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QBs shine in spring game

By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Editor
If only one of Michigan's quarterbacks could
kick field goals, then coach Lloyd Carr would
probably feel a whole lot better about his team.
In Saturday's annual Spring game - won by
the Brian Griese-led Maize team, 22-20 - the
quartet of quarterbacks gunning for the starting
job were significantly more impressive than
the team's second-biggest question mark --the
kicking game.
"(The quarterbacks) all played well," Carr
said. "I was pleased with everything they did.
All of them displayed good poise.
"Since we started spring practice five weeks
ago, they've all improved."
Griese (7-for-11, 84 yards) and junior Scott
Dreisbach (7-14, 146 and two touchdowns) put
up the best numbers of the day, but their
younger challengers sophomore Tom Brady
and redshirt freshman Jason Kapsner also
looked sharp.

Brady completed six of 12 passes for 71
yards, and Kapsner displayed confidence
along with a lightning-quick release before he
injured his left shoulder late in the first half.
Although he didn't return, Carr said that the
injury wasn't serious at all and that the compe-
tition is as strong as it has been all spring.
"Competition brings out the best in people,
and that's certainly happened here;' Carr said
of the quarterbacks. "I told them not to worry
about the fall but to worry about today.
s "We'll go into fall practice and make a deci-
sion within a couple of weeks. We want to be
fair to the individuals and to the team."
But finding the silver lining in the kicking
game was about as difficult as trying to count
the number of empty seats in Michigan
Senior Jay Feely, one of the frontrunners for
the placekicking job, missed the game due to
an injury and senior Kraig Baker bounced a
46-yard field goal off the cross-bar and over in

the game's final minute. But other than that,
there wasn't much to write home about. Extra
points weren't even gimmies.
"Obviously, when Baker kicks one through
like that it gives him a jump" Carr said. "But
we're not where we need to be there."
The punting game didn't fare any better.
Sophomore Cory Sargent and senior Jason
Vinson hardly put up numbers that would leave
Carr drooling. Each punted five times, with
Sargent averaging 32 yards per boot and
Vinson only 30.4.
"I was hoping we would punt the ball well,"
Carr said. "There was some good and some
bad with our kicking game."
And for all you pooch-punting fans out
there, neither Griese nor Charles Woodson,
who's been rumored to try his hand with his
foot, didn't see any action in that department.
As for the game itself, it had the intensity
and competitiveness of a mid-October Big Ten
See SPRING, Page 2B

H tters sweep
Wildcats, move
into fitst place
ByKevin Kasiboraki
Daily Sports Writer
uring a brief rain shower between games Saturday, the
hig n baseball team doubled as the grounds crew at Fisher
Stadium by covering the field with the tarp.
Yesterday, the Wolverines put away the tarp and got out their
brooms to make a clean sweep of their four-game series with
Michigan (11-3 Big Ten, 22-12 overall) rallied from behind
twice to beat Northwestern, 10-8, thereby vaulting themselves
into first place in the Big Ten.
Closer Tyler Steketee relieved Matt Herr with runners at
the corners and two out in the ninth. He fanned Jason
derson, ending the game and getting his third save of the
Herr (1-0) entered the game in the sixth and extinguished a
Northwestern (3-9, 8-24) uprising. He pitched three scoreless
innings, getting the win in his second appearance of the spring.
"The difference was Matt Herr" Michigan coach Geoff
Zahn said. "He's been around two weeks; he comes in and
throws very well. He went right after them, was very aggres-
sive, and made them hit the ball."
Michigan took the lead for good by sending eight men to the
plate in the sixth inning and scoring three runs without getting
t. Bobby Scales and Jason Alcaraz each walked on four
sMight pitches, and Derek Besco was safe at first when
Northwestern third baseman J.P. Williamson's throw pulled
Keith Haan off the bag.
With the bases loaded and nobody out, the Wildcats played
the middle of their infield at double-play depth.
That move appeared to pay off when Brian Besco hit a tal-
lor-made double-play ball to second. However, Wildcats sec-
ond baseman Mike Adams fielded the ball and then inexplica-
bly fell down. Everybody was safe.
Kirk Beermann drew a bases-loaded walk to give the
Wolverines the lead, and then Beermann got in a pickle to
tid a double play on Mick Kalahar's ground ball, which
allowed another run to score.
"We took what they gave us," Zahn said. "We scored 10
runs, and we needed them today. They did make five errors,
which probably gave us the ball game, but our guys swung the
bats a little better today."
Michigan starter Ryan Kelley settled down after getting into
early trouble. The first four batters of the game reached base
on a walk, triple, double and single.
"He was having trouble with his mechanics, so we made
some adjustments," Zahn said.
Ukfter giving up two runs, Kelley got out of the inning with a
strikeout and a double play. Michigan exploded for six runs in
the third, and Kelley left the game in the sixth with a 7-5 lead.
Saturday's doubleheader was controlled by the pitchers on
both sides, as the Wolverines swept the twinbill by scores of 2-
1land 3-1.
in the first game, the Wolverines took an early lead when
Dan Sanborn reached base on a fielder's choice, and came




MWInetters grab
first-ever regar-
season crown
By Alan Gomez
Daily Sports Writer
Watching the Michigan women's tennis team this
weekend was much like watching a movie for the 20th
time. You knew what was going to happen, but you just
had to keep watching.
The Wolverines improved to 9-0 in the Big Ten with
huge wins over Minnesota and Iowa. How huge?
Michigan didn't lose a single match the entire weekend.
The two conference victories gave the Wolverines a
regular-season Big Ten title, but the conference war is
not over just yet. The Big Ten title will be determined at
the Big Ten championships in West Lafayette starting
April 24. The regular season serves only to seed the
teams in the tournament.
With the record they have right now, the Wolverines
should be the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
"There's still a full week of tennis to play in the Big
Ten," Michigan coach Bitsy Ritt said. "But it looks like
we'll be the one to beat."
The conference title would be something that
Michigan has never experienced before. Indiana has
dominated the Big Ten for the past 15 years, winning all
but three of the titles in that span. The closest the
Wolverines came to the title was when they were the run-
ner-up to the Hoosiers in 1994.
The Wolverines started off their weekend against
Minnesota on Saturday. As always, all eyes were on the
No. 1 spot of senior Sarah Cyganiak against freshman
Nora Suaska. The match-up pitted Cyganiak, No. 44 in
the nation, against the 48th-ranked freshman who held a
21-1 record entering the weekend and was named Big
Ten athlete of the month for February.
Cyganiak didn't seem too impressed with Suaska, as
she won, 6-3, 7-5, and improved her team-leading record
to 14-3 overall and 8-0 in the Big Ten.
The rest of the match also went according to plan, as
all the other Wolverines posted victories.
Freshman Brooke Hart won her 20th match of the sea-
son, against the Gophers, and maintained her tie for the
team lead with the identical record as Cyganiak.
Also picking up her 20th victory was freshman Erryn
Sunday, Iowa rolled in and suffered the same fate that
See NETTERS, Page 6B

Taylor for
living his
all come to college chasing
a dream. Some of us don't
W know exactly what that dream
is when we get here, yet it's something
powerful enough, enticing enough, to
get us to leave home, forsake the cozy
confines of high school and hometown
for the sprawling, intimidating world-
unto-itself of Ann Arbor.
Then there are those who know,
beyond a shadow of a doubt, the drean
they are pursuing.
They have a con-
fidence of pur-
pose that the rest
don't possess, for
they can see that
light at the end of
the tunnel, that pot
WILL of gold at the end
McCAHILL of the rainbow.
Whatcha talkin' Maurice Taylor
,bout Willis? was one of those
bl lucky souls. He
arrived here in
1994, knowing exactly what he wanted
to do with his life. He wanted to play
professional basketball, to run the court
with the best in the world.
And now, three years later, he's in a
position to realize that dream, to make
a reality out of the visions that have
danced in his head for as long as he can
There are, of course, those who will
criticize Taylor's decision to forego his
senior year at Michigan and declare
himself eligible for the NBA draft in
June. Some will say that he's not ready,
that he needs to stay in school, finish
his education, give himself something
to fall back on after he leaves the court
for the final time.
Those are the people who have for-
gotten how to dream, who don't
remember what it's like to have that
shining ideal beckoning you.
For those of us who still do hold
such things close to our hearts, there is
nothing we can do but cheer for Taylor,
to wish him nothing but the best.
It no longer matters if we think he
made the right decision. The time has
passed for that debate. Taylor has
decided to leave, and now he deserves
our best wishes. We should give him
the same fond farewells that we would
give any friend, any classmate going off
to chase a dream.
Taylor has talked a lot about his
dream in the last week, at the Basketball
Bust last Wednesday night and at his
press conference Friday. He talked about
playing basketball on the playground,
pretending he was Michael Jordan.
"Achieving a dream is something that
you can't put words to," he said Friday.
And he's right, so I'm not really
going to try.
Taylor's given us some great memo-
ries in his time here. Maybe not every-
thing we hoped for, but as I've already
said, that's water under the bridge.
It's been my pleasure to cover the
Michigan basketball team this season,
and Taylor has been a big part of that.
Nobody on the team is required to like
the press, but never once did I get the

impression from Taylor that I was bug-
ging him, was pissing him off by being
in the lockerroom after games, pester-
ing him with silly questions.
Sure, maybe it's common courtesy to
be polite, but if you're competitive, the
last thing you want to be doing after a
loss is explaining what you did wrong,
particularly to some reporter.
It's a shame most people around here
haven't had a chance to see as much of
See McCAHILL, Page 3B

Erryn Weggenman and the rest of the women's tennis team won their first-ever
regular-season Big Ten title with wins over Minnesota and Iowa this weekend.-

*reaking Ground

By Chris Farah and Fred Lnk
Daily Sports Writers
Te Aborigines of Australia consider twins to be evil har-
bingers of doom for the entire community. In fact, in
many African tribes of antiquity, twins were immediately
slaughtered upon birth, while
their mothers were banished
from the village.
Far less common are
cases in which twins
represent symbols of
good luck. In two of
these rare instances,
the Togo and Masai of
West Africa honor and
revere the twins born
into the community as
omens of good fortune.

women's teams have a pair of twins on the roster - Kevin
and Martin Bowman, and Tonya and Marcella Cornell.
Kevin and Martin are the sons of Edwin Bowman Jr. and
Sheryl Byrd (neither of whom have been banished from their
community, of course). They were born Oct. 8, 1976, attend-
ed New Providence High School in New Jersey, and are now
sophomores on the men's team.
Freshmen Tonya and Marcella were born Aug. 24, 1978.
Tonya was born first of the two, but it quickly becomes clear
upon talking to them that Marcella is the more social of the
"There are subtle differences," Tonya said. "It's hard to
describe. Marcella's more outgoing. We have different inter-
ests. It's hard to explain, but if you knew us well, they'd be
pretty apparent."
Marcella agreed.
"We're together a lot," she said. "But we have different
classes, we have friends that aren't in common with each
n'ther i thinktfhat rneonle alot of timies. us~tbecause we look

When they are sitting side by side, however, minor differ-
ences in their appearances quickly add up -after a couple of
minutes, it's almost easy to forget that they're supposed to
look exactly alike.
"There's an analogy we thought of that's pretty useful,"
Marcella said. "Edith Wharton is my favorite author, and Jane
Austen is Tonya's. They both are women that write about rela-
tionships and people in society. But their styles are very dis-
tinct and different. That is kind of like our personality,
because the main things are similar, but when you get down
to the details ...
"... there's a little difference," finished Tonya.
On the other hand, the Bowmans are the epitome of identi-
cal twins. They _
resemble each
Page 8B

Sharing joys and pains of 'M' track,
Bowman, Cornell twins stick together


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