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Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 9A

Recruiting victory
pays huge dividends
for Michigan golf
By MICHAEL WELCH Intercollegiate in late October,
For the Daily which placed Michigan in first at
the event.
It came down to a battle That impressive showing - the
between Michigan and Wisconsin team's lowest round this year -
to land the prized golf recruit. has continued into the spring sea-
And in the end, Michigan won. son.
"We were able to wrangle him Schultz had the best record at
away from the Badgers," Michigan the Big Ten Match Play and led
coach Andrew Sapp said of Jack the Wolverines at the Fresno State
Schultz. Lexus Classic.
Schultz, a Wisconsin resident His only disappointment is
and the 31st-ranked recruit in the that he didn't shoot an under-par
country, mentioned Michigan's round.
strong academics, great team But he said his plan is to shoot
atmosphere and the distance from under par in Boca Raton next
home as major reasons for choos- week and doesn't feel pressure to
ing Michigan. improve his game.
According to Sapp and Schultz, "My short game's been getting
the rest has gone , a lot better lately,"
accordingto plan. Schultz said. "In
At the begin- Fresno, I didn't
ning of the sea- "W e kind of hit it as well but I
son, Schultz got up and down
established him- expected him and hit a bunch of
self as one of putts so hopefully
the starters and to come right in I'll be able to put it
hasn't lost his 1j 1, together."
place since. and help US." Sapp is assured
Sapp has not of Schultz's all-
been surprised by around game and
Schultz's play. believes focus will
"We kind of expected him to be the key to the freshman's con-
come right in and help us right sistency down the stretch.
away," Sapp said. "I think it's just maintaining
In Michigan's first two tour- his focus when he's playing two
naments in late September, Jack rounds a day," Sapp said. "But, he
finished third both times and his has the ability when he gets in a
strong first day at the Wolverine groove to click off some birdies
Invitational contributed to the and pars one after the other."
Michigan team's only tournament Sapp has stressed this' focus
victory this season. for the team as well, hoping that
Confidence has been integral to toward the end of the season the
Schultz's strong play this year, and team will start strong and close
it showed when he followed two out tournaments when they are
poor tournaments with a nine- gunning for the win on the final
under first day at the Bridgestone day.
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Lebler playing best hockey
as M' career winds down

By MICHAEL FLOREK
Daily Sports Writer
When Brian Lebler came to Ann
Arbor, most of the time he was
gasping for air.
"He was a lumbering skater.
He would just kind of lumber up
and down the ice. He had limited
endurance. When we would do our
down-and-backs, he would just
die. SoI was all over him about his
conditioning, about his weight."
For the senior, two words are
more important than the rest of
Michigan coach Red Berenson's
take on his early time with the
Michigan hockey team - "was"
and "would."
Despite his past shortcom-
ings, with his Michigan career
dwindling Lebler has elevated his
game and, according to Berenson
is, "playing the best hockey of his
career right now," and it's hard to
argue against it. The Penticton,
British Columbia native has set
career highs in goals (12) assists
(9) and points (21) this season and
proved to be more of a factor than
the stats have shown.
In Michigan's series-clinching
win over Michigan State last Sat-
urday, the game-winning goal
came from Lebler's linemate,
freshman Chris Brown. But it was
Lebler who hit a Spartan defense-
man in the corner to free up the
puck. Lebler then rolled to the net
to get a whack at the puck, right
before Brown found it and put it
in.

"He's a physical force out there
and that might have led to Brown's
winning goal," Berenson said. "It's
not a pretty goal but it looks pretty
goal on paper."
The late game effort was miss-
ing in Lebler's previous seasons,
as his conditioning and skating
wasn't where it needed to be. He
played in just 29 of the team's 41
games as a sophomore, registering
just eight points. 1
But last season, he took a small
step forward, scoring 16 points
and establishing himself as a
power forward for the Wolverines.
"Last year I thought we a saw
big difference in his condition-
ing and his skating and he looked
lighter on his feet and he was play-
ing lighter," Berenson said. "Then,
he got working on his shot ... then
he got working on his work ethic
.... When all those things start
coming together you start getting
some results."
Lebler's physicality and his
6-foot-3, 212 pound frame have
found him a niche at power for-
ward on the third line, playing
along with Brown and freshman
A.J. Treais.
The three have been playing
together since the start of the
postseason and have notched two
goals in four games.
As the only veteran presence on
the line, Lebler has been forced
into a leadership role.
"I feel like I have to be a leader
everywhere," Lebler said. "But
those two guys are mature hock-

ARIEL BOND/Daily
Senior Brian Lebler is playing "his best hockey," according to coach Red lerenson.
ey players and they know what and howyou'retryingtogetbetter,
they're. doing out there. ... I don't and how you're trying to become a
feel like I have to carry them, or better player every year."
I don't feel like they don't know INJURY NOTES: Senior captain
what they're doing out there. Chris Summers will be out for
Sometimes I feel like they're kind both games this weekend with a
of teaching me." knee injury. He hasn't skated since
Michigan plays for its season he left Michigan's Mar. 6 game
on Friday against No. 2 Miami in against Lake Superior State.
the CCHA semifinals, Berenson Junior goalie Bryan Hogan
won'tbe quite as uneasy about see- skated in his first full practice yes-
ing Lebler "lumber" down the ice. terday since injuring his knee Feb.
Something has finally clicked. 25. Berenson has stated thatjunior
"I think he, like a lot of players Shawn Hunwick is his starting
he finally gets it," Berenson said. goalie, but is still unsure whether
"He gets it. He gets the fact of how Hogan will dress in the backup
hard you have to work every day, role.

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Saturday, March 27th - Screening of
8:00 p.m. A documentary
about The Night Ministry health outreach
bus in Chicago, musical introduction by
Jerome's Dance Grooves and Steve Rush.
Director Todd Lillethun and Director of
Photography Brendan Kirwin will join us.
Sunday, March 28th -
5:00 p.m. A festive re-creation
of the triumphal entry of Christ into
Jerusalem. We'll have a Jazz parade!
Thursday, April 1st -
5:30 p.m. A simple Mediterranean meal
in commemoration of The Last Supper.
Friday, April 2nd -
5:30 p.m. Featuring a reading of the
Passion Gospel by the women of Canterbury
House.
Friday, April 2nd -
8:00 p.m. The life of Jesus
has inspired films ranging from "The
Greatest Story Ever Told" to "The Life of
Brian." Bring your jammies and a pillow!
Saturday, April 3rd -
8:00 p.m. A culmination of the Holy
Week celebration, with fire-juggling and
the re-telling in scripture and music of the

SUSAN J. DOUGLAS
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