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VAULTERS KEY TO WIN:
Tumblers edge Ilini

The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, January 22, 1980-Page 11
Minnesota, Michigan compete
for Florida prep basketball star

By LEE KATTERMAN
There aren't innings, periods or
*iarters. Only a single team member is
on the floor at any one time. All of
which means a gymnastics team can't
come up with the 'big play' to capture
victory.
Baloney ! All those present at Sun-
day's gymnastics meet with Illinois
saw the Michigan vaulters rally for the
'big play a it gymnastics.'
THE HALF DOZEN Wolverine
s lights" over the vault ng horse, valued
at 9.15 or greater by the judges, earned
a decisive three point edge over their
Illinois counterparts.
"Vaulting started us on the way to
victory," said Michigan coach Newt

Loken of the 261.65-259.0 defeat of
Illinois.
Up to the vaulting event, though, the
contest had been a virtual tie. Fresh-
man Kevin McKee opened his floor
exercise routine with a cleanly
executed double back somersault
followed immediately by another hack
handspring and went on to score 9.5 for
first place; And although he said he was
"disappointed" with his performance,
senior captain Jim Varilek took second
with his 9.4 and Michigan had a tenuous
lead, 44.7-43.95.
SIDE HORSE, the second event and
often a soft for the Wolverines, held
together despite the unnerving presen-
ce of two nationally ranked Illinois hor-
semen. And if the vaulters are credited
with the big play, the horsemen deserve
recognition for keeping the meet close

and enabling it. All but one Wolverine
completed his routine without a fall.
Senior John Rieckhoff led the
Wolverines with his best home meet
performance to date, earning 9.0.
The tension on both teams grew
during the ring competition, with the
Illini bench erupting with rhythmic
clapping before each Illinois gymnast
mounted the apparatus. With the meet
so close, it only took a few .unsteady
handstands by Wolverines for the Illini
to gain their own small (0.1 point) lead.
But by the time the next
event-vaulting-ended, a Wolverine
victory looked likely. Marshall Garfiled
and Gordy Higman both hit their
parallel bar routines, building up a four
point lead over Illinois.
AFTER THE MEET, Loken said he.
was happy with the win, but admitted
his squad wasn't as sharp as during last
week's meet at Stanford, when the
Wolverines scored 266.
"We can't rest on previous laurels,"
said Loken in reference to last week.
"There's no reason we can't get a 270 by
the Big Ten meet in March."

By ALAN FANGER
Derek Harper, a 6-4 guard who is con-
sidered to be the finest prep basketball
player in Florida, is likely to sign a let-
ter of intent with either Michigan or
Minnesota this spring, sources both
here and in Florida said yesterday.
Harper, an extremely quick player
who has been described as having "un-
canny basketball sense," averages
nearly 30 points a game for North Shore
High School in Palm Beach. Wolverine
coach Johnny Orr is very interested in
signing Harper, and has maintained
close contact with him during the past
few months.
ACCORDING TO one source in Palm
Beach, Harper is "leaning" toward
Minnesota, since his former teammate,
Darryl Mitchell, plays guard for the
Gophers. The same source indicated

that Wolverine wide receiver Anthony
Carter, a graduate of crosstown rival.
Riviera Beach High School, had spoken
to Harper, and apparently urged him to
sign with Michigan.
Minnesota coach Jim Dutcher has a
knack of luring players from Florida to
the colder climes of Minneapolis to play
their college basketball. In addition to
Mitchell, there are two other former
prep All-Americans from Florida on

this year's Golden Gopher team. They
are freshman forward Zebedee Howell,
and sophomore forward-center Gary
Holmes. Howell has stepped into the
starting spot at one forward.
Assistant basketball coach Bill
Frieder confirmed that the Wolverines
were interested in signing Harper, buiĀ°
cautiously added, "A lot of schools are
interested in him."

Worldwideboycot
urge byCarter,
(AP)U.S. government and Olympic officials launched an effort yesterday
to convince other western nations that they should follow President Carter's
suggestion in trying to get the Summer Olympics moved out of Moscow,
postponed or canceled.
Failing that, they hoped to develop a groundswell of boycott sentiment
that would take the propaganda edge off the Olympics for the Russians in
retaliation for their military intervention in Afghanistan.
However, the International Olympic Committee, which owns the Games'
and which signed a contract with Moscow officials in 1974, reiterated that
despite Carter's remarks on American television Sunday, the Games would
not be moved,'postponed, or canceled.
Monique Berlioux, director of the IOC, said Carter's call for transfer or
postponement was unrealistic, that the IOC can't break its Moscow contract,
and that if the U.S boycotts the Games it could lead to rethinking about Los
Angeles as the site for the 1984 Games.
Although Carter has no legal basis to order American athletes not to go,
a U.S. boxing team planned to go to Russia today for competition, though it
was learned strong pressure was being applied for the boxers not to make
the trip.
There was some indication yesterday that some other nations were
seriously considering Carter's position.
The Australian government is likely to give Prime Minister Malcolm
Fraser formal backing today to support Carter's stance, government of-
ficials said. Fraser has talks scheduled with Ca: ter Jan. 31.
The conservative block in the Bonn Parliament strongly endorsed Car-
ter's position yesterday and urged West Germany not to send a team to the
Games as long a4 Soviet troops are in Afghanistan.
The USOC had said before Carter's message that if he called for a
boycott, prospective Olympic athletes might be polled to get their sentiment.
American public opinion narrowly favored the United States pulling out
of the Moscow Olympics, 'the Associated Press-NBC News poll showed
yesterday. The margin in favor of not sending a team was 49 to 41 per cent,
with 10 per cent saying they were undecided.

Big Ten
Standings

Conference
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Men's Basketball
Jan. 24-MICHIGAN STATE
Jan. 26 - at Northwestern
Women's Basketball
Jan. 23-WAYNE STATE
Jan. 26-at Wisconsin
Hockey
Jan. 25, 26-at Minnesota
Wrestling
Jan. 25-PURDUE
Jan. 27-ILLINQIS
Men's Track
Jan. 26-MICHIGAN RELAYS
Women's Track
Jan. 26-at Michigan State Relays
Men's Gymnastics
Jan. 23-at Western Michigan
Jan. 27-MINNESOTA
Women's Gymnastics
Jan. 26-at Windy City Invitational
(Chicago)
Jan. 27-at Michigan State
Men's Swimming
Jan. 25-at Indiana
Women's Swimming
Jan. 26-INDIANA

Ohio State........
Purdue .............
Indiana ............
Minnesota........
Illinois .............
MICHIGAN........
Iowa .............
Wisconsin........
Michigan State .....
Northwestern......

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Thursday's Games
Indiana at Minnesota
Michigan State at MICHIGAN
Northwestern at Iowa
Ohio State at Illinois
Purdue at Wisconsin

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DE F E A T ILLINOIS BY . 05:

Women gymnasts take close meet

By DAN CONLIN
Michigan women's gymnastic coach
Sheri Hyatt will never again view her
team's score in terms of whole numbers
- from now on it's down to the nearest
hundredth - as Michigan nipped
Illinois by .05 points, 125.7 to 125.65 on
Sunday.
"This was a special win for us," said
Hyatt. "Last year Illinois placed
second in the Big Ten Conference meet
and we placed third. This win will
eally spark the girls and set us in fine
osition in the Big Ten race."
SUNDAY'S PERFORMANCE was
reassuring to Hyatt as her team begins
to show consistency and confidence un-
der pressure. "Our strong points again
were in the vault and floor exercise,"
said Hyatt. "Sara Flom, with her floor
routine, and Dana Kempthorn's strong
scores at the right time highlighted the
meet."
Under the mounting pressure of the
r lose match, Cindy Shearon placed
&econd in the vault with a score of 8.65,
Dana Kempthorn boosted the Blue
tumblers' cause with an 8.1.
Sara Flom showed her experience in
dealing with pressure as she took first
in the uneven parallel bars with a score
of 8.2, as Dana Kempthorn and Laurie
Miesel supplied third and fourth places
with identical scores of 7.45.
DIANE MCLEAN showed much
more control than her freshwoman
*tanding would imply, as she overcame

the pressure and mastered her beam
routine to capture first place with a
score of 7.84. Dana Kempthorn scored
7.55 to take third place for the women.
The two previously undefeated teams
provided a competitive meet indicative
of the score, but the quality of the per-
formances was much higher than the
unimpressive total scores.
Last week at Central Michigan the
women gymnasts had a terrible meet
and scored only 125 points. Sunday per-
formances can't even be compared to
the meet with Central, yet the scores
are almost identical. Hyatt was very
disappointed in the judges and their
harsh evaluations.

"I REALLY FELT we did much bet-
ter than our score shows," said Hyatt.
"We should have scored 128 or 130."
A new rule concerning the selection of
teams for the regional championships
puts more importance on the total score
and not on the overall record. Both
coaches were frustrated by the stingy
scores awarded their gymnasts. "They
didn't realize it's by score and not by
team standing," said Hyatt. "They
thought the top two teams still held
positions at the regionals."
Illinois coach Bev Mackes summed
up the controversy about the generally
low scores in the state of Michigan by
suggesting "That's why Michigan has
so many away matches."

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