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The Michigan Daily-Friday, June 9,1989-Page 12
Backup
SOLLOM SPENDS SUMMER SOLIDIFYING SKILLS
BY MIKE HEAD Like many of the other football will join Demetrius Brown and
In the shadows. Second fiddle. play'rs, Sollom is spending the bulk Michael Taylor for seven-on-seven
Backup. That's Ken Sollom. or his summer vacation here in Ann drills, honing the skills which they
As a member of the trio of Arbor preparing himself for the all possess.
quarterbacks Michigan recruited in upcoming season. "All the (offensive) backs practice
1987, Sollom, a junior from Can- WHY IS he here? Football is in the offensive plays and work on new
yon County, California, knew that the fall. These guys should be rest- ones."
- he would not be playing immediate- ing for the important season ahead. o ued
ly. It was a feeling to which he was Although he appears to be dest-
accustomed. ined for a reserve role once again this
"In high school, I didn't even year, Ken is not dejected or frust-
start until my senior year. Our team rated. In fact, he actually plays a
won 46 consecutive games. I played pivotal role on the team. He is the
baseball as well, but I felt that I was holder for all kicking attempts.
better at football, so I decided to y "I USED TO do it high school
pursue it in college." 4 because I like to catch the ball,"
Sollom decided to attend Michi- Sollom said. "The job makes me
gan because he wanted to get away feel like I am a part of the team. It
from California for a few years and keeps me involved."
he was impressed with the relatively
down-to-earth attitude of the people What does the future hold for Ken
of Ann Arbor. Sollom?
HE ALSO chose Michigan be- "I'll probably go back home after
cause the football program was college to find a job," he said.
similar to his high school program.
Each emphasized the aspect of Hollywood seems like an appro-
diseipline. priate place to reside for an aspiring
Yet not even the severest program
can dissuade an athlete from reacting And with Brown and Taylor ahead
to his first game in the Michigan S01Oi M of him, playing time for Sollom
stadium. "The players show their desire to appears to be limited. But next year,
"Against Notre Dame in '87, I play by sticking around Ann Arbor the situation will have changed. "It
didn't follow the game that much. I and keeping in shape," Sollom said. looks like [Wilbur] Odom, Elvis
was on the sidelines and seeing all of His routine includes lifting Grbac, and myself will be vying for
those people distracted me," Sollom weights three days a week and the job. Whatever happens, it will
said. running two days a week. In July, he be fun and competitive."

Seniors depart in second place
BY PETER ZELLEN
Carl Yastremski played for the Boston Red Sox for over 20 years and
never won a World Series. However, he did give them his all during those
seasons and accumulated Hall of Fame statistics.
To a lesser degree, the same can be said of the three.graduating
members of the 1989 Michigan softball squad.
Catcher MaryAnn Daviera, centerfielder Beth Mueller, and Nan
Payne, who plays second base, all will leave Michigan never having won
a Big Ten title. In the last three seasons the Wolverines have lost the
conference title by a game or less.
In 1987, Michigan lost the final game of the season, placing second.
In 1988, the Wolverines lost three of their final four to Indiana to fall out
of first place and lose by a half-game.
This past season, Michigan needed to sweep its last four games in
order to tie for first with Iowa. The Wolverines won the first three but
lost the last game and finished second, again.
All three played with fire and determination and yet they never could
win that final game. They supplied both the statistics and the leadership
that was the spark of the Michigan softball team.
"Three years of falling short; I don't know what to say," Payne said.
"This year's team was one of the best we ever had. But it was a lot harder
losing last year than this year. We lost this season during the year. If we
had won a game earlier then we would have won."
"I've always been happy this year," Payne explains. "I'm not a
standout but if I can play consistently then that's good."
Mueller was named captain to start the season and got off to a .350
start during the preseason. She finished the year at .229 but was second on
the team with 24 runs batted in.
"I have no regrets about what we've accomplished," Mueller said.
"We concentrated all the time and played hard. We lost it as a team"
Daviera started her career at shortstop but her strong arm moved her
to catcher. She was regarded with high praise from coach Carol Hutchins.
"She's a real good player," Hutchins said. "I think she's even better than
(former Michigan All-American) Alicia Seegert."
The 1986 Rookie of the Year finished at .254 with 18 RBIs.
Defensively, Daviera only made three errors.
All three have a lot to be proud of concerning their four years on the
Michigan softball team and all will leave with pleasant memories despites
those late season losses.

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