2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 5, 2001
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Who: Dan Ketchum
Why: At the 2001 Big Ten championships, Ketchum was named the
Freshman of the Year. He earned his first Big Ten title by winning the 200-
yard freestyle with a time of 1:34.99, tying the conference record.
Ketchum then went on to place second in the 500 freestyle and sixth in
the 1650 freestyle. In the 800 freestyle relay, he gave his quartet a com-
manding lead, allowing the Wolverines to touch first. Ketchum helped earn
90 of Michigan's 549 total points for its second-place finish.
Thursday, March 8
Men's tennis at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.
Men's basketball at Big Ten Tournament First Round, Chicago, 3:30 p.m. CST
Friday, March 9
Men's swimming/diving at NCAA Diving Zone Meet, Bloomington, 11 a.m.
Women's swimming/diving at NCAA Diving Zone Meet, Bloomington, 11 a.m.
Women's gymnastics vs. UCLA, 7 p.m.
Hockey vs. Ferris State in CCHA Tournament First Round, 7:35 p.m.
Baseball at McNeese State, 7 p.m. CST
Men's basketball at Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals, Chicago, 6:40 p.m. CST
Saturday, March 10
Men's swimming/diving at NCAA Diving Zone Meet, Bloomington, 11 a.m.
Women's swimming/diving at NCAA Diving Zone Meet, Bloomington. 11 a.m.
Women's tennis at Notre Dame, 11 a.m.
Baseball at McNeese State, 4 p.m.
Men's Basketball at Big Ten Tournament Semifinals, Chicago, 4 p.m. CST
Hockey vs. Ferris State in CCHA Tournament First Round, 7:05 p.m.
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Softball completes i
Instead of building sand castles, the
No. 18 Michigan softball team got its
chance to play in the dirt another way
over spring break. Although its two
games in the Alabama Crimson
Classic were rained out this past
Friday, the Wolverines (6-7) competed
in six games over a seven-day span.
Last Thursday, Michigan defeated
Mississippi State 3-1 because of
pitching excellence by Marie Barda
who threw nine strikeouts. allowed
only three hits.
On Wednesday, the Wolverines lost
to No. 3 Alabama 7-2. Giving up four
runs in the bottom of the first,
Michigan then let Alabama score a
single run in the bottom of the second.
The Wolverines finally got on the
board in the top of the fourth with
Melinda Moulden's third homerun of
the season. She went on to bat in a
runner with her third-career triple in
the sixth. But Alabama then scored
singles in the fifth and sixth to secure
On Sunday Feb. 25, Michigan beat
Polo drops matches
to both San Diegos
This past Wednesday, the No. I1
Michigan water polo team (6-9-1)
lost 13-5 to No. 12 San Diego State
and fell 5-2 to No. 12 San Diego.
Against San Diego State,
Michigan's lowly five goals came
after a struggle with two from pow-
erplays. Two points came from
sophomore Abbi Rowe with fresh-
man Julie Nisbet, junior Deila Sonda
and Stephanie Rupp scoring one
The Wolverines were tied with
San Diego 1-1 at halftime and were
locked 2-2 going into the final peri-
od. But despite 12 saves by Camille
Clarendon, the Tritons won the game
with a three-goal streak in the fourth
The day prior, on Tuesday,
Michigan lost to No. 7 Long Beach
State 7-6. The teams evenly
exchanged goals until the last
minute when the Wolverine's shot
was blocked, crushing their hopes
for an overtime second chance.
- Staff reports
Women's golf finishes
in middle of the pack
After playing through windy and
rainy conditions all weekend, the
Michigan women's golf team placed
10th out of 18 in the Midwest
Classic in Dallas on February 23-25.
The team racked up 943 total points,
37 more than top finisher Oklahoma
Heading the Wolverines was
junior LeAnna Wicks who ended in
pa tie for 18th with a total of 232.
Also leading the Michigan team was
1unior Misia Lemanski, tying for
27th with 235 points.
its Alabama trip
Louisiana State 3-1 in eight innings.
Stephanie Volpe got on base with a
single in the fourth and advanced to
third by a wild pitch. She then scored
the first run by coming in on a throw-
ing error. Monica Schock hit a two-
out, two-run single in the eighth for
A day earlier, on Saturday the
Wolverines lost 1-0 to No. 4 Alabama
and won 1-0 to Missouri. Against the
Crimson Tide, Marissa Young allowed
only one hit. But Alabama took .
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That'll leave a mark
advantage of it, scoring on an interna-
tional tie-breaker. Michigan had
chances to score in the third, fifth,
sixth and seventh with runners on sec-
ond, but they could not get the key hit.
Facing Missouri, Marie Barda had
eight strikeouts and allowed only two
hits. Melinda Moulden hit a one-out
homerun in the fourth inning for the
On Friday, February 23, Michigan
won .6-1 against No. 8 Fresno State
and was upset 8-5 by Georgia.
- Staff reports
Ohio State's Mollie Fankhauser
took first place with a 217 total.
- Staff Reports
Wisniewski earns a
spot at NCAA Indoors
This past Friday, the Michigan men's
track and field team sent only part of
its roster to the Alex Wilson
Invitational at Notre Dame, but it was
able to provisionally qualify one run-
ner for the NCAA Indoor
Junior Mike Wisniewski ran a time
of 14:16.28 in the 5000-meter run for a
second-place finish. He will compete
in the upcoming weekend in
As for the rest of the Wolverines, the
team will find out this afternoon who
else will compete in the championship.
Wolverines take top
three places in Spain
Spain's best couldn't out-perform
Last Friday, the No. 2 men's gym-
nastics team defeated the Spanish
National Team in Madrid 213.100-
Leading the team was junior Scott
Vetere who took top honors in the
all-around as well as first place par-
allel bars, vault and on the still rings.
Also key for the Wolverines was,
junior Daniel Diaz-Luong, placing
second in the all-around, pommel
house and horizontal bar as well as
fifth on the floor-exercise.
Securing the Michigan victory,
junior Brad Kenna took third in the
all-around and placed second on the
parallel bars while sophomore Kris
Zimmerman placed first in the hori-
- Staff reports
Be careful Evander... Your face might get stuck that way.
Ruiz wins WBA belt; Holyfield looks old
LAS VEGAS (AP) - John Ruiz didn't look much like a champion, but
he was. Evander Holyfield looked like he should retire, but said he wasn't.
An ugly but interesting fight ended with Ruiz winning the WBA heavy-
weight title Saturday night, and in the process exposing Holyfield even fur-
ther as an aging fighter with declining skills.
A bloodied Ruiz became the first Hispanic heavyweight champion by
knocking Holyfield down with a huge right hand in the I Ith round to blunt
a rally by the champion and win a unanimous decision.
Ruiz wore the WBA belt around his waist proudly, even though most in
boxing consider Lennox Lewis the true heavyweight champion.
Holyfield, who fell to 37-5-1 said he would not retire and would contin-
ue to pursue his goal of winning the undisputed title once again.
By Jim Weber
Daily Sports Writer
Although the fights of the Michigan
women's ice hockey team might be pic-
tured as a bunch of slapping and hair
pulling, the police know that they are
much more serious affairs.
After a 4-3 win over the She Devils
of Arizona State on January 27, the
teams got into such an intense brawl
that cops had to come to Yost Ice Arena
to monitor the situation.
Blood started to boil during the
game after a clock dispute in which
Arizona State claimed that they had
been cheated out of more time.
Then, the She Devils decided they
had seen enough after Michigan skated
onto the ice.
Although the team insists they were
celebrating their victory, Arizona State
thought the Wolverines skated out to
start a brawl. They cleared their bench
accordingly, throwing down their
gloves and starting a fight between
both of the squads.
"Five people jumped on me and I
just got my ass kicked," said Priscilla
Prior. "It was fun."
The Wolverines have started to see a
pattern developing with fighting
involved in almost all of their games.
"We get ahead and then their only
way to catch up is to get chippy and
start slashing us," said sophomore
The opponents also get "chippy"
with Michigan by going after the
goalie, whom the team is intent on
"If they hit our goalie, I'm going to
start something," said Prior.
There have been plenty of opportu-
nities for opposing teams to get frus-
trated with the Wolverines, who hold
an impressive record of 24-1-1.
Michigan's only loss was to the same
Arizona State team, on the night prior
to the brawl.
The team credits its success to the
coach, Hal Krenkel, only a sophom@
at Michigan. Conversely, Krenkel
thinks it is the talent on the team that
has led to Michigan's success.
"We have the most talent in the
league. If they play up to their ability,
nobody can beat us," said Krenkel.
Most recently, Michigan defeated
Michigan State on back-to-back games
February 23-24. The team crushed thy
Spartans on Saturday, 4-0, and pulled
out a 1-0 victory the previous night.
The Wolverines' regular seas
ended against Michigan State, but they
are hoping to defend their league
championship from from March 23-25
at Lake Superior State.
There will also be a national club
women's hockey tournament for -the
first time this year. It will be held in St.
Louis the week after the league cham-
pionship. The Wolverines are currently
favorites, as they are the top seed in-t
East for the tournament.
Interestingly, Arizona State is the
third seed in the Western bracket, mak-
ing a rematch only possible in the
championship game of the national
Although the Wolverines could fear
a possible rematch with the She Devils,-
they have vet to back down from any-
one this season and.will not be intimi-
dated by a another battle with Arizona
"I'm looking forward to it and I'
sure (the players) are," Krenkel said.
dumping MLB teams
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Major
League Baseball commissioner Bud
Selig said yesterday he would not rule
out anything in attempts to handle the
league's salary disparity, and that could
include the subtraction of franchises.
"I will tell you today that the eco-
nomic situation is so significant, and as
I would call it pervasive, that I would-
n't take contraction off the table," Selig
said. "It's one of the options out there
that we are considering. No question
about it, I have had a change of heart."
Selig made the comments yesterday
before the exhibition game between the
Oakland A's and Anaheim Angels.
Temple gets the
- by the seven other schools on Friday.
Big East commissioner Mike
Tranghese said Temple consistently
failed to meet criteria adopted by the
members in 1996, such as attendance
and non-conference scheduling.
Temple officials, stunned by the deci-
sion, said they will try to convince the
league to re-think the decision.
Tigers sign seven
to one year deals
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Pitchers
Matt Anderson and Jeff Weaver were
among seven players who agreed yes-
terday to one-year contracts with the
Catchers Javier Cardona, Robert
Fick and Mitch Meluskey also signed
along with outfielders Juan
Encarnacion and Wendell Magee.
DAILY SC(RE BOARD
boot from Big East coaches unhappy
PHILADELPHIA (AP)- The Big With XFL recruiting
East Conference won't have Temnle to
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kick around after next season.
The Owls, the one football-only
school in the Big East, were booted out
of the league - effective June 30, 2002
NEW YORK (AP) - A plan to
have the XFL sign some players
directly out of high school was criti-
cized yesterday by the head of the
American Football Coaches
The new league has said it might
target players who have not qualified
academically for college. But Grant
Teaff, a former coach at Baylor and
now AFCA executive director, said
yesterday that the policy might hurt
even those players and that his organi-
zation would do everything it could to
Michael Keller, the XFL's vice pres-
ident for football operations,
expressed surprise over the AFCA's
position, saying he had worked with
the coaches' group in an attempt to
reach an understanding on the signing
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GF GA @
Charlotte 116. Boston 97
Detroit 93. Orlando 84
New Jersey 120. Indiana 96
Utah 118. Washington 98
Minnesota 119. Seattle 111 (OT)
Toronto 98. New York 88
Miami 91. Cleveland 79
LA Lakers 110. Golden State 95
Milwaukee at New Jersey. 7:30 p.m.
Utah at Atlanta. 7:30 p.m.
Detroit at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Orlando. 7:30 p.m.
San Antonio at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Denver at LA Clippers. 10:30 p.m.
Carolina 6. Chicago 3
Dallas 4. Buffalo 1
Nashville 5. NY Rangers 2
New Jersey 6. Tampa Bay 0 /
Anaheim 4. Los Angeles 0
Colorado 5. Phoenix 't
Minnesota at Vancouver. Inc.
NY Islanders at NY Rangers. 7 p.m.
Boston at Philadelphia. 7 p.m.
you know that little voice
inside that says "I can't"?