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Page Twelve


Saturday, May 21, 1977


Netters cruise towards title

Jeff Etterbeek and Jnd Shanf-
ler don't look or act too mnch
alike on a tennis court.E'ter-
beek is slight, almost kinny.
He is a precision player, dis-
guising his power behind a strl-
ish, smlooth facade.
Shaufler, on the other hand,
is power tennis personified. IHe
is big and strong, an imposing
presence on a tennis court. fel
tries to overwhelm his opponents
with a big serve and an assort-
ment of shots that hare one
thing in common - they're hit
But if their omethods are dif-
ferent, the results were the
same yesterday afternoon, as
Etterheek a n d Shaufler I e d
Michigan to the verge of win-
ning it's tenih straight Big Ten
tennis title.
With only today's finals re-
maining. Michigan has piled tip
51 points. Its nearest competitor

is ndiana with 37 points. Wis-
cs> sin is in third with 24, with
OS' a distint f >urti at 24.
11 weser, it waould take an ex-
tremet sunlikely set of circun-
tan-es to dethrone the Wolver-
ies. Michigan would have to
luse every one of it's eight
ma'ches tOdti while Indiana
w,)tld tave to make a clean
sweets of all five of their
No other teaim has a mathe-
matical chance to catch Mich-
Etterbeek and Shaufler both
had to conquer tough opponents
to reach today's finals. At num-
ber one singles, Etterbeek had
to be at his best to top Mike
Barr of Wisconsin 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.
Both men played superbly, and
after the match the Wolverine
sophomore was full of praise for
Barr's play. '
Shaufler had a somewhat eas-
ier time at second singles, but

still had to struggle in the sec-
ond set to oust Kevin McNulty
of Michigan State, 6-2, 7-5.
Then the twA victors brought
their citntrasting styles together
in the doubles semifinals. They
played in netir-perfect harmony,
whipping M a r k Brandenburg
and Mike Trautner of Minne-
sota 6-3, 6-0
"Jeff and Jud played just su-
per tennis out there today," said
Michigan coach Brian Eisner af-
ter the day's action.
There was a lot more to the
Michigan story besides first and
second singles, however. The
Wolverines won all but one of
their matches yesterday and will
be represented in seven of the
nine championship finals today.
Mark Freedman won his third
consecutive straight set victory
at fourth singles, besting Rob
White of Wisconsin 6-1, 6-0. The
freshman has only lost seven
games in six sets.
Another freshman, Smiling

Jack Neinken, advanced to the
fifth singles finals by blasting
Mark Wagner of Illinois 6-4, 6-0.
Neinken, seeded number two,
will face fourth-seeded Mike
Starke of Wisconsin.
The only Michigan loss of the
day came in third singles, where
top-seeded Brad Holland was up-
set by Pedro Gonzalez of Ohio
State, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Holland came back in doubles
however, teaming with Neinken
to top Jim Flower and John
Beck on the same scores he lost
in singles.
Freedman and Pllie Owens
completed Michigan's sweep of
their d o u b 1 e s semifinals by
blasting Dee McCaffrey and

Steve Carter 6-1, 6-2.
And then there is the story of
Scott Seeman. Competing at
sixth siigles, Seeman lost in his
second match on Friday. But
the freshman, who came through
in such a big way late in the
season, fought his way through
the consolation rounds.
IHe reached the consolation fi-
nals by beating Ron Remak 7-5,
1-6, 6-3. Few people watched the
match, which was played out of
sight of the bleachers and the
main Varsity Courts.
But tomorrow morning at 10
a.m., Seeman will face Don Mit-
chell of Purdue. If he wins, he
will have clinched the confer-
ence title for his team.

Spartans test Blue

It's do or die for the Michigan baseball team
today when the two-time defending Big Ten
champs try to make it three in a row as they host
arch-rival Michigan State in their last home ap-
pearance of the year.
Today's contest is the first of a two-game home
and home series with the fourth place Spartans
(27-25 overall, 9-7 Big Ten).
For the Wolverines a third successive title
won't come easy. Minnesota (14-2) holds a one
game edge over Michigan (13-2), and the Gophers
end their season this afternoon with a twinbill at
Iowa. The Hawkeyes are tied with Michigan State
for fourth place in the conference.
IN ORDER for the Wolverines to be undisputed
champs and gain a berth in the NCAA Mideast
Regional, they must sweep the Spartans this week-
end and hope Iowa upends Minnesota twice.
"It's always exciting when you can go through
a whole season of baseball and have everything
boil down to the last two games," said Michigan
coach Moby Benedict.
If the Gophers manage at least one win today,
they would represent the Big Ten in the Mideast
Regional next week. Even if they finish as co-
champs with Michigan, the Gophers would go to
the NCAA's because they outscored Michigan
10 -3 in a twinbill last month.
If Minnesota clinches the title today, tomor-
row's game in East Lansing will still be a big
"WE'RE FIGHTING for position in the Big
Ten," said Michigan State coach Dan Litwhiler.
"We want to finish as high in the first division

as possible."
And nothing would please Litwhiler more than
knocking Michigan out of the pennant picture-
along with moving past Iowa in the standings.
"Any team that is up there you like to knock
down," Litwhiler said. "You like to be a spoiler.
If you can't win the title, you'd like to spoil it for
someone else."
FRESHMAN southpaw Steve Howe -(8-2) duals
Spartan senior Todd Hubert today, while Wolver-
ine Bill Stennett (5-4) and Sherm Johnson are the
probable starting hurlers on Sunday.
If Michigan finishes as conference runner-up,
it has a very good chance of gaining an at-large
entry for the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines
overall record of 30-12 is the most wins ever re-
corded by a Michigan team during the regular
THE PAST two years, the Big Ten runner-up
has gone to the NCAA's and this year should be
no different. The second place team will prob-
ably be sent out west-to an undetermined site.
Today is Bill Freehan Day at Fisher Stadium,
honoring the ex-Wolverine and Detroit Tiger
great. The pre-game festivities begin at 1 p.m.
with Freehan receiving various awards. A testi-
monial dinner honoring the ex-Bengal catcher
and the 1977 Wolverines follows the game in
Crisler Arena.
Five Wolverines will play their last game in
Fisher Stadium today. Co-captains Ted Mahan
and Mark Grenkoski, along with Greg }Lane,
Kevin Clinton and Steve Seyferth' make their
final home appearance this afternoon-unless
Michigan wins the Big Ten title and is chosen as
the site for the Mideast Regional.

Slew needs "horse aspirin" ,
BALTIMORE U)-Seattle Slaw will race on medication for the
first time when he runs in the Preakness at Pimlico today.
"Yes, we put him on the Bute list," trainer Billy Turner said
yesterday. "I know the track is- going to be as hard as a rock. It
always is down here. A very fast track stings a horse."
Turner's decision to use Butazolidin, which is a sort of an
aspirin for horses, means that under Maryland racing regula-
tions Seattle Slaw must run on the medication in the 1 3-16 mile
Although Butazolidin also is legal for racing in Kentucky,
Turner said Seattle Slew did not have it when it won the Derby.
"First of all, we had so much rain down there I didn't think the
track would be hard," Turner said. "I didn't think it would even
be fast."
Of his decision to use Bute today, Turner said: "We didn't
come here to play games. This is the Preakness. There's no sense
in leaving any stone unturned."
Declarations to use Butazolidin also were made by the
t'rainers of Cormorant, Sir Sir, Hey Jey J. P. and Iron Constitu-
tion. Sir Sir also will race on the diuretic, Lasix.
Post time for the nationally-televised game is 5:40 p.m. EDT,
and if all nine start, the 102nd Preakness will be worth $191,000
with $138,000 to the winner. The field will be scale-weighed at
126 pounds.
The ABC telecast will run from 5-6 p.m.
PP Horse Jockey Prob. Odds
1. Cormorant Wright 4-1
2. Counter Pnch G. McCarron 20-1
3. Sir Sir Pineda 30-1
4. Regal Sir C. McCarron 20-1
S.Hey Hey J.P. Gilbert 30-1
6. J.O. Tobin Shoemaker 10-1
7. Iron Constitution Velasquez 10-1
8. Seattle Slew Cruguet 3-5
9. Run Dusty Run McHargue 8-1
Earvin gets hoop and prom
. Some of the top high school basketball players in the country
will put their talents on display this afternoon in the tenth annual
Michigan Roundball Classic at the University of Detroit Memorial
In the 2 p.m. contest the Metro-Detroit All Stars battle the
- New England All Stars-headed by All-Americans Craig Watts
and Felton Seall.
The big showdown comes at 4 p.m. when the Michigan All
Stars tangle with the United States All Stars. Some of the top
recruits in the country should be on hand for the game.
Four Michigan recriuts-Mike McGee, Johnny -Johnson along
with Mark and Marty Bodnar-will play for the U.S. All Stars.
Other stars include Arthur Bright from Chicago, who signed a
tender with Detroit, Ohio State recruit Herb Williams and All-
American Oliver Lee of Deland, Florida who enrolled at Marquette
-the 1977 national champions.
The Michigan All-Stars are paced by Michigan State recruit
Earvin Johnson. Also on the Michigan team are Jay Vincent,
another Spartan signee, Kevin Smith who signed with Detroit,
Ray Burdock, who inked a tender with Arizona, and Kevin
Nash-a Tennessee recruit.
Tickets are priced at five, four and three dollars for the dou-
bleheader. In the past some players have not shown up-but one
superstar will play for sure. Earvin Johnson couldn't play at 8:30
p.m.-when the game was originally scheduled for-because of his
high school prom. Thus, the chairman of the classic moved the
games to the afternoon-so the big drawing card would still be
able to play. -DON MacLACIH.4N

Major League Standings
East East
W L PcI. G B W L Pet. GB
New York 20 14 .518 - Pittsburgh 4 11 695- -
Boston 18 15 .545 1 t Chicago 21 12 636 2
Bsaltimore- 17 14.5458 Itt. 5t. Louts 21 13 .61 3
Mlwaukee 20 18 5n s62 Philadelptia. 53713500 6'
Detroit 15 20 A28 51 New York 14 21. 400 10
Toronto 15 22 .405 6 Montreal 13 20 .393 10
Cleveland 12 21 .368 71j west
west Los Angeles 29 9 .757 -
inesota 14 1 .117 .- Cinsinnati 16 19 .441 111
Chicago 25 13 .tn29-1)5% Houston 1t 21 .417 121:
Texas 18 14 .563 4 san Diego It 24 .385 14
Kansas City 18 18 .500 Vi San Francisco 13 22 .371 14
Oakland 17 419 .4217 Atlanta 13 24 .351 15
California 13 10 .459 71!.
Seattle 14 27 .341 12. Yesterday's Games
Ysterday's Games San Diego 12, Montreal 4
Kansas City 4, Clevelad o Cincinnati 1, New Toek '2
Detroit 7, Chicago 4 Los Angeles 6, Pittsburgh 1
Milwaukee 15, Boston 7 Houston 5, Philadelphia 2
Today's Games Today's Games
Baltimore (Grimsley 4-2) at New San Francisco (Montefusco 2-6) at
York (Torrez 5-2). St. Louis (Denny 4-0).
Milwaukee (Hans 3-2) at Boston New York (swan 1-4) at Cincin-
(Stanley 3-0). nati (Zachry 2-5).
Seattle (Abbott 1-4) at Oakland Los Angeles (John 3-2) at Pitts-
(Ellis 1-4). burgh (Hooker 4-1).
Detroit (Arroyo 2-?) at Chicago san Diego (Shirley 2-5) at Hon-
(Barrios 3-2). treal (warthen 1-1).
Cleveland (Garland 1-5) at Kan- Chicago (Krukow 3-?) at Atlanta
sas City (Bird 2-0). (Niekro 1-7).

Special To The Daily
Barb Selden and Kathy Kar-
zen made it through the first
two rounds of singles action in
the AIAW Midwest Regional
tennis tournament yesterday in
Columbus, Ohio. The duo also
combined to win : its opening
doubles match.
IN TEAM standings Michi-
gan is tied with Central Michi-
gan with 20 points, good enough
for fourth place. Ohio State,
Northwestern, and Wisconsin
are all tied for first.
"I am pleased in some re-
spects," said Michigan coach
John Atwood, "but we could
have done better."
Atwood predicts Big Ten
champ Ohio State will event-
ually win it all.

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