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Friday, September 20, 1991 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER EXTRAEast 5 SPORTS Dr. Wollcrman Wishes a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Patients V Storm Club baseball team weathers odds to win Series KIMBERLYGEYER MARK LEWIS BY TERRY FLYNN The Cincinnati Enquirer KEVIN McGUIRE JENNIFER OLIVER CAROL SWART LAURA YUND TIM CONTADINO SARA DUERMIT SAM TOLANI ERIN STANSBERY JOSH HATHORN HEATHER DAVIDSON EMILY OETJEN CATHERINE SIMS BARBARA BROWN CHRISTOPHER COLLINS TODD YOUNG LEAH VETTER YURI H. KIM ARNE SHADE LISA GRAVEL MATTHEW FAULKNER KRISTEN MINES BRIAN TERP CHRIS SPARKS SEAN LUTHER Warriors' new coach ready to win BY TERRY FLYNN The Cincinnati Enquirer Doug Steiner just has to grin when someone mentions that the 1991-92 Winton Woods High School boy's basketball team promises to be one of the best prep squads in the area. After all, the 30-year-old Steiner is the Warriors' head basketball coach, in his first head coaching position, with a brand new school. "We have a lot of possibilities to be good," Steiner said. "But we ter the Storm Club baseball team survived a scare with their flight out of Cincinnati and a i visit from Hurricane Bob near Boston, man ager Jim "Bubs" Kindt figured victory was in the stars for his squad of teen-age athletes. "When I heard that Hurri n ft 'iff cane Bob was on the way, I told the kids we couldn't lose," Kindt said. "After all, we're the Storm Club." In his 24th year since organizing Storm Club in 1968, Kindt made it clear that the Babe Ruth League 16-18 World Series championship was "the greatest thing that has happened to the organization. This is the best." also have a tougher schedule this year. We just signed to play With-row, and we open the season at the Blue Chip Tournament (at Riverfront Coliseum) against DeMatha (of Maryland), the top team in the country." FALL CLEARANCE Jim Kindt and the coaches stayed at a hotel," Kindt said. "We didn't have any water or electricity for two days and nights, and the ball park sustained some damage, including most of its lights. We couldn't play any more night games." Storm Club won its second game, 5-2, over Oregon, and overcame a 4-1 deficit with four sixth-inning runs to beat host Massachusetts, 5-4, in game three. San Gabriel came back for another try after winning five straight games in the loser's bracket. Despite a strong pitching performance from St. Xavier High School student Brandon Bremer, Storm Club gave up a rare unearned run in the seventh inning to lose, 4-3. "The final game . . .we won, 2-1, and we went crazy," Kindt said. Although this was Storm Club's first Babe Ruth World Series championship, the team has appeared in other amateur baseball world series, having captured numerous regional titles along the way. "There's a lot of tradition with this team," said Kindt, a sales representative who lives in White Oak. "We take a long look at the young men we take for the team. In our organization, everyone has a role." Storm Club is also self-supported; coaches and players raise the money to maintain the team and pay for trips. "Our kids work hard for what they get, and I think they appreciate it," Kindt said. That means Kindt and his coaches also work hard. Ken Eick, who has been with Storm Club since 1976; Dave Beller, who played for Kindt in 1969; and St. James (White Oak) School principal John Merritt are already conducting tryouts for next year's team. "We're holding tryouts the next two Sundays (Sept. 22 and Sept. 29) at Haubner Field in White Oak," Kindt said. Tryouts for players ages 17 and 18 begin at 2:30 p.m., with tryouts for 16-year-olds at 4:30 p.m. There were moments, he admitted, when he wasn't certain Storm Club would ever finish the World Series. Problems began five minutes after their US Air flight took off from Greater CincinnatiNorthern Kentucky International Airport. "We were up about five minutes, and began circling the Cincinnati area," Kindt recalled. "We circled for about an hour. Finally, after a member of the crew had come back toward the rear of the plane, opened a plate in the floor and manually cranked down the landing gear, we were given instructions on what to do in the event of a crash landing." The trouble was in the plane's hydraulic system, but the craft landed without incident. The Storm Club group boarded another plane for Boston. After winning their first game, 4-1, over San Gabriel, Cal., on Aug. 18, the players practiced the next day and then headed for cover while Hurricane Bob blew itself out in New England. "The players stayed with families in the area, Fit Steiner, who teaches marketing education at Winton Woods, said the Winton Woods players, formerly with Greenhills and Forest Park teams, "believe they can beat any-one. 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