Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on March 26, 1987 · Page 81
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Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan · Page 81

Detroit, Michigan
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Thursday, March 26, 1987
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s pglt s DETROIT FREE PRESSTHURSDAY, March 26, 1987 D 7A Terry Footer NCAA tourney gave Detroit reason to cheer With the NCAA basketball tournament nearly complete, the Big East showed that it is the top conference in the nation. But it must make Detroit coaches feel proud to know that Chadsey graduate Demetreus Gore (Pittsburgh) and Northern's Derrick Coleman (Syracuse) can compete with the finest players in the nation. Coleman's team is still in the running for the NCAA title and will play Providence of the Big East in Saturday's semifinal at 3:42 p.m. What a season he's had. He finished fourth in the Hal Schram Mr. Basketball polling last year, but is freshman of the year in the Big East this season. Another area player will join the fury next season. Highland Park's Lymon De-Priest has signed with Connecticut and can't wait to knock heads with Georgetown, Pitt and Syracuse. "I felt that I could play there and contribute," said DePriest, 6-foot-5 forward. "The people in the Hartford area were very nice, too." Sticking to tennis: Now that warmer weather is here, they are starting to fill the courts at Belle Isle and Palmer Park, which is the Detroit area's version of the Big East. After watching some of these guys play, I think I'll stick to tennis. Spring fever: I've been running into a few baseball and Softball coaches who are grinning from ear to ear. The season begins in two weeks and they have been able to practice outside. Cold weather and rains usually wipe out the first week or two of the season, but this year they're hopeful of starting on time. But you know what will happen? It will be nice right up to opening day and old man winter will come back for a brief visit. Dominating: Two of the most dominate pitchers are back. King's Grady Davidson led the Crusaders to the Public School League baseball final and Osborn's Michelle Johnson paced her team to the PSL softball title. Davidson had great pitching duals with Cass Tech's Chilly Willie Davis (now attending Central Michigan), but his great-, est master piece came in a 2-1 loss to Fraser in the regional finals. He lost to Pat Hentgen, now playing in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system. Johnson usually doesn't have great pitching duals. It's usually one-two-three and Osborn pushes across enough runs in1 the first three innings to set her for the season. And let's not forget track and field. The talent is always thick and Detroit does itself well at the state meet. New brother-in-law: I know I'm not supposed to do this, but my sister is engaged to be married. Please meet my sister's next husband, Adrian Adonis. That means her name will be Rocky Foster Adonis. Is he cute or what? OK, so that isn't my sister's future husband. He'll be part of the wildness of Wrestlemania III Sunday at the Pontiac Silver- dome. Want a ticket? Forget it PI Adrian Adonis Thpv snlrl till 88.000 tickets. I wonder if Wrestlemania is going to outdraw the Pope when he visits the Silverdome? Predictions: Let's see. UNLV will defeat Indiana in one NCAA semifinal and Syracuse will dump Providence in the other. The NCAA champion? UNLV. But don't pay attention to me. I originally had Marist and Central Michigan in the final. That's the gospel: I skipped the Southwestern-Warren De La Salle regional last Friday for the 1987 Pops Concert at Cass Tech. It was a fine affair and showed that there are plenty of talented students outside of athletics. Many put in the same hours of practice and repetition as our top basketball and football players. Many of those singers sounded like seasoned veterans and sent shivers down my spine especially those gospel singers. Tops In volleyball: We have a first next week The Detroit Plus volleyball team as selected by area coaches. It will feature the top prep volleyball piayers. Coaches are working hard to improve the sport in Detroit. It is a good idea because right now basketball is the primary sport in which girls receive college scholarships. Of course there are a handful who go every year in tennis and swimming. But when you develop other sports it leads to more post-high school opportunities. P. l.dtM l-Trf n .. r Members of the All-Detroit Plus basketball team are (left to right) Cooley coach Ben Kelso, Southwestern's Anderson Hunt, Phenix, Mackenzie's Doug Smith, Pershing's Steve Smith and Highland Park's Lymon DePriest. Honor team is career- minded By TERRY FOSTER Free Press Sports Writer The All-Detroit Plus basketball team members have some lofty aspirations and not just where basketball is concerned. All five of the members are seniors and they, all know what they want to do once they're through playing basketball. Southwestern's Anderson Hunt wants to be a realtor. Western's MacArthur Phenix plans to be an accountant. Lymon DePriest of Highland Park has aspirations of being an architect, Pershing's Steve Smith plans to go into business and Mackenzie's Doug Smith wants to be a coach. Below are the members of the All-Detroit Pius team and some facts about them. Anderson Hunt, Southwestern HEIGHTPOSITION: 6-2 senior guard. STATISTICS: Averages 21.0 points, six rebounds, seven assists and five steals. Shot 58 perecent from the floor and 82 percent on free throws. BACKGROUND: Mixes enthusiasm and great skills to become one of the most exciting players in the state. Two-year starter. Helped Southwestern to PSL championship this year and state finals in 1986. Selected to play in the Dapper Dan Classic in Pittsburgh. COACH PERRY WATSON SAYS: "He's our leader on and off the court. He makes things go for us offensively and defensively. He is. excellent in both areas of the game." COLLEGE: Deciding between UNLV, DePaul and Ohio State. FAVORITE ATHLETE: Dominique Wilkins. FAVORITE SINGER: Beastly Boys. FAVORITE TV SHOW: "The Cosby Show." FAVORITE FOOD: Pizza. FAVORITE HANGOUT: Necterlne, a disco. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO AFTER BASKETBALL: Be a realtor. All-Detroit Plus basketball team First team PLAYER SCHOOL POS. YR HT PT Anderson Hunt Southwestern guard Sr 6-2 21.0 Doug Smith Mackenzie forcenter Sr 6-9 18.5 Steve Smith Pershing guard Sr 6-6 26.0 Lymon DePriest Highland Park forward Sr 6-5 21.5 t MacArthur Phenix Western guard Sr 6-3 18.0 Second Third team eam PLAYER SCHOOL PLAYER SCHOOL Earl Stark Cooley Mark Brisker Henry Ford Steve Wise Southwestern Doyle Callahan Southwestern Jose Lewis Northern Johnnie Woodson Mackenzie Kevin Robertson Finney Darnell Dlckerson King Yamen Sanders Cooley Victor Alexander Denby Honorable mention: Derrick Groce and Lorenzo Neeley (Northern); Marcel Driver and Ed Patterson (Pershing); Rafael Peterson and Daniel Lyton (Cooley); Tony Tolbert (De Porres); Fred Massey (Lutheran West); Marty Meeklns (East Catholic); Joe Marion (Mumford); Erik Wilson (Henry Ford); Sean Godbolt (Kettering); Paul Friday (Chadsey); DeWayne Gary (Renaissance); Lester Dlckerson and Louis Flowers (Cass Tech); Dewon Blankeney and Andre Sasser (Cody); Bobby Dinges and Joe Wagner (University of Detroit); Troy Chlldrey (Southeastern); Harold Gllllsple (Redford); Harold Golson (Murray-Wright); Tyrone Worthy (Mackenzie); David Talley (St. Hedwlg); Deuane Anderson (Osborn); George Gejakaj (Hamtramck St. Florlan); and Titus Williams (Finney). Doug Smith, MacKenzIe HEIGHTPOSITION: 6-9 senior forward-center. STATISTICS: 18.5 points; 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. BACKGROUND: Fourth team Parade All- America. Handles the ball well and played at the point early In the year. Fluent player who works well inside and on perimeter. COACH ELBERT RICHMOND . SAYS: "I think he's a very talented person. I think when he learns to play with more intensity and gets Into a great college weight program like Missouri and puts on 25 pounds, I think he is going to be a good player." COLLEGE: Missouri. FAVORITE ATHLETE: Magic Johnson. " FAVORITE SINGER: Run DMC. FAVORITE TV SHOW: Cosby Show. FAVORITE FOOD: Ribs. FAVORITE HANGOUT: Gym. After basketball: "Go into coaching." Steve Smith, Pershing HEIGHTPOSITION: 6-6 senior guard. STATISTICS: Averaged 26 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and three blocks. BACKGROUND: Started four years. Controls the game's tempo and Is dangerous in the open court. COACH JOHNNY GOSTON SAYS: "He really developed into a consonant team player. He makes us go one way or the other. He can dictate the tempo . . . slow it down or pick up the pace. He is the common denominator for us." COLLEGE: Michigan State. FAVORITE ATHLETE: Michael Jordan. FAVORITE SINGER: Run DMC. FAVORITE tV SHOW: "Miami Vice." FAVORITE FOOD: Quarter-pounder. FAVORITE HANGOUT: Gym. AFTER BASKETBALL: "Go into business." Lymon DePriest, Highland Park HEIGHTPOSITION: 6-5 senior forward. STATISTICS: Averaged 21.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and four assists. Shot 50.7 from the floor. BACKGROUND: A three-year starter who has scored more than 900 career points. All-stater as a junior. Helped Highland Park to two Suburban Athletic Conference titles. COACH DARRYL PURSIFUL SAYS: "He's just been a steady ball player for us for three years. He's the only player I ever had who made all-state as a junior. He does a lot of the intangible things, things that are just as Important as his statitics." COLLEGE: University of Connecticut. FAVORITE ATHLETE: Michael Jordan. FAVORITE SINGER: Anita Baker. FAVORITE TV SHOW: "Alf." FAVORITE FOOD: French fries. FAVORITE HANGOUT: Home. AFTER BASKETBALL: Architect. MacArthur Phenix, Western HEIGHTPOSITION: 6-3 senior guard. STATISTICS: Averaged 18 points, five rebounds, 5.4 assists and three blocked shots. BACKGROUND: Played every position and had more than 1,100 career points as a four-year starter. Was double teammed since his freshman year. COACH WILLIAM GOLDSMITH: "He's been our program for over four years. We haven't had the same talent that we've had over the years and it was quite obvious that we could not win without MacArthur." COLLEGE: Undecided. FAVORITE ATHLETE: Michael Jordan. FAVORITE SINGER: Whodini. FAVORITE TV SHOW: "Sanford and Son." FAVORITE FOOD: Pizza. FAVORITE HANGOUT: Movies. After basketball: "Be an accountant." Cooley's Kelso knows he's tough on players By CLIFTON BROWN Free Press Sports Writer Success hasn't mellowed Detroit Cooley basketball coach Ben Kelso. "I don't know if my players want to thank me, or hit me," Kelso said. "You'd have to ask them. I know I'm hard on them." But if Cooley's players don't like Kelso's methods, they can't argue with his results. Cooley is one of the state's Class A powers, largely because of Kelso, the Free Press Detroit Plus coach of the year. Cooley was 21-3 heading into last night's quarterfinal game, against Mt. Clemens Chippewa Valley. A victory over Chippewa Valley would've sent the Cardinals into Friday's state semifinals. "This is one of the nicest group of kids I've ever worked with," Kelso said. "Other people didn't think so, but I knew when the season started we'd be one of the top teams in the state. These kids are winners." Cooley has won almost 70 percent of its games during Kelso's three seasons as head coach. AS A COLLEGE player at Central Michigan, Kelso was CMU's most valuable player in both 1972 and '73. He was an All Mid-American Conference selection in 1973, averaging 23.8 points. Kelso is CMU's second all-time career scorer (1,627 points) and he was elected into CMU's sports Hall of Fame this year. When Kelso, 37, decided to give coaching a try, he patterned himself after former CMU coach Ted Kjolhede. "The first year I played for Kjolhede, I led the team in scoring but he wouldn't start me because I didn't play defense," Kelso said. "That taught me to become a complete player a player who cared about more than scoring points. That's what I want from my players." COOLEY ONLY HAS three seniors, so Kelso is expecting big things again next season. But even Kelso knows his players will need a break after this season. "The summer is when I let the kids have more freedom," Kelso said. "Everybody plays in the summer leagues, whether we win or whether we lose. But once the real season comes, we get down to business." ' And as Cooley's players know, when Kelso saysbusiness, he means business. "When Kelso first came here, I thought he was crazy," said Cooley guard Earl Stark earlier this season. "But to play for Kelso, you have to study, and you have to go to class, or he won't let you play. My grades are abetter than ever. I don't think Kelso's anymore." 'I, ... if I I .:; p ""V-? -v - .-'.Ut,u ? - t7 J 7 1 m Thumbs up Warren's Chet Kuskowski (left), Detroit's Arthur Humphrey (center) and Dearborn's Jim Lagerstrom relax after qualifying for the National Handicap Ski Racing Association Finals at Attitash, t.H. The nationals run through Friday.

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