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6 EXTR AEast THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Friday, October 11, 1991 SPORTS Local talent' sparks XU women's soccer Freshmen include former prep stars BY TERRY FLYNN The Cincinnati Enquirer Sports digest Bowlers awarded jackets Three years ago, Crossgate Lanes in Blue Ash began awarding its league bowlers embroidered windbreakers for their first-ever, non-handicap 700 three-game series on its lanes. In that time, about 60 jackets have been awarded; Latest recipients are Don Bam-ber of Milford (707) and Ken Ber-tline 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. koccer fans in the Cincinnati area expected great things "from the Xavier University - - , I I' ' r"r '-" f . " : .i ' l ' M' i ' ' r ' - f - ; I i ;V" - - ' " - 1 jl j ' , ' ' women's soccer team this season after second-year coach 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 McAu-ley, Kelley Keller from Glen Este, Christy Klekamp from Anderson, Jenny Tombragel from McAuley and Juli Edie from Wyoming. Zuccala coached at Glen Este for 11 years, where he compiled an impressive 145-43-12 record and earned national soccer coach of the year honors from 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 High School. "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 lost just one of 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 XU's Tara Riffle was named co-player of the year by The Enquirer last year at Glen Este High School. (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." Klekamp, Keller and Riffle have started all 10 games this season, while Tombragel has started nine and Feldhaus and Miller seven. Kelcey Ervick, the junior goalkeeper from Anderson High School, set a Xavier record when she gave up less than a goal a game last season. This year, her GAA (goals against average) is 0.55. "We have some scrappers on this team," said Ervick, who didn't 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 267, 266 and 287 games to increase 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. He 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. " Rupp's Winton Cafe team with Ralph Goyette and Rick Robertson, both of Fairfield, leads the eight-team league. . 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 Zu-reick of Finneytown is the honored umpire. During the ceremony, 1992 inductees will be announced. Hall of Fame dinner tickets, $20 each, may be obtained by calling Feldhaus Athletic Goods at 821-7575 or Hal Manufacturing Co. at 541-2505. 'KING WINNERS: Approximately 900 men and women took part in the Ricky King Run festivities Saturday at Coney Island. Winners of the 5-K run were Dave Schaufuss of Taylor Mill, Ky., and Sheila Jetton of Sharonville. Schaufuss led all men in 15 minutes, 25 seconds and Jetton led women with 18:01. Dave Weller of West Chester was second (15:48) and John Devitt of Loveland third (15:8) among men. Behind Jetton, the women were also paced by second-place Janice Kreuz of Mount Lookout (18:49) and Nancy Thomas of Sycamore Township third (18:57). The Cincinnati EnquirerErnest Coleman Kelcey Ervick, XU's goalkeeper who attended Anderson High School, has kept opponents frustrated. The junior set a season record last year with a 0.93 goals-against average. 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," said Feldhaus, the freshman from Mount Airy who was first team all-city at McAuley High School last season. "The hard work pays off in the games, because we're usually in better shape than other teams. We hate the sprints (in practice), but it makes a difference. I was a little nervous at the beginning of the season," Feldhaus added, "but I'm happy now." Sweeney softball team starts star search for '92 Cincinnati Strokers take aim at top softball ranking in '92 Cot' I hese women hit harder, throw harder and give our girls the caliber of play we need to compete as a traveling tournament team." BY STEVE HOFFMAN The Cincinnati Enquirer The Cincinnati Strokers girls slow-pitch softball team expects to be the nation's toprranked 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 Jack Knose, manager 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 BY STEVE HOFFMAN The Cincinnati Enquirer This was supposed to be a rebuilding season for manager Roger Grein's Jake Sweeney girls' slow-pitch softball team, and their season record of 40 wins and 45 defeats probably reflects that. But when Grein greets 1992 tryout candidates at 2 p.m. the next three Sundays at Gardner Field in Lockland, he will no doubt tell potential rookies about the successes of the 1991 team. Most notably, the team of girls 18 and under 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 Sweeney players might also tell newcomers about their 11 -day good will tour in July to the Soviet Union and Sweden, where they held clinics and played pickup games in Leningrad, Moscow and Stockholm. Fourteen-year-old Shawnda Moye of Springdale, the youngest Sweeney player, had mixed emotions about the trip. "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 liked Stockholm very much. It was like home. The food was good there, and they spoke English, too." Moye, whose 13 home runs and 90 RBI led Sweeney, is one of the reasons there are only six spots open on the team next spring. In the USSSA tourney in Kansas, she was second among 40 power hitters in the home-run-hitting 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 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 opponents to 324. Older competition helps 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 nlav in that lpacnp for the tnnahpr Erin tngelkamp, 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 defensive player. The Strokers represent much of the Tristate. Twelve-year-old right fielder Terry Dalton, Willy's sister, is also from Withamsville. Outfielder Jenny Spaeth lives in Ross, and utility infielder Dena Davis, right-center fielder Holly Trauth and catcher Jennifer Steger are Norwood residents. Western Hamilton County is also represented by catcher Christy Feld of Delhi Township and first baseman Michelle Rowe, third baseman Stephanie Rowland and utility outfielder Holly Grow, all of Bridgetown. Roger Grein Shawnda Moye 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's. "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 this team 27 years. In that time, he has won one USSSA World Series (1979) and been runner-up twice (1980-81). Between 1979 and 1991, his teams made 25 of a possible 26 ASA and USSSA world tournaments, 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 of Hamilton Badin, third baseman Donna Niesen of Roger Bacon and first baseman Sherie Vonderhaar of Mount Notre Dame. A potential starter will be Amy Lowther of Glen Este. another first-year player who saw had duty at as a catcher and second base. For tryout information, call Grein 821-9044 or 733-5938. Jack Knose x - I INDOOR SOCCER: Men and women's indoor soccer leagues are now being organized by the Cincinnati Recreation Commission. They are scheduled to begin Dec. 8 at Sayler Park Community Center with men in the mornings, women in the evenings. 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. 1 Registration is Oct. 28 to Nov. 8 at the CRC offices, 644 Linn St., West End. For information, call 352-2547. 'SKIRTS' RECORD: The recent Nth 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 Townshipfamilies will share the $17,000 in contributions, Colletta said. Sponsors of the annual softball exhibition are the Delhi Athletic Association, Price Hill Lions Club and members of the township's police and fire departments. 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. competition," said Knose. "These women Be,h Osterday hit harder, throw harder and give our girls the Knose has four coaches assisting him, Gary Engelkamp, Harry Rowe and Myron Rowland, all Stroker fathers, and Allen Saylor of Ross, grandfather to one. 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 fees amount to $2,000. Companies and individuals wishing sponsor information should call Mike Burman at work, 661-8700, or home, 451-7269. 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 infielder 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 as an assistant coach until she can resume playing with the Strokers when

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