ODDS AND ENDS FOR THE WEEKEND BESIDES JUST HOOPS!

     Some high school items today on two prominent athletes.

     Charles Woods, the stellar senior at East Lansing High School committed to play basketball with Denver University prior to the state tournament.  Then Woods led the Trojans to the semi finals in class A.  Bad news for Denver's coaches.  Now other mid major schools closer to East Lansing have taken notice and Woods has re-opened his recruitment.  He most likely will sign with someone else early next month.

     Grand Ledge receiver James Jackson will be a senior for the Comets this fall.  He is highly recruited-- MSU and Michigan both want him.  Jackson fought off injuries last season and the Comets only managed a 3-6 record.  Jackson is in Columbus this week end for an official visit at Ohio State.  Jackson is a defending state sprint champ and he talks of trying both sports in college.

     Nick Sheridan is a walk on quarterback working with the first string during spring drills for new coach Rich Rodriguez at Michigan these days.  I remember when he was a part time starter for the sixth grade team in Okemos.  Nick's dad is Bill Sheridan, a former MSU assistant coach.  When he moved on to join Lloyd Carr's staff in Ann Arbor, that's where Nick ended up in high school.  Could he have ever thought he'd be competing for a starting job for mighty Michigan?

     MSU vs. Illinois baseball is scheduled this week end at Oldsmobile Park, the opening four game Big Ten series for both.  The teams were postponed Friday and they'll try again with a 1pm doubleheader on Saturday.  Michigan State has a 7-9 season record to date.

     The MSU vs. Michigan WNIT game at 2pm Sunday in Breslin Center ought to be quite a battle.  And the WNIT is quite a tournament.  Michigan State could conceivably win the title, winning five games, all at home.  Michigan won't be easy.  The Wolverines gave away a victory in the final stages back on January 31st, the Spartans prevailing 61-58.  Each team has a win on its own floor this season.  Michigan's first year coach Kevin Borseth figures to have his team fully prepared and even though MSU has two WNIT wins, neither was that overwhelmingly impressive, so Sunday figures to be a close match up again.  The winner moves on to the semi-finals.

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