14A =The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 6, 2000
Playoffs would be 'Quinn-tessential' for 'M' senior."
Four more years:
Shanahan inks deal
with Red Wings
DETROIT (AP) - All-Star left
wing rendan Shanahan has signed a
four-year contract with the Detroit Red
Wings, the team announced yesterday.
"Bt'endan has been a very large part
of this club's success since we acquired
him in the 1996-97 season," general
manager Ken Holland said.
The team did not disclose terms of
the contract. Shanahan's agent, Rick
Currati, did not immediately return a
call seeking comment..
Shanahan, 31, has 77 points and
leads the team with 40 goals going into
tomorrow's game against Washington.
He is being paid $4 million this sea-
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound native of
Mim co, Ontario, is currently the 1th-
leading scorer in the NHL. His career
points total is 878 in 945 games.
Shanahan, who became a Red Wing
in October 1996, would have become
an unrestricted free agent at the end of
Hewitt to become
new Georgia Tech
ATANTA (AP) - Siena coach
Paul ewitt is the new basketball
cacr'at Georgia Tech, succeeding
Bobby Cremins, The Associated
Press learned yesterday.
-A source familiar with the search,
speaking on condition of anonymity,
said Hewitt could be introduced as
the Yellow Jackets' coach as soon as
In Albany, N.Y, Hewitt boarded a
plane for Atlanta yesterday but
dcelined comment. Officials at
Georgia Tech and Siena also would
Hewitt, who has a .71-27 record in
three years at Siena, becomes the
first black basketball coach at
His contract at Siena runs through
the 2002-2003 season, but includes a
buyout provision that will allow him
to take the Georgia Tech job.
Cremins resigned after 19 years as
Georgia Tech's coach. He guided the
school to 10 NCAA appearances,
iticluding the Final Four in 1990.
Hewitt took Siena to the NIT's
second round this year, falling to
Penn State. His name had been men-
tioned in several major job openings
over the past two years.
job at Nebraska
LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) -
Barry Collier, who guided Butler to
the; NCAA Tournament in three of'
the last four years, was named the
new men's basketball coach at
Butler nearly upset national final-
ist Florida in the first round of the
NCAA Tournament this year, but
suffered a heartbreaking 69-68 over-
time loss when the Gators' Mike
Miller hit a leaning jumper in the
lane at the buzzer.
In 11 seasons at Butler, Collier,
45, posted a 196-132 record, includ-
ing ai pair of wins in the 1999
Nationa Invitation Tournament. The
Bulldogs have averaged 22.5 victo-
ries over the post four seasons,
going a combined 90-39 during that
Collier replaces Bill Self, who
was unsuccessful in building the
By Dan Williams
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan assistant coach Chris Harrison was
spraying balls around the horn yesterday dur-
ing infield practice on a less-than-sunny day.
On one swing, Harrison hit a chopper down the
line, bringing up chalk as it bounced. Third
baseman Kevin Quinn gave it a hard glance
before deciding not to impede its path into the
"I remember when you were a freshman and
you used to dive for those," chided Harrison.
The ground was hard, and it was just practice
and Harrison was in no way serious, but a sub-
tle truth was implied. Kevin Quinn is getting
The senior is starting to face that reality, as
are the rest of the upperclassmen at Michigan.
The moments he has left as a Michigan stu-
dent-athlete are waning.
In the fall, Quinn will complete his final
semester of classes and graduate in mechanical
engineering. His coach, Geoff Zahn, describes
Quinn as one of the more academically focused
members of the team.
"He works very hard in the classroom. He's
on the serious side because he is so directed in
his life," Zahn said. "I never worry about Kevin
off the field."
Someday, Quinn will probably be a fine
engineer for General Motors or something. But
don't hand him the want ads just yet. He plans
on extending his baseball career as long as
His team currently sits in a tie for eighth
place in the Big Ten. The Wolverines will have
to finish in the top six of the conference to
make the postseason.
Anything less than a Big Ten tournament
berth would be a complete disappointment to
Quinn, who has played on two Big Ten cham-
pionship teams already. He's used to winning.
"Last year we got a taste of being in the
regional finals," Quinn said. "All you can ask
for is a shot to be in the playoffs, and to have a
chance to be in the regionals and to go to
The Wolverines still have a shot, and Quinn
will be the kind of guy Zahn relies on to carry
the team back into conference contention.
"He has been very consistent. He makes all
the plays that he needs to make, and he gets it
done," Zahn said. "He'll do it in the clutch, just
like on Sunday."
The Sunday that Zahn is referring to is this
past Sunday against Indiana, when Quinn han-
dled the final groundball of the one-run game
with ease. It wasn't a spectacular play - it was
even routine. But the steadiness Quinn demon-
strated in the face of pressure has often been
missing for the error-prone Wolverines.
"There was no tightness there or anything,"
At the bat, Quinn's style is the same: ade-
quate but not flashy.
Despite having little power and less than, a
.300 average, Zahn has moved him into the
leadoff spot, because he finds ways to get on
base. He forces walks. He can bunt for a single.
He can hit behind runners when he needs to.
For the last few weeks, the Wolverines have
been living and dying by power baseball.
Quinn is the kind of player who can help the
team advance bases and manufacture runs.
"Kevin can do many things," Zahn said. "He
does whatever we ask him to do."
Zahn will ask Quinn to be the kind of player
that makes big plays during the stretch run.
At least that's who he needs to be if
Michigan is going back to the postseason.
That style will be required of the old man if
he's going to make a fitting exit from the
Michigan baseball spotlight.
Wimen's tennis eyes Big Ten standngs
Women'soing into their last month of confer-
ence play, the Wolverines have a
chance to make up some ground in the
Big Ten and improve their seed for the
conference tournament in Ann Arbor
on April 27-30.
Women's track splits
Kmup, sends half south
Kampfe earns Big Ten Medal of Honor
By Joe Smith
Daily Sports Writer
It's now the beginning of April, which
means more snow for Michigan residents
and heated competition for the Michigan
women's tennis team.
Going into the last month of the con-
ference season, the Wolverines (1-3 Big
Ten, 7-7 overall) look to grind out some
wins against Big Ten opponents. They'll
start off with a four-match road trip,
which begins this weekend with Purdue
With six matches remaining and seeds
still undetermined for the conference
tournament, there is no doubting the
importance of this weekend.
"These are really important matches,"
senior co-captain Danielle Lund said.
"Not only because they are on the road,
but because we reed to walk away with
two wins to put ourselves in better posi-
tion for the Big Ten Tournament"
The sixth-place Wolverines have a
chance to solidify their position in the
upper tier of the conference in an attempt
to secure a first-round bye in the tourna-
ment that Michigan is hosting from April
The Wolverines have lost seven of
their last 10 matches after starting the
season 4-0, part of this can be attributed
to the wide array of injuries and key
absences in the lineup.
A few matches away from the Varsity
Tennis Center might be just what
Michigan needs. The Wolverines are 3-0
on the road, but only 4-7 at home. The
next road trip will consist of very beat-
able opponents for the Wolverines, start-
ing with Purdue.
Michigan will travel to West Lafayette
on Saturday to face.the Boilermakers (I-
4, 7-9), who beat the Wolverines twice
last season - including knocking them
out of the Big Ten Championships in the,
The next day Michigan will take on
Indiana (3-2, 10-7), looking to gain some
ground on the fifth-place Hoosiers.
Indiana has lost five straight, but the
Wolverines won't suffer from a lack of
respect - the Hoosiers have won 15 of
the last 20 Big Ten Championships.
"Indiana is always tough," Lund said.
"They always seem to know how to pull
it out in the end."
The key for the Wolverines will be
their singles play. Except for senior co-
captain Brooke Hart - the March Big
Ten Player of the Month - and fellow
co-captain Lund, consistency and execu-
tion have been a problem for the
Wolverines in singles competition.
"Often times in our nonconference
matches, we would only win two singles
matches,' Lund said. "This forced us to
have to sweep the doubles competition,
which is a very difficult task to do."
In the conference seven-point format,
though, the three doubles matches are
played first, with one point given to the
team that wins two out of three. Six sin-
gles matches follow, each for one point.
With six out of the seven points.deter-
mined in singles competition, the
Wolverines will need others to step up
their game and take some crucial points.
Sophomore Jen Vaughn got her second
cortizone shot last week, but the status of
her injured hip is still doubtful for this
weekend. The same holds true for fresh-
man Jen Duprez, who is slowly recover-
ing from her illness. She will most likely
not be ready to go this weekend.
Senior Erryn Weggenman made her
return to practice Tuesday after being
with her family in Portland following her
"It was really great to have her back,"
Although her presence will uplift the
team, she will not be competing on the
court this weekend, leaving it up to
juniors Alison Sinclair, Marya Farah and
Maya Canfield to pick up the slack.
"Maya and Marva got some valuable
experience this past weekend, competing
in both singles and doubles" Lund said.
How the Wolverines perform in the
next couple weeks will not only affect
their Big Ten Tournament seeding, but
also their chance to qualify for the
NCAA Championships in May.
Michigan will need more wins over
ranked opponents, like those over San
Diego State and Marquette, if they want
to attend college tennis' "May Madness"
By James Mercier
Daily Sports Writer
It's spring training time for the
Michigan women's track team. The
Wolverines had last weekend off,
and now will send two split-squads
into competition this Saturday.
The main objective of this time is
to get back into form for more criti-
cal meets down the road, and to stay
This is one weekend in which
Michigan is permitted to travel more
than the usual 30 athletes, and the
team will take advantage of it.
Thirty-five runners and throwers
- mostly underclassmen - will
travel to West Lafayette for the
Purdue Invitational, while approxi-
mately 10 others will compete in the
Texas Relays, a very prestigious
"Purdue is not a huge event for us.
Our top sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers
and throwers will be in Texas where
the competition will be better,"
Michigan coach James Henry said
yesterday at practice.
Texas Relays "is a really high-pro-
file meet. It's not expected that we'll
win anything. We could have several
runners set personal bests and still
In addition to having the chance to
face superior competition, the top
athletes will also face better condi-
tions. "The weather has been unpre-
dictable around here, and it could
continue to be cool at Purdue,"
Henry said. "We wanted some warm
weather to sprint in"
The members of the sprint team
agreed, choosing to practice in the
Indoor Track Building rather than
brave the blustery weather of yester-
The early spring also offers a time:
to reflect on past accomplishments.
Senior distance runner Elizabeth
Kampfe has a lot to look back upon.
Last week she was named
Michigan's female Big Ten
Conference Medal of Honor recipi-
ent, which recognizes superior
achievement in both athletics and
In addition to earning All-America-
honors in cross country (1997) and"
indoor and outdoor track (1998),
Kampfe has earned Academic All-
Big Ten recognition in both sports, A
year ago, she received the Wolverine.
Athletics' Caldwell Track and Field
"She's an excellent student,".
Henry said of Kampfe. "She's about
to graduate and she's going to
Illinois to get her masters degree.
She will have one year of eligibility
remaining, so she can compete for
"She'll probably break their
school records in the 5- and 10,000-'
Unfortunately, that means that
Kampfe will be competing against
soon-to-be Big Ten rival Michigan in
the future. Henry could only chuckle
about that prospect.
Another hallmark of spring - siz
ing up the competition.
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