The Michigan Daily-Friday, June 2,1989-Page 12
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Women's ultimate frisbee : ;
club takes second in tourney
BY ANDY GONDA
The Michigan's women's ultimate frisbee club just missed a national
championship over Memorial Day weekend. The University of California-
Davis edged out Michigan for the title at the 1989 Ultimate Players
Association College Finals in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The men's ultimate club is tasting success as well, having just won
an international tournament last weekend in Toronto.
All that aside, you might ask, just what is ultimate frisbee?
"Well, you play on a soccer field and try to work the disc into two end-
zones like in football; you can only take three steps with the disc. It's a
non-contact sport, and you make your own calls," explained the women's
team co-captain, Kris Olssen.
There are two teams of seven on the field, and games are played until
one team reaches a preset score, usually around 20 points. This was what
it was set at during tournament finals.
"There's a lot of running and cutting, and the game never really stops
like in football; if the defense knocks the disc down, it's a turnover and
play starts the other way," Olssen said.
165-gram Wham-O or 175-gram Discraft flying discs are used, and
ultimate is played in any weather, such as in last year's women's
"We played in the second week of November in Wisconsin, there was
freezing rain one day and snow squalls the next," Olssen said.
Potential players needn't have a lifetime of frisbee experience, as
Olssen only started playing as a sophomore in college. She stressed that
the team itself was organized only last fall with as few as three
"Ultimate can be a serious sport, and we need a commitment to
practices and the team, but we like to have fun as well," Olssen said.
Olssen also explained that inclement weather can change strategies of
play, as wind and rain make a zone defense more plausible than player-to-
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career totals to 548 home runs and 1,595 RBIs.
BY PETER ZELLEN This hero went out before his declining skills could
All through history the public has always followed produce the boos from the home crowds. By surprising
heroes. In ancient Greece, they honored winning everyone with his mid-season retirement, he avoided a
gladiators. During the medieval ages, people praised scene that could tarnish that hero image.
jousting knights. In the formative stages of America, But physical talent wasn't the only reason Schmidt
people revered the soldiers of the Revolutionary and left the game. "My children are at an age where you can
Civil Wars. talk to them and they understand. Three or four years
Today, the public has a new kind of hero: the ago, they were too young to do any of that. Now, they
professional athlete. And on Sunday, we said goodbye want their father around and when I hear that from my
to two of the greats in the game of baseball, Mike wife, it tears me apart."
Schmidt and Tommy John. . That family aspect makes Schmidt even more of a
Over the last 15 years these two players have been hero than his athletic endeavors.
heroes to many children as well as fans in general. John left baseball under different circumstances, but
While Schmidt hit home runs with his muscular arms, his hero image can be no more diminished. With his
John tossed victories with his surgically repaired left career thought to be over, he underwent what is now
arm. known as the "Tommy John operation" where tendons
Schmidt left the game of his own accord as he from his right elbow were used to replace the tattered
decided that his 39-year old body couldn't play well ones in his left. This was in 1972.
enough anymore. 17 years later, John was still pitching, but the
"When I get to first base now, I say to myself, I can Yankees couldn't squeeze any more wins out of that 46-
steal second base.' But my legs and my body stay back year old arm and released him, 12 wins short of 300.
in the dirt at first," said a teary eyed Schmidt. While no team seems interested in either player,
Schmidt went out in style, respected by fans and there is a certain shrine in Cooperstown, New York
peers alike. Although he was only hitting .203, he still which will gladly open its doors for the likes of these
managed to hit six homers with 28 RBIs to bring his retired heroes.
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BY MIKE HEAD The event is open only to alumni day will go to the 'M' Club, but the
This Saturday, the University of who earned letters during their years primary purpose of this event is to
Michigan Athletic Department is at Michigan. Many of the par- rekindle friendships.
hosting its annual 'M' Day, a ticipants will be reuniting with "There is a special relationship
celebration of the athletes who con- teammates they haven't seen for which forms at the collegiate level
tributed to the excellence of Mich- years. The 1964 Rose Bowl-winning that results from competition against
igan sports. football team will be celebrating its one another and (from being) united
"This is one of the greatest days 25th anniversary in conjunction with against an opponent," Seyferth
of each year for the Athletic Depart- 'M' day. added.
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associate athletic director. "It is an include a shotgun golf tournament, a from different eras a chance to see
opportunity for teammates of the tennis tournament, a luncheon, and and actually meet the individuals
past to reunite and reflect upon their an awards meeting. whom they had only heard about
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Track teams finish
season with NCAA
and Big Ten meets
BY MIKE HEAD
The Michigan men's and wo-
men's track teams completed their
outdoor seasons with respective 6th
and4th place finishes at the Big Ten
Championships held two weeks ago.
Senior John Scherer and junior
Mindy Rowand each swept the 5,000
and 10,000 meter races. It was the
second year in a row that Scherer has
accomplished the feat.
"It was a super thrill to win,"
Scherer said in the Ann Arbor News.
"Michigan distance runners really
proved themselves. Mindy won her
race, and Brad [Barquist] and I went
This weekend at the NCAA
Championships, Scherer will defend
his NCAA title in the 10,000 meters
with Barquist running beside him.
Also competing will be Brad Darr in
the pole vault, Rowan in the
women's 10,000 meters, and Sonya
Payne in the women's shot put.
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