The NCAAs are over now
but there's always next year
worm Carolina's basketball team
returned xfrom Atlanta and the NCAA
basketball championship to a warm
welcome by their fans at Carmichael
Auditorium Tuesday afternoon. The fans
seemed satisfied even though their heroes
had not brought home the coveted
The ghost that Dean Smith had been able
to see but not touch several times in his
coaching career escaped him once again. The
team that had come so far with often so little
accepted the defeat to Marquette with
sadness and pride. They had to settle for
second place in the nation, and that in itself is
a remarkable accomplishment.
It is a remarkable accomplishment for
several reasons. First there was that week
and a half in January when the Tar Heels lost
three out of four games, including a 20-point
loss to Clemson. Then Tom LaGarde injured
his knee the day before the Tulane game.
And then Walter Davis broke his finger
against N.C. State in the semifinals of the
ACC Tournament and fans began
wondering what else could go wrong. They
soon found out when Phil Ford bent his
elbow backwards in a fracas with some
Notre Dame players.
The team kept its composure when things
looked grim, and came back to win some big
games to finish the season with a 28-5 record.
And when defeat came, they accepted it with
That's nothing to be ashamed of.
There'were many great moments in the
NCAA Tournament, and one of the greatest
came, not in the final game, but in the
consolation game between Nevada-Las
Vegas and UNC-Charlotte.
UNCC lost the game to the Runnin
Rebels, and in the final moments when the
defeat was inevitable, UNCC Coach Lee
Rose took Cedric Maxwell out of the game.
Maxwell was the player who had kept the
49ers going with outstanding performances
during the season and in regional play.
As Maxwell left the floor to head for the
bench, he turned and waved thank-you to
the 49er cheering section of the Omni for
Clemson tennis match
Rain in Clemson, S.C., Tuesday forced
the UNC-Clemson men's tennis match to the
Tigers' two indoor courts and delayed the
completion of the match until late Tuesday
-night. The match, the Atlantic Coast
Conference opener for the Tar Heels, will be
reported along with the UNC-Davidson
match at Davidson today in Wednesday's
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their support of the Cinderella team's long
road to Atlanta.
A lot of people complained about so few
NCAA tournament tickets to go around to
all the people from Carolina who wanted to
see the Tar Heels play in the national
championships. But it turned out that even
the people who hand out the tickets have a
hard time getting in.
Jean Keller, ticket manager for the UNC
athletic department, and Ernie Williamson,
executive secretary for the Ram's Club,
watched UNC's semi-final game against
Nevada-Las Vegas Saturday on television in
their Atlanta hotel room with their families.
Keller and Williamson made the sacrifice in
order to let some people who came to
Atlanta without tickets see the game.
Associated Press writer Ken Rappoport
was finishing his story on the NCAA
championship Monday at courtside about
an hour after the game and ceremonies had
been over. UNC Sports Information
Director Rick Brewer walked over and
shook Rappoport's hand and said, "See you
in St. Louis." St. Louis is the site of next
year's NCAA Tournament.
And there's always next year
Spiders edge tracksters at finish
Richmond's Russell Smelley out
stretched Carolina's Sam Brown at the tape
yesterday to win the mile relay and give the
Spiders a 77-73 track victory over the Tar
The Tar Heel women's team defeated the
Lady Spiders handily, 50-16.
Richmond closed a deficit created by
Carolina's domination in the field events to
trail by only one point with the mile relay
remaining. For the first three legs of the race,
Carolina was in virtual command. But
Smelley, who had won the 880 earlier in the
day, caught Brow n in the final 80 yards and
leaned over the tape one-tenth of a second
faster than Brown.
Richmond coach Fred Hardy admitted
that his team was not a good dual meet team,
but that the distance events are their strong
"The higher the field, the better we are. We
feel no one is going to embarass us in the
runs," Hardy said.
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Tar Heel catcher Mitch Lance is congratulated by his teammates after drilling a three
run homer in Carolina's 1 2-3 win over Elon in a rain-shortened game Tuesday. Lance
also had a double and two walks.
Heels split, face Richmond
Madison College came into Tuesday's baseball
game in Boshamer Stadium supporting a hefty
, .326 team batting average and a pitching staff that
has held opponents to just 2.36 runs a game.
The Dukes improved on both statistics against
Carolina by hammering out II hits for a 4-2 w in.
UNC saved face in the second game of the day
by beating Elon 12-3 when the game w as stopped
in the bottom of the sixth inning because of rain.
Madison extended its win streak to nine, while
the Tar Heels' split left them 13-9 on the year.
Carolina w ill play Richmond today at 2:30 p.m. in
Cary Boshamer Stadium.
After the Dukes had disposed of UNC ace
Freshman Roger Pinno was the only
double winner for the Spiders, taking the
100-yard dash in 10 seconds and the 220 in
22. 14 seconds.
UNC track Coach Joe Hilton felt that too
much coaching may have made the
difference in his team's performance. "We
might have made a mistake by moving some
of our guys around. We knew they had good
talent in the distances. They didn't catch us
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Blaine Smith in the opener and Elon jumped to a
2-0 lead in the first inning of the second game, the
Tar Heels had apparently had enough of the
Division 11 teams.
They scored seven runs in the third inning,
highlighted by a double by Steve Coats, a triple by
Bernie Menapace and a three-run homer by
catcher Mitch Nance. UNC scored three more
times in the fifth and had the bases loaded with
none out and one run home in the sixth before the
game was called.
Monte DeRatt was credited with the victory
over Elon and Greg Norris w ill pitch today's game.
In the field. Branch Bissette won the pole
vault, and Phil Farris took the long jump.
Mike Salano and Tom Massey finished
one-two in the shot put. while Jeff Gorski
captured another win in the javelin. Spencer
Wynne jumped 46 feet, two and one-half
inches to win the triple jump, and Erwin
Jones won the high jump with a leap of seven
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Dental Healers win crown;
free throws sink Sig Eps
The Dental Healers sank 25 of 27 free
throws to beat the Sig Ep Blues 41-33 in the
finals of the all-campus basketball playoffs
held last Wednesday in Carmichael
The Healers, a graduate team, were led in
scoring by Mike Mayhew and Bob Crouch,
each tallying 13 points. High scorer for the
game was the Sig Eps' Dave Aldridge, who
had 14 points. The Healers committed only
13 fouls, resulting in nine points by the Sig
Eps. The Sig Eps committed 20 fouls.
The intramural golf tournament is
scheduled to begin this Friday at Finley Golf
Course, Tee-off times will be available today
with half playing on Friday and the other
half on Sunday. It will be an 18-hole event
with competition for individual and team
honors. Team scores w ill be the total of the
top three golfers.
The Carolina Godiva Club Athletic Attic
track meet got off to a strong start last
Wednesday. Roland Rust won over a large
field and led three other runners under five
minutes in the mile with a time of 4:31.4.
Rust and Fred Burch ( 1976 Carolina Turkey
Trot champion) will be running in the
Colonial Relays at William and Mary
College competing in the 500 meters. The
weekly track meet will be held tonight at 6
p.m. on Fetzer Field with races in the 220,
880 and mile, as well as the long jump and
shot put. Athletic Attic will award a $20 gift
voucher to the winner of the 220-yard race.
Applications for the Carolina Super Stars
are being taken in the intramural office at
Woollen Gym. The cqmpetition will begin
on Sat., April 23 and will include two days of
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events ranging from swimming to an
obstacle course run. The Super Stars is open
to men and women and will have 10 events in
all, with five each on Saturday and Sunday
beginning at 9 a.m.
Finals of the Cheesecake Bake-off will
also be held on Sun., April 24. "Anybody's
cheesecake is welcome," Marty Pomerantz
of the intramural department said. I
challenge anyone to beat my cheesecake.
Even any restaurant can take the challenge
to beat the famous Pomerantz cheesecake."
NOTES: If any team forfeits without
notifying the office, they are dropped from
league play. . .The Everett-Joyner Aces won
the Co-rec Innertube championship
. . . Tryouts for Big Four Sports Day to be
held at N.C. State will begin next
week. . . Playoff schedules for soccer will be
out by next week ... All postponed softball
games have been rescheduled. . .Point
standings should be compiled by next week.
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