It may be 90 degrees, but Mike Van Ryn
is still playing hockey, representing
Canada in the IIHF In-Line Hockey World
Championships this week in California.
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July 20, 1997
By Josh Kleinbaum
Daily Sports Editor
His range at shortstop is phenomenal
- Rey Ordonez and Ozzie Smith
rolled into one. He makes acrobatic
dives, incredible throws, overall awe-
He's the best power hitter to ever play
the game, hitting the small white
..------.---- sphere 600, even
700 feet from
where he stands.
Commentary Babe Ruth,
Mark McGwire - sit down.
He can throw the pigskin with pin-
point accuracy 80 yards flown field,
threading the ball between three
defenders to find his receiver.
He shrugs off would-be sackers like
yesterday's laundry, scrambling until he
finds his receiver.
He is Drew Henson, he is only 18
years old, and he is a legend.
Lloyd Carr wants him, George
Steinbrenner wants him, and, rumor
has it, Bill Clinton's got a spot in his
cabinet with the Brighton High School
valedictorian's name on it.
For Henson, barely old enough to
shave, it's decision time.
Baseball or football? New York or
Michigan? American League or Big
Henson has three options.
He can sign with the Yankees, spum-
ing Michigan and playing minor league
ball, and someday play third base
alongside Kalamazoo native Derek
Jeter - the Yankees want to move him
to the hot corner with Jeter at short.
He can sign with the Yankees, lose
See HENSON, Page 14
Fox still a i
in Europe for
By T.J. Barka
Daily Sports Editor
To be chosen to represent one's country is regarded by
many as the greatest honor bestowed on an athlete. Of
the millions of kids in the United States that have drib-
bled a basketball on their driveway, only a select few
have worn the red, white and blue.
One of these few talented souls is Michigan junior
point guard Stacey Thomas.
Chosen as a member of the USA Basketball Select
Team, Thomas just concluded an eight-game tour of
Europe this past Tuesday.
"It was a great tour, and we had outstanding young
women represent our country," said USA coach"Carol
Ross in a released statement. Ross also coaches the
Florida women's basketball team. "The players repre-
sented USA Basketball in a great manner. It was a won-
derful experience for everyone involved."
Thomas made the most of her experience in Europe,
averaging 6.5 points, six rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8
steals per game.
Thomas helped key the Americans to three victories
over Puerto Rico and Spain and one victory over Poland.
A one-point setback to the Poles, 72-71, on July 8 was
the only blemish in team USA's 7-1 record.
The loss to the Polish team couldn't be blamed on
Thomas' play, though.
Thomas scored 12 points, her best output of the tour,
pulled down a team-high seven rebounds and had three
steals against the Poles.
Thomas was a leader on the floor in Europe during the
tour. In USA's rematch against Poland, a 55-45 victory,
Thomas snatched 13 rebounds and stole three passes. he
also added 20 rebounds in the three victories over Puerto
Thomas showed the foreigners why she led the Big Ten
in steals last season as well. Thomas recorded 14 steals
during the games, including six thefts in team USA's
final game, a 70-60 beating of Spain. Thomas frustrated
the Poles with her steals along with her rebounding,
recording three steals in each of the two contests.
A 5-foot-10 guard, Thomas also filled the point guard
role and dished out 14 assists in Europe. Thomas was
particularly effective against the Puerto Ricans, dealing
out five assists in an 85-58 drubbing. Thomas also hand-
ed out three assists in the first game of the tour-
See THOMAS, Page 15
Michigan guard Stacey Thomas was a key component in the USA Basketball Select Team's 7-1 record in
Europe over the past two weeks. Team USA played Puerto Rico, Spain and Poland during the tour.
By Fred Link
Daily Sports Writer
College athletes are role models.
Maybe it shouldn't be that way.
Maybe children should look up to teach-
ers or parents or scientists or writers.
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Hockey of people more
qualified than ath-
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But, for better or worse, it is the ath-
letes children admire.
Too often, the athlctes so admired for
the success on the ficld, court, rink, etc.
lead lives away from their sport which
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are not worthy of admiration. Too often,
sports pages are filled with stories of te
athletes using drugs or getting into trou- -
ble with she law. Athletes like Lawrence >t jg svi#05*n ewsv frs
Phillips and Michael Irvin are almost as
well known for their troubles off the y cks, siness ,nd
field as for their accomplishments on it. rgimlztiom
Chris Fox's conviction and sentenc-
ing for assault is yet another examplea
of an athlete in trouble with the law.
But in this case, it's important not to
let this single incident destroy Fox's
reputation or tarnish the image of-
Michigan hockey coach Red 401 E. Huron t. (wa ating distance
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