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St. Louis, Missouri
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Thursday, June 8, 1989
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ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH 5N BirySllfi) KSimgCSldlOS Jennings Star Squeezed In Spectacular Performances THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 1989 By Kevin E. Boone Of the Post-Dispatch Staff Talk about extraordinary arrangements. Bryan Kingcade had such a deal this past season with the Jennings High boys track team. It called for him to practice intermittently and to run only at meets. As it turned out, Kingcade practiced all of two days for the Warriors. Who would agree to such an arrangement? Talk about extraordinary arrangement. Talk about extraordinary athletes. Talk about Bryan Kingcade. Consider the facts: For four years, Kingcade was a mainstay on the Jennings High baseball team, playing second base and centerfield for the Warriors. Kingcade was a spectacular football player, a running back whose blinding speed and instinctive moves belied his 5-foot-7, 165-pound stature. He gave defenders nightmares for four seasons. Kingcade played basketball for three years started for two and was a top-caliber guard. Now, who dares question Bryan Kingcade's "arrangement" with the track team? No one should. He saved the best for last, running the lead leg on Jennings' 4x1 00-meter relay team that triumphed at the Missouri Class 3A state championship meet at Lincoln University two weeks ago. The Warriors' 4xl00-meter relay team of Kingcade, Desoto Dickson, Jimmy Cook and Marvis Harvey sped to a winning time of 43.35. It was a significant race for Jennings in general and Kingcade in particular. Jennings finished fourth in the 4x200, and Kingcade finished seventh in the 100 meters for the second year in a row. Some observers believe that had he run track full time, Kingcade might have run faster times in the 100. But track was only a training ground, Kingcade said. "I felt that I needed to stay in shape," Kingcade said, explaining his athletic versatility at Jennings. "I like baseball better than football." Even so, Kingcade will attempt both next fall at Friends University, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school in Wichita, Kan. Kingcade has a scholarship to play football and baseball. "That's the only school I visited that I liked," Kingcade said. "They're supposed to reinstate track, too." If he does, he'll make a lot of friends. There just aren't many sports Kingcade doesn't play. And his overall talent is unsurpassed, as he proved at the Missouri Class 3A meet when he competed in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, anchored the 4x200-meter relay and ran the first leg on the 4xl00-meter relay. During the track season, he clocked a 10.69 100-meter dash, and that was without much practice. One can't help but wonder just how good he might have been at track had he put in a full season of practice. "At the end of last season, his junior year, they just talked him into coming out for the 100-meter dash because he was the fastest kid in the school," Jennings assistant track coach Roscoe Dowell said. "This year we had a deal with his baseball coach where he would just run the meets. We just had him out for two days for track practice. He was never in track shape." But track may have been his best sport. It's not that Kingcade wasn't an exceptional baseball player. In 17 games, he hit .271, with one home run, six runs batted in, a team-high 19 steals and he led the team in runs scored (17). Can he handle the rigors of football in the fall and baseball in the spring in college? "At that level I think he'll be able to hold his own," Dowell said. "He's an excellent football player as well. He has instinct more than anything." Last year at the state meet, Kingcade only entered the 100, but he was devoted to the relay teams this year. Although he didn't qualify for the finals in the 200 and was seventh in the 100, winning the relays was still sweet. "This year, I was more determined," Kingcade said. "The only thing I'm happy about is we got the gold." Jennings and Berkeley High have an intense rivalry, but Kingcade said he was determined to keep the Bulldogs out of the winners' circle in the 4x100. "I told Berkeley's Mike Carrawell we're going to win this one," Kingcade said. Berkeley finished second to Jennings, in a time of 43.53. METRO COLLEGIANS INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE Bills' Boehlow Tries Hand As A Catcher Frank Mormino believes in taking care of his own. An assistant baseball coach under Bob Hughes at St. Louis University, Mormino manages the Laclede Gas club of the Metro Collegians Instructional League. And his club has a definite Billikens influence. "I think it's important that these guys get a chance to play some ball during the summer," said Mormino, who served a year as the head coach at SLU before recommending Hughes. "It's an instructional league, and that's the way I approach it. Naturally, I'd rather win, but that's not what this league is all about. "We're here to learn and have some fun." One of Mormino's major projects this summer is slugging SLU freshman Jason Boehlow. Boehlow, a former Post-Dispatch All-Metro player from Parkway North High, led the nation's Division I freshmen in home runs during the spring. Now Mormino is trying to make him a catcher. "This kid hits a ton, but we have to find him a position," Mormino said of Boehlow, who was SLU's designated hitter. "We went to Oklahoma State this season and Jason put on a hitting display. They couldn't believe the way he hit the ball. "If we can find this guy a spot to play, he'll make a lot of money someday." Having an untested Boehlow behind the plate is rather typical of Laclede's early-season plight. Mormino's club has six players who didn't play in the spring. "We have three redshirts and a couple of other guys who didn't go to school," the manager said. "They're making some progress, but it's going to take some time for these guys to catch up." Mormino is also expecting big things from outfielders Jeff Nelson (Southern Illinois University-Carbon-dale), Robert Person (Seminole Junior College) and Dave Chasin, a first-year Metro player from Parkway Central. Second baseman Mike Landwehr (Phoenix Junior College), first baseman Chuck White (Meramec) and pitchers Hal Stone, Matt Maurice and Matt Wise should also play key roles for Laclede, which is 2-3. Here's a look at the other teams to challenge defending champion Educational Employees Credit Union for the Blue Division title: Anheuser-Busch: After getting off to a slow start, manager Bob Abbott and his team traveled to Ste. Genevieve to take on a college-aged team there. "It seemed like that trip was just what this ballclub needed," the manager said. "It gave the guys a chance to get to know one another and relax a little.." Off to a 2-3 start, Busch appears to have a solid crop of pitchers. Righthander Jim Parks (Southeast Missouri) tossed a three-hitter and struck out seven in beating Maritz 4-1 Saturday. Randy Marvel (Texas Christian University) and hard-throwing Rich Miller are the other staff aces. Offensively, Abbott will look to a pair of players from Southwest Missouri State catcher Terry Oetting and outfielder Chad Lakin. Shortstop Jeff Mize (Culver-Stockton) and outfielder Todd Carter (Southern Illinois University-Ed-wardsville) are also off to good starts. Interco: A young team with a first-year coach in Don Cooper, Interco is winless in four games this season. Top early-season hitters include Steve Kress, Norm Kunz, Matt Tiefen-brunn, Phil Gerwitz and Ed Hinrichs. 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When he finished playing at Central Missouri State in Warrensburg, "I was concerned about missing the game, but I'm really enjoying this," said Stiegler, a pitcher-designated hitter at Central. "Going in, I hoped to be a competitive team. But we've come together a lot quicker than I expected. So far, it's really been a great season." Under Stiegler, who served as a Metro coach last year, Ralston Purina is off to a 5-0 start that includes a pair of victories over highly regarded KMOX. "KMOX is still the team to beat, no doubt about it," Stiegler said. "But my expectations have definitely increased. We still have 23 games to play, but so far I like what I've seen." Ralston Purina's strength lies in its defense and front-line pitching. Brad Moore (University of Miss-ouri-St. Louis) and Dan Walsh (St. Louis U.) are both 2-0. Dan Warnecke (SLU) is 1-0. Stiegler expects hard-throwing Tim Howard (Forest Park) to be the bullpen closer. Youngster Mike Soebbing "KmOX is still the team to beat, no doubt about it. But my expectations have definitely increased. We still have 23 games to play, but so far I like what I've seen. J 9 GREG STIEGLER, Ralston Purina manager (East Central) and hobbled veterans Jamie Plohr (Missouri Baptist) and Drew Deveydt (Rend Lake) round out -the pitching staff. "We have quality pitching, but I'm a little concerned about the quantity and depth," Stiegler said. Kaiston Purina also has a pair of top catchers in Mike Rogers (Central Missouri) and Corey Smith. The infield of Gregg Mefford (De-Pauw), Steve Siebert (Jefferson), Mark Panzeri (SLU) and Joe Swi-derski (UMSL) is solid and Stiegler expects big things from outfielders Tom Stegman (SLU), Mike Musgrave (UMSL) and Donnie Mitchell. Tim Dix (Rend Lake) and Greg Smith (Florissant Valley) provide depth. "I went out with the idea of finding guys who want to play ball and do the little things that make a team successful," the manager said. "Right now, I couldn't be more pleased." Here's a look at the other Gold Division clubs: Brown Group: The St. Charles-based team has a definite local flavor, featuring a number of St. Charles-area players. In addition, manager Chuck Mueller is a longtime St. Charles resident. Brown Group's top pitchers include Lydell Templeton, Mark Thompson and Terry Farrar of Florissant Valley as well as Shawn Cooper (Meramec) and Dave Sickinger of Huntington (Ala.) College. Other top players include catcher Greg Faron (Southwest Missouri), Tony Mueller (Austin Peay), John Richardson (Flo Valley), John Howell (Flo Valley), Greg Turner (Flo Valley) and Keith Venneman (Flo Valley). Maritz: Ivory Brown's club has dropped five consecutive games, but the manager isn't about to panic. . "We had a couple of key pitchers back out and it's a fairly young club," he said. "But we'll be okay once these guys get a few more games together. It's just a matter of time." 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