fPage 8-Sunday, March 19, 1978-The Michigan Daily
WOMEN STILL STRONG:
Netters o en without star
°.# By BOB WARREN
Take away O.J. Simpson from the
Biffalo Bills or Kareem Abdul-Jabaar
from the Los Angeles Lakers and the
result is a very weak, faceless team.
Take away Barb Selden, one of the top
women tennis players in the Midwest
" froni the Michigan women's tennis
team and you still have a very strong
Sekden, with a heavy schedule in the
School of Dental Hygiene, has only been
able to make a couple weeks of practice
this year. The rest of the team has been
practicing since early last fall. The
1dile na was whether Selden should be
allowed to play with a team that she
- hadn't practiced with all year.
if Barb came on the team and beat
the girls who have been practicing sin-
-eearly last fall, we'd think 'why prac-
k ? e''" commented the present num-
Sberone player Sue Weber. "We had to
weigh, whether Barb's presence would
he.lp.us or hurl us and the team vote
showed we thought it would make us
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"I wasn't surprised by their vote at
all," Selden said. "If I was in their
'position, especially the freshmen's, I
would have felt and voted the same.
but the girls we have here are very
good. We're deep all the way through."
One player having a great practice
season is Ann Arbor-Huron High
graduate" Leticia Diaz-Perez. Diaz-
'Bhrb's los isn't going to hurt us that much.
Her great nbility in (oubles w(ill be sorely inisse(I
as itill tier singles' play, but the girls we hare here
are rery goo(I. We're (lee) all ite irav throug/i.'
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Although Selden had been the team's
top player during her first two years at
Michigan, the team will be stronger
than either of the Selden-led Wolverine
"Barb's loss isn't going to hurt us that
much," explained coach John Atwood.
"Iler great ability in doubles will be
sorely missed as will her singles' play,
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Perez was a walkon in the fall and has
now won challenge matches that have
moved her from the last spot on the
team to the number three spot, where
she expects to continue challenging.
"Leticia is playing very well," At-
wood said. "She's a great runner and a
very effective volleyer. She's so fast
and so athletic that she can outrun most
of heir opponents. Leticia and our great
recruits this year will make up for
Barb's absence and make us a top con-
tender in the area if we play well."
With Selden's departure the team has
only one performer past her sophomore
year, captain Missy Pollick. "We must
be an improving team, because each
year I've been here I've been moved
down on the team," commented
"I wanted Barb on the team, but I un-
derstand the team's feelings and as a
team player I have to go along with the
decision. Anyway, this is the best team
I've been on since I've been at
Weber, Diaz-Perez, Kathy
Krickstein, Wit Stodghill and Lisa Wood
are five freshwomen that Atwood ex-
pects a lot from in the next four years,
and with star Kathy Karzen and other
returning sophomores Ann Kercher and
Elaine Crosby, the team has a strong
"We haven't played much during the
practice season, so we are not tour-
nament-tough," said Atwood. "As soon
as these younger players like Sue start
playing, they'll pull out some close
The strength of this team makes
Selden's absence a bit easier to take,
although her presence would have
made Michigan the favorite among Big
Ten teamns if all the women played at
the top of their ability.
"I wanted to play this year, and the
sad thing is my schedule is thinning out
now," Selden said. "I was studying so
much I only was getting three or four
hours of sleep, so I probably wouldn't
have helped the team that much.
They'll do it without me; they'll have
Even with the loss of Barb Selden the
Michigan women's tennis team has its
character. The energy of Leticia Diaz-
Perez and the ability of Sue Weber and
the rest of the squad will make this
year's team more than a faceless group
of women with tennis rackets.
Spinks stripped of
title; Norton champ
By The Associated Press
MEXICO CITY - The World Boxing Council withdrew heavyweight
championship recognition from Leon Spinks and gave it to Ken Norton
yesterday on the grounds that Spinks was avoiding the top-ranked Norton
and that he was dealing in bad faith with the WBC.
The action means the world now has two heavyweight champions, since
Spinks, who upset Muhammad Ali for the universal title February 15, still is
recognized as champion by the rival World Boxing Association, which is
smaller than the WBC.
'The decision is one of the most difficult we have had to take," WBC
President Jose Sulaiman said at a news conference at his home here. "It
always leaves a bitter taste in our mouth to dethrone a champion.
"But boxing as a sport should be governed by laws and regulations over
and above business interests."
Norton told The Associated Press by telephone from Los Angeles:
"Being that I'm a fighter and being that I'm very competitive, I would have
liked to win the title in the ring. But being that the champion chose not to
fight me and being that he signed a legal document to fight me and violated
it, I'll"take it this way and get him later.
"I'm very grateful. It shows that the WBC does keep its word. It shows
that boxing does have a governing body," said Norton.
Spinks is only the second heavyweight champion to lose title recognition
outside the ring. In 1967, Ali was stripped by all boxing governing bodies for
refusing to accept the military draft.
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Mark Fidrych is threatening to
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THE BIRD boosted his exhibition
record to 3-0 yesterday, allowing just
one hit in four innings as the Detroit
Tigers blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates
4-0. He struck out one and walked one.
Ron LeFlore, Lou Whitaker and Lan-
ce Parish delivered run-scoring singles
as the Tigers handed Pittsburgh its
eighth defeat in nine games.
Reds crown Royals
Pete Rose tripled and scored on a
wild pitch in the seventh inning yester-
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Kansas City Royals 4-3 in an exhibition
Rose also had a single and made two
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Washington on a throw from left fielder
Terry Whitfield hit two triples and
drove in three runs as San Francisco
won its eighth straight exhibition
baseball game yesterday, 7-1 over the
WHITFIELD'S first three-bagger
capped a three -run Giant first inning
against Seattle starter Frank MacCor-
nadk. The second, a long drive that tip-
ped off centerfielder Ruppert Jones'
glove in deep center, finished off a two-
run San Francisco eighth inning.
John Montefusco, John Curtis and
Randy Moffitt scattered four hits for
the Giants. Giants pitchers have
allowed just eight runs in the last 63 in-
nings. * * *
Reggie Jackson's tow-run homer and
Mickey Rivers' two-run single helped
the New York Yankees beat the New
York Mets 6-2.
Blue Jays Soxed
Chet Lemon hit a three-run homer
and Jim Breazeale and Mike Squires
added two-run shots, powering the
Chicago White Sox over the Toronto
Blue Jays 8-6. The Blue Jays later
released third baseman Doug Rader, a
12-year major leaguer.
Jimmy Sexton singled three times and
Cesar Cedeno drove in two runs with a
single and double as the Houston Astros
downed the Los Angeles dodgers 4-1.
Muskegon victorious AP Photo
Muskegon Ileights' Cedric Scott (33) is fouled as he takes his shot by Ecorse's
Reggie Grandison (42) as Kevin Bailey (34) watches yesterday at Cridler Arena.
Muskegon won the Class B Michiganlligh School Basketball Championship game
by a score of 67-52. See page!) for more high school basketball.
SPORTS OF THE t)AILY
Churella, is a champ
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By Daily Sports
Specia l to The Da i ly
Michigan's Mark Churella re-
tained his national title at 150
pounds as he pinned Iowa's
Bruce Kinseth at 3:09 of their
championship bout at the
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The Michigan women's swimming
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placing ninth in the AIAW national
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Michigan placed ten women in the
All-American category in individual
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Michigan's Julie Bachman won the
three meter diving championship in a
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her last dive. Chris Seufert, also of
Michigan, placed fifth in the three
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The 400-vard freestyle relay team
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