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2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - April 7, 2003

CLUBSPORTSWEEKLY
Ski and snowboard team 'ski and chill' together

By Maggie Adams
Daily Sports Writer
"We have a snowboard team?" junior Oliver Stauf-
fer said, imitating the response he got when he told
others that he had been invited to represent the
Wolverines at the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard
Association's National Championships.
"It was pretty hard to hear that, considering that I
pay team dues and race all season with the team,"
Stauffer said.
Stauffer decided to accept an invitation to fly to
Tahoe, Calif. and participate in the competition: "I
really wanted to see where I stood nationally, but it
was also a great way to raise awareness.
"The Recreational Sports Department agreed
to pay my race fees, but those were only $90, the
trip cost way more," Stauffer said of his exten-
sive out-of-pocket expenses. "It's just sad
because I went to nationals representing a school
who was unaware that my sport was even a part
of the University at all."
Stauffer earned his invitation to the competition by
performing well at the regional championship, which
was held at Marquette Mountain in the Upper Penin-

sula. He competed against 20 other snowboarders,
and managed a fourth-place finish. He was out of
medal contention, but because the top five individu-
als are allowed to compete at nationals, Stauffer was
headed to Northstar Mountain to compete against the
best snowboarders in the country, including members
of the Junior National Team.
"I placed 13th out of about 35 boarders after the
first run, and I really wanted to make second team
All-America," Stauffer said. "I knew I had to go balls
to the wall and shave off some time."
Perhaps that mentality pushed him through to his
impressive performance on the second run. Or
maybe it was knowing that his father was a Swiss
National Champion Skier when he was Stauffer's
age. Either way, he managed a time that landed him
eighth place and secured him a coveted spot on the
All-America Second Team.
"It was a major goal for me this year," Stauffer
said. "I was really adamant about doing well this sea-
son, and since I got tons of slope time and did tons of
boarding, it worked out."
Stauffer, who switched to snowboarding just four
years ago, has been skiing for years and raced on skis
in high school. This prepared him for competing as a

boarder, because unlike many skiers, "most snow-
boarders are intimidated by racing," Stauffer said.
"Right now there are only three consistent snow-
boarders on the team, and we're looking to recruit
more people."
"The ski (and snowboard) team is a great way to
get out of Ann Arbor on the weekends. We all drive
up and rent a condo at Crystal Mountain or Schuss
Mountain and ski and chill all weekend," said junior
Jacqui Buda, co-captain of the team. "I've been ski-
ing since I was two, and when you've been skiing as
long as I have, you just get in the mentality where
you want to race. The ski team is great for that,
because it's individually satisfying, but it's also a
great team sport because everyone can participate
without hurting the scores of people who are very
seriously competing."
Only the top three finishers contribute to the
team's final score, so it's easy to include all skill
levels.
"We've got guys who compete at the international
level, but we've also taught a few people how to ski,"
Stauffer said. "It's a really inclusive, friendly group.
We compete, but we look out for each other, too.
We're all friends here."

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Who: Chris Shaya Sport: Tennis
Hometown: Bloomfield Hills Year: Senior
What: After dropping the first set in a tiebreaker, Shaya came back to win
the next two sets and defeat Indiana's Zach Held 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 to clinch
Michigan's 4-3 victory over the No. 28 Hoosiers on Saturday. Shaya also
teamed with fellow cocaptain Chris Rolf for Michigan's lone doubles win, y
8-4, earlier in the day.Shaya
The true first signs of spring

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SPoRTBRIEFS

Tennessee, UCONN
once more for the title
ATLANTA (AP) - Tennessee is
back in the women's national cham-
pionship game for the 10th time, and
Gwen Jackson had everything to do
with it.
'M ' CHIEDULUE

Jackson scored 13 of her 25
points in the final 6:08 and Brit-
tany Jackson added a key basket in
that stretch as Tennessee beat Duke
66-56 in a defensive matchup yes-
terday night.
The Lady Vols (33-4) avenged a
76-55 loss to Duke on Nov. 24.
They'll try for their seventh cham-

pionship against Connecticut.
Duke (35-2), which had won 15
straight, was denied a second trip to
the finals despite 29 points from All-
American Alana Beard, who went
past 2,000 points for her career.
After Tennessee seemed to have
all the momentum, Beard single-
handedly kept the Blue Devils

threatening at the end.
Her three-point play off a spin
move in the lane cut the lead to 57-54
with 1:13 left.
Then she ripped the ball from Ten-
nessee's Ashley Robinson, who had
intercepted a pass, and made a layup Bill R. Parris
to draw her team to 60-56 with 55.7 West Michig
seconds to play.
DAILYSCORE1OAJRD

of the Parris Sign Co., touches up the scoreboard last week for the
an Whitecaps' home opener last Thursday.

Tomorrow
Softball vs. Central Michigan, 2:00 p.m.
M Tennis vs. Indiana State, 3:00 p.m.
Softball vs. Central Michigan
Wednesday. Apr. 9
Baseball vs. Detroit, 3:00 p.m.
Thursday. Apr. 10
Ice Hockey vs. Minnesota, 6:00 p.m.
W Track/Field at Sea Ray Relays
M Track/Field at Sea Ray Relays
Friday. Apr. 11
M Gymnastics at National Qualifier, TBA
Baseball vs. Illinois, 3:00 p.m.
Softball at Wisconsin, 7:00 p.m.
Water Polo vs. Southern Division Championships
Saturday. Apr. 12
M Gymnastics at Team and All-Around Finals, TBA
W Rowing vs. Duke (Columbus), TBA
W Rowing vs. Virginia (Columbus), TBA
W Tennis vs. Illinois, 11:00, a.m.
M Tennis at Purdue, 12:00, p.m.
Softball at Wisconsin, 1:00 p.m.
BasebAllv s. Illinois, 1;00,pdri, 5se
W Gymnastics vs. NCAA Northeast Regional, 6:00 p.m.
Ice Hockey vs. Championship Game, 7:00 p.m.
M Golf at Kepler Invitational (Columbus)
Baseball vs. Illinois (following-first game)
W Golf at Lady Boilermaker invitational (West Lafayette)
Football Final Spring Practice, 11:30 a.m.

Sunday. Apr. 13
M Gymnastics at Individual Finals, TBA
W Tennis vs. Purdue, 11:00 a.m.
M Tennis at Illinois, 1:00 p.m.
Softball at Minnesota, 1:00 p.m.
Baseball vs. Illinois, 1:00 p.m.
Softball at Minnesota (following first gai

MLB STANDINGS

NBA STANDINGS

NHL STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division

AMERICAN LEAGUE
East Division

NY Yankees
Boston
Toronto
Baltimore
Tampa Bay

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division
W L PCT GB W
New Jersey 48
4 1 .800 - Philadelphia 45
4 2 .667 .5 Boston 41
2 3 .400 2 Orlando 39
2 3 .400 2 Washington 34
2 4 .333 2.5 New York 34
Miami 23

Central Division
Kansas City
Minnesota
Chi. Sox
Cleveland
Detroit
West Division
Oakland
Anaheim
Teias
Seattle

W
5
3
2
2
0
W
4
2
2
2

D 9ANNY MOLOSOK/Daily
After beating Maine and Colorado College one weekend ago,
Michigan earned a trip to Buffalo.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE
East Division
W L
Philadelphia 3 2
Montreal 3 2
NY Mets 3 2
Florida 2 3
Atlanta 1 4
Centrai'DivisioriWL
W L
Pittsburgh 4 1,
Houston 4 1
Chi. Cubs 3 2
St. Louis 3 2
Cincinnati 1 4
Milwaukee 0 5
West Division
W L
San Francisco 5 0
Colorado 3 2
San Diego 3 3
Los Angeles 2 4
Arizona 1 4
Yesterday's games
ATLANTA 13, FLORIDA 4
MONTREAL 8, NY METS 5
CLEVELAND AT KANSAS CITY, PPD
NY YANKEES 10, TAMPA BAY 5
CINCINNATI 5, CHICAGO CUBS 4
BosTON 12, BALTIMORE 1
PITTSBURGH 2, PHILADELPHIA 4
CHIcAGO WHITE SoX 10, DETROIT 2
SAN FRANCISCO 5, MILWAUKEE 4
TORONTO 8, MINNESOTA 3
SEATTLE 11, TEXAS 2

PCT
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PCT
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.400
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.400
PCT
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.600
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PCT
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.600
.600
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PCT
1.000
.600
.500
.333
.200

GB
2
3
3
5
GB
2
2
2
GB
1
2
GB
1
3
4
GB
2
2.5
3.5
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Central
Detroit
Indiana
New Orleans
Milwaukee
Atlanta
Chicago
Toronto
Cleveland

W
47
45
42
38
30
26
24
14

L
29
30
35
36
41
42
54
L
28
31
34
39
45
50
51
61

Pct
.623
.600
.539
.520
.453
.447
.299
Pct:
.627
.592
.553
.494
.400
.342
.320
.187

GB
1.5
6
7.5
12.5
13
24.5
GB
2.5
5.5
10
17
21.5
23
33

x-New Jersey
x-Philadelphia
x-NY Islanders
NY Rangers
Pittsburgh

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Midwest

W
46
44
34
32
27

Dallas
San Antonio
Minnesota
Utah
Houston
Memphis
Denver
Pacific
Sacramento
Portland
LA Lakers
Phoenix
Seattle
Golden State
LA Clippers

W
56
56
47
.45
39
26
17
W
55
47
45
39
37
36
23

L
19
20
29
31
37
50
59
L
22
28~
31
35
38
40
52

Pct
.747
.737
.618
.592
.513
.342
.224
Pct
.714
.592
.527
.493
.474
:307

GB
0.5
9.5
11.5
17.5
30.5
39.5
GB
x .7
9.5
14.5
17
18.5
31

Northeast Division
W
x-Ottawa 51
s-Toronto 44
x-Boston 35
Montreal 29
Buffalo 27
Southeast Division
W
x-Tampa Bay 36
x-Washington 38
Atlanta 29
Florida 24
Carolina 22

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Central Division

x-Detroit
x-St. Louis
Chicago
Nashville
Columbus

W L
48 20
41 23
29 33
27 34
29 41

Northwest Division
>,,W ,
x-Vancouver 45
s-Colorado 41
x-Minnesota 41
x-Edmonton 36
Calgary 28

L
22
19
29
25
36

L
20
20
33
35
43
L
21
27
31
35
36
L
24
29
39
35
42

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Pts GF GA
107 214 164
105 205 164
81 220 227
78 206 226
65 186 250
Pts GF GA
111 260 181
98 235 205
85 237 232
75 201, 230
71 183 209
Pts GF GA
93 217 204
90 219 217
70 217 280
70 174 231
61 170 238
Pts PF GA
109 266 199
99 251 217
77 203 223
74 183 204
69 210 259
Pts GF A
104 264 206
103 246192
93 194.175.
92 230 226
73 182 227

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Yesterday's games
Washington 99, Boston 98
New Jersey 96, Toronto 87
Sacramento 97, Philadelphia 81
San Antonio at Detroit, inc.
Miami at Indiana, inc.
Denver at Golden State, inc.
Orlando at Houston, inc.
Minnesota at Portland, inc.
Utah at Seattle, inc.
Phoenix at LA Lakers, inc.
Tomorrow's games
Washington at Cleveland, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Toronto at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
Atlanta at NY Knicks, 7:30 p.m.
LA Clippers at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Indiana at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Portland at Houston, 8:30 p.m.
Phoenix at Denver, 8 :30 p.m.
Seattle at Sacramento, 9 p.m.
Utah at Golden State, 9 p.m.

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W L T
x-Dallas 45 17 1E
x-Anaheim 40 27 9
Phoenix 31 35 1(
Los Angeles 32 37 6
San Jose 28 37 8
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Yesterday's games
New Jersey 2, BUFFALO 2
Minnesota 4, COLUMBUS 3
CHICAGO 4, Detroit 3 (DT)
NY Islanders 2, CAROLINA 1
Dallas 2, NASHVILLE 0
COLORADO 5, St. Louis 2
PHILADELPHIA 6, Florida 2
ATLANTA 6, Tarrpa Bay 2
PHOENIX 3, SAN JOSE 3
Los ANGELES 2, VANCOUVER 0

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95 203
77 201
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72 211

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