Rookie guard quits
CENTRAL TOPS CAGERS, 81-78:
Cards fall with
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EAST LANSING (UPI) - Freshman
guard Gerald Busby, Michigan State's
prize catch of the 1978 recruiting
season, stunned athletic department of-
ficials and fans yesterday by quitting
the basketball team and going home to r
The 6-foot-4 former high school All-
Stater told athletic department officials
he hopes to transfer to Kentucky State,
where his brother Mike is a sophomore
Busby was the 13th-rated Spartans'
seventh man this season.
However, in a telephone interview
with the State News, Michigan State's
daily newspaper, Busby said he was
dissatisfied with his role with the Spar-
"I can't play my game at State," he
Coach Jud Heathcote expressed
disappointment at Busby's departure.
"We thought he was a great basket-
ball prospect," Heathcote said. "He
had adjustment problems going from
high school to the Big Ten, but he had
made fine improvement."
By LIZ MAC
The Michigan women's basketball
team ran even money with Central last
night, but when showdown came, the
Chippewas held the winning hand, 81-
The score was deadlocked at 78 with
four minutes left in the game. The two
teams exchanged leads, with the
Wolverines going ahead 78-77 on a layup
by Terry Schevers with about a minute
left to play.
But Central's ace in the hole was
freshwoman Tracy Creten, who played
a phenomenal second half. She sank
two of her 17 points with 35 seconds
remaining to put the Chippewas out in
front to stay.
"We had a little problem getting our
momentum going (in the first half),",
said Central Coach Ro" DiBrezzo. "In
- the second half, we started moving the
"WE'RE LITTLE, and our "Bill
Walton' passes to the center didn't
work; Michigan was too tall. So we
rean, to try to keep their defense
honest, and it worked."
Central held a tight lead early in the
game. Connecting on short quick
passes, the Chippewas penetrated the
Michigan defense throughout the first.
half and led 24-16 midway through.
Michigan, meanwhile, had trouble
working through Central's zone.
Relying on the fast break, the cagers
failed to set up effective plays.
BUT CENTRAL had shooting
problems, and though Michigan was
outplayed, they managed to lead 41-39
at the half.
"I don't think their defense was all
that tough," said Blue center Yvette
Harris. "We went with two centers to
try to improve our inside game, but we
just should have worked harder on of-
The tables were turned in the second
half, however. Michigan came out gun-
ning with the fast break, and with the
hot shooting of Abby Currier, who
tallied 27 points in the contest.
PENNY NEER also turned in a sharp
performance, getting almost all of her
13 rebounds in the second half. But it
wasn't enough to hold off the hustling
"It seemed like even though we put
pressure on them, they put it in," said
Neer. "We succeeded in our fast break,
but then let up."
"We just came out with our game
plan," said Michigan Coach Gloria
Soluk, referring to' her squad's unsuc-
cessful second half surge. "I don't know
CURRIER'S 27 points were high for
the game, with guard Diane Dietz pon-
tributing 12 and forward Katie Mc-
Namara seven for the Wolverines.
The Chippewas (6-3) were led by
Julie Roberts with 18 points and Creten
and Jane Robinson with 17. -Roberts
also pulled in 19 rebounds as Central
took charge of the first half boards.
The cagers, now 10-8, travel to Grand
Rapids to take on Calvin College Satur-
day. The Big Ten tournament is next,
slated for February 8-11 in
Last 'of tae Sit
By RICK MADDOCK
Irish lucky charm .. .
.. .the polls and NBC
O NCE AGAIN we see the absurdity of the wire service polls with top-
ranked Notre Dame losing, giving the Irish their second loss of the
season, while Indiana State remains unbeaten. In the AP top twenty, Indiana.
State had 17 more first place votes than the Irish, but because of a com-
bination of factors, the Sycamores remained below Notre Dame.
The most disgusting factor is that the Irish seem to have a contract with
NBC Sports. Last year, it seemed like Notre Dame was on every Sunday af-
ternoon. This kind of exposure is unfair to other schools, anI the best proof of
that is the results of this week's polls. How many times has Indiana State
been in a nationally-televised game the last two years?
The funny thing about the excess television exposure is that Notre Dame
doesn't need it. The Irish probably have more followers around the country
than any other school. Some of those followers are coaches and sportswriters
voting in the polls.
Finally, those supporting the mighty Irish ask, "Just who has Indiana
State played?" The Sycamores' schedule isn't as tough as Notre Dame's, but
the Irish haven't been playing all high schools either. Indiana State beat
Purdue, which is ranked 20th this week in UPI, 63-53. The Sycamores also
trounced Butler, 109-71. Who is Butler? Isn't that the school that beat Ohio
State? Yes, it is, which is something no one in the Big Ten can say.
As a matter of fact, Indiana State has won all 18 of its games against
some good colleges, some mediocre colleges and some small colleges. Notre
Dame has played four fewer games, and has lost two more. Percentage-wise
that's 100 versus 85.7. Right now, I'd say the Sycamores deserve to be the
top-ranked team. They've played enough bonafide colleges that could have
knocked them off.
Let's go from the top to the bottom in one big hurry. It's time to think
#bout the Red Wings. Kind of like jumping down an empty elevator shaft,
eh? I wonder who's sicker about this year'speason, the players or the fans.
It's certainly not Ted Lindsay.
The Dead Wings, a name created by WXYZ-TV Sports, better not have
an autopsy taken at the end of the season. Lindsay would get thrown in jail
for murder one. For some reason or reasons, he took a team that appeared'
headed back into the class of the NHL - through much of his own rebuilding
and tore it apart just as fast as he had created it. Could one call it infan-
Ted began thinking he was the George Steinbrenner of hockey when he
landed goalie Rogie Vachon. The problem is, the Wings didn't really need a
goalie. Jimmy Rutherford and Ron Low would have been just fine, thank
you. The Wings' biggest need, which Vachon's play has shown this year, was
and still is, defensemen. The main reason for Vachon's sub-par play is that
he's never had such lousy defense in front of him in his career.
Lindsay's visions of supremacy continued into this season when, for
purely personal reasons, he dismissed team captain Dennis Hextall, who
also happened to be the team's player representative. Hextall was axed
because he and coach Bobby Kromm did not see eye to eye. It would have
been in the best interests of the team to keep Hextall on, and if he had to be
disciplined, he could have been fined.
Or if Lindsay and Kromm really wanted to get rid of Hextall, they could
have kept him on until a trade was set up. Instead, Lindsay went about
trading in an ass-backwards sort of fashion. He let it be known to the whole
world that he'd have no more of Hextall, and then he tried to trade him. The
word is that Lindsay wanted too much for Hextall and the veteran's contract
is too high.
The most distressing action by Lindsay came when he brought worn-out
defenseman Terry Harper back this week. Harper'was released the same
time as Hextall, but the situation here is different. Harper was playing very
poorly and appeared to be ineffective out on the ice. By bringing him back,
Lindsay has proved to everyone, once more, that he has lost the brains that
enabled him to build last year's team.
As usual, the folks that lose out are the ones paying the bills - the fans.
There have been numerous signs in Olympia asking for the return of Hextall.
Conversely, Harper is hated by the folks who have to pay $1.25 for a beer.
The team is playing so bad the fans have to drink to put up with them. As bad
as the Wings are, people are still showing up. With the treatment they've
received this year, one has to figure that they'll show up for just about
anything. As long as that's the case, Lindsay will never have to change.
FG/AFT/A R PF7
McNamara................ 4/19 2/2
Currier.................... 10/17 7/8
Dietz .................... 6/18 0/0
Venhuizen ................. 1/3 1/2
Schevers ................58 0/1
Totals ..................... 30/77 21/35
81 Halftime score:
Michigan 41, Central 39
32/84 14/20 48 29
FORRES TEL LEADS TEAM MORALE
Lame tumbler still1 has her Spirit;
Hy ALAN FANGER continues to set hack her tumhlino nrnarecc 4
A closely contested gymnastics meet is usually,
decided on the last event, the floor exercise. An even
closer meet is decided on each team's final perfor-
mer in that event.
If the Michigan women gymnasts were in a tight
battle with another team for a meet victory, the
Wolverines' fate would lie in the hands of Colleen:
And the sophomore tumbler would be psyched
above and beyond her usual stratospheric emotional
If gymnastics isn't a game of emotions, then
Forrestel could make it into one before she departs
Ann Arbor. The Akron, New York native leads the
joyous victory celebrations and walks the plank of
despair in defeat.
"I just show my personality more than most
people," said Forrestel. "When I'm happy, I want to
project that to everyone else."
Indeed, there have been many happy moments for
the Natural Resources major. Forrestel has con-
sistently been above the 8.0 mark on vaulting and
floor exercises this season.
But Forrestel has weathered a storm of depression
as well. The slendor blonde pulled a tendon in her
right leg before the season started, and that injury
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"My routines are definitely harder to do now," she
said. "There are several things in them which I had
to change, like cutting out my front handspring on the
'I have the tricks, and I've been
working hard, but I just haven 't
put it all together. And you have to
be able to approach a piece of
equipment knowing that you're
capable of doing well on it.'
Forrestel has actually revamped her entire beam
routine, a move which has resulted in low scores on
the narrow wooden block. "I'm not at all satisfied
with my performance there," she commented.
The uneven parallel bars have proven an equal
nemesis for Forrestel, who has struggled to eclipse
the 7.0 mark in that event.
"It's kind of depressing when you don't have the
confidence," said Forrestel. "I have the tricks, and
I've been working hard, but I just haven't put it all
together. And you have to be able to approach a piece
of equipment knowing that you're capable of doing
well on it.
Forrestel has gained the confidence with her
vaulting and floor routines, and gives much of the
credit to her coaches, Scott Ponto and Ginger Robey.
"Scott worked with me on tumbling this summer,"
she said, "and that helped me quite a bit. They're
both tremendous coaches. We've improved so much
The optimistic Forrestel feels that the improved
Wolverines can hurdle over Michigan State later this
month and earn a berth in the AIAW regionals in
March. "Our mind is set on beating them. If we can
hit our new tricks, we could definitely beat them."
The 12th-ranked Spartans, who captured the state
tumbling title last year, nipped the Wolverines in a
dual meet two weeks ago.
As for Forrestel's future, she sees it getting only
brighter. "I think I can gain the confidence on bars
and beam. My all-around scores have been low, but I
think they'll pick up. I just want to be happy with my
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34 points as the New York Knicks broke
loose in the final 14 minutes last night to
defeat the Detroit Pistons 108-86.
The victory ended New York's six-
game losing streak and was the
Knicks' first win on the road in nine
games. Their last victory on the road
was Dec. 27 against the New Jersey
Michigan's men's track team
defeated Michigan State in a
dual meet held in East Lansing
Atlanta 130, Kansas City 118
Boston 119, Houston 102
New York 108, Detroit 86
Golden State 108, Philadelphia 106
Central Michigan 82, Kent State 63
Western Michigan 82, Depaul 80
Detroit 80, Eastern Michigan 75
Louisville 84, Florida State 71
Dayton 63. Miami (0) 52
Montreal 4, Pittsburgh 1
Washington 5, Los Angeles 3
The loss also ended Detroit's modest
winning streak at four, the team's
longest of the year.
McAdoo had 20 points in the first half,
but Detroit led 50-45 at halftime.
In the third quarter, McAdoo scored
on a driving layup to break a tie at 69.
Toby Knight, who had 12 of his 26 points
in the third quarter, followed with a
jumper. Ray Williams got two baskets
to make it 77-71 going into the final
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