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Page 8 -The Michigan Daily-Thursday, March 31, 1988

Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Michigan first baseman Greg llaeger receives a pick-off attempt during the Wolverines 6-5 win over Western
Michigan in the first half of yesterday's double-header. Michigan also won the second game, 12-1.

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Baseball
Michigan sweeps
Broncos 6-5,12-2
Continued from Page 1
The second game was more of an
offensive showcase for the Wolver-
ines than anything else, as they won
12-2.
The game was highlighted by
five-run innings in the second and in
the fourth. In the second inning,
shortstop St. Peter launched a Chuck
Alexander pitch well over the left-
field fence for his first grand slam
home run at Michigan.
Sophomore Tim Lata pitched ef-
fectively for just under five innings
to get his first win of the season for
the Wolverines.
In winning 13 games in a row,
Michigan has improved its record to
13-5 but that's not enough for Mid-
daugh. "We've got a lot to improve
on but were on the right track going
into conference play," stated the
coach. Michigan will start their Big
Ten season at Northwestern this
weekend.

THE SPORTING VIEWS
By MIKE GILL
Cinematic magic.
That's the ticket. Leave it to the movies and
they'll find one way or another to make an exciting
story out of... well, out of emptying the garbage.
And sports movies. Whoa. Every team is the under-
dog. Every team faces a crisis. Every team is about to
lose. Every team comes back and wins. Cinematic
magic.
Take Hoosiers for instance, the movie about Indi-
ana high school basketball. Great movie. Highly un-
realistic. Sure, it's based on truth, but way back when
cow's ate grass, not some processed substance.
Last weekend at Crisler Arena was high school
hoops championship time - the stuff movies are
made of - and this one had all the feeling of an
Ernest Borgnine classic. My only question: Who the
hell is Ernest Borgnine?
FIRST CAME the semifinals.
Three Oaks River Valley played in the Class C
semifinal. Remember in Hoosiers when the team en-
ters the large arena in Indianapolis and is awed by the
enormous size of the place? Their coach, played by
Gene Hackman, reassures them that everything is all
right. Well, Three Oaks is a small town in southwest
Michigan. The team entered Crisler in street clothes
and walked onto the court.
Their heads bobbed as they
checked the upper echelons of the
arena. They stood under the basket
and looked up. "Wow" rang
through their minds. One even
jumped up and touched the net -
just to make sure the height of the
basket was the same as in their
rinky-dink gym.
Three Oaks lost - end of
story. A
One of the Class B semifinals
featured Flint Beecher against
Grand Rapids South Christian.
Who should be the good guys?
The choice becomes easier
when you recall Beecher's coach. Dyk
None other than Moses Lacy. The ... humbl
prophet is known more for his Sermon on the Court.
In a burning-bush flame of anger, he struck thou holy
court with thee runner-up trophy two years ago (1986
A.D.) due to a controversial call in the state champi-
onship. This guy defines evil.
IT IS NO different this day. Lacy is called for a
technical. After the game his holiness comes off his
mount and delivers a summation of what happened.
His team led by three with 1:57 left, by two with :45
seconds left, and were running out the clock until his
player travelled. With the score tied, his player missed
the winning shot - and then Beecher lost in over-
time.
"Did you see goaltending on Hawkins?" Lacy
asked. "Were you at the game?" Moses, what about
the opposing coach? "I don't got nothing against
him." But Lacy had envisions of a sequel. "I got a
tough program. I got tough kids and you better be-
lieve I'll be back." Bye Moses.
On the other hand Tom Dykema, South Chris-
tian's coach, reminds you of a pharmacist you'd see
in an Arbor Drugs' commercial. His comments?
"You saw a bunch of guys that wanted something
awfully bad and just went out and got it.... I'm just

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premiered at Crisler
so proud.... It's a tremendous experience just being
here. Sometime I'll sit down and think about it. I'm
excited being here." Humbleness is great for the good
guys.
It's now championship time. The arena is packed
- South Christian fans lined up at 6:30 A.M. to get
tickets. This is reminiscent of the long car rides the
Hoosiers people took. South Christian faced Bishop
Borgess.
THE SAILORS found themselves in trouble
early, and like in Hoosiers would have to fight their
way back - perfect for the script. Mr. Basketball
Matt Steigenga picks up his third foul with 5:52 left
in the second quarter. With 1:10 left, Steigenga goes
to the bench with four fouls.
So the stage is set. This team has its top player
- the state's top player, mind you - with four fouls
in the first half, and it's losing by three. The coach
makes a gutsy only-in-Hollywood decision: he will
start his star for the second half. The crowd collec-
tively gasps, after heavily booing the referee the final
two minutes of the second quarter.
The strategy does not pay off. At the end of the
third quarter, South Christian trails by eight. The
game is being taken to them. Steigenga is scoring
but playing cautiously on defense.
Photographers flash their
cameras, announcers continue to
gab, writers commit everything to
paper. This is the
CHAMPIONSHIP. South
Christian principal Larry Plaisier
rises and ignites the crowd. Furi-
ously, he waves his hands and the
'hnoise becomes deafening. The
fourth quarte begins.
Pow. Steigenga dunks. What a
start. The roar grows louder. Time
is running down. All of sudden
it's tied. And then comes a lead.
And there goes the clock.
ema 5,4,3,2,1...it's all over. Christian
e good guy 69, Borgess 66. What a comeback,
STEIGENGA never fouled out. This is the sign
of a great player. He can control his aggressive in-
stincts. This guy may be one of the greatest to come
out of Michigan high school basketball in years.
You hear the cliche "They really wanted to win."
Well, if there was ever a team, and if you could ever
see such a fact, this was the day and Christian was the
team. They really wanted it. They overcame the odds.
They were everything you could ask for in a movie.
These guys are the Hoosiers of Michigan. And when
it was all over, they sat and watched the next game.
Scores of kids came down with pens, papers, and
programs. They wanted autographs. Yes - they were
heroes.
And a sequel? Well, Steigenga answered that too.
"What's next?" he was questioned. He hemmed and he
hawed until the answer squirted from the back of the
room. It came from a man who resembled Gene
Hackman. "How about a national championship?" the
man asked.
It was Jud Heathcote, who Steigenga will help
write the sequel's script at Michigan State for the
next four years.
Cinematic magic.

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