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September 21, 1998 - SportsMonday - The Michigan Daily - 3B

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Jeanne Shin (front) and Ashley Reichenbach (background) and the Michigan field hockey team went to Boston this weekend to try to find national respect. The eighth-
ranked Wolverines accomplished that mission, beating Northeastern and losing a 2-1 desicion to Boston College.
*'M' stickers split with tough Eastern foes

GofishNo Bassmasters,
Mkknigan ' squad hasfin
S everal thousand students packed Michigan Stadium to watch a football game
this weekend. It happens most Saturdays. Generally speakig. w eekends in the
Ann Arbor sports world rexolve around the Michigan football leam. This
Saturday was just like any other.
But not for everybody.
Seven students went fishing.
The Big Ten bass fishing championships were held this w\eekend in Mt. C'lemens.
Mich., and for the first time ever, Michigan sent a team. And how did it do?
"We got shelled, to tell you the truth;" said Jay McCullough, a member of the first-
time angling squad. "We really had no idea what we were getting ourselves into."
What they got themselves into was a weekend that drew tisherstudents from four
other Big Ten schools - Indiana, Purdue, Ohio State and host Michigan State - to
do, er, battle, on Lake St. Clair.
"The other teams were really into it" said Brian Allan, another member of
Michigan's team. "Some of them had matching uniforms and stuff."
Michigan's coach, Jim Diana, works in the University's School of Natural
Resources and Environment. He said someone from Michigan State passed on word
of the tourney, and, as McCullough puts it, seven Michigan students "were like,
'Yeah, we'll do it."'
When they got there, they went to Friday night's pre-tournament banquet, where
they met participants from the other teams. But the other teams, apparently, were a
bit more prepared.
bDuring the banquet, they asked our president to come up to the stage;" Allan said.
"Well, we didn't have one. So we kind of had to do a quick vote right there at the
Who was picked'?
"U=, his name was Matt - something," Allan said. "I can't really remember his
last name."
Even if the Wolverines hustled their team together at the last minute, they hoped
to put together a decent showing. Diana said before the tournament that "most of our
participants have never fished a tournament, although a number of them have lots of
fishing experience."
The actual tourney went like this: Each team is allowed up to 10 members, but can
compete with fewer than 10. Two students (each from a different school) are placed
in each boat, and each boat has four hours to fish. All legal bass - that's anything
more than 14 inches long - are kept on the boat until the end of the time period. At
3 p.m., the official weigh-in takes place back at the starting dock. The team with the
greatest total weight in pounds is the winner.
Each fisherman can only keep his five heaviest fish - anything after that can't
count toward the team total. It's usually not a problem, though -just two people
reached the limit in this year's tournament.
After the fish are weighed, they're released. Unless, that is, they didn't manage to
survive the wait in a holding well. In that case, they're turned over to the local anglers,
who dispose of them - or, as McCullough said, "fillet 'em and cook 'em up."
According to Diana, the tournament isn't "much of a spectator sport, since the
actual action occurs in boats out on the lake."
Michigan, as you might expect, struggled a bit. One team member actually had to
bail out early - literally, in fact. His boat broke down, and he had to release his fish
as he was towed to shore, Allan said.
Indiana's 10 men won the team championship after reeling in more than 51 pounds
of fish. Michigan State and Purdue followed. Michigan was fifth of the five teams
(seven fish for 7.83 pounds), but was barely nudged out of fourth by the Ohio State
team which consisted of one person. "He was damn good, too' McCullough said.
Nonetheless, Michigan competed with one real goal in mind - having a good
time. As McCullough said, "A lot of those kids were way too serious, if you ask me.
We were just out there for fun."
-.Jim Rose can be reached atjwrose(amniich.edui

By Fred Link
Special to the Daily
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Michigan field
hockey team traveled east this weekend looking for
respect. With two tough games against Northeastern and
No. 7 Boston College, the No. 8 Wolverines hoped to
establish themselves as one of the elite field hockey
team in the country.
After beating a Northeastern squad that was ranked
No. 7 in the preseason poll on Saturday, the Wolverines
faltered, losing 2-1 to the Eagles yesterday.
. Against Boston College, Michigan controlled play for
most of the game, but the Eagles scored two goals a lit-
tle more than two minutes apart in the second half to
haid the Wolveines just their second loss of the year.
"We are a good team," Michigan coach Marcia
Pankratz said. "We're in the top 10, and we deserve to be
there. They were a little bit better than us."
Michigan took the lead midway through the first half,
when Loveita Wilkinson fired a shot off of a penalty cor-
her Past Boston College goaltender Jill Dedman.
The Wolverines controlled play for the rest of the half.
but ouldn't put another shot past Dedman.
'A little more than 10 minutes into the second half,
B8oston ,College pulled even, when forward Julianne
Marrone brought the ball up the right sideline and found
Katie Gentile alone in front of Michigan goaltender
Katie Oakes. Gentile tipped the ball past Oakes. and the

Eagles were back in the game.
Two minutes and l I seconds later, after a scramble off
to Oakes' right, Marrone found herself alone and fired a
shot past Oakes to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead.
Despite controlling play for most of the game, the
Wolverines made two mistakes and found themselves
"We had poor execution in defense and they got two
goals," Pankratz said.
After the Eagles scored their second goal, the
momentum shifted and the Wolverines struggled to gen-
crate the same kind of chances that they had in the first
"We got a little bit away from our game plan in the
second half" Pankratz said. "We got a little bit frazzled
and angry instead ofjust playing."
With a little more than a minute left, Michigan had
one last chance to win, when Michigan forvard Kelli
Gannon's shot from about 10 yards out was turned aside.
"We did dominate the match," Pankratz said. "But
sometimes that happens in field hockey, where you
dominate the match outshoot them - and you don't
"We had two post saves. a cross ball that hit the post
and a lot of missed opportunities on shots. And when
those don't fall you can't win. Sometimes those fall and
sometimes they don't."
in Saturday's contest against Northeastern, the

Wolverines took advantage of their opportunities in the
first period, scoring three goals en route to a 4-1 victory.
Wilkinson opened the scoring against Northeastern
less than two minutes into the game. Northeastern came
back to tie it four minutes later, but goals by Lindsay
Babbit and Gannon gave the Wolverines a two-goal lead
at the half
Michigan freshman Jessie Veith put the game out of
reach, scoring 15 minutes into the second half.
1Even with yesterday's loss, the Wolverines felt they
had played well enough to earn respect from Easterners,
which could help them to gain an NCAA berth.
"This was the first time that we've conic and played
Boston schools," Michigan defender Ashley
Reichenbach said. "We didn't come out with a win
(against Boston College) but I think we played good
hockey this weekend. I think people now have a good
impression of us. It's definitely big to play well out east,
and maybe at the end of the season that will help us out."
Despite their disappointment with the loss, Pankratz
said the Wolverines need to put it behind them and pre-
pare for the start of the Big Ten season.
"It was a bi game for us'' Pankratz said. "If we could
have won it would have changed where Aye are. But, our
season starts Thu rsday. Big cens is really our focus and
we play Michigan State on Thursday. Hopefully we can
learn from this match and get into our game for

Ripken sits out at last, saying 'the
time is right,' to end The Streak

I3LTIMORE (AP) - The Streak is
After 16 years and 2,632 consecutive
games, Cal Ripkn took himself out of the
*Baltimore Orioles' starting lineup last
night and did not to play - ending the
most amazing iron man record in sports
history with just one week left in the sea-
"Ithink the time is right," Ripken told
manager Ray Miller.
The 38-year-old third baseman said he
was not hurt. But with the Orioles out of
playoff contention and playing their final
ome game against the New York
Yankees, Ripken decided to end the
string that began on May 30, 1982.
The end came during a magical season
that has featured the historic home run
chase between Mark McGwire and
,Sammy Sosa, a perfect game by David
WeUs and the Yankees' pursuit of the AL
record for victories.
"What Cal did is so unbelievable.
That's one record I do think that will be
,round for a generation,' baseball com-

missioner Bud Selig said. "What he's
done, he's done a great thing for base-
Albert Belle of the Chicago White Sox
played his 327th straight game Sunday,
the next-longest string in the majors.
There had been recent talk that Ripken
would volunteer to end the streak, which
broke Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130
straight games. Before the game, Ripken
walked into Miller's office and asked to
have his name removed from the lineup.
Rookie Ryan Minor started in his place.
"Five minutes before the game, I saw
Ripken's name on the lineup card, so this
is a shock;' said Minor's mother, Nancy,
who was watching on television from
Oklahoma. "This is history."
One out into the game, when it became
evident that Ripken would not be play-
ing, all of the Yankees walked to the top
step of the dugout and applauded.
Ripken emerged from the Orioles'
dugout, tipped his hat toward the Yankees
and stepped back down to the bench.
With the sellout crowd standing and

cheering, Ripken came out again and
bowed to his fans.
There was an immediate rush to the
souvenir stands at Camden Yards, with
fans lining up to buy programs to the
mark the historic night.
As the game progressed, Ripken
appeared relaxed as h laughed with
teammates on the bench.
Ripken pulled himself a week before
finishing his 16th straight season of play-
ing every game. He finally did it only
after the Orioles had no real chance of
making the playoffs, and thus avoided yet
another winter filled with answering
questions about the streak.
Ripken was batting .273 with 14 home
runs and 61 RBIs.
The Streak started when Ronald
Reagan was still in his first term as pres-
ident. It was overseen by eight managers
- including his father, Cal Sr. - and
lasted longer than most baseball careers,
It was analyzed, criticized and scruti-
And now, it is over.

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