Page 10-- The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 1, 1991
Blue and Gophers:
a battle of futility
Fry makes return trip to
mountains o W. Virginia
by Jeff Cameron, Mike Gill,
and R..C. Heaton
by Matthew Dodge
Daily Basketball Writer
The teams of 10,000 losses will
meet in the land of 10,000 lakes
tonight as the two worst teams
tipoff in the Big Ten women's bas-
ketball production of "The Abyss":
which is where both Michigan and
Minnesota are headed.
The Wolverines (8-9 overall, 1-6
Big Ten) are in desperate need of a
salve for their wounds, and there is
no better prescription than the down-
and-out Gophers (4-13 , 0-7). The
two tenants of the conference base-
ment will play tonight at 7:30 at
Williams Arena in Minneapolis.
And if Michigan can walk into
the city that brought us losers such
as McGovern and Mondale with any
confidence at all, it will be more op-
timistic, than its lowly hosts.
"We've been getting beat by a lot
(of points) by a lot of people," Min-
nesota coach Linda Hill-MacDonald
said. "If I had to pick out a strength
now, it would be very difficult; it
would be so tough to pick even
This tone suggests that the Go-
phers may be the right team at the
right time for the Wolverines, who
haven't won a road game in two
"I hope it will be a chance for us
to win," Hill-MacDonald said. "We
are a very young team in a very
tough conference. This is very dis-
couraging for the players and the
"To me it's just another game.
We've been putting together good
first halves. Our goal is to put two
good halves together. There is so
After taking on Minnesota, the
Wolverines will venture into one of
the conference's loudest arenas to
play Iowa Sunday afternoon. The na-
tionally-ranked Hawkeyes will be a
vast contrast to the Gophers, espe-
cially playing at home in Carver-
Hawkeye Arena, home of the Big
Ten's largest crowds.
Iowa tied for first place in the Big
Ten last year and finished the season
ranked tenth in the nation. Head
coach C. Vivian Stringer brought in
the nation's top recruiting class to
surround returning standouts Felicia
Hall and Stephanie Schueler and the
Hawkeyes are again in the hunt for
the league crown.
Stringer's Hawkeyes continue to
play with a trademark full-court in-
tensity that has carried them to their
current place among the nation's
"We will look to have an up-,
tempo game offensively," Stringer
said. "In the defensive column, we'll
still look to press. Our first aim is
to have a great defensive team."
Daiiy Sports writers
During the 1970's television
series The Waltons, a special two
hour movie entitled The Homecom-
ing brought loveable character John-
Boy back to the Blue Ridge Moun-
tains of West Virginia.
Now it's the1990's. And while
Michigan gymnastics coach Beverly
Fry may be loveable, her homecom-
ing to West Virginia is destined not
to draw high Nielson ratings.
But it's a homecoming.
And it's West Virginia.
But she's not exactly going to be
welcomed the way Ralph Waite (Mr.
Walton) opened his arms when his
eldest son returned home.
Now, Fry is the enemy when she
heads down to her old stomping
grounds, made famous in John Den-
ver's classic, "Country Road." The
Wolverine gymnast will compete
against West Virginia and William
and Mary in Morgantown, WV, on
Fry competed for the West Vir-
ginia gymnastics team for three
years where she earned all-conference
honors. She went on to become an
assistant coach, before making her
way to Ann Arbor to take over the
helm for the Wolverines.
"At West Virginia,the facilities
are good; the arena is nice; and the
judges are good," Fry said. "I can
prepare the girls, because I know
what it is like."
Even though Fry is bringing her
gymnasts into a wonderful atmo-
sphere, the competition will be stiff.
The Mountaineers were a top 20
team last year, and they scored a 186
last week. William and Mary is a
very strong team capable of register-
ing high scores.
"It will be a three way race; I
think we may have the edge because
we're at home," West Virginia coach
Linda Burdette said. "We're glad to
have coach Fry come down. She's
coached some of our gymnasts that
will be competing for us; it's goin
to be exciting."
The Wolverines are coming off
an impressive, school record setting
performance against Big Ten cham-
pion Illinois. They scored a 185.1
and are capable of performing even
better in the future.
"We won't let up at all this
weekend," sophomore all-arounder
Ali Winski said. "Every score is i
portant to qualify for regionals, s
we give it our all every meet."
Sophomore Eva Gordon will not
be competing this weekend because -
of a back injury. First-year gymnast
Stacy Shingle will replace her on thoj
uneven bars and on the floor exer-
"If we focus on our routines an
hit, we will do well," sophomor/
all-arounder Debbie Geiger said. "We
have the potential to go 187."
You know Giants' quarterback
Jeff Hostetler will enjoy a nice
homecoming when he returns to
But of course, Major Harris left
And somewhere in between the
two stands Beverly Fry. She came
she left, and now she's back home.
She just wants to get out of town
quickly -- with a good score under
Michigan forward Char Durand leads the Wolverines into this weekend's
contests with Minnesota and Iowa. Michigan and the Golden Gophers
are tied for last place.
by Adam Lutz
With the national signing
deadline still a week away, Michigan
is already close to fulfilling the
number of football scholarships it
can offer. Through the middle of this
week, Michigan added to its already
impressive class of 13, four
extremely productive high school
standouts. With these latest
announcements, it is conceivable
that Michigan has captured the
premier class in the country.
Monday, the Wolverines received
word that defensive lineman, Jason
Horn (6-foot-5, 240-pounds), rated as
the 20th best player in The Detroit
Free Press' Best of the Midwest
decided to attend Michigan. The
Lafayette native completed a sweep
for Michigan of the Midwest's top
three defensive lineman. Horn had
313 tackles, 28 sacks and 10 blocked
kicks in his career.
Michigan added an impressive
threesome Tuesday, including two
players from the South. The lone
local recruit among them, Michigan
native Eddie Davis (5-foot-9, 190-
pounds), is a fast tailback, which
helps explain the 2,623 yards paired
with 25 touchdowns that he amassed
last season for Detroit Martin Luther
King. Davis, rated the seventh-best
player in Michigan, was desperately
coveted by the coaching staff who
has high aspirations for him.
Felman Malveaux (6-foot, 170-
pounds), who was ranked by many
as the second best receiving prospect
in the South, became the first
receiver to commit to Michigan. It's
a long way from home for this
Texan, who led his team last season
with 49 catches, 1,139 yards and 16
Finally, Michigan received a
commitment from its second top
linebacker, Damon Southward (6-
foot-3, 215-pounds). This punishing
tackler utilized his size and
quickness, a 4.7 40-yd dash, to
Compile 140 tackles, 9 sacks, and
eight fumble recoveries in his final
'M' gymnasts to clash
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"It's great to have former players
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by Charlie Wolfe
Daily Sports Writer
Although it may not evoke quite
the fan fervor or insanity of other
Michigan-Michigan State clashes,
the Wolverine and Spartan male
gymnasts will have no problem get-
ting hyped for this weekend's intra-
state battle in East Lansing.
There will be no heated shouting
matches between fan faithful in
crowded bars, mainly because it
won't even be televised. It's assumed
that there will be no late night
jaunts to the opposing campus, des-
ecrating highly visible and beloved
school landmarks. And everyone's
praying that the students won't want
to have another "Who can trash their
own town the best" contest.
But it is Michigan-Michigan
"Michigan State is going to be a
tough one," Michigan coach Bob
Darden said. "They beat Illinois just
as we did, so they're going to come
out gunning for us right off the bat."
"They know we're tough," assis-
tant coach Mike Milidonis said.
"They know what we did against
Illinois on Sunday, so they're going
to be in the gym busting their tails
just like we are. I think it's going to
be a great meet."
After narrowly being defeated by
Minnesota, last year's NCAA run;
ner-up, and then beating the Fight-
ing Illini handily, the Wolverine
gymnasts are in charge of their own
destiny. According to Darden, if the.
team stays healthy and continues toc
improve its consistency, it will
threaten every team in the Big Ten.
Veterans Ruben Ceballos, Glenn
Hill, and Jim Round have given
strong performances as always, but
especially surprising has been the.
impact of the newcomers. Namely
frosh Ben Verrall and Jorge Cama-
cho, who seem to post stronger and
stronger scores every week.
"We've gotten a real consistent
effort right across the board, but
there's still room for improvement,"
Darden said. "The guys we're really
going to try and push this week are
(Toni) Royce and Jim (Round). We'd
love to get them back in the all-
Both gymnasts have had injury
problems, and Darden believes get-
ting them back into full swing will
only strengthen the squad.
Milidonis pointed out the fact
that the Spartans have a strong first
three or four gymnasts, but their tal-
ent severely dips off after that. He
believes Michigan's depth will put.
them over the top.
"We're better. We're more consis-
tent throughout the line-up and I
think that's what's really going to
help us," Milidonis said. "I'm not
kidding, I'm pretty confident that
we're going to take them, in their
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