10 - The Micnigan Daily - Tuesday, October 31, 2000
Families reunite for 'M' win
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By Joe Smith
Daily Sports Writer
Sophomore Mike Cammalleri (13) was one of several Michigan hockey players
who received a visit from his parents this past weekend.
rdue woen early
fAVorite in Big Ten
On Friday afternoons, many parents
line the streets in front of residence halls
on campus, anxiously awaiting for their
son or daughter to greet them before they
make the drive back home -- or some-
times to merely replenish Michigan stu-
dents with groceries and freshly washed
Having every weekend from
September to April fully booked,
Michigan hockey players don't have that
luxury - with one exception.
This past week'end marked the annual
"Parents Weekend" for the Michigan
hockey team, with many families mak-
ing the cross-country flights to see their
kids in uniform for a two-game series
against CCHA conference foe, Miami
"It was a treat, Joel Jillson, defense-
man Jeff Jillson's father, said. The
Jillsons made the long trip from North
Smithfield, Rhode Island for they knew it
was one of the few times when they may
get to see their son play. Especially when
the All-American also played for Team
USA in a December tournament the past
two years - leaving the family to spend
the past two Christmas holidays without
At Big Ten media day in Chicago,
the writers and coaches released
their preseason predictions for the
top three finishers in the confer-
ence, as well as their picks for the
Media/Coaches TOp Three poll
2. Penn State
All-Big Ten team (media)
Camille Cooper, C, Purdue
Allison Curtin, G, Illinois
Katie Douglas, G/F, Purdue
LaTonya Sims, G, Wisconsin*
Maren Walseth, F, Penn State
*Penn State guard Lisa Shepherd
replaced Sims in the coaches poll.
Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year
their son. This year, Jeff is too old to play
for the squad, giving him the opportunity
to go home.
"This year is going to be a special
Christmas for our family," Joel Jillson
Another proud parent was Murray
Kosick, father of senior forward Mark
Kosick (Victoria, British Columbia). The
14 hours worth of flights was all worth it
to spend time with his son-who scored
two goals this past weekend. The Kosicks
plan on coming down to Michigan for
Christmas, with last year being the first
holiday that Mark hasn't been around.
"It means so much to me because
they've been my biggest supporters,"
Mark Kosick said. "There are a lot of ups
and downs in hockey, and whenever you
can have people close to you come down
and watch - it's special."
While the Kosicks had to make the
cross-continent flight, many other par-
ents live in the area and are regulars for
"We love it, said June Cammalleri,
mother of center Mike Cammalleri. The
Cammalleri's make the four-hour car
drive down from Richmond Hill, Ontario
for every home game.
"We feel at home when we're here."
This family atmosphere is due to the
close bonds that are developed between
all the parents, no matter if they're from
the state or from another continent.
"There is definitely .a natural affinity
based on what we feel when we listen to
these games on the internet - trying to
envision what it looks like to be here,"
Joel Jillson said.
All the hockey parents can relate in
one respect -the huge commitment that
comes with raising a hockey player. It is
definitely not a cheap sport to play, and
with practices often running year-round
- hockey essentially becomes life.
"We have a lot in common," Murray
Kosick said. "Many come from back-
grounds like us, where we were up at 4
a.m. for practice.
"That was our life, but we wouldn't
trade those days for anything."
The players and families had dinner at
Schembechler Hall after the game on
Friday, and the parents had a unique ,
opportunity to spend time with their
sons, among other things.
"We get to hang out as much as we
want for the four days that we are here,"
Dave Murray, father of forward Craig
With a smile he added, "Even buy
groceries and clothes - whatever he
Bluesurgesat end against
top competition, nabs 13th
Competing against some of the best
teams in the country, the Michigan
men's golf team used its round on
Sunday to move up from 18th-place to
a 13th-place finish with 894 strokes at
The Nelson Invitational in Palo Alto,
Michigan fired rounds of 297 on
Friday and 306 on Saturday before
making their charge in the tourna-
ment's final day, finishing just seven
shots out of the top ten. Duke won the
tournament with a 54-hole total score
Senior Scott Hayes paced the
Wolverines with a three-day total score
of 220, seven-over-par for the tourna-
ment and 12 shots back of individual
tournament winner Steve Sokol of
Junior Andy Matthews finished with
223 strokes, while fellow junior
Andrew Chapman carded a 225.
Rounding out the Michigan scores for
the tournament were redshirt freshman
Scott Carlton with a 229 and a 232
from freshman David Nichols.
The tournament marked the end of
the fall season for the Wolverines, who
will compete next on the 3rd and 4th of
March at the Wolverine South
Invitational in Georgia.
By Benjamin Singer
Daily Sports Writer
CHICAGO -- Big Ten teams have
competed in the last two women's
Final Fours. Penn State fost in the
semifinals to eventual champion
Connecticut last year and Purdue won
it all in 1999.
The Boilermakers are the confer-
ence's best bet again. Purdue was
selected to finish first in the confer-
ence by 10 of the 11 Big Ten coaches.
Purdue returns two all-Big Ten
players in Katie Douglass and Camille
Cooper. Douglass is also the unani-
mous preseason pick by the coaches
for Big Ten Player of the Year.
"We have the opportunity to make it
a special season," second-year Purdue
coach Kristy Curry said. "We have
high goals and high expectations."
Michigan was absent from any pre-
season selections by the Big Ten.
Although the conference only
revealed the top three finishers, the
Wolverines aren't not even in the top
four with Wisconsin and Illinois tying
"Let's see where we are in March,"
Michigan coach Sue Guevara said. "I
think that's the only attitude you can
take. I can't control what they think. I
know that we've finished higher than
anybody ever thought we would in the
"As far as the future, you can't pre-
dict it, you can only create it."
Sharing in Michigan's surprise was
Illinois coach Theresa Grentz.
"I was shocked that we're ranked
there," Grentz said. "I had (Michigan)
picked ahead of me. I think they've
done a good job."
Last year, the Wolverines put them-
selves on the map with a win over
then-No. 12 Purdue in a nationally
With the Boilermakers favored to
win the Big Ten this year, the recent
history against Purdue makes
Michigan feel that much more com-
"It definitely gave us a boost last
year when we went out and beat
Purdue," Michigan point guard Anne
Thorius said. "I don't think we are
scared to go out and compete with
those teams. If anything, we see it as a
challenge and as a way to prove our-
Katie Douglas, unanimous selection
Thorius herself was left off the pre-
season All-Big Ten lists, a title
Guevara believes she could earn come
"I'm disappointed for Anne,"
Guevara said. "I think Anne Thorius
put us on her shoulders last year in
some games. I'm a very biased coach,
but I happen to think she's one of the
best point guards in the Big Ten. She
isn't given enough credit."
With his impressive second-half performance in a 14-10 win over Illinois, freshman
Jeff Smoker won the starting job at Michigan State for this Saturday.
Van Dyke s-moked:
QB switch for State
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close games, special teams can make a huge difference."
B1ACKBURN tPDrE: After sustaining a shoulder injury this
past weekend, Michigan goalie Josh Blackburn remains "ques-
tionable" for Saturday's battle with
Michigan State. SATUI
"He's improved," Berenson said. YosT ICE
"He was really sore Sunday, but I
think -we'll give him anether day. If' vs. Michigan (44C
he's not 100 percent or close to it, we'll vs. Michigan State (3-
have to start somebody else." Tickets: Sold out
Senior L.J. Scarpace filled in for Te latest: The team w
Blackburn this past Saturday and picked low for its second-annu
up the win for the Wolverines, saving 1,000 fans receive a fre
seven of eight shots in the third period.
STELLAR SOPHOMORES: Andy Hilbert had three consecutive
three-point games to take the team lead in points with 16.
Fellow sophomore Mike Cammalleri's seven-game scoring
streak was snapped last Saturday against Miami, but he looks
to start another one against one of his favorite opponents
Michigan State - the center ha- three goals in just four games
against the Spartans.
1 think he's just a great player," Mason said.
MILLER TIME: Scoring may be hard to come by for the
Wolverines this Saturday, as Spartan netminder Ryan Miller
holds a stifling 1.81 goals-against average with nearly a 94 per-
CHA, 6.02 overall)
ants fans to wear yel-
al Maize Out. First
ee Maize Out T-shirt.
cent save percentage. The sophomore
dethroned former All-American Joe
Blackburn last year, taking the starting job
and posting shutouts in one-third of his
games between the pipes.
MASON CIT: Prior to the season, league
officials decided to name the trophy that
goes to the CCHA Tournament Champions,
"The Mason Cup" in honor of Mason,
Division I hockey's all-time winningest
coach - who has won nine CCHA touma-
ment trophies in his 22-year tenure with the Spartans.
But was the legendary coach suprised to receive such a dis-
tinction before his retirement?
"1 was pretty ambivalent to it:' Mason said. With a smile he
added, "Usually you get named when you're six feet under."
By Mark Francescutti
It's Smokin' in East Lansing.
Yesterday, Michigan State coach
Bobby Williams replaced junior quar-
terback Ryan Van Dyke with freshman
Jeff Smoker, after Smoker led the
Spartans to a 14-10 victory over Illinois
this past weekend.
Smoker, who is 4-1 when he's taken
over for Van Dyke, will start for the
Spartans (1-3 Big Ten, 4-4 overall)
Saturday at Ohio State.
"It's time to give Jeff Smoker an
opportunity to lead this team and he will
start Saturday at Ohio State," Williams
said. "Ryan Van Dyke made some poor
decisions and bad throws in the Illinois
game. Ryan really struggled and tried
too hard to make plays."
Through Saturday, Smoker has com-
pleted 51.9 percent of his passes for 910
yards, with five interceptions and four
touchdowns. Meanwhile, in Van Dyke's
five games he has a slightly better com-
pletion rate (55.3 percent) but fewer
yards (645), and eight interceptions
with only three touchdowns.
"These guys played the same number
of plays, from a production standpoint,"
Williams said. "We thought Jeff was a
little more productive than Ryan and
didn't have as many turnovers."
Van Dyke injured his thumb on his
throwing hand in the first game of the
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season - his starting debut against
Marshall. Smoker took over to lead the
Spartans to victory - then started and
won games at Missouri and home
against Notre Dame.
Van Dyke returned and struggled in
losses to Iowa and then was replaced by
Smoker in the 17-10 loss to Wisconsin.
A healthier Van Dyke started at
Michigan - and despite a 14-0 loss,
things looked up for the junior, after he
set career highs in completions (26-of-
37) and yards (292).
But Saturday, Van Dyke completed
six passes for only 35 yards with two
interceptions before Williams replaced
him with Smoker early in the third quar-
ter. Smoker came in to complete 7-of-I 3
passes for 83 yards, including a key
four-yard scramble on third and four to
seal the victory for the Spartans.
"He came off the bench and made six
big plays," Williams said. "On the
game-winning drive, he completed big
throws to the tight ends and converted a
key third down."
Michigan State players responded
well when Smoker came into the game,
and the offense proved more efficient
and comfortable with Smoker at the
Williams also likes Smoker's ability
to roll out of the pocket and scramble,
along with the flow of the offense.
"This young man has performed well
in a lot of situations," Williams said.
"Jeff played like a veteran. For a fresh-
man to have a game like that, I thought
that was outstanding on his part:'
Van Dyke, a top Michigan high-
school prospect from the same class as
Michigan's Drew Henson, may still
have a shot at winning back his posifion.
"He's disappointed," Williams said. "I
want him to come and be really sup-
portive, because the opportunity could
come back as early as next week, and he
has to be ready to play"
Williams also said running back T.J.
Duckett would play against Ohio State
after carrying just once for two yards
against the Illini.
"T.i. should be ready this week,"
Williams said. "He could have played
nore last week, but I thought it was bet-
ter that he rest."
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Griese takes respgnsibility
for dmnk-driving arrest
DENVER (AP) - Denver Broncos
quarterback Brian Griese takes com-
plete responsibility for actions that led to
his weekend arrest on charges of driving
under the influence.
"I'm going to stand up and take it like
a 'man, go on from there" he said
Griese was pulled over Saturday on
an interstate outside Denver. Police said
he was traveling 80 mph in a 65 mph
He said at a news conference that he
had a couple of drinks at dinner with a
friend before heading home.
"I understand the seriousness of the
charges and I'm going to take full
responsibility for it because that's just
the way that I am,' he said.
Griese faces a Jan. 16 court date.
He failed roadside sobriety and
breathalyzer tests and was taken to a
detoxification facility in Aurora,
Colorado State Patrol trooper Rob
Marone said. Griese's blood-alcohol
content was above the 0.10-percent legal
limit, but Marone would not be more
Griese was the NFL's highest-rated
passer until injuring his right shoulder
Sept. 17 against Oakland. He missed a
game because of the injury and has said
he might need surgery during the offsea-
son to repair torn cartilage.
Griese, who helped lead Michigan to
a national championship in 1997, threw
for 3,032 yards and 14 touchdowns last
Buffalo coach fired after worse
loss in almost seven decades
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) - Craig
Cirbus, whose teams are 18-45 in six
seasons, was fired Monday by the
University at Buffalo, two days after
the Bulls suffered their worst defeat
in 68 years, losing 73-10 to Northern
Athletic director Bob Arkeilpane
said Cirbus will coach the remaining
three games on the Bulls' schedule.
"After analyzing the past six years
and taking everything into consider-
ation, I felt a change was neces-
sarv,"' Arkeilpane said. "It's very,
very difficult, but you need to do the
right thing for the program.
Their only victory this season was
20-17 over Bowling Green.
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