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Thursday, June 1, 1989
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Baseball skills make U of L signee Brohm an 'option' quarterback ' By RUSS BROWN ' Staff Writer i I Jeff Brohm hadn't planned on j choosing between baseball and foot-I ball-for another four years or so, but t suddenly he's faced with D (for De-i ciston) Day this weekend. ! -The All-State quarterback from i Tanity High School, who has signed j to'play football with the University ! of Louisville, hopes to decide by ! Sunday whether to stick with his j original game plan or try for a pro-! fesslonal baseball career. ; M he opts for baseball and ! maybe even if he doesn't Brohm S probably will be a relatively high i pick in baseball's free-agent draft Monday through Wednesday. That's i why the baseball teams want to i know his intentions now. "Right now I'm not sure," he said ' yesterday. "I'll probably end up playing football, but I don't ; know. . . . It's pretty tough because it's a big opportunity that I might have to pass up if I decide to play football." The 6-foot-l, 185-pound Brohm, ; who led Trinity to the Class 4-A Brohm state football title last fall, signed with U of L in February and is widely regarded as the biggest catch for coach Howard Schnel-lenberger in his four years. Is he about to get away? "Well, you always worry, but we feel very strongly that he'll be here with us in the fall," said U of L quarterbacks coach Gary Nord, who recruited Brohm. "He has indicated to me that he will do everything he planned on doing from day one. This doesn't surprise me at all. We knew there was a chance of this happening because we were aware that he's an outstanding baseball player." Nord said Brohm was given permission to play both sports at U of L. ' "If he goes our route, he can do both," Nord said. "If he goes the other way and baseball falls through, he has nothing to fall back on. I think football is his first love and that the exposure and education he'd get here in his four years are very important to him." Brohm, a shortstoppitcher who batted .490 and posted a 5-0 record for Trinity this season, is hitting about .600 for the Fern Creek Babe Ruth team after six games. "He's definitely a professional prospect at some point in time," U of L baseball coach John Mason said. "He's just got good, raw talent." Major-league scouts have noticed and have been showing up at Brohm's Babe Ruth games in droves lately. During the past 10 days a trickle has turned into a flood, and IHSAA held in contempt for delaying golf tourney Associated Press LAPORTE, Ind. A judge found the Indiana High School Athletic Association in contempt yesterday for postponing sectional play in the boys' State Golf Tournament because of a question about one athlete's eligibility. The ruling was the latest round in a legal battle between South Bend Adams senior James Richey and the IHSAA. Richey played the regular season under an injunction issued in South Bend that prohibited the IHSAA from declaring him ineligible under its transfer rule. The IHSAA countered by postponing sectional play, a decision that affects more than 1,700 golfers from 354 schools competing at 28 sites. "I don't think we would ever conduct a tourney where one of the participants was playing under a court injunction," IHSAA spokesman Bob Williams said from his Indian apolis office. No decision has been made about rescheduling the tournament, he said, adding that course availability might be a problem. LaPorte Circuit Judge Robert Get-tinger ruled the IHSAA in civil contempt of the injunction but did not levy a fine or order that the tournament be played. The case had been moved to LaPorte after the injunction was issued. Richey claims the rule that requires transfer students to give up one year of eligibility violates his constitutional rights. The IHSAA says the rule discourages transfers for athletic reasons. Richey transferred from Georgia, where he had moved with his family after attending Adams his freshman and sophomore years. A civil trial to settle the issue of Richey's eligibility is scheduled for June 8, the day the championship round of the tournament was to have been played. Roosevelt runners chase 9th straight state title Continued from Page D 1 aged its dynasty virtually without any aid from field-event participants. Of the 394 points the Panthers have rolled up in winning their past seven titles, a not-so-grand total of nine have come from the field one point in the shot put last year and eight in the shot in 1985. Campbell, who will be inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame on June 28, will need points from anybody and everybody this year. For the first time since 1980, the Panthers don't appear invincible. They lost their sectional for the first time since 1980, being outpointed 98-94 by Gary Mann. Roosevelt bounced back to win the regional last week, but a mistake in the sectional could come back to haunt it tomorrow. Campbell's 400 relay team, which had been among the fastest in the state, was disqualified after Shawn Turner and Joe Jones ran out of the exchange zone while passing the baton. "I felt like they were definitely capable of scoring at the state meet, but I don't think it will cost us that much," Campbell said. Still, things haven't been as easy as usual the past couple of years for Roosevelt. Its 41-point winning total last year was the smallest of the past seven years, as was the seven-point winning margin. Campbell wouldn't say the dynasty is slipping, but be admitted that track doesn't seem to hold the allure it once did for young men at Roosevelt. -"I'm not sure over the last two or tlftee years we've been getting the kids out we need to," he said. "We definitely haven't had the numbers we've had in the past. Things are changing, and I guess a lot of people are finding track requires too great a price." Track under Campbell requires a lot. He's a taskmaster, by his own admission, a guy who says, "We find kids and develop them to their po tential. Or until they quit." No, life in the Roosevelt fast lane isn't easy. But it is successful. Jeffersonville coach Mark Lam- bertus said the chances are very good for a third straight top-four fin ish by his Red Devils. "I think we're ready to peak," the third-year coach said. "Last year the state meet was by far and away our best meet of the year for guys in the running events. If things would happen our way completely, it's not just a shadow dream to think we can win it. "We're just going to go up there and let the cowboys ride. We're go ing to go for it." Lead cowboy in the Jeff posse is junior sprinter Shane Lacy. He fin ished third in both the 100 and 200 a year ago and is expected to chal lenge for first in both this year, es pecially the 200. "Lacy has a chance to do very, very well," Lambertus said. Others Lambertus is hoping to get points from are 800 man Mike Stanton, hurdler Jermaine Ross, long- jumper Mike Meriwether and the 400 and 1,600 relays. Distance runner Neil Crouse of Silver Creek and weightmen Sam Sumner of Borden and Paul Pum- phrey of New Albany also should be in contention for big points. Despite a slow regional time be cause the race was run in rain and wind, Crouse should be a major threat in the 3,200. Sumner and Pumphrey should be in on the battle for second place in the discus behind Gregg Hart of Homestead, who has an excellent chance of setting a state record. Cardinals' Worrell to be Knee surgery won't keep out longer than expected Ewing out next season ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis relief pitcher Todd Worrell, who has been : sidelined since May 13 by a groin injury, will-not return as soon as hoped for, Cardinals manager Whi-tey Herzog said. Worrell, 29, experienced pain while pitching on the sidelines before the Cardinals' game Tuesday l night against Houston. Herzog, who had hoped to have Worrell pitch in ; a Double-A game tonight in Spring- , field, 111., said Worrell's schedule has been set back at least two days. Worrell, the National League's Rookie of the Year in 1986, has 112 saves in a little more than three seasons. He has six saves in seven opportunities this year. Since he went on the 15-day disabled list, St. Louis has 4ost 10 of 14 games. Associated Press NEW YORK Patrick Ewing, who led the New York Knicks to their first Atlantic Division title in almost two decades, underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee yesterday. Dr. Norman Scott, who performed the procedure, said no new damage was found and said the 7-foot center will be ready for next season. He said the procedure was similar to the one performed on point guard Mark Jackson that sidelined him for just three weeks during the season. "Since we had operated on the knee five years ago, we wanted to look at it again," Scott said. A full and completely recovery is expected. Tuesday night there were 21 scouts on hand to analyze Brohm's talents. "This all hit me at once," he said. "Before last week I had no idea about all of this." Among the many teams interested are the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. The Reds and Blue Jays have expressed the most interest Brohm will attend an invitation-only Reds workout Saturday. He also has been invited to Toronto this weekend but hasn't decided whether he'll go. Brohm said most teams are looking at him as a shortstop or outfielder because of his speed (4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash). Don Beckhart of Louisville, a part-time scout for the Phillies, called Brohm a "super athlete." "He's the best all-around athlete I've seen in the Louisville area in a long, long time," Beckhart said. "He's got jets; he can fly." No one seems quite sure what sparked the increased interest in Brohm, who had been in contact with only a few clubs before the Babe Ruth season. "We knew he was a good baseball player as well as football, but we didn't know this many other people knew it, too," said Oscar Brohm, Jeffs father and his Babe Ruth coach. "We didn't think we'd have to make a decision now; we thought it would come up down the road." How much money would it take for his son to pass up his scholarship to sign a baseball contract? "That's what the scouts have been asking me," Oscar Brohm ' said, laughing. 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