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4 • BENNETT BANNER - APRIL 12, 1996
Batters gear up
for new season
For your tummy—ab-solute perfection
Banner Sports Editor
The Bennett “batters” are back.
The softball season started March
26 with an opener against
Seventeen players are return
ing and 11 new players wiU head
up the season.
Head Coach Herb Jackson
wants the team to be competitive
because his basic goal is to win and
make Bennett look good.
However, Jackson said that
last year’s team had a lot more
talent but this year’s team has
more drive, competitive spirit and
they want to win.
But the inclement weather has
made it impossible for this team to
play up to their full potential.
“Our basic goals are limited
due to the practice facility and the
inclement weather,” Jackson said.
“There are things that we can’t do
inside that have to be done outside
and that affects our game,”
A typical practice day for the
team starts at 4 p jn. with running,
jumping, and stretching. They prac
tice infield and outfield techniques
and end the practice with wind
Takiyah Starks, a sophomore
biology major from Chicago, said
that the gym doesn’t give them
enough room and some people
who have never played softball
don’t always know how to react to
certain situations unless they have
played on a real field.
“From experience I try to help
people and the people who can’t
play as well they have improved,”
The team now has a 0-6 record
and they play there games in the
Levette field at Noco Park on Lee
(NAPS)—If you do what you can for your
abdominals, they will do some pretty nice things for
you. Today’s fit-conscious Americans have their eyes
on the mid-section, and will stop at nothing to get
perfectly-toned “washboard” abs. Good abs are not
only desired for appearance, but are a central part of
the body that provides strength and stability and are
essential for good posture.
It’s not surprising then that in a recent survey, 60
percent of respondents selected the abdominals as the
area they would like to tone the most. The rest of the
body didn’t come close, with 14 percent of the vote
going to the legs, and the arms and buttocks receiving
9.5 and eight percent respectively.
Survey participants also rated the abs of some
male and female celebrities. Who’s got the best
abdominal tone? Olympic athlete Jackie Joyner-
Kersee received 44 percent of the vote, more than
twice that of newly-toned pop diva Janet Jackson.
A spokesman for NordicTrack, which commis
sioned the survey in conjunction with the introduc
tion of its new AbWorks abdominal exercise ma
chine, said that for men the abdominal area can be
a resting place for fat. Women, on die other hand,
seemed to worry most about their lower abs—
especially after child-bearing.
behind the myth
(NAPS)—As the NBA season
moves towards the playoffs, the
Chicago Bulls not only have the
best record in the league, they are
being talked about as the best bas
ketball team ever.
Leading the Bulls on this drive
toward history is Michael Jordan,
reached new ,
since his re
turn from re
of what has
gone on be
Jordan is as
place on the
court, and of
fers the an
swers to what
has made Jordan elevate himself
and his team in a manner unprec
edented in the annals of basket
In the newly published RE
BOUND: The Odyssey of Michael
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The book takes the reader from
arenas and is
the story of a
then, in pain,
left it behind
in an effort to
who he once
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he wanted to
is moving and evocative, a sports
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the man behind the myth and the
life behind the legend.
How CAN WE ENCOURAGE OUR KIDS TO HAVE DREAMS
THEN DENY THEM THE MEANS TO ACHIEVE THEM?
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