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The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 27, 1989 -Page 11

'M' does buddy
check with MSU

'M' set for
muckers,

OSU's

-BY ERIC LEMONT
The Michigan women's
swimming team enters this weekend
undefeated in seven meets and owner
of a 28-dual-match unbeaten streak.
In East Lansing, another team
currently possesses three wins and
something else - the distinction of
being the squad Michigan faced 29
matches ago.
Michigan-Michigan State.
Big Ten football rivals? Think
so. Dueling duos on ice? Sure.
Swimming schools locked in a
mortal match of revenge and rivalry?
Not quite.
When asked if the Spartans'
victory three years ago would be a
motivating factor in this weekend's
meet, Wolverines coach Jim
Richardson was skeptical.
"I don't think that will,"
Richardson said. "I just think the
fact that it's MSU will. (The
swimmers on both sides) all know
Bach other, so pride is on the line,"
he said.
First-year swimmer Jennifer
Jackson also downplayed the revenge
factor.
F "It's been mentioned," she said.
"We're beginning a tradition and we
don't want to let that slip. We're
gearedup."

State is led by NCAA All-
American Mary Schonely in the
breaststroke and Big Ten finalist
Kelly Smyles in the 200-yard
individual medley and butterfly.
Jennifer Collette gives the Spartans
strength in the middle-distance
freestyle events.
Richardson is also impressed by
State's strong one- and three-meter
diving team anchored by Julie
Ferrell.
Both swimmer and coach
emphasized the fatigued state of the
team. Richardson said about half the
team is "broken down," the planned
result of a stretch of endurance
training. Hopefully, Jackson said,
the long-distance training taking
place now will make the actual races
easier and thus improve times.
Even a tired Wolverines squad,
however, should have no problem in
defeating Michigan State. Jackson
said some of the team's goals will
be to perform well in what will be
their last home dual meet of the
season and to shave the 400 medley
relay's time down to three minutes
55 seconds.
But the Wolverines will have a
very different goal if they don't take
care of business in West Lafayette
tonight -starting a new win streak.

clingers'

Wings tell Probert
to stay at home

Schembechler
... glee for McGee
Michigan
gets top
tight end
BY MICHAEL SALINSKY
You can't really say that
Michigan football had not landed
any future stars, but they had not
landed any of the big ones, those
few who every coach and recruiter
around the country covet, the
creme de la creme. Until yesterday.
Tony McGee, a 6-foot-5, 235-
pound tight end from Terre Haute
South High School in Indiana,
announced yesterday that he will
sign with the Wolverines when
the official signing period begins
Feb. 8. He chose Michigan over
Indiana, Notre Dame, USC, and
UCLA, at a press conference in
the team teaching room at his
high school, attended by Terre
Haute press and a number of
students.
"Academically and athletically
he felt Michigan was best for him.
He said he fit in better with the
players there," McGee's coach,
Rod Shafer, said.
McGee, who lived in Grand
Rapids until high school, is
arguably the best prep tight end in
the country. The Detroit Free
Press put him on top of their Best
of the Midwest team as the best
prospect from all the Big Ten
states.
An all-state selection as tight
end and defensive end, McGee
caught 56 passes in the last two
years for over 1500 yards.
"Everyone from Bob Knight to
the lieutenant general made a push
for him to stay in state," Shafer
said. "But (McGee) grew up
dreaming about being Blue. It was
a good situation for him. He'll
come in as a first or second tight
end. He'll be an impact player."

BY TAYLOR LINCOLN
The Michigan hockey team is not
looking forward to this weekend's
two-game series at Ohio State.
For starters, OSU Ice Rink
receives a unanimous vote among
coach Red Berenson and the players
for being the poorest facility in the
CCHA. Defenseman Myles
O'Connor characterized the 1,580
seat area simply as "a dump."
Furthermore, the Buckeyes' style
of play has won few admirers among
the Michigan contingency. "They
have a smaller rink and they have a
style of play that is suited to it,"
Berenson said. "They play a lot of
clutch-and-grab hockey."
O'Connor said: "They are an
annoying team. They have a lot of
muckers and clingers."
Annoying?
In November, the Buckeyes were
in last place and had won only one
game when they visited Ann Arbor.
The Wolverines were ranked fifth in
the country and were in second place
in the league, but the Buckeyes
headed home with a win and a tie for
the series.
"They embarrassed us," O'Connor
said. "I think a lot of us saw that
they were in last place and took
them for granted."
Michigan will not be taking Ohio'
State for granted this weekend.
Including their series at Michigan,
the Buckeyes are 6-5-3 in their last
14 league games.
The Buckeyes are still in eighth
place, but are only two points

'They are an annoying
team. They have a lot of
muckers and clingers.'
- Hockey player
Myles O'Connor
behind sixth-place Western
Michigan. They trail fifth-place
Bowling Green by five points but
have played two fewer games.
"We will not be favored down
there," Berenson said. "We'll be
underdogs."
The Wolverines have given up
only five goals in their last four
games. Goalie Warren Sharples has
been near perfect in the two series,
but has also been helped by solid
defensive play.
OhiotState's 75 goals scored
places them in last place in the

Minnesota beats Illinois

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -
Minnesota upset top-ranked Illinois,
69-62, Thursday night as Willie
Burton had 20 points and 13
rebounds and sparked a first-half
burst that sent the Illini to their first
loss of the season.
Illinois, 17-1 overall and 4-1 in
the Big Ten, had been the only
undefeated Division I team. The
Illini, playing without standout
guard Kendall Gill, who was injured

in their last game, this week had
earned their first No. 1 ranking since
1952.
Minnesota, 11-5 and 3-3 pulled
off its first second upset in 12 days,
having beaten then-No. 5 Iowa on
Jan. 14.
Melvin Newbern added 16 points
for Minnesota while Kenny Battle
and Nick Anderson scored 12 points
to pace Illinois.

league in that catagory, but they do
have two scorers with more points
than Michigan's top scorer, Todd
Brost.
Center Paul Rutherford and right-
winger Andy Forcey are tied for the
team lead with 36 points each.
"We'll need to keep the puck
moving quickly," said defenseman
Todd Copeland, who has scored
seven points in the last two weeks.
"We won't be able to carry it as
much as we did against Ferris."
Michigan can ill afford to come
up empty this weekend. The
Wolverines have won back-to-back
series for the first time this year, to
rise from fifth place in the league
standings to only one-point behind
third-place Illinois-Chicago.
Despite Berenson's assertion that
Michigan will not be favored this
weekend, the Wolverines are set on
heading north with two wins.
"I don't think anybody on this
team will be happy unless we sweep
them," O'Connor said.

BY ADAM BENSON
SPECIAL TO THE DAILY
DETROIT - Detroit Red Wings
star and troublemaker Bob Probert
will "stay home, until we decide a
further course of action", according
to Wings general manager Jimmy
Devallano.
Probert arrived at Joe Louis Arena
a half hour late for Wednesday's
game with the Buffalo Sabres. When
Red Wings coach Jacques Demers
asked Probert why he was late, the
player said he got caught in traffic.
The Red Wings suspended Probert
'for the Buffalo game and have
'removed him from the roster for the
time being.
Devallano's banishing of Probert
is not unique. In 1986, the
Washington Capitals took similar
Jction against star Bobby Carpenter,
whose temper tantrums disrupted the
i -team. After sitting out for a month,

Carpenter was traded to the New
York Rangers.
"Obivously, Jacques and I have
not had a lot of time to talk and find
out what our opinions are,"
Devallano said. "We asked him to
stay home indefinitely."
Devallano noted that this latest
action is not a suspension. This
punishment will prevent Probert
from taking legal action to force his
reinstatement.
"I don't know what Bob thinks
and what makes him do certain
things," said a tired Demers. "We're
in the market to try and get winning
games, and trying to get all our
players to work together in the same
goal and the same direction. It is
obvious that he does not want to
cooperate in that department."
It may be worth it for the Wings
to keep him away - the club is 9-
10-4 in games he has played in this
season.

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