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Page 10-Sunday, March 25, 1979-The.Michigan Daily
N. DAKOTA KO'D IN NCAA FINALS:
Gophers Capture ice. crown
By BRIAN MILLER-
By Christoff and John Meredith scored for BOTH TEAMS had excellent chances af-
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DETROIT-It was golden victory for
the Golden Gophers from Minnesota as
they skated their way to the 1979 NCAA ice
hockey championship, defeating the North
Dakota Fighting Sioux, 4-3, at the Olympia
last night.
Minnesota, runner-up to North Dakota in
the regular season, never trailed in this
physical all-WCHA final contest. But it
took a goal by the Gophers' freshman
sensation Neal Broten less than three
minutes into the third period to provide the
maring of victory.
BROTEN'S SCORE was a pretty sight
indeed. The center from Roseau, Minn.,
caine flying in on Sioux goalie Bob
Iwabuchi, but was knocked down from
behind as he tried to shoot. Nevertheless,
Broten got his shot away and it landed in
the net behind a surprised Iwabuchi.
North Dakota's Sioux deserved a lot of
credit for making the game as close as it
was, considering the start Minnesota got
off to.
The Gophers found themselves in front 2-
0 early- in the first period when Steve
TUNE IN and H
the original d

them in the first period. Christoff opened
the games' scoring at 4:11 when he split
the Sioux defense, faked out Sioux
goaltender Bill Stankoven, who started the
game, and scored with ease.'
Meredith upped Minnesota's margin to
2-0 just four minutes later when he
blistered a shot high over Stankoven's left
shoulder.
THE SIOUX CAME back as they did
all night long, when senior defenseman
Bill Himmelright's shot from the point
hit Gopher goalie Steve Janaszak and
bounced into the net.
However, Minnesota got that back with a
score by captain Bill Baker out of a goal-
mouth scramble with only 38 seconds left.
>North Dakota got the only goal of the
second period to close the gap to 3-2 and
Iwabuchi, who took over the North Dakota
net at the period's start, kept the Sioux in
the game with several sensational saves.
Minnesota regained its two-goal lead
Broten's eventual game-winner at 2:48 of
the final period, and North Dakota's Marc
Chorney closed the game's scoring seven_
minutes later.

.per at . ut anasza, ,ne tournament
MVP, shut the door on the rampaging
Sioux.
The 7,011 fans watched Minnesota claim
their third national championship, as the
Gophers ended their season at 32-11-1. Nor-
th Dakota closed its season out with a 30-
11-1 record.
"It must have been a helluva game for
the fans to watch," said North Dakota
coach John Gasparini. "We've had a great
year and we were almost there. Only two
teams can come as far as we did and Min-
nesota. I'm very proud of our team."
An ecstatic Gopher coach Herb Brooks
praised his team in their moment of glory.
"I put the pressure on this team from Day
One," he said. "We've had an up and down
season, but the last month (which saw the
Gophers go 9-1) we just wouldn't be
denied."
IN AN ail-eastern consolation game,
Dartmouth's Big Green staged a
devastating second-period comeback to
defeat New Hampshire, 7-3, for third place
in the tournament.

Yanks blast Tigers
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Thurman Munson drove in five runs with
three homers and a single yesterday to power the New York Yankees to a 10-
7 exhibition baseball victory over the Detroit Tigers.
In all, there were nine home runs in the game.
Munson hit a two-run homer in the first inning off loser Kip Young, 1-1,
singled in a run in the second off rookie Pat Underwood, greeted rookie
Ralph Treul with a homer in the fifth and also greeted rookie Gary Grafton
with a home run in the seventh.
Chris Chamblis doubled in a run in the Yankee first and hit a solo homer
in the seventh. Graig Nettles hit a two-run homer in the five-run opening in-
ning against Young. The other Yankee run came on a two-out homer by
Mickey Rivers in the fourth off Underwood.
Detroit's first batter, Ron LeFlore, homered off winner Ed Figueroa.
LeFlore also tripled and scored on a Lou Whitaker ground ball in the third.
LeFlore singled in the fifth and scored ahead of Jason Thompson on Thom-
pson's home run in the fifth.
SCORES

Gophers
Janaszak...

NCAA Semifinals
Michigan St. 101, Penns67
Indiana St. 76, DePaul 74
NHIL
Boston 5, Detroit 2
Montreal 3, Washington I
Pittsburgh 3, New York Islanders 3
Chicago 3. Toronto 3
NBA
Chicago 148, New York 143 (20T)

alA
... and
Christoff

Baltimore 3, Kansas City 1
NCAA OCKEY Boston 7, Chicago White Sox 6
NCAA HOCKEY Cincinnati 1, New York Mets 4
Finals Montreal 7, Los Angeles 4
Minnesota 4, North Dakota 2 Atlanta 8, Texas 2
Consolation St. Louis 7. Pittsburgh 6
Dartmouth 7, New Hampshire 3 San Diego 12, Cleveland 1
Exhibition Baseball California 15, San Francisco 1
Chicago Cubs 9, Milwaukee 6 M Club Rugby
Houston 5, Minnesota 4 Michigan (1st unit) 40, Battle Creek 4
New York Yankees 10, Detroit 7 Michigan (2nd unit) 38, Battle Creek4
Philadelphia 9, Toronto 4 Sarnia 11, Michigan (3rd unit) 3

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Detroit Mackenzie utilized the hot
second-half shooting of guard Steve
Caldwell and forward Dave Traylor
yesterday to thwart off perennial power
Pontiac Central, 72-64, winning the
Class A state high school basketball
title at Crisler Arena.
With Caldwell hitting from the
perimeter and Traylor threading Pon-
tiac's man-to-man defense inside, the
Stags built up an 11-point fourth quarter
lead which the Chiefs could not over-
come.
For Mackenzie the victory was
especially sweet, as the Stags blistered
through the state tournament after a

season which saw them drop five of
their first eight games.
Caldwell, who led all scorers with 28
points, said his team's turnaround was
the result of a change in its mental at-
titude. "We've had a problem in the
past with taking the wrong shots," he
said.
But for Pontiac Central, it was
another state championship gone by the
wayside. The Chiefs finished as the
tournament runners-up for the fifth
time in 11 years under Coach Ralph
Grubb.
"We made too many mental
mistakes," Grubb added, in reference
to his team's foul troubles. "When we
should have been taking the ball down,

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they got it back and put it
The Stags, with their deliberate at-
tack and strong rebounding at both en-
ds of the court, built up a 34-29 halftime
margin despite their chronic tendency
to turn the ball over.
In the third period, Pontiac brought
its fast-breaking attack out of the
closet, and the Chiefs caught up and
stayed even with Mackenzie for the
remainder of the quarter.
But Caldwell and Traylor went to
work in the final stanza.
Traylor hit three buckets in the first
90 seconds of the stanza, while Caldwell
hit nine of his 28 points in the final
minutes.
Caldwell almost single-handedly
seduced the Chiefs into foul trouble,
driving into the lane on numerous oc-
casions and catching Pontiac off balan-
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Mackenzie stretched its margin to 11,
59-48, with five minutes left, proceeding
to block the inside and immobilizing
Pontiac Central's agile center, Clyde
Corley. That spelled doom for the
Chiefs, whose desperate front-court
pressure on Mackenzie proved
fruitless.
For Central it was another season-
ending disappointment, but Coach
Grubb still felt his team gave it their
best shot.
"We did a good job inside," he said.
"We played hard, we went to the boards
real well. Corey was just great on the
offensive boards."
Grubb nonetheless emphasized that
he was proud of his team's turnaround
this season. "Even when we lose, I'm
glad to be here," he said. "I'm just glad
we can come back here and play.
"We'll get'em."

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By DAVE JOHNSON
Despite playing what their head
coach called one of their worst games of
the year, defending Class B State
champion Muskegon Heights suc-
cessfully retained their title with a 52-47
victory over Saginaw Buena Vista
yesterday, before a crowd of 13,273 at
Crisler Arena.
The Tigers (26-2) hardly resembled
state champions in commiting 19 tur-
novers and shooting a miserable 40%
fromethe field, but their obvious height
advantage and imposing 2-3 zone defen-
se were enough to knock off a smaller
but quicker Buena Vista club.
"THIS WAS perhaps our poorest
game of the year," said Muskegon
coach Lee Gilbert. "We may have been
a little overconfident after defeating
our two previous opponents by 22 and 33
points. The difference today may hve
been our experience."
The Tigers' experience was best
displayed in their own backcourt.
Buena Vista administered a full court
press throughout the second half, but
the Tigers failed to crack.
"We stress composure and poise,
even in practice," said Gilbert. "We
constantly remind each other to keep

our heads together. We don't want to
lose because of pressure."
THOUGH Muskegon Heights might
not have lost to pressure, they could
have lost nonetheless had Buena Vista
played their usual consistent game. The
Knights shot an embarrassing 31 per-
cent and turned the ball over 12 times in
dropping their record to 24-3. Their
other two defeats both came in over-
time.
A major disappointment forwBuena
Vista coach George Morris was his
team's ineffectiveness on the boards.
With only two players taller than six
feet, Morris know his players would be
handicapped underneath. But the
Tigers completely dominated the boar-
ds on both ends, 52-34, with many
leading to second and third field goal
attempts.
"We kept the score close (24-23)
through the first half," said Morris,
"but that 15-6 spurt at the start of the
third period killed us."
MOST OF those Muskegon points
were scored by 6-51 senior Donnell
Plummer. His jumper with 1:30 left in
the third quarter propelled the Tigers to
their greatest advantage of the after-
noon, 39-37.

But six unanswered points at the start
of the final period brought the Knight's
back into striking distance, 41-35. Buena.
Vista's leading college prospect, Duane
Parker, led the rally with four of his
game-high 21 points, but missed a pair
of free throws with Muskegon up 49-45
and just 33 seconds left in the game.
Both teams traded easy layups as the
clock wore down and Buena Vista
missed a pair of outside jumpers-the
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Class C: Three Oaks
By United Press International
Mike Petere and Dave Zebell keyed a 22-point fourth quarter last night
that led Three Oaks River Valley to the Class C state tournament champion-
ship with a 59-54 victory over Elkton-Pigeon-Bayport.
Petere, a 6-1 senior guard, and his 511 senior sidekick Zebell teamed for
15 points in the final period as River Valley pulled out the victory with a 22-16
quarter after entering the period trailing by a point; 38-37.
Three Oaks, unranked despite its season record of 24-3, scored the first
eight points of the final quarter to sieze a 45-38 lead and then went into a four
corners offense which Zebell guided effectively after the offense nearly cost
the team the game.
Petere scored 20 points while junior teammate Brad Ponegale scored 16.
Deering scored 18 and was outstanding running the Elkton-Pigeon-Bayport
offense with Jeff Smith backing him with a 16-point game.
Class D: East Catholic
By United Press International
Junior substitute Eugene Tillman converted a perfect pass from Lamar
Ragland for a tie-breaking layup with seven seconds to play last night to give
Detroit East Catholic the Class D basketball championship with a 58-56 vic-
tory over Muskegon Western Michigan Christian.
Just 32 seconds earlier Muskegon Christian junior Dave Doorn had com-
pleted a 3-point play to tie the game, 56-56.
Doorn intercepted a pass after sinking his free throw but tried to dribble
in at the same time and was called for palming the ball.
THIRD-RATED Detroit East Catholic, 22-4, called time out with 3 secon-
ds to play and set up for a last shot. Ragland spotted Tillman alone under the
basket and the resulting shot with seven seconds left-only Tillman's second
bucket of the game-turned out to be the winner.
Doorn led Muskegon Christian with 19 points, Scott Flicema had 14 and
Todd Rannitz added;12.
Both teams were looking for their first Class D title although East
Catholic won in C in 1973 and lost in the Class D finals two years ago while
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