will be awkward
coaching against the maize and blue.
"It will be strange seeing them," she said.
' Especially because I am very good friends
with many of the players."
The Michigan alum has been making many
adjustments, though, as she makes the trans-
formation from player to coach at such a young
age. But Derr has been looking forward to this
iivaluable opportunity ever since she was a
"This is a wonderful opportunity for Bree
because this is what she wanted to do,"
Michigan coach Marcia Pankratz said. "Ball
State is a good, solid program."
This game will also give Derr a chance to
contribute some valuable coaching informa-
tion, since she knows the Michigan program so
well. So far, she has been learning from one of
the most accomplished and decorated coaches
in the history of college field hockey. Ball
State coach Karen Fitzpatrick is an 18-year
coaching veteran and, for Derr, provides a
unique perspective on coaching.
"I am taking her lead, trying to learn her phi-
losophy and approach to the game," Derr said.
"(Fitzpatrick) has a different approach to the
game than my other coaches."
Along with her Michigan scouting report,
Derr contributes important defensive tech-
niques as well as a tough mental mindset.
"I try to emphasize a more mental mindset
than physical, you have to get past the physi-
cal," she said.
This year, Michigan (5-1) will have to get
past a stronger Cardinals (2-2) squad, and also
adjust its play to natural grass. At Ocker Field
- the Wolverines' home - Michigan plays on
"They didn't lose any key players and they
have a couple of international players that are
polished," Pankratz said. "Playing down there
on grass instead of artificial surface, the ball
will be much slower. We are going to have to
attack the ball more."
Senior captain Julie Flachs, who leads the
team in goals and points, will have a tough test
at midfield against Ball State senior Jen
Brown. A two-time second-team All-
American, Brown once again leads her team in
The Cardinals have had much better results
within their conference than have the
Wolverines. Ball State has dominated the Mid-
American Conference, going undefeated in the
past four seasons. The Cardinals finished the
1996 season ranked 15th in the nation with a
16-5 overall record.
Even though Ball State has recently had
more success than the Wolverines, Michigan
tied the all-time series at four games apiece
with an overtime win last year.
Michigan will see a familiar face on the opposing sideline when the Wolverines face Ball State. Bree
Derr, who played for Michigan last year, is now a graduate coach for the Cardinals.
. , to
Former Purdue, coach Colletto watches as old team embarrasses new team
Glen Steele and
won't have to
Purdue this year,
which might be a
Notre Dame this
pould be a sur-
se team in the
81% Ten this sea-
You had to feel bad for Jim Colletto.
It must have been hell for him watch-
ing his old team, Purdue, beat up on his
new team, Notre
Dame, in the
17 spanking of the
Irish in West
Saturday. He prob-
ably wished that he
could have been
After all, he was
fired as Purdue's
head coach at the
end of last season
and picked up as
warrior mascot on Saturday, well ... that just
might have been pure hell.
Poor Colletto, things are never easy. He got
beat up at Purdue for six seasons and now in a
sadistic twist of events, his old team decides
that they can play football the same day that he
returns to West Lafayette.
His replacement at Purdue, Joe Tiller, had
reason to smile.
"It is certainly a big win for Purdue. It is
good for our team, our seniors and certainly for
all of Purdue faithful," Tiller said.
Spoken like a true politician.
One has to wonder what is going on with the
Irish. They are trying to build a new image
under Davie. The new additions to venerable
Notre Dame Stadium and a move to create a
more pass-oriented offense for quarterback
Ron Powlus have tried to boost the image.
But it's not working. Davie may want to be a
miracle worker, but Jesus holds all the cards.
The Irish have looked flat and shaky in their
first two games, barely scraping by Georgia
Tech and then losing to Purdue. And the sched-
ule does not get any easier.
Michigan State rolls into South Bend with
two wins under its belt and a No. 17 national
The Spartans' always loquacious ,apd*,
excitable coach, Nick Saban, has said that this
game will reveal where the Spartans are, .in
terms of the country's best talent.
The Spartans are good, and pretty balanced,
with Butkus Award candidate Ike Reese at out-
side linebacker, Sedrick Irvin at tailback and
Flozell Adams at offensive tackle, just to name
The Spartans have played two patsies so far,
topping Western Michigan and Memphis, so,
this game will be their first real test andY,40
prove if they are for real.
A Spartans victory would mean that the Ii l
would be 1-2 when they come to Michigan
Stadium next Saturday to revive their rixajxy
with the Wolverines.
Some may not admit it, but most Michgan
and Notre Dame fans hoped that both teamn
would be undefeated going into that game -
a loss, or two, definitely takes away some,
See RUMORE, Page ,2
Notre Dame's offensive coordinator under the
Irish's new head man, Bob Davie, for this sea-
Colletto now looks to Touchdown Jesus in
Notre Dame Stadium, an intimidating work of
art. But having to stand by and watch Purdue
Pete, the Boilermakers' very unintimidating
Road Dail Sport**