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Women's Tennis
vs. Bowling Green
Today
Track and Tennis Building

SPORTS

Baseball
vs. Western Michigan (DH)
Tomorrow, 2 p.m.
Ray Fisher Stadium

The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, March 29, 1988

Page 7

Blue takes a

bite out of MAC tennis

By STEVE SCHLUSSEL
The women's tennis squad contin-
ued its impressive non-conference
slate Saturday by destroying another
Mid-American Conference team.
This time it was Western Michi-
gan that lost, 8-1.
e "The wins have given us a lot of
confidence going into the Big Ten,"
said Michigan coach Bitsy Ritt.
"We're much stronger since we've
beaten a lot of MAC teams."

First-year players Kristin Ashare
and Stacy Berg continued their strong
play, beating their opponents at No.
2 and No. 4 singles. Ashare beat
Western's Stephanie Schulte, 6-7, 6-
3, 6-1, and Berg beat Sonya Garsh-
nek, 7-6, 6-1.
Ashare then teamed up with Leslie
Mackey (who also won her singles
match) to beat Schulte and Kathy
Spray at No. 2 doubles (6-2, 6-2).

Berg also won at doubles with No. 1
singles player Tina Basle (1-6, 6-3,
6-2).
Ritt said the first-year players have
"made a huge contribution."
"They've raised the attitude on the
team," said Ritt. "It's spread to ev-
eryone."
The first-year netters aren't the
only ones making contributions. Be-

sides winning at doubles with Berg,
Basle also had a great day at singles.
She defeated Mindy Severt, 6-2, 6-1,
to solidify her spot at the top of the
singles heap.
Mackey also played well at sin-
gles, coasting past Franci Kenwor-
thy, 6-1, 6-0 .
"I feel comfortable with our
lineup," said Ritt. "Our doubles are

doing well and so are our singles
players. Mackey and Ashare might
switch around."
After a season of being entrenched
in the basement of the Big Ten, Ritt
feels it's time for a major change.
"We've improved a lot," she said.
"A few teams are definitely at the
top, but after those three teams
(Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern),
anything can happen."

Ashare
... wins two at No. 2

SPOR TS OF THE PMLY:

Mr. Basketball leads team to Class B title

By TAYLOR LINCOLN
Grand Rapids South Christian's
Matt Steigenga and Redford Bishop
Borgess' Parrish Hickman will be
teammates next year at Michigan
State. But Saturday the two were
pitted against each other in the Class
B high school basketball finals at
Crisler Arena.
Both tied for game highs with 21
points and 15 rebounds, but
Steigenga's surrounding core was
three points better than Hickman's,
as South Christian came from be-
hind to post a 69-66 victory.
The Steigenga-Hickman show-
down almost fizzled early.
Steigenga, Michigan's 1988 Mr.
Basketball, committed his fourth
personal foul with 1:10 remaining in
the first half. He sat out for the rest
of the half, but started the second
half and played all 16 minutes,
never picking up his fifth foul.
SOUTH CHRISTIAN coach
Tom Dykema did not consider leav-
ing the 6-7 forward on the bench to
start the second half.
"We can't win without him," said
Dykema, "I didn't think of pulling
him. He's played with four fouls in
six or seven games this year and he
hasn't fouled out once. He just plays.
smart basketball."
With or without Steigenga, the
outlook was dim for South Christian
(26-1) as the four quarter began.
The Sailors trailed, 53-45, after
three quarters, but a Steigenga dunk
opening the fourth quarter spurred a
10-2 run as South Christian fought
back to tie the score at 55 with 5:30
remaining.
SENIOR GUARD Mark
Weirenga, who tied Steigenga and
Hickman for high-scoring honors
with 21 points, connected on five of
six free throws down the stretch as
the Sailors gradually pulled away.
Steigenga made both ends of a one-
and-one with 1:11 remaining, giving
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South Christian a 67-61 lead.
Borgess (23-4) pulled to within
69-66 when guard Shawn Respert hit
a three-pointer with nine seconds
left. Borgess then had a chance to
tie when a South Christian traveling
violation gave Borgess the ball at its
own end with two seconds left. But a
desperation half-court three point
shot was wide right, giving South
Christian its first state title.
Though he was surprised that
Steigenga started the second half,
Borgess coach Michael Fusco was
not shocked that South Christian
was able to overcome its eight-point
deficit.
"It felt good having the lead," said
Fusco, "but we said before the game
that we had to play the full 32 min-
utes. We knew South Christian
would come at us and they did," said
Fusco.
class C:
Nouvel 68,
Roscommon 54
When the Saginaw Nouvel
Panthers drew the little-known
Roscommon Bucks in the Class C
final, it was tough for them not to be
overconfident.
Saginaw Nouvel had been ranked
No. 1 all year long. They were the
defending state champs. They had
beaten Detroit Country Day,-Class B
powerhouse Flint Beecher, and Mark
Macon's alma mater, Saginaw Buena
Vista.
"The kids were a little cocky
against River Valley in the semis,"
said Nouvel coach Jim Carideo.
"They like to test me but we would
not be denied, believe me."
Pesky Roscommon made matters
difficult, but Nouvel, using some
timely offensive rebounding and
three-point shooting, pulled out a 68-
54 win for its second straight state
championship.
"It's hard to repeat, everybody's

gunning for you," Carideo said. "We
had a whole different cast... it was
tough."
Those who came looking for fast-
break basketball on Saturday night
went home disappointed. Nouvel held
Roscommon to 33 percent shooting
from the floor in the first half, but
only hit 35 percent of its own shots.
The second half opened to a
quicker tempo, seemingly more
tailored to the Nouvel game. With
All-stater Matt Bauer pushing the
ball up the court, Roscommon began
to tire and the Panthers' lead grew to
eleven.
Midway through the period,
though, the Bucks got to within
seven on a four-point play. That was
the closest Roscommon would ever
get. Heading into the fourth quarter,
Nouvel led, 55-47.
Nouvel then went to a four-
corners stall with five minutes left in
the game, and held on for the win.
"I was surprised they spread it out
with five to go." said Roscommon
coach Ted Thomas. "But they hit
their free throws and that was the
game."
Bauer had 16 points and 10
rebounds and Corey Ward had 13 for
Nouvel. Nouvel also set a record by
netting seven three-point baskets in
the contest.
- STEVE SCHLUSSEL
ClassD :
Northport 80,
Beal City 78
March Madness produced a bevy
of basketball powerhouses with the
nickname Wildcats: Arizona, Kansas
State, Villanova, and now Northport.
Northport?
The Northport Wildcats probably
won't be joining the NCAA anytime
soon, but they did play like they
would like to Saturday night. They
needed to in order to nip the Beal

City Aggies, 80-78, in the Class D
championship game.
The game had everything a fan
could want: fast pace, plenty of three-
point shooting, and a great individual
performance.
Northport's Sander' Scott scored
20 points and pulled down 11 re-
bounds in the first half, but his team
trailed by nine at the intermission.
He led his team back in the second
half before fouling out with a game-
high 39 points and 17 rebounds.
"He (Scott) is a tremendous
player, " said Beal City coach Tom
Lavoie. "We just couldn't stop him.
We tried everything. It's the kind of
night we all dream of."
The fourth quarter became a see-
saw battle and the tension mounted
as the lead changed hands three times.
The Wildcats' increased their margin
to 73-68. Northport looked to have it
sewn up until Scott fouled out with
2:52 left.
"When Sander fouled out we were
disappointed," said Northport coach
Gordie Wick. "But I knew the guys
could do it. We have the type of team
that doesn't quit. We don't give up."
Beal City whittled away at the
lead, and with twelve seconds left on
the clock, the score was tied at 78,
Northport's ball. Daniel Stowe threw
a prayer into the basket with two
seconds left, and the Wildcats' fans
went bananas.
"It wasn't a designed play," said
Stowe. "I just shot it and it went
down... I didn't know what to do."
Beal City's desperation three-
pointer fell short and Northport had
captured its first-ever men's basket-
ball state championship.
Beal City was lead by Todd
Schafer's 21 points.
- STEVE SCHLUSSEL

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Michigan baseball team
tapes four from Ball State
BycoHAEnsiderably closer but the results
Bye MichigabaE eSallwere the same. Senior righthander
The Michigan baseball team Mike Ignasiak matched Abbott
took four games over the weekend with his third win in the opener.
from a woeful Ball State squad on The Wolverines scored two in the
the road in Muncie, Ind. fourth and two in the sixth to
Jim Abbott won his third game power to a 5-1 triumph.
of the year in the opening game of " Phil Price whacked his second
the series, pitching the Wolverines homer of the season, third on the
to a complete-game 11-9 victory. year in the Wolverines victory.
Michigan suffered a recurrence of Price scored nine runs and had nine
early-season erroritis, committing RBIs in the series
three flubs behind Abbott. The final game of the series was
In the nightcap Saturday, the closest, Michigan coming out
Michigan cruised to a 14-1 on top, 4-1, in eight innings.
crushing of the Cardinals. The Sophomore Ross Powell gained the
Wolverines scored 11 runs in the win in relief of Mike Grimes who
first three innings and pounded out turned in an impressive
four home runs, included the first performance.
career dinger by rookie infielder Steve Finken tied the all-time
Dave Everly. Michigan stolen base record with
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