Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on January 31, 1984 · Page 21
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REPUBLIC FINAL The Arizona Republic TugfJanuary 31, 1984 Lelsure&Arts 77?e celebrity-spawning entertainment industry is loaded with aspirants to "nextness. " Take Jose Luis Rodriguez. He is the next Julio Iglesias, just as Iglesias was the new Frank Sinatra last year. C5. College basketball C2 Prep basketball C2 Wranglers C2 Update C3 Scoreboard C4 Verne Boatner .2" A. Canyon trims Southern Utah with defense By Mark Armijo Republic Staff Grand Canyon College, forced to rely on its defense for a second consecutive game, used every bit of it to hold off Southern Utah State, 43-41, Monday night at Antelope Gym. The Antelopes (17-5), who shocked NAIA No. 1-ranked Westmont (Calif.) College on Saturday with a tenacious defense, again suffered from a subpar shooting night. Canyon hit 35 percent of its shots against Westmont and sank 19 of 45 (42 percent) against Southern Utah State (7-14). But while the Canyon offense went scoreless during the final seven minutes of the first half, its defense kept the Antelopes in the game by holding Southern Utah scoreless over the last nine minutes and giving the Antelopes an 18-15 halftime lead. "After the big game on Saturday, I foresaw that we would have problems," said Canyon coach John Shumate. "We were due for a bad game, anyway. But to play as badly as we did and still win says something." The Thunderbirds went another three minutes into ' the second half before they could score but still managed to keep within striking distance of Canyon. - Southern Utah finally tied it, 37-37, on a basket by Maz Trakh with 3:22 left in the game. Canyon guard Bryan Williams, who was hounded by a diamond-and-one defense much of the game, then sank only his second field goal of the night for a 39-37 lead. Kevin Tucker followed that with two free throws for a four-point lead with 1:26 left. Southern Utah cut the margin to two points, but a Canyon free throw made it 42-39. Trakh missed a shot with 26 seconds left, and Canyon's Mike Boatright grabbed the rebound and, while falling out of bounds, threw it to Tucker. Tucker was fouled and sank one of two free throws for a four-point lead, 43-39, with 22 seconds remaining. "We tried a lot of different defensive combinations on them, and we changed our offense completely, but they never lost their poise," said Southern Utah coach Bob Schermerhorn. "Being patient on offense is new to us, but I didn't think we could run-and-gun with them. You have to give their defense a lot of credit. They took away our inside game." Southern Utah State's 7-foot-l center Bob Evans and 6-8 forward John Pierce combined for 16 rebounds but only 14 points. Boatfight and 6-3 forward Billy Carter hauled in 13 rebounds and scored 12 points between them for Canyon. Freshman Jean Marc Grindatto scored 10 points and Tucker nine. - i - '-. 1 v Giant-killing matter-of-fact for Shumate There have been too many coincidences in the life of John Shumate for. him to take them lightly. Saturday night, Shumate's Grand Canyon College basketball team upset unbeaten, NAIA No. 1-ranked Westmont College of Santa Barbara, Calif., 47-46, running the Antelopes' record to a surprising 16-5 (17-5 after Monday's win). ' Ten years ago Saturday, Shumate scored 27 points as Notre Dame ended UCLA's 88-game winning streak. "Both teams were 18-0," said Shumate, in his first year as coach at Canyon. "UCLA was ranked No. 1. Beating UCLA as a player and 10 years later as a coach beating Westmont have been the high points of my athletic career." Shumate, an All-American at Notre Dame and a former NBA. player, also remembers how he got the Grand Canyon job. At the prodding of his wife, Marilyn, and his father-in-law, he got out of a sickbed, drove to Canyon and found Athletic Director Gil Stafford holding the door open for Shumate to come in. "I didn't think I had a chance," he said. "I didn't even think they would grant me an interview. I was just going to put in an application. I told my wife, 'They'll hire some buddy (friend).'" Then there was the time he was in a coronary intensive care unit in South Bend, Ind., when he was 18. He thought he .was dying of a rare,. blood disorder " , , : ' "I was really depressed," Shumate said. "I said, 'Oh, my God . . .' I dropped off to sleep about 3 o'clock that afternoon. "I had a dream there were some Sean Brady Republic Up in arms Bob Evans (52) of Southern Utah State keeps the ball away from Grand Canyon's Rick Davis (left) and Jean Marc Grindatto in the first hajf of Monday night's, game at ' Antelope Gym. Canyon beat Southern Utah Sfate,"43-4i; ' UA batters Dominguez Hills in baseball opener with 18 hits. Senior second baseman Bobby Ralston and sophomore catcher Scott Engle had four hits each. "It's nice to get started on a positive note," Ralston said. "It was important to me because I didn't have a good fall with the bat. "I think we're going to have a solid lineup this year. We've got good contact hitters at every spot. Last year, we struck out too much sometimes." Arizona scored in each of the first eight innings and had eight extra-base hits. Freshman third baseman Chip Hale hit a home run in the second inning. "It was a good offensive performance," Kindall said. "We had a couple of rough edges, but I have no negative feelings at all. "We were ready to play with our arms, our legs and our hearts." The Wildcats scored two runs in the first inning, three in the second and two more in the third, grabbing a 7-1 lead. The Toros never mounted a serious challenge. think I was starting to lose a little something by then." Magrane said a wind that gusted to 35 mph played havoc with his mechanics. "The wind tended to blow me off balance at the top of my windup," he said. "I had trouble maintaining a consistent release point." Magrane, who had a 6-4 record and a 3.69 earned-run average for a 25-31 Arizona team last season, was selected to Collegiate Baseball's preseason All-America team. The Wildcats backed Magrane dering two runs in the sixth. "Joe pitched well, very well," said Arizona coach Jerry Kindall. "He was able to get his curve over, and he showed no pattern to the hitters. He was quite sharp for five innings." Magrane was more critical of his performance. "I didn't throw as well as I had hoped," he said. "I feel like I'm probably a couple of weeks away from being in top form. "I had a crappy last inning. I By Bob Eger Republic Staff TUCSON Sophomore pitcher Joe Magrane pitched five strong innings on Monday as the University of Arizona pounded California State-Dominguez Hills, 12-6, in the season opener for both teams at Wildcat Field. The 6-foot-6 left-hander from Morehead, Ky., allowed four hits and three runs Monday. He walked two and struck out three. He permitted one run on two hits through five innings before surren Dhnk&dl Injuries diminish glamour of NHL All-Star Game angels flying around in the air. This is the honest-to-goodnesa truth. There was a big angel dressed in white walking toward me, and it was fighting me." - Shumate jerked awake and sat up with all the electrodes dangling . . from his body in time to see his father, the Rev. Eugene Shumate of Orange, N.J., approaching. "From that point," Shumate said, "is when I started recovering. "I've had two miraculous-type situations happen to me in my lifetime. Once was when I saw that angel, and it was my father. The other was the day I got out of sickbed, put on a suit and came out here to see Gil Stafford." ) Shumate can't dismiss either incident easily. " . ; "I don't believe in coincidence," he said. "I' think everything that happens to you is a link to your destiny. "Like a lot of people say, 'You lucked out and made the right decision (in coming to Grand Canyon).' "I disagree. Every decision you make, every road you take is a road toward your destiny. "I think everything that has happened to me is a link toward my destiny." Shumate had to gird himself for what lay ahead at Grand Canyon. There were those who1 second-guessed Shumate's selection. He admits he had self-doubts. ,-. "It was mainly fear of the unknown," he said. "I was so confident and cocky getting the job and then I asked, 'Can I really coach? Will I really know what to do?' - Boatner, C2 TP board advises against stock sale to London group By Moon Mullins v Republic Staff The Board of Directors of Turf Paradise Inc., in a letter dated and made public Monday, urged stockholders not to sell shares of stock in the corporation to Ladbroke Group PLC of London "primarily on a belief that the price of $7 per share is inadequate." The letter, signed by Turf Paradise President Herb Owens, said the board "believes the intrinsic value of Turf 8 assets supports a higher price. ..." On Jan. 20, Ladbroke filed a cash-tender offer with the Securities and Exchange Commission in New York to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Turf Paradise for $7 a share. The TP Board of Directors then asked that its stockholders restrain from selling shares until Jan. 30 so that it could consider fully the Ladbroke offer. . In the letter, Owens told stockholders that the value of the property, consisting of 220 acres at 19th Avenue and Bell Road and adjacent to Interstate 17 in northwest Phoenix, "far exceeds its 1950s purchase price." " ' The letter also stated that Ladbroke "has never held a license or permit under Arizona's racing laws and regulations," adding that the obligation of Ladbroke to purchase any tendered shares "is expressly conditioned upon its obtaining all approvals." Officials representing Ladbroke in Phoenix declined comment It previously had been revealed that Ladbroke owned 127,000 shares of TP stock. Of the 2,406,275 outstanding shares, the officers and directors of Turf Paradise are holders of more than 920,000. . . From Jan. 1, 1981, to Jan. 1, 1983, Turf Paradise stock sold for between $2.75 and $6.50. More than 200,000 shares considered on the high side exchanged hands last week. It was unknown who was . doing a majority of the purchasing. The Over-the-Counter market on Monday afternoon quoted Turf Paradise shares at $7.38 to sell and $7.63 to buy. The high-water mark for buying set last week was $7.88. . NHL's second-leading 6corer " has a '" " groin injury; Dionne has an ankle injury; and Tanti cut his thumb in an accident last week at his home. . "We'll never be able to replace those players, no matter who you call on. They are the best in the world," said Edmonton coach Glenn Sather, who will direct the Campbell Conference. ' "The players who are here will have to work little harder to make this a gala affair without them." Sather questioned the severity of Tanti's injury, noting that the 20-year-old right wing played in league games over the weekend. "If you can play in a league game, you can play in an All-Star Game," Sather said. "Maybe he's so young he doesn't like to travel." Sather's starting unit has Gretzky at center, Edmonton's Mark Messier and ; Toronto's Rick.Vaive'at the wings and Edmonton's Paul Coffey and Rob Ramage of St. Louis on defense. Grant . Fuhr of the Oilers is expected to be the starting goaltender. , ' Wales Conference coach Al Arbour of the Islanders said he had not established his lineup. " ' The Oilers, who have the NHL's best record, are represented by a league-high six players: Gretzky, Messier, Coffey, Fuhr, Kevin Lowe and Glenn Anderson. "I think it'll be a high-scoring game," Sather said. "I don't expect a 1-, 0 or 2-0 game. The skills of players here : are too great." 'lItH be totally offensive," Potvin. ; said. "We'd like to keep them under 10 ' goals. Then we'll have a chance. It'll be totally offensive." Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The NHL will play a less than star-studded All-Star Game tonight as six big-name players will be sidelined because of injuries and the biggest star of all Wayne Gretzky is supposed to play , despite a sore shoulder. When the teams take the ice at the Brendan Byrne Arena, among the missing will be forwards Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier of the four-time champion New York Islanders, Jari Kurri of the Edmonton Oilers, Tony Tanti of the Vancouver Canucks and Marcel Dionne of the Los Angeles Kings. Goalie Al Jensen of the Washington Capitals also is sidelined because of an injury. Gretzky, who leads the NHL with 61 goals and 92 assists for 153 points, said Monday that a sprained right shoulder had left him at "half strength." But he,: said he would sit out the game only if the pain in his shoulder worsened . during a practice session this morning. - "Of course, it's sore. But I can play. I'll be a bit more careful than usual," said Gretzky, who will serve as captain of the Campbell Conference squad. "It's a funny injury; I can shoot the puck, but I can't extend my right arm," said Gretzky, who was injured Jan. 21 when he was knocked into the boards by Dave Taylor of the Kings. "Guys play with worse injuries than mine." Gretzky, 23, is playing in his fifth All-Star Game. In last year's game, he triggered the Campbell Conference-toa 9-3 victory by scoring four goals in the third period. ; Bossy and Trottier, ranked third and Today . Wayne Gretzky ! Plans to play despite injured1 shoulder ; sixth among NHL scoring leaders, both have knee injuries. Jensen, replaced by Glenn "Chico" Resch of the host New Jersey Devils, will join Bossy and Trottier on the Wales Conference casualty list. "We're without two players (Bossy and Trottier) that every fan on the East Coast identifies with as the greatest in the game," said Islanders defenseman Denis Potvin, captain of the Wales Conference team. "I keep thinking how much I'm going to miss them." The other absentees are from the Campbell Conference. Kurri, the Sports broadcasts Radio Rrep basketball Tolleson at Casa Grande, KCKY (1150),7p.m. Miami at Safford, KIKO (1340) and KO-FM (100.3), J15 p.m.

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