Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on October 2, 1971 · Page 13
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Saturday, October 2, 1971
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CITY.'..' 1 ' M Tl Trrf ityrrwi Vrttmn I t r. "J, I - - : ,' 1 I L 'i ' ; 'I. , t ' , Saturday, Oclobvr2, 197J 1: V , V Page 75 NAU definite pons underdog to Bulldogs " ' By BILL NIXON - ; Republic SporU Writer .,' FLAGSTAFF - K Northern Arizona's frustrated Lumberjacks even gel a first down today, it will be classified as I . moral victory. That's how much an underdog (38 points) tl homestanding Axcrs ire against the Drake University Bulldogs of the Missouri Valley Conference. Kicknff is 1:30 p.m. at Lumberjack Stadium, and it will count in the Big Sky Conference standings. The Drake game thanks a lot guys!) was designated a conference tussle by league fathers because NAU needed another ( fourth i game to qualify for the loop championship of all things. Drake has an excellent football team (10 three-year Icttcrmen) and the quarterback. Dennis Redmond, and running backs. Burt Pcrlow and Jerry I lesion, who led the Bulldogs to a 34-17 win here last season, are back. The Dcs Moines team was a three-touchdown favorite in 1970, but had to fight for its life to get the win. Drake so far this season has lost to New Mexico State. 7-3, but defeated Abilene Christian. 34-17. and University of Louisville, 10-7. Louisville was shocked last week. The Cardinals didn't expect to lose this season especially in the MVl. The, Jack Wallace coached I'.ulldncs are defensively sound. Just look at the record this year. The heart of the defense is the linebacker corps all let-lermen Sieve Parkhurst, Dean Vaughn. Vic Franchise and George Syp-niewski. There will be some new faces defensively for NAU, currenlly mired in an It panic losing streak, including the final eight games of 1970. Freshmen Bruce Ivor. 6-3, 218 of Phoenix Central, gets a tackle berth, while Tucson Amphitheatre's Bill Wagner, 5-10, 197, draws a linebacker berth. Biggest surprise from last week (Weber Statel to now is the opening whistle benching of veteran although a sophomore Kino Flores, defensive end. Sophomore Vince Crcviston. of Bisbec, who performed well against Weber State in the Big Sky opener, gets the call again over Craig Holland at quarterback. The game will be played in clear, but crisp weather after a snow-scare earlier this week. It will be broadcast live by Flagstaff radio KCLS, with Jim Fox on play-byplay. D ?r i it, :mm l . Republic pholo by Nvle Leathern Ball bounces away as Lakers' Hap'Hairston pins Suns' Neal Walk in action last night at Coliseum. Jerry West (44) watches. Suns won, J 23-101. , J 'V l our irominrnt NAU Lumbrrjark in Dralvf jamr imlav, from Wilt tree-mendous but Phoenix wins Bv DAVE Wilt Chamberlain scored 27 points, retrieved 13 rebounds and blocked eight shots last night as basketball visited the Coliseum fur the first time this season. In capsule if anyone 7-foot l can be capsuled it was one of Wilt's finest performances in Phoenix. "Too bad," sighed Los Angeles coach Bill Sharman, "that it was wasted when everyone else played so poorly." Wilt's unusual ' high-gear production enabled the Lakers to come within 22 points of a Phoenix Suns club that treated 6.096 to a wire-to-wire 123-101 triumph. The Suns reached 3-1 on preseason charts by outbattling their victims under the backboards (61-37 rebound advantage), moving the ball (33 assists) and producing eight dual-figure scorers. Suns coach Cotton Fitzsimmons, who didn't precisely label the win a spring-hoard to the NBA title, said merely: "I'd rather be 3-1 than 1-3. That sounds like a Frank Kush line, doesn't it?" If Cotton was having problems singling out heroes, blame it on his balance Paul Silas' 31-minute stint was the longest duty by any single Sun. y .viss fi J HICKS And the sleek Mr. Silas made Hie most of it. He scored 18 points, policed 11 rebounds and stole the ball four times, triggering a quick-reacting Phoenix defense that left the Lakers looking disorganized. "My whole attitude has changed." smiled Silas, who shed some 30 pounds during off-season. "1 know 1 can do much more this year, and thinking it is half the battle. Before, I had the anticipation but not the quickness. Now I've got the other half." With ailing Jerry West taking only three shots in 20 minutes and Gail Goodrich scoring four points, the Lakers' only zing came from Chamberlain. By contrast, the Suns were hustling from the outset as they erected a quick 11-2 margin and spent the rest of the evening beating the Lakers to rebounds and loose balls. Clem Haskins was an early key with eight first-period points. It remained for Dennis Layton to pop eight fourth-quarter points, good for a game-high 21 for the Suns. The former Phoenix College ace doesn't make many rookie mistakes and should be a crowd favorite. The Suns got effective play from both centers Neal Walk and Otto Moore and Connie Hawkins' statistics don't reflect some of his hardest-working moments since joining the club. The Suns host Milwaukee tomorrow night in the second game of a double-header, with LA and Houston matched in the 5:50 p.m. opener. LOS ANGELES Baylor ChiimHrltln Ellii Erickson Goodrich Hairston McMlllian Robinson FO PT Reb Atl TP 3- 7 34 . 1108 S- 1 1-5 to 4- 4 'I i i 32 -1 W 4 10 II 0 I 25 1- It 36 4 15 14 20 1.4 4. t Roberson Wesi 4 3 11 101 Tl olalt: Hit 15-34 3 PHOENIX Counlt Harris Hasklrn Hawkins Lavton Voor Silas Tavlor Van Arsdala Walk Wetrol Total: Scon bv Periods: MP PO PT Rtb Ast TP t P- ' 1 i V 10-14 I- I S . 4 ?1 II 410 0-0 $ 0 1 Jl 4-14 - I II J II 1-30- 0 0 0 3 ? 515 I- I ) 11 V S-14 5 1) 11 S0-1M M-21 41 U 121 , LOS ANGELES PHOENIX M N 14 30-101 14-111 it Total foul: Phoanlx 21, Lot Angolas 11 Fouled out: None Turnovers: Phoenix 26, Los Angeles 24 ' FGV Phoenix 44, Los Angeles 24 FT: Phoenix 12, Los Angeles 74 AM.: 4,094. Staff selections ARIZONA STATE VS. TEXAS-EL PASO VERNE BOATNER (6-1): ASU 42. UTEP 10 "Snutterino Devil offense finally exolodes." BOB EGER (2-01: ASU 31, UTEP 21 - "Sun Devils start to oather momentum." BOB JACOBSEN (2-0): ASU 31, UTEP 17-"Mlners' defense finally caves In as they turn Green with envy." ARIZONA VS. TEXAS TECH BOATNER: Texas Tech 20, UA 14 - "I'm not from Missouri, but 'Cats still have to show . me." STEVE WESTON (2-0): UA, II. Texas Tech 20 "A victory could send Arizona wlngina towards an exceptional season." , NORTHERN ARIZONA VS. DRAKE BOATNER: Orake 27, NAU 13-"Oh, It's a lonq way from her to December -' BILL NIXON (1-5): Drake 17, NAU l -"Axers Improve every week, but Drake vet-trans loo much." Irfl, lincbackrr Mikr Borttrhrr, Moody Blue, Steady Dave open series Associated Press It'll be MtKKly Blue against Steady Dave in the American League and the well-rested Bucs against the gasping Bay Boys in the National League today as four clubs begin the battle for two World Scries berths. At Baltimore, the Orioles, who have won the East title in all three seasons since divisional play began, will start with yeteran Dave McNally (21-5), a 20 - game winner for. four successive seasons. For the Oakland A's. newcomers to championship play, sensational youngster Vida Blue (24-8) seemingly tense on ' Continued on Page 81 Sports Editor yfmm: noATSEii Take their money. run THE CUSTOMERS ALWAYS WRITE: Dear Sir: As one of your devoted Sun City fans, I've gotta' rein you in on your logic re the Washington Senators' shift. Clark Griffith had to quit and move to Minnesota when the fans quit going to the ball park. Neither Bob Short nor anyone else can continue to pour a couple of million bucks a year into a losing proposition . . . . . . Many of the Senators' horn games drew less than the Phoenix Giants. If Washingtonians don't want Big League baseball, why should the American League insult them by staying? After all, restaurants, theaters, filling stations even newspapers and magazines fold up when the local public doesn't support them . . JOHN G.GREEN That's the whole point, John. They didn't fold up. When those other bu-sincsses you mention shut their doors, docs the public get blamed? Or the shoddy management that couldn't produce a product appetizing to you and mc? Although owners like to bandy it around as an alibi, attendance isn't , necessarily the determining factor in shifting a" franchise. The Dodgers and Giants weren't doing badly in New York, nor were the Braves in , Milwaukee nor the A's in KC. The owners simply saw greener pastures, took their money and ran. Once the novelty wears off, attend-. ance In Texas won't be anything to brag about either unless the prod- ' uct improves. But, ah, those rich radio-TV rights, dirt-cheap stadium and , virtual underwriting of Short's extravagant spending over the past . few years' was the irrcstable lure. ' : Dear Sir: ... The world docs extend beyond the Potomac, and if people out West can fullback Dill Tale, roach Ed PcaMf), and halfback Danny White. Streaking ASU to host Miners Bv DOR TKMPK It's been a long time since rii Stale's Sun Devils have lotit a football game. It's been even longer since they've lost one to Tcxas-F.l Taso's Miners. The Miners hope to do something about it at 7:30 tonight when they visit Sun Devil Stadium for a Western Athletic Conference encounter. A croud in excess of 50.000 and a temperature in the 70s are expected. The Sun Devils arc favored by two touchdowns to win their 20th straight game and dump the Miners for the 13th time in a row. LTEP hasn't beaten A-Statc since support a baseball team which the Eastern establishment cannot do, why deny them the game? . . It is hardly seedy to break even at the gate ... It's income and dough that makes Vida throw toward the plate and keeps Mays running counter clockwise . . . BILL MANG Okay, Bill, suppose you're the proud owner of a ball club. Suppose the city of Phoenix built' a brand spanking new park (ala RFK stadium) for you and rented it at a ridiculously low fee. Suppose you ran to the legislature and pleaded successfully to be exempted from restraints confronting other businesses. Also, you badger the public that since we already have an investment in your future it is our civic duty to buy your product. But suppose, because of your fumbling mismanagement and a cruddy product, you weren't rolling in greenbacks. You think you ought to be allowed to pick up and move tomorrow, no strings attached? On that day when professional sports teams agree to build and maintain their own facilities, ask no money from taxpayers and no big favors from politicians, they should be al-. lowed to do as they please. But not one darn minute before! t Dear Sir: Sports Illustrated quotes Arizona State coach Frank Kush . . . "We'll throw three sets of backs against them. Two sets at least." The record of the first two games shows Kush' going essentially with one . backfield save for some token time by a chap named Monroe Eley ... , 1 , FRANK BORG . If you believe football coaches, Frank, you'll believe anybody. Didn't you know that coaches like ladies reserve the . right !o change their minds? ' It V.: V,.... EGLR 19.. and the majority of the Sun Devils' victories since then have been onc-sided. This year's Miner nutlil appears better equipped than recent editions to do something about it. A leaky defense has ruined the Miners in past meetings with A-Statc, but coach Bobby Dobbs' current club leads the WAC in rushing defense and the longest gain it has permitted in three games is 19 yards. And the Miners catch ASU with its quarterback position in a state of flux. Danny White, who went all the way in the 18-17 win over Houston and started last week's 41-21 victory over Utah, has been ruled nut of this one due to a shoulder injury. ' That leaves the starting job in the hands of junior Rick Brown, who came off the bench to preserve the Utah victory. Backing him up is senior Grady Hurst, who rejoined the team Tuesday after an absence of more than three weeks. The Devils would be quite happy to win it with their ground game, which features the power thrusts of fullback Brent McGanahan up the middle and the lightning speed of halfback Woody Green around the ends. But there's evidence to suggest they'll have to fling the pigskin around a little to keep the Miners from stacking their defense against the run. You can be sure the visitors will be doing some flinging of their own. They boast the league's best one-two quarterback punch in Gary Kcithlcy and Bill Craigo. Kcithlcy, the celebrated transfer from the University of Texas, has taken the starting job away from Craigo, who led the WAC in total offense last year. UTEP rolled over Texas-Arlington, 38-9, and Pacific, 21-3, before falling 14-6 to Arizona last week. . Roadrunners fall to Gulls By FRANK GIANELU Republic Sports Writer TRAIL, B.C. - Nothing much has changed in the Phoenix San Diego hockey wars. Just like old times, there were flare-ups of past feuds and bursts of new rumbles as the Gulls beat the Road-runners, 4-1, here last night in the first tuneup exhibition for each. Tonight the Roadrunners meet ' the ' town team Maple Leaves at their Nelson Camp site, hoping for more goals and ,' more luck. Both were sparce last night. San Diego built a 4-0 lead before the Roadrunners got on the scoreboard with three minutes to play. Ragged at times, Phoenix held a six- Continued on Page 77 h ' ' i A

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