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B-6 SPORTS THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Saturday, May 25, 1 985 NKU Speedster Transfer Hayden Doubles School Stolen Base Record BY KELLY VILLIERS The Cincinnati Enquirer For the first time in six years, the baseball Norsemen of Northern Kentucky University are heading off to a World Series. It's a good bet that they wouldn't be there if not for Alan Hayden. And while some people are surprised to see Northern in the NAIA Division II World Series, not many are surprised at what Hayden has done. They're Just amazed at how well Hayden has done it. Hayden, a Junior center fielder, has broken five team records this spring for the Norse since transferring from Paducah Community College last year. Hayden, who was named NAIA all-Region and Is a candidate for the all-American team, has set records for most at-bats (203), hits (77), runs (63) and fielding percentage (.984). The most astounding record broken, however, is stolen bases. The old record was 30. Hayden has stolen 60, and has been caught Just six times. That was the surprising statistic, said Norse coach Bill Aker. "I figured he would get the stolen base record," Aker said. "But It kind of surprised me. I didn't think anybody would double the record." "I wasn't thinking about breaking the records when I came here," said Hayden, a leadoff batter. "Just working together with the team, and playing to win." HAYDEN, A 5-10, 165-pound-er who prepped- at Louisville Eastern, will be a major factor whether or not the Norse can win the World Series, which begins on Monday In Lewiston, Idaho. The Norse will play on Tuesday at 8 p.m. against the winner of the Elon-St. Francis game. "It feels great to go," Hayden said of the upcoming Series trip. "I didn't expect us to get to the regional. We Just started playing good at the end, and that's when It counts." Aker said Hayden was a ma Ayers Returns Cincinnati's Tommy Ayers, the top-ranked International Boxing Federation welterweight contender, will meet Tony Ojo of Falls Church, Va. In a 149-pound bout at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center tonight. Ayers, 27-1, with 23 knockouts, will headline a fight card at the Cincinnati Gardens June 14 If he defeats Ojo. Ojo, a native Nigerian, is 15-4 with nine knockouts. Local Boat Racer Bound For China Sea Event Cincinnati power boat racer Phil Llpschutz leaves Sunday for Hong Kong where he will pilot a 32-foot boat In the first-ever Pedro Blanco 120 off-shore race through the China Sea June 2. Llpschutz, whose previous racing experience has been with limited class hydroplanes, has been working in Miami, Fla., with Ron Doller, a former Blanchester, Ohio, resident who operates Doll er Marine. They have been preparing race boats for an international businessman, Ramesh Murjanl. Llpschutz will pilot a 32-foot Seahawk boat for Murjani In the 120-mile off-shore event which starts and finishes at Hong Kong and extends through Communist Chinese waters. His boat, which competes In the 500-1,000 horsepower category, is powered by three 2.4-llter Mercury marine V-6 engines. SETS NEW RECORDS MOVE UP TO JAGUAR SEE THEM . MONTGOMERY ROAD AT CROSS COUNTY jor reason his team rebounded from a horrible 3-13 start into a national contender with a 35-22 record. "I think he's kind of the catalyst," said Aker. "With the speed he has, and he'll open up the offense for you as well." Aker, despite knowing of Hayden's talents long before he came to Northern, didn't expect Hayden to break all the records that he did. "No, but I think some of that was helped by his teammates as well, with the amount of times they got on base," he said. Hayden said it was Charlie Leftin, an assistant coach at Northern and local baseball su-perscout, who lured him to Northern. "He talked to one of the players up there who had also played for Paducah," said Hayden. "When I first came to visit, they had Just had a real down year. I felt like I could help them." HAYDEN IS also being mentioned in many circles as a top pro prospect, something which excites him. "I'd love to play pro," he said. "It's been my dream since I was a little kid." Hayden said there wouldn't be any hesitation if he were drafted, either. "I would probably go right now because of my age," he said. "I'm 21 right now, and if I wait around too much longer, I'll be getting too old. They don't want you after you're 22, 23." Aker feels Hayden has good pro potential, but feels he can be even better. "I really think he's pretty raw still," said Aker. "I think he's just beginning to blossom. If he gets drafted by the pros, he'll probably get sent to the instructional leagues where he can Improve even more." Aker feels Hayden's weakest point is his throwing arm, to which Hayden agrees. "I feel like I need to Improve it some," said Hayden. "Which is not to say It's bad," said Aker. "He Just needs to develop It some more." To Ring Local Sports Sholty, Garnsey Drive At Latonia FLORENCE, Ky.-Two of the country's top harness racing drivers will be in the sulky tonight at Latonia Raceway when the Kentucky Sires Stakes is contested for a $24,000 purse. George Sholty will be in the bike behind Fly Caster In the first division and Collectors Work in the second division while Glen Garnsey will drive Nevele Jason. A total of 14 three-year-old colts were entered and Mahlon Nixon split the field into two divisions. The Sires races will be run as the fifth and seventh races on the 10-race card. Heads Off, which won nearly $62,000 as a two-year-old, has been tabbed the morning line favorite in the first division while Collectors Work, with a 1:58.3 at Lexington on May 15, should be the favorite in the second division. BALLOONS TUNES KITE SALE 15-20 OFF All Kites In Stock Open Saturday 10AM-7PM 6 W. Corry, University Village (across from Walgreans) 961-2506 EARNS EXTRA SHIPMENT TODAY. 9:00 AM 5:00 PM CLOSED SUNDAY AND MEMORIAL DAY LET'S NOT FORGET TO REMEMBER V, 1 ALAN HAYDEN . . . five school records BILL AKER . . . team headed to Series There's no question, though, that Hayden can run, hit and do just about anything else. He feels that Northern has to get off to a good start in each game in the World Series if they hope to win it all. "If we can get the lead early, get runs in the first inning, we have a good shot," said Hayden. "That's been a real key for us this year." MONTGOMERY INN CLOSED SUNDAYS ONLY UNTIL SEPTEMBER AGA GAS WILL FILL YOUR PROPANE TANK AT 15 OFF Now thru July 12 we will fill your camper or grill tank at 15 off (while you wait). Open Sat. May 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Regular hours 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Mon. thru Fri. We are conveniently located between 1-75 and Cross County Hwy. 761-7823 2015 E. Galbraith Rd. Cinti., Ohio JAGUAR '85 SALES UP 36 XJ-6 XJ-S YANDEN PLAS SALE OH LEASE CALL 891-0500 Sud Takes BY BOB HARIG The Cincinnati Enquirer COLUMBUS-There was no doubt about it this time. Cincinnati Country Day's Vijay Sud made it to the Ohio Stadium Courts plenty early for his first-round match Friday in the Ohio high school tennis tournament. Last year, Sud was 10 minutes late when his father took the wrong exit off the expressway, and had to default. This time, however, he arrived Thursday night and advanced to today's semifinals in Class A-AA. Indian Hill's Brad McCurdy also reached today's Class A-AA semifinals. All other Cinclnnatl-ans were beaten. "I was playing really well one of the best matches I played this year, " said Sud of his 6-0, 6-1 victory, over Toledo Ottawa Hills' Brad Nassar In the second round. "He's a good player. I'm surprised I played so well." Sud said it was his goal to get back to the state tournament and play well after his misfortune last year. "HE MISSED one shot the whole match," said Steve Contar-di, Sud's coach. "He's a very, very smart player virtually a mistake-free player. "A player is going to have to beat him, he won't beat himself," Contardi continued. "He didn't Relieved Russell Granted License BY JACK MURRAY The Cincinnati Enquirer Trainer Gerald M. Russell of Lexington, Ky., was granted a 1985 license by the Ohio Racing Commission at its regular monthly meeting Friday at River Downs. "I'm relieved more than surprised," Russell, a native of England who came to Kentucky In 1967, said of his reinstatement following the commission hearing. "It's been a nightmare." On July 23, 1984, Russell was fined $250 and suspended 60 days when his horse, Australian-owned So Vague, was found to have a medication (phenylbutazone) overage at River Downs. So Vague, which ran in last year's Kentucky Derby, was said to have the largest overage ever detected in the United States, according to Dr. Richard Sams, director of the commission's drug detection laboratory In Columbus. . . .two Location - paLe- I ulI ai IT" I Mil II I filV f ' HFjjVJf.',rK"H f I I 1 16 ' -4fl n-or - iw 21' 2A Z TIC J&wiWp Ulee map MAtl 27 X lAJWqc ' wnrmaikr Right Turn Prep Tennis give the guy (Nassar) anything to hit. He wasn't adjusting to the off-speed stuff Vljay was giving him." Sud, a sophomore, defeated Jorge Eigendorf of Gates Mills Hawken, 6-1, 6-4, In the first round. He will face Mark Roth-chlld of Cleveland Orange at 9:30 a.m. today at the Wirthwein Facility at Ohio State. In the other Class A-AA semifinal, McCurdy will take on Jay Ethridge of Stewart Federal Hocking, also at 9:30 a.m. Despite making it to the semifinals last year, McCurdy had to battle his nerves in Friday's first-round match. "I don't know why I was that nervous," McCurdy said after his morning victory over Columbus Orandvlew Heights' Jeff Shilling, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. "I Just decided I had to go for it." Shilling had a number of people rooting for him, but the cheering seemed to spur on McCurdy. "By winning some points, I knew they (the spectators) wouldn't clap," said McCurdy, a senior. "I knew I would feel better." In the second round, McCurdy beat Zanesville Rosecrans' Brad Boyse, 6-3, 6-2. Horse Racing Russell, who had appealed the original ruling unsuccessfully, hadn't saddled a horse since Oct. 17, when he began serving an indefinite suspension. - FRANK GILLIAM, a Lexington attorney representing Russell, told the commission the suspension "has been economically disastrous to the support of Gerry's wife and five children." Russell, who worked part time as a night watchman at Taylor Made Farm this winter, said he will begin training six horses for a transplanted Indian living in Lexington. He also said that So Vague, which had been trained by Tim Kegel during Russell's suspension, has been sent to Australian and the stable of one of that ohm- tn Hi 'nUSH LiailiDCrtlPWKltr sim Terr . 6MMIN1!?M A iNrtATt-A&ur it This Time "I was Just going to try to keep it consistent," he said. "Just trying to get the serve back." OTHER CINCINNATI players were not as successful. In Class A-AA, Indian Hill's Andy Tucker was defeated by Nassar in the first round, 6-2, 7-6. After defeating Sunbury Big Walnut's Steve Mudre, 2-6, 6-4,6-3, in the first round, Cincinnati Country Day's Chad Levin lost to Roth-child, 6-0, 6-2. In Class A-AA doubles, the Indian Hill team of Bill Poffenber-ger and David Seward made it to the second round before losing to Toledo Ottawa Hills, 6-4, 6-4. Earlier, Toledo Ottawa Hills had defeated the Indian Hill team of Matt Santen and Mark Wlshard, 6-4, 6-3. Wyoming's team of Scott Fredette and Adam Petricoff made it to the second round before losing to Cleveland Orange, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6. In Class AAA singles, both Cincinnati entrants lost In the first round. Walnut Hills' Justin Lundgren was defeated by Stow Walsh Jesuit's Brad Downing, 6-2, 7-5, while St. Xavier's Dan Wolf lost to Columbus Watterson's Scott Dock-tor, 6-2, 6-2. Singles finals are at 1 p.m, with doubles finals are at 2:30. All competition today is at the Wirthwein Facility. country's most celebrated trainers, Colin Hayes. IN OTHER commission business Friday at the Cincinnati plant, the panel affirmed in a written decision to deny 1985 license applications for Jockey Tony D'Amico, 29, of Ravenna, and agent Richard J. Hurley, 49, of Cleveland. Both were convicted of drug felonies in 1984. The commission also levied a fine of $1,000 per day, effective Friday, if Darby Downs in Grove City falls to adhere to a 4:15 p.m. early closing for Its Memorial Day (Monday) program because of its simulcasting of the $1 million Jersey Derby (post time 4:38 p.m.) from Garden State featuring Kentucky Derby winner Spend a Buck. Officials of Scioto Downs, a harness track In Columbus, objected to Darby Downs overlapping with Its early holiday program. flomictr M C wiry il rod. Upper. I HtMYAUJHIllliM HoerA'-etfnr. 12 KKt TiteJ nir-ikU. hA. lj, V" mpwtd tor th4

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