The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 17, 1998 · Page 33
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.. ....__ tHE SALINA JOURNAL Sports BASEBALL/D3 ALMANAC/ D7 LIFESPORTS / D8 D SPORTS JOURNAL HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal BOB LOWEN If ends, former tiyers to honor >ach Clover WSat began as a simple conver- tS^h between friends has turned (i$Q big-time reunion for former 'atonda East High School !a$lier and coach Jack Clover. Tfie 56-year-old Clover is offi- |ciall$ retiring from his teaching dufi^b this month because of heSlth problems after spending 33 year's in the Waconda East school sy^tSm as a teacher and 17 years coaching a variety of sports. Slgver suffered a heart attack last year on Aug. 11, which has affected his speech, taste buds, bal- anSfe memory and the right side of ^is face. • • ^hen I leave here, I probably woifii remember what we talked ab&tt," Clover said Saturday dur- ingtirstop at the Salina Journal. '33ftit he'll remember what hap- pe$e& in just about every football gamS," Clover's wife, Linda, said wiwija smile. Many other memories will come flooding back Saturday when hun- dr^ds are expected to be on hand at Waconda East's gymnasium for a region, reception and potluck dinner to honor their friend and foriier coach and teacher. •jle meant so much to this town and fb all the kids who went through this school," said Larry Th&mpson, who played football for Clever in the early 1970s and got the$ciea for the reunion when Clovfcr told him he'd like to get his fornjgr players together 'one last . tinJe. J "We just decided to open this upjiye weren't trying to be exclu- siv|£What started off as a reunion of former-players has turned into something much bigger." Thompson estimates 300 to 400 peCflplfe will be on hand to show the^ir gratitude to Clover, who posted a 125-35-1 record in 17 sea"sons as the Vikings' head football, coachJas well as the school's coach in girls basketball, volleyball and boys basketball. plover has spent much of his life in Mitchell County. He graduated from Glen Elder High School in i960 before attending Kansas Wejsleyan and playing football for Coyote head coach Gene Bissell. Bissell, not surprisingly, was a big influence in Clover's decision to become a coach. '£ respect him as much as any person on the face of the earth," Clover said. "He taught me respect, sportsmanship and that winning isn't everything. I have al!5th§ love in the world for that." Although he is known for his powerhouse football teams that rule'd the Pike Trail League from 197^-81 (69-13 overall, five league titfes), Clover was also a pioneer of girls' athletics at Cawker City HigK-School. He was the school's firstSeyer girls' basketball coach anS jjelped pave the way for females to succeed in the athletic are*na. There were a couple sea- soits^hen he would have volley- bajjfpractice in the morning and footfiall hi the afternoon. 'St was either that or the girls couldn't have a program," Clover sa %; Curing Clover's career at Wa- coqxfc} East, the Vikings qualified forage playoffs five times and reached the Eight-man semifinals twfcgCHis oldest son, Tim, was a thrjee-year starter at quarterback (19J9-81), while younger son Todd wa^She starting quarterback dur- infrfhe 1982 season. •Sijjie of my goals was to sleep wi%the quarterback's mother," Cldrer said with a wry grin. "And I gfi£(p do that twice." <g$|ng 'burn out,' Clover retired froitfcoaching after the 1981 season at ihi age of 39, but found many othe|! things to keep him busy. He wajihe mayor of Cawker City for fivi|fears, taught 14 different sub- jectgfibver the years in school ... everything from geography to sociology,' and now watches his son, Todd, coach basketball and assist in 8x>tball at Waconda East. .Y.'jSjill get nervous," Clover sak$'It's harder now than it was whejji-l was down there coaching." Saturday promises to be an emfclipnal day for the Clovers, wh<p. jinay just be in for a surprise or t$o Saturday night. 'Sjfeally don't know how I will reaot;to this because I am an emo- tiofiat person," Clover said. "I'm a litt$ overwhelmed by all this. I re- allyflon't know why they are do." find out soon enough. Maestro at the mic Lowen developed loyal following as Fort Hays PA announcer By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal AYS — Joe Rosado, like many longtime Fort Hays State basketball fans, vividly remembers the night of Jan. 20,1981. "The game between Fort Hays and Denver (University) changed everything," said Rosado, who at the time was in his fourth season as the Tigers' coach. "It changed small college basketball in Kansas forever. We didn't realize it at the time, but it was the watershed game for the Fort Hays program. It was a magical night." / . The game between the newly No. 1-ranked Tigers against the seventh-ranked Pioneers caught the fancy of basketball fans in Hays and northwest Kansas. By the time tipoff arrived, a raucous standing-room-only crowd of 7,000 had crammed into Gross Memorial Coliseum to watch the battle between the two National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics powers. The crowd was in a festive mood along with the rest of the country, having learned hours earlier that the United States citizens who had been held hostage hi Iran for more than a year, had been released. Bob Lowen, seated at scorer's table in his usual seat behind the public address microphone, watched in amazement as the seats filled. He had been the public address announcer for Tiger basketball for 10 years, starting in old Sheridan Coliseum, and had never seen or imagined anything like what he saw. "That night, oh my Lord," Lowen said. "That crowd that night, all night long, was so loud the chills ran down the back of your spine and the hair on the back of your neck curled." It was Lowen who set the tone. He asked the throng to rise for a moment of silence to "honor this great country and the hostages who earlier today were released from Iran." The response shook the building, only to be outdone by the din following the national anthem. "If there was anybody in there that night that didn't shed a tear when we had the moment of silence, or at least feel something in their throat, I'd like to know who it was," Lowen said. Lowen then led the crowd to the verge of frenzy with his in- troduction of the starting lineups, the Fort Hays five preceded by his renowned refrain: "And now, the Tigers..." "Those people were lit," Rosado said. "The students were lit. They were like tinder. Bob put a spark in there and they went off." Starting guard Max Hamblin agrees. "He set the tone from the beginning. It got us going. It sent chills up my spine. It was crazy." Fort Hays trailed by 10 points at halftime but rallied for a 72-62 victory, spurred by a thunderous chorus orchestrated by the maestro at the microphone, Bob Lowen. "I love that kind of stuff," Lowen said. "I'm red, white and blue, apple pie and Chevrolet See LOWEN, Page D5 Photo courtesy Fort Hays State Bob Lowen's 33-year career at Fort Hays State Included 25 years as basketball PA announcer. T HORSE RACING T NBA PLAYOFFS Jazz put a whippin' on Lakers 35-point loss to Utah in series opener is worst in Lakers' playoff history Jockey Kent Desormeaux • rides Kentucky Derby winner Real Quiet to victory at Saturday's Preakness Stakes at the Plmllco Race Course In Baltimore. Should Real Quiet win the June 6 Belmont Stakes, the colt nicknamed 'The Fish* because of his narrow frame can become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed did It 20 years ago. — AP By BOB BAUM The Associated Press 'Two down and one to go 1. Real Quiet Desormeaux MS Albarado | Real Quiet | Victory Gallop I Classic Cat Win $7.00 Place 3.60 3.20 Snow 3.00 2.80 4.80 AP Preakness victory has Real Quiet in position to win the Triple Crown By ED SCHUYLER Jr. The Associated Press BALTIMORE — Real Quiet is a real serious race horse. So serious that he's giving trainer Bob Baffert a second straight chance to win the Triple Crown, after an impressive victory Saturday in the Preakness at Pimlico. Until Real Quiet's triumph in the Kentucky Derby, the colt whom Baffert nicknamed "The Fish" because of his narrow frame was just Indian Charlie's stablemate. No more. "I think we really have to take him seriously now," Baffert said. "The Fish has turned into a shark." With Indian Charlie back in the barn at Churchill Downs after a third-place finish in the Derby, Real Quiet, a $17,000 yearling, moved to within one step of a $5 million bonus. "That's two down and one to go," said jockey Kent Desormeaux. That "one" is the Belmont Stakes on June 6. If Real Quiet gets it, he will become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner and the first since Affirmed did it 20 years ago. "I won't go unless I know he can win," Baffert said. "If he's not training well, he won't go." Desormeaux saw no problem. "I'm most confident about the Belmont — the distance (I'/i miles)," Desormeaux said. "I think it would hit him right between the eyes." Real Quiet beat Victory Gallop just as he did in the Derby, and the sunny, 96-degree day had owner Mike Pegram in a holiday mood. "I love hot weather. I love the Preakness. I love Maryland and I love Real Quiet," said the 46-year- old Pegram. "I also found out that Santa Claus came to Maryland in May." Before a roaring record Preakness crowd of 91,122, Real Quiet and Victory Gallop moved as a tandem just before the half-mile pole and swept around horses. Victory Gallop, ridden by Gary Stevens, got the lead on the turn but Real Quiet was right behind. "Real Quiet was telling me, 'I got these guys, just tell me when to go,'" Desormeaux said. Approaching the quarter pole, Desormeaux told the bay colt to go, and he zipped into the lead. "He gave me another gear and he just drew off," Desormeaux said. "He loves to grind. He loves to grind it out." Real Quiet and Victory Gallop dueled in the upper stretch but then Real Quiet drew away to win by 2 1-4 lengths in a tune of 1:54 3-5 for the 13-16 miles. Power was knocked out for a tune at Pimlico by a transformer fire, halting betting in the clubhouse and part of the grandstand. None of the day's races was affected, although officials estimated the track lost more than $2 million from reduced wagering. Avery sharp as Red Sox shut out Royals By HOWARD ULMAN The Associated Press BOSTON — Steve Avery had bottomed out. In 1991, at age 21, he was MVP of the National League championship series. On May 5, at age 28, he had what he called a "pitiful" performance in the minors. He started his climb back Saturday, allowing three hits in five shutout innings as the Boston Red Sox got homers from Mo Vaughn and Damon Buford and beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0. "When I got sent down, I looked at it as if everything that's happened over the last eight years hasn't happened," said Avery, a star with Atlanta from 1991-94. "This is the start of my career." Avery stranded runners at second and third in the first two innings but retired 11 batters in a Tow in one stretch before striking out his final batter, Jose Offerman, with runners at the corners and Boston ahead 3-0. Avery (1-0) was recalled Friday from Triple-A Paw- tucket, where he was 0'2 with a 5.56 ERA in three starts. Rich Garces pitched 2% innings and Tom Gordon finished for his major league-leading 15th save in 16 chances. The Royals dropped to 1-5 against Boston this season and have just 12 runs in those six games .while batting .176. Scoreboard Royals 0 Red Sox.... 5 Today's game: 12:05 p.m. (Salina cable 9). SALT LAKE CITY — Thirty-five points! Never in the 526 games that make up the Los Angeles Lakers' fabled playoff history had they been beaten as badly as they were in Saturday's 112-77 debacle against the Utah Jazz in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. "It wasn't very pretty fellas," Lakers coach Del Harris said. "It's a bad • combination — one team playing great and one team playing lousy." Maybe, in some twisted way, • this is a good omen. The previous worst playoff loss for the Lakers *• was the "Memorial Day Mas-f- sacre," Game 1 of the 1985 NBA Ft ?. nals, when they lost to Boston 148114. Los Angeles came back to win four of the next five to capture the NBA championship. Karl Malone, whose 29 points led the Jazz, pointed to more re- , cent history as a lesson. The Lak- '• ers lost to Seattle 106-92 in Game 1 of this year's conference semifinals, then won the next four games. Malone was in no mood for celebration despite the blowout. "In this business, you've got to stay on an even keel," Malone said, "Don't get too high after a win and don't get too low after a loss. That's what I've done for 13 years and that's what I'm going to do now." But this was no mere loss. The Lakers came into Utah with a young, cocky offensive juggernaut and were beaten like Evander Holyfield's punching bag. Utah reserve Howard Eisley matched his playoff career best with 14 points, 12 of them to ignite the blowout in the second quarter. Seven Utah players finished in double figures. Game 2 in the best-of-7 series is Monday night at the Delta Center. Shaquille O'Neal, an unstoppable brute in the Lakers' romps over Portland and Seattle in the first two rounds of the playoffs, looked like a befuddled rookie against the Jazz, especially in the first half. But then, so did nearly all the Lakers. The Jazz, meanwhile, tore apart the Lakers' defense for one open shot after another. Utah led by as many as 30 points in the first half. Los Angeles never came closer than 20 in the second half. The Lakers shot 30 percent from the field (23-for-77), their worst shooting performance ever in the playoffs. O'Neal, shooting 64 percent from the field and averaging just under 30 points a game in the playoffs, was l-for-6 in the first half with five points and six turnovers. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbdavidson@8filjournal.com

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