66 - The Michigan Daily - SprtsMonday - April 15, 2002
Seniors say goodbye
to coaches and team
By Chris Burke
Daily Sports Writer
YPSILANTI - The Michigan hock-
ey team far and away exceeded any
expectations that were placed on it this
year. With obstacle upon obstacle in
their way, the Wolverines captured the
CCHA regular season and tournament
The envelope please
Several Wolverines received awards
at yesterday's banquet.
Craig Murray and Jay Vancik
Most Colorful Rookie:
Most Improved Player:
Most Valuable Players:
Jed Ortmeyer and
Best Team Player:
titles and made a trip to the Frozen
Yesterday at the Ypsilanti Marriott
the Wolverines took an opportunity to
reminisce at the Dekers Blue Line
Club's annual postseason banquet.
The day was the last chance for the
Wolverines' players and fans to say
goodbye to the four departing seniors:
Josh Blackburn, Kevin O'Malley, Craig
Murray and Jay Vancik.
"They were all willing to give up
their own agenda - and they had to for
us to be successful," said Michigan
coach Red Berenson about the seniors.
Murray's career in the maize and blue
was plagued by injuries, which cost him
most of his first two seasons. lie was
healthy for his final campaign and post-
ed 14 points (7-7-14).
"Coach told me (after my sophomore
year), 'We're not closing the door on
Craig Murray, but you have to open it,"'
said Murray, who earlier received the
Carl Isaacson Award along with Jay
Vancik for having the team's highest
grade point average. "But it seemed like
someone had welded that damn thing
shut for awhile.
"Tis year has been the greatest
group, and you can tell by the result on
I'm outta here..
Between the cocktail hour, the food, the tears, the Michigan hockey seniors
were given a chance to say goodbye to their teammates, coaches and Deker's
at this year's Deker Blue Line Club Hockey Awards Banquet. Here is what they
said when reflecting on their experiences:
Craig Murray, forward:
"You learn so many life skills while away from home and they all help in develop-
ing the type of person you are."
Jay Vancik, defenseman:
"Most of all, I will take away experiences which have showed me how to inter-
act and life with all different types of people."
Kevin O'Malley, goaltender:
"The friendships 1_ have made are incredible. These guys will be in my wedding."
Josh Blackburn, goaltender:
"A lot of good friends."
Blackburn also had praise for this
year's class and its success. The goal-
tender's career was full of ups and
downs, but Blackburn was always at his
best in crunch time as seen by his spec-
tacular performance during this year's
playoff run. H~e was named one of the
three co-MVPs of the team along with
forwards Mike Cammalleri and Jed Ort-
"I think the most satisfying thing is
watching a guy with question marks
surrounding him come in and perform,"
Berenson said. "(Blackburn) showed
right away that he could play - he gave
us a chance in every game."
Said Blackburn: "Before I came here,
I didn't really think I was the type of
player to play at Michigan, but I knew a
right away that this was where I wanted
to go. f got injured sophomore year -
it's a controversy that inm not ready to
reveal yet. Maybe I'll put out a book."
Vancik was honored for his leader
ship along the Michigan blue line, One
of the Wolverines' steadiest playersV1
Vancik was also presented with the
Joseph E. Barss Award, given to the y
player whom the coaches choose as the_'
best team player. '
"Sometimes I thought maybe Jay hadr
a girlfriend and that was why he would
get distracted," said a smiling Berenson r..
about his alternate captain. "Turns out
he did. But we really never had to worry
about Jay Vancik." .
Although he never saw much ice
time, 0' Malley's contributions to the
program were felt both on and off the Yc.O M le p k nb hl ft ez
team during the Mott's Children Hospi-
tal's presentation of a "From the Heart"
"If I had to pick one player that had TOM FELDAMP/Daily
to give more of himself than Kevin, I Michigan senior Craig MIurray reflected on his four seasons with the Wolverines at
don't know if l could," Berenson said. the Michigan hockey banquet. Murray received the academic athlete award.
Hause-r-PrL'Vce is.rigt fo ' tac
By Naweed Sikora
Daily Sports Writer
It was an impressive debut perform-
ance for Michigan's Sierra Hauser-
Price. The freshman, who also plays
point guard for the women's basketball
team, won two events to help the
Wolverines win the Miami (Ohio)
H-auser-Price, who started six games
for the Wolverines at point guard this
winter, won the 100) and 200-meter
races. Michigan received first-place in
the meet, finishing with a teamn score
of 215.5 - 73 points above its closest
competitor, Ball State. 'The Wolverines
finished with nine event titles in all.
"I think I ran a lot faster than in my
senior year of high school," I lauser-
In the 100 meter,ilur-ie fin-
ished with a time of 11.95, good
enough for her to win the first race of
her Michigan career. Later th~at day,
she edged out Ball State's Tambra
Stewart by . 17 seconds in the 200
meters to win the second race of her
"1 think the competition went really
well for us," Hauser-Price said. "Obvi-
ously, we were happy that we were
able to beat 1 0 or I I teams."
H-auser-Price said that even though
she has been competing in both sports
since the beginning of high school, the
transition fromn basketball to track was
a little difficult for her.
"I still feel like I am way behind
people," Hauser-P~rice said. "It's still a
growing process for me, but I need to
play catch-up right now."
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