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One chance, last chance: Husker golf tryouts not easy on dreamers
out for the
team on the
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BY MATTHEW jj&MSEN
The final group of walk-ons at the 2000 Nebraska
golf team tryouts stood on the first tee at Highlands
Golf dub on Saturday.
The first golfer in the group stepped up. Not five
feet away, and directly across from him, stood Larry
Romjue, NU’s Golf coach. He chooses who to keep
and who to discard.
The walk-on stood over the ball for what seemed
like an eternity. Finally, he swung.
Hie ball traveled no more than 100 yards before
hooking violently to die left, where it crashed in die
rough, between a large pine tree and a sand bunker.
Romjue said nothing. When the rest of the golfers
in the group had hit, two in the bunker, one 240 yards
down the fairway, he still said nothing.
When they were gone, off down the fairway to
chase their dreams of making the NU golf team,
“Did you see those four drives?" Romjue said. “Do
any of those guys have a chance? No.”
Then there was Ken Soell, the perfect fed-good
story of die tryouts.
The 29-year-old walk-on was trying to make the
squad. He, unlike the final group, had a fighting
chance to do so, Romjue said.
Soell had a good swing. He exhibited a can-do
attitude. He even had a good story line that included
a stint in the military for interested writers to fill note
But this was real life, where these things rarely
work out And this was the golf tryouts, where things
work out even less.
Soell lost a ball on die second hole at Highlands
Golf Course. He piled up bogey after bogey. He
missed a one-foot tap-in on the ninth green.
Walking off that green, he wore the type of look
that makes others look away in embarrassment
By the 14th hole, he was gone.
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NU pounds foes
■Soccer team sets both
offensive and defensive record
in blowout victory and are
now 2-0 on season.
Only one word can describe
the Nebraska soccer team’s 11-0
win against Arkansas-Little
Rock Sunday, and it was the first
word out of NU Coach John
Walker’s mouth at his post
game press conference.
"Wow,” he said quietly after
picking up the stat sheet that
displayed his team's domina
tion against the Itojans.
Walker’s Cornhuskers out
shot Arkansas-Little Rock 59-1.
They held the visitors without a
shot on goal.
NU’s 30 shots on goal shat
tered the team’s all-time record
by six shots. The 11 goals also
tied a school record.
The impressive statistics
started piling up at the 11:44
mark in the first period when
defender Christina Gluck
scored her first goal of the sea
In the next 20 minutes, NU
would go on to score six more
goals, including two each by
Meghan Anderson and Brooke
In the midst of the scoring
run, Christy Harms and Brooke
Jones broke the school record by
scoring back-to-back goals just
20 seconds apart.
Walker said he was pleased
with the various ways the team
The Husker coach said the
team spent a lot of the game
working on cross passes, getting
to the end line, cutting back and
beating a defender one-on-one.
Despite playing only one
half and not seeing a shot
attempt against her, Goalkeeper
Karina LeBlanc said she learned
something from each game,
even 11-goal wins.
“I learned to see different
things our players may do, or
different defensive angles they
may take,” LeBlanc said.
Leah Lamale replaced
LeBlanc in the second half, but
wouldn’t see much more action.
The Trojans weren’t able to
attempt a shot until the final
two minutes of the game.
With such a lopsided victory,
Walker was able to give all the
freshmen on the team time to
Lacey woou scored ner nisi
career goal at NU, while Harms
tallied a goal and an assist. Yet
another freshman, Kelly
Haxton, assisted on two goals.
With games on the horizon
against top-10 teams Florida
and Connecticut, giving inexpe
rienced players field time will
pay off down the road, Walker
"Certainly for our young
players, it was a good chance to
give them quality minutes," he
"A big thing for them is
understanding that competing
means every possession."
Husker starters played limit
ed minutes because the team
hosts Southwest Missouri State
on Tuesday. Each starter was
able to rest for the final 35 min
utes of the game.
The win boosted the
Huskers to 2-0, including a 4-0
win at Minnesota on Friday.
NU’s defense also was stellar
in that win, allowing just five
shots on goal.
Husker Danka Carey tries to control the ball near Arkansas' goal in the second half of the game on Sunday at Abbott Sports
Complex. Nebraska won the game 11-0.
Texas A&M is home of the
12th man, a walk-on full of
school spirit who gets his
chance on the kickoff team
If 2000 goes anything like
the last half of 1999, he'll be an
angry 12th man.
Coach R.C. Slocum enters as
an optimistic coach in his 12th
year at College Station, Texas,
roughly eight months removed
from a 24-0 loss at the hands of
Penn State in the Alamo Bowl. It
was his seventh loss in nine
Now, the problems that
doomed Slocum’s Aggies
through the last six games of the
season and accumulated into a
bowl shutout return to Kyle
It is likely that usually ambi
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Pilakowski, Behrends step forward in match
BY BRIAN CHRtSTPPHERSON
Nebraska volleyball Coach
John Cook bore the sly look of a
proud papa after watching his
first-born Nebraska team com
pete in the annual Red-White
game on Saturday.
There was a positive vibe
shared by players and coaches
afterwards, even with the knowl
edge that they will be without
outside hitter Nancy
Meendering, who is redshirting
But Cook had Laura
Pilakowsld and Kim Behrends up
his sleeve to take the place of
Meendering. The two-headed
attack ofPilakowki and Behrends
led the starters to a 15-4,10-15,
15-7,15-13 win before an esti
mated crowd of 1,900 at the NU
“Look how many times
Behrends and Pilakowsld bailed
us out,” Cook said. “Last year,
that was Meendering doing that
The sophomore Pilakowski
led the Red team with 17 kills to
go along with 15 digs and a .357
“It’s reassuring,” junior mid
dle blocker Jenny Kropp said of
Pilakowski’s performance. “But
we know that Laura can play that
good. She does the same thing in
Not to be outdone, Behrends,
a senior, planted 14 kills on the
other side of the net with a .324
hitting percentage and a remark
ably high total of seven service
aces for the match.
“We’re a different style of
team, and those guys did a great
job for us tonight,” Cook said.
“They were doing that against
probably the best right side
blocker in college volleyball.”
It should be a confidence
builder for the projected starting
unit, which went up against the
likes of Meendering, senior setter
Jill McWilliams and former j,
China Olympic star Li Guo Jun. p
Meendering and Jun record
ed 23 and 15 kills respectively for
the White squad.
Cook said he believes that the i
test of playing the difficult White
squad and of having to play in
front ofa large crowd will help his ]
team prepare for the opener ]
against Northwestern on Friday
ebraska outside hitter IGm Behrends attempts a kill over white squad members
am Krejd, left, and Jill McWilliams during Saturday night's scrimmage.
“There was a big crowd here,
rhey were nervous," Cook said Of
lis team. “This is huge for us to
lave a match like this.”
Pilakowski said it felt good to
be in competition again.
“We do this every day in prac
tice," she said. “We go to war."
The official season will open
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RV IfWHMI PIMBIHND
Lack of leadership shouldn't
be a problem for the NU football
team this season.
Nebraska selected its cap*
tains on Friday before its final
scrimmage and a problem arose:
More players than the customary
four were deemed right for the
honor. So the Huskers picked six
three on offense and three on
Representing the offense are
linemen Jason Schwab and Russ
Hochstein and running back Dan
Linebacker Carlos Polk will
lead the Blackshirts, along with
rush end Kyle Vanden Bosch and
defensive tackle Loran Kaiser
The six cap- _
tarns are a nrst
for NU, with five
being chosen in
1995 and 1998.
we elect four
captains, but a
lot of players got
votes and it
seemed to make
were a lot of
but if you get
elected a cap
tain, that really
but a lot
says someuung -
about you as a
player and a person."
Schwab and Hochstein offi
cially take the reins of the offen
sive line, but both agreed much
leadership wouldn't be needed
"There’s a lot of leaders on
this team,” Schwab said. "There
could have been ten.”
But you won’t see the sixth
year senior slacking off.
"Tb be respected, you have to
be able to back it up on the field,”
said Schwab, who mentioned
1999 captain Mike Brown as a
model example of that trait
Said Hochstein: "The line we
have is very cohesive, and we are
a unified bunch of guys. There is
really not a need for anyone to
step forward and say what needs
to get dona Everyone pretty well
knows what needs to gk done."
The offense got the job done
in the last scrimmage of the sea
son. The offensive line opened
holes all day long, paving the way
for NU's top three I-backs to rack
up 283 yards and three touch
downs on 10 carries - a gaudy
average of 28.3yaids per touch.
All in all, the Huskers rushed
for 473 yards and seven touch
downs against scout teams repre
senting San Jose States schemes.
Alexander, who had 126 yards
and two touchdowns on the day,
said he was pleased with the per
formance. But, he said, there is
always room for improvement
"What looks like a perfect
play is never perfect" he said. “I
know there are a lot of things that
I could have done better.”
The senior said he was sur
prised at being selected a captain,
and he felt a “renewed determi
"I want to pick it up and make
sure they don’t regret their deci
sion,” he said.
All the seniors admitted to
feeling a little emotional and nos
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