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proved himself to be deserving of
the role he was in."
Fife was All-State his senior
year. He was recruited by
Michigan, among others, to play
quarterback or defensive back.
Enough said.
Still, the pressure did not end after
his freshman football season. Dugan
also started varsity in basketball all
four years, and throughout his career
- as many sons of coaches must -
Dugan had to prove to naysayers he
wasn't on the team just because his
dad was the coach.
It didn't take him long to do that.
He scored 261 points his first
season, and eclipsed that mark each
year following, en route to 2,083
career points while leading the
Wolves to four straight Class A
district titles.
He also earned All-State
accolades twice, and was runner-up
for the state's 1992 Mr. Basketball
award, averaging 27.7 points, six
assists, five rebounds and four steals
a game.
And yet for all his success, it
was the external pressures he had
to deal with in high school that
were perhaps most important in

shaping Dugan Fife as a player
and as a person.
"As a player, he's very hard-
nosed, mentally tough, I think
because of some of the things he
went through in high school," Dan
said. "He just had things he had to
deal with that most kids aren't
able to deal with, and he's had to
deal with it since he was 14 years
old. It's really helped Dugan
through things like this at
"It was a strange experience,"
Dugan said of the controversy at
Clarkston. "I think it made me a
better person at the time. It put some
pressure on me, and prepared me for
when I got older."
And so it has been all along for
Dugan, who has turned adversity
into prosperity each time he has had
to deal with it.

That's good news for Michigan
fans. As Dugan's dad is quick to
point out, just as the pressure he dealt
with in high school, and the
frustrations he endured last season
have accelerated his growth as a
player, so too will the experiences of
this season make him better.
"I told him after the last game at
Arkansas, even though he didn't
shoot that well (1-for-8 with no three-
pointers), I said, 'Dugan, that kind of
pressure and that kind of experience
no one can ever take away from you.
I know damn well the way you are,
you'll be better off the next time it
comes around. It just can't help but
make you better."'
The day after Michigan's loss to
the Razorbacks, Dugan Fife had no
time to sit. He was back in the gym
taking jump shots - this time with
nothing to prove.

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Tigers, 8-6
DETROIT (AP) - Bernie Will-
iams ignited a four-run rally with a
sacrifice fly and Luis Polonia singled
in two runs in the eighth inning yester-
day as the New York Yankees defeated
the Detroit Tigers, 8-6..
Don Mattingly led off the eighth
with a double off Bill Krueger (0-1)
and Danny Tartabull singled him to
third. Mike Stanley was walked in-
tentionally to load the bases, and
Williams' fly to right brought
Mattingly home with the go-ahead
Mike Gardiner relieved Krueger
and yielded an RBI single to Mike
Gallego before Pat Kelly walked to
re-load the bases. Polonia followed
with his two-run single to make it 8-
Xavier Hernandez (1-0), who came
on in the seventh, picked up the win
despite giving up a two-run homer to
Eric Davis in the eighth. Jeff Reardon
worked the ninth for his second save.
New York took a 3-0 lead in the
third off Bill Gullickson, making his
first start of the season. Gallego, who
singled to open the inning, scored on
an RBI single by Wade Boggs.
Mattingly doubled Boggs across and
Tartabull singled in Mattingly.
The Tigers got two back in the
bottom of the inning when Tony
Phillips scored on a throwing error by
Boggs at third, and Davis scored when
Terry Mulholland walked Mickey
Tettleton with bases loaded.
Detroit tied it at three in the fourth
on an RBI groundout by Phillips.
Cecil Fielder lumbered all the way
to third on a Boggs throwing error in
the fourth and scored on Travis
Fryman's double to give Detroit a 4-
3 lead. But the Yankees tied it again
with an unearned run in the sixth.
Paul O'Neill walked on four
Kreuger pitches to start the inning,
and raced to third when left fielder
Cuyler dropped Mike Stanley's fly on
the warning track. He scored on an
RBI groundout by Williams.
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Michigan coach Steve Fisher advises Dugan Fife in a game earlier this
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University Activities Center

The Fight For Gay Rights:
A Debate Between Dave Pallone
and Jack Thompson

Tuesday, April 19, 1994, 8:00 pm
Power Center, $5.00 admission

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Dave Pallone, former Major League Baseball umpire who
was fired shortly after affirming his gay orientation; author of
the best seller Behind the Mask; and gay rights advocate will
speak on his experiences in baseball and human rights issues.
Jack Thompson, conservative activist attorney and Chris-
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