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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 26, 1985- Page 8

Herr's three-run homer
lifts Cards past Phils, 6-3

Vandenberg a late
bloomer for harriers

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Tommy Herr hit
a three-run homer and Vince Coleman
stole three bases and scored three
runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals
to their sixth straight triumph, a 6-3
decision over the Philadelphia
Phillies last night. ]
St. Louis' 13th victory in 14 games
reduced its magic number to seven in
the National League East. Any com-
bination of seven Cardinals victories
or New York Mets defeats would give
the title to St. Louis.
NEW YORK, which lost 5-4 earlier
yesterday to the Chicago Cubs, trails
St. Louis by four games.
Two St. Louis errors in the first in-
ning contributed to a 2-0 lead for
Philadelphia, which went on to lose its

sixth straight decision.
Von Hayes singled to start the game
and was safe at second when Herr
droped shortstop Ozzie Smith's toss on
Rick Schu's grounder. Both runners
advanced on Danny Cox's wild pickoff
attempt, and Juan Samuel followed
with a sacrifice fly.
MIKE SCHMIDT capped the
Phillies' inning with an RBI single,
but St. Louis rebounded immediately,
triggered by infield singles by
Coleman and Willie McGee, with
Coleman reaching third on McGee's
hit following his first stolen base.
Charles Hudson, 7-13, then gave up
Herr's seventh homer, into the right-
field seats.

Every sports team has a person
they count on for consistency. Bob
Vandenberg fills this role for the cross
country team.
Coming out of high school with a
less-than-impressive record, the Mid-
dleville native decided on Michigan
instead of Western Michigan. He
chose the Wolverines because of a
previously favorable experience run-
ning for Coach Ron Warhurst at a
cross country camp Warhurst hosted.
Vandenberg joined the team as a
walk-on, and has stuck with it since.
"I enjoy it," he said, "it's a lot of hard
work, but you get used to it."
NOW IN his senior year, Vanden-
berg is expected to be an important
cog in this year's team. "We're
looking for him to be in our top three
or top four runners," said Warhurst.
"Last year he was our third finisher
at the national championships." Add
to that a 19th-place finish at the Big
Ten Championships, and Vandenberg
shows the potential for a promising
year. "He's the type of guy that we
need," asserted teammate Chris
Brewster, "with consistency race in
and race out to be up there, near the
But it's not just Vandenberg's run-
ning that helps the team. He is, in a
way, inspiring. "Anytime you get a
guy that's a walk-on, that nobody
knows about, that really ran kind of

slow times in high school compared to
most of the guys we get in here, and
then runs very well, they look at him
and say 'if he can do it, maybe we can
too with a little bit of hard work',"
said Warhurst.
Besides, Vandenberg is well liked
and respected by his teammates. "He
has a hometown kind of attitude, and
he gets along well with everybody,"
noted junior Mark Shafer.
NOT DEADLY serious, Vanden-
berg keeps the team laughing with
wisecracks yet recognizes the value of
practice. When it's time for hard
work, he's ready. Though a senior,
Vandenberg has another year of
eligibility, and his teammates are
hopeful he will comeback for another
It's not easy running six miles
everyday. And no easier when you
have a lot of top talent ahead of you.
But Vandenberg has determination.
Said Brewster, "It would have been
easy for Bob to say 'look, I could
never run on this team' because when
he came in we had people like Brian
Diemer, Olympic bronze medal win-
ner, and Gerald Donakowski, and
others. There just wasn't always a lot
of light at the end of the tunnel. But
now here he is, and it's really a tribute
to him."
Dedication and reliability - two
things overlooked by many. Bob Van-
denberg is not overlooked.

ISAIAH 28:16
Students dedicated to knowing and
communicating JESUS CHRIST
Friday, 7 p.m.
Angell Hall, Room 2231


Daily Photo by JAE KIM
Bob Vandenberg, who made the cross-country team as a freshman walk-
on, is now one of the club's most consistent runners.


The sinking of a Greenpeace ship off
the shore of New Zealand brought
public outcry. After avoiding the issue
for days, the government of France
finally claimed responsibility for
destroying the vessel.
The true motive for the deed has
been a matter of much speculation.
Were the French opposed to Green-
peace's conservation efforts? Were
they bored, and had a few extra bom-
bs? Or did they do it just because '.'it
was there?"
The truth is now known. French
minister Pierre le Gridde has con-
fessed that the sinking was for strictly
political reasons. "We couldn't let
those pinko activists win Griddes,"
said the minister, through his inter-
A Greenpeace spokesman, contac-
ted for comment, denied any
knowledge of Griddes, and said the
organization lost all interest in sports
since the California Golden Seals left
for Cleveland.




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