Bill Track 1976 2 (6 May 1976)
Coatesville starts ball rolling at Venzke's By GENE COLLIER Mercury Sports Writer As one Madison Avenue huckster once decreed: “Things just ain’t right when your underwear’s tight.” Things just weren’t right for Coatesville at Wednesday night’s Venzke Relays at Boyertown, ahd underwear underwear had something to do it. One member of the Red Raider two-mile relay The Mercury, Pottstown, Pa. - Thurs., May 6, 1976 — 27 team wore a T-shirt under his tank top. The others didn’t. That was enough to disqualify the team for not having identical uniforms. If that wasn’t enough to outrage Coatesville coach Harry Lewis Jr., well, how about this? The Raiders were allowed to run the race, and won it easily, before this fashion faux pas was detected by the Berks County Officials. But Lewis was able to keep his head because that wasn’t all that was on his mind. “Greg Ellis, our 9.8 sprinter got sick just before we left and couldn’t make it,” he said. “That just took all the sting out of us. If we had been at full strength, we’d have swept the sprints, no doubt about it.” Even the stingless Raiders were good enough to win the 880 relay (open class) in 1:32.5, take a second in the 440 relay, and a third in the distance medley, a 11 with identical uniforms. uniforms. “It would have been nice to have a good night here to gather some momentum for the Ches- Mont League championships championships Saturday,” mused Lewis. That’s where things were going just right for Great Valley. The Patriot distance medley team clocked 10:49.2 to best that event. Tofon, Brown provide HR punch as Phils rumble to 6th straight PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bobby Tolan and Ollie Brown, a pair of one-time starters now relegated to part-time duty, each cracked home runs in the sixth inning to power the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-3 victory over the Houston Astros Wednesday Wednesday night. Tolan’s blast, a grand slam that just cleared the right field wall and landed .in the Philadelphia bullpen, erased a 3-0 Houston lead. “I didn’t think it had a chance at all,” Tolan said of his high fly that came off a knuckleball by loser Joe Niekro, 1-5. “When I “It’s great to get that win,” said Doug Oberkircher, “now we just rest up for two days, and then it’s on to the Ches-Monts.” “The time wasn’t that great,” said Bob Voorhees, who anchored the medley win. “The track wasn’t that great and nobody was really pushing us. We did it 13 seconds better at the Chester County Relays. But I’d still rather have a win than a second or third with a better time. Nearly as elated in a near victory was St. Pius Mike McHugh, co captain of the Boyertown High track team, was admitted to Pottstown Memorial Medical Center Wednesday night after he developed stomach cramps and began hyperventilating upon completing the last leg of the mile relay. A spokesman at the medical center said the 18-year-old senior was in satisfactory condition. Boyertown coach Don Grim said McHugh, who resides at lfl E. 3rd St., Boyertown, complained of head pains and cramps following the second to last race in the Venzke Relay Carnival. The youth was taken to the hospital in a Boyertown Community ambulance assigned to stand by during the carnival, which was held at Boyertown High. X’s 880 relayers. Running in the open class, the Lions set a new school record with a 1:35.1 finish. What’s more, Bill Gibbs, the second-legger, was running for the first time. “I had never taken a hand-off before,” said the startled Gibbs. “I hadn’t even run before. I dropped the hand-off on the 440. I was worrying about it before the 880. I just can’t believe it. It feels terrific.” “I knew they could break it,” said Pius coach Ed Dobry. “I just had to transfer the confidence to them.” (Contijaiied on Page 30) Mercury pboto by John Strkkler HEATING UP—Pottstown Jennifer Jones hits the wire at 1:54.0 after coming from behind on the anchor leg of the girls’ 880 relay at Wednesday’s Venzke Relays at Boyertown. The time was fast enough to win the heat, but slow enough to keep Pottstown out of the top three in the final results.