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Mystery, Alaska: Who was
seventh man for Blue icers?

The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 18, 2000 - 11

Feelin'a little CGreen
Although picked ninth by the coaches in the
CCHA preseason poll, Bowling Green was suc-
cessful against Michigan last season, splitting
two of the four meetings. r

Senior spikers lead 'M'

By Albert Kim
lDailx sports \Viucir

By Joe Smith
Daily Sports Writer
When someone thinks about watching a hockey
game at Yost Ice Arena, one of the first things that
comes to iiind is the colorful Michigan pep band,
which helps incite the crowd and create one of the best
collegiate hockey atmospheres in the country.
But even when the Wolverines (2-0-2) made the
3,500-mile trip to Anchorage, Alaska, for the Johnson
Nissan Classic, they surprisingly had a "sixth man" in
the arena for them once again.
At least for four of the six periods they did.
During the tournament's championship game, the
host Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves were hungry and
looking for an upset in one of their most important
games of the season.
But the roaring crowd that shook Sullivan Arena was
not all in favor of the home team. Eighty members
from the band class at Anchorage West High School
consistently played versions of "The Victors" and
"Varsity"throughout the first period, as "Let's go Blue"
chants filled the arena.
"They were awesome,'Michigan coach Red Berenson

said. "They had all the innuendos of the regular
Michigan band. Plus, we were the only team with a band
in the arena, with Anchorage not even having one."
This moderately pro-Michigan atmosphere didn't
please tournament officials. They decided to put a muz-
zAe on the band. A yellow flag was raised when the kids
could play -the rest of the time was filled with pre-set
music and andnouncements.
One can guess how often the officials at the scoring
table raised the flag - it never rose after the first period.
This was disappointing not only to the Wolverines,
but also to the band that had worked hard to learn the
"We came to play, and we were a little upset," West
Hiigh band member Katie Legacki said. "But playing
for Michigan was a lot of fun, and I think everyone
enjoyed it:'
Katie's father; Ken Legacki, was the Blue Line Club
member who hosted the Wolverines in Alaska by taking
care of business details and accommodations. His
brothe. Frank, was a Hall of Fame swimmer at
Michigan who graduated in 1961_- a year before
I3erenson, who was a close friend of Frank.
Ken I.egacki came to visit Berenson long before

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Michigan made the trip and introduced hiiselfr
team's liaison for the Alaska trip. Legacki suggest
idea of his daughter's band playing for Michigar
lowing the tradition of college basketball's Great A
Shootout a tournament where eight local sc
each "adopt" a team and bring their cheerleader
band to support them.
"We got the music from the pep band and sent
to them," Berenson said. "They practiced it fors
weeks, and then on Friday morning at 7:30 I went
school and met with the band leader and class.
"They played 'The Victors' for me and shows
their progress."'
The Anchorage West high school band impr
many involved with the tournament and gave the
ing Wolverines a lifi they weren't expecting. "Thc
a good job," Michigan senior Scott Matzka
"Anything like that can help you and give you a b

For a team to climb a mountain,
capable leaders must perfoirm at the
highest levcl possible. If there is one
key to the Michigan volleyball team's
season thus far, it is the senior leader-
ship that has ctrried it this year.
On a team with no stars and where
as the consistency is stressed over flashy
ed the streaks, seniors Alija Pittenger. Sarah
n, fol- Belinke and Joanna Fielder have led the
laska way. In a game where emotions and on-
:hools court examples have counted for so
s and much, once amain they've led the way.
"They're leading in their own ways.'
it out Michigan coach Mark Rosen said. "A
a few lot of it is by actions, at least with
to the .Ioanna and Alija. Sarah is the more
emotional and vocal one. But they all
d me don't have that cheerleading-type per-
ressed Cheerleading or not, all three have
visit- made their presence felt. Behnke has
ey did rebounded from an early-season injury
said. and is regaining her form of old.
oost." Pittenger led while Behnke was out,
posting her best numbers of the season
while leading the spikers to two consec-
utive tournament wins. She didn't do it
r. alone though, as Fielder contributed
he immensely to the effort.

That has been the story this scason7.
When one has been down, the other two
have been there to pick the team up.
"Every night you're not going to
have everyone ha e their best ni.ght and
I think the seniors have seen that and
picked each other up;" Rosen said.
Stats don't usually tell the whole
story, but in this case they show the
seniors' contributions. In kills per
game, the three seniors are irthe top
four on the team, averag ing 'r three
per game - the seniors get n e than
half of the total production of Its per
game for the Woverines.
"Joanna is quietly putting up big
numbers more consistently. Alija is our
stabilizer on the court, and much more
of a go-to person for us than inthe past.
And Sarah has always been a big offen-
sive threat for us;' Rosen said.
With 12 matches remaining ian the
Big Ten, Michigan stands at 3-5.
Finishing with a winning record isn't
impossible, and the Wolverine Fhave
played competitive all the way.. tt in
order for them to take the steps toward
a Big Ten title and eventual NCAA
tournament berth, they need .their
seniors to put forth a Herculean ceffort
in getting them over the top.
They're climbing that mountain -
one senior at a time.

Bucks sell programs to
benefit injured Lion

Continued from Page 10
while his "was a hell of a play."
This past weekend, though,
Minnesota wide receiver Ron
Johnson burned Clements for eight
catches and 163 yards, several com-
ing on key third-down plays.
"I've never seen a wide receiver
like Johnson dominate a game like
he did," Ohio State coach John
Cooper said.
Clements secluded himself from
reporters after the 29-17 drubbing by
the Golden Gophers.
"It's embarrassing." Cooper said,
"First time we wake up, and it's 17-
Ohio State players were especially
hurt by their own 100.000 fans boo-
ing them.
"There were a lot of comments
made while we were walkinu into
our lockerroom after the game
Here we go again, a 6-6 season.
linebacker Joe Cooper told the
* Associated Press.
Bt ck KF" tH (H A Rl: Ye s there s
something more that the Buckeves
care about than jist beat i nug
Mic h iga n.
Ohio State w ill donate S I from
every program it sold at the
Minnesota game to a fund for the
caire of Penn State player Adam
Taliaferro, who suffered a paralyzing
neck injury in the Nittany Lions'
game at Columbus on Sept. 23.
Ohio State sold over 13,000 pro-
grams over the weekend. About
4,000 still remain and are available
on the Buckeyes' official athletic

Site, OhiOS)(Ubci('kcr'es. 'Olt.
CAt FnoN'rTIa~s BI.AME: The
highly-ranked Indiana offense crum-
bled on Saturday against the
Wolverines, as Michigan held the
Hoosiers to only 1v86 yards of total
The biggest stops came against
quarterback Antwaan Randle El,
vho ran for only 39 yards and passed
for only Il1 yards on 13-of-27 pass-
ing. Michigan also blocked two con-
secutive punts in the second quarter.
"There's only one guy accountable
for that performance and that's the
guy you're looking at," Cameron "
said after the game. "I'm not pleased
with any thing we've done the last
t wo weeks. Not offensively. Not
defensively. Not in the kicking name.
"That falls right on me and I'm
well aw are of that. We will find some
way to turn this around."
Indiana didn't exactly turn it
around last year. Ahfer starting the
Bia Ten season 2-I, the lHoosiers
were blanked 59-0 by Wisconsin.
Indiana finished the season xs ith
losses in their last three out of four
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Continued from Page 10
"I've loved the Yankees basically my
entire life'" she says, keeping bet' eyes
on the tiny TV/VCR combo atop a
milk crate. "Don Mattingly was like
the first name that I leairned outside my
But there wasn't too much time foir
storytelling. Jorge Posada was busy hit-
ting into the gap for the Yankees' first
runs, bringing cheers even from John
- the die-hard Mets supporter.
Could it be he is a fan of both
"Hell no," John says. "But I want
there to be a Subway Series."
John was almost bred into Mets
fanaticism. From Brooklyn, his grand-
pa was a loyal Dodgers fan. "When
they moved away," he says, "my family
just kept hating the Yankees."
He goes on to describe the baseball
loyalties of New York's boroughs based
on geography -- but he's interrupted
by a Paul O'Neill RBI single.
"Woo! That's why I lo e the
Yankees:' Whitney says.
Almost in turn. ,lohn chimes in.

time to draw an intricate, full-color
Mets logo on his dry-erase board. Only
here are there three categories for 1M
sports sign-up - "football," "soccer'
"NETS! !".
The last time these teams met in the
World Series was 1956. John got a
lucky glimpse this summer, attending
an interleague game between the Mets
and Yanks at Shea Stadium.
"It seemed like the most important
game of the season," he says.
"There were a bunch of fights in the
upper deck -- but I'm more afraid of
Yankee fans:'
Whitney doesn't miss a beat.
"It's a toss-up," she says.
As for me - I guess I'd just be
afraid to be in the Alice Lloyd cafeteria
these next couple days. Especially
Saturday night before Game 1. John
will no doubt have his guard up for fly-
ing Jell-O squares from Yankee faith-
ful. But Whitney won't have to worry.
She'l be sittin in Yankee Stadium.
- David ZDn rercotnc lhec reched
at ddcw mulich.cdu.

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"That's why I hate the Yankees.
This was the Lloyd Hall I knew.
Only here would somebody take tI

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Fuzesi, Duprez have mixed
results against West's best
Michigan women's tennis players,
Szandra Fuzesi and Jen Duprez, .com-
peted in pre-qualifying action this past
weekend for the Riviera All-American
Championships held in Pacific
Palisades, Calif.
Duprez split a pair of matches at the
- tournament. The Michigan sophomore
defeated Oklahoma State's Katarzyna
Kolovyska in the first round (6-3, 6-3)
before dropping a match in three sets to
Renate Stoop of Boise State (6-I, 4-6, 6-
Fuzesi lost her first round match to
Simone Jardin from Fresno State (6-4,
The two teamed up in doubles action,
but fell (6-4, 6-4) in the second round to
the Southern Cal tandem of Maureen
Diaz and Bernadette Bayani after
receiving a first-round bye.
The girls played well. This was a
good opportunity for us to go out west
i and face soime top competition. assis-
tant coach Sarah Cycaniak said. "We
have a licht fall schedule and these tour-
naments help us evaluate players early
in the year.
The team returns to action in two
weeks when it will travel to the
Marquette Invitational and face DePaul,
Northern Illinois, Illinois-Chicaco and
Marquette on Oct. ?7-29.
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