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Page Sixteen

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Tuesday, May 24, 1977

Page Sixteen THE MICHIGAN DAILY Tuesday, May 24, 1977

Longhorns stampede ne tters

By PAUL CAMPBELL
The sweet taste of Michigan's
tenth straight Big Ten tennis
title soured suddenty yesterday,
as the Wolverines were eliminat-
ed from the NCAA team compe-
tition by Texas 9-0.
MICHIGAN'S number one and
two singles players, Jeff Etter-
beek and Jud Shaufler, will com-
pete in the individual competi-
tion in the Athens, Georgia tour-
nament later this week.
It was the Wolverines second
loss of the year to the fifth-
ranked Longhorns. Texas had
beaten them on May 14 by a 6-3
count.
But the quick and convincing

ouster from post-season play
could not dim coach Brian .Eis-
ner's enthusiasm about the ac-
complishments of his y o u n g
team over the weekend.
The Wolverines won six of the
nine finals on Saturday to run
away with the conference team
title. They compiled 70 points,
while runner-up Indiana had 40.
Ohio State and Wisconsin tied
for third with 34 points, with
Illinois at 23 rounding out the
top five.
"THIS TEAM has gotten bet-
ter from day one," declared
Eisner, "and the Big Tens were
the culmination.
"Individually,, I can say that
we didn't have even one bad
performance," Eisner added.
The Wolverines won three of

the six singles titles and all how good our young players Mark F r e e d m a n won his
three doubles crowns. Of the six are." fourth straight set match of the
p 1 a y e r s involved, three are Shaufler led the way. He tourney at number four, beating
freshmen and o n 1 y one a whipped Mike McLoughlin of In- Iowa's Greg Hodgman, 6-3, ",
senior. diana 6-2, 6-4 to win the number He also came back in doubles,
two singles title, then teamed teaming up with Ollie Owens at
THE THREE freshmen were with Etterbeek to win number number three to whip Wiscon,
the big story for the Wolverines. one doubles. They overwhelmed sin 6-4, 6-2.
All three won singles titles and McLoughlin and Bill Rennie 6-1, Jack Neinken won a tough
were members of winning dou- 6-3. three setter at number five sin-
bles teams. gles, outlasting Mike Starke of
"This was the year that we THE DOUBLES victory was Wisconsin 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. He col.
were supposed to be rebuilding," revenge for Etterbeek, who had laborated with the team's only
said Eisner. "But I guess there been upset by Rennie at number senior, Brad Holland, for a 6-3
are no questions any more about one singles, 6-1, 7-5. 6-4 victory at second doubles.
FACE OKLAH OMA FRIDAY
Blue. gain NCAA berth

By PAUL CAMPBELL
For the third straight year,
Michigan's baseball team has
gained a spot in the NCAA post-
season tournament.
This fact was confirmed late
yesterday afternoon, when it
was announced that the Wolver-
ines had received an at-large
bid to compete in the Midwest
Regional this weekend in Nor-
man, Oklahoma.
In the other first round game,
Southwest Conference titlist
Texas A&M (37-14) will face
Missouri Valley champion Sou-
thern Illinois (35-10).
Michigan State spoiled the
Wolverines chance to share the
title with Minnesota when Spar-
tan Jerry Weller smacked a
two-run homer in the bottom of
the eighth inning to lead the
Spartains to a 6-5 victory Sun-
Michigan had beaten the
Spartans 3-2 in Ann Arbor on
Saturday, as freshman Steve
Howe tied a varsity record
with his ninth win of the sea-
'son,
But Michigan bounced back
from a 6-2 loss in thefirst game
of a doubleheader to towa to
take the nightcap 10-1. The split
gave the Gophers a 15-3 season
slate in the conference, while
Michigan's Sunday loss drop-
ped them to 14-4.
Weller's home run on Sat-
urday highlighted one of the
most exciting games Michi-
gan has played this year.

The two teams combined for
four round trippers in cozy
Kobs Field, and each one
brought new drama to the
contest.
In the third inning, Michigan
second baseman Scott Ander-
son hit his second home run of
the weekend to bring Michigan
back from an early 3-0 deficit
and make the score 3-2.
The Wolverines tied the game
in the sixth, as Bob Wasilewski
greeted relief pitcher Brian
Wolcott with a solo shot that

travelled 390 feet over the left
field fence.
Ted Mahan and Dave Chap-
man rallied Michigan with
RBI singles im the eighth inn-
ing. But perhaps the biggest
play of the game came after
the two Michigan runs had
scored.
With the bases loaded, ike
Parker hit a one hop screametr
to Spartan third baseman Tony
Spada, who stepped on third
and threw home to coniplete
an inning - ending double ts.

KATHY KARZEN displays her powerful service in early sea-
son practice. Karzen and teammate Barb Selden combined to
win the doubles championship last weekend in the AIAW Re-
gional in Columbus. As a team, Michigan finished second be-
hind Big Ten champ Ohio State.

Ego victimizes thnld

By DAVE RENBARGER
To repeat an age-old saying:
"You just can't win them all."
(No matter how good you think
you are.)
And to coin a brand-new say-
ing: "Overconfidence killed the
cat." (Or the Wolverine, as the
case may be.)
In keeping with the old saying,
Michigan's track team did not
win last weekend at the Big Ten
Outdoor Track Championships in
Bloomington, even though the
Blue thinclads f i g u r e d they
would.
The worst part of the whole
episode was that they didn't
even come close to victory,
finishing in fifth place with
the embarrassingly low point
total of 69.
Before the Friday-Saturday af-
fair began, most of the insiders
figured that Illinois was the
team to beat and that Michigan
was the lone squad capable of
doing so.
As it turned out, the prognos-
ticators batted .500, as the
Fighting Illini topped the field
with 116 points. Beneath the
Ilini in the final standings,

however, was I n d i a n a, then
Michigan State, then Wisconsin
and then Michigan.
Wolverine coach Jack Har-
vey offered no excuses for the
flop in the finale, but was not
at a loss for words in his ex-
planation of the fiasco. -
"We choked, that's what it
amounted to," he said. "The
times were not that fast. (There
were only two meet records set.)
We just didn't perform.
"I can only attribute that to
a lack of desire on the part of a
lot of our guys," he continued.
"A lot of them have forgotten
what it's like to lose, and some
of their desire is missing. I'd
say we were a bit overconfi-
dent,"
Tim Thomas, a promising
freshman half-miler who did
not run in the meet, agreed
with his coach's analysis.
"We were too cocky going into
the meet, that was our biggest
SC:ORES
Basebahl
Oaklaad 3, Toronto 0
;astoa 4, New York 3
taltiamore 6, Milwaukee 5

problem," observed T h o m a s,
who has impressed his coaches
all season long with his ability
and toughness..
thinking like that."
After Friday's segment of the
meet, things didn't look so bleak
for the thinclads. With three
events completed, M i c h i g a n
found itself in third place with
15 competitors qualified for Sat-
urday's finals.
But the Wolverines failed to
capitalize on their numerous
scoring opportunities; usually
doing no better than a fifth or
sixth place.
The rash of slow times did not
effect junior sprinter James
Grace, however. The speedster
from Detroit established a meet
record in the 400 meters with a
46.42 clocking,
Even that was not good
enough for an outright vic-
tory, as the race finished in a
dead heat between Grace and
Indiana's Tim Peters.
Greg Meyer rounded out the
Arnett Chisholm, Doug Hennigar
and Charles Crouther to register
a victory in the 400 meter relay
with a time of 40.64.

Blue recruitf McGee
sparkles in cage classic
By DON Mac LACHLAN
Special to the Daily
DETROIT-The Michigan basketball coaches were ver
pleased with their recruiting during the off season. Saturdw,
afternoon these newcomers showed the fans throughout the
state just how well they can play.
Recent signees Mike McGee, Johnny Johnson, and th
Bodnar twins put their talents on display in the tenth annul
Michigan Roundball Classic at the University of Detroit.
McGEE, a 6-5 forward from Omaha, Nebraska, hadL
fine afternoon mounting 36 points and collecting 19 rebounds
in leading his United States All-Star team to a 108-99 victory
over the Michigan All-Stars.
"It could have been a little better but I think I did pretty
well," McGee said of his performance. McGee received the
award for the U. S. superstar of the game.
McGee netted his points on an assortment of lay-ups,
tip-ins and jumpers, hitting on 16 of 30 field goal attempts.
He handled the ball very well for his size and was tough on
the boards - against taller opposition.
"I GO INSIDE or outside - it doesn't make any dif
ference to me," McGee said of his reputation as a fine out-
side shooter.
Johnson, a 6-4 swingman from Buffalo, started at for-
ward and canned seven points.
"I had a rough game today and never really got start-
ed," Johnson said.
Both Johnson and McGee are good perimeter shooters
and can play as either a guard or forward at Michigan.
"I'D LIKE TO play guard," said Johnson, who averaged -
28 points, per game and was named to the All-Tournament
team in an Akron Classic recently.
"It doesn't make any difference to me," McGee said.
"At Michigan they play the type of ball that I like to play"
"I wanted to get away from home and go to a very -
established program, so I chose Michigan," McGee added.
THE BODNAR TWINS played just like the Michigan
coaches claimed they would. They hustled and haunted the
opponents all over the floor. -Mark Bodnar hit on all three
of his shots from the outside and the left-hander dished
out two assists. Marty scored only two points but ripped
down seven rebounds in the run and gun affair.
All - American James Ratiff treated the crowd of 3,364
to a variety of slam dunks, on his way to a 28 point after-
noon. Ratiff, a Tennessee recruit, was named the Star of
Stars for the United States squad.
THE CROWD FAVORITE for the U. S. All Stars was 5-10
guard Rodney Wright from New York. The little playmaker,
who is headed for Oral Roberts, fed Ratiff and McGee for
easy lay-ups with some pretty passing and scored 13 points
himself.

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