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Men's and Women's Gymnastics
vs. Illinois
Sunday, 2 p.m.
Keen Arena

SPORTS

Women's Basketball
vs. Ohio State
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena
Page 8

The Michigan Daily

Thursday, January 24, 1991

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Cheaney, Anderson
carry IU into Crisler

Gymnasts battle
Illni in Keen Arena
First home meet awaits women

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by Phil Green
Daily Basketball Writer
To the pessimist, Michigan's 2-4
conference record places the
Wolverines in a tie with Iowa for
eighth place in the Big Ten.
However, to the optimist, that
same 2-4 record puts them just one-
half of a game out of fourth.
Steve Fisher is an optimist.
"The cup's half full instead of
half empty," he said. "There's lots of
us that are bunched. We're hoping
that we can be one of those teams.
that can claw into the top half."
His positive thinking will cer-
tainly be a necessity tonight when
Michigan (9-7 overall) faces Indiana
(16-2,4-1 Big Ten) at Crisler Arena.
The Hoosiers are coming off a
disappointing 93-85 home loss to
Ohio State, Monday. They trailed by
19 points at the intermission, but
valiantly battled back to only fall
short.
"I'm sure they'll be hopping
mad," Fisher said. "But we have to
take care of Michigan and not worry
about what other teams are doing."
The Wolverines faced a similar
halftime deficit in their last game,
but came back to defeat Wisconsin,
69-68, in overtime. That tough
victory away from home should
provide them with a tremendous
inspirational lift.
"It proved we can contend with
the top four teams in the league,"
Michigan forward Kirk Taylor said.
"It was a great win for us,
Fisher said. "If we hope to win some
games we have to play like that all
the time."
The strength of the Hoosiers lies
in their strong forward tandem of
sophomore Calbert Cheaney and

junior Eric Anderson. Cheaney, who
normally comes to life in the second
half, can be an explosive offensivep
threat (22.4 points per game). The
Wolverines may stand little chance if
he pushes Indiana out to an early R
lead..
Anderson's consistent scoring and
rebounding (13.5 ppg, 7.4 rebounds
per game) adds a second dimension
to the Hoosier attack. He continually ,
provides steady performances on the
interior and can control the boards.
and pose serious problems for
Michigan's relatively weak and
inexperienced inside game.
The Hoosiers are young with
Lyndon Jones as their only senior,
and rookie, super-frosh Damon
Bailey usually sees loads of playing. .
time. Another key for Indiana is '"Q
point guard Jamaal Meeks. Although
he is third in the league in assists,..
his inconsistent play occasionally
hinders the team's progress.
Aside from Cheaney and An-/
derson, though, Indiana's starters '
essentially remain a mystery.
"Indiana has had eight different
starting lineups and I guarantee you
they'll have a different one (for us), " ..
Fisher said . :r
The Hoosiers have enough depth JOSE JUAREZ/Da~iy
to play either a big or a small Forward Kirk Taylor drives on a Central Michigan defender earlier this
lineup. They can combat Michigan's season. Taylor will face strong forward play from Indiana tonight.
backcourt by loading the floor with
quick guards like Meeks, Jones andMoeller lands two top
defensive specialist Chris Reynolds. . o
"Michigan's three guards (Taylor,U sM"
Michael Talley, and Demetrius recruits for Michigan
Calip) are probably as good as any
three guards in the Big Ten," said by Adam Lutz ferent events in last year's stat
Illinois coach Lou Henson, whose Late yesterday afternoon, Gary track meet.
Illini venture into Crisler Saturday. Moeller added the latest explosive Anderson, rated the No.2
"They're extremely quick and they talents to his already impressive player in the Midwest and Super
shoot the three well." recruiting arsenal, which some prep's third-best defensive back in

by Andy Stabile
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's gym-
nastics team finishes up the early
road portion of their schedule Fri-
day night at Bowling Green.
Then, Sunday at 2 p.m., the
Wolverines finally make their
home debut. Coming' into Keen
Arena to greet them will be none
other than Illinois, the defending
Big Ten champions.
Initially the Wolverines will
try to stay focused on Bowling
Green. "We want to do well
there," Michigan gymnast Ali
Winski said. "Our highest home
and away scores determine if we
go to regionals."
However, with the prospect of

finally performing for a home
crowd and facing last year's
champs, it's hard not to look
ahead.
"We're not really used to two
meets in three days," team co-
captain Laura Lundbeck said.
"Some different gymnasts may
compete in Bowling Green so
others can focus more on Illinois.
This is definitely our biggest
home meet."
The Wolverines' goal of con-
tending for the Big Ten title could
take a turn for the better with a
win against the strong Illini squad.
"A win against Illinois would
really help build momentum,"
frosh Rae Pelletier said.

Men upforfirst of two at home
by Charlie Wolfe

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Daily Sports Writer
One week after being bested
by the Fighting Illini in the
Windy City Invitational, the
Michigan men's gymnastics team
will receive a rematch at 2 p.m.
Sunday at Keen Arena against the
Big Ten foe.
The Michigan squad took ninth
during the weekend tourney in
Chicago, compared to Illinois'
seventh, and now the Wolverines
are looking for some revenge.
"It's going to be a real dog-
fight," Michigan coach Bob Dar-
den said. "The team has just had
two great days of training, and it's
amazing how they have put the
Windy City (Invitational) on the
backburner and are able to focus
on the upcoming meet."
Making the Illinois competi-
tion especially attractive to both
the team and fans is the fact that
it's the first of only two home

meets for the men. It will be dou-
bly entertaining because it's a co-
ed meet with the Michigan
women's squad.
"We're hyped to come back to
Keen Arena, our home turf," Dar-
den said. "We've gotten rave re-
views when teams come here,
they love it and get caught up in
the uniqueness and quality of the
arena. Because, honestly, we
have great equipment, great mats;
we put on a heck of a show."
With the makings of a tight
match versus the Illini, the
Wolverines hope for crowd sup-
port to lift them to victory.
"It's a big help when you've
gone through a whole meet barely
beating another team and you're
just really tired," co-captain Matt
Harrison said. "But on that last
event, you go up there and the
crowd's behind you, it really
helps. It's great."

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Cleveland State hosts

Blue fencers
by Ryan Herrington
Daily Sports Writer

As Mark Twain once said,
"Predictions are very difficult to
make - especially when they
deal with the future." With this in
mind, prognosticating how the.
Michigan fencing club will do this
weekend at Cleveland State is a
tricky endeavor.
The fencers compete Saturday
in their second collegiate meet of
the season. While they go into this
tournament more prepared than for
their meet at Ohio State two
weeks ago, their expected perfor-
mance remains in doubt.
Quality practices have been the
biggest factor for the team thus far,
as a month lay-off hampered the
team in Columbus. And variety of
practices, a vital training ground
for fencers, has been difficult to
find.
"We have been practicing with
each other for a while now and are
used to each others' tendencies,"
team president Sarah Hipp said.
"It's sometimes difficult to im-
prove when you know what another
person's going to do."
Instead, the club has been look-
ing to scrimmage high school
teams in the area, in addition to
expressing an interest. in practicing
with the Michigan State squad.
However, Michigan will not

in tourney
face any high school teams this
Saturday. Slated for the meet with
the Wolverines are the University
of Detroit, Notre Dame, Tri State,
St. Mary's, Eastern Michigan and
host Cleveland State.
"Notre Dame is definitely the
best team at the meet," Hipp said.
"It should be close between De-
troit, Eastern Michigan and our-
selves as to who will be behind
Notre Dame. Detroit has given us
some problems in the past and
Eastern has a very strong women's
team."
The Wolverines lineup includes
Robert Bannick, Russ Turner and
Nik Weber at sabre; Chris Pa-
palas, Phillip Issa and Tom Con-
stantino at men's foil; and Ted
Morrison and Eric McAlpine at
epee. In the women's foil, Hipp,
Leah Beecher, Laura Eiler and
Bonny Chen compete for Michi-
gan.
Issa and Beecher should be key
fencers in this weekend's meet.
Both hold the most experience on
the fencing club and have come
off strong weeks of practice.
Without any competition this
past weekend, the club should be
well rested for their opponents in
Cleveland. However, only time
will tell just how beneficial the
past two weeks of training have
been for the fencers.

consider No. 1 in the country.
Tyrone Wheatley, the state's
No.1 football player, as well as
Deollo Anderson, both Superprep
and Parade All-Americans, an-
nounced their intentions of signing
with the Wolverines. With two
weeks remaining until the signing
date, they are the ninth and tenth
players to commit to Michigan,
the fifth of which that has come
from the annual Free Press' list of
the 20 "Best of the Midwest."
This season, Wheatley rushed
for 2,020 yards and scored 33
touchdowns, totalling 4,257 yards
and 70 touchdowns in his high
school career. Some analysts con-
sider him the best prospect to
come from the state in the last 15
years. Highly considered as the na-
tions' top prep athlete, the tailback
also captured first place in four dif-

by Jason Bank
Daily Sports Writer
This weekend, members of the Michigan's men
track team will be heading in separate directions in
an attempt to improve their scores and get ready for
the team meets.
Half of the team will travel to East Tennessee
State University for the U.S. Air Invitational Track &
Field Meet. The remainder of the squad will go to
Kalamazoo for the Western Michigan Invitational.
Some of the best collegiate competitors in the
country will converge on Johnson City, Tenn. this
Friday and Saturday in the meet sponsored by U.S.
Air. Assistant coach Ron Warhurst will accompany
some of Michigan's best athletes to perform in the
meet with competition at a comparable level with

the country, committed late last
night. In addition to snaring 22 ca-
reer interceptions, Anderson is also
well known for his dangerous kick
returning ability.

Men's track splits for weekend meets

the NCAA Championships.
Warhurst believes the key to a good season is not
how well the men do this weekend, but how much
the team can improve throughout the whole season.
"As the season goes on, the kids will keep getting
better and better, and fitter and fitter," Warhurst said.
Brad Barquist, Neal Newman, Jeff Barnett, and
Dan Oden will perform in various distance races,
while Jerry Douglas, Brad Darr and Brad Holwerda
will perform in the hurdles, pole vault and high jump
respectively.
Coach Jack Harvey looks for continued improve-
ment from his younger athletes at the Western meet,*
up against competitors from Eastern and Notre Dame.
as well.

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