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T Mark Fricker Credited as an inspiration to his teammates, Mark Fricker has quietly, but assuredly, paced himself into a world class competition in long distance track. An extremely good year as a junior showed everyone the untapped potential Fricker has in the 1500 meter distance race. He placed third in the NCAA ' s and clocked the fastest collegiate mark in the country. He said he feels that he peaked early last year and didn ' t do so well in " summer " games. Last year, Fricker ' s summer was spent in Europe . He was invited to be the " rabbit " on the tour in hopes of setting up world record times. The " rabbit " leads the pack for the first few laps, setting a fast pace before folding. While there, Fricker ran with the world ' s best: Steve Scott, Steve Ovett, John Walker, Ray Flynn and Sydney Marie. " Now that I ' ve run against the best, it ' s not going to be such a shocker when I run against the top names in the future, " Fricker said. This past year, as a senior, Fricker has won all of his races in easy paced times, but has been saving his best for this summer at the World Games, Pan Am Games and the World University Games. Then, all of his efforts will be geared toward preparing himself for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. His coach said he thinks Fricker has a good chance of making the team. Although other runners may be stronger physically than Mark Fricker, he has been credited as having more mental toughness than anyone. A Judy Spoelstra She led the team in steals, assists and rebounds, was nominated for the Wade trophy, received most valuable player for the NWIT and Big Classic, led her team to the second round of the NCAA playoffs, and all in one year. Number 34, Judy Spoelstra, senior forward for the women ' s basketball team, is this extraordinary athlete. " Her contribu- tion on offense, especially, is very exceptional, " says Coach Aki Hill. " She can do everything and with her height she is a very talented player. " Spoelstra came to OSU as a junior after two years at Washington State. OSU, according to Spoelstra, was academically appealing in addition to the good basketball pro- gram. " I really respected Aki ' s coaching, " she says. " She uses positive reinforcement, constructive criticism and really cares about her athletes on and off the court. " " She gave me a lot of responsibility, " continues Spoelstra, co-captain with senior forward Robyn Clark. " Aki told me to be like water and fill in all the little spots by working harder in the areas we lack. " And that ' s just what she did. Spoelstra ' s talent and effort did not go unnoticed. She was one of only 30 women nominated for the Wade trophy, which recognizes the best female basketball player in the nation. " As a basketball player, she ' s a person you can always count on, " says Clark, Spoelstra ' s roommate. " Her basketball is a direct reflection on her everyday life; she always gives 100 percent. " After graduating with a BS in Physical Education, Spoelstra intends to try out for the Pan-American team, play in Italy and Germany as an amateur, and eventually return for the 1984 Olympics. A master ' s in Sports Psychology also interests her, she says, " Eventually I ' d like to coach and or teach at the col- lege level. " S. Leong 239
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Gene Corfman A man whose friends are ten to one girls; who has been told that he is " better known, better liked and more respected than any other person on campus; " and who is the " numero uno Beaver Believer, " Gene " Geno Kabeno " Corfman, 86, has become a living legend at OSU. Since coming to Corvallis 16 years ago, Corfman has at- tended just about every athletic event, including practices.and the walls of his apartment are literally covered with pictures and cards from OSU athletes. Although he is such an avid athletics fan, Corfman still believes that, " This business of getting an education is the bottom line. " He added that although he loves sports, going to school and getting an education is the single, most impor- tant aspect of college. Corfman has a Master ' s Degree from the University of Denver and had a 46-year career in the field of education. Of the 12 different occupational positions he held, " Every one of them was a good one. I never had a job I didn ' t like, " Corf- man said. A typical day for Corfman begins by " doing what needs to be done in the mornings. " He listed such things as cleaning, shopping, reading and writing. Afternoons and evenings, " I spend on campus where the action is, " said Corfman. Two of the key ingredients to Corfman ' s longevity seem to be his activities and his optimism. " Every yesterday was a good day, every today is a good day, and every tomorrow will be an even better day, " he said. " That ' s the way it has been, the way I expect it to be. " Corfman also lives by his own individual code of ethics. " It is my responsibility to my creator, to everyone with whom I should come into contact and to myself to be intellectually honest, morally decent and socially acceptable, " he said. Corfman added that his code of ethics " has stood the test of time, and it works. " During his lifetime, Corfman has been the recipient of many compliments. But, perhaps none have pleased him as much as the time he was told by one of his " girl " friends, " Gene, I want you to know that you and my Dad are the two finest men I know. " The statement pleased him not only because of the sentiment, but because he was happy to know that she had such a good relationship with her father. She went on to say, " My dad and you are both all man, and one of the finest things about both of you is that you have a proper respect for women. " Corfman said that much of his popularity is due to the fact that " I have the time, I have the opportunity and I have the desire to get acquainted with and come to appreciate so many of our OSU students. " Although Corfman loses many of his friends each year to graduation, he looks forward to the fall when " I can start recruiting new freshmen, " he said. In case you ' ve never met " Geno Kabeno, " you can fi nd him cheering the athletes on at just about any event, or sit- ting in his favorite spot on the benches just outside the OSU Bookstore. He ' ll probably have on his OSU cap and jacket, and his bicycle with an orange OSU flag will be parked right next to him. Sit down and have a chat with him sometime. He ' s always ready to listen, and to talk. J. Reading 238
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Charlie Sitton Anyone who has ever participated in an organized sport has heard it before: maintaining a high level of intensity. However, few have reached the level of intensity Beaver center Charlie Sitton maintains when he ' s on the basketball court. " It ' s like every game is for the national championship, " said senior, Danny Evans, (teammate) referring to the effort " Charlie S. " puts out game after game. " When he steps on the court, he ' s so fired up, his head seems to be in the rafters, " Evans added. Indeed, Sitton plays as if he ' s in the rafters. The junior from McMinnville lead the Beavers in scoring and rebounding this year and was second on the team in assists. The man who coached Sitton for three years at McMinn- ville High School, Nick Robertson, probably can assess Charlie ' s value best: " With Charlie on the court, it was like having an extension of myself on the court. It was like six on five because of his vast knowledge of the game, and what we were trying to do. His level of intensity is unsurpassed as far as I ' m concerned. " Echoes Beaver mentor, Ralph Miller, " Well, everyone knows Charlie is a very intense-type player. By that, I mean he ' s always concentrating. But what many people don ' t see behind that glare in his eyes, is his ability to concentrate on the fundamentals of his game. " The only weak spot in Sitton ' s game appears to be his tendency to get into foul trouble. Said Evans, " Since Charlie has the ability to take control of the game, he sometimes gets a little carried away and gets caught with a foul. If he can avoid foul trouble, he ' s going to have an excellent senior year. " If it even resembles his first three, it surely can ' t be bad. D. Thompson Laurie Carter Jumping up and down too much in ballet class may not be the way most gymnasts get started, but All-American Laurie Carter has proved that it can work. A junior majoring in Dietetics, Carter has enjoyed an ex- tremely successful college gymnastics career. She won the 1981 National Balance Beam Championship and came back from an injury-plagued sophomore year to take fifth in Na- tionals this year. She was also featured in Sports Illustrated for recording a 9.9 on the balance beam during a dual meet at Gill Coliseum the highest individual score ever recorded in NCAA gymnastics. Looking toward her final year of collegiate gymnastics, Carter said, " I ' m looking forward to it being over, but I ' m going to miss it too. I really like pressure and competition. " She add- ed that, " The coaches here are great. They care about you as people, not just as athletes. " As far as missing out on other activities, Carter said, " I still have time to do what everyone else does. It ' s just a matter of more organization. Sure I miss some things, but how many people can say they ' ve been to Hong Kong, Japan, and Hawaii? " It is a strong tenacity and determination that carries Carter through her daily activities a s well. " Everything you do in life you want to do the best you can even the little things. I ' m staying in Corvallis this summer to work out so I can be in my best shape for my senior year. When I finish up my final year, I want to be able to look back and know that I ' ve done my very best. " W. Ha 240
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