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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 84, Number 4 (May 1983)

Boyer, Ann
State farms are there!,   pp. [16]-21

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   Throughout the season the team was
spearheaded by such skilled puck handlers
and goal scorers as Paul Houck (thirty-
seven goals and thirty assists), all-
American Pat Flatley (sixty-six points), and
John Johannson (sixty-one). But Sauer in-
sists the Badgers' success didn't hinge on a
few star players. "I realized all along that
we were not going to be very good if we re-
lied on them alone because we don't have
great scorers," he admitted. "But when we
worked as a team it gave a big boost to the
players and that's when they started believ-
ing in themselves."
or Yoder and his youthful team, the
      winning recipe was not so easily dis-
      covered. Playing with virtually no
upper classmen save the sparingly used sen-
ior guard Greg Dandridge, the Badgers
were not expected to notch many wins this
year, and Yoder set his sights accordingly.
   "One goal we had was to get out of the
Big Ten cellar which we weren't able to ac-
complish," he admitted. "But since we
were playing with no juniors and just one
senior, in this league that would have been
awfully tough to do.
   "We had six guys straight out of high
school. They're expected to play in the Big
Ten? That's a joke unless you're Wayman
Tisdale or Patrick Ewing."
   Still, the Badgers did have some note-
worthy performances. Returning from last
year's squad, Cory Blackwell and Brad
Sellers shunned the "sophomore jinx" to
finish with fine second seasons.
   Blackwell, voted the team's MVP, com-
bined strength and a soft shooting touch to
average almost nineteen points and 7.1 re-
bounds a contest, fifth and sixth in the Big
Ten, respectively.
   Throughout the season Sellers was
much criticized for not being aggressive
enough. Asked about the sophomore's
weaknesses, Yoder responded: "I don't
think I need to tell you about them; every-
one in the stands could see his lack of inten-
sity." Despite his critics, the 6'11" center/
forward was selected second team all-Big
Ten and his numbers were impressive: 17.6
points and seven rebounds a game, placing
him ninth in the conference in both catego-
John Marks graduates this month in Jour-
nalism. He has been a sports writer on the
Daily Cardinal, and worked on our staff this
semester as a student intern.
   On April 15, Sellers asked for and re-
ceived permission to transfer to another
school, unnamed at this writing. The Associ-
ated Press said he was "believed to have be-
come disenchanted with Yoder." -Ed.
   First-year guard Rick Olson also had an
excellent season considering the pressures
as the "only true guard we've got," accord-
ing to Yoder. The Madison La Follete High
School product responded with adept drib-
bling skills and deadly-although often
erratic-outside shooting to average eleven
points a game.
   Another freshman backcourt man, Jim
Smith, came on strong at the end of the year
and is expected to contribute greatly in the
upcoming seasons.
   With a nucleus of young, hungry ball
players, Yoder says all he needs is another
season or two and a few more blue chip re-
cruits to turn Wisconsin basketball fortunes
around. "It's going to take us some time,"
he pledged, "but we'll get it done."
This was a disappointing year for coach
Russ Hellickson and his wrestling squad.
With their top wrestler Mark Schmitz out
for the season due to injury, the Badgers
could place no better than sixth at the Big
Ten meet in Iowa City. Top finishers were
John Giura, second at 142 pounds; Robin
Morris, second at 118; and Mike Euker,
third at the heavyweight division. At the
NCAA championships in Oklahoma City,
the team finished twenty-second with Giura
as the Badger's best wrestler coming in
eighth at 142 pounds. He was honored as
our only all-American for 1983.
Women's Basketball
The Badger women concluded their most
successful season in the program's nine-
year history this spring, posting an overall
mark of 19-8. For seven-year head coach
Edwina Qualls it was her fourth winning
season. The team secured a first-division
finish in the Big Ten with a victory in the
conference finale.
   Paced by all-time everything Theresa
Huff, they notched six consecutive confer-
ence wins before running into leaders Indi-
ana, Ohio State and Minnesota and losing
six straight. Wisconsin then went on to win
five of its last six contests to end the season
at 11-7.

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