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Herald & Review Sports. Decatur, Illinois, Thursday, October 18, 1S84 i 9 t" '. - sw'W . .- '.-.I - 2. v Ns 1 ,:;.( ': ' i - i ' , , v i. r'- : ; : ... '"- J-''..V Photo by Herb Slodounik Part of kamikaze, front, from left, Kevin Bickings, Cheney Hunt, back, Dave Andriano, Aric Anderson. Target: Brad Clark. r V. - , 4 f' t-1 j. y .in-i, s"; "Ja --f 'I 1 g " v. t I 5. stS-" LA mil i 4WWI...L... ..miu'iii." Dan Gordon Tony Grant Rick Grove Rick Lambie Richie Minor Frank Perryman Andy Salm A Febirf h of kamikaze By BOB FALLSTROM NrM 4 Rtvtr Sports editor The divine wind sweeps with suicidal fury. In World War II, the divine wind was a wave of Japanese airplane pilots charged with the mission of crashing into enemy ships with explosive results. Kamikaze attacks they were called. Kamikaze translates: Kami (divine) kaze (wind). Now the divine wind sweeps away Millikin University football opponents on kickoff situations. , "Our divine wind is devastating." Coach Carl Poelker reports. "It's the best coverage team we've had since I've been coaching at Millikin (17 years). They tattoo people. You can hear the hitting. It's awesome." Poelker is responsible for the divine wind tag. Assistant Coach Ralph McQuiggan devised the alignment of the 11 hitters. Assistant Coach Tim Littrell stands guard over the hitters. The hitters include six flyers and five trailers. The flyers destroy the wedge of blockers. The trailers pick up the bodies. The flyers are also known as: Aric Anderson. 200, sophomore. Palatine Cheney Hunt, 210, senior, Pekin David Andriano, 190, sophomore. Palatine Dan Gordon, 180, freshman, Arthur Frank Perryman, 170, junior. Pittsburgh, Pa. Rick Grove, 165, senior, Bethany The trailers are also known as. Kevin Bickings, 170, junior, Benton Richie Minor, 170, senior, Carmi Andy Salm, 215, junior, Rockford Rick Lambie, 160, junior, Barton-ville Tony Grant, 170, junior, Arthur Can't- please everybody Bob Fallstrom Commentary f Y: The readers write: From Hobart Gardner, Olney: As President Reagan says, "there you go again." You took Illinois out of the Rose Bowl. You picked the Cubs to win the playoffs and they lost three in a row, then you discard logic and select the Padres to take the World Series and they lost. So why don't you keep your big trap shut on predictions. Please excuse my typing. I am 88 and do not see ae well as I did. From Clarence H. Stamm, Newton: "l must congratulate the person who wrote the headline "They wouldn't be the Cubs if they didn't break your heart." I sympathize with the young people in the disappointment. From B.J. and Jim Wade, Decatur: ' We read with interest and irritation your article on the B & B Bombers softball team. It seems to us you could use your space to "appreciate" teams or people who really deserve the appreciation. B & B Bombers or whatever they call themselves in any given situation or tournament, is a team which is Class B, Class C or Class A, whichever fits the particular situation. They seem to enter tournaments which they feel they can at least win or run away with. We have a team in women's C-3 Rec Department league called Wade's Renegades. We play in the Rec Department because we feel that js where we belong and feel most comfortable with. We know our team Mostly, the Millikin kickoff is the group's only chance for action. The bench-sitters make the most of it. "They're crazed," marvels Poelker. "crazed with enthusiasm and determination and dedication." The longest return of a kickoff is estimated at 10 yards. "We aim to inflict pain," Cheney Hunt vows. "We run as fast as we can, hit as many bodies as possible. If we can . keep the returner from going beyond the 20, it sets the tempo in our favor." Aric Anderson, baby-faced sophomore, is the No. 1 intimidator.He sent a Southwest Baptist player to the hospital in the Oct. 6 game in Missouri, his divine wind teammates report. "It's my job," Anderson responds. "Everyone else does as much as I do." Everyone has a lane, a certain area of responsibility. On Thursday and Friday they practice keeping within the lanes. On Saturday they hit, hit, hit. The divine wind's effectiveness has helped Millikin sweep away five opponents. It's the first 5-0 start in 10 years. Now comes the ultimate confrontation: Undefeated and No. 1-ranked Augustana visits Millikin Saturday in a College Conference of Illinois-Wisconsin showdown. "A little extra adrenalin will be flowing," promises Cheney Hunt. "Before the kickoff, I have total dedication, a feeling that I'm going to make the tackle. That's the only attitude to have, that's the only attitude we allow. There will be nothing close to a long gain by Augustana." That will be too, too divine.