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The Michigan Daily-Sunday, March 22-Page 9
Prep championships decided at Crisler




Flint Central takes A;Okemos edges Oilers


Eagles top Mustangs

It had all the ingredients of a track
meet-except for one thing - the two
baskets at the opposite ends of the
St And when the cinders settled,
t 'Gentral had capped off its perfect
28-gamie season with a 108-90 victory
aver - the surprising Murray-Wright
Pilots (17-8) to capture its first-ever
lass A championship.
Although most of the sellout crowd of
13,609 came to see Flint's Eric Turner,
it was his teammate, Mark Harris, who
provided the fireworks in the second
half. Harris tallied the first four
baskets of the third quarter and went on
to set a state tournament record with 44
ts (32 of those in the second half).
UT THE CROWD at Crisler was not
lisappointed by Turner either,. as the
Wolverhie recruit put on a dazzling
lisplay of passing that had everyone
cheering, including Michigan coach Bill
"We felt once we got into our running.
game and started breaking effectively

with Eric in the middle, we would take
control of the game," Indian coach Stan
Gooch explained afterward.
Murray-Wright, which finished the
regular season at .500, got out of the
blocks quickly in the opening half on the
outside shooting-of William Love, who
tallied 20 of his 29 points.
BUT THE PILOTS began to show the
effects of Friday's draining triple-
overtime victory over Lansing Eastern
early in the second half, as Turner,
Harris, and Keith Gray helped put the
game away with a 20-8 third quarter
The Pilots made one last run at the
Indians, but that effort was thwarted
when Turner and Gray connected on an
alley oop play, which left Michigan fans
thinking back to the days of Earvin
Johnson and Greg Kelser.
The two teams broke three cham-
pionship records in the final: most poin-
ts, both teams (198); most points, win-
ning team; and most points in a losing




NCAA-Canham alliance .. .
women 's athletics shunted
At least that's how Title IX defines the unequal treatment of women in
state-supported schools. The Michigan athletic department should feel
lucky. If U.S. District Court Judge Charles Joiner had not ruled that Title IX
is applicable only to those educational institutions that directly receive
money from the federal government, a few Michigan officials might have
found themselves in a bit of hot water.
Don Canham, Michigan's athletic director, has now developed a plan to
change the Wolverine women's sports affiliation from the AIAW to the
NCAA. At first glance, one.may think that the switch would be an advan-
ageous one for the women athlete, but upon closer examination it turns out
o be just another blow to her cause.
It is true that the NCAA is larger than the AIAW. It is also richer, older,
and more established. It would be willing to subsidize women atheltes for
travel expenses to national competitions, as well, something the AIAW can't
afford to do.
Indeed, there are many reasons why the switch would be a good one for
Michigan. There is, however, one catch to the new plan: like Canham, the
NCAA does not live by the credo that women should have the same oppor-
tunities that the former's athletic department so handily disperses to men.
The NCAA is presently engaged in a court battle against Title IX. How,
then, can the same organization be sympathetic to the wants and needs of
,romen's sports programs? It is simply not interested in the improvement of
*onditions for women. On the other hand, the AIAW's sole purpose for
existence is to work for the betterment of women's sports.
'Football groupies' are short-sighted
Many people cry that added support for women's athletics, as well as other
non-revenue sports, would cripple Michigan's esteemed football team. And,
according to this logic, if the football team suffers, so does the entire Univer-
These "football groupies" should examine the Ivy League schools. All six
1f the prestigous universities enjoy academic reputations at least on a par
with that of Michigan. None of these schools, however, have a nationall-
anked football team. And none have found that alumni donations depend on
a winning season.
True, Michigan could conceivably devote-the resources of its entire
athletic department to improve, even perfect, its football program. But why
stop there? The entire University should get involved; right? Classes should
lie canceled the Monday after Michigan beats Ohio State, and babysitters
should be supplied free of charge to those married students who wish to at-
tend the Saturday afternoon festival. Michigan can model its program after
that of Oklahoma, which in the past has been known to do those very things
inhonor of its grid warriors. Yes, we could all be just like Oklahoma.
It is important to remember, though, that Michigan is not an athletic fac-
tory. It is a university, a place for education. For the participants of varsity
eams and even those of the numerous club sports, training and discipline
'which is a natural part of the athlete's life is a vital part of their education,
And this experience should not be limited to football or basketball players.
Football has been in the limelight too long. Agreed, it does draw 100,000-
plus spectators to every home game, and it is the most lucrative sport at the
University. But there are dozens of athletes in minor sports who work just as
hard for much less reward.
The average trckstertrainsfor 11 months of each year. But what for?
long bus rides to the .same schools that the football team flies to, a
dpcreasing budget and,.worst of all, the elimination of one of its allotted
STo the football teanm one scholarship might not signify much-after all,
there is a large number of players who don't see five minutes of playing time
i a season. At the same time, for every athlete that the track, swimming, or
gmnastics squads lose, they also relinquish potential points for each meet.
vpnd has anyone bothered to consider the fate of the women who perform
ai the synchronized swim team should the switch from the AIAW to the
1NCAA be completed? Their sport is not sponsored by the NCAA, and it seems
' iery unlikely that the University would remain affiliated with both the
NiCAA and the AIAW.
I ow often has it been said that basketball can provide the means for a boy
tp escape the proverbial ghetto, or that baseball gives the farmer'sson the
opportunity to receive an education that he otherwise couldn't? Should this
ivilege be limited to just men competing in major sports? Why is it that
ese athletic opportunities seem to be limited solely to men competing in
Iiajor sports?

The Okemos Chiefs combined a
balanced scoring attack with a quick
scrambling defense to capture their fir-
st Class B high school basketball title
yesterday with a 49-6 victory over the
Mount Pleasant Oilers.
Okemos' Dave Valkanoff led the
C3hiefs with 12 pints, whila Greg Vanek
and Mark Abraham each dded 10k
THE CHIEFS BROKE the ballgame
open midway through the final period
when, with the score tied at 36-36, they
outscored Mt. Pleasant 10-2. Okemos'
Mike Mertz started the onslaught when
he hit alay-up to give his club a 38-36
advantage with 5:51 remaining in the
E. Catholic
wins 3rd
Was there ever any doubt? From Day
One of the 1980-81 high school basket-
ball season the Detroit East Catholic
Chargers were the favorites to win the
state Class D championship, and they
did just that last night before a crowd of
13,310 in Crisler Arena, as they waltzed
to 'a 93-57 victory over Crystal Falls
Forest Park.
It was the third consecutive state title
for coach Dave Soules' Chargers, who
had advanced into the final with a vic-
tory Friday night over Kinde-North
LED BY JAMES Ross and Anthony
Grier, East Catholic pulled away from
the smaller Forest Park squad, scoring
15 unanswered points and turning a
close ball game into a 33-16 second
quarter rout. Grier and Ross
repeatedly pulled up from their respec-
tive dribbles and canned jump shots
from the 15-18 foot range. At the half,
the Chargers held a 45-24 lead over the
Forest Park attempted a comeback
in the third quarter, but the closest the
'Upper Peninsula school could get to the
Chargers was within 16 points, 56-40.
The Trojans had several opportunities
to tighten the score even further, as
East Catholic committed 20 turnovers,
but they were unable to convert
Charger mistakes into buckets.
Grier, a six-foot senior guard who is
considering scholarship offers from
several Mid-American Conference
schools, scored a game-high 26 points.
His teammate Ross, a 6-6 forward who,
according to Soules, "people in Wiscon-
sin are looking at," added 22.
FOR SOULES, whose Chargers
finished their season with a record of
25-2, the victory was academic. "What
happened should have happened," said
Soules. "If anyone else had Ross and
Grier, they'd be winning, too."
Forest Park coach Stu Smith echoed
Soules' sentiments. "Grier and Ross
are terrific players. . . the best players
I've seen. We can run with our own
level. This was three or four steps up
from our level."
The Trojans, who finished their
season at 19-8; were led by Jerry
Shoup's 16 points.

game. After an Oiler turnover and a
foul, Abraham hit both ends of a one-
and-one to increase the lead to four.
Mt. Pleasant's Charles Pisoni then
temporarily slowed the Chiefs down
when he netted two of his game-high 18
points, but Okemos came back with six
straight points on a lay-up by Eric Old
and jumpers by Abraham and
Valkanoff to move out to a 46-38 lead
'with only 2:42 remaining. Mt. Pleasant
managed to cut the lead to four points
with only a minute left, but Okemos'
Brice Arensmeier, much to the chagrin
of the loud and loyal Oiler fans, iced the
contest when he hit a foul shot to give
the Chiefs a 49-44 lead just 13 seconds
from the final buzzer.
Both teams committed numerous
turnovers, and Mt. Pleasant coach
Denny Kuiper saw that as his team's
"I THOUGHT THAT the first three
minutes of the fourth quarter would be
the crucial ones," Kuiper said, "but we
kept throwing the ball away. Okemos is
very well-coached and aggressive on
defense, and they earned the title."
Okemos coach Stan Stolz agreed that
his team's success was keyed by its
play on the defensive end of the floor.
"We played good defense," a happy
Stolz said. "This team has really come
through when it's had to. Defense is
something that's played from the heart,
and that's how we played it."
The Chiefs held Mt. Pleasant's star
center, Mark Anderson, to only six
points in the second half and 16 points
overall. Anderson had been averaging
22 points per game.

V C0'-T I
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in the Fishbowl 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
in Rackham Building'lobby 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
through graduate departments

It was a long trip for the Stephenson fans to make from the Upper Peninsula, but
their team made it worth the effort as the Eagles rolled to a 64-48 victory over
Three Oaks River.Valley for the Class C championship.
"It's a dream come true," Stephenson coach Paul Miller enthused. "We worked
very hard for this, and the kids gave me something I couldn't give myself."
THE MUSTANGS, on the sharp shooting of David Schaffer, kept the game close
for 16 minutes, as Stephenson went into the locker room at the half with a 28-24
However, the Eagles broke the game open in the third quarter with a 9-0 spurt.
Stephenson, which shot 64 percent from the field, were paced by their all-state
candidate Mark Simon (19 points), Mike Tyrrell (14),r Dave Machalk (14) and
Steve Frederiksen (13 points).
"In the second half, we were running better and matching better, which cut
down their outside shooting game and allowed us to take control of the game," ex-
plained Miller.
STEPHENSON, WHICH captured its first state championship-in 25 years, ran its
winning streak to 25 games after its season-opening loss to Menominee.
The loss dropped the Mustangs to 21-6 for the season.
"Since we are from the Upper Peninsula, we aren't usually scouted by the lower
peninsula teams, which of course is advantageous to our ballclub," commented
"If I were a coach playing against our team, I wouldn't know howto defense us
because of our balanced scoring attack from our four front-liners and our unselfish
play from our point guard, Tom Graves," Miller said.

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