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State High School
Basketball Championships
Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Baseball
vs. Grand Valley
March 24, 1:09 p.m.
Ray Fisher Stadium

The Michigan Daily Tuesday, March 18, 1986 Page 8
pring practice is underway for Blue,

By PHIL NUSSEL
Spring football practice begins
today for the 1986 Wolverines at the
Michigan Fieldhouse.
The team met yesterday afternoon
to discuss the practice schedule,
which concludes April 19 with the an-
nual intrasquad scrimmage.
"I'M LOOKING forward to it," said
a relaxed head coach Bo Schem-
becher after a recent trip to Florida.
As usual, the first-week sessions
will concentrate on conditioning. Lit-
tle or no contact is expected.
When the heavier practices begin,
the coaching staff will be looking to
fill three linebacking starting spots
vacated by seniors Jeff Akers, Jim
.Scarcelli and Mike Mallory. The lone
returner is Andy Moeller.
THE COACHES will not have far to

look with Dieter Heren, Tim Schulte,
Todd Schulte, Andree McIntrye and
Carlitos Bostic who all offer experien-
ce at the spot.
Two other key positions will have to
be filled on the defensive side after the
loss of All-Americans Mike Hammer-
stein (tackle) and Brad Cochran
(cornerback).
On offense, three starting spots are
open on the line - center, quick tackle
and tight end. Those spots were
vacated by Bob Tabachino, Clay
Miller and Eric Kattus. Quarterback
Jim Harbaugh is expected to return
for his final year of eligibility after
setting several Michigan passing
records in 1985.
THE ONLY change in the coaching
staff is at linebacking. Milan
Vooletich left the assistant position to

take a job at Rice as head assistant
coach. Tom Reed, former head coach
at North Carolina State, replaced
Vooletich last week. He coached un-
der Schembechler from 1974-77.
Last year's spring practice was
termed by Schembechler as "one of
the best ever" because the team was
fired up to prove that they would
bounce back after one of the worst
seasons in recent years (6-6). They
did.
This year the Wolverines will shoot
to continue the intensity they carried
throughout the 10-1-11985 season.
Michigan's opening day opponent,
Notre Dame, also begins spring prac-
tice this week under new head coach
Lou Holtz, who quit his post at Min-
nsota last December.

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SPORTS OF THE DAILY:

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Wilcher blazes at NCAA

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By EMILY BRIDGHAM
It took only 7.22 seconds for
Michigan senior Thomas Wilcher to
earn his first NCAA title. His win in
the 55-meter high hurdles marks the
first time ever that a Wolverine has
captured a title at the prestigious
meet.
Wilcher, normally a poor starter out
of the blocks, found the board track to
his liking and was able to overcome
Arizona's Andrew Parker and LSU's
Charles James, who ran 7.23 and 7.25
respectively. The meet enabled
Wilcher to run his career best of 7.2,
which he clocked in the semifinals.
"He looked great," said head coach
Jack Harvey. "To be honest, I'm kind
of surprised because Thomas hasn't
run real well on boards. They're so
springy that they throw his timing
off."
It looks like his timing is back on,
since Wilcher, a junior in eligibility,
has finally re-emerged after a severe
knee injury that has plagued his
athletic career.
Looking as hot as Wilcher, but run-
ning the 3000-meter race, senior Chris
Brewster ran a 7.54.87 in the trials
before being sidelined in the finals
with a pulled hamstring. His
qualifying time, the second fastest of
the meet, was also six seconds better
than his previous career best of
8:01.01. In one year, Brewster has
lowered his time in the race by 12
seconds.
Due to the elimination of the 400-
meter race, Todd Steverson and
Omar Davidson were forced to run in
the 500-meter dash. Neither runner
managed to run well enough to qualify
among the final six. Their mile relay
team, filled out with Bill Davis and
Claude Tiller, were also eliminated
from the finals.
Netters take two
Even in the individual sport of ten-
nis, it takes a team effort to win. The
Michigan women's tennis team
proved that with a pair of 5-4 wins
over the weekend, downing Eastern
Michigan Friday and Notre Dame
Saturday.

The win at Eastern avenged a 6-3
loss to the Hurons in November and
featured singles victories by Paula
Reichert, Leslie Mackey, Monica
Borcherts and Erin Ashare.
Ashare notched victories in all four
of her matches.
THE THIRD doubles team rescued
the win Friday as Ashare and Tina
Basle knocked off Sumita Whitehead
and Marta Varanda, 7.5, 6-4.
Doubles play also keyed Saturday's
triumph over the Fighting Irish. With

the match tied 3-3 after singles com-
petition, the Wolverines won two of
the three doubles matches.
"After Saturday, we should have
much more confidence in our doubles
play," Ritt said. "In the past, we
haven't been too successful going into
doubles needing two out of three to
win the match."
Team balance will be a key
ingredient for the Wolverine netters in
the coming weeks
-PAUL DODD

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Michigan Ension Photo by JIM DOSTIE
Tailback Jamie Morris darts through a hole during last fall's 34-3 victory over South Carolina. The Wolverines
are already gearing up for next season by beginning spring practice today.

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THE SPORTING VIEWS

NCAA tournament. . .
.. .memories galore

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By GREG MOLZON

IT'S CALLED March Madness. The excitement. The glitz.
The color. For three weeks every March, a sporting
event takes place which cannot be matched by any other
for its unpredictability and suspense.
During this time, I put all other things aside and tune
in to my television set to catch every highlight, every
score, and every game. Barring the death of a close (and I
mean real close) relative, nothing can pull me away from
catching all the action.
What is thisspectacle I'm talking about? It's not the
Super Bowl or the New Year's Day bowl games. It's not
the World Series. It's surely not the Stanley Cup Playoffs,
NBA Championships, or the USFL Playoffs (I'll have to
wait until next year, if ever, to see those again). No,
there's only one event that can capture my attention for
this long a time. That's the NCAA basketball tournament.
Not even Michigan's second annual early exit can keep
me from watching the rest of the tournament. Many
Wolverine fans may stop watching now, but they'll be
missing out on all the fun that's still to come.
It's guaranteed that some amazing games and feats will
take place which can never be forgotten. These happen
every year and I have memories from my past tour-
naments which I still remember as if they were yester-
day.
John Wooden winning an incredible tenth championship
in twelve years. Bob Knight's great Indiana team of 1976
knocking off Big Ten rival Michigan to cap an undefeated
season. Jack Givens scoring 42 points to lead Kentucky
past a surprising Duke team. Magic Johnson smiling
away as his Michigan State team topples previously un-
defeated Indiana State led by Larry Bird.
Then there's the great coaching matchup between
Knight and Dean Smith of North Carolina being decided

by the brilliant play of a nineteen-year-old child, Isiah
Thomas. Georgetown's Fred "I choked" Brown passing to
North Carolina's James Worthy in the final seconds when
his team still had a chance to take the winning shot. And
North Carolina State's Lorenzo Charles slam dunking at
the buzzer to send Jim Valvano dancing and prancing
around the court.
These examples are just from championship games and
the list could probably go on and on forever because that's
the NCAA basketball tournament.
Another trademark of this tournament is its number of
surprises. We've already had our fill this year and more
are bound to be on the horizon. Cinderella's shoe store bet-
ter have a lot of different sizes because many teams are4
trying to fit into her slipper and become the memories of
tomorrow.
There's a long list of applicants. DePaul, Cleveland
State, Navy, Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Michigan State,
and Iowa State (boo, hiss) are all lining up and looking to
knock off the favorites to win an all-expense paid trip to
Dallas.
Who will finally be this year's Cinderella team? I surely
don't know. Trying to pick the upsets in this.tournament is
about as easy as getting Knight to play a zone defense, but
that's the NCAA tournament.
While the excitement of cheering for Michigan in the
tournament is now gone, there is still plenty of action left.
College basketball will be played at its best and will
culminate in the most exciting weekend in sports: the
Final Four in Dallas.
Until then, I'll have my television locked on CBS,
listening to every word uttered by Brent Musberger and
Billy Packer, witnessing the upsets, forming new
memories, and just getting caught up in the excitement of
it all.
That's the NCAA basketball tournament.

Tumbler
By GREG MOLZON
While most students don't have to
take finals for another month and a
half, the Michigan men's gymnastic
team had its final exam in Big Ten
Gymnastics 101 this past weekend in
Champaign.
The Wolverines finished sixth out of
the seven competing schools in the
Big Ten Championship with a score of
270.4. Iowa placed first withaan im-
pressive score of 280.9 and was
followed by Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio

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IF GRADED on a curve, the team
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They notched another season high
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Ten final
three years.
"The guys had their best day of the
year," said Wolverine coach Bob
Darden. "It was an outstanding effort
on the part of the team."
THE PUPILS weren't very pleased
with the scoring on this exam, though.
"I felt scoring was super-critical,"
Darden.said. "I would have though4
our score should have increased over
the 270 we had last week by quite a bit.
The best indication of how we did is a stat
we keep on hitting and missing."
This is a statistic the team keeps on
the percentage of the gymnasts who
hit their mark on each event without
mistakes. Previous to this weekend,
the Wolverines season best was 75
percent, but this meet's performance
merited an excellent 88 percent.
Michigan was led by Scott Moor
who became the Big Ten champ on the
vault with a score of 9.5. Moore was
also in first in the floor exercise with
an almost perfect 9.85 after the
preliminaries, but changed his
routine for the finals and didn't place.
Brock Orwig had scores of 9.7 and
9.25 on the floor exercise and ended up
in seventh place. Mitch Rose, the
defending Big Ten still rings champ,
had some problems in the event, bug
was still able to come away with a fif-
th-place finish.
Although a sixth-place finish in the
Big Ten can't be considered too suc-
cessful at Michigan where champion-
ships are the norm,, this season was a
success for the men's gymnastics
team.,
The squad improved from last'
year's record of 2-7 to a respectable 9-
4 this season.

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