Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 27, 1985
THE SPORTING VIEWS
High school fans at Criser .. .
... Wykon't 'M'faithful compare?
By RICK KAPLAN
Why can't we get crowds like these?
The thought had to be running through Bill Frieder's mind as he sat at courtside
for the recently completed state high school basketball championships at Crisler
The near-capacity crowds that flocked to Ann Arbor last weekend provided a
sharp contrast to those who attended Wolverine games this season. The en-
thusiasm the high school fans displayed made the games much more enjoyable for
everyone, especially the players.
Sure, these were the state championships, and you would expect the fans to be
excited. But these crowds were wilder than the average Let's Make A Deal con-
The wildest fans of all had to be those who came down from the Upper Peninsula
to cheer on West Iron County in the Class C playoffs. West Iron wore incredibly
drab white uniforms with blue trim (probably designed by the same guy who did
Penn State's football uniforms) but its fans were very colorful. They chanted "UP
Power," "UP Power," every time West Iron scored a basket, gave up a basket, or
did nothing at all.
The Wykons, West Iron's nickname, even had a mascot: a student dressed in an
all-blue sweat suit, wearing a blue mask that was sort of a fusion of the Lone
Ranger's mask and Don King's hair.
What's a Wykon?
Incidently, a Wykon, according to a huge banner hanging from Section 1, is a
Wonderful Yoopers Kean Outstanding Number One. Actually West Iron coach
Chuck Greenlund claims that Wykon is an abbreviation of West Iron County. Ah,
those clever Yoopers. .
Another change fromMichigan basketball were the cheerleaders. They actually
led cheers. Flint Beecher's cheerleaders were very active in the Class B final.'
They led a cheer which finished with "one, two, one, two STAND UP!" Their fans
then all rose to their feet and boogied down. This process was repeated a few times
per quarter. It was a sight to see.
Michigan's crowds hardly compare. The people who attend Wolverine games
can't really be called "fans," which comes from the root "fanatic," and that's one
thing they are not. They probably should be called "patrons," because they watch
the game as if they were viewing an art exhibit - with silent satisfaction.
Home sweet home?
Although Michigan was 16-1 at Crisler this season you wouldn't have known it.
judging by crowd reaction. With the exception of the triple-overtime classic again-
st Iowa, the Wolverines' patrons were embarrassingly stoic. Even when the team
clinched the Big Ten championship against Wisconsin, few students attended as
thegame occurred over spring break.,The patrons were sipping Perrier, soaking
up the sun in Ft. Lauderdale.
At the high school games, not only did the fans go nuts for their own team, but
they appreciated quality plays by the opponents. In the Class B final between
Beecher and Saginaw Buena Vista, both teams received numerous standing
ovations from the entire crowd during the exciting second half and two overtimes.
After the Class D final had ended, a 6-2, 200 pound Yooper with a scraggly red
beard stopped me. "You from the papers?" he inquired, seeing my notebook.
"Yes, sir, I am," I replied.
"Hell of a game wasn't it?"
"Not bad. But your team lost." Detroit St. Martin dePorres had defeated the
"Oh well, they tried hard. I'm going to get a drink ... Damn this was fun."
Yes sir, it was, I only wish Wolverine games were as fun.
want ae vs. Japan
You're out! Doily Photo by DAN HABIB
The run that almost was. Grand Valley's Dave Greco tags out Wolverine Chris Gust in yesterday's second game against the Lakers. Michigan went
on to win 7-1.
SPOR TS OF THE DAIL Y:
TOKYO (AP) - Baseball Com-
missioner Peter Ueberroth said yester-
day that major league officials are
"very seriously"studying the possibility
of a championship game between a
World Series winner and Japan's best
"I think it's safe to say we're looking
one day for champions of the World
Series in our country to play the cham-
pions of your two leagues," Ueberroth
said at a news conference at the Japan
National Press Club.
"WE THINK it is something we want
to study. It is not a commitment but it is
somethirng we are looking at very
Ueberroth, whn arrived in Japan
Sunday, said he met with outgoing
Japanese Baseball Commissioner
Takeso Shimoda and "we discussed
some changes that would make more
competition between the two countries
and also some ways to make it better."
Japanese baseball leaders have long
dreamed of the day when Japan's
champions would meet the American
World Series winner for what they have
called a "real World Series.,,
Major league teams that have played
here in postseason tours continue to
show an edge in speed and power, but
have found the Japanese increasingly
LAST FALL the Baltimore Orioles,
winners of the 1983 World Series, won
eight games against an assortment of
Japanese teams, lost five and tied one.
They compiled a 4-1 record against the
Hiroshima Toyo Carp, the 1984 Japan
Asked about a move to ban foreign
players from Japanese teams,
Ueberroth said the Japanese are "free
to do as they please," but he believes
that the exchange of players "is a good
Ueberroth noted that a Japanese
player - 36-year-old former pitching ,
star Yutaka Enatsu - now is trying out
with the Milwaukee Brewers, "and I
hope he does very well."
Some officials in Japanese baseball,
including Shimoda, have said
foreigners should be excluded from the
game here because they demand ex-
cessive salaries, often refuse to adjust
to team customs and regulations and
keep promising young Japanese
players out of lineups.
Bandits owner says
'NO' to fall schedule
TAMPA, Fla (AP)-Tampa Bay Ban-
dits owner John Bassett said yesterday
that his United States Football League
team would resist a move to play a fall
schedule if the "USFL proceeds with
plans to abandon its Spring format in
The announcement met stiff op-
position in the USFL's New York
headquarters where Commissioner
Harry Usher issued a statement saying
Bassett would be fined an undisclosed
amount for violating a directive that
"public statements regarding the,
USFL will originate from the league of-
Special to the Daily
The softball team is off to a flying
start in its first week of the season. The
Wolverines captured the first four
games of their spring trip to California.
Senior Mena Reiyman led off with a
homerun in last weekend's game
against Chapman College. The
Wolverines went on to win the contest 7-
4 in twelve innings, with sophomore
Vicki Morrow get'ting the win after
relieving pitcher Julie Clark.
FRESHMAN MICHELLE Bolster
pitched her first collegiate victory as
the team again defeated Chapman, 2-1,
in the nightcap, this time in ten innings.
Morrow gained her second victory of
the season against Utah State in a 3-1
victory. In the third inning, Morrow hit
a single and then stole second. Reiyman
reached base on an error, Seegert hit a
single and all three runs scored on a
Lisa Panetta triple.
In their final game of the weekend,
the Wolverines beat Oregon State 3-2.
Mari Foster went the distance for the
team with five strikeouts and two
Martha Rogers began first inning
with double, Alica Seegert singled and
later stole second and scored on an
error. Later in the fourth, Panetta and
Carol Simon singled, Simon bluffed a
steal, and Panetta stole home.
White Sox 8, Tigers 3
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Harold
Baines, Greg Walker and Carlton Fisk
hit home runs and Tom Seaver pitched
five strong innings yesterday, leading
the Chicago White Sox to an 8-3 victory
over the Detroit Tigers in exhibition
Baines and Walker slugged suc-
cessive homers in the second inning off
Milt Wilcox, 0-1, who was making his
first game appearance since un-
dergoing off-season shoulder surgery.
Fisk homered in the seventh.
Seaver, 3-1, allowed three hits and
one run. After 23 innings this spring, he
owns a 1.57 earned-run average, the
lowest among White Sox starters.
Seaver already has been named
Chicago's opening day pitcher.
Detroit's Barbaro Garbey belted a
two-run homer off reliever Bob James
in the ninth inning.
Ewing named Player
of the Year
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Sporting
News has named Pat Ewing of
Georgetown University its 1984-1985
College Basketball Player of the Year
and picked St. John's Lou Carnesecca
as Coach of the Year.
The weekly publication called Ewing
one of the primary reasons Georgetown
ended the regular season ranked No. 1.
The voting was done by National
Basketball Association general
managers and scouts.
Joining Ewing on TSN's first team
were forwards Wayman Tisdale of
Oklahoma, Keith Lee of Memphis
State, and guards Chris Mulin of St.
John's and Sam Vincent of Michigan
Carnesecca led St. John's to the Big
East Conference regular-season title.
Bucks 107, Bullets 96
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Ricky
Pierce scored eight of his 14 points in
the fourth quarter as the Milwaukee
Bucks defeated the Washington Bullets
Rocket Akeem Olajuwon throws his weight around, climbing the back of'
Kansas City's Joe Meriweather to block an Otis Thorpe shot last night in
107-96 in a National Basketball
Association game last night.
Terry Cummings scored 22 points and
Paul Pressey added 21 to pace
Milwaukee, leaders in the Central
Division. But it was Pierce who
provided the clutch scoring down the
After sinking a field goal with one
second remaining in the third quarter
to put the Bucks ahead 80-78, Pierce
took charge early in the final period.
Both he and Alton Lister scored four
points apiece during a 10-point
Milwaukee string which put the Bucks
ahead 99-87 with 5:36 remaining.
Gus Williams scored 27 points to pace
Washington, which lost its second in a
row after alternating wins and losses in
its last 10 games. Jeff Malone added 22
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The Bucks have a 21-16 record on the
road, the fourth best away-from-home
mark in the NBA.
Oilers 7, Islanders 5
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - 'Mark
Messier and Paul Coffey scored twice
and Dave Hunter's goal late in the
second period capped an Edmonton
comeback as the Oilers downed the
New York Islanders 7-5 in a National
Hockey League game last night.
The Stanley Cup champion Oilers,
who had never won a regular-season
game at Nassau Coliseum, trailed 4-1 in
the first period before rallying with a
quick-striking offense against goalie
COFFEY lifted Edmonton within 4-2
with a power-play goal with 1:05
remaining in the first period. The Oilers
held a 5-on-3 skating advantage whenA
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