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Page 12- The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 21, 1986

SPORTS OF THE PAILY

Brewster sparks harriers

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victory

BY JIM DOWNEY
The deafening cheers which filled
Michigan Stadium late Saturday
afternoon could have easily been
directed at the performances of the
Wolverine cross-country teams. The
men took the Central Collegiate
Championships, held in Normal,
Ill., while the women finished
second at the Michigan State
Invitational, held in East Lansing.
Led by another of Chris
Brewster's first-place finishes, the
men's team squeaked past Eastern

Michigan, 93-96, to prevail over a
field of 16. Brewster, a senior All-
American, blazed through the 8000-
meter course in 23:39.8, a new
meet record. On the merits of this
effort, he was named Outstanding
Athelete of the meet. In addition,
Wolverine coach Ron Warhurst was
recognized by his peers as top
coach.
SOPHOMORE John Scherer
followed Brewster, placing second
overall with a time of 23:52. Junior
Joe Schmidt, who ran with a bad

back, ran third for the Wolverines
while placing seventeenth in the
field.
Despite these performances,
perhaps the most instrumental
components of the team's success
were the runs turned in by
sophomore Rollie Huson and
freshman Brad Barquist. Finishing
fourth and fifth for the Wolverines,
'respectively, it was their ability to
beat the fifth runner of Eastern
Michigan which gave the squad its
three point margin of victory over

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the Hurons.
"Rollie and Brad outkicked their
guy in the last 200-meters," said
Warhurst. "That's what makes cross
country the unique sport that it is.
Without their efforts, the success of
our frontrunners would have been
for nothing."
NEXT UP for the team is the
Big Ten Championships, to be held
in Columbus at Ohio State in two
weeks. The Wolverines, along with
Wisconsin and Illinois, shape up as
the favorites. Two weeks ago, on
the same course which the meet is
being held, the team took the OSU
Invitational.
Ten teams were represented at
the Michigan State Invitational
where the women's team finished
second to old nemesis Ohio State.
Two weeks ago, the host Buckeyes
edged the Wolverines out of second
place. Although Saturday's result
was the same, coach Sue Parks was
pleased.
Strong performances were turned
in by junior Cheri Sly and
freshman Mindy Rowand, wholed
the team while finishing seventh
and eighth overall.
"IT WAS an encouraging
performance because our
frontrunners were where they should
be," said Parks. "Our middle
runners finished lower because of
circumstances."
The circumstances Parks speaks
of concern her fourth and fifth
runners, Sarah Gray and Tracy
Babcock. Gray, a freshman, lost a

shoe in the early moments of the
race and had to cover most of the
course wearing only one shoe. This
caused her to place twenty-first
overall. Babcock, a sophomore, ran
ill, which contributed to an
uncharacteristically slow time.
The team runs next week at the
Bowling Green Open, a meet which
Parks described as "low key." She
hinted that many of the top runners
would be held out in order to
prepare for the upcoming Big Ten
Championships. At that time, she
said, her squad will be at full
strength, with All-American Kelli
Bert returning to the lineup.
Stickers shut out
For the Michigan field hockey
squad, the frustration is mounting.
Overall, its record is a solid 8-8-1.
But the success has been confined
to non-conference. Within the Big
Ten the Wolverines are only 1-5-1
and the record wasn't improved any
by Sunday's 2-0 loss to Michigan
State.
Wasted in the shutout was a
good effort by Michigan goalie
Maryann Bell, who had eight saves.
Bell had as many saves as the MSU
goaliesbut the Spartans had two
more shots on goal, which proved
costly.
STATE'S two goals came in
the second period as Betsy Craig
and Wendy Clark scored. Penalty
corners were another area in which
the Spartans led, enjoying an

advantage of seven.
Michigan assistant coach Andrea
Wickerham was clearly upset with
her team's performance. "We had
our chances but we couldn't
capitalize. Our veterans didn't do
the job." Wickerham did, however,
commend her freshman players,
Robin Ives, Judy Burinskas, and
Sharon Cantor in particular.
The Wolverines will look to get
going tomorrow night, when they
return home to face Kent State in
the football practice building. "It'll
be good to get off grass and get on
turf again," said Wickerham. And
away from the Big Ten she might
have added.
-LIAM FLAHERTY

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PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) -- Six
cities hoping to land an expansion
franchise made presentations
yesterday to the NBA's Board of
Governors, but league officials
expressed mixed emotions about
diluting their product.
Representatives from
Minneapolis, Toronto, Miami,
Charlotte, N.C., Orlando, Fla., and
Orange County, Calif., each made
30-minute presentations to the
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ews expansion
hasn't expanded since 1980, is would recommend," he said. "I'm
expected to make its decision today. supporting the issue of expansion.
Eighteen votes are needed for final We hope to have a firm and
approval. positive response to the subject of
"We won't expand for the sake expansion before we close these
of expanding," San Antonio Spurs meetings."
president Angelo Drossos said. Board members said they will
"I've been an expansionist for a examine each city's strength of
long time, but it won't hurt the ownership, playing facilities,
league if we say 'no."' population growth, market area and
NBA Commissioner David Stern projected fan support before casting
said he favors expansion, however. their votes.
"I think that expansion would be a "It's a lot for the owners to
good idea. But if it was next year, I absorb. They'restill inathe middle
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COLUMBUS (AP) - Ohio
State football coach Earle Bruce
hasn't forgotten that it wasn't so
long ago that his team was being
ridiculed by hometown critics.
Now, after following two losses
with five consecutive victories,
Bruce responded to those critics
yesterday.
"Several people looked down on
our football team when we were 0-
2," Bruce said at his weekly press
luncheon. "I was disappointed we
were 0-2, but I have to be honest
with you that we were still a solid
football team even at that point."
The Buckeyes, 5-2 overall and 3s

0 in the, Big Ten Conference, will
attempt go maintain a share of the
conference lead when they host 4-2
and 3-0 Minnesota Saturday.
"I know we made some
mistakes," Bruce said, referring to
his team's fumble and kicking
troubles in losses to Alabama, 16-
10, and Washington, 40-7. "(But) I
see an Alabama team that's
undefeated right now, and I kind of
consider them fortunate that they
didn't meet a team that was ready in
the kicking game the evening that
we met them. If we had a kicker
who could put the ball through the
uprights...that game could have
been a lot different.
"But that's over with...(Alabama
is) a good football team (but)
they're not that much better than
Ohio State, to tell you the truth. I
know we can play good football,
and we've played good football."
Since being blown out at
Washington, the Buckeyes have
solved their kicking problems with
junior walkon Matt Frantz, who
has converted all five of his field
goal attempts. The Buckeyes also
have not been losing the ball on
turnovers.

expanaing at fns tme, Stern sai .
"I've been preaching restraint and
caution and the owners are reading
that back to me. It's a normal
businessman's caution. We've tried
very hard to tell each of the cities
that they were welcome to apply,
but we didn't tell them to build
massive media campaigns. How
much money they spend is not
going to determine anything."
Toronto has NBA Hall-of-Famer
Wilt Chamberlain as one of its
financial backers and plans to play
in Maple Leaf Gardens, which seats
16,182 for hockey.
The Toronto Huskies hosted the
first NBA game in 1946, the city's
team folded after the 1946-47
season and league officials are
skeptical of competing against
hockey.
Nick Mileti, who owned the
NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers from
1970-80, heads the Orange County
group that already has built the
20,000-seat Westdome Arena in
Anaheim.
League officials, however, said
they are hesitant to add a third NBA
team to the Southern California
area. The Los Angeles Lakers and
Los Angeles Clippers, already play
there.
Former Philadelphia 76ers player
and coach Billy Cunningham is a
partner in the Miami group. Ex-
76ers general manager Pat Williams
is involved with Orlando's bid.
Miami already has its nickname
of "Magic" chosen, has started
construction on a 16,930-seat arena
and has sold 14,000 season tickets,
while Orlando is ready to break
ground for a 15,300-seat facility if
it gets a franchise.

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