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June 12, 1987 - Image 11

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Michigan Daily Summer Weekly Summer Weekly, 1987-06-12

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The Michigan Daily Friday, June 12, 1987 Page 11
Hooping it up in Ann Arbor
Summer league ready to run

Sandy Sanders has an impressive list of fair weather
In the winter months those friends -- Michigan's
Gary Grant, Glen Rice, Mark Hughes, Loy Vaught,
Terry Mills, Rumeal Robinson, and Sean Higgins;
Syracuse's Derrick Coleman; Iowa's Roy Marble and
B.J. Armstrong; Purdue's Todd Mitchell; DePaul's
Terrence Green; Central Michigan's Dan Majerle; and
others - waltz the courts of NCAA Division I
basketball. In the summer months these stars and other
gym rats play in the Sandy Sanders' Basketball League.
"You name them, we've probably had them in our
league," said Sanders, a health and physical education
instructor at Willow Run High School. Stars such as
Magic Johnson have played in the league in past
The league, which Sanders has operated for nine
years, is made up of eight men's teams and six
women's teams. Ten players make up each team.
Sanders became interested in forming an area league
after participating in summer leagues in Detroit,
Chicago, Indianapolis, and New York. He sought
monetary support from other community members, and
the league took off.
Sanders puts together the teams using input from
various coaches. NCAA rules permit only two players
from the same institution on one team, so players are

forced to team with players other than their year-round
Players in the league play organized basketball at
some level, from high school up to professional.
Sanders said it is not uncommon for Isiah Thomas and
other pros to stop in during league games. Sanders
said, "We have an open door and a place on our roster
for Isiah anytime."
That is, as long as Isiah is willing to run, gun, and
run some more. "We really try to keep the games
going," said Sanders, who enforces what he calls
Sandy's house rules. Several of his rules include:
-No zone defense.
-A team isput in the bonus only after the opposing
team commits 11 personal fouls.
-Each player is allowed seven personal fouls before
fouling out.
-Overtime ends after one team scores five points.
The league begins Friday, June 19. Games are held
on Fridays (beginning at 6 p.m.) and Saturdays
(beginning at 4 p.m.) until championship games are
played the weekend of August 1. Games are played at
Concordia College, 4090 Geddes, which is near the
intersection of U.S. 23 and Geddes, and admission is

Brewster finishes second at
NCAA trpck championships

Michigan's Gary Grant (left) and Iowa's B.J. Armstrong are just two of
many big-name college players participating in Sandy Sanders' local
summer basketball league.

Michigan's Chris Brewster
finished second in the 10,000-meter
run at the NCAA Outdoor Track
and Field Championships last
weekend in Baton Rouge, La.
Brewster recorded a time of
29:12.22, 1.2 seconds behind the
pace set by Arkansas' Joe Falcon.
Brewster's teammate John Scherer
placed 10th in the same event with
a time of 29:52.11.
"I was relieved and satisfied,"
Brewster said. "I expected to do well
but I've had such rough luck at the
"Tactically I ran just about as
good a race as I could have," he
added. "The kid from Arkansas was
known to have a good kick. I ran
extremely fast down the stretch."
The only other member of
Michigan's track and field team to
compete at the championships was
Thomas Wilcher, who legged out a
first-place finish in the qualifying
heat of the 110-meter high hurdles
before finishing ninth in the final.
As a team, Michigan placed 36th
with eight points. UCLA finished
first with a total of 81.

Wilcher and Brewster had each
garnered first-place finishes at the
Big Ten Championships in May,
when the Wolverines ended up in
fourth place.
Brewster, a senior from London,
Ont., qualified as an All-American
and hopes to compete on the
Canadian National Team in the
1988 Olympics. Scherer, who

finished eighth among Americans,
made the All-American squad.
Next week Brewster will
compete in the New England Track
Athletic Congress event at Boston.
A good performance there may earn
him a spot on the Canadian team
that will compete in the Pan
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