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8A - Thursday, October 26, 2006

The Michigan Daily - rnichigandailyxbkk

Daily Sports Editor
When Adam Kraus went home last
Thanksgiving,his hometown of New Orleans
wasn't like he remembered it.
Hurricane Katrina had ravaged the land-
scape of the city as well as the now redshirt
junior's house.
"I was prepared a little bit from the news,"
Kraus said. "Nothing can really prepare you
for the way itreally is. It's total devastation. It
was quite a sight."
His parents - who originally evacuatedto
a small town outside of Jackson, Miss. - are
now living in a rental home, which a friend
of Kraus's parents are leasing to them. And
that's where the Kraus family enjoyed their
Thanksgiving dinner.
While Kraus's house may not be in fit liv-
ing condition, his family's life has basically
returned to normal. His sister, who spent a
semester last year enrolled at Michigan, has
gone back to Tulane. By end of the month,
his family should be moved back into the
house - which has been rebuilt by contrac-
Kraus's dad even went to the Monday
Night football game to watch the NFL's New
Orleans Saints play their first game in the
city since the hurricane.
"My dad was at the game, and he said it
was unbelievable," said Kraus, who watched
the first quarter on TV.
And Kraus has returned to Michigan
with a starting role. Playing both guard
and center last season, Kraus anchors the
left guard position on an offensive line that
blocks for the third-best rushing attack in
the Big Ten.
Running back Mike Hart has already
rushed for more than a 1,000 yards and
recorded seven games of at least 100 yards

Adam Kraus has started every game at left guard for Michigan this season. After struggling with injuries last season, the redshirt junior has helped

offensive line make holes for 1,000-yard rusher Mikef
behind the rebuilt Michigan line, which was
oft-injured last season. With the same five
men in the trenches for all eight contests
clearing the way for Hart, Heisman talk has
started circling around the junior.
"That's great if he is," Kraus said. "I take
pride in the fact that he's running that well
and getting all that mention. It's definitely a
credit to the rest of the guys on the team, the
way that everybody's been playing."
The running game has returned to form
after floundering last season, but Kraus
knows that the offense needs to get off to
a better start in the Wolverines' first few
drives of the game.
Against both Penn State and Iowa, Michi-
gan struggled to move the ball on its open-
ing drive. The Wolverines didn't score in
the first quarter in either game and went


three-and-out on their first two drives last
"It's evident that when you get off to a fast
start, you get control of the game," Kraus
said. "It's a lot easier for us to be able to go in
there and score on the first drive."
After coming to Michigan as a tight
end, the 6-foot-6 lineman switched posi-
tions. Last year, he beat out Mark Bihl for
the starting center position. This season,
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr has kept Kraus
cemented in the left guard spot - right next
to All-America left tackle and roommate
Jake Long.
"I think (Kraus) stepped in there and he
came back in great shape," Carr said. "He's
done an excellent job."
It's easy to get overshadowed playing
next to the 6-foot-7 giant that is Long, but

Kraus doesn't mind.
With the talent Long brings to the field,
he's happy just lining up next to him. He'll
even admit he's having a pretty good year on
his own.
"I'm doing OK," Kraus said. "I have a lot
room to improve; you can always get a lot
better. But I'm playing well."
NOTES: Chad Henne, Mike Hart, LaMarr
Woodley and Lloyd Carr were all named
finalists for awards yesterday.
The Maxwell Football Club Advisory
Committee named Henne and Hart as semi-
finalists for the Maxwell Award for Colle-
giate Player of the Year. Woodley and Carr
were named semifinalists for Chuck Bed-
narik Award for the outstanding defensive
player of the year and George Munger Award
for college coach of the year, respectively.

up to a
O n Tuesday, Major League
Baseball announced the
winner of the Roberto Cle-
mente Award,
given annually
to a player who
best exempli-
fies Clemente's
dedication to
humanitarian Y
For those of
you who don't
know about
he was one H. JOSE
of the great- BOSCH
est baseball
players (and The Bosch Watch
arguably the
greatest rightfielder) of all tithe.
Famous baseball broadcaster Vin
Scully had one of the most famous
descriptions of the Pittsburgh
Pirate: "Clemente could field the
ball in New York and throw oat a
guy in Pennsylvania."
Accordingto the book "Clem-
ente" by David Maraniss, pro scout
Al Campanis had this to say about
the 18-year-old high schooler:
"Arm: A+ (Good Carry)
Accuracy: A
Fielding: A (Good at his age)
Reaction: A
Hitting: A (Turns head but
Power: A+
Running speed: +
Base running: A
Definite prospect?: Yes
Physical condition: Well built,
fair size, good agility
Remarks: Will mature into big
man. Attending high school, but
plays with Santurce. Has all the
tools and likes to play. A real good
looking prospect."
It was clear Clemente was des-
tined for greatness. And he went
on to prove Campanis right. Dur-
ing his first World Series in 1961
Clemente batted .310 and hit safely
in each game.
Solid numbers for someone play-
ing in his first World Series.
And although he didn't return to
the Fall Classic until 1971, he made
the most of his second opportunity,
hitting.414 and knockinga solo
home run that provided the win-
ning margin in Pittsburgh's 2-1
Game 7 win. He also became the
first Latino ballplayer to earn a
World Series Most Valuable Player
award (five have won the award
Over his 18-year career, Cle-
mente amassed 12 straight gold
gloves (1961-1972), four National
League batting titles, 12 All-Star
selections, a career .317 batting
average and collected exactly
3,000 career hits, all while playing
during a time in America's history
when racism was prevalent.
But what set Clemente apart
from most ballplayers wasn't his
gaudy batting numbers or smooth
fielding. Clemente is most remem-
bered for being ahumanitarian.
He loved to give back to the
community, especially those in his
native Puerto Rico.
When my father (who was born
and raised in Puerto Rico) was 11,
he attended a skills clinic held by
Clemente. Clad in his Pittsburgh
Pirates uniform, Clemente used
the clinic to instill the proper base-

ball techniques in young children.
What stood out the most to my
father was that Clemente didn't
just stand up in front of the chil-
dren and talk down to them. He
stood amongst them, right in the
Just Clemente and the kids.
See BOSCH, Page 11A


Not even close: Blue
blows past Spartans

Daily Sports Writer
yard medley relay, the first event
in yesterday's women's swim-
ming and diving meet between
Michigan and Michigan State,
was a microcosm of the entire
contest. The two top swimmers
were neck-and-neck, racing
tightly for first place.
Unfortunately for the Spar-
tans, their best swimmer came
in a distant third.
No. 9 Michigan dominated
a Spartan team (0-2 Big Ten,
1-2 overall) that finished dead
last in the Big Ten last year.
The Wolverines controlled
the meet, winning 11 out of 12
events and breaking multiple
pool records on their way to a
153-85 victory.
Junior Justine Mueller, who
won two individual events and
participated in the winning
200-yard medley relay, smashed
two pool records on the evening.
Her time of 4:19.52 in the 400-
yard individual medley easily
bested the old record at Charles
McCaffree Pool. Her 200-yard
medley relay also broke the pool

"It's always fun to break
pool records," Mueller said. "I
like being able to go to a team's
pool and see my name on their
record board."
Michigan coach Jim Rich-
ardson, although happy with
the outcome, stressed that his
team has a lot more work to do.
He said the team emphasizes
getting better and faster every
"We don't place too much
value on the meet because,
the way we see it, it's just one
day out of seven in the week,"
Richardson said. "The other
six days of the week, are just
as vital to the team's improve-
ment as the meet is."
Richardsonwas pleasedwith
the performances in the 200-
yard medley, 400-yard indi-
vidual medley and 1000-yard
freestyle, but he realized that a
more back-to-basics approach
would be necessary in practice
for the team to improve.
Tighter turns and streamlin-
ing were problems Richardson
wants to address in the next
week of practice. He also saw
a need for better underwater
"We just have to learn to

swim in meets how we can
swim in practice," Richardson
"We'll address these prob-
lems and be back in the pool
Even though the Wolver-
ines (1-0, 1-1) work hard in the
pool, their ultimate goal is not
always winning.
The team created a mission
statement at the beginning of
the year, which stresses char-
acter attributes, like responsi-
bility, commitment and work
ethic. The goal of the mission
statement, which Richardson
said is more important to the
team than win-based goals, is
to teach each member of the
team to use integrity in every
asset of her life.
"I want to see these values
transfer in what the players
do after the sport," Richard-
son said. "At a place like the
University of Michigan, we're
trying to make great people,
not just great players. We're
trying to turn out people that
will make a difference in the
The Wolverines travel to
Athens, Ga. for a two-day meet
against Georgia this weekend.


Justine Mueller lit up Michigan State's Charles McCaffree Pool. The junior set two pool
records, helping the Wolverines to a dominant win over Michigan State.


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Rain pushes game
four to Thursday
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Pitchers tory behind ace Chris Carpenter
dominated the first three games on Tuesday night. A silver tarp
of the World Series and then the covered the infield all evening,
rain took over. players didn't come out to warm
Game 4 was postponed up and Game 4 never got started.
Wednesday night because of rain "You want to go out there
and will be made up Thursday at and play, but you can't control
8:27 p.m. EDT, potentially send- the weather. It's not that big of a
ing the World Series into sched- deal," St. Louis outfielder Preston
uling chaos. More showers are Wilson said.
expected the next two days, and Steady showers all day led to
nobody was certain when the the first World Series rainout
Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Car- since the 1996 opener between
dinals would play again. the Atlanta Braves and New York
"They're going to be dicey," Yankees. The rain fell harder as
said Jimmie Lee Solomon, execu- the night progressed, and the
tive vice president of baseball game was called after a delay of 1
operations in the commissioner's hour, 51 minutes, the first time a
office. Series game in St. Louis has been
Game 5 at Busch Stadium was rained out.
pushed back to Friday night, It also was the fourth washout
which was supposed to be a day of a wet postseason. The Cardi-
off in the Series. It doesn't look nals had two games rained out
much better this weekend in in the NL championship series
Detroit, with a forecast of rain against the New York Mets, and
and cold. Game 2 of Detroit's first-round
The Cardinals lead the best-of- series at Yankee Stadium also was
seven Series 2-1 after a 5-0 vic- postponed.


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