The Grapevine

The Grapevine

bob Wolfley

UW recruit Wiersma to undergo knee surgery

Amy Wiersma, the University of Wisconsin’s prize recruit this year in women’s basketball, is set to undergo surgery Friday in Madison.

Wiersma, a 6-foot-5-inch center at Randolph High School, tore her anterior cruciate ligament and part of the cartilage in her right knee in practice Feb. 1 and was scheduled to undergo surgery later this month. However, she attempted to play in Randolph’s sectional game against Hilbert on Friday and reinjured the knee.

Wiersma said her surgeon, Ben Graf of Madison, believed that she tore more of her cartilage and perhaps more of her ACL. She said the reason her surgery was moved up was because of the damage to the cartilage.

Wiersma said she still hoped to play for the Badgers next season but that her doctor would know about her chances after the operation.

“Right now, we’re figuring on playing,” she said. “It shouldn’t change. But you can never tell.”

Wiersma said it was her decision to play in Randolph’s overtime loss to Hilbert and that she had no regrets.

Wiersma was a standout for Randolph for four years, but her team never made it to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 4 state tournament.

Say it ain’t so, Reggie

It’s easy to imagine Steve McMichael participating in Lawrence Taylor’s embarrassing appointment with farce when the former Giants linebacker takes on Bam Bam Bigelow in Wrestlemania XI on April 2 in Hartford, Conn. McMichael, a former Packers defensive tackle, has always been comfortable with exaggerated public gestures.

But it’s not so easy to imagine defensive end Reggie White lending his presence to this kind of spectacle. But there his name appears on a fax publicizing the pay-per-view event.

White is said to be one of those players on “LT’s All-Pro Team” who are to accompany Taylor ringside. Others in the entourage are McMichael, 49ers linebackers Ken Norton Jr. and Rickey Jackson, Lions linebacker Chris Spielman and Browns linebacker Carl Banks.

Griffith rebounds onto first team

Wisconsin sophomore center Rashard Griffith was chosen for the first team on Basketball Weekly’s all-Big Ten roster. Griffith, UW’s all-time blocked shot leader and the Big Ten’s leading rebounder, joined Michigan State’s Shawn Respert, Illinois’ Kiwane Garris, Indiana’s Alan Henderson and Purdue’s Cuonzo Martin on the list.

Named to the second team were UW senior forward Michael Finley and Minnesota guard Voshon Lenard, whose draft rights are owned by the Bucks. Michigan State guard Eric Snow, Michigan forward Ray Jackson and Penn State center John Amaechi complete the team. Vine lines

Lakers center Elden Campbell sprained his left ankle in a loss in Miami Tuesday night. The Lakers are set to play in Orlando Wednesday night. Wauwatosa’s Tony Smith, Campbell’s teammate, gave the Los Angeles Daily News his own medical opinion about the injury: “Elden does not have a sprained ankle. He has `Shaq-itis.’ You know what Shaq-itis is? Anyone going to play Shaq is going down.” . . . Magic forward Horace Grant, on why he didn’t sign with the Knicks: “They said {Pat} Riley has an ego that won’t quit. It’s OK to have an ego, every player has one. But they say Pat’s crazy, that he won’t let you sit out unless your leg is broken in two places.” . . . Shirley Leonard, secretary in the Packers’ public relations office for the past 23 years, died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 63. A funeral mass will be held at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Green Bay at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

From Journal staff and wire reports

Copyright 1995

Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning Company. All rights Reserved.