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L.A. Lakers 99,
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Ottawa 3,
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Seattle 5

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Toronto 1
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Tracking 'M' teams
The Michigan women's gymnastics team heads to the
NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, Calif., this
Saturday, while four individuals from the men's squad
will compete at the men's NCAAs in State College.
Tuesday 0
April 14, 19989

.Softball rivalry not
so big with State

By Rick Freeman
Daily Sports Writer
Traci Conrad has been hearing stories
about them ever since she joined the
Michigan softball team. They're the
rch-rivals everyone loves to hate.
But they won't be on the Wolverines'
m i n d s -------------------

today as
they ride
the bus -
and a 16-
game win-
ning streak
- to East
Lansing for
* double-
header with
Wait a

Today's games
Who: Michigan vs. Michigan
State (DH).
Where: East Lansing
When: 2p~m.
Notables: After sweeping
Minnesota to run its Big Ten
record to 110 at the midway
point, the the No. 2 Michigan'
softball team faces its
intrastate rival for a two-game
set. Michigan State carries a
record of 6-5 in Big'Ten play.

For Michigan, the Spartans just
"aren't as big as some other teams in the.
Big Ten," said Traci Conrad,. who plays
first base forMichigan.
So which teams are bigger? The
school every Michigan fan loves to hate,
Ohio State?
Surprisingly, no.
Wait a minute. The Hawkeyes?
"I can't even tell you when it started,"
Conrad said, adding that "things have
"Things that weren't good, let's put it
that way."
Although Michigan's star pitcher,
Sara Griffin, suffered a season-ending
injury against the Hawkeyes last year,
Conrad said the rivalry has nothing to
do with the sidelining of her roommate.
But Iowa and the rivalry will be three
states away as the Wolverines take the
next step towards securing bragging
See SPARTANS, Page 10

Consistency a
must for Blue
By Josh Borkin
Daily Sports Writer
Here's the scenario: Last year, the Michigan baseball team
won the Big Ten championship. This season, the Wolverines
were honored with a top-10 national ranking, but when April
started, they were buried in the cellar of the Big Ten.
To make the situation even more com-
----------------- plicated, the once-heralded pitching staff
Baseball was struggling, and was set to face one
comr~mentarg of the hottest teams in the nation in
Y Minnesota. Nobody had confidence in
----------------- the Wolverines. They lost two big series
to Illinois and Ohio State in consecutive weeks, only managing
to beat up on little Oakland University.
Tomorrow's game will provide an interesting test. Last week,
Bowling Green visited Ann Arbor. Usually, Michigan schedules
cream puffs as midweek opponents in order to beef up individ-
ual statistics and the team record. But Bowling Green wasn't
defeated handily. Michigan won the game behind 13 runs -an
expected offensive output against a MAC opponent - but the
pitching and defense in this game were horrendous, to say the
See FALCONS, Page 10

Battling inconsis-
tency all year, the
Michigan baseball
team looks to get
back to .500
when it plays
Bowling Green for
the second time
this season.

minute. Michigan playing Michigan
State, and no thoughts of the big rivals
seethe in the Wolverines' minds ?

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Elizabeth Kampfe finds own success after following older sister Anne to Michigan
By Cousl 1DmEY E I) VI &PtR WV I R

familiar face introduced sophomore Elizabeth Kampfe
to the University of Michigan - her sister.Perhaps
Anne Kampfe was the best possible recruiter of the
udding cross country and track star. After all, Anne was a tes-
tament to the ideals of Michigan athletics. A seven-time all-
American for'the Michigan swimming team, Anne also won
five:Big Ten individual titles from 1993-97.
Elizabeth, too, was a stellar swimmer. But she found more
success on the asphalt than in the water.
Running for the first time in the fourth grade, the Decatur,
Ill., bative experienced quick success in the relaxed, grade
school atmosphere.
"f only did it one month of the year," she said. "It was pretty
Apd in high school, when the pressures to concentrate on
ne'port mounted, Kampfe refused to choose one over the
others. She was constantly in season, competing in either cross
country, swimming or track.
Tp the credit of Kampfe's coaches at McArthur High
School, they recognized her talent -- but they didn't weigh her
down with lengthy runs or lung-searing speed workouts.
Instead, they made sure Kampfe wasn't alienated from the rest
of the team.
"The girls' team was very close and very supportive of me'

Kampfe recalls. "We were all good friends outside of run-
Later in her prep career, her coaches decided that Kampfe,'s
solo runs -- solo because none of the other girls on the temi
could keep up - weren't helping her progress. She needd to
be pushed more in practice. So Kampfe began to run w ith
another squad - the McArthur H-ligh boys team.
Usually, Kampfe was greeted warmly by her male counter-
parts. But not always.
"Once in a while in practice, I would have to pull them
along'" she said. "I could even beat a couple of them. I don't
know if they appreciated that."
Whether or not the boys approved, the increased intensity of
Kampfe's workouts began to pay dividends. After finishing
third at the Illinois state championship meet as a sophomore
and second as a junior, Kampfe went one step better her senior
year, winning the championship.
She followed up her performance at the state meet by quali-
fying for the Foot Locker Championships, a meet for elite high
school runners.
Afterward, though, she had a maior decision to make. With
Big Ten rivals Michigan and Illinois vying for her serv ices.
Kampfe and her family set out to make the best choice. But
Elizabeth didnt want any part of the procedure.

'I didn't *unt to go through the whole recruiting process,
Kwnf ' said. "I uwanted to get it over as soon as possible."
l ini x as the hometown favorite, but Elizabeth didn't
think is ditance program had enough quality to suit her.
When a as the last time Illinois wxon a Big lcn cross country
championship? Not recently. Illinois hasn't come closer than
second plae since 1984.
So her sister Anne tossed in her opinion, suggesting her
alia mater as the place for Elizabeth to continue her running
\ichigan cross country coach Mike Mcuire called the
Illinois ste champion to recruit her, and received an unusual
response i- return.
I remember saying to Mlike, 'Will I ex en be able to run
(compet ix el\ ) here"' Kampfe said.
( )nee \ 1(nire stopped laughingl, he assured Kampfe that
she w oud definitely have a spot on his roster, should she com-
So the younger Kampfe packed her bags and headed for
Alnn Arbor, full of uncertainty and hope. Early during her first
vear, it looked as if 'Michigan was the place for her.
"It went real well, especially at the beginning," Kampfe
said. "I xwas doing a little better than expected"
But a quadriceps injury hampered her toward the end of the

season, curbing her success. It
was more of the same in
track, as a rare illness called
Epstein Bar, similar to -
mononucleosis, chipped away
at Kampfe's strength. Kampfe
didn't even find out about her ill
ness until the summer,
carrying it vith her as she I
struggled to run average
"To do what I did with that illness
was an accomplishment," Kampfe said
This year, Katie McGregor, Julie
Froud and Kampfe were assigned the
difficult task of carrying a cross
country squad that lacked depth
beyond the top three spots. Past
injuries aside, Kampfe knew that the team's
success was partly up to her.
At the NCAA district meet Nov. 15, a Kampfe-
led Michigan team qualified for the NCAA
championships, finishing runner-up behind
See KAMPFE, Page 10

Football kcksoffwith
Annua pfgae

By Jim Rose
and Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Editors
This should be a great week for the
Michigan football program.
After months of celebrating the
school's first national championship in
50 years,--------------------

the next
seven days
will be
ed by two
m a j o r
R e a l
football -
in front of
real fans at
M ichigan
S t a d i u m

Saturday's game
Who: mhhgan int-asquad
spring game
Where: Michigan Stadium
When: 12:45 p.m.
Notables: Michig)an co ach
Lloyd Carr illrst
opportunity toeehisteamin
action after losing several key
players including starting
quarterback Brian(Griese te
Wolverines will spit u into
two squads and face or

certain selections -hen the NFL. Draft
commences in New York.
And after spending the past weekend
with Bill Clinton and the Nebraska
football team in Washington, you can
bet coach Lloyd Carr is relishing the
opportunity to get back to more famil-
Iar territory.
"Beliex e me, I was out of my element
in the White H ouse" Carr said.
To hear him tell it, Carr is no longer
concerned with past victories and the
burden of last year's team. Now, his
focus rests on how he's going to field
two teams for the intrasquad clash
scheduled for 12:45 p.m. on Saturday.
"I hope xNwe haxve enough 'players for a
game on Saturday," said Carr, in refer-
ence to the 17 Wolverines who will
wxath from the sidelines on the day of
the game. Due to the injuries, "it's hard
to know xxhere we are."
For the past three weeks, \\here
they've been is soaking up the unex-
pected Nichigan sun - on the outdoor
See FOOTBALL, Page 10

Sparky .,. uh, George, comes to Borders
Former Detroit Tigers manager George "Sparky" Anderson will be making an
appearance at Borders Books, Music and Cafe today to sign copies of his
new book, "They Call'Me Sparky,".at 2p.m.
Anderson's book chronicles his tenure as a Major League manager; gives his
insight on today's skyrocketing salaries in professional baseball; discusses
how the game of baseball has changed since he started in the business; and
much more.
Anderson managed the Tigers from 1979-95, and led the team that won the
1984 World Series over the San Diego Padres as well as the one that won
the 1987 American League East.
He also led the Cincinnati Reds and the "Big Red Machine" to two consecu-
tive world championships in the '70s.
During his tenure withthe Tigers, Anderson was active in the community,
founding his own charity, C.A.T.C.H., to help underprivileged children.

- will once again make an appearance
at next weekend's spring game. And
Sunday, another indication of the team's
1998 success will take place.-
Charles Woodson and Brian Griese are


Charles Woodson will not be in attendance for Michigan's annual Spring Football
game Saturday at Michigan Stadium. Woodson has other plans.

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