2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 23, 2002
Soccer club thrives in
spite of varsity success
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
By Chris Burke
Daily Sports Writer
When the Michigan men's soccer
team was granted varsity status in 2000,
the future of the school's club soccer
program was very much in doubt.
Current varsity coach Steve Burns
joined his players in making the jump to
the varsity world, leaving the club team
without a coach, and without much in
the way of a roster.
But just over two years later, the
Wolverines' club team has nearly
returned to its back-to-back national
championship form of 1997-98 and,
perhaps more importantly, their still
having a rockin' good time.
"We don't have to worry about all of
the pressures and hassles of playing to
keep our scholarships,' said club veter-
an Russell DeWitt, a midfielder and
forward. "We don't have to get too wor-
ried about screwing up and. getting
ripped into by our coach - although it
does happen sometimes."
Last year, Michigan made a serious
run at getting back the national title,
knocking off Texas A&M in a shoot-out
to finish as a semifinalist at nationals.
The club team is off and rolling again
this year, having cruised to a 5-0 overall
record, good for first place in the Mid-
West Alliance Soccer Conference.
The MASC pits Michigan against
Central Michigan, Western Michigan
and Eastern Michigan, Ferris State,
Grand Valley State, Michigan State
In order to maintain the high level of
club competition, Michigan's club play-
ers each pay $300 in dues per year and
receive funding from a few other
sources, including a $1,000 donation
from National City Bank this year.
"We practice three times a week -
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, right
now," DeWitt said. "Last year when we
went to nationals we were practicing
pretty much every day to get ready.
"We'll probably do that again this
year when we get that far."
That practice paid off Saturday, as the
Wolverines won twice at Dayton,
knocking off the host Dayton team, 2-1,
and then following that up with a 2-0
triumph against Wright State.
Michigan will hope to keep their
undefeated season alive this week, as it
leaves its normal home confines of
Mitchell Field to take on arch-rival
Michigan State in a "feature game" in
Novi on Wednesday night.
DeWitt emphasized the ability of the
club players to be more laid back than
the varsity players, enjoying the atmos-
phere of intercollegiate athletics while
being able to maintain the normal life of
a college student.
"Another thing we do better than the
varsity is drink," said DeWitt while
referring to the club team as a "drinking
team with a soccer problem.
"We formally challenge them any-
The ability of the players to enjoy
themselves on and off the field is some-
thing that can translate to anyone who
happens to take in a Michigan club soc-
"We win a lot of games so people
should come watch us," DeWitt said.
"Everyone is encouraged to come see
our games and yell and scream profani-
ties at the opposing team and referees as
much as possible."
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Who: Stephanie Johnson
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Sport: Field hockey
Why: Johnson scored 8:16 into overtime yesterday to help Michigan pull
out a dramatic 2-1 win over No. 12 Northeastern. The junior defender also
notched two goals in the Wolverines' 8-0 trouncing of Temple at home on
Friday at Ocker Field.
Friday. Sept. 27
Field Hockey vs. Ohio State, 3 p.m.
M Cross Country at CCC Championship (Ann Arbor), 4 p.m.
Volleyball at Iowa, 8 p.m.
M Soccer at Evansville, 7:30 p.m.
W Soccer at Wisconsin, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 28
Field Hockey vs. Boston University, 2 p.m.
Football at Illinois, 3:30 p.m.
Volleyball at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
M Golf at The Northern Intercollegiate (Bloomington)
W Golf at Lady Northern (Iowa City)
Sunday. Sept. 29
M Soccer at Dayton, 1 p.m.
W Soccer at Minnesota, 2 p.m.
M Golf at The Northern Intercollegiate (Bloomington)
W Golf at Lady Northern (Iowa City)
Mets' problem-s are
lying in the weed
A fan holds a sign honoring Detroit Tigers' announcer Ernie Harwell yesterday
at Comerica Park. It was Harwell's final game in Detroit.
6 / NOTES
Women rowers prepare
for new season
The Michigan women's rowing
team welcomed Michigan State and
Eastern Michigan to Belleville Lake
on Saturday, as the three teams par-
ticipated in an untimed, unscored
exhitibion in preparation for the
upcoming all season.
Next Saturday, Michigan will hold
its annual Boathouse Day at
Belleville Lake. Events begin at 10
a.m. and conclude with an alumni
row at 12:30 p.m.
There will also be two former U of
M rowers who are now competing in
the eight for the U.S. National Team
at the 2002 Rowing World Champi-
Last year's Michigan women's
rowing team won the Big Ten out-
right and placed second in the
NCAA's. This years team consists of
three gFoups of eight and one of four.
The team is coached by Mark
Former tumbler has to
settle for 'Miss D.C'
Former Michigan gymnast Sarah-
Elizabeth Langford was unable to
bring home the Miss America title at
the 2002 competition held Saturday.
Langford, who was representing the
District of Columbia in the competi-
tion did not qualify into the final
round which consists of 15 women.
The winner of the crown was Erika.
Harold, the 22-year old Miss Illinois
representative who plans on heading
to Harvard Law School.
Langford was an All-American
member of the Michigan gymnastics
team from 1997-2000.
Bail set in case of
Royals coach attack
CHICAGO (AP) - A Cook County
judge ordered a man who ran onto the
field at Comiskey Park and attacked a
Kansas City Royals coach held on
$200,000 bond Saturday.
During a hearing, a prosecutor
described how William Ligue Jr. tele-
phoned his sister before Thursday
night's attack and told her to watch
the White Sox game because he was
going to be on.
When she couldn't find the game on
TV, he told her to watch the news
because he'd be on it, Assistant State's
Attorney Colleen Daly said.
It was just a short time after that
call, Daly said, that Ligue and his 15-
year-old son ran onto the field in the
ninth inning of the game between the
White Sox and the Royals and attacked
Tom Gamboa from behind.
Ligue was charged with a felony
count of aggravated battery in a pub-
lic place of amusement. Daly said
Ligue told police after his arrest that
he charged the field because he was
angry the White Sox were losing, but
Daly said the attack was premeditat-
ed. She said shortly before he ran
onto the field, Ligue handed his keys,
cellular telephone and jewelry to
another of his sons. She said Ligue
was wearing a pocketknife on his
waistband when he ran on the field.
Ligue's 15-year-old son has been
charged with two juvenile counts of
The University of Michigan
Department of Recreational Sports
REC Intramural Sports Program
aggravated battery, one for attacking
Gamboa and the other for hitting a
White Sox security guard, an off-duty
police officer. The teenager was initial-
ly released to his mother, but was later
taken to a juvenile detention center
after authorities reviewed the case. He
is due in court today.
Accused brother of
Dele falls into coma
PAPEETE, Tahiti (AP) - The
brother of missing former NBA player
Bison Dele reportedly is on life sup-
port, and FBI agents were wrapping up
their investigation yesterday at the
crime scene in Tahiti.
The Los Angeles Times reported
yesterday that Dele's brother, Miles
Dabord, is "dead, living only through
artificial means," according to his
mother. Dabord was found uncon-
scious Sept. 14 in Tijuana, Mexico,
and taken to a hospital in California.
He has remained in a coma since,
and the FBI only learned his identity
The Los Angeles Times reported
that Dabord's mother, Patricia Phillips,
said doctors discovered severe damage
to her son's brain, injuries they have
told her are the result of an insulin
overdose and Dabord not taking his
The FBI arrested Dabord on suspi-
cion of impersonating his younger
brother while trying to buy $152,000
in gold in Phoenix.
Phillips had told the Los Angeles
Times she fears her son may have
tried to commit suicide because he
was overcome with guilt, believing
he was responsible for his brother's
Investigators in Tahiti believe
Dabord killed Dele, Dele's girlfriend
and the French captain on board
Dele's sailboat in July. Dele, his girl-
friend Serena Karlan and the skipper,
Bertrand Saldo, haven't been seen
since July 8.
A team of FBI-led investigators
found what they believe are blood-
stains on the catamaran, which
Dabord docked at a Tahitian port on
July 18 before departing the French
Tiger challenged by
Goosen in Ireland
THOMASTOWN, Ireland (AP) -
Tiger Woods got a bigger fight than
he expected yesterday, then a real
surprise at the end - his first and
only bogey of an otherwise flawless
victory in the American Express
It was about the only thing that
did go wrong during a week in
which his worst round was a 67.
Woods went 51 consecutive holes
with nothing worse than a 4, and he
claimed his fifth World Golf Cham-
But it wasn't easy.
Woods had a five-stroke lead
going into the final round, closed
with a 6-under 66 and still had to hit
his best shot of the week - a wedge
from deep, gnarly rough - for a
birdie on the 17th hole to stave off a
spectacular charge by Retief
Goosen played six holes at 6-
under par, including a 6-foot eagle
putt on the 17th hole to get within
one shot, and he had a career-best
62 to finish second.
It was also one of Woods' most
consistent tournaments striking the
NEW YORK (AP) - New York
Mets owner Fred Wilpon admitted he is
concerned about the team's image fol-
lowing reports of widespread marijuana
use by players.
"I am personally embarrassed with
what has happened in the last few
days," Wilpon said Saturday. "I'm
embarrassed not only for myself and
my family, I'm embarrassed more so
for the organization."
Wilpon was not available for com-
ment Friday, when general manager
Steve Phillips denied "rampant" drug
use by players on New York's major
Tony Tarasco, Mark Corey and
reliever Grant Roberts were identified
by Newsday as among at least seven
players who had used marijuana this
season. The paper, which did not name
any other Mets, cited unidentified
sources close to the team.
"I think the organization has an
image problem now, in terms of what
we saw yesterday or today in the news-
papers or in the media, and we're in the
process of correcting it," Wilpon said.
Earlier this week, the Mets restruc-
tured their executive officers. Wilpon
now serves as chairman and chief exec-
utive officer in the newly created office
of the chairman. His longtime partner
Saul Katz is president, and his son, Jeff
Wilpon, is executive vice president and
chief operating officer.
"This organization will be a world
class sports and entertainment compa-
ny," Wilpon said.
Players on 40-man major league ros-
ters are not subjected to random testing
for marijuana. As part of their new
labor agreement, players agreed to
mandatory random testing starting next
year for illegal steroids.
Wilpon thinks the new labor agree-
ment will help cut down on suspected
drug use in the big leagues.
In the clubhouse, some players sat in
front of their lockers reading a memo-
randum from union head Donald Fehr
on the steroid testing that will begin
"I think the new collective bargaining
agreement is going to help," Wilpon
said. "It might not be a perfect system,
but it's a good step in the right direction
and I think that's going to be helpful."
Despite the embarrassing story,
Wilpon said this is not the low point of
his 23 years with the Mets.
"This isn't even close. We have been
through times that have been much dif-
ferent than this,"he said.
The 65-year-old Wilpon also talked
about having lunch Saturday with his 8-
year-old grandson Benjamin, who asked
questions about the marijuana story.
"He asked me about it. I was going
to address it anyway," Wilpon said. "I
told him what I thought was right and
what was wrong and how he should
lead his life, that his role models should
be people who live good, clean lives."
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New England 3
NY Jets 1
San Diego 3
Kansas City 1
NY Giants 2
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ATLANTA 4, Florida 1
Montreal 5, NY METS 1
Philadelphia 4, CINcINNATI 3
Toronto 12, TAMPA BAY 6
Boston 13, BALTIMORE 2
PITTSBURGH 5, Chicago Cubs 4
Cleveland 6, KANSAS CITY 5
San Francisco 3, MILWAUKEE 1
ST. Louis 7, Houston 3
COLORADO 11, Arizona 7'
OAKLAND 7, Texas 5
SEATTLE 3, Anaheim 2
Los Angeles 4, SAN DIEGO 3
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MIAMI 30, NY Jets 3
Carolina 21, MINNESOTA 14
NEw ENGLAND 41, Kansas City 38, (OT)
New Orleans 29, CHICAGO 23
PHILADELPHIA 44, Dallas 13
Indianapolis 23, HOUsTON 3
San Diego 23, ARIZONA 15
DENVER 28, Buffalo 23
GreenRBay 37. DETROIT 31
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