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NBA Playoff Results 5G Rutherford Lacks Speed . . . . . . 56 American League Baseball 58 National League Results ......... 58 Pro, Amateur Scoreboard CO THURSDAY May 20, 1982 Page 55 ymids f a Umideir St '( a By TOM SQUIRES More than a fourth of the way through the season and the Nashville Sounds have yet to boast a y-ioning record. ?buld that .500 hump be too sleep? Last night marked the fourth time since the April 9 season-opener that Nashville has had a chance to show more wins than losses. But, Birmingham's 3-2 win before 3,571 at Herschel Greer Stadium dropped the Sounds' record back to 19-20. t "The hump isn't that steep," said Sounds' manager Johnny Dates. "I promise you that we'll get over it." - DESPITE THE loss, Nashville still remained in second place in the Southern League Western Division standings, just Vk games in back of pace-setting Knoxville. With two outs in the ninth, Birmingham struck for a double and Iwo singles to score the go-ahead jun off reliever Ken Smith and 4ialt the Sounds' current winning streak at three games. For the second straight night, the Sounds attempted to pull out a victory in the bottom of the ninth and loaded the bases with two outs before Baron reliever . Dave Gumpert, the victim of Tuesday night's winning rally, came on to get the final out on a grounder to third. GUMPERT CAME on in relief of Birmingham starter Homer Moncrief who had allowed only two Sounds' hits over the first eight innings, but gave up a couple of singles, a wild pitch and an intentional walk to load the sacks in the final inning. Dave Banes' high chopper to third on a 3-2 pitch ended the game. Gumpert notched the save while Moncrief walked seven and fanned four in evening his record at 3-3. Right-hander Chris Lein, making his first start of the season for Nashville, allowed only six hits and two runs in a little more than seven innings of work and may have earned a spot in the starting rotation. "I thought I threw okay," said the New York native, who got off to a fast start in the bullpen but has struggled of late. "I threw 75 pitches and only eight curves. I had a good sinker, but lost it in the second inning with bad mechanics and gave up those runs. "TD LIKE another chance at a start. We've got a stockyard of relievers and this is a good op-' Eortunity for me. But, that will e a decision Johnny (Oates) will have to make and I'll live with whatever it is because I know it' will be for the, good of . the Sounds," said Lein. Oates says Lein will probably get that next chance. "I thought he pitched well and deserves to stay in the rotation," said Oates. ;. But, the Sounds' skipper says he's still looking for a stopper in the bullpen. "Ken came in and made some good pitches. But, two-thirds of an inning doesn't make a ball game. Twice he got the ball in on hitters in crucial situations. When you get the ball in on hitters late in the game, you're messing with fire," said Oates. Hitting was also a concern of Oates' last night. (Turn to Page 60, Column 1) Vf V ' - Mr. Y '4 , X v 4 f -1 A Carrying Big Sticks Staff photo by J.T. Phillips Trevecca College's hitting power is one reason the I Trojans' top batsmen. They are, from the left, first Trojans have advanced to the NAIA Area 5 tour-1 baseman Mark Brown, designated hitter Bob Ami-nament at Savannah, Go. These are three of the ty, and third baseman Wayne Pucltett. Me TeoDiruDs: Brown-Styslinger Duel Follows 4-Man Thriller By CINDY SMITH Rarely does a doubles match take center stage in a -tennis tournament. The crowds tend to watch only the singles' matches with just' the " tennis purists, and moms and . dads, hanging around for the doubles. TAKE FOR example, today's 9 a.m. dream match between Chattanooga Baylor senior Mark Styslinger and Overton freshman Ricky Brown, both nationally ranked, for the TSSAA Boys' State tennis championship. Now, that's a pre-determined, ' money's worth crowd pleaser. But, even that long-awaited,, much-talked-about Styslinger-Brown showdown may have to take a back seat as the best match of 1982. YESTERDAY'S DOUBLES battle between Styslinger and partner Bob Williams and the doubles team from Montgomery Bell Academy of Danny De-Blanc and John Gallaher will at least be remembered as a suitable warmup for the Styslinger-. Brown battle. When the two and a half hour first-round doubles match was over, Styslinger-Williams had finally defeated DeBlanc-Gal-laher by the astonishing score of 6-7, with a 6-8 tiebreaker, 7-5, 7-5 to wrap up the boys team title for the Red Raiders. Overton and MBA still have a shot for the second spot. THE GIRLS' team title is still up in the air with Memphis Craigmont, Memphis Briar-crest and Chattanooga's Girls Preparatory School all in the championship picture. Memphis Hutchison's Debbie Jones meets GPS' Elisabeth Donnovin, the pre-tournament favorite, today at 9 a.m. for the girls' title. Doubles finals will follow. MBA's team chances rested solely on DeBlanc, a junior, and Gallaher, a sophomore, and the duo played with an intensity usually reserved for singles or at least championships not first-round doubles. THE INTENSITY was not just on the side of the locals. "We wanted to clinch it for Baylor," said Styslinger, a senior. "We were off today and just couldn't put it away." Baylor coach Mose Payne, whose teams have now won the state twice in his five years as head coach, said the first set loss gave him confidence. "I knew when they lost that first set in the tiebreaker that Mark and Bob would win," said Payne. ' "There were winners on both sides of the court, an incredibl-ly Intense match," Payne said. "It just came down to who ,wanteditthemost." (Turn to Page 59, Column 4) A 4 1 t .n.imniiM.W u.ji ji i,wmi i i,.p.iiuw hi 'toft MBA's Boys Are Best; Girls Title to Brannon Ay V 4 4 ' ' - - .-..,. . ,. , J ,1! ,v s rvvvv -1 ' , Ricky Brown Gains Singles Finals By LARRY TAFT Tennessean Sports Writer CHAPEL HILL, Tenn. The Montgomery Bell Academy golf team and Kelly Brannon of Franklin Page answered challenges in winning the TSSAA State Golf Tournament Championships yesterday. MBA, led by individual champion David Williamson, breezed to the boys team crown with a record 599 score. BRANNON, WHO entered the final 18 holes of the 36-hole event with a three-stroke lead, won the girls individual title- after being forced into a sudden-death playoff by Germantown's Cynthia Gianinni. Defending champion Ger-mantown, winner of its last 41 dual matches, captured the girls title, besting Franklin Road Academy by four strokes . in one of the most competitive tournaments on record. The Big Red challenge wasn't nearly as serious as the playoff which Brannon faced. It was, in fact, a "deal" Fairbairn made in April. "Jim Brown, who is obnoxi? ous at times," Fairbairn jokingly explained, "said I should be willing to shave my mustache if they won the state. I agreed, and they made good on the challenge. , "I REALLY like the personality of this team. It wasn't as tal ented as last year's, and maybe . that team sensed I wasn't as fond of it as I might have been. This group played well under the pressure of the state, especially for such young team. I was a little surprised by the scores in the tournament." Williamson, who tacked a 1-over par 73 onto his first-day total of 70, described his team's effort as "flat good." "When I came in at the turn today, I knew we were in the thick of things. I didn't play as well today as yesterday (Tues- O See Results on Page 60 day), but I knew the team title, was at stake and I never gambled, not once during the whole round," Williamson said. "I found out on the 15th that we had won it. "I had a bogey on 17 and then made a back-door birdie on 18 to win the individual title. I had no idea that I needed that birdie to win it." WILLIAMSON IS the only senior on the Big Red team, which was 14 strokes ahead of runner-up Johnson City Science Hill. Jim Brown (74-146) and Tom Duncan (75-154) are juniors while Marvin Morris (77-156) is a sophomore. With the addition French McKnight, a sophomore who did not play in the state, MBA figures to be a (Turn to Page 59, Column 1) Metro Council Passes Puck To Schmittou iHE FIRST play by Metro Council af- pr Larry Schmittou's third-down f a month ago, was a quick kick leaving Nashville's hockey en trepreneur in great field position for yet one more scoring opportunity. , Asking Schmittou if he is satisfied with the new contract with the city for the use of Municipal Auditorium as a home for his hockey team the next two years is like asking a rabbit if it likes lettuce. ; , " "IF OUR HOCKEY team doesn't succeed now, it's all our fault," Schmittou said yesterday after applauding Metro Council's approval of his new contractual arrangement for the auditorium. "The Council has given us a chance, and . that's really all we ever asked. I am grateful for the overwhelming support the members of the Council demonstrated with that 30-5 vote. "In the process, I think it should be pointed out that the immediate result of all this controversy is our town is assured of a nicer municipal facility. Ap-'. propriations have been made that will: ;repair every seat in the house, repair; fcvery rest room and make our rink '?nuch more attractive to our fans, our !0. V TTr ayem: mm JOHN BIBB : . . . . tront ioi lot ... team and to all those visiting clubs to appear here." Does he feel he won the battle with the Council? "I don't feel it's fair to any of us concerned to answer that question at this time," Schmittou responded. "If you must wonder who won, I'd say the answer won't be known for another two years. Ask me then. But again, I feel the Council acted responsibly in offering us a chance. Now our task with the hockey team is to eliminate many of the mistakes we made in our first year. I think I know much more about promoting hockey than I did at this time last year. "WE WILL MAKE Immediate changes, such as lowering ticket prices, pushing for at least 1,000 season-ticket holders and offering more attractive package deals for businesses and groups in the community. I am absolutely convinced there is a strong enough segment of hockey fans here for us to succeed. Now that we have corrected some of the contractural problems that I considered objectionable, we're on the way." Actually, Schmittou and his hockey team were on the way last month. While continuing to espouse his belief that hockey would work in Nashville but had not had a fair chance, a pouting Schmittou sacked the pucks and declared he. was taking the team elsewhere, possibly , to Knoxville or Huntsville. This announced intention of departure left 40 holes in the auditorium's calendar and a facility, that had taken the brunt of stinging criticism from various sources, including Schmittou. . At the time, Schmittou steadfastly denied any hint that he had snookered the Council into a corner and was delighted that Council's demands that he assure hockey here for five years and that he pick up the $85,000 tab for the ice-related equipment at the auditorium was offering him a chance to leave gracefully.. There are those who felt he had dropped the monkey on Council's back while taking an anvil off his. Whatever was his gut feeling at the time, the fact that the first year hockey venture had cost his corporation a reported $200,000, didn't dull Schmittou's enthusiasm for the game. He said he would continue in the game, and was considering moving the franchise to Knoxville or Huntsville. Neither site worked out, although in all honesty, Schmittou never made a big push for either spot, particularly after Knoxville interests said "Thanks, but no thanks," and Huntsville interests seemed quite happy with their college hockey program. "WE NEVER really went back to Huntsville after our initial meeting there, although they had worked out a plan where we would have had 40 dates, okay, but they weren't the most attractive you can imagine," Schmittou said. "Still, that's all behind us now. We got started late last year, and we have at least a two months Jump on that schedule of last summer. By the time October rolls around and we are ready to start our second season, I'm positive we'll have our ducks in a row and ready to offer an outstanding team and an excit- . ingyear." Meanwhile, Schmittou's quest now is to secure a suitable working arrangement with one of the National Hockey League clubs for a AAA minor league team here. "I don't foresee any real difficulty in getting a working agreement," Schmittou said, "although I can't honestly tell you that all I have to do is pick up telephone and make a deal. It's going to take some negotiating, but we'll work something out, and it will be as a AAA club." ,f Nashville's hockey team last year was a farm club with the Minnesota North Stars. The arrangement wasn't altogether satisfactory, although it's possible Minnesota could be the parent club again. Other possibilities are believed to be Calgary, the New York Rangers, Vancouver and Colorado. , "We'll make a decision as soon as possible. We have a couple of months more than a year ago, but we want to get everything going right away;' Schmittou said. j

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