The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, March 06, 2001, Page 11, Image 11
NU recruit hailed as savior ROBINETTE from page 12 dominates, and she makes it look easy. Sitting next to Sanderford, former South Sioux standout and teammate Candice Blackbird feels the same eagerness for Robinette to be in a Husker uniform. Blackbird, like everyone else in town, saw something special in Robinette when she met her on die court for the first time in elementary school “She’s aggressive, so, so aggressive,” Blackbird said. “I mean, just to watch her rebound... she just naturally can play.” Blackbird's eyes, like Sanderford's, lit up when asked how relieved she was when Robinette announced her decision. She said most of South Sioux - a basketball breeding ground on the Nebraska-Iowa border that also sent the Huskers’ No. 2 shot-blocker Charlie Rogers to NU-breathed a sigh of relief. “Everybody’s a Nebraska fan there,” Blackbird said. “We have a pipeline there.” Robinette was as relieved as anyone to have finally made a decision, after four years of hound ing from recruiters, media and people on the streets she didn't even know, about where she would and should go to college. But her reasoning was simple. “It's just home,” Robinette said. “It’s close to everything. My brother goes here. My dad went here. I didn’t want to go far away. “I thought it’d be awesome to play for someone like Connecticut that has a real good shot at win ning the national championship. But I think we can do it here, and I see it coming up. The program is developing quickly.” The blissful Saturday night oozed with hope. It oozed with optimism. It oozed with expectation which, of course, comes with pressure. Robinette can handle it, Sanderford said. “The expectations of her here are not nearly the expectations she's had in high school,” he said. “They’re expected to win every game by 40 points and win a state championship every year. It doesn’t get any harder than that” Said Cardinals Coach Kelly Flynn: “I don’t think any expectations are too high for Katie. She’s been through everything you can be put through ... national all-star games, Nike camps, Reebok camps. She’s been tested as much as you can test a high school player. She's passed those tests with flying colors.” Robinette acts and plays like she’s ready. She knows the kind of excitement surrounding her , dream night Saturday won’t end. Critics will peer at her when she’s playing a big role on Sanderford’s team. The bliss of high school domination may have ended, but NU expects Robinette to carry it into the Devaney Center, where NU lost six of its last seven games this year. “Just with the youth of our team, she could see how athletic we were and could see she’ll fit right in with our style of play,” Blackbird said. “She'll make an immediate impact I’ll be exdt-, ed to play with her again.” Let the Robinette hype continue: Watching Sanderford Saturday, you could tell he doesn’t mind it a bit He, as well as the rest of the state, is just happy the hype will stay in the Devaney Center. Big 12 First round tourna ment pairings for Thursday: No. 9 Colorado plays No. 8 Baylor at noon. No. 12 Ttexas Tech plays No. 5 Oklahoma State at 220 pm No. 10 Kansas State plays No. 7 Nebraska at 6 pun. No 11 Ttexas A&M plays Na 6 Missouri at 820 pm. Friday second round pairings: No 1 Iowa State plays winner of Colorado/Bayior at noon. No. 4 Texas plays winner of Texas Tech/Oklahoma State at 220 pun. No. 2 Kansas plays winner of Kansas State/Nebraska at 6 pm No. 3 Oklahoma plays winner of Texas A&M/Missouri at 8:20 pun. Nebraska Coach Barry Collier's emphasis on defense has paid off for two Huskers as Cookie Belcher and Kimani Ffriend were named to the Big 12’s All Defensive team. “It just shows that they have recognized our talents and ability to get stops," Ffriend said. Belcher was also named to the NABC District 12 Second Tfeam. The Big 12 Player of the Week is Oklahoma’s Hollis Price. The sophomore guard averaged 18.5 points in Sooner wins over Colorado and Oklahoma State. Texas’ Maurice Evans was named die Big 12 Rookie of the Week after averaging 19.5 points in wins over Missouri and Texas Ifech. Three Nebraska non-confer ence opponents have already punched their tickets to the NCAA Tournament Winthrop won the Big South title this past weekend, Eastern Illinois conquered the Ohio Valley and Iona won the MAAC to gain three of the first NCAA automatic bids available. *** Tfexas center Chris Owens has blocked 82 shots so far this season and is nine blocked shots away from breaking the Longhorn sin gle-season record of 90, set by Chris Mihm during the 1997-98 and 1999-2000 seasons. •** Iowa State Coach Larry Eustachy said he received a call from Texas Coach Rick Barnes fol lowing a Sports Illustrated article claiming the two were at each other’s throats during the Longhorns' 94-78 win on Feb. 24 in Austin, Texas. Said Eustachy: “He said, 'You’re not going to come down here and kick my ass, are you?' I said,‘What are you talking about?’ Eustachy said the confronta tion at half court between the two coaches was overblown and total ly misrepresented. "It was a rough and tumble game and both teams were foul ing,” Eustachy said. "We just kind of got a jolly out of it That was the furthest thing from what hap pened.” Compiled by Joshua Camenzind Less qualifiers, but still high quality TRACKfrompage12 hurdles and Leann Boerema in the shot put The NU men will be head lined by senior Chris Chandler in the 60 meters and 200 meters. The sprinter is the only Husker that will compete in two events at the meet. He holds the nation’s fifth-fastest time in the 60 this season. Shaun Kologinczak will compete in the high jump and Eric Eshbach qualified in the pole vault. Both have the nation’s fifth-best marks in their respective events. Senior leaper Sheldon Hutchinson also qualified in the triple jump. Smith said that while only a few Nebraska athletes had a legitimate chance at medaling, the experience was invaluable for NU’s younger, athletes. “(The meet) is intimidat ing,” Smith said. “They get to see all die big name schools that we never see, we only read about “They will see faces of peo ple that we see in Track and Field Magazine.” The 2001 NCAA Indoors begin at noon on Friday and conclude on Sunday night Recruit picks NU over other Div. 1 schools BY JOSHUA CAMEHZIND Strong Nebraska ties resulted in Barry Collier's final commit ment of this year's recruiting class. John Hirek, a 6-foot-9,215 pound center from Council Bluffs’ Abraham Lincoln High School, gave his word to play for NU after turning down an offer from for mer Husker Coach Danny Nee at Robert Morris and heeding the advice of his coach, Bruce Chubick, whose son, Bruce, played for NU from 1991-94. Turek said Nee had first recruited him to come to Nebraska and, after a trip to the Five-Star camp held at Robert Morris, Nee offered again. But Hirek said NU just felt right and Chubick helped sway him along the way. "He always put in a good word,” said Hirek, who has started since his sophomore year Abraham Lincoln is 21-0 on the season and owns a win over Lincoln Southeast and Turek’s friend and fellow NU recruit Jake Muhleisen. Hirek rounds out the Husker recruiting dass, which already con sisted of Muhleisen, Corey Simms of Normandy (St Louis), Brennon Clemons of Olney Junior College (Illinois) and Dan Heimos of Gibault High School (\toterioo, 111). TonyWilbrand of Alliance and Garth Glissman ofWaverly (New Hampton Prep) also have both accepted offers to walk on. Tlirek said he had about 13 to 14 Division I scholarship offers from schools such as Marquette, Wisconsin and Central Florida. Creighton showed strong interest as did Iowa, but neither had offered yet. Kansas also showed interest Tlirek was scheduled to visit the Hawkeyes on Saturday, but after attending the Texas A&M game lastWfednesday, followed by Collier’s offer the next day at Abraham Lincoln’s practice, lUrek knew NU was the place he wanted to be. Tlirek's father, John, said his son accepted the offer when he called Collier later Thursday evening - something he didn't do immediately. “I wanted to talk it over with my parents,” Tlirek said. Chubick’s son, Bruce, has advised Tlirek, who has a 7-foot wingspan, of the advantages of redshirting, but Tlirek said he was unsure of what his immediate impact might be. “It depends on where the coaches feel I can play,” hesaid. “I know that I need to bulk up a bit to play the power forward position in the Big 12.” March 26,27 and 28, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Schulte Field House or June 2 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ^jCall the Band Office at 472.2505 for more information. A In need of more than just Title IX WOMEN from page 12 in the long run. Winning works. ■ Quit spreading false myths about the benefits of sports, which woman's organizations seem to do a lot of in promoting women’s sports. Your daughter does not stay away from drugs because she is in sports. Nor is she more likely not to get in trouble. Nor is she less likely to get pregnant No, girls who play sports are those things because of who they are, which funnels into what they do. Sports are no cure all. Trust this: If 16-year-oki Becky wants to get high and have sex more than anything, she just won’t play sports. It’d get in the way. ■ Ask the serious questions soon. Which is, simply, what will women’s sports give us? What are its benefits? I’m inclined to wonder how The Daily Nebraskan Our stories: factual s: up hii ways many there are, whether exposing an entire half of our population to the joys of sport is worth anything more than saying it was done. That's not a knock on women ath letes. That’s a knock on modem athletics. There used to be a Nike com mercial that offered a sensational statistic regarding the number of women CEOs in America. A high number of them, nearly all, had played organized high school or college sports. Discipline, obedi ence, teamwork, leadership - that’s what sports taught them. But how will that commercial look in 15 years when 40 percent of college women athletes funnel back into the game itself to become coaches or athletic train os? There's room for females but not as male clones. For a lot of sakes, women need to become our better half in sports. Extent of injury not yet known PA¥IE$frompaqe12 squatting. The injury may have already been there and become aggravated by the lifting, or the lifting may have caused it and intensified it “I lifted too much in high school. There was no reason to be squatting so much,* said Davies, who would squat in die upper 500's. In 2000, as a redshirt fresh man, Davies lived up to his billing as one of NU's top recruits as he shined when he got in the spotlight. Playing in all 11 games primarily as a blocker, Davies averaged 10.2 yards on 18 carries while scor ing one touchdown and never losing a yard from the line ol scrimmage. it you are attending classes aunng tne spring ^uu i semester at UNL you are eligible to use UNO Campus Recreation Facilities for a minimal charge of only $15.00 for the week of March 12-16 (Spring Break). Stop by the Health, Physical, Education and Recreation Building, Room 100 and show us your current student I.D. to purchase a pass to exercise, play sports or swim. _. .. For More Information Call 554-2539 iii CONGRATULATIONS Erin Fujan Erin Fujan is a graduating senior in Ag Business an has been chosen. A career at Archer Daniels Midland Company in commodities trading. px> ADM is one of the largest grain and food processing companies in the world. Based in Decatur, Illinois, ADM is continually expanding throughout the United States as well as in China, Europe, Mexico and South America. Erin found out about ADM’b career opportunities from career services on campus and scheduled an interview with ADM. After completing a two-stage interview process, Erin was offered a position as a commodities trader. In May 2001, she will begin a 4-6 month hands-on training program that will expose her to all aspects of ADM and commodities trading. \ ADM is looking forward to having Erin join our team. NOW HIRING! SUMMER MANUFACTURING POSITIONS! 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