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10 EXTRAWest THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Friday, October II, 1991 SPORTS iig form! XU soccer team m feicki BY TERRY FLYNN The Cincinnati Enquirer "SUM 4 loccer fans in the Cincinnati area expected great i things from the Xavier University women's 'soccer team this season after second-year coach Sweeney recruiting newcomers BY STEVE HOFFMAN The Cincinnati Enquirer This was supposed to be a rebuilding season for the Jake Sweeney girls' slow-pitch softball team, and their season record of 40 wins and 45 defeats probably reflects that. But when manager Roger Grein greets 1992 tryout candidates the next three Sundays at Gardner Field in Lockland, he will no doubt tell potential rookies about the successes of the 1991 ' i ; f i h , 0 Ji , !' ,.1, team. Most notably, the team of 18-and-under girls placed ninth in the Amateur Softball Association's (ASA) national tournament at Marietta, Ga., and seventh in the U.S. Slow-Pitch Softball Association's (USSSA) World Series at Hutchison, Kan. There were 62 teams in the ASA playoff, and 40 teams in the USSSA finals. Grein and his players might Frank Zuccala signed some of the best local high school talent last year. Among the incoming freshmen were last year's Enquirer co-players of the year, Glen Este's Tara Riffle and St. Ursula's Susan Miller. Other talented freshmen include Tricia Feldhaus from McAuley, Kelley Keller from Glen Este, Christy Klekamp from Anderson, Jenny Tombragel from McAuley and Juli Edie from Wyoming. Zuccala coached at Glen Este for 1 1 years, where he compiled an impressive 145-43-12 record and was named coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He's now aiming for the same kind of success at XU. "We're a Top 20 college team this year, and I want to take this program to the Top 10 consistently," said Zuccala, who also teaches history at Glen Este. "The school is behind us . . . the support is there." Blending a crop of talented freshmen with established veterans has been Zuccala's primary task this year, but as the season progresses the players have meshed. "At the start of the season, we just weren't clicking as well as we should have," said sophomore defender Jenny Veid, a graduate of Mother of Mercy High School in Westwood. "Last year we seemed to click more. But we're starting to know each other better, and we keep progressing." Senior team captain and leading scorer Maria Schuerman of Broadview Heights, Ohio, describes the XU freshmen and sophomores as "a talented group of young players. In two to three years, we (Xavier) will be able to play against anyone. This is an extremely young team, and we're winning now." The Lady Musketeers had lost just one game in their first 10 games (8-1-1), recording victories over cross-town rival University of Cincinnati and perennially tough soccer schools such as James Madison (Virginia). They tied 16th-ranked Cornell, 0-0, to win the Cornell Invitational last Sunday. "We have a lot of freshmen who start, and we've had to make adjustments to more physical soccer teams," Zuccala said. "We are not a physical team. We're not especially strong at midfield ... not an intimidating team. "But we're getting better every game. We have to mold so many new players together, which takes time. We need to finish better. We're outshooting our opponents 4-1 but only outscoring them 2-1," he said. also tell newcomers about their 11-day goodwill tour to the Soviet Union and Sweden in July, where they put on clinics and played pickup games in Leningrad, Moscow and Stockholm. II ' If Vv ti - t t Mi ' I y y0 l dale, at 14 the youngest Swee-L"" , f ney player, had mixed emo- I i 1 1 ni.Miii.ri n -'i I firms ahniit the trio. The Cincinnati EnquirerErnest Coleman c Jenny Veid, a Mother of Mercy High School graduate, is a sophomore defender. : 8 Klekamp, Keller and Riffle have started every ,f game this season, while Tombragel has started nine , and Feldhaus and Miller seven. 1 1 Kelcey Ervick, the junior goalkeeper from Anderson High School, set a Xavier record when she gave c up less than a goal a game last season. This year, her ' GAA (goals against average) is 0.55. r "We have some scrappers on this team," said Ervick, who didn't play soccer as a high school senior or a college freshman. "We have a lot of support, and we have good depth on the bench." Zuccala is a taskmaster, something he credits in part to the time he spent in the Marine Corps. But he is able to get the most from his players. "It's a lot of hard work, but I like it," saidjj Feldhaus, the freshman from Mount Airy who was ' Shawnda Moye "I didn't like Russia. The food was different, the people stared at us, they kept trying to sell us stuff, and I missed home so much," she said. $' , I "I ''ed Stockholm very n much. It was like home. The tood was good tnere, ana tney spoke English, too." Moye, whose 13 home runs f f first team all-city at McAuley High School last season. "The hard work pays off in the games, because we're ' tf ' ana yu kbi tea sweeney, is Vu I . one reason only six spots are , nnpn nn ttiA tMm npvt Qnrincr The Cincinnati EnquirerErnest Coleman Roger Grein usually in better shape than other teams. We hate the ta sprints (in practice), but it makes a difference." "People expected a lot from us this year," Feld- c haus said. "I was a little nervous at the beginning of the season, but I'm happy now." !( In the USSSA tourney in Kansas, she was second among 40 Tricia Feldhaus, who was first team all-city at McAuley High School last year, is a member of Xavier University's women's soccer team. Strokers aim for top ranking in '92 power hitters in the home-run-hitting contest. A ninth-grader at Princeton High School this fall, Moye played for Leon Roy's Clermont County Fantastics last year. This year, her father, Warren, urged her to try out for Sweeney. "I didn't think I would make the team because most of them were older than me and they had more experience," said Moye. Grein, 49, a self-employed Reading public accountant, has been coaching the team for 27 years. He has won one USSSA World Series (1979) and been runner-up twice (1980-81). Between 1979 and 1991, his teams made 25 ASA and USSSA world tournaments out of 26 opportunities, finishing 17 times in the top 10. "We should be more competitive next year because we will have more experience and maturity," Grein said. "We have a good group of returning players." He had eight rookies on his 15-player squad this year. Sweeney's must replace four graduating starters: leftfielder Lee Ann Taylor of Harrison, the second-best hitter (.413); shortstop Betsy Erion fielder Melissa Young of Franklin this year, because the two will be 16 in 1992. Dalton, freshman shortstop for Glen Este High School's softball team in the state tournament last spring, will stay on Ross, guided his youngsters to a record of 59-9. The 15-player squad included one 12-year-old, two 13- and two 15-year-olds. The other 10 Strokers were 14. The Strokers scored 805 runs this season and held op it V i N,. jf , A try' V- Jack Knose defensive player. ' The Strokers represent much of the Tristate. Twelve-year-old right fielden Terry Dalton, Willy's sister, is also from Withamsville. Outfielder Jenny 1( Spaeth lives in Ross, and utility infielderj Dena Davis, right-center fielder Holly Trauth and catcher Jennifer Steger are Ji Norwood residents. Western Hamilton County is also represented by catcher Christy Feld of y Delhi Township and first baseman Michelle Rowe, third baseman Stephanie Rowland and utility outfielder Holly c Grow, all of Bridgetown. Knose has four coaches assisting " him, Gary Engelkamp, Harry Rowe and Myron Rowland, all Stroker fathers, and Allen Saylor of Ross, grandfather to one. c The team needs a sponsor for 1992.!' It costs an average of $3,000 per player for uniforms and travel expenses a year. The team's tournament entry feess amount to $2,000. Companies and individuals wishing c sponsor information should call Mike,; Burman at work, 661-8700, or home.u 451-7269. of Hamilton Badin, third baseman Donna Niesen BY STEVE HOFFMAN The Cincinnati Enquirer The Cincinnati Strokers girls slow-pitch softball team expects to be the nation's top-ranked 15-and-under team when the 1992 season opens next spring. That's because the Strokers finished third out of 71 teams in the U.S. Softball Slow-Pitch Association's (USSSA) Junior World tournament at Cocoa, Fla., in August, and the two teams that finished ahead of them have to move into the senior division next spring. In fact, the Strokers, an area-wide select team, is the only junior team in the 1991 Top Ten that will play another season in the same age classification. The Strokers have been successful ever since organizing in 1988. As 12-and-under Peewees, the team won the USSSA's Ohio championship in 1988 and 1989. In 1989, the Stroker were rated number one in the Great Lakes region, and third in the United States. A year ago, they were recognized as the number three junior team in Ohio. This year, manager Jack Knose, of of Roger Bacon and first baseman Sherie Vonder haar of Mount Notre Dame. "We are looking for a couple of outfielders and infielders and another pitcher to back up Loralee Baum, a senior this year at Harrison," Grein said. Beth Osterday as an assistant coach until she can resume playing with the Strokers when they become seniors in '93. Knose held team tryouts recently at Ross to find possible replacements. One player he won't replace is left-center fielder Erin Engelkamp, a freshman at Hamilton Badin High School, who hit three of the Strokers' seven out-of-the-park home runs in the USSSA World Series. She made the All-World team along with left fielder Beth Osterday of Norwood and pitcher Jamie Nusser of Ross. In the Ohio USSSA tourney, second baseman Mandy Burman of Delhi Township was named most valuable ponents to 324. In Rumpke Park's Tuesday night adult league, the Strokers won seven of nine games during the second half of the season, playing against women between 20 and 30 years old. "We play in that league for the tougher competition," said Knose. "These women hit harder, throw harder and give our girls the caliber of play we need to compete as a traveling tournament team." Before the USSSA world tourney, the Strokers won five tournaments and were runners-up in three. Knose loses starting shortstop Willy Dalton of Withamsville and utility in- Outfielder Brandi Ryan of McAuley, his top hitter at .453, returns in 1992. A potential starter will be Amy Lowther of Glen Este, another first-year player who saw duty at catcher and second base. For tryout information, Grein can be reached at 821-9044 or 733-5938. Sports digest Get comfortable. And get a $1000 rebate. I I among men. Janice Kreuz of Mount Lookout (18.49) finished second behind Jetton, and Nancy Thomas of Sycamore Township (18.57) was third. It's a rough house and shots there have been difficult. A 628 was the second-highest series that night." Rupp's Winton Cafe team with Ralph Goy-ette and Rick Robertson, both of Fairfield, leads the eight-team league. S3 LU Buy a Byrant deluxe furnace and air conditioner as a matched system and get a $1000 rebate. It's the perfect way to stay comfortable in all types of weather and it's comfortable on your budget, too. Find out why test pilot Chuck Yeager says Bryant products are "The Right Stuff... To Lat." Limited lime offer. Residential application only. Skirts Game benefit draws record crowd The recent 14th annual Delhi Skirts Game produced record crowds and contributions for the three beneficiaries, co-chairman John "Satch" Colletta said. The three ailing children in the two Delhi families will receive a $17,000 total windfall, Colletta said. The Delhi Athletic Association, Price Hill Lions Club and members of the Delhi police and fire departments sponsored the annual softball exhibition. Model 597 Phil 901 DCIIDETDT HEATING & nCUrCnl CONDITIONING FiMlir OWNED OFEMTEO FOR 37 TCMKS 5137 CROOKSHANK ROAD 9225050 SOFTBALL HONOREES: The Hudepohl Softball Hall of Fame will grow to 60 members Dec. 8 when four former players and a retired umpire are inducted during the seventh annual ceremonies in the Quality Court Motel, Covington, Ky. The players are Rick Linz of College Hill, Carol Weiss Kiradjieff of Bridgetown and the late Charles Leftin of Southgate, . Ky. Rich Zureick of Finneytown is the honored umpire. 1990 inductees included Bill Gourley of New Burlington, Jim Kuhn of Colerain Township, Gloria Hill of Bond Hill and Donald Clarence Whitford of Cold Spring, Ky. During the affair, 1992 inductees will be announced. Hall of Fame dinner tickets at $20 each may be obtained by calling Feldhaus Athletic Goods at 821-7575 or Hal Manufacturing Co. at 541-2505. BlHlnlalBlalnlB a nlalalnlMlnlalate INDOOR SOCCER: Men and women's indoor soccer leagues are now being organized by the Cincinnati Recreation Commission (CRC) scheduled to begin play Dec. 8 at Sayler Park Community Center. Men will play Sunday mornings and women Sunday afternoons. Total fee is $250 per team, $168 to the CRC and $82 to Queen City Soccer officials. An optional post-season tournament will cost an additional $30 for the CRC. Registration is Oct. 28 to Nov. 8 at the CRC offices, 644 Linn St., West End. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 352-2547. JACKET RECIPIENTS: Three years ago, Crossgate Lanes in Blue Ash began awarding its league bowlers embroidered windbreakers for their first non-handicap 700 three-game series on its lanes. In that time, about 60 jackets have been awarded. Latest recipients are Don Bamber of Milford (707) and Ken Bertline of St. Bernard (700). Bamber bowls in Crossgate's 6:30 p.m. Thursday league and Bertline in its Wednesday night league, both five-man team handicap circuits. Oktoberfest "Gaudf German Band - Schuh plattlers ing-A-Long Octoberfest Chickens Kalbs Haxn (Veal Shank) Bier Radi Even Friday & Saturday in October SEASON RECORD: Forest Park firefighter Mike Rupp recorded a new Greater Cincinnati season-high three-game series Oct. 3 when he bowled an 820 at Fairfield Lanes in its Three-Man Scratch League. Tim Weisbrod of Delhi hit the previous high, 802, at Walt's Center Lanes, Newport, Ky., in early September. Rupp, 34, had games of 267, 266 and 287 to boost his average to 208. His previous high series was a pair of 798s bowled in Hamilton and Flint, Mich., his home until moving to Pleasant Run in 1983. He has two sanctioned 300 games, and was named to the 1991 Greater Hamilton All-Star team. "I've been wanting that 800 for years," Rupp said. "I needed a strike in the 10th frame of the third game and once I got it, I was ecstatic. I couldn't get my concentration back. 'KING' WINNERS: Approximately 900 men and women took part in the Ricky King Run festivities Saturday at Coney Island. Winners of the 5K run were Dave Schaufuss of Taylor Mill, Ky. and Sheila Jetton of Sharon-ville. Schaufuss led all men with a 15.25-minute clocking and Jetton led women with 18.01. Dave Weller of West Chester was second (15.48) and John Devitt of Loveland third (15.8) Black Forest Restaurant 8675 Clntl.-Col. Rd. 777-7600 , 3 J 2 miles north oZ-275 Reservations Suggested Reporters Steve Hoffman and Terry Flynn compile sports notes for EXTRA. Call Hoffman at 733-1984 and Flynn at 860-7103 with your neighborhood sports news, n n n n nininninninlnnnnnn n n I i.