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MARCH 17, 2000


Jilison scores on CCHA awards night


CCHA honors
Player of the Year
Shawn Horcoff - Michigan State
Rookie of the Year
Chris Gobert - Northern Michigan
Best Defensive Defenseman
Mike Weaver - Michigan State
Best Offensive Defensive
Jeff Jilison - Michigan
Best Defensive Forward
Shawn Horcoff - Michgan State
Coach of the Year
Scott Borek - Lake Superior
Terry Flanagan Award
Sean Peach - Michigan


By Uma Subramanian
Daily Sports Wter

DETROIT - With its ornate ceilings
and rich decorations, the Fox Theater
majestically rises
above its surround-
ings in the heart of
downtown Detroit.
The opulence of the
theater alone is ordi-
narily enough to cap-
tivate the attention of
onlookers and
Yet as the Jillison
Michigan hockey team, in town for last
night's 2000 CCHA Awards Banquet,
strolled through the front doors only one
thing caught their attention - the solitary

CCHA Tournament trophy sitting on a cor-
ner table, waiting for its new home.
Until two weeks ago, that very trophy
rested atop Michigan coach Red
Berenson's trophy case - a tribute to the
1998-99 team, which won the tournament.
As every Wolverine strolled toward the
awaiting banquet ceremony, his head
turned for one glimpse of the coveted prize
that awaits the winner of this weekend's
CCHA Tournament.
In attendance at the ceremony were
Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame
and Nebraska-Omaha - the four will play
in the conference semifinals tonight.
But even though tonight personal acco-
lades will be forgotten as team tactics take
center stage, last night, in the words of
CCHA CommissionerTom Anastos, was a
chance "to honor outstanding perfor-

mances and great achievements."
For his on-ice efforts during the regular-
season, Michigan defenseman Jeff Jillson
was named the CCHA's Best Offensive
Defenseman. Jillson's 23 points led all
CCHA defensemen.
"I'd like to thank the coaches," Jillson
said in his acceptance speech. "And last
but not least, I'd like to thank my team-
mates. I'm just not saying that to look good
either. I really mean it. I couldn't have done
it without them."
Perhaps most memorable among
Michigan's accolades was the Terry
Flanagan Memorial Award presented to
captain Sean Peach. Flanagan was an
assistant coach at Bowling Green who in
1992 lost a battle with cancer.
The award recognizes players who
See CCHA, Page 11



Warren, Logan advance
to NCAA quarterfinals

Teams that play first-round games
today have had a lot of time to think.
Coaches are continually reminding
their teams that upsets lurk close by,
and taking this lesson to heart can
make the difference
between a team that plays T
on Sunday and one that NCAA '
asks the customer-ser-
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well in the first round, Ka~vs. "
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Favorites: No. I
Duke, No. 2 Temple,
No. 5 Florida, No. 6
Indiana. Illinois has to
prove itself. The Illini
always seem to peter
out in round two.
Taking Indiana to
beat Oklahoma State
is a tough pick - it's
hard to pick over the
immensely talented
Cowboys - but
Indiana showed dur-
ing the nonconfer-
ence season that it can
play with anyone.
Season's over: No.
8 North Carolina.
Everyone knows the
Tar Heels never
should've been in the


Temple's matchup zone. A Temple-
Indiana showdown is a few rounds
away, but this opportunity might just
push the Hoosiers through the first
two rounds.

By Ryan C. Moloney
Daily Sports Writer

ST. LOUIS - For Joe Warren,-
Damian Logan and the rest of the
Michigan wrestling team, Thursday
night was a step toward vindication for
the Big Ten meet.
Warren advanced into today's NCAA
quarterfinals for the first time in his
career, knocking off Oregon's Brian
Watson 2-0 in the day's opening round
and hanging on against James Madison's
Mike Coyle in the second round, 15-12.
They were the senior's 100th and 10 1st
career victories, but neither could be
considered "Warren-esque."
To start his day, Warren's repeated
attacks were countered by Watson's
stalling. The point tally was low and the
action was minimal. In the nightcap,
Warren quickly fell behind 7-1 to Coyle
and faced a 9-3 deficit at the start of the
second round.
Logan's results were a bit more typi-
cal. Logan "hit the wall" in his morning
match - against Benjamin New of
Cornell; but was still able to pull out the
11-7 win. In the second round, Logan
caught-hold of Northern Iowa's Sonny

Marchette early on a cradle.
Marchette fished around, but to no
avail as Logan recorded the pin just 42
seconds into the match.
"I came out fired-up" Logan said.
"He didn't want to move much on his
feet - I gave him a little fake, straight
shot, and took him down."
The victory set up a Big Ten show-
down between Logan and arch-nemesis
Northwestern's Scott Schatzman.
"I have to go out there ready to brawl,"
Logan said. "He can't want to wrestle
me, I'll brawl with him every time. It's
got to be stressful on him, I've got every-
thing to gain."
Freshman A.J Grant survived his
morning match in 125, but in the second
round he took his lumps and bowed out
to Minnesota's Leroy Vega, 19-4. Mike
Kulczycki also captured a first round
victory, but in the nightcap lost a close,
defensive match to Illinois' Adam
Tirapelle, 6-3.
In one of the year's great disappoint-
ments, defending All-American Andy
Hrovat went down to Lehigh's Rob
Rohn, 6-5 in the second round.
"I don't know what happened," a
despondent Hrovat said afterward.

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Senior forward Stacey Thomas and the rest of her perimeter friends will all need
big games if Michigan is to beat Stanford and advance to the second round.
Be picots NCAA ru
Women face Stanford in first round tomorrow

nail in the Big East, a conference
which is re-emerging as a national
power. Oregon lacks a deep bench.
That kind of void hurts this time of
Fighting chance: No. 6 Indiana is
the only team in the bottom half of this
bracket disciplined enough to handle

NCAA.Tournament in the first place.
The selection committee just did it to
appease Dick Vitale, a North Carolina
lover. Vitale might shed a tear or two
once Ed Cota graduates.
Upset city: No. 1 1 Arkansas over
No. 6 Miami (Fla.). Never count out
Nolan Richardson, aicagey coach with
See DANCE, Page 11

By Arun Gopal
Daily Sports Wnter
The Big Dance: Every team's goal in
Now, March Madness is here, and for
the No. 25 Michigan women's basketball
team, the dream has become reality.
The Wolverines (14-4 Big Ten, 23-7
overall) - seeded eighth in the West
region - begin their quest for the nation-
al championship tomorrow night when
they face No. 9 seed Stanford (13-5, 20-
8) in Athens, Ga.
The game will be televised on WFUM
(Channel 24) at 9:30 p.m.
For Michigan, receiving the eighth
seed was a disappointment. The
Wolverines surprised many experts by
finishing second in one of the toughest
basketball conferences in the country, but
were still seeded relatively low.
"I don't think I need to use seeding as
motivation," Michigan coach Sue
Guevara said. "We just need to go out
and prove people wrong."-
Stanford has a premier backcourt.

Senior point guard Milena Flores, a two-
time all-conference selection, got a new
running mate this season - freshman
Jamie Carey and the two went together
like hotcakes and molasses.
Carey, who is Stanford's leading scor-
er, was recently named Pac-10 Freshman
of the Year.
"I think the strength of their game, and
of our game, is our perimeter play,"
Guevara said. "I think we match up with
them pretty well."
Even if the Wolverines can neutralize
Stanford on the perimeter, one area
where Michigan will be at a disadvantage
is on the low block.
While Michigan centers Alison
Miller (6-2) and LeeAnn Bies (6-3) have
both improved this season, they will give
up several inches to Stanford's Carolyn
Moos (6-6) and Cori Enghusen (6-7).
"Obviously, we're not as big as them,
but we haven't been as big as a lot of
teams we've played," Guevara said.
If Michigan is able to contain
Stanford's post players, Guevara said
perimeter defense will be a big factor.
"I definitely think our defense against
their three-point shooters will be impor-
tant," Guevara said. "Another key for us
is going to be the play of Anne Thorius
and how she handles Milena Flores.
Whatever point guard is able to get her
team involved is going to be a big key."

By Sam Duwe
Daily Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Eighth place,
seven swimmers, six months of train-
ing, high fives all around, four Big Ten
Conference champions, three days of
competition, two sixth-place finishes
last night and one excited swimmer.
"We're psyched," said senior captain
Shannon Shakespeare. "We don't have
a lot of swimmers here. We're just try-
ing to swim with our hearts and stay in
the top 10 - that would be really
Beginning yesterday in the Indiana
University Natatorium, the combined
efforts of seven individual Michigan
swimmers kept the Wolverines within
the top 10. A sixth-place finish in the
200-meter freestyle relay and
Shakespeare's 200-meter individual
medley were the greatest sources of
points for the team.
Although those events helped tally

points for the Wolverines' cause,
coach Jim Richardson and his swim*
mers were still a bit disappointed with
their performance yesterday.
"It's an exciting meet," Richardson
said. "I think from our standpoint
we've had some good swims and
we've had some swims that just are not
quite the way we.think we can be."
Richardson believes in a gradual
process of conditioning in preparation
for this very event. Emphasis is put on.
season-long training rather than dual-
meet performances.
So when this weekend comes
around, the pressure is high for the
Wolverines to utilize his strategy.
"I tell them what to do," Richardson
said. "We train them to be ready to be
fast here and somehow, some way I
didn't have them ready to really be fast
today. So that's my bad."
Competition continues here today
and tomorrow, as the Wolverines strive
to stay afloat with the top 10.

Swimmers in 8th place'
after* day, 1 at NCAAs

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