September 25, 2003
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Despite Michigan's appeals, the Wolverines' game at
Minnesota will be played on Friday, Oct. 10
By Naweed Sikora
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan sophomore defensive end Jeremy Van Alstyne
currently checks in at 6-foot-4, 255 pounds. Still, he feels
that he's just decently sized for his position.
"I'd like to be a little bit bigger," Van Alstyne said.
The former linebacker shouldn't worry about being a lit-
tle small for his position. He should
just think back to his wrestling
In his senior year at Center '
Grove High School in Greenwood,
Ind., Van Alstyne won the state
wrestling championships compet-
ing in the 275-pound weight class.
At the time, he weighed 220 - his opponent in the final
match weighed 270.
How did he pin a guy who weighed 50 pounds more
"Endurance," Val Alstyne said. "I was in much better
shape than him."
Van Alstyne may not use wrestling moves out on the
football field, but he's certainly brought that hard-working
mentality along with him to the Wolverines.
As the backup for senior Larry Stevens, Val Alstyne
may not match the senior in trash-talking ability, but his
quiet demeanor and work ethic speak for themselves.
The sophomore says he's happy to get the opportunity to
play and learn. He's also happy to be at Michigan, a wish
that almost didn't come true for the Indiana product.
Van Alstyne initially committed to Notre Dame at the
beginning of his senior year of high school because he said
he wanted to get it out of the way.
"My parents and my high school coach wanted me to
commit early because I was under a lot of stress," he said.
"Michigan hadn't made an offer to me yet, but I was in
touch with Coach (Andy) Moeller."
After the second game of Van Alstyne's season, Moeller
came calling, and the senior couldn't resist.
"I took the opportunity to come see the University of
Michigan on an unofficial visit. I fell in love with the play-
ers, coaches and the school. I knew I had to come here."
Van Alstyne had made a verbal commitment to Notre
Dame, but since he never made an official visit to South
Bend, he said it was easy to tell them he was going to Ann
"It wasn't that hard after I came here" he said of Ann
Arbor. "I knew this was the place for me"
Van Alstyne's first two seasons at Michigan
have been a big learning experience. As an inex-
perienced young player, he says he often
caught himself thinking too much on the /
field and making mental mistakes.
But increased playing time, along with
some helpful advice from the senior line-
men, have helped Van Alstyne improve his
"Larry Stevens has helped me out so
much. All of the senior defensive linemen
have helped like Grant (Bowman), Nor-
man (Heuer) and Alain (Kashama),"
"The seniors teach us how to
handle ourselves, and what we
need to do in different situations.
"Things are starting to become
more natural for me. I'm not
thinking about what I should do
- I already know"
Michigan's starting defensive line is
composed of four seniors. Beyond that, a gap exists
between the seniors and the younger players like
The need to develop these younger players is one
reason why Van Alstyne and his fellow defensive
linemen are seeing an increase in playing time.
They are expected be a big part of Michigan's
future defensive attack.
But Van Alstyne doesn't feel any pressure from
the increased role, or the fact that he has to back
up a player like Stevens.
After all, he's been in tougher situations on the
T.G.LF.: Despite the strict objections of Michi-
gan coach Lloyd Carr, the Wolverines' game at
Minnesota has been moved from Saturday, Oct.
11 to Friday, Oct. 10. The move was made after
the Minnesota Twins officially qualified for
the Major League Baseball playoffs.
The decision was announced
yesterday after the Golden
Gophers argued against
moving the game to a neu-
tral setting to keep it on its
Jeremy Van Alstyne
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am a college running back. I
play for Texas A&M, and I've
scored four touchdowns this
This may be a shock to those who
know me as a 5-foot-4 (with my
shoes on) shrimp with no coordina-
tion to speak of - and to those of
you who saw the headshot at the top
of this column and correctly
assumed that I am a female.
Actually, I was a little surprised
myself to hear, when
the Texas A&M vs.
Virginia Tech game
was on the T.V last f
Thursday night, the
play-by-play guy call
my name on a touch-
It turns out that I
had not found a way (The other)
to morph myself into Lewis
a terrific athlete in
Texas and, at the same time, watch
television in Ann Arbor. The touch-
down belonged to Courtney Lewis
of Houston, who's a redshirt fresh-
man and rising star for the Aggies.
Nobody will be confusing me
with Courtney the football player,
but it's not like we don't have any-
thing in common at all. According to
his bio on the Texas A&M football
website, his favorite book is "To Kill
A Mocking Bird" - also one of my
Once I thought about it, I realized
it makes sense that I have an alter
ego on the football field. The Daily
has a history of sportswriters with
gridiron counterparts - in recent
years, Steve Jackson and David
Horn could be found both on NCAA
teams and in the Student Publica-
tions Building. So, I was glad to
find that the tradition continues.
I've certainly heard of football
players named Courtney before -
the Hoosiers will bring two with
them to Ann Arbor this weekend
(Courtney Clency and Cortney
Roby) - but the Texas A&M run-
ning back takes it to another level.
Courtney in College Station and I
are not alone out there, though. A
Yahoo! People Search shows that
there are at least 51 other Courtney
Lewises across the country. But as
far as I know, the Aggies' Lewis is
the only one who plays college foot-
ball. And he seems to be the only
one of us who will regularly be
found on national television and as
the subject of stories in the sports
So, Courtney Lewis, be good to
our name. I'm questioning your
choice of colleges a little bit here
(I've always wanted to see my name
on the back of a maize-and-blue jer-
sey, and having it echo out of the
Big House sound system would have
been sweet), but I'll let that go.
Especially since you're the one who
made it to collegiate sports, and I'm
the one who writes about them.
And your number, 25, is fine. But
we've got to do something about
your taste in spectator sports. You
list track as your favorite thing to
watch other than football. Track?
We'll have to work on that.
As far as being famous, keep it on
the football field, eh? I don't want to
hear my name circulating around
scandals or see it on arrest records.
And I'll do my part in that area, too.
Speaking of being famous, I don't
know how good you're going to get,
but what do you think of making a
little deal, here? I'm giving you
some pub now, right?
So if you become a household
name, maybe we could share some
of the benefits, since we share a
name and all. Like, I don't know, a
championship ring with my name on
it? That'd be pretty cool.
You don't think that's fair?
Alright, how about you just keep
scoring touchdowns? Not that many
people get to hear their name called
by a college football announcer on
Saturday afternoons. Touchdown,
Courtney Lewis. I like the sound of
And I get to skip the whole part
about being slammed to the ground
by 300-pound linemen every week.
Freshmen stickers adjusting to college life
By Megan Kolodgy
Daily Sports Writer
It was 3:30 a.m., and Michigan field hockey
forward Mary Fox was nestled in her modular
bed after an interminable day of practice, classes
and homework. Suddenly, she was jolted awake
by a deafening noise. The freshman hopped out
of bed, not certain what was going on.
Tornado warning? Nuclear holocaust?
Nope. The ruckus was nothing but an infa-
mous South Quad fire drill.
She rubbed the sleep from her eyes and
dashed out the door. While she scampered down-
stairs and crossed the lawn in front of the build-
ing, the normally-coordinated Fox stubbed her
toe on a sprinkler. She later learned the toe that
helps her navigate the field with such agility
was, in fact, broken.
"I had to have it taped for about a week," Fox
said. "It's fine now, but it was a little embarrass-
ing at the time."
In the five games she has played for Michigan,
Fox has managed to score two goals and has one
assist. Her teammate, freshman Jill Civic, has
already recorded six goals and one assist. Both
have become indispensable components of a highly
competitive field hockey program.
Though their statistics are sparkling thus far,
these standouts are just two freshman trying to
"Living in the dorms was definitely ... an
adjustment," Civic said. "I don't spend a lot of
time there. I'm mainly only there to sleep and do
Despite the fact that they must keep their bod-
ies in top condition, they. too dine in South
Quad's eclectically decorated dining hall.
"I usually manage to find something there to
eat," Civic said. "Usually, that something is
They are also learning to adapt to life away
from their families.
"Yeah, I miss them," Civic said. "Luckily my
parents have made it to every game but two so
far this season. Sometimes they drive, some-
times they fly. I don't know how they do it, but
they're pretty much always there to support
Civic also has an older brother who attends
Temple University's medical school.
"My brother and I are really close," she said.
He made it out to the game in Boston, and he's
determined to make it to Ann Arbor one of these
days to see me play."
The girls had to quickly overcome any initial
homesickness, and dive into a full coauseload
Fortunately, academics are another realm in
which these players excel. Fox, an LSA student,
is working towards a career in law, but also
wants to transfer to the School of Engineering.
Fox's desire to become a Wolverine was seem-
"I always wanted to go to Michigan, for some
reason," the St. Louis native said. "I just got a
weird feeling every time I heard the name."
Civic's path to Ann Arbor was a bit more con-
"When I came on my official recruiting visit, the
campus felt like home," Civic said. "No other team
has this kind of talent, or the kind of work ethic that
these girls display. I think the coaching staff brings
out the best in every player."
The athletes' goals for their careers at Michi-
gan, and this season in particular, are already
sky high. Both aim to do whatever they can to
help the team win the Big Ten title and tourna-
ment, and perhaps another national title.
Courtney Lewis the sports writer can
be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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