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ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH SPORTS -5D WEDNESDAY. MAY 7, 1997 CARDINALS NOTEBOOK CARDINALS REPORT McGraw Is Big-League Newcomer At 29 throwing," La Russa said. Lefthander Danny Jackson, slated for the starting rotation until sidelined with a rib-cage strain, will make another rehabilitation start Thursday with Louisville. He probably will make one more after that before rejoining the Cardinals.

La Russa said lefthanded reliever Lance Painter could need as few as two more outings and as many as five at Louisville before returning to the Cards' bullpen. He's on a rehab stint as well. The Cardinals have tabbed lefthander Rigo Beltran and shortstop Brent Butler as their minor-league pitcher and player of the month, respectively, for April. Beltran went 3-2 with a 3.13 ERA for Louisville. Butler, drafted just last season, batted .371 with seven doubles, two homers and 14 RBIs for Class A Peoria.

Just The Factsi Two games vs. the Philadelphia Phillies: 7:05 tonight, 12:35 p.m. Thursday at Busch Stadium. Tuning In: Tonight on Fox Sports Midwest (cable). A I games broadcast on KMOX Ra-, dio(1120AM).

Probable Lineup: LF Gregg Jefferies, 2B Mickey Morandini, 3B Scott RO5" len, RF Darren Daulton, Mike Lieberthal, 1B Rico Brogna, CF Wendell Magee, SS Kevin" Stacker Hit and Run The PhillieSr rank among the NL's bottom': three in batting (.235 average) and pitching (4.61 earned-run" average). And they are further -removed from first place 1 2Vi games behind Atlanta in the NL East than any other tearri Irl the big leagues. Reports In Philadelphia say the Phils are shopping Daulton and Jefferies, The Phils' hottest player is In Class AAA. In 10 games since '-coming back from a serious hand injury, outfielder Ricky; Otero is batting .444, with ,11. runs scored.

He's Hot: Rookie third base-' man Rolen has 18 hits in his last r. 51 at-bats, boosting his batting average 64 points to .298. He's gone seven for 16 his last four games. He's Not: Jefferies has seven hits and an on-base percentage of .243 his last eight games. He's had just two multihit games since the first week of the season.

Pitch Men: Probable starting pitchers: Tonight Cardinals RHP -Brady Raggio (1-1) vs. Philadel-phia RHP Bobby Munoz (1-4). Thursday Cardinals RHP Benes (1-1) vs. Philadel- -phia LHP Matt Beech (0-0). Sinkers and Sliders Hard-throwing Munoz worked only six big-league games last season after having major elbow surgery.

A rookie last sea- -son, Beech went 1-4 with a 6.97 ERA in eight big-league games. With a 12-4 record, Benes has won more games against, the Phillies in his career than against any other team. He has a L' 2.84 ERA in 19 games and went 3-1 against them last In The Cards: Royce Clayton has a .300 handed reliever Rick Honeycutt, who was placed on the disabled list. Honeycutt is to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder today. To make room for McGraw.

on the 40-man major-league roster, the Cardinals moved infielder Roberto Mejia from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. Mejia had surgery Tuesday to repair torn cartilage in his shoulder and a partially torn rotator cuff. He suffered the injuries diving back into first base last week while with Class AAA Louisville to rehabilitate a groin injury. McGraw had no record and a 2.77 earned-run average in 11 relief appearances with Louisville. He spent his first three pro seasons in the Milwaukee organization, the next three in Florida's system and last year in the Boston organization, never rising above Class AA.

He drew notice several times, notably in 1995 ivT JL mm---: Karen ElshoutPost-Dispatch Atlanta's Ryan Klesko keeps the Cards' Delino DeShields from turning a double play. play there," Clayton said. "With that guy (Smoltz) out there, you can't go up trying to do too much. It's an awesome situation, definitely a challenge." Gant scored, tying the game 2-2. Smoltz got out of the inning by strik- ing out pinch hitter Willie McGee and Delino DeShields with the bases still loaded.

The game was scoreless through five innings. And Cardinals starter Matt Morris was hanging right with Smoltz, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner. Mabry started the second inning with a single, tying his career-high hitting streak at 10 games. Mabry had three hits Tuesday and has raised his batting average 81 points, to .287, during the streak. Atlanta's second double play of the game wiped if.

By Mike Eisenbath Of the Post-Dispatch Staff Tom McGraw, the newest of the Cardinals, walked off the field toward the home dugout Tuesday evening at Busch Stadium and said, "I can't stop grinning. It's like I just went sky diving." He's been sky diving several times, in fact. But the eight-year pro could only speculate what it would feel like stepping onto the mound wearing a Cardinals uniform. McGraw, 29, never has pitched in a major-league game. "I'm just going to try and stay focused when that moment comes," McGraw said.

"I'm hoping it won't be surreal or anything like that. Sure, I'm going to be nervous. This is a big thing, something you dream about all your life. I just want to turn that into a positive energy." McGraw, a lefthander, was promoted Tuesday to replace fellow left- Cards From page one hot. He always comes up with the big hit.

That's what makes him great, whether it's coming back from an injury or whatever. There are a few guys like him, only a few, who persevere. "There's some motivation, obviously. I don't think he's got a hatred for the Braves. Like anybody else, you want to show them what they're missing." Gant's homer chased a few demons.

It enabled the Cardinals to snap a losing streak against the Braves eight games in a row at Busch Stadium, dating back to August 1995. The Cardinals also knocked off one of the game's top pitchers in Smoltz, who cruised much of the night. They got only one runner as far as second base through six innings against him. But they pieced together a two-run seventh to tie the game. Ray Lankford had a broken-bat single.

Gant ripped a hit. John Mabry spanked a single, driving home Lankford. After Gary Gaetti's sacrifice bunt, Smoltz intentionally walked Tom Lampkin to load the bases. That meant Smoltz got to pitch to Royce Clayton, who had three hits in his life against the Braves pitcher in 17 at-bats. He had struck out twice already.

Clayton battled for nine pitches against Smoltz two balls, six fouls and on No. 9, a base hit. "Royce battled his tail off there," La Russa said. "A clutch at-bat, a clutch assignment." It was a soft liner up the middle that shortstop Jeff Blauser touched with his glove but couldn't catch. "I'm just trying to put the ball in Jordan From page one will be brought up from the farm system.

General manager Walt Jocketty, who has made liberal use of that system, said, "I don't know who we have left. I'll have to sit down with Tony (La Russa) and the coaches." The replacement might even be a pitcher, not an outfielder, because the Cardinals are deep in outfielders. If the Cardinals went to 12 pitchers, it is likely that Rich Batchelor would be brought back from Louisville. If a position player is called, it could be switch-hitting Micah Franklin, who is hitting .245 with six homers and 23 runs batted in at Louisville. But Franklin is not on the 40-man roster, so another move would have to be made to get him on it.

Jordan had complained of back problems since late March when he had injured himself lifting his young son, Bryson, during an off-day outing at Disney World. The Cardinals' leading run producer last year, with 104 runs batted in, Jordan had been unable to take a full swing this year because of his back and an injured wrist. This was reflected in his power totals. He has no homers and just three doubles in 79 at-bats, although he has a respectable .278 average. Manager Tony La Russa has kept Jordan out of five games this season "It's good and bad," La Russa said.

"It's bad that we're going to miss him for a little while. It's good that we're going to get the problem solved." Jordan remained in Los Angeles overnight and is expected back today. CARDINALS 4, BRAVES 3 Atlanta AB Bl Avg. Lotion cf 4 1 2 1 0 1 .362 Tucker rt 4 0 0 0 0 2 384 Lockhart3b ...2 0 0 1 0 0 .235 b-Mordecal ph-3b 1 0 0 0 0 0 .286 McQritMb 3 0 0 0 1 2 .265 Klesko If 3 0 0 0 1 2 .239 Lopez 4 0 0 0 0 0 .309 Lemke2b 3 0 0 0 0 0 .261 Blausersa .,.,.3 1 2 0 0 0 .414 Smoltz 1 1 00 1 0 .353 Bieleckip 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Embree ,0 0 0 0 0 0 Totali 2B 3 4 2 3 7 Cardinal AB Bl Avg. OeShlelds2b ...4 0 2 0 0 2 .255 Young lb 4 0 0 0 0 0 .279 Eckersley 000000 Unkfordcf 3 2 2 0 1 0 .400 Gantrt 4 2 2 2 0 1 .235 Mabryrf-lb 4 0 3 1 0 0 .287 Gaetti3b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .198 Lampklnc 3 0 0 0 1 0 .229 Clayton as 3 0 1 1 0 2 .230 Morris 2 0 0 0 0 2 .273 a-McGeeph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .280 Petkovsekp 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 Fossas 000000 Mathews 000000 Sweeney rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .207 Totals 31 410 4 2 9 Atlanta 000 002 0103 4 0 Cardinal! OOP 000 22 4 10 2 a-struck out for Morris in the 7th.

b-grounded out for Lockhart in the 8th. Young (5), Lankford (2). LOB Atlanta 3. Cardinals 6. 2B Lofton (5), Blauser(10), Lankford (4).

HR Gant (4) off Bielecki. RBIs Lofton (14), Lock-hart (6), Gant 2 (18), Mabry (9), Clayton (12), SB Tucker (2). Smoltz, Gaetti. SF Lockhart. GIDP Klesko, Lemke.

Young, Gaetti. Runners left in scoring position Atlanta 3 (Lofton, Mordecai, McGriff); Cardinals 4 (DeShields 2, Gant, Lampkin). Runners moved up Smoltz. DP Atlanta 2 (Lemke, Blauser and McGriff). (Blauser, Lemke and McGriff); Cardinals 2 (DeShields, Clayton and DYoung), (DeShields, Clayton and Young).

Atlanta IP HRER NP ERA Smoltz 7 8 2 2 1 8 93 2.65 Bielecki Vi 1 2 2 1 0 11 3.12 Embree Vi 1 0 0 0 1 9 3.68 Cardinal IP ER NP ERA Morris 7 3 2 1 2 4 86 2.30 Petkovsek Va 0 1 0 1 0 8 1.88 Fossas V3 1 0 0 0 1 11 2.35 Mathews Vi 0 0 0 0 0 5 2.08 Eckersley 1 0 0 0 0 2 9 2.16 Winner Mathews (1-1). Loser Bielecki (1-2). Save Eckersley (7). Inherited runners-scored Fossas 1-1, Mathews 1-0. IBB off Smoltz (Lampkin) 1.

PB Lopez. Umpires Home, Vanover; First, Reliford; Second, DeMuth; Third, Quick. 2:30. A 28,620. HOW THEY SCORED Braves' Sixth: Blauser, leading off, singled to right.

Smoltz sacrificed, first baseman Young to second baseman De-Shields, Blauser to second. Lofton singled to left, Blauser scored. Tucker safe on fielder's choice and Young's error, Lofton to third. Lockhart hit a sacrifice fly to left fielder Gant, Lofton scored. TWO RUNS.

Braves led 2-0. Cardinals' Seventh: Lankford, leading off, singled to center. Gant singled to center, Lankford to second. Mabry singled to left, Lankford scored, Gant to second. Gaetti sacrificed, pitcher Smoltz unassisted, Gant to third, Mabry to second.

Lampkin was intentionally walked. Clayton singled to center, Gant scored, Mabry to third, Lampkin to second. TWO RUNS. Game tied 2-2. Braves' Eighth: With one out, Smoltz walked on a fuH count.

Fossas relieved Petkovsek. Lofton doubled to center, Smoltz to third. On Lankford error, Smoltz scored, Lofton to third. ONE RUN. Braves led 3-2.

Cardinals' Eighth: With one out, Lankford walked. Gant horrtered to left on a 2- I count, Lankford scored. TWO RUNS. Cardinals won 4-3. AVERAGES BATTING Avg.

AB H2B3BHR RBI Lankford .400 45 10 18 4 0 4 8 Mabry 287 94 8 27 5 0 1 9 McGee .280 50 8 14 3 2 2 5 Young .279 86 9 24 4 2 1 7 Jordan .278 79 8 22 3 0 0 6 Morris .273 11 0 3 0 0 0 1 DeShields .255 9812 25 3 3 1 7 Pagnozzl .250 8 1 2 0 0 0 0 An. Benes .250 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 Gant 235 10215 24 5 2 4 18 Dayton .230 122 16 28 10 1 2 12 Lampkin .229 70 6 16 2 1 1 7 Sweeney .207 29 2 6 1 0 0 3 Gaetti 198 86 8 17 3 0 1 7 'Osborne .167 12 1 2 0 0 0 1 Petkovsek .167 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 Bell 148 27 0 4 0 0 0 2 Sheaffer .143 21 1 3 1 0 0 2 Al. Benes .133 15 0 2 0 0 0 0 Stottlemyr .100 10 1 1 0 0 0 1 "Mejia .071 14 0 1 1 0 0 2 Difelice .048 21 1 1 1 0 0 1 Painter .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Fossas .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Fossas .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 'Hnyctt .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Eckersley .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Frsca ore .000 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 RagsD .000 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 Gallego .000 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 SB Clayton 7, DeShields 7, Jordan 4, Gant 4, Lankford 3, Gaetti 2, McGee 2, Young 2, Difelice. PITCHING ERA IP BB SO Frascatore 1 1 1.53 17.2 14 12 10 Petkovsek 2 3 1.88 24.0 18 7 13 Mathews ..1 1 2.08 13.0 10 6 12 Eckersley 0 1 2.16 8.1 6 1 9 Morris 1 1 2.30 31.1 32 7 20 Fossas 1 0 2.35 7.2 5 5 10 Al. Benes 3 3 3.38 45.1 37 16 48 Osborne 1 2 3.60 35.0 39 9 26 Stottlemyre 1 1 3.74 45.2 38 16 28 An.

Benes 1 1 4.09 11.0 11 6 7 Painter 0 0 6.75 1.1 1 0 0 Raggio 1 1 9.00 11.0 18 6 6 Honeycutt 0 013.50 2.0 5 1 2 Saves Eckersley 7. On disabled list. UPCOMING GAMES MAY 7 Philadelphia 7:05 p.m. 8 Philadelphia 12:35 p.m. 9 New York 7:05 p.m.

10 New York 7:05 p.m. II New York 1:15 p.m. when he went 5-0 with a 1.81 ERA in 51 games. "I kept hearing good things, but I never got put on a 40-man roster," McGraw said. "Finally, I decided to do things my way, to play the game like I did in little league.

'Here's my best stuff. See if you can hit "I'm at the top of my game right now. I was a lefthanded pitcher with a 90-plus-mile per hour fastball, but I never got an opportunity until now." Honeycutt has pitched only two innings since returning from the disabled list a couple weeks ago. Manager Tony La Russa couldn't speculate on how long Honeycutt will be out, but said, "I know it's more than 15 days." The alarm sounded when Honey-cutt's shoulder didn't respond properly the day after he pitched. "He also said there were some strange feelings in there while he was him out, and Smoltz retired the next 12 batters as well.

Morris allowed only one hit and used some excellent defensive help through five innings. He seemed no less dominating in the sixth inning. The Braves scored a couple of runs anyway. Blauser, the NL's second-leading hitter, popped a base hit into right field. Smoltz's sacrifice bunt nudged him to second.

Lofton took a whack at a pitch and split his bat into several pieces. But he mustered just enough oomph to bloop the ball over Gaetti's head at third base, scoring Blauser. Morris walked to the front of the plate, picked up a chunk of Lofton's bat and flipped it toward the Atlanta dugout. Tucker followed with a ground ball to first baseman Dmitri Young, who tried to start a double play but skipped his throw past shortstop Clayton. Lofton dashed to third on the error and scored on Keith Lock-hart's sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.

The Cards took Morris off the hook for a loss by scoring their two runs in the seventh. Then, they nearly fumbled the game away in the eighth. Reliever Mark Petkovsek walked Smoltz. Lefthanded reliever Tony Fossas followed by giving up a double to Lofton, and Smoltz scored for a 3-2 lead when Lankford dropped the ball in the outfield. TJ.

Mathews (1-1) relieved Fossas and got the inning's final out and picked up credit for the victory thanks to Gant's homer. "That at-bat," Gant said, "I did everything right." Mabry said, "For Ron to be in that situation and come through that's huge for him. And it's a big confidence-builder for everyone else." Poor Play PJ. Creek. Fox 11, Vianney 6: Ken Leach had a double, triple and three RBIs, and Rick Morrison had four hits and two RBIs as Fox took a break from Suburban West play and won at home.

Kevin Hart added a homer for Fox (15-4). Pattonville 10, Normandy 3: Steve Fiske and Keith Wallace collected two hits each and Chris Payne drove in two runs as the visiting Pirates (9-2, 11-5) moved into first place in the Suburban North. SOFTBALL Lebanon Wins On No-hitter Nicole Bohnenstiehl threw a no-hitter and had 14 strikeouts as the visiting Greyhounds upset Althoff (21-2), Illinois' No. 2-ranked Class A team, 1-0. Lebanon (9-5) scored in the fourth when Jessica Reinacher doubled and scored on a single by Keri Shake.

Arizona, reached point nation Tucson. Lofton just five drafted he hit the years at Houston speedy college lacked could be He games. low enough. Florida batted League him that in just Then, more catcher Back "Coming kind of playing. "That's strength, main something I can He "A said.

Lofton Baseball's Top 10 Leadoff Men (Statistics through Monday's games) 1. Kenny Lofton, cf, Atlanta OBA: .399, 27, SB: 12 In recent years, no one fills role better. 2. Brady Anderson, cf Baltimore BA: .361 OBA: .504, 20, SB: 2 Not prototypical; doesn't run much, but slugs HRs. 3.

Chuck Knoblauch, 2b, Minnesota BA: .261, OBA: .421, 22, SB: 13 Real troublemaker for opposing pitchers. 4. Eric Young, 2b, Colorado BA: .350, OBA: .432, 26, SB: 8 Thrives at home, rarely strikes out. 5. Craig Biggio, 2b, Houston BA: .298, OBA: .385, 23, SB: 3 Good pop in his bat, real leader in role.

6. Deion Sanders, cf Cincinnati BA: .357, OBA: .399, 1 6, SB: 20 Speedy, daring, cocky and is hitting. 7. Mark Grudzielanek, ss, Montreal BA: .322, OBA: .360, 14, SB: 6 Excellent contact hitter, 12 doubles. 8.

Ray Durham, 2b, White Sox BA: .291, OBA: .386, 18, SB: 8 Drives the ball, not great base stealer. 9. Marquis Grissom, cf, Cleveland BA: .234, OBA: .329, 8, SB: 6 Hobbled by hamstring, but has been among best. 10. Nomar Garciaparra, ss, Boston BA: .318, OBA: .366, 24, SB: 7 Rookie has all sorts of grand possibilities.

Mike Eisenbath the sixth man on the team that the Final Four in 1988 and the starting guard on the team ranked No. 1 in the most of the next season. He still lives in played very little college baseball games as a junior before being in the 17th round in 1988. Even though just .214 in the New York-Penn League summer between his junior and senior Arizona, Lofton stole 26 bases. had taken a flier on an athlete, a guy who had been a finalist for one basketball "dunk of the year" award but enough time at the plate to know if he a big-league hitter.

stole 168 bases in 358 minor-league Many sprinters could steal bases in the minors if they just could get on base But by 1990, Lofton batted .331 in the State League, then skipped a level and .308 in the Class AAA Pacific Coast the next season. The Astros promoted September, making him a big-leaguer his second full pro season. the Astros dealt him off in one of the lopsided trades in history. They received Eddie Taubensee. then, who knew? up with Houston, I had no idea what player I could be," he said.

"I was just the way baseball is. You play to your and that's the player you become. My strength has been my speed. You don't do you aren't able to do. I stick to what do." does what he can do.

leadoff hitter has to get on base," Lofton "Bottom line." From page one 1 ence I've seen between Lofton and Rickey was that Rickey Henderson worked the strike zone. Lofton is more aggressive. But he hits for higher average. "Lofton is a weapon. He was from the beginning.

And he's strong, durable. He'll keep going in August and September." Lofton stole at least 54 bases each of his five seasons with the Indians and had a total of 325. He, Luis Aparicio and former Cardinals outfielder Vince Coleman are the only men to lead their league in stolen bases each of their first five seasons in the majors. He makes the Braves slightly different, more dangerous. Once a team noted for playing American League-style ball waiting for a home run from sluggers such as Fred McGriff, Ryan Klesko and Chipper Jones Atlanta is creating runs every which way.

Last in the NL with 83 steals last season, the Braves have swiped 29 already. Lofton has 12 of those. He's among the league leaders in stolen bases, batting average hits (50) and runs (28). He seems comfortable already in his new league, one that might seem more suited to his style. "He's everything you ask for in a leadoff guy," McGriff has said.

But will he continue to fill that job for the Atlanta Braves beyond this year? Lofton could become a free agent after this season, and he's likely to get a sweet offer from the expansion Arizona Diamondbacks. He would be an immediate hero in Phoenix. Lofton was a basketball star at the University of batting average and 35 runs bat- ted in facing the Phils RBIs than against any other-, team. Ron Gant and Ray Lankford each hit three homers against Philadelphia last year. John'; Mabry batted .364 in 10 games against them.

Nine of the Cardinals' next 13 games are against clubs wfthl records. Last Words: Said Daulton: "Right now, -we're very bad. There's not any--thing going right. You've got 6 expect this when you're going through a transition, but youl-can't blame it all on the Mike Eisenbath- Miklasz From page one you have to hate him enough to have the conviction to get him out," Stott-i lemyresaid. Why does this happen to a mild, good-natured, polite young man such as Stottlemyre? Why does he become a werewolf on game day? "To me, this is a big responsibil-; ity," Stottlemyre said.

"They pay us a lot of money to pitch. The fans are paying a lot of money to come see you pitch, and they don't want tqf see their team down 5-0. There are 24 other players, a coaching staff and a manager wearing the same uniform, and they're counting on you. "The everyday players are out there all the time, and when it's our turn, we'd better be accountable to them. It's a huge responsibility.

To lose a game because you lost, your' emotions, or by lacking intensity; or not being properly prepared, that's the worst thing in the world. wouldn't be able to sleep at night if I let that happen." Where have you gone, Vicente Palacios? ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH 4n HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Belleville East Weathers Stretch Of The 31st Post-Dispatch Scholar Athlete Dinner is Thursday. This is one in a series of profiles on some of the high school seniors who will be honored. Katie Meyer Collinsville High when the Lancers broke the game open with three runs.

He struck out the side to finish the game. Otherwise, the outing was uncharacteristic as Musso threw four wild pitches and hit two Collinsville batters. The Kahoks had base runners in every inning but the seventh. "He struggled but sometimes when a pitcher doesn't have his best stuff and works through it, it's the sign of a good pitcher," Schutzenhofer said. Belleville East gave Musso a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, collecting four hits against Ken Lutz (4-2).

The Lancers were leading 4-2 in the fifth when the Kahoks got even on a two-run single by Bill Biehl. The Lancers scored the winning run on a pair of Collinsville errors in the sixth. They put the game away with a three-run seventh inning, which included a two-run double by gether enough offense in the last two innings to emerge with an 8-4 Southwestern Conference win that allowed the Lancers to maintain their hold on first place. They improved to 7-2 in the league, 15-4 overall. Collinsville is 6-4, 11-6.

After a surprising loss to East St. Louis last week, Belleville East, which is ranked No. 3 in the Post-Dispatch large-schools poll, rebounded to collect nine hits. Three were from designated hitter Adam Arriola. "We haven't been playing tbft well lately," Schutzenhofer said.

"Everybody else is getting better. The second time around the conference is tougher. All teams go through a little roller coaster and hopefully this might be the game we need to get us going." Musso worked out of trouble in several innings to improve to 7-1. He found a burst of energy during a 15-minute rest in the top of the seventh, By Stu Durando Of the Post-Dispatch Staff Brandon Musso had struggled through his worst five innings of the season, but when he left the field with more wild pitches than strikeouts he still was in the middle of a tie game. Belleville East's 6-foot-3, 230-pound pitcher had no intention of leaving the game Tuesday at Collins-ville despite a feeling that told him he would better serve his team as a spectator.

"The first five or so I felt light headed and sluggish," he said. "I didn't know what it was from. My body just felt tired. It was the first time I felt I didn't want to be here. It scared me a little bit at first." The sight of his ace getting knocked around was also a bit frightening for Lancers coach Dennis Schutzenhofer, especially with his team in the midst of a hitting slump.

However, Belleville East put to Class Rank: No. 28 out of 431 Academic Honors: Who's Who Among American High School Students; National Honor Society; IHSA Scholastic Achievement Award; Classical Honor Society. Sports: Cross country and track. Athletic Honors: Katie twice was an All-State performer in track and qualified for the state cross country meet every year in high school. She made the Post-Dispatch All-Metro cross country team as a senior, when she won regional and sectional championships.

School Activities: Selected to introduce Vice President Al Gore in his appearance at Collinsville High; program chairman for Fellowship of Christian Athletes; President of Monogram Club; Student Senate; newspaper staff; Latin Club; Junior Classical League. Favorites: "Roots" and musician Jim Croce. College: Missouri on an athletic scholarship..

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