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The Daily Tar HeelThursday, March 30. 19899
Thomas quietly Deads lax
By CHRISTINA FROHOCK
Michael Thomas' accomplish
ments give him plenty of reason to
be egotistical but he considers himself
"just kind of a quiet guy."
Well, aside from recently being
named ACC Player of the Week,
Thomas, a sophomore, is a starting
attackman for a North Carolina
lacrosse team which is well-stocked
tvith 11 attackmen including six
seniors and nine lettermen overall.
Thomas has played attack since he
first picked up a lacrosse stick at the
age of seven or eight. He was led into
the sport on a fluke, he said.
"I got tired of baseball. Lacrosse
W,as something different," he said.
'My dad and I saw some rec games
One day and the next thing I knew
had a stick in my hand."
; Thomas grew up in the "all
American family" in Baltimore, Md.
He was a four-year varsity attackman
at Boys Latin School and captained
the team his senior year. He grad
uated in 1987 with long-time friend
and fellow lacrosse player Doug
One reason Thomas came to UNC
was that Sharretts had signed with
the Tar Heels. "My buddy, Doug, got
in before I did. He's my roommate
It was nice to come down here
1 1 fw
know some people," Thomas
He was also influenced by a visit
from former UNC attackman, All
America and ACC Player of the Year
"Coach Scroggs sent him to my
house my senior year to talk to me
about Carolina," Thomas said. "He
helped me decide to come here."
: Although many schools recruited
him, Thomas is glad that he chose
: "I love being on this team," he said.
"I've always dreamed of being on a
high school championship team and
then going on to college and playing
for one of the elite schools in the
BLOOM 1NGTON,' Ind. Jay
Edwards, the Big Ten player of the
year, told Indiana University Wed
nesday he is passing up his final two
lyears of eligibility to make himself
available for the NBA draft.
. He felt he "had nothing more to
accomplish," assistant athletic direc
tor Steve Downing said.
The 6-foot-4 sophomore, a second
team All-American, averaged 20
points a game and led the Hoosiers
to the Big Ten title.
The only other Indiana underclass
man to leave early to play profes
sional basketball during Bob Knight's
18 years as coach was Isiah Thomas.
He departed eight years ago after
leading Indiana to the second of its
three NCAA championships under
Knight, in a statement released by
the sports information office, said: "I
wish Jay the very best and hope his
- decision works out well for him."
"Jay told me today he is going to
the NBA and apply for hardship,
' Downing said in a prepared state
ment. "He felt he had nothing more
-'16 accomplish at Indiana. He said
nUith his player of the year honor in
the Big Ten, he would never be any
"fiotter (as an NBA prospect) than he
Edwards, who said on Tuesday he
0 expected to make a decision within
r'li week, declined further comment. He
;fias had academic problems at Indi
ana and underwent a drug rehabil
P itation program last fall.
Final Four coaches rip quick firings
2 The Final Four coaches, aware of
pjjieir own precarious job security,
were critical Wednesday of athletic
i directors who succumb to pressure
and fire coaches before there is a
; chance to succeed.
: "An awful lot of coaches, just as
Igood or a lot better than our staff,
;; have not been given the opportunity
that we've had," said Seton Hall's P.J.
Carlesimo, whose resignation was
demanded by the student senate and
newspaper last year, just 14 months
before he guided his team to college
Carlesimo's comments, made in a
nationwide telephone conference call
that included Duke's Mike Krzy
,'Zewski, Illinois' Lou Henson and
Michigan's Steve Fisher, were made
more relevant by Fisher's shaky
He took over the team two days
! before the NCAA tournament began,
'when Bill Frieder took the Arizona
J State job, and has guided the Wol
Verines to the four victories that got
;Jthem into the Final Four. Despite
;-that, he has received no word from
; jathletic director Bo Schembechler on
"I really feel Steve Fisher deserves
the head coaching position," said
nation. I'm fortunate to be a part of
Carolina because every year we're
considered one of the best lacrosse
programs in the nation."
Last year Thomas helped the Tar
Heels uphold their reputation of
having dominant lacrosse teams. He
played in all 12 games and had four
starts. His 16 points, on 10 goals and
six assists, were the seventh best total
on the team.
These are admirable accomplish
ments for any freshman, especially at
UNC. But Thomas wont brag or
accept praise. He wants to improve.
"I need to be consistent," he said.
"So far IVe just done reasonably well
in each game. I don't ride well. When
the attack plays defense for a few
seconds, I have to improve on that.
I also wish I could shoot better. I
don't have a very good shot."
His teammates see his performance
on the field in a different light.
According to Sharretts, Thomas is
"probably one of the best all-around
players. He hustles, he's aggressive
the best attackman in the country
right now. He's a coach's dream
because he's dedicated."
Brooks Matthews, a sophomore
defenseman, agreed with Sharretts,
adding that one of Thomas' best
attributes is his poise on the field.
"Michael is confident, steady and
calm," Matthews said. "He's no
hotdog. If he has a shot, hell take
it. But he gets his points without a
lot of flash."
Thomas' teammates know him as
"Emmett." According to Thomas,
"They took my initials, M and T, and
shoved them together. They "call me
Emmett and Spike. 1 don't why I'm
called Spike. I mean I don't spike my
hair or wear chains and leather
Instead, Thomas enjoys tennis,
fishing and reading. "I really like
reading books about Africa and
about whales," he said. "IVe thought
about being a marine biologist, but
things haven't worked out that way."
After college Thomas plans to
move back to the Baltimore area and
go into advertising.
But that's thinking long-term,
something Thomas doesn't like
doing. Right now he's just psyched
up for Saturday's game at Maryland.
"We're going up to College Park
to play Maryland in Byrd Stadium,"
he said. "All my family and high
school friends and teachers will be
there. I want to win."
Thomas sticks to reachable goals.
Even if his talent does tend to suggest
enormous success in the future, he
won't brag about predictions. "It's
still early yet," he said. "Well see."
The DTH Campus Calendar is a daily
listing of University-related activities
sponsored by academic departments,
student services and student organizations
officially recognized by the Division of
Student Affairs. To appear in Campus
Calendar, announcements must be submit
ted on the Campus Calendar form by
NOON one business day before the
announcement is to run. Saturday and
Sunday events are printed in Friday's
calendar and must be submitted on the
Wednesday before the announcement is
to run. Forms and a drop box are located
outside the DTH office, 104 Union. Items
of Interest lists ongoing events from the
same campus organizations and follows the
same deadline schedule as Campus
Calendar. Please use the same form.
12:30 p.mlRSS CoUoquia will
sponsor Dr. Mayer N.
Zald, Professor of Soci
ology and Social Work
at the University of
and the Theory of
free lecture will be in 02
3:30 p.m. University Career
ces will have a resume
writing workshop for
seniors and graduate .
students in 209 Hanes.
4 p.m. Campus Y Public
ity Committee will
meet in the Campus Y
Program will sponsor
Dr. Mary Dietz, politi
cal expert from the
University of Minne
sota, who will discuss
What? A Political Chal
lenge for Feminist The
ory." The free, public
talk will begin in the
Dialectic and Philan
Chambers, third floor
4:30 p.m. UCPPS will have a
meeting for seniors and
graduate students on
how to use the UCPPS
office in 209 Hanes.
meet in the Union.
tee on Central
America will have its
weekly meeting in 213
Union. Everyone is
dents will meet in 208
209 Union to discuss
the French Revolution.
Everyone is welcome
5:45 p.m. Baptist Student
Union will hold its
weekly worship or pro
gram at the Battle
House, across from
Kenan Dorm. Anyone
6:30 p.m. Students for the
Advance ment of
Race Relations will
meet in the Campus Y
to discuss spring pro
gramming and Race
7 p.m. Investments Club
will meet in T-6, New
Carroll. Guest speaker
will be a representative
from F.N. Wolf Invest
Circle will present a
panel discussion by ,
various tribal groups,
porary Native Ameri
can Problems" in 105
for Christ will have
Thursday Night Live in
UNC Outing Club
will meet in the Union.
7:30 p.m. UNC Water Ski
Club will meet in 208
Union. This meeting is
mandatory for sign up
for team jackets, raffle
. tickets and to discuss
the Spring Cookout.
Society will present
Howard Baetier, who
will discuss "Econom
ics and Ethics: the New
Liberal Case for
Laissez-Faire" in 209
Carolina Gay and
tion will have a
general body meeting
for Awareness Week in
Chimera, UNC's fan
tasy and science fiction
club, will meet in 213
Union. Bring your trea
sures for show-n-tell.
Book Club will meet
in the Union. All comic
book fans are invited.
8 p.m. Union Special Pro
will hold its second per
formance of "Godspell"
in the Union Cabaret.
Tickets are on sale at
the Union Box Office.
Hall will sponsor Dr.
Alay Ahmad, visiting
scholar from the Uni
versity of Peshawar,
Pakistan, who will
speak on "Pakistan
Today" in the Green
English will sponsor
Dr. Everett Emerson,
lecturing on "De
on Early American
Literature," in Hanes .
Art Center Auditorium
A reception will follow.
Music will present a
free, public evening of
brass and percussion in
107 Hill. The program
will feature works by
Calvert and others.
Lynn Glassock will
conduct the Percussion
Ketch will conduct the
Christian Science' '
sponsor a free lecture,',
"Divine Love to the .
Rescue," in 104 HowelL
Everyone is welcome.'
WXYC FM 89.3 will '
play the new album t
from Black Sun Ensenv,
ble, Cambent Flame, tn.
its entirety with no
Items of Interest
English Department has
appointment , sheets for pre':
registration for Summer and Fall
sessions with your adviser, posted
on the bulletin board opposite)
Greenlaw 212. j
Health Careers Advising
Office needs senior peer advisers;
for 1989-90. Applications are in 201-s ,
D Steele. a
Carolina Athletic Associa
tion is accepting applications for s
Homecoming, publicity and ticket
committees this week. Carolina
Fever is also taking applicants for
1989-90 directors. Come by the
CAA office in Suite A, Union, for
UNC Elections Board has
applications for the 1989 Elections
Board Chairperson in Suite C, 217
D, Union. They are due by April 3
Anyone with questions shouttj
contact Wilborn Roberson at 933:
Sophomores and juniors in CoV
lege of Arts and Science department
applying for Summer 1989 Aca
. demic Credit Internships must have
petition and transcript submitted to
Robin Joseph in 211 Hanes by noon
on March 31.
Fine Arts Festival 1989 -Flashback:
the '60s will present
"Then and Now: 1960s-1980s," an
exhibit of works by regional artists.
Contemporary art will be on display
at the Horace Williams House,
Franklin Street, and the 1960s
exhibition will be in the Carolina
Union Gallery. The exhibits will be
on display until April 2. . .
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