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Mens Tennis
vs. Indiana University
April 8,1 p.m.
Track/Tennis Building

SPORTS

Softball
vs. Ohio State
Friday, 3 p.m.
Varsity Diamond

The Michigan Daily
Rally
Continued from Page 1
Fisher's ten-year old son Mark
loved the whole championship run.
"Just watching the basketball
games and being able to go out on
the floor with the team was great,"
the younger Fisher said. "I love
this."
Players and coaches praised the
Wolverine faithful for the support
they provided the team.
"Lots of times we couldn't fill
this arena, but now I look out and
see all of you," Robinson said. "But
we are really grateful for the great
fan support."
Rice, who was introduced as
"holding the record for practically
everything," added "this Michigan
team could not have accomplished
what it did without the support you
guys gave us.
"If I had to choose to go to a
university once again, the University
of Michigan would be my choice."
But in the meantime, Fisher
awaits a congratulatory call from
President Bush sometime today.

Wednesday, April 5, 1989

Page 12

Adam Schrager

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Michigan forward Terry Mills responds to a fired up crowd at the basketball pep rally at Crisler Arena
yesterday. Over 10,000 elated fans attended the. welcome home celebration.

'M' Track star Scherer shines brightly

BY MICHAEL SPIRO
What does it take for an athlete to
be named All-American? Hard work
and an intense competitive attitude.
What does it take to recieve that
award seven times? A strong faith
and lots of natural talent.
If ever there was an athlete that
embodied these traits, it is Michigan
track star John Scherer. Scherer is
not only a seven-time All-American,
but also a two-time national champ-
ion, with the likelihood of increas-
ing that to three this spring.
Who would have thought five
years ago that this talented runner
from Dayton, Maryland would have
come this far?
CERTAINLY not the champion
himself. "I didn't think I would run
in the national championships,"
Scherer recalled. "It was a dream."
But a dream that came true.
Scherer began running during his
sophomore year in high school, after
being frustrated on the soccer field,
and found his niche with the track
and cross-country teams. Scherer
captured the state cross-country
championship in his senior year and
took the one and two mile indoor
track titles.
As a first year runner at Mich-

igan, Scherer was red-shirted and
spent the year strengthening his
body. "I could always see myself as
being up there (among the top
runners) someday," Scherer said. "It
was just a matter of how long."
It didn't take long at all. The next
year he placed in the top ten in
the10,000-meter at the NCAA out-
door track championships.
"It took me a couple of times
being in there (national meets) to get
the confidence," Scherer said. "But
from then on I would be thinking of
making it to the nationals instead of
just the Big Ten's."
AT THE BIG Ten cross-country
championships his junior year,
Scherer finished poorly. "He's a very
intense competitor and does not like
to do poorly," said assistant distance
coach Dan Heikkinen.
That finish served to motivate
him further. "All of a sudden, I was
thinking to myself, 'I really want to
win the nationals'," Scherer said. "It
really made me want to run well."
That spring he took the national
title in the 10,000-meters.
But Scherer's motivation does not
stem merely from a desire to rack up
trophies. A strong Christian faith
has provided him with an inner

put that glory back on Him."
The hard work does not go
unnoticed by Scherer's teammates.
Fellow distance runner Brad Barquist
said, "You've got to train really hard
to be at the level he's at. It's up to
you to push yourself up to where it
will do you good and he knows
that's what he needs to do."
DISTANCE coach Ron War-
hurst said: "He (Scherer) leads by
example and is very well liked. He
doesn't allow people to look at him
in awe. Running has not made John
an elitist at all and he doesn't
separate himself from his teamates."
As a fifth-year senior, this is
Scherer's final year. However, he
intends to enter the international run-
ning scene with the hope of
participating in the 1992 Olympics
(he missed qualifying for the 1988
Olympic trials by .05 second).
But no matter where his running
takes him in the future one thing is
certain. Scherer's faith will remain
as strong as ever.
"My reasons and motivations will
be the same. It's exciting for me to
run knowing that it's not the end of
everything I do, but that it's a way
to thank God for giving his gifts to
me."

It was not supposed to end this way.
Two Rumeal Robinson free throws are nice and everything, but Glen
Rice should have been the hero.
After all, he had broken Bill Bradley's NCAA tournament scoring record
set in 1965 and more importantly just surpassed former Wolverine Mike
McGee as the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer on a trademark 20-foot'"
jumper with an arc pretty enough to make a rainbow envious.
He also broke Elvin Hayes' NCAA tournament field goal record with 12
Monday night, giving him 75 for the six games. With the NCAA'
tournament record for three-pointers in hand as well, Rice singlehandedly-
orchestrated a coup in the NCAA record books.
As the 6-foot-7 senior from Flint came around a Terry Mills screen with-
:04 remaining in regulation play, destiny seemed to be on Michigan's side.
Rice had continuously produced for the Wolverines this season and"
especially in the tournament, so there was no reason to expect anything but
a basket and a subsequent Michigan win.
But something went awry. Fate intervened and Rice's shot, over the
outstretched hands of a desperate Seton Hall defender, made an
uncharacteristically loud noise as it resounded off the front of the rim.
The game was tied and going to overtime. Yet there were feelings of
confusion, panic, and paranoia going through Michigan fans' minds. "How
could Rice miss? Are we really supposed to win?"
Forget about the fact that Rice's shot happens to register very high on
the basketball difficulty scale. He had made them in other games, and even
in this one.
REGARDLESS, there would be overtime. The word that no one wanted
to hear. Something like finals.
"I thought it was going in," Rice, who scored 31 points and grabbed 11
rebounds for the game, said. "It felt right and looked good from my angle."
Mine too.
Early in the extra period, Rice hit a leaning jumper to give the
Wolverines a two-point edge, his last points in the maize and blue. Yet his
presence was still a necessity.
With :10 left, the Hall's John Morton missed a jumpshot and Rice
rebounded. As if he were passing the baton or leadership torch to Robinson,
the image was there.
It was this season's leader declining on a chance for final glory to get
next year's hero an early start. And as Robinson was fouled and given
Herculean status back in Ann Arbor, there is a sense that it should have
been Rice's spotlight.
"I'm just happy we could win the game," Rice said. "Any of you who
know the type of person I am, know that I am going to give my coaches
and teammates a great deal of credit. Without them, I couldn't have
accomplished what I did."
When the last Seton Hall shot ricocheted off the backboard, Rice pulled
down the board and he was jubilant. It didn't make a difference how they
won just as long as they did.
Yet, there is a sense that it shouldn't have ended that way.

Scherer

inspiration. "I feel like God's given
me the gift to run," Scherer said.
"Because I'm glorifying God to do it,
I want to run as well as I can."
Scherer doesn't subscribe to the
philosophy that religious faith alone
will carry him along to victory. If
anything, his faith pushes him to
work even harder. "People think that
if you're a Christian and pray, God
let's you win. I don't think God
works that way. I need to keep in
perspective that my purpose is to

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BY RYAN SCHREIBER They will have a chance for
In their first meet of the spring redemption when Michigan faces
season, the Michigan Crew team Temple again at the Dad-Vale Re-
travelled to Augusta, Georgia on gatta later in the season. Princeton,
Saturday to compete in the Augusta one of the strongest boats in the
Invitational Regatta. They returned country, won the race handily in
with three medals, including a gold. 6:38.76, a margin of almost 12 .
In the Men's Varsity Four final, seconds.
the Wolverines won by a com- The Men's Novice Lightweight
manding margin of almost 17 sec- Eight also received a medal, fin-
onds, with a time of 7:41.48. ishing second behind a strong
"I can tell you this much," said Jacksonville squad.
coach Tom Welch, "they're the best After finishing third in their ;
boat we've got." preliminary heat, the Women's"
Manned by Bill Hall, Peter Varsity Eight squad emerged vic-
McIssac, Marty Crew, and Scott torious in the petite finals with a
Layman, with Jennifer Ashley at time of 8:04.98, edging out Virginia t
coxswain, this crew, according to and Central Florida by 1.12 and 5.49
club president Regina Dodge, is very seconds respectively in the closest
strong. "The Dad-Vale Champ- race of the afternoon.
ionships are in May, and though In other action, three Novice,"
Michigan isn't really well known, Eight boats did not advance to the
they're very good," said Dodge. final heat. While one women's>
"They've been rowing together for entry placed second in its pre-
three years now, they row well, liminary heat, another women's boat
they're in good condition, and they and a men's crew finished third in,'
have a shot at the finals at DadVale." their respective heats. In addition,
ALTHOUGH they were not the Soviet men's and women's4
properly aligned at the sound of the national teams attended the event,
gun, the Men's Lightweight Eight along with the Bulgarian nationals, "
crew overcame the University of the French Lightweight crew, and'
Central Florida by the 1000-meter the men's and women's United
mark to place third in their final States national teams.
competition. The team's strength The next match is slated against
helped them catch the stern of the Marietta College, winners of 25 of,
second-place Temple crew, but Mi- the last 30 Dad-Vale Champ- ;
chigan had to settle for the bronze, ionships, on Saturday at Ford Lake
as they fell seven seconds short. in Ypsilanti.
NCAA changes rules on
technicals and timeouts
SEATTLE (AP) - The distance for the 3-point field goal will remain ;
the same in college basketball, but timeouts will be lengthened by 16
seconds and two free throws will be awarded for all technical fouls, the rules ;
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