Monday, May 17, 1999 -The Michigan Dai y
Harris shoots six-under to share title, Blue putts in sixth
a Stephen A.rRona
Daily Sports Witer
'Land of 10,000 lakes,' is Minnesota's
claim to fame, but it does come with a
price. Between the humidity of summer
and the abundance of mosquitoes, which
gravitate to the area's mass-precipitation,
the eleven BigTen teams that made their
way to Minnesota's Les Bolstad Golf
ourse this weekend found a perfectly
inviting, yet challenging setting for this
year's Big Ten Golf Championships.
The 72-hole, three-day tournament
offered Michigan, who has struggled as
of late, one last chance to redeem its sea-
son. And after Friday's opening-round of
play the Maize and Blue appeared ready
to do just that, firing a 290 team score -
only three strokes behind favored
But that didn't last long as Minnesota
quickly opened up a 17-stroke lead after
the first day of competition. The
Wolverines took a cue from Minnesota
and started to act more like gophers.
They proceeded to dig a hole after every
round, each deeper than the one before.
While most of the Michigan golf
team was busy swatting mosquitoes and
acting like gophers, there was one
Michigan linkster who decided to act
like a Wolverine.
Junior Michael Harris was too busy
swatting Titleists to worry about
Gophers. He proceeded to shoot better
than the course par of 71 in each of the
weekends' four rounds of play.
Michigan's captain finished an impres-
sive six-under par 278 to capture a share
of the Big Ten individual title along with
Illinois' Larry Nuger.
"Mike was a stud," Michigan coach
Jim Carras said. "He was a gold medal-
ist out there."
Harris and his teammates completed
the tournament in sixth place, 29 strokes
behind ultimate champion
Northwestern. Harris' masterful play
helped him nail down a spot on f
championship and all-conference
while freshman Andrew Matthew
formance helped him earn the B
freshman of the year honors.
Carras, although a bit disapp
with his teams inconsistency thi
had some parting words after the t
ment regarding the future of this
squad. "This team is going to b
very competitive next year. I p
1999 recruiting class
Leland Anderson F 6-8 260 Attleboro, Mass.
1998: Honorable mention All-Mass. by USA Today;
Future Stars No. 38 prospect; Mass. state champs;
quad injury hindered senior season.
LaVell Blanchard F 6-7 205 Ann Arbor, Mich.
1999: Bob Gibbons' No. 1 prospect; Gatorade National
Player of the Year; McDonald's, USA Today and Parade
All-American; Mich. state champs.
Jamal Crawford G 6-6 190 Renton, Wash.
1999: Washington back-to-back player of the year;
averaged 22.3 points per game.
Kevin Gaines G 6-4 180 Las Vegas, Nev.
1999: Bob Gibbons' No. 31 prospect; ESPN's No. 4
point guard; Las Vegas Sun player of the year.
Gavin Groninger G 6-5 190 Plainfield, Ind.
1999: Runner-up Mr. Basketball Ind.; 1st seam all-
state; Indall-star MVP; school record 1,768 pts and
256 3-pointers; Ind. state champs.
Blanchard is icing on
Ellerbe's recruit cake
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headlining a strong Michigan recruiting class, and no one
responded like this. If anything, Ward's injury-filled
career reminded hype-builders that Michigan's newfound
recruit hasn't checked into a game yet.
The enthusiasm is because Blanchard is a "jersey play-
er," a symbol, a flagbearer for the new breed of Michigan
basketball - one where the news is made on the court, by
the players; not off the court, by the boosters.
Blanchard's well-trumpeted academic success - he is
interested in medical school - is one step on the road to
a basketball program where the term student-athlete does
not contradict itself. It is a sign that the program is evolv-
ing. It is a checkpoint that Brian Ellerbe is doing things
the right way, the only -way that long-term success is pro-
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hitting for the Wolverines, scoring
two runs on two hits.
Bush doubled in the fourth inning
and scored a run. After singling to
lead off the sixth, the speedy center-
fielder stole both second and third
base before being driven home by a
Mike Cervanek single.
In the night cap, the Penn State
*ts came back to life, as they blast-
ed the Michigan pitchers for three
multi-run innings in a 13-3 victory.
Second baseman Eric Spadt led the
hitting for the Nittany Lions, driving
in three runs with a double and a
The final game of the series on
Sunday was a shoot-out, as the two
teams combined for 28 runs in a 15-
13 victory for Penn State.
The Nittany Lions opened the
me with a 6-0 lead after two
nings, building on their solid hit-
ting performance from the previous
day. But three runs in the third inning
and a seven run fourth inning gave
Michigan a brief 10-6 lead, before
Penn State came back with a five run
fourth to regain the lead, I1-10.
The Wolverines managed to tie the
game at l2 after six innings but were
nable to regain the lead and fell to
. Nittany Lions for the third time
in four games.
This weekend, Michigan travels to
the home of Big Ten regular season
champion, Ohio State.
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