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SILDUIS POST-DISPATCH Moru, Apr. 7, 1986 6N North aEi Has iesfi f Both Worlds F.....i, , -ff. -i ii rnfmm ' 11 ' in n..!,.,,.,,.!,, .ii JL- o -'.--r. t ... . ... .m , . ..... ..r. - t 5 ..... ; ' - f . ' V ' - " '" " ' -wv1' . - ... ! 4 . - v ' -'f ""iv ' ,'.. .. . :- x .. .. - . . .. m . - I ' Coach Hartmann has a solid nucleus returning, including a veteran pitching staff that includes four seniors. Back is the one-two punch of Tim Bunge and Gary Koeppe. Right-bander Brian Solovic and lefty Dave Bender also return. Bunge, a righthander, is one of the top breaking-ball pitchers in the area. Standing a mere 5-foot-9, Bunge is a master with the curve. He compiled a deceptive 4-3 mark last season he almost always was pitted against the tougher teams. Koeppe (2-1 last year) is the hardest thrower on the team. Unfortunately, he broke a knuckle in preseason practice and has yet to make an appearance, although Hartmann said the righthander is ready to go. Bender and Solovic were used as relievers and spot starters last year. Both have been taking regular turns in the rotation. Should any of the four fail, junior Chuck Cogburn is available. . Mehlville appears solid up the middle. Junior catcher Bill Dieckmann, who hit .393 last season, is back and is currently swinging at a .533 clip. Hitting is not the strongest part of his game, according to Hartmann. "He's exceptional behind the plate," Hartmann said. Shortstop Reid Hartmann and second baseman Steve Habeck form one of the strongest double-play duos in the league. Each is a .300 hitter and each fields his position flawlessly. Senior Steve Ferbet again will hold down first base. Ferbet an All-District basketball player, stands 6-5 and provides a big target for his infield-ers. Bunge plays third when he is not pitching. The Panthers' power lies in the outfield with seniors Tom Stegmann and Joe Swiderskl. Stegmann led the team in hitting last season (.400) while Swiderski was the top RBI man (16). Designated hitter Matt Decker adds some punch. He is currently hitting .600. Sophomore newcomer Mike Newton gives Mehlville speed in center field. "I feel we're pretty solid up-and-down the lineup," Hartmann said. "It's a balanced group." (Steve Overbey is a free-lance writer.) Baseball Report PREP STANDINGS a .... . . .. , .- -v. r ... , -' " A- - .A. yM . M . ..-.- . Baseball By Steve Overbey It's funny how things work out In 1982, after nine years as a successful baseball coach at Oakville High, Frank Hartmann gave up the job so he could follow the progress of his son, Reid, then a freshman at Fox High in Arnold. "I really liked it (coaching) but I wanted to see my son play," Hartmann recalled. "I figured it was one or the other." Not really. Four years later, by some bizarre twist of fate, Frank Hartmann is able to do both. Hartmann has taken over as head baseball coach at Mehlville High, replacing Ed Chard, who stepped down to become an assistant principal. Ironically, the Hartmann family moved into the Mehlville district just last year before Frank Hartmann took the baseball job. So now he gets to return to coaching with his son on the team. "I never ever figured this would happen," Frank Hartmann said. The pieces of the puzzle all seemed to come together at the perfect time. Hartmann took the job at Mehlville, partly because he missed coaching and partly because he wanted to work with his son. So In the same year, Mehlville High inherited a coach and a shortstop with the same last name. The story doesn't end there. In fact the Hartmanns are just getting started. Frank is a pretty fair coach, having amassed a 114-68 record at Oakville. His 1977 team won 23 of 24 games. On the other hand. Reid isn't a bad ballplayer. He already has made a name for himself on the football field and the basketball court at Mehlville, starting in both sports. And father says he is best at baseball. Add the two Hartmanns and seven other starters from a 12-9 team of last spring and the Panthers could be going places this season. They are already off to a quick start They won five of their first six games, including the championship of the Lindbergh-Mehlville Tournament. Naturally, Frank Hartmann is having the time of his life. He is back into coaching and can watch his son all at the same time. "I'm glad I'm back into it and I'm really glad the way the team is playing," he said. "I knew this could be a pretty good group but they've surprised even me." Hartmann knows it is too early to label the Panthers as contenders for the state title. Still, he definitely thinks his club is Top Ten material. "I feel we can be competitive with just about everyone we play," Hartmann said. That is saying a mouthful, considering the Panthers play in the Suburban West Conference along with perennial toughies Parkway West, Parkway Central and Lafayette. dives back into first base before Lindbergh's Mike Priest can i2j SamLeonePost-Dispatch make the tag. Track From page 5N school record of 39-0. Wilson, who set that mark in 1984, is a freshman at Central Missouri State. "I had talked to Tammy last weekend and she said 'You're going to break my record, aren't you,' " said McCrary. "I said, 'Yeah Tammy, I've got it" McCrary, who is called "T.C." (for Too Cool) by her teammates and "Arm" by her father and mother, has switched from the rocker style, to the more conventional glide approach. "This performance, for the first meet of the year, puts her right on schedule to be a top contender for the state championship," said Coach Allen. Other meet highlights included: Kim Williams of East St. Louis jetting to a 12.1 in the 100 meters; Phebe Washington of East St. Louis running a strong leadoff leg on the 4x100 relay, after returning to action following a recent hernia operation; Mi-chele Parker of Ritenour winning the triple jump; and Lincoln and Normandy waging a torrid battle in the 4x400 relay. Lincoln won in 3:54.67. DUSty DlVO Tim Bucher of St Louis U. High Soccer From page 5N Menkhausen are the team's other captains. More bad news for future West opponents: The junior varsity team is also 5-0 after capturing its Suburban North Tournament title over River-view Gardens. "I've been blessed with some excellent talent," Ellis said. "Our bench is strong and I've got a lot of versatility. "I really feel we should have an excellent season." Like the Stars and Wildcats, Rosary returns a number of players this season. Unlike North and West, the Rebels could be a year or two away. "We've got 13 girls back, but most Cor Jesu From page 5N won't have to look far for good competion. "We're looking at this season as a real challenge," Moreno said. "We are the champs and everybody will be trying their best to beat us. "We will have to play very good soccer to match the success we had of I'm the start the do said. "This is the fastest start we've ever had. "We've certainly got the potential to be a top club. I'm just not sure we're up to it yet, though." Senior captains Wendy Sekyra and Kelly Sheridan are being looked to as Rosary's leaders. Sekyra is a midfielder while Sheridan is making a switch from foward to sweeper this spring. Another key player is returing goalie Sue Coghill, a junior. Up front, juniors Jodl Fletcher, Kathy Fitzgerald and sophomore Sha-ri Quirke figure to be the Rebels' top scoring threats. no , A Other top North clubs include defending Suburban North Conference regular season champion Hazelwood East and Hazelwood Central. A young St. Thomas Aquinas-Mercy team, led by sisters Trina and Chris Casa-grande, could also be a force this spring. Other top teams include defending state champion Cor Jesu Academy, Lindbergh, Mehlville, Oakville, SL Jo-seph's Academy and John F. Kennedy. (Joe Lyons is a free-lance writer.) Suburban North Leagut Overall W L W L 2 0 2 0 10 10 2 1 2 1 2 1 3 2 12 12 12 13 0 1 3 1 0 2 0 4 League Overall W L W L 0 0 11 0 0 11 0 0 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Pattonville Riverview Hazelwood E. McCluer Hazelwood C. McCluer North R itenour Hazelwood W. ABC Priory Lutheran S. Lutheran N. Principia Country Day Burroughs Center Annex: East Or FLORI ROBERTS GIFT "Fabulous Impressions", free with Florl Roberts purchase of 7.50 or more. them were only part-time last year," coach Jerry Siesener said. "I believe we've got a good team, but not sure yet whether we've got kind of team to join the area's elite, though." The Rebels, coming off a 14-5-2 year, may be farther along than Siesener figured. The team is off to a 2-1 and reached the finals of the Catholic Girls Conference Tournament title game Friday before losing 2-1 to John F. Kennedy. The touranment features several of area's top clubs. "If we can maintain it, yes, we can challenge for the state title," Siesener last year, but I do feel these girls are capable. "With some experience, yes, I feel we can be a good team. At least we'll our best." What more could a coach ask? (Joe Lyons is a free-lance writer.) and 6th led by 5th Ward Council-woman Mollie C. Rickey, wanted the council to look into locating the annex in an eastern sector of the city. After all, residents in the western section of the city already had easy access to the gymnasium, exercise classes and game room at White Birch Park, they said. Darlene Harrison, the superintendent of Parks and Recreation, was asked to do a feasibility study on that proposition. She presented that study to the board at its regular meeting Wednesday night Harrison said about two acres of land would be needed to build the annex as it was designed for White Birch Park. She found possible sites in three areas in the eastern section of the city. All of the land except a small parcel owned by Hazelwood would have to be purchased. The three areas containing possible sites are: six parcels of land ranging to 5.13 from 1.79 acres on Taylor Road in Ward 4, the assessed value of which ranges to $20,100 from $11,630; three parcels of land ranging to 2.44 from .32 acres on Hazelwood Avenue north of Heather Lane in Ward 6, the assessed value of which ranges to $14,880 from $1,390, and three parcels of land ranging to 11.96 from .02 acres on Hazelwood Avenue south of Latty Avenue in Ward 6, the assessed value of which ranges to $177,440 from $60. Hazelwood owns .02 acres in this proposed site valued at $60. The Taylor Road site is in a flood plain, but it could be used with spe- council's weekly meeting. Waites said the county had filed suit to force the YMCA to remove the lights, which had been installed without permission of county zoning authorities. He said the suit was on the Circuit Court docket for the week beginning next Monday. The opponents "feel there is no need for an additional hearing by the council," Waites said. John P. King, zoning attorney for the YMCA, said the organization had agreed to change the positions of its athletic fields and install shielded lighting to make sure the lighting at the fields would not disturb nearby residents. He said last week that the Planning Commission had not taken these changes into account-when it denied the YMCA's request ' Hazlewood By Theresa Tighe Of the Post-Dispatch Staff Should a proposed annex to the Hazelwood Community Center be built on the east side of town or on the west side of town? That is the question that has stumped Hazel-wood's mayor and City Council for the last six months. Mayor Douglas Palmer hopes that he and the council will find the answer at their regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. May 1 at City Hall, 415 Elm Grove Lane and that construction on the annex can begin in the fall. Palmer said he hopes a decision can be made at that time because the officials should have preliminary architectural plans and cost projections for all possible sites by then. Last fall, Hazelwood officials began considering building an annex to their Community Center at White Birch Park off Teson Road near the city's western edge. They had an annex designed to meet growing community needs and demand outlined in a survey taken for the officials in 1984. If the annex is built according to the original design, it would contain a gymnasium with an elevated jogging track, a weight room, an exercise room, small offices for support staff members and first aid, new locker rooms and a storage area. But councilmen from the municipality's eastern wards the 4th, 5th West? cial construction techniques. Harrison also reported that it would cost the city about $838,537 to build an operate an annex at White Birch Park in the first year, and it would cost about $1,667,263 to build an operate an annex in the eastern part of the city for the first year. The costs for the first year in the eastern part of the city do not include the cost of buying the land, the cost for running utility lines into the site, and the cost for building a road and driveway with a turnaround at the site. Fourth Ward Councilman Glenn R. Palmer, said he thought the additional costs were prohibitive and that he knew the people on Taylor Road would object to Hazelwood building a community center annex there. Palmer, who is no relation to the mayor, said he thought the city should build the annex at White Birch and investigate the feasibility of running a shuttle bus from the eastern end of the city to the community center. First Ward Councilman Richard A. Martin said he did not want to make up his mind without an architect putting together a plan and cost estimates for the annex in the eastern part of the city. He said the council had commissioned an architect to do the preliminary planning on the proposed annex at White Birch Park and in fairness had to do the same for the alternative site. The council agreed to Martin's request Mayor Palmer said he wanted the architect's report by the meeting May 1. He said that if the council made a decision in May the project could be started in this building season at this year's prices. m J I rj-- - -filf A kzT" j j 1 1 II f p ' " i ! f , ... i if I ,f mm Both Sides Make Pleas In YMCA Lighting Issue FABULOUS IMPRESSIONS. A $35 VALUE FREE WITH ANY 7.50 PURCHASE. The view through this reusable, ribbon-trimmed vinyl envelope makes it clear that Flori Roberts has just the right combination of skin care, makeup and fragrance essentials to help you make fabulous impressions! Tucked inside are sample sizes of Hydrophilic Moisturizer, Rajah Red Lipstick, Rajah Red Blusher. Black Mascara and Touching Musk cologne. Offer good while quantities last. Cosmetics. Downtown and Northland only. Order by mail or by phone 24 hours a day Call 421-1194 or outside St. Louis toll-free 1-800-528-2345. Add 3.50 delivery charge West County Both sides in a controversy about lights the West County YMCA has installed on its playing fields have made a brief plea to the St Louis County Council. The YMCA asked the council formally last week to overturn the Planning Commission's denial of a request for permission to operate lights at its athletic fields at 101 East Clayton Road in an unincorporated area north of Ballwin. The commission denied the request after neighbors argued that the lights would shine into their homes. Last Thursday, Robert W. Waites, a representatives of residents opposing the request, spoke to the council during the public forum segment of the Q0MMP

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