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Page 8-Sunday, March 28, 1982-The Michigan Daily
INDIANS WIN 'A' CROWN, 79-60
Flint Central takes

title

Straight from the
source's mouth
By RON POLLACK

By JESSE BARKIN
Flint Central went a long way in reaffirming that
basketball is a team game, yesterday, as the Indians
whipped Detroit Southwestern and its one-man offen-
sive machine Antoine Joubert, 79-60, to capture their
second straight Class 'A' crown before a packed
house of 13,609 at Crisler Arena.
Joubert, the Prospectors' All-State junior, banged
in 35 points, most from the outer reaches of Crisler,
but the Indians countered by out-shooting, out-
rebounding, out-defensing, and completely out-
pfaying Southwestern.
THE INDIANS, perhaps more relaxed since they
had won the title one year earlier (with Eric Turner),
came out and quickly took an 8-0 lead. Joubert,
meanwhile, was having trouble finding -his range
against a tight, ball-denying zone defense and missed
seven of his first eight shots.
And while Joubert was struggling, Central was
very patient in attacking the Southwestern zone and

came away with open shots inside and outside, nearly
every time down court. Joubert heated up toward the
end of the half, hitting his last four shots, but Central
led 37-24 at intermission.
The second half began much like the first, and
though Joubert was almost unstoppable (scoring 21
points in the half), the closest Southwestern could
come was nine points, 57-48, with five minutes left.
With 1:25 left, Flint Central guard Mark Harris put
the finlishing touch on the game with a fast break
dunk which brought the crowd to its feet and made
the score 73-56.
ONE OF THE keys for the Indians was their
rebounding as they out-caromed the Prospectors 41-
24. 6-8 senior Marty Embry controlled both ends of
the boards with 14 rebounds (seven on the offensive
end) as the bigger Central team denied Southwestern
second shots time and time again.
In the shooting department, Darrel Johnson turned
in an incredible performance for the Indians. While

the Prospectors were trying to key on Central's 21-
point a game scorer Harris, they left Johnson open
and the 6-2 forward responded with 25 points on 11-14
shooting, mostly from the outside.
Prospector coach Perry Watson did not expect this
type of performance from Johnson. "We didn't know
he would shoot like that," he said. "If someone was
going to hurt us with the shot we figured it was going
to be Harris."
HARRIS FINISHED with 14 points, but also dished
off for 14 assists.-Guard Chris Williams added 14 poin-
ts for Central.
Central coach Stan Gooch was also a little sur-
prised with Johnson's shooting. "He's got a lot of ner-
ve, but he knows he can shoot, and he can shoot. He's
going to be a very fine ballplayer for us."
On the strategy he used to defend Joubert, Gooch
said, "We weren't going .to do anything to stop him.
Just pressure him, and if he hit, he hit. Unless he's a
Kareem or some big guy, we're not going to get
beaten by a guard too often," he added.

LSU after M'

recruit.

Okemos'
snatches
Class B
crown-
fro'm
DeL aSa le

By SARAH SHERBER
Okemos successfully defended its Class B high school
championship yesterday by defeating the Pilots of Detroit
DeLaSalle, 60-57, at Crisler Arena.
"We're a good shooting club," said the Chieftains head
coach Stan Stolz of his 24-1 squad.
OKEMOS PROVED its coach right by shooting 48.6 percent
from the field and an impressive 85.7 percent'from the line
before the sell-out crowd of 13,609.
DeLaSalle was able to get on the board first, but by the end
of the first quarter the Pilots found themselves in trouble.
That's when Bob McGinnis committed his third personal
foul in less than seven minutes of play (fourth team foul for
DeLaSalle) and also earned the only technical of the game.
OKEMOS TOOK advantage of the situation, as Mike Mertz
made the free throw which came in the midst of seven unan-
swered points by the Chieftains. The quarter ended with
Okemos out in front 15-12.
Before the half, Okemos was able to open its lead to 13 poin-
ts as the second quarter ended, 35-22.
DeLaSalle came back in the third quarter and outscored
Okemos, 16-9. Six of the points for the Pilots came from
layups by McGinnis.
OKEMOS CONTINUED to be outscored in the final stanza

of the game. With just 16 seconds left to play DeLaSalle had
managed to bring the score to within five. The Pilots' John
Bautista was at the free throw line for his team and sunk both
shots, making it 58-55.
His twin brother, Michael, was immediately called for a
personal against Mertz. It was Bautista's fifth foul and
he left the court to a standing ovation from the DaLaSalle
fans.
Mertz, meanwhile, missed the foul shot, which was
rebognded by the remaining Bautista brother who scored on
a jump shot to bring the Pilots to within one.
MERTZ WAS again immediately fouled while taking the
ball down the court, but this time he was able to redeem him-
self by making both shots and lifting the Chieftains to 60-57
before time ran out.
Mark Abraham scored a game-high 18 points as he paced
Okemos to the victory. Two other teammates, Mertz and
Bruce Arensmeier, scored in double digits with 16 and 14
points, respectively.
McGinnis led DeLaSalle with 17 points, followed by John
Bencie and David Wolf who both had 13.
Stolz, who has led his team to a 50-2 record the past two
seasons, was more than relieved by the victory. "I think
there is much more pressure for us this year. Staying there
(first place in the state) is not as tough as getting there."

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...A twisting tale
SOME PEOPLE just can't take no for an answer.
At least that's the feeling Michigan's prized basketball .recruit Richard
Rellford and Head Coach Bill Frieder must have. Rellford, a high school All-
American from Florida, verbally committed to Michigan on February 16.
Yet,-he is still being recruited by Louisiana State.
Rellford insists that he will sign a national letter of intent with Michigan
when the official signing day rolls around (April 14). LSU head coach Dale
Brown, meanwhile, claims that the 6-52 forward may be having second
thoughts about playing for the Wolverines.
The following are excerpts from interviews conducted with Rellford,
Frieder, Brown and Fred Jacoby who is the chairman of the Letter of Intent
Steering Committee for the Collegiate Commissioners Association:
Wednesda, March 24
Rellford- "Whenever LSU calls, I tell them that I'm already committed
to Michigan. They call every other day, and I give them the same answer.
every time.
"I committed early because I didn't want to ave to put up with the tension
that goes with recruiting."
Frieder- "I've been aware of it, because both Richard and his counselor
called to tell me about it. It disappoints me, but it's part of the business. Until
the recruiting signing dates are changed so that high school players can sign
when they make their decision, you'll have these players'being harassed by
other schools after they've verbally committed.
"We don't do that and we'll never do it. We respect their decision and we
aim our recruiting efforts elsewhere. What I'd like to know is what recourse
a high school player has to keep a school from harassing him after he's ver-
bally committed?"
Thursday, March 25
The answer to Frieder's question comes from Jacoby, who doubles as the
Mid-American Conference commissioner when he isn't heading the Letter of
Intent Steering Committee. "It's up to the player and his parents," said
Jacoby. "If they want, they can shut it off very quickly by just not taking any
more calls from recruiters."
As for why the letter of intent signing is April 14 and not earlier, Jacobi
said, "We want to let the student finish the season. Otherwise they might
sign before their senior year, which may not be.in the best intrest of the
student."
Friday, March 26
Brown- "Recruiting is a situation that is impossible to predict due to the
youthfulness of the individual being recruited by adults. Richard said, I
kind of told Michigan I'd go there, but I'm contuse.' so I asked if he wanted
to visit LSU and he said yes. He plans to visit, but'a date hasn't been set'."
Rellford denied ever saying that he would visit LSU. "I told one of their
assistants that I was committed and that I wasn't interested in visiting LSU
because I'd already made my mind.up. They probably just heard some
rumors. I've been hearing those rumors, but I'm not paying any attention to
them.
"LSU started recruiting me about a month ago, after I had verbally com-
mitted and I don't think that they knew anything about that commitment at
the time. So when they asked me to visit, I told them no since I was verbally
committed to Michigan and Michigan is where my parents wanted me to go.
On April 14, I plan on signing with Michigan."
Saturday, March 27
When informed of what Brown had said the previous day, Frieder said,
"As far as I-know, Richard is not confused as to where he will go to college.
I'm a little disappointed in Dale Brown because Richard has committed to
Michigan and he has sent a letter to LSU saying that he's coming to
Michigan and that he would appreciate it if he (Brown) and his staff would
stop recruiting him."
Taking all of this into consideration, it would appear that Brown's
assessment that there is some confusion involved in the recruiting of
Rellford is only partially accurate. There is some confusion, but it seems
that it is on Brown's part and not Rellford's.
When Rellford talks about LSU, he adamantly denies the fact that he has
any interest in the school. The letter to which Frieder referred reinforces
this point. No matter how many ways the question of whether he ever said
that he wanted to visit LSU is phrased, Rellford gives the same answer-no!
Apparently/ Brown's contention that Rellford is confused and wants to
visit LSU is based more upol his hopes of landing the star cager than
Rellford's actual feelings.
MORE RECRUITING NOTES- Although the Wolverines have verbal
commitments from four high school players, they are still out on the
recruiting trails. Michigan is still recruiting 6-2 guard Anthony Watson
(Detroit), 6-91/% Keith Wesson (Ohio) and 6-7 Butch Wade (Boston). Wade has
narrowel his choices down to Michigan, Providence, Connecticut and
possibly ,DePaul. Wesson is reportedly visiting Michigan this weekend.
Other schools that he is interested in include Ohio State, Cincinnati, Wiscon-
sin and Tennessee.

St. Mary's
destroys
Reed City
in finals,
76-48
By JIM DWORMAN
- The Reed City cheering section may
have screamed "Whoosh!" whenver its
team shot a free throw, but the whoosh
sound could be heard most often when
an Orchard Lake St. Mary's shot
swished through the net.
The Eaglets of Orchard Lake connec-
ted on 58 percent of their shots en route
to a 76-48 victory over the Reed City
Coyotes in the state Class 'C' cham-
pionship game last night in Crisler
Arena.
MOST OF St. Mary's fine field goal
shooting came from the hands of senior
Hiram Harris and Chris Howze.
Howze, the 6-5 transfer from Pontiac
Northern, scored 27 while hitting 1.3 of
19 shots. The 6-6 Harris pumped in 23
points on an 11 for 15 shooting perfor-
mance.
Another reason for the Eaglets ex-
cellent field-goal percentage was its

shot selection. Only 10 of 76 St. Mary's
points came from shots taken from
outside of 15 feet.
Orchard Lake was in control from
start to finish. The Eaglets held leads of
16-11 at the end of the first quarter and
40-24 at halftime. The lead increased to
26 at the end of the third quarter when
the Eaglets found themselves holding a
60-36 lead.
THE MARGIN widened even further
when St. Mary's ran a streak of 12
straight points midway through the
final stanza before coach Bob
Shoemaker emptied the bench. At this
point, St. Mary's had such a big lead
that even 5-3 freshman Eugene Watson
got into the game.
The Coyotes, who finished only in
third place in the North Central Con-
ference, were led by 6-5 senior Layne
Brower's 17 points. Reed City finished
the season at 20-7. i
Orchard Lake, which also got 13 poin-
ts from 5-9 senior Lance Davis, finished
with a 25-3 mark. The Eaglets' only
three defeats this season were at the
hands of Class A Detroit powers Cass
Tech and Cooley and Class B runner-up
DeLaSalle.
St. Mary's last won the state cham-
pionship as a Class D school in 1978
when its starting lineup included
Michigan State forward Evaristo Perez
and Michigan baseball star Jim
Paciorek.

Bulldogs
run and'gun
'past
Trout Creek,
105-94
By JIM DWORMAN
When Al McGuire coached Marquette
to the national championship in 1977, he
gave much of the credit for winning the
title to his big men, Jerome Whitehead
and Bo Ellis. McGuire referred to those
two as his "aircraft carriers."
Last night at Crisler Arena, the aircraft
carriers won another title. Whitehead,
DerrickWhitehead that is, and John
Willhite dominated the floor in leading
the Covert Bulldogs to a 105-94 victory
over the Ewen-Trout Creek Panthers in
the championship game of the state
class 'D' championships.
- THE DOUBLE "W"s accounted for
60 points and 27 rebounds as the two
teams set a new tournament record for
the most-points scored in the champion-
ship game with 199 points. Covert also
set a record for the most points scored
by a team in'the quarter-, semi- and
final games with 265.

Covert coach Kenneth Jackson
praised the efforts of Whitehead, who
scored 22 points and grabbed 12'
rebounds despite a nagging knee injury.
"You really didn't even see him at his
best," said Jackson. "He banged up his
knee real bad againsi East Catholic last
night."
About the extraordinary performan-
ce of Willhite, who led Covert with 38
points and 15 rebounds, Jackson could
only say, "He really gets up for the big
games."
THE FIRST quarter was an evenly
played, run-and-gun affair, as Trout
Creek countered Covert's full-court
man-to-man pressure with a zone press
of its own. The period ended with the
Bulldogs holding a one-point advan-
tage, 20-19.
But while the two carriers continued
to propel the Bulldogs in the second
quarter, the Panther fleet stalled.
Covert rattled off streaks of eight and
12 straight points early in the quarter
and by the time Trout Creek coach Tom
Caugill called time out at the 3:40
mark, the score was 42-27 in favor of the
Bulldogs.
When the half ended, Covert led by a
score of 50 - 36.
THE TEAMS traded baskets the rest
of the way. The only real difference
between the two was that Covert's poin-
ts came from an assortment of dunks
and jump shots while Trout Creek
mixed an array of layups with its jum-
pers.
Al Smith added 22 points for the,
champions, whose victory gave them a
-26-1 mark.

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SPORTS OF THE DAILY:
Gymnasts finish tenth at NCAAs

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Special to the Daily
SALT LAKE CITY - The women's gymnastics
team went to Salt Lake City for the NCAA champion-
ships as the tenth and final team to qualify for the
meet, and that's exactly where the Wolveirnes wound
up as the team, competing in the NCAA tournament
for the first year, found the competition extremely
tough.
Michigan scored a 136.9, slightly under its seasonal
average, but even the Wolverine's best performance
plus five or six extra points would not have been
enough to overcome Utah who won the championship
with a 148.60. Cal State Fullerton followed with a
144.15, and Penn State finished third with a 143.10.
Even though the team finished last, coach Sheri
Hyatt did not look at the meet as a disappointment.
"I thought they (her team) did a good job. We didn't
have our highest score of the season, but it wasn't
bad. We still are one of the ten best in the country."
Kathy Beckwith posted the best all-around score
for the Wolverines with a 34.70, and 32nd place
overall. Sophomore Nancy Papows was 42nd with a
34.05, and Christy Schwartz and Dayna Samuelson
finished 49th and 50th, respectively.

nation's number-one spot throughout the season,
splitting the season's home-and-home series at one
win apiece.
Netters win
Special to the Daily
WICHITA- The Michigan men's tennis team
downed Wichita State 5-4, Friday, as Wolverine coach
Brian Eisner picked up his 199th career win to sur-
pass William Murphy and become Michigan's win-
ningest tennis coach.
Wolverine Mike Leach got things going for
Michigan early with a win over Wichita's Roberto
Saad, 5-7,6-3,6-4.
THE SHOCKERS' Per Larson came back,
however, to down the Wolverines' Mark Mees, 6-4, 6-
2. Wichita's Paul Smith added another victory to the
Shocker's tally by defeating the Wolverines' Tom
Haney, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Whichita's Steve Grey downed Ihor Debryn, 7-5, 5-
7, 6-2, to put another mark on the Shocker's side of the
scoreboard.
Bill Godfrey, however, defeated the Shockers' Dale
Houston, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6, to add to the Wolverine's tally.
IN DOUBLES competition, the combination of

victory over the New Jersey Nets lasi night.
Darwin Cook's driving layup rolled off the rim at
the buzzer to keep the Nets from sending the game in-
to overtime.8
Buck Williams, with a game-high 39 points and 13
rebounds for the Nets, fouled out with 38 seconds
remaining.
Both teams shot over 50 percent from the floor. The
Pistons held a 55-51 margin at the half and an 89-87
lead at three quarters.
Tripucka and Terry Tyler combined for 24 of 34
fourth-quarter points.
Tigers 4, White Sox 3
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Jerry Turner's pinch'
single in the eighth inning drove in Enos Cabell with
the winning run as the Detroit Tigers defeated the
Chicago White Sox 4-3 in exhibition baseball yester-
day.
Detroit trailed 3-1 in the seventh when Kirk Gib-
son's two-out bases-loaded double off Chicago
reliever Jeff Schattinger drove in Lynn Jones and
Chet Lemon to tie the game 3-3.
CHICAGO'S Mike Squires tripled and scored in the
White Sox first when Cabell let a double play toss
from pitcher Milt Wilcox get away from him at third

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