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Page 10 --The Michigan Daily-Thursday, March 24, 1988

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N.C.'s

J.R.

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awaits Reid's court antics

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By SCOTT SHAFFER
When opposing fans want to anger J.R. Reid,
they chant his given name, Herman.
When Reid wants to bother his opponents, he
just acts like himself.
In addition to being one of the most feared big
men in college basketball, North Carolina's 6-9
power forward is beginning to earn a reputation
for being an obnoxious on-court personality.
Perhaps its his fist clenching and his jumping
celebrations after key plays. It could be due to his
chatter during the game. Not shaking hands after
games may have something to do with it as well.
Whatever it is, people are starting to notice
another side of Carolina's super soph.
A CASE IN POINT was the Tar Heels
most recent game, a 123-97 victory that knocked
Loyola Marymount out of the NCAA tourna-
ment.
While Loyola's players could not discount
Reid's 19-point, 15-rebound performance, they
weren't exactly lining up to join his fan club ei-
ther.
"He's a good player, that's all I have to
say,"said Mike Yoest, who drew the unenviable
assignment of guarding Reid. "He didn't impress
me that much as a person."
While Yoest refused to go any further than
that with his views on Reid, one of his team-
mates, Bo Kimble, was more than happy to share
his opinion. "He showed a lot of negative
characteristics out there," said Kimble calmly af-
ter the game. "He's less than a human being to
me."
KIMBLE CONTRASTED Reid's attitude
with that of Fennis Dembo, the star of

Wyoming, Loyola's first-round victim. Both are
big talkers, according to Kimble, but the
similarity ends there.
"When we played Wyoming, Dembo was a
classy guy. He shook hands after the game. But
J.R. - none of that. He just walked off the
court. I don't think J.R. will go far with that
attitude."
Sour grapes?
Maybe, but Reid's coach Dean Smith, did ac-
knowledge that there might be a problem with
his team's handshake policy, or lack thereof.
"Following a game, I represent the team,"
Smith said. "I go over and shake hands with the
coach and they (his team) sprint to the dressing
room. But we may look at that and change that
tradition."
ONE TRADITION that Smith does not
want to tamper with is the Tar Heels' current
string of eight straight trips to the NCAA's final
16.
They earned their seventh appearance at the
expense of Michigan, 109-97. Reid led North
Carolina with 27 points and 10 rebounds. The
Tar Heels continued on to the final eight before
losing to Syracuse.
All Reid did in his first season was average
14.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game en route
to winning the Atlantic Coast Conference's
Rookie-of-the-Year award.
This year Reid has picked up right where he
left off, fueling speculation that he may be
headed for the NBA this year. Smith has been
quoted as saying that he would advise Reid to
enter the draft if he thought that Reid would be
one of the first three players picked.

FOR NOW, Michigan looms large on
Reid's horizon.
The two teams are set for a rematch Friday,
this time in the third round of the NCAA tour-
nament.
The Wolverines will have last year's cast of
Loy Vaught and Mark Hughes to guard him as
well as Terry Mills,'whom Michigan coach Bill
Frieder has indicated will start opposite Reid.
Mills is new to the Michigan lineup this year
but he's a familiar face to Reid.
"I played against Terry in high school at the
McDonalds' (All-American game) and at the
(Olympic) sports festival last summer. He's a
tremendous athlete with a nice touch for a big
man," said Reid.
THOSE SAME words are often by others
used to describe Reid himself. Some even call
him the key to the entire seventh-ranked Tar Heel
team.
"It all starts with J.R. in the middle," said
Frieder. "We can't let him dominate the game."
But North Carolina's talented team prevents
the Wolverines from concentrating solely on
Reid.
"North Carolina has too many weapons," said
Hughes. "So its going to be important to keep
every one in check and just try to limit Reid to
under 20 points."
Hughes, who started in the loss to Carolina,
had no complaints about Reid's behavior. "He
didn't try to be a bad ass or any thing like that.
Basically, he seemed like a good guy."
It will be interesting to see if Hughes still
feels the same way after Friday's game.

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Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
North Carolina sophomore forward J. R. Reid scored 27 points and had
nine rebounds in helping the Tar Heels to a 109-97 victory over Michigan
in last years NCAA tournament.

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Player interest in lacrosse grows in Michigan

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By BETHANY KLIPEC
Since Michigan men's lacrosse coach
Bob Digiovanni helped found the club
sport in 1965, interest and participation in
the sport of lacrosse in the Midwest has
grown.
As recently as 10 years ago only two
Detroit area high schools fielded lacrosse
teams: Cranbrook and Detroit Country
Day. The number of area high school pro-
grams (currently totaling at least 10) now
include several public and parochial schools
in addition to the prep school teams.
Consequently, what had traditionally
been regarded as a sport of the elite has
now gained much more mass appeal. As
the number of high school lacrosse pro-
grams increase, so does the caliber of col-
lege play. The Wolverines have been one
of the beneficiaries.

EVEN THOUGH the East has long
been known as the hotbed of lacrosse (last
year 15 of the 16 teams eligible for the
NCAA playoffs were eastern teams), and
Michigan does have a number of eastern
players, in-staters still constitute at least
50 percent of the 54 players on the Michi-
gan roster. According to Digiovanni, the
state of Michigan is well-represented not
only in numbers, but also in talent.
As first-year attacker Marc Silbergeld
(Westfield, N.J.) comments: "Coming
from the East myself where, in general,
there is a rather low opinion of lacrosse in
the Midwest, I was happily surprised to
find that, on the whole, the in-staters are
pretty decent. I had expected amateurs, but
actually a number of our better players are
from Michigan."
Because lacrosse has traditionally been

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Sportsj
an eastern sport, the Michigan club teams
of 20, 15, and even 10 years ago had to
travel much farther to find competition-
than the team of today. Nine of the Big
Ten schools - all but Minnesota - cur-
rently support lacrosse programs, two of
which have already attained varsity status:
Ohio State and Michigan State.
AS MICHIGAN has historically been
in the forefront of Big Ten athletics, the
lacrosse club here hopes to be headed to-
ward varsity standing as well. In the inter-
est of gaining credibility and respect, the

club has made an effort to professionalize
every aspect of the operation from the
team's appearance to its organization.
This is a pervasive aim, encompassing
everything from the purchasing of standard,
matching equipment to the election of
officers and the implementation of a com-
mittee structure in which all members
must participate.
One of the most important functions of
the committee structure is fund raising.
Although the team receives support from
the club sports department, resources are
limited. Each player pays club dues and
purchases his own uniform and sticks. The
club then raises money to cover the costs
of equipment, travel, referees, and field
upkeep.
IN ADDITION to these organiza-
tional measures, the team has significantly

toughened its schedule, this year adding
more varsity opponents (which now com-
prise approximately one-third of the regular
season matches) and eliminating some of
the smaller, less challenging teams.

During the team's spring training trip to
the South, they upstaged two Southern
powerhouses: Florida, 17-7, and Georgia
Tech, 16-5.
In subsequent play they have bested
Dayton, Illinois, and Indiana by scores of
11-5, 11-3, and 14-6, respectively. After
two away contests this week, the club will
open its home season this Sunday against
Albion at 2 p.m. at Tartan Turf.
Although as in any sport winning is the
obvious goal, Digiovanni describes the
primary mission of the club as "to promote
the game by teaching it to all skill levels."

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A CLASS ACT
SENIOR PLEDGE P ZOGRATM

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Free Oral Exam

Dental
Health
Day

Saturday
March 26
9am to 4pm
Ages 3 and up
Free Parking

The University
of Michigan
Dental School
First Floor
For more info call
764-1516 between 9-11:30am
and 1-4pm, or simply walk-in
the day of the event

Seniors, you are cordial
the Class of 1988 Senio
"Thank You" Happyl
at the U-Club in the M
Friday, March 25, 1988
free food and drink
live entertainment

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ly invited to attend
)r Pledge Program
Hour
ichigan Union
5:00 to 8:00pm.

You must bring your invitation and your student I.D. for admission
The University Club is a private club for students, faculty, staff, alumni,
and their accompanied guests. Only members may purchase alcohol.
Spring
$1 Days
Lease any apartment between
March 16 and March 31, 1988
for $100.
(Applied to September rent)
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