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Sports Monday Trivia
Who was the only NHL
player to win the Conn
Smythe Trophy as playoff
MVP and then the following
* year win the Calder Trophy
as Rookie of the Year?
(For the answer,
turn to the bottom of page 2)

Inside Sports Monday
'M' Sports Calendar 2
APTop20 2
'M' swimming coverage 2
Get Rich Quickg3
Q&A 3
'M' men's basketball coverage 4
'M' ice hockey coverage 5
Griddes 6
'M' track coverage 6

The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday- February 5, 1990
SHARP!
There is more to Warren
Sharp les than ust hockey '

Icers' unbeaten
streak reaches six

by David Hyman
Daily Hockey Writer
Michigan goalie Warren
Sharples gets upset when he sees
other students go through four years
of just partying.
"When I see a student not taking
advantage of what's here, whether it
be student government, sports or an
academic club, it hurts me," he
said. "What a waste not to get
involved in something. Why not
make the most of it."
Sharples has been making the
most of his opportunity since being
named Red Berenson's starting
goalie four years ago. Gradually
improving his record and goals-
against average each season, the
Calgary, Alberta native presently.

boasts a 15-8-4 record and 3.51
average for the season.
With 60 career victories,
Sharples is just three wins shy of
tying the Michigan all-time mark
set by John "Black Jack"
McDonald.
"It's only on my mind when
others bring it up like you do," he
said jokingly. "I don't focus on it
and I try to keep it out of my mind.
"It's not that I'm some great
goalie, but the wins along with the
losses accumulate after starting for
four years. But it's a nice feeling
and I'd love to get it."
But if not for an NCAA ruling
in May 1986 prohibiting the
transfer of agoaltender from
See SHARPLES, page 7

by David Hyman
Daily Hockey Writer
The Michigan ice hockey team
moved a step closer to clinching a
home-ice advantage for the first
round of the CCHA playoffs with a
sweep over Western Michigan this
weekend.
The Wolverines, who have not
lost in their last six contests, won
both games, 7-2, to move fourth
place Michigan (18-10-4 overall, 14-
10-4 CCHA) nine points ahead of
the Broncos (13-18-1, 11-14-1).
"But as much as last night's win
was important," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said about Friday's victory,
"everything came down to tonight's
game and then to the third period."
As the teams took the ice for the
final 20 minutes Saturday, Michigan
held a slim 3-2 lead and Western
coach Bill Wilkinson liked his
team's position.
"Going in 3-2, that's where you

want to be in the third on the road,"
he said.
However, the Wolverines broke
open the game with four unanswered
goals in 6:18 to seal the sweep. "It
wouldn't have been a successful
weekend without a sweep," Mich-
igan junior center Jim Ballantine
said. "(A sweep) was our goal this
weekend and (Western) just didn't
want it as much as we did."
At the 11:06 mark, Michigan
junior left winger Don Stone took a
Mike Moes pass at the blue line and
skated in alone towards WMU goalie
Mike Power. Stone put the puck
into the back of the net for his 16th
goal and a 4-2 Wolverine lead.
Sophomore right winger Denny
Felsner added his 19th goal at 15:37
to increase Michigan's advantage. It
was Felsner's second goal in three
games since returning to the lineup
after missing a month due to a
See WESTERN, page 5

JULIE HOLLMAN/Daily
Senior goaltender Warren Sharples upped his career win total to 60 with
two victories over Western Michigan this weekend.

Ailing

Blue

rout

Wisconsin,

77-63

Different

'M'

Taylor Lincoln

ew blood may
spark Wolverines
MADISON - When you walk into the Michigan locker room, it feels
more like you are in an NBA locker room than in a college team's.
After a victory, even a big one, like against Michigan State, the mood is
calm. Not exactly flat, but hardly overflowing with emotion. And after a
*defeat, the players are professional and poised as they face the queries of the
press.
Ina way, it is good. This is not a team which will lose itself in a big
mid-season win. And it will bounce back well from losses.
It is not surprising that the Michigan locker room has an NBA air to it.
Four of the Wolverines' starters - Rumeal Robinson, Loy Vaught, Terry
Mills, and Sean Higgins - are slated as probable NBA first round picks.
All of the starters are relatively old for college players. Higgins, at 21, is
the youngest. In February, Vaught will join Robinson at 23. Many college
teams are largely made up of 18 and 19 year olds.
Because of their exceptionally high billing out of high school, coupled
* with last year's national championship, Michigan's players may have a
higher profile around the nation than many professionals. Can you name
four players from the Sacramento Kings? Or from the nearby Indiana Pacers?
Every coach who prepares for the Wolverines says about the same thing:
"They don't have any weaknesses."
Butdsomewhere in this seemingly inexhaustible cornucopia, something
has been missing. It's really difficult to say what, but you know
something's wrong when a team flirts with losing leads as often as this one
lis. And after Purdue came into Crisler and thoroughly took Michigan out
of the game, you had to shake your head and wonder.
* Purdue played brilliantly, there's no question about that. But it's hard to
accept that they could ever be 17 points better than Michigan - especially
at Crisler.
After the game, people questioned the team's character for the first time.
They said that they were listless. Everybody noticed as they failed to make it
See LINCOLN, page 4

beats Badgers
by Lory Knapp
Daily Basketball Writer
MADISON - It was different, but it was a win.
Fourth-ranked Michigan's 77-63 victory over last
place Wisconsin (11-11 overall, 2-8 in the Big Ten) had
a slightly different ring to it as the Wolverines (16-4, 6-
3) were without starter Sean Higgins and reserve guard
Michael Talley.
Higgins, who will be out three to four weeks with a
stress fracture in his ankle, made the roadtrip. But
Talley, who is laid-up with strep throat, did not travel.
As a result, senior Mike Griffin moved over to the
vacant forward position and junior Demetrius Calip, in
his first Big Ten start, assumed the other guard spot.
Calip played point, freeing up Rumeal Robinson to
play shooting guard.
Michigan spurted out in the first half and, after a 13
point run, led the Badgers 28-8 with nine minutes gone
in the first half. At times it seemed as if Wisconsin
would never hit double figures.
And though the Badgers responded with a 13 point
run of their own, they were never really back in the
game.
"Michigan obviously got off to a great start, the
kind of start you have to get off to on the road,"
Wisconsin coach Steve Yoder said. "Any team that gets
off to that kind of start is going to play pretty well."
Michiganwas also sparked by a different bench -
forward Chris Seter and reserve guard Tony Tolbert.
Seter was the first off the bench, replacing Griffin just
six minutes into the game. His quick cuts to the basket
resulted in Wisconsin fouls and Seter free throws.
Tolbert, controlling himself and the ball much better
than in the past, hit a three-pointer halfway through the
first half to give Michigan the 28-8 bulge.
"Seter and Tolbert gave us good solid play when we
EZ/Daily needed it," Michigan coach Steve Fisher said.
See WISCONSIN, page 4
Spartans
edge out
Blue
tumblers
by Albert Lin
Daily Sports Writer

Michigan guard Rumeal Robinson drives to the basket against Wisconsin Saturday.

Women cagers split a pair

j

by Theodore Cox b
,Daily Basketball Writer b

CHAMPAIGN - The goal of
the Michigan women's basketball
team at the beginning of the season
was to finish in the Big Ten's upper
division. This weekend, the Wol-
verines (12-7 overall, 4-5 Big Ten)
moved one step closer to achieving
that goal by picking up a conference
victory in Illinois.
Michigan will overtake Michigan
State for fifth place as the Spartans
lost both weekend games, while
Michigan went 1-1. The Wolverines
lost to Purdue Friday night, 75-51,
in West Lafayette, before beating the
Fightin' Illini yesterday, 71-62.
Michigan jumped all over Illinois
right from the beginning, quickly
building a 6-0 lead. Val Hall caused
the Fightin' Illini problems early, as
* she easily worked the ball under-
neath. As the Illinois defense co-

Illinois to
move into
5th place
points and shot 2-for-10 for the
game.
"We had some quickness guarding
her in Tanya (Powell) and Leslie,"
Michigan coach Bud VanDeWege
said after the game. "Leslie is just a
tremendous defensive player. She
just bothered her (Sharp) and didn't
let her get her rhythm going."
Illinois coach Laura Golden plac-
ed some of the blame on her own
team's performance: "If we would

ior forward came alive. Powell, who
notched a game-high 21 points and
11 rebounds, scored five straight
unassisted points. She first grabbed a
loose ball on the defensive end and
drove all the way to the bucket for
the basket. Then she stole the ball,
went coast to coast once again and
scored while being fouled. The free
throw was good to complete the
three point play.
"I've said this from day one,
'Tanya Powell is one of the finest
players in the Big Ten,"' Van-
DeWege said. "Fine players come
through in situations where you need
them on the road; that's senior
leadership."
Powell's play sparked a barrage
of fast breaks by Michigan that put
the Wolverines up at halftime, 38-
32.
Illinois came out of the locker
room after the first period with a

Close doesn't count, except in
horseshoes and hand grenades.
And in gymnastics.
While the Michigan men's
gymnastics team did not score a
victory over Michigan State Friday
night, they did come away with an
impressive performance.
The Wolverines' score of 269.50
fell short of the Spartans' 272.15,
but it marked a season high by
almost four points.

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