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Columbus, Indiana
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Tuesday, October 16, 1984
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Sports Shorts By Staff and Wire Reports , Pair Sliced INDIANAPOLIS The" Indiana Pacers Monday released forward Leroy Combs and guard Brook Steppe. . Combs, 6-foot-8, was a second-round draft pick last year. He averaged 4 points a game last season. Steppe, a 64 guard acquired from Kansas City in 1983, averaged 7 points a game. NBA teams cit their squads to 12 players by the first game of the season. The Pacers open Oct. 27 at home against Washington. Worst Golfer? NORWALK, Conn. - It's time for the worst to stand up and be counted. In its November issue Golf Digest launches a search to find the worst avid golfer in the country. To qualify for consideration as -"America's Worst Golfer" the candidate must be a man between ages 26 and 54 with no 'physical handicap. He must also have an established USGA handicap of at least 36 (the maximum for men) and play more than the national average of 21 rounds a year.. To enter the competition write to America's Worst Avid Golfer, Golf Digest, P.O. Box 5350, Nor-walk, Conn., 06856. The two worst nominees will play head-to-head on one of the country's top courses. Wealthy Blazer PORTLAND, Ore. The Portland Trail Blazers and Jim Paxson announced Monday they have agreed on a six-year contract that the team says puts the All-Star guard in a "fancy neighborhood" on his salary. Terms of the pact with the 27-year-old team captain were not disclosed, but Blazers President Larry Weinberg said earlier they would match any offer their star player received. Paxson led the Blazers' scoring last season for the third time in four years with a 21.3-point per game average. Towering Inferno? ' LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky basketball coach Joe Hall said Monday he is wary about the coming season following the loss of Melvin Turpin and Sam Bowie. "We have a lot of young players that we 'will be counting on (three .sophomores and five freshman)," Hall said at the basktball media day at Rupp Arena. "We don't have many coming back with much experience. We also have one of the toughest schedules we've ever had." Newell Services WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Memorial services were scheduled today and Wednesday for William E. "Pinky" Newell, an athletic trainer at Purdue University for three decades. Newell died in his home Saturday. He was 63 years old. Lost, Not Ejected SOUTH BEND, .Ind.". Notre Dame officials are "mystified" over the source of a false report that Coach Gerry Faust punched an official and was ejected from the Irish-Air Force football game. The story was broadcast by a syndicated television network that was covering Saturday's Pitt-South Carolina game. Associate sports information director John Heisler said Monday the erroneous story apparently originated when a press box assistant at South Carolina called what he thought was -a Notre Dame press box number Saturday for a scoring update. The Irish, who tost to Air Force 21-7 and fell to 34, host the undefeated Gamecocks this weekend. Someone answering the phone identified himself as "Bob Barker" and said Faust had been ejected and his as-' sistants had taken over, Heisler said. Heiwig Second 8tad Heiwig, No. 1 singles and doubles player for Butler University, placed second' in the women's singles and doubles finals at the Heartland tennis conference meet in Ev-ansville. Heiwig, a graduate of Columbus North High School, tost her only match to Notre Dame. Other teams participating in the meet were ' University of Dayton, .Xavier, DePauL St Louis, Cincinnati, Valparaiso, and Evansville. Overlapping Seasons Cause for Concern By BRIAN MEYER Tht Rtputtk StlH Writer ' High school basketball coaches are bearing a striking resemblance to expectant fathers these days. Instead of babies though, the subject of their concerns is basketball players about to make the transition from the fields to the hardwood. .Basketball season officially ' opened Oct 8 in Indiana, the first , day the Indiana High School Athletic Association allowed organized basketball practice across the state. But most area basketball coaches have players also participating in football, and must hang in limbo until that season ends. THE REGULAR football season, ends Oct 26. for area teams. Only Brown County, which participates in a "cluster buster" that day, has a chance to advance into the state playoffs. The opening basketball games for most teams are scheduled for the second full week of November, approximately three weeks after the end of the football season." "We've got to be realistic," said Columbus North basketball coach Bill Stearman. "It puts us behind but it's something we have to deal with. Tie Game Hands Washington Top Collegiate Billing NEW YORK (UPI) - Texas and Oklahoma met last Saturday to decide the undisputed top team in the country and the winner was ... Washington. Washington moved up fromthird-following the 15-15 tie between Texas and Oklahoma. The Huskies became the fifth team to be ranked No. 1 this year by the UPI Board of Coaches. WASHINGTON MOVED up from third after improving to 6-0 with a 37-15 win over Stanford. The Huskies received 24 of 41 first-place votes and 570 total points in the latest balloting by the UPI Board of Coaches. Oklahoma held second with 3 first-place votes and 537 points while Texas slipped from first to third with 9 first-place votes and 530 Vi points. One coach split his first-place vote between Texas and Oklahoma. No. 4 Boston College (two first-place votes and 488 points), No. 5 Brigham Young (one first-place vote and 435 points), No. 6 Nebraska (389 points) and No. 7 Southern Methodist (344 points) all held their ranking from last week. OHIO STATE picked up the final first-place vote and 291 points for eighth. Total points are based on 15 for ' first-place, 14 for second, etc. No. 9 Louisiana State and No. 10 Miami round out the top 10, followed by No. 11 South Carolina, No. 12 Oklahoma State, No. 13 Auburn, No. 14 Georgia, No. 15 Kentucky, No. 16 Florida State, No. 17 Iowa, No. 18 Florida, No. 19 West Virginia and No. 20 Michigan. WASHINGTON COACP Don James doesn't see his team's rise to the top of the rankings as good news. "It really doesn't matter to us," Area Roundup Brownstown Captures Fourth Straight Title Brownstown Central clinched a fourth straight Mid-Southern Conference volleyball championship Monday with a 15-3, 154 sesaon-ending win over Corydon. Vickie Brock topped Brownstown servers with 9 of 10 statistics, while Dottie Warren added 5 of 5 serving and 7 of 8 hitting with three kills. In junior varsity action, Brownstown finished the year at 164 with a 15-3, 15-3 win over Corydon. The Brownstown varsity finished the season at 19-8 overall and 9-0 in the conference, and will play its first game of the IHSAA sectional Saturday against Austin. Brownstown, a defending semistate champion, will host the sectional involving Brownstown, Austin, Seymour, Madison, and Madison Shawe. At Marietta, South Decatur captured a tie for the championship of the Mid-Hoosier Conference with a 15-2, 15-6 victory over host South-western. South Decatur (12-5) finished the conference season with a 6-1 conference record, good for a tie with North Decatur. Leading the way for the Cougars was Lynette Idlewine with 11 of 11 serving for 8 points. Julie Herbert contributed 10 of 10 spiking for South Decatur. South Decatut doses its regular season tonight at home against Milan, then opens against Greens-burg Saturday in the North Decatur 'sectional. j At North Vernon, Jennings County completed the regular seamn with a 23-10 record via a 15-1, 154 win. over Lawrericeburg. Janice Craddock contributed 9 of 12 serving "We're somewhat unique (at Columbus Norm) in that for a number of years our athletes have played a lot of different sports most are involved in two or three sports. We encourage that because it makes for stronger athletic programs, and I think that's why we've been successful in winning the all-sports trophy (for the South Central Conference) over the years." THE PROBLEM for the coaches, therefore, is not in the selection of the squad "we pretty much have an idea who will be on the team," said Stearman but rather in the development of a well-meshed unit "When a boy misses two weeks of practice he gets behind," the coach said. "Sometimes it takes three to four weeks to convert players from football or tennis or soccer. We don't object to players in other sports. They'll catch up, it just takes time." Stearman points to the development of Ron Berkley, a guard on the 1983-84 team, as a prime example of a player joining the team late. After leading the Bull Dogs in rushing with 846 yards and 14 touchdowns on the gridiron, Berkley "went along greatly as the year progressed," said Stearman. "We eventually had he said. "We really don't care. "It doesn't do any good at this, time of the year. It's only good after January 2. It's hard to get as much motivation from it as your opponent gets." . THIS IS THE second time in history that Washington has been ranked No. 1. The Huskies were top-ranked for four weeks in 1982 until suffering a 43-31 upset loss to Stanford in the eighth week of the season. Auburn, Miami, Nebraska and Texas were previously ranked No. 1 this year. Kentucky made the biggest jump this week, moving up five spots after improving to 5-0 with a 17-13 win over Mississippi State. South Carolina and Auburn both jumped three spots after the Gamecocks knocked off Pittsburgh 45-21 and Auburn pulled out a 42-41 thriller over Florida State. Florida State tumbled eight -places after the loss. WEST VIRGINIA and Michigan made their way back into the Top 20. West Virginia's 20-10 victory over Syracuse brought the Mountaineers back after a two-week absence. Michigan blasted Northwestern 31-0 after dropping out of the ratings last week for the first time all year. Penn State and Purdue fell out of the ratings. The Nittany Lions, ranked 12th last week, were upset 6-0 by Alabama to find themselves' unranked for the first time this season. Purdue dropped from 17th after being hammered 40-3 by Iowa. In games matching ranked teams this week, Boston College visits West Virginia, Louisiana State hosts Kentucky, and Iowa hosts Michigan. For the second straight week; the -Southeastern Conference has five ranked teams LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky and Florida. for 9 points and 8 of 9 hitting and six kills. June Wernke added 13 of 13 setting for the Panthers, who open their own sectional Thursday against Madison Shawe. In junior varsity action, Jennings County closed the season with a 15-2, 15-2 win over Lawrenceburg. At Columbus North, the host Bull Dogs completed their regular season with a 15-2, 15-8 loss to Shelbyville. In junior varsity play, North defeated Shelbyville 15-5, 14-16, 16-14. North will play Columbus East in the Jennings County sectional. At Whiteland, the host Warriors handed Edinburgh its 15th loss of the year against four wins with a 154, 15-8 victory over the Lancers. In junior varsity play Whiteland topped Edinburgh 16-14, 154. At Bloomfield, Eastern defeated Brown County (2-11) by scores of 15-2, 154. In junior varsity action, Eastern beat Brown County 15-1. 15-10. CROSS COUNTRY - At Cohunbus East the host Olympi-Annes were defeated by Anstia by a 2344 margin. Denise Wanner was the top East finisher with a third place, 17:45 clocking. , .' FOOTBALL Jennings County set a school record for most junior varsity wins in a season with a 264 win Monday over Columbus North. Brent Ashpaugh led the Panthers (7-2) with touchdown runs of 43 and 32 yards, while Mike Henderson had touchdown catches of four and 40 yards. ' At Martinsville, the host Ar-tesians defeated Columbus East 6-0. to move Rory Glick to forward to make room for Berkley at guard." THIS YEAR, said Stearman, the Bull Dogs have three players in-, volved in fall sports who should make substantial contributions. Shawn Johnson and Andy Greenlee completed tennis competition Oct 6, two days before practice officially opened. Scott Prince, a member of North's soccer team, should complete play within the next two weeks. "We're trying to work on fundamentals in practice right now, but we'll have, to put fa the offense pretty soon," said Stearman. "We have to hope the kids in fall sports have been shooting on the side these early games count as a win or a loss whether we're ready or not" The difficulty of overlapping seasons "is really a problem at smaller schools where the athletes play year-round," said Edinburgh roundball coach Rick Bechtel. Two players expected to lead the Lancers, Mark Tungett and Shane Sweeney, did not play football and are participating in basketball practice. Most of the other top basketball players, including Ronnie, Donnie FREE WHEELING Detroit Tigers' shortstop Alan Trammell, voted MVP of the World Series, treats his son, Lance, 2, to a turn at the wheel of the Pontiac Trans Am presented to him Monday by Ueberroth NEW YORK (UPI) - Finally, someone has admitted he likes umpires. And much to the delight of the men in blue, it's Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth. Ueberroth, citing umpires as an "integral part" of baseball, Monday ruled in their favor over a contract dispute that sidelined them through most of the league playoffs. "These' 60 men are the best in their profession and have paid their dues with many years of hard work and training in amateur baseball and the minor leagues," Ueberroth said in a statement. "They should be recognized accordingly." In his first significant ruling since For High Money Market Certificate Rates & Jumbo Rates! WHAT r-3R3a- nnrsrm f7?r For Information Call: UaHn IT V C7 t The Republic, Columbus, and Tim Burton, Tim Goldsmith, Richard Marion, Kim Weddell and Tony Arnett, will not hit the hardwood until the football season ends Oct. 24. EDINBURGH'S BASKETBALL team opens Nov. 13 against Brown County. "We have to go with the kids who are trying to make the team, whom we haven't seen much of," said Bechtel. "Things really aren't organized yet but that's something you have to put up with. "You have a good idea of who will be the ones to contribute. From their past record you have a pretty good idea of the kids' abilities there's not too many surprises." "We'll stay with conditioning drills right now, then we'll be in the gym full time by the middle of this week," he continued. "Our cuts won't be until the last week of October, but we'll put things together in a hurry after that." "THE OVERLAPPING seasons bring up the question 'are these kids from football going to pass the others?'" noted Columbus East basketball coach Roger Reed. "It Makes Umpires Happy he assumed the commissioner's post Oct. 1, Ueberroth listened to the final offers of the leagues and the umpires in the binding arbitration before ruling. "The umpires are an integral part of major-league baseball," the commissioner said. "They are important to the fans, players and all of organized baseball." He agreed to arbitrate Oct. 7 at the request of the two parties to resolve the dispute and return the umpires to the field. The AL umpires missed the entire playoffs and the NL umpires missed all but Game 5 of the Chicago-San Diego series. Crews made up of mostly am HAVE YOU TO LOSE? LP Li Lam U U PEBELIHI or Fran Rust SAlf f f 3SS COLUMBUS OFFICE WMviitfww 376-9094 fsuc insured Ind., Tuesday, October 16, 1984 B3 makes the whole process difficult I wish we didn't have overlapping seasons. "We try to be patient and understanding, and realize that this is high school. They should play the sports they enjoy." Reed said that issue is made easier because of a "very good working relationship" with football coach John Stafford. Two players, Rob Satterfield and Mark Major, will move from football to basketball when the East grid season ends Oct. 26. THE OLYMPIAN basketball hopefuls have been involved in conditioning drills for the past several -weeks, and have been working on fundamentals, for the most part, since formal practice began last week. "It does take a boy several . weeks to make the transition from one sport to the other," said Reed. "It does create a problem with making cuts." East opens its season at home against Austin Nov. 16, and plays at Switzerland County the following night. "We'll find out a lot about our team that weekend," said Reed. I, Sport Magazine. Trammell got nine hits including two home runs as the Tigers beat the Padres in five games. (UPI Telephoto) ateurs worked the games. The World Series was officiated by a major-league crew. The umpires, who struck on the eve of the playoffs,' wanted an increase in post-season compensation that would be divided among all umpires and not just those selected to work the playoffs and World Series. The pool is to be divided as such: $405,000 for 1984, $465,000 for 1985 and $525,000 for 1986. The umpires had asked for $500,000 for this year. With this adjustment, the current agreement between the umpires and the Leagues is extended an additional year through 1986. GOT i

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