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The Daily Tar Heel Monday, February 24, 1SS67
D KATHY f.lULVEY
Slatt Writer ' -
When most of us think of gymnastics, we think of Olga,
or Nadia, or Mary Lou. We would be surprised to hear
anyone rave about the Soviet team of 1972 or the Romanians
of 1976, or even the surprising U.S. squad of 1984. It is
the individual who stands out in our memories.
So the fans who walked out of Carmichael Gymnasium
in Raleigh after Friday night's ACC Gymnastics Champion
ship may have been exchanging oohs and aahs about N.C.
State's Leah Ranney and Angie Fontana or Maryland's
Robin Swick. But in the end the overall depth of UNC was
most impressive, as the Tar Heels combined score of 182.35
clinched the ACC title.
And yet UNC was not without strong individual
performances. Although a fall on the beam prevented
sophomore Stacy Kaplan from repeating as ACC all-around
champion, she captured the vaulting crown on the way to
a tie for second place in the all-around.
Competing on the uneven parallel bars first, the Tar Heels
got off to a record start. The combined score of 47.20 was
not only a school mark but also an ACC best. "I was very
pleased with the bars," said Coach Derek Galvin. That event
got the momentum going." Freshman Amy Bincarousky's
9.55 earned her third place, and Galvin was ecstatic about
Lynne Cote's "best routine ever."
The advantage UNC gained from this fast start was crucial,
since the strong Maryland team that lost a nail-biter by 0.45
points three weeks ago in Chapel Hill was looking for revenge.
But the Tar Heels adjusted quickly to unfamiliar equipment,
and were comfortably in swing by the time they moved to
Kaplan stuck her vault for a 9.20, and Shaffner tied for
second with an 8.95 as UNC won the event with a team
score of 44.60, After the first rotation, North Carolina held
a lead of more than two points that it would never relinquish.
Maryland had racked up 89.40 points while State was a
close third with 88.95. ,
The Tar Heels held on through the final two events despite
an inspired Maryland performance on the floor exercise and
a few falls on the beam. UNC chalked up 47.15 points in
the floor exercise, meeting the challenge set by a Maryland
score of 46.70. Kaplan's 9.70 was good for third place, and
freshman Kristin Bilotta earned a 9.65 with her spunk on
a difficult routine.
On the beam, Maryland and State swept the individual
competition, but scores of 8.75 for both Kaplan and senior
co-captain Tammy Gilbert gave UNC the team victory by
two points over the Terps. The depth that gave the Tar
Heels the win, said Galvin, "separates teams in the top 15
from the rest. Several outstanding gymnasts don't make a
team." But outstanding teamwork does.
UNC baseball gets out of blocks slowly
By JAMES SUROWIECKI
Assistant Sports Editor
The UNC baseball team, predicted
by some to finish as low as fifth in the
ACC this year, got off to a less than
resounding start this weekend by
dropping two out of its first four games.
The Tar Heels split a pair of contests
with Baptist College and then did the
same with The Citadel by losing Sunday
8-7 after an 8-4 win Saturday.
UNC, which promises to be a potent
offensive team this year, gave little sign
of its offensive firepower against
Baptist. In the first game, which the Tar
Heels won 3-1 , they banged out just four
hits and did not have an extra base
knock. But the combination of starter
Gordon Douglas and relievers Tim Kirk
and Dave Edmonds limited Baptist to
just two hits, and a two-run outburst
in the third inning was enough to lift
UNC to victory.
Coach Mike Roberts has to be
pleased with the performance of Dou
glas, who after coming out of the
bullpen last year has been cast into the
fire as UNC's No. 1 starter. Douglas
went six and one-third innings Thurs
day, giving up just one hit and walking
only two. If he continues to pitch in
that fashion it would be an enormous
boost to a team whose frontline pitching
is its biggest question mark.
Friday, though, it was the relief
pitching which looked shaky. The Tar
Heels, sparked by leadoff man Steve
Mrowka's two hits and centerfielder
Glen Liacouras' two stolen bases and
two runs, jumped out to a 3-1 lead going
into the bottom of the eighth. But starter
Dave Trautwein, who had gone seven
strong innings, tired and Kirk came in
to relieve. He gave up a hit and a walk
and in turn was replaced by Edmonds,
who closed out the inning.
UNC didnt score in the top of the
ninth and then blew the game and their
chance at a perfect season by giving up
two runs in the bottom half. Dave
Benovy went two-thirds of an inning
in relief of Edmonds and gave up a hit,
a walk and an earned run to take the
loss. It was a bad loss for UNC, the
kind that leaves only a bitter taste in
place of the sweet savor of success.
But the Tar Heels came back strong
Saturday. They battered five Citadel
pitchers for 14 hits and eight runs and
got a strong performance from Ken
Turner, who pitched seven shutout
innings and gave up only five hits before
yielding to Benovy.
UNC, which got all its runs in the
first five frames, got a glimpse of its
future as freshmen Tom Gavin and
Damn Campbell sparked the victory.
Gavin, who struggled at times in the
fall, went three-for-four with three RBI
and crunched a homer, while Campbell
went two-for-four and scored three
The two youngsters teamed up for
four of the team's eight runs. In the
Duke 10-2 .833 27-2 .931
North Carolina N 9-3 .750 25-3 .890
Georgia Tech 9-3 .750 21-4 .840
Virginia 7-5 .583 18-7 .720
N.C. State 7-6 .538 18-9 .667
Maryland 4-8 ,333 15-12 .556
Clemson ' 3-9 .250 17-11 .607
Wake Forest 0-13 .000 7-19 .269
Duke 93, Oklahoma 84 .
Georgia Tech 77, Maryland 70
Virginia 82, Clemson 69
N.C. State 76, North Carolina 65
first inning, Gavin drove Campbell
home from second with a single, and
in the fourth he brought him in from
third with his roundtripper. The veteran
Liacouras chipped in with a three-for-five
day which included a two-run
double in the four-run fifth, v
Sunday the Tar Heels dropped
another heartbreaker, losing by one run
after falling behind 2-0 early. Sparkling
freshman Chris Cornacchio was given
the starting nod by Roberts but lasted
just two and two thirds innings. By the
time the game was over, five UNC
pitchers would struggle to stop the
Citadel, with Kirk and Edmonds
making their third appearances in four
UNC lost the game when it gave up
five runs in the middle three innings.
Although the Tar Heels battled back,
they fell a run short, in part because
after two singles in the eighth had put
the tying run on base, Roberts chose
to play for one run. One run did score,
but UNC lost its chance at a big inning
and at perhaps the game. The Tar Heels
finished with 11 hits on the day,
including a home run by Howard
Freiling and a three-run shot by
Campbell, while Gavin went two-for-three.
"My horse, my horse, my kingdom
for a horse," cried Shakespeare's
Richard III. After this weekend, all
Roberts could say was, "Two runs, two
runs, my kingdom for two runs!" And
as for the 8-7 score of Sunday's game,
get used to it. With this UNC team,
slugfests will be this year's main dish
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Hale's loss throws UNC off ttfiack
By TIM CROTHERS
Assistant Sports Editor
Walking off the Reynolds Coliseum
court at halftime, Dean Smith looked
up to the heavens where he has been
rumored to reside during the off season.
He thrust his hands into the air in
frustration, but his plea was lost in the
deafening crowd din that accompanied
N.C. State's 11 -point halftime lead.
With 40 seconds remaining in the
game, North Carolina still trailed by 1 1 .
Steve Hale, dressed in an unfamiliar
grey sportjacket, gazed out across the
court. He was alone with his thoughts
among 12,400 screaming enemy fans.
Hale and his coach were probably on
the same wavelength.
"When you play with five guys for
a long time you develop a crucial
chemistry," Hale said. "We were a little
out of sync today."
In fact, North Carolina's offense was
a lot out of sync without Hale, who
suffered a partially collapsed lung in last
Thursday's, game against Maryland
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Len Bias' knee. UNC also played
without Warren Martin who missed the
game with a bad ankle. These two
casualties have combined for 18.8
points, eight rebounds and six assists
per game this season.
Hale's absence was evident in North
Carolina's vaunted passing game. State
repeatedly clogged UNC's passing lanes
around the perimeter and into Brad
Daugherty and Joe Wolf. To cut off
Daugherty and Wolf is to cut out the
heart of North Carolina's offense.
"We were able to break down their
offense by cutting off the passing lanes,"
Nate McMillan said. The Wolfpack's
senior point guard was one of the first
to notice that at Reynolds on Sunday,
Kenny Smith was like Paul Simon
without Art Garfunkel. "He (Hale) and
Kenny know each other's games so well
that they can sense where the other is
on the court," he said. "It's got to hurt
to have him out."
What probably hurt most was Hale's
1 years of cxperiencenpressure' fames'
being wasted on the bench. "They miss
his senior leadership," State's Benny
Bolton said. "He's been in so many big
games like this and hit so many clutch
UNC freshman Jeff Lebo put the
overall effect of Hale's absence into
perspective. "He is the glue of the team,"
Lebo said. "It really hurts when he's
not in there."
Seeing Hale on the bench, the mind
invariably reverts to last March in
Birmingham, when he sat in civvies and
an arm sling, while his teammates were
confused and manhandled by Villan
ova. Sunday afternoon in Reynolds was
equally confusing and frustrating, but
far less final.
Hale expects to be back for his senior
curtain call on Wednesday night against
Virginia. For the man in the grey
sportjacket, one game as a spectator is
more than enough.
"I tough to sit there and watch the
game," he said, "you feel kind of
helpless." :' "
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Wednesday, April 16, 1986
Morehead Building 3:G0 p.m.
Nominations are now being accepted from all. members of the University community for
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