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Baseball
vs. Eastern Michigan
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Ray Fisher Stadium

SPORTS

Basketball
vs. North Carolina
Thursday, 10 p.m.
Rupp Arena

The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, March 22, 1989

Page 9

Rained out Blue will
play home opener today

M'

gymnasts place third

BY JAY MOSES
Not even Mother Nature can keep
the boys of summer out of action for
long.
The Michigan baseball team
returned from its spring trip to
Florida Spnday to find the field at
Ray Fisher Stadium in a soggy,
freeze-and-thaw condition.
As a result, the Wolverines (6-4)
had to postpone their home opener,
which was scheduled for yesterday.
The doubleheader against Grand
Valley State University was re-
scheduled for today, and, barring any
more acts of nature, the 1989 Mich-
igan home baseball season will get
under way.
The spring trip was a ten-day,
ten-game affair, which gave the
Wolverines their first chance to get
outside for the year. Head coach Bud
Middaugh said that although there
were some good performances on the
Florida trip, it is difficult to gauge
the team's progress at this point in

the season.
"There were a lot of positives and
negatives (on the trip)," Middaugh
said. "We saw a lot of new faces,
people in new positions and different
roles. There are a lot of questions
that need answers. It's just too early
to tell."
AS FOR WHETHER the team
lived up to Middaugh's expectations
on the trip, well, that would have
been difficult for any team.
"The coach expects to win every
game," Middaugh said, "but it
doesn't work out that way."
As for Grand Valley State,
Middaugh said he doesn't know
much about the club since Big Ten
baseball coaches are not allowed to
scout other clubs.
"We like to worry more about our
own people," Middaugh said.
Middaugh indicated that he would
probably give four or five pitchers a
chance to see action against Grand
Valley State, with Ross Powell a

Middaugh
likely starter.
Grand Valley State (5-4), of the
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic
Association, boasts several All-
GLIAC returners this year. Pitchers
Tim Schuppe, Ed Finch, and GLIAC
MVP Mark Potter lead the Lakers'
pitching staff. Coach Andy Chopp's
squad consists of a mix of new
players and veterans, led by All-
GLIAC shortstop Pat Saam.

BY JEFF SHERAN
The Michigan men's gymnastics
team, beleaguered by injuries and a
makeshift lineup, traveled to
Chicago this past weekend for a
meet with Illinois-Chicago, Wis-
consin, and Wisconsin-Osh Kosh.
The Wolverines placed third with
a score of 267.35, which equals their
season high. Wisconsin captured the
meet with a score of 270.45.
Michigan, still feeling the loss of
their injured top gymnast Jim
Round, did receive powerful scores
from its eight competitors. Tony
Angelotti and Louie Ball tied for
first in the floor exercise, each with
a 9.45 score, while Ruben Ceballos
turned out a third place score of 9.4
on the rings.
"Supersub" Matt Harrison's 9.35
on the vault gave him second place,
followed by John Mains, who
notched a 9.3 for third place. Mains,
who normally competes in the all-
around slot, did not perform the floor
exercise due to a sore ankle.
"We got some great scores from
our guys," said Michigan coach Bob
Darden. "Even better when you

consider that of our 30 counting
scores (5 of 6 on each event), 23
were recorded by freshmen."
THE PROBLEM with the
Wolverines' scoring, as Darden ex-
plained, was that they averaged two
"misses" per event. "When we miss-
ed, we missed big, and we can't
afford to do that in our counting
scores," the coach said.
Darden's chief goal all season has
been consistency, and as of yet, he
hasn't been satisfied. "We've done
well at varying times, but we
haven't combined those efforts." At
the onset of the season, Darden
sought a 90% hit rate for his
gymnasts. Right now, 77 percent of
the counting scores have been hits.
Injuries have partially contributed
to the problem. Round's absence and
Mains' nagging ankle, as well as
injuries to Glenn Hill, Ball, and
Troy Fabregas, have made Darden's
goals even more difficult to attain.
"The injuries hurt us," Darden
said. "We probably would have made
the nationals with Round, but every
athletic team has injuries. Every
team can cry over spilled milk."

Harrison

Michigan is currently ranked
fifteenth in the nation, and only the
top ten teams are able to compete in
the national tournament. The team
travels to Wisconsin Friday for the
Big Ten Championships.

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BY PETER ZELLEN
Sometimes you have to just step back and look at
sports from a distance. Such is the case with Detroit-
Southwestern basketball coach Perry Watson.
Last Saturday, Watson took his team to the Class A
Championship at Crisler Arena, a game he lost to
Cooley 85-73.
This was the seventh time in eight years that
Watson has led Southwestern to the finals. People
would think that it's quite an accomplishment,
wouldn't they?
But it so happens that Southwestern has lost all
seven of those championship games. During the press
conference, that's what the reporters we're asking
about, all those losses.
* That's what people seem to care about in sports
these days, 'just win baby.' Fortunately, Perry Watson
does step back once in a while because he's concerned
about more than just the victory.
A TEARY-EYED Watson walked into the press
room proudly, making no excuses. "On our end, we'd
like to think that it takes a great team to beat us."
Then came the questions: "What does it feel like to
lose again?"and "How do the kids feel about this one?"
Watson fielded them with poignant and intelligent
answers. "I don't see why people think it's so difficult

Coach stresses
more than wins
to handle." he said. "Naturally, we want to win, but
we are involved in much more important things than
showing them how to win basketball games."
In his 11 seasons at Southwestern, Watson has
compiled a 249-33 won-loss record. That alone is an
exceptional feat, but he has accomplished much more.
When he talked of things more important than
winning he stressed education. Watson stated that all
of his players graduate and that 90 percent of them are
in college or have graduated. "We've got nine players
in Division I, four in Division II, two in Division III
and three in junior college," said Watson.
High schools should not be places where you teach
athletes only of winning games. These kids have to be
prepared to face the world and that is what these
institutions have to provide. Perry Watson has the
right idea.
"I coach kids from Detroit who have strikes against
them already," he explained. "We want them to know
that there is a right way and a wrong way to do things
in life."
Watson feels that his team will win that title one
day but it never has to happen, "We'll be back and
we'll win this championship yet," he said. "But that
isn't what basketball is all about at Southwestern
High School."
Bravo coach, bravo.

Vols coach joins unemployed

KNOXVILLE, TN (AP)- Don DeVoe resigned
yesterday after 11 years as head coach of the University
of Tennessee basketball team, saying the move was
"an effort to stop the persistent rumors surrounding
my status."
Devoe gave the reason for his departure in a letter to
Athletic Director Doug Dickey who called a news
conference for yesterday afternoon following news
reports that DeVoe was about to be fired.
Dickey declined to say whether the coach would
have been ousted had he not quit.
DeVoe led Tennessee to a 19-11 record and an
NCAA tournament berth this season, his first NCAA
bid in six years. His overall record at Tennessee was
204-137.
Dickey said no particular incident precipitated the
"negotiated resignation."
"We have continued to discuss our situation
together and I think all of the circumstances that

surround our program have brought both Don and I to
the position where I think we are in the best interest of
both of us concerned," he said.
The Nashville Tennessean and the The Knoxville
News-Sentinel both quoted unidentified sources in
Tuesday's editions as saying Dickey planned to fire
DeVoe.
DeVoe has two years remaining on his $72,345
contract. He also receives income from a radio and
television package, proceeds from a summer camp and
a contract with Converse shoe company.
"I don't need to defend myself or the job I've done,"
he said earlier. "This basketball program has been
pretty solid through the years."
The Vols lose five senior starters off a team that
went 19-11 this season. Devoe's 11-year record at
Tennessee is 204-137. He came to UT after a two-year
temure at Wyoming.

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