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Who was the last American to
win the Masters before Fred
Couples triumphed yesterday?
(For the answer, see page 2)

Inside Sports Monday
'M' Sports Calendar 2
'M' Athlete of the Week 2
Q&A 3
Sheran My Thoughts 3
Baseball 4
Men's and Women's Tennis 5
Softball 6
SuperstarChallenge 6
Women's Soccer 7
Men's Golf 8
Men's and Women's Track 8

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The Michiaan Daily--Sports Monday

April 13, 1992

. Blues sign
Felsner for
playoff drive
by Ken Su ura
Daily Hockey Writer
The wait is finally over for NHL fans, for Michigan
fans, and for Denny Felsner.
Soon after the NHL strike ended late Friday evening,
the St. Louis Blues signed Michigan's star forward and
alltime leading scorer. Felsner was in St. Louis to sign
and played in the Blues' game vs. Minnesota in
Bloomington, Minn., last night.
The terms of his contract were not announced, al-
though it is said to be a multi-year deal.
"We know he has the tools to help the Blues in
* whatever situation coach Brian Sutter should choose,"
Blues general manager Ron Caron said.
Felsner, who was awarded the Hal Downes Trophy
as Michigan's most valuable player Saturday, led the
Wolverines to the Final Four this season, where they
lost, 4-2, to Wisconsin two weeks ago.
"I'm sure he's real nervous, but I have confidence in
him," former Michigan teammate Ted Kramer said.
"This has been his lifelong dream."
In joining the NHL, Felsner does something many
expected him to do after last year, his junior season.
However, Felsner decided to return and in so doing in-
creased his value to the Blues by leading the nation in
scoring with 42 goals and 52 assists. His 42-goal total
fell one shy of Michigan's alltime single season scoring
record, held by coach Red Berenson and Dave Debol. In
addition, Felsner was a finalist for the Hobey Baker
Award, given annually to college's premier hockey
player.
See FELSNER, Page 5

White stops Blue
Wheatley injured in Spring Game

by Josh Dubow
Daily Football Writer
After Saturday's Blue-White scrimmage,
Michigan coach Gary Moeller is faced with
many of the same problems that plagued his
team prior to the four weeks of spring practice.
Solid play from some returning starters on
offense was offset by a lack of depth and more
injuries.
In the scrimmage, quarterback Elvis Grbac
and tailback Tyrone Wheatley led the White
squad past the Blue, 14-12.
Things got off to a great start, depending on
how you look at it, when Wheatley took the
opening kickoff from Erik Lovell from his
own 12-yard line and broke up the right side-
line 88 yards to give White a lead it would not
relinquish.
Wheatley added 71 yards from scrimmage
before leaving the game in the third quarter
with an injury to his back. On a sweep around
the right end, Tony Blankenship hit Wheatley
in the back on the tackle. Wheatley was taken
to the hospital for observation, but the extent
of the injury is unknown.
"That's the best Wheatley has looked all
spring," Moeller said. However, Ricky Powers
remains the No. 1 back. Powers, who carried
f' 14 times for 47 yards on the day, is pleased
with his spring performance.
"Last year, I was doing nothing right,"
Powers said. "This year, I'm worrying only
MOLLY STEVENS/Daity about myself. That's the difference. I said,
ame. Coach Gary 'Look Rick, you're not playing anymore.'
lls as he ever That got me focused right there."
Grbac also starred for the White team, com-

pleting 12-of-14 passes on the day for 95
yards, including a 2-yard touchdown pass to
Tony McGee in the first quarter to put White
on top, 14-0.
"I came out today and passed well," Grbac
said. "We're developing the running backs
pretty well. We've diversified the offense to
use the backs in the pass patterns. We honed in
on that today."
Seventeen of the 30 receptions on the day
for both sides came from the running backs
with Dennis Wash-ington leading the way with
seven catches for 45 yards for the White.
While Moeller liked the use of the backs in
the passing game, he feels the team has more
work to do in that respect.
"We're not out of the woods yet," Moeller
said. "It takes a century to develop that. It
seems so simple when you're watching it, but
we work all day with the receivers working
against coverage to get open and we just can't
do that with the backs."
One of the reasons for using the backs in
this manner is the lack of depth at wide re-
ceiver with the loss of Yale Van Dyne and
Desmond Howard. Moeller is left with only
two healthy scholarship receivers - Walter
Smith and Felman Malveaux.
Smith pulled down three balls for 44 yards
for the White team, as well as running four
times for 29 yards on end arounds and reverses.
Malveaux caught six passes for 94 yards,
including a 22-yard leaping touchdown grab in
a crowd from Todd Collins in the third quarter
to bring the Blue to 14-6 after Lovell missed
See GRIDDERS, Page 7

Tailback Ricky Powers cuts upfield in Saturday's Spring G
Moeller says Powers has looked as good during spring dri
has.

Gymnasts snubbed by NCAAs

by Andy Stabile
Daily Sports Writer
"DEWEY BEATS TRUMAN"
Or so the 1948 headline read be-
fore votes from the West were tabu-
lated. Then things changed.
The Michigan women's gymnas-
tics team suffered a similar fate this
weekend when the Wolverines fin-
ished second at the NCAA central
regional championships. By beating
regional rival Auburn and posting a
higher total than Amhurst, Michigan
looked to have the 12th and last na-
tional tournament bid secured. But
when competition on the left coast
was completed, Stanford burst the
bubble and bumped Michigan from
the national championships.
"At first I was extremely disap-
pointed." Michigan coach Bev Fry
said. "We were really sure we had
that spot."
Michigan had reason to be sure.
Although the Wolverines didn't ap-
proach the 192-point plateau they hit
earlier in the season, scoring was
tight at regionals.
"It was very difficult to try to
keep the energy levels high when we
were giving our best performances
and not getting the scores we felt we
deserved," Fry said.
Even with the tough scoring,
Michigan scored a solid 189.775 to
finish in second place behind na-

tional powerehouse Alabama's
193.125. The Wolverines felt that by
beating both Auburn, who finished
third (188.525), and the southeast
region's Amhurst, they would qual-
ify for a trip to St. Paul in two
weeks. What they did not count on
was the high scores the western
schools would post.
"Right now we don't have the
parity in the way the different re-
gions are being scored. Our region is
just being scored tightly." Fry said.
"We did everything we went there to
do, but it was heartbreaking to find
out that the western region scored so
high, they bumped us out or our
spot."
Although the team's season is
now over, two Wolverines did qual-
ify for NCAAs on an individual
basis. Rookie Beth Wymer defeated
the Alabama's defending national
champion Dee Dee Foster to the take
the all-around title 39.05-38.15.
Wymer will make the trip to St. Paul
as the gymnast with the No. 1 at-
large ranking. She will compete with
top-ranked Utah throughout Friday's
team/all-around competition and
will attempt to qualify for the indi-
vidual event finals on Saturday.
Redshirt frosh Kelly Carfora
qualified with the final at-large spot:
That means Carfora will compete
See GYMNASTS, Page 5

Senior co-captain Jim Round finished 14th in the all-around at this past
weekend's East Regional, qualifying him for the NCAA Championships.

Blue netters
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recover ice
to at owa
by Adam Miller
Daily Sports Writer

Redshirtfrosh Kelly Carfora grabbed the 12th and final NCAA all-around
berth in the country with her score of 38.150 at Saturday's Central Regional
Championship.
Individual gymnasts
qualify for nationals

The Michigan men's tennis team's season has re-
sembled a series of M*A*S*H reruns this season.
Injuries have abounded, and wherever the
Wolverines traveled, their makeup resembled a mobile
infirmary. Only the comic relief has been absent while
the losses were mounting.
But yesterday, the Wolverines put forward a mostly
healthy lineup, and they mashed Iowa, 6-0.
Michigan (4-4 Big Ten, 4-12 overall) had extended
its losing streak to eight Saturday, falling to sizzling-hot
Minnesota squad, 6-1.
But more about yesterday. The Hawkeyes (2-4, 8-5)
had just lost a six-hour road match at Michigan State, 5-

by Todd Schoenhaus
Daily Sports Writer
All season long, the Michigan
men's gymnastics team has set goals
for itself. It headed to Iowa hoping
to achieve one final goal - to qual-
ify for a trip to nationals. Although
the Wolverines as a team fell just
short, much was accomplished in the
process.
Saturday night, Michigan fin-
ished in a sixth-place tie with Mich-
igan State in the ten-team Eastern
Regionals. Ohio State won the tour-
nament, finishing with 286.80 total
points. The Buckeyes were followed
by Iowa, Minnesota, Penn State,
Temple, and then Michigan and
Michigan State.
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Although Michigan as a team
will not travel to Nebraska, they will
be represented by several individuals
whose scores qualified for the indi-
vidual competition. Brian Winkler
qualified on three of the six events:
vault, rings, and the floor exercise.
Jorge Camacho joins Winkler on
the floor, while Glenn Hill and Mike
Mott will compete on the pommel
horse. Jim Round finished 14th in
the all-around competition to also
qualify.
"It's really great to have Jim
qualify for nationals," Darden said.
"He's been working really hard for
five years. Other guys had excellent
performances as well."
A couple of those performances
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