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October 24, 2003
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Wildcats
hope Yost
success
reappears
By Michael Nisson
Daily Sports Writer
Yost Ice Arena is one of the most
intimidating college hockey venues in
the country. Teams seem to have trouble
drowning out the deafening chants that
insult anyone from the opposing goalie
to opposing players' girlfriends. And
most importantly, opposing teams often
come out on the losing end of a week-
end series when visiting Ann Arbor.
Then there is Northern Michigan.
The Wildcats (2-1-1 CCHA, 3-1-1
overall) actually boast a winning record
on Michigan's hallowed rink. While the
Wolverines are behind 14-17-3 in their
series with the Wolverines, Northern
Michigan is 8-7 when playing at Yost.
"(Since they've been in the CCHA)
they've still done well (in Ann Arbor),"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
"They've been a good team at Yost Ice
Arena."
The Wildcats joined the CCHA in
1997 after they defected from the West-
ern Collegiate Hockey Association.
Since that time, Northern Michigan has
been on a tear. There was a stretch from
1998 to 2001 where the Wildcats won

Football Saturday
No. 13 Michigan v
No. 10 Purdue
TOMO.OW, 3,.:30 P.., ABC
Inside this edition of Football Saturday you will find:
A Call to Arms - Not only does Michigan coach Lloyd
Carr want you to fill your seat tomorrow; he wants you to
do it with some spirit Players and coaches agree - the
CLAW is what could make the difference against Purdue.
BCS vs. Playoff - With the first edition of the BCS rank-
ings coming out this week, J. Brady McCollough and Kyle
O'Neill debate the future of college football's postseason.
Is a playoff the answer?
Boilin' up some trouble - Purdue is known for its
spread offense, but there's a lot more to this year's squad.
With a fast and experienced defense and a consistent
ground game offensively, the Boilers have more to offer.

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BRENDAN O'DONNELL/Daily
The Michigan hockey team practices In a serene Yost Ice Arena. But come tonight, the old barn will be energized.

four of five games in Ann Arbor,
including the last three contests during
that span.
Many of those wins were under for-
mer head coach Rick Comley, who took
the helm for Michigan State last season.
Current coach Walt Kyle has a different
feeling about how his team plays in Yost.
"They kicked our ass at Yost last
year," Kyle said.
Indeed they did. After dropping the
opening two games in Marquette, the
Wolverines (1-1, 4-1) made amends by

handily beating the Wildcats in both
contests. These wins ended a five-game
losing streak.
This year's Northern Michigan squad
is vastly different from last year. The
top four scorers from last
year have departed, and
defenseman Juha Alen TVIS 4
was drafted and signed
by the Mighty Ducks of N rhem
Anaheim. Senior winger. . t
Lucas Drake has picked T
up some of the slack so tydaynd
far this season, notching
a team-leading five......tkla
points and scoring two -
goals. In addition, North-
ern Michigan returns senior goalie
Craig Kowalski, who played in 38 of 41
games last year.
Kyle noted that while his first experi-
ence in Yost was not the most pleasant
experience of his life, he was impressed
with the crowd, noting that he thinks it's
a "great venue."
Berenson himself has been pleased

with the energy that Michigan fans have
brought to Yost so far this season. He
also noted that he thinks things are
going to get more intense now that the
CCHA season is beginning.
"I think (the environ-
ment at Yost) is just going
EKEN1 to get better," Berenson
said.,"The environment at
ichigan Yost and the fans and the
games, now that we're
5pm. coming into ... mostly
im.rrow conference games against
well-known opponents ...
Mena brings some special atmos-
- phere to the rink because
they bring their fans, and
certainly our fans are into it."
But in the end, Berenson noted that
the team just has to take care of its own
business, and things will fall into place.
"There's going to be a lot of energy
going around this campus this weekend,
and we have to be really focused on
playing the kind hockey that we need to
play," Berenson said.

M' Cagers will scrimmage

Michigan basketball fans will get
their first chance to watch the
Wolverines in action tomorrow
after the football game against Pur-
due for the annual Maize and Blue
scrimmage. The game is scheduled
to start at 7 p.m. with the gates to
Crisler Arena opening at 6 p.m.

The Wolverines will be split
into two teams and play two 12-
minute halves. After the game,
fans will be allowed onto the floor
to get autographs with the Wolver-
ines. The players will also be
available for photos.
- Staff Reports

Jackson leads Bl
By Kyle Carpenter
Daily Sports Writer
Don't blink, because he might just pass you by.
Michigan tennis captain Anthony Jackson is in his final
year as a Wolverine, and he's not going to let anything get
in his way of leading the team to success.
Ranked third in the Midwest out of high school, Jackson
joined the team as a freshman with high hopes and virtuous
expectations.
After two years of climbing the proverbial lineup ladder,
Jackson found himself the No. 2 singles player as a junior.
"Anthony came in as a freshman and had a very good
year for us playing number five singles," assistant coach
Dan Goldberg said.
"He's gradually worked his way up to where last year he.
played No. 2 singles and will likely be in the upper part of
our lineup again this year."
Despite inconsistency in his play on the court, Jackson
managed to focus and play well throughout the entire sea-
son.
"When I am relaxed and focused, I play well and good
things are going to happen," Jackson said.
During Big Ten play last year, Jackson shocked the colle-
giate tennis realm and proved his true skill as a player when
he defeated No. 13-ranked Phil Stolt of Illinois.
"Anthony tends to play better against better competition,"
Goldberg said.
On the court, Jackson has explosive quickness, strength

ue into Midwest
and extreme potential. At times when he hasn't played his
best tennis it was due to lack of consistency in his play.
When he is in focus and on top of his game, however, he
has proven to be a fierce competitor.
"At this time last year, (he) was kind of like a rollercoast-
er, up and down," Michigan junior and Jackson's roommate
Vinny Gossain said. "He needs to stay even-keel, and if he
does, there's not a lot of guys in the Big Ten that can't beat
him."
Being the only senior on the team, Jackson is a leader by
example and provides experience, which is a vital compo-
nent for the development of this year's young Michigan
team.
Jackson's wide smile, full braces and childlike personali-
ty is hidden by his massive stature and presence of maturity
in front of his teammates.
He valiantly expressed his role as a senior when he said,
"As the only upperclassman, I have to take more responsi-
bility ... have a positive mindset and that way it will be
able to transpire to the younger players."
If Jackson allows himself to concentrate this year, he will
be able to lead his team to glory and thrust himself into the
spotlight by shedding his reputation of sporadic play.
"I'm more confident in myself," Jackson said.
"I just realized that I can play at a competitive, pretty
high level, and I can beat some of these guys. I've been a
little more competitive, and I just don't want to lose."
Taking a stand as the team's captain, Jackson
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