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2D Reno Gazette-Journal Sunday, July 21, 1991 SAN JOSE 7, RENO 3 ox can't Huisman a winner: The second-year pitcher got his 1 2th victory, struck out nine but gave up 10 hits. y Jo Santoro GAZETTE-JOURNAL 'Rick Huisman didn't win any trophies Saturday night. But he was still good enough to beat the Reno Silver Sox at Moana Municipal Stadium. ; Huisman, whose last name is Norris From page 1 D Star Game a few weeks ago," said Morris. "But I couldn't get through five innings of that thing. There were guys playing in that game that wouldn't have even been playing when I was playing. And they say that I can't pitch anymore. "I tell you, I've left the game with a lot of unanswered questions." 'He knows the answers. Michael Kelvin Norris is a very smart man. It's just that nobody has ever provided the answers to his face. ."People tell me I'm too old, that nobody needs a guy my age," said Norris. "I'm not happy with that answer." Norris knows that he never really beat the rap that he once abused drugs. But now, baseball is out of his system. In April, he was afraid of the day when he had to quit. It's been a smooth transition. "I'm as happy with my life as I've ever been," he said. "Leaving baseball was like a cleansing experience for me. My mental health is fantastic now. I don't miss the game at all." , It also helps that he's landed on ADAPTED AQUATICS Sparks Leisure Services with Northern Nevada Chapter for Independent Living offers a modified water exercise for anyone with mental or physical impairment. The class is offered at Alf Sorsensen on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 329-71 80 or 353-2385. SPRINGBOARD DIVING City of Reno sponsors lessons in springboard diving, from July 29 to Aug. 9 at Moana Pool. Call 334-2268. TAKE A SPLASH The Reno Aquatic Club offers competitive swimming for ages 5 through 18. Year-round training for the novice to the nationally-ranked swimmer. Call 825-0938. WATER BABIES City of Reno offers Water Babies, instructional aquatics . for children six months to three years of age. Parent assisted to teach basic swim skills and water safety through use of games, songs and water toys. Sessions begin July 22 and run through Aug. 15. Call 334-2267. LAKERIDGE SWIM TEAM Laker-idge Tennis Club offers swim lessons for all ages and a year-round competitive swim team. Call 827-3300. CHILDREN'S SWIM LESSONS City of Reno offers lessons at Moana, Idlewild and Northwest swimming pools for children 3 to 1 2 years old. Sessions begin July 29. Call 334-2268. SWIMMING LESSONS City of . Reno offers children's swimming lessons at Traner Pool on Tuesday and Thursday for ages 3 to 5 and 6 to 12. Cost is $5 for four lessons. Sessions begin July 29. Call 334-2269. STATE NOVICE SOFTBALL Nevada State Novice and E Tournament at Ran-cho San Rafael Park on Aug. 3-4. Entry fee $165. Call 826-8612. KANSAS CITY ROYALS TRYOUTS At Moana Municipal Stadium on July 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for players 16 to 22 years old. Call 786-6000. ' PLACER SOFTBALL Placer Softball Club plans a slowpitch tournament on July 27-28 at Regional Park in Auburn, Calif. First Auburn USSSA Mid-Summer Softball State Qualifier for novice, mixed and women's D. Call 91 6-786-3077. PERSONALIZED INSTRUCTION Former Nevada Ail-American Jim Puzey along with Reno High coach Jim Pace offer personalized baseball instruction. Call 348-1780. BIG ONE CO-ED Big One Co-Ed Tournament at Fallon Softball Complex is July 27-28. Entry deadline for 60-team tournament is July 19. Fee is $175. Call 677-1316. SENIOR CO-ED City of Sparks offers senior co-ed Softball for people 55 and older. Cost is $8 per session. Program meets at Don Mello Sports Complex on Tuesday mornings, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Call 353-2376. . ! LADY COUGAR SOFTBALL CAMP Lassen College Softball coach Mike Bas-tian offers the Lady Cougar Softball Camp at Susanville, Calif., on Aug. 5-9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Players between ages 8 and 17 are invited. Camp fees: $40 for day campers, $112 for campers with dorm. Call 916-257-6181. extension 107. FUTURE STARS OF AMERICA ft find a way game with 33 consecutive scoreless innings. The last team to score against him was High Desert on June 23. The Sox, though, kept him out of the Cal League record book (40 innings) by scoring with one out in the fourth inning (33 Vj innings) on a double by Tom Mitchell and a single by Rico Cortes. The Silver Sox, especially Cortes who had three singles, hit the ball hard off Huisman all evening Joe Roebuck singled in George Threadgill in the sixth to cut the Giants' lead to 4-2 and Tim Wallace doubled in Cliff Gonzalez in the seventh to make the score 5-3. pronounced like college football's top award, went seven innings as the San Jose Giants beat the Silver Sox 7-3. No trophies, just a victory, his California League-leading 12th in IS decisions. Huisman, in just his second year of pro ball, came into the CALIFORNIA his feet Financially. "I'm working for the rap star M.C. Hammer in public relations," said Norris. Hammer was a former Oakland A's batboy when Norris was at the top of his game. "He's a close personal friend. This just happened out of the blue. And now I'm making more money than I did my last year in the major leagues ($ 1 00,000)." The laugh remains. He's not exactly involved for Hammer's "art." "Man, this music takes some getting used to. I've been away for a few years. I'm just trying to catch up with what's going on out there. It's tough keeping up with all the new groups. "Some of this stuff; damn, Marvin Gaye must be turning over in his grave." The phone rings in Norris' home and a few moments later the laughter is back. "There's just so many things going on in my life right now," he said. "This is the real world now. Baseball was fantasy time. You never have to do anything for yourself as long as you are in that fantasy world. "Life is just like baseball," he said. "There's a lot of strikeouts. A lot of strikeouts." Sox Tim Wallace gave up a lot when he left Wichita. The Reno Silver Sox's starting shortstop lost the chance to play Double-A ball and being a part of a major league organization. Now he's in Class A with an indepen dent team. But Wallace happier. "I wasn't doing anything over there, just sitting around," said the 28-year-old switch-hitter. "I didn't ask for my release but they saw I wasn't happy. I didn't look enthused. This situation is great for me because I have a chance to play." The Padres' loss has been the Silver Sox's gain. Wallace has been on fire since CALENDAR Second annual baseball school is Aug. 3-4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Idlewild Park for boys and girls ages 8 to 12. Space limited to first 100 campers. Instructors include former Nevada Ail-American Jim Puzey, Reno High coach Jim Pace, UNR assistant John Savage and former Houston Astros pitcher Kevin Smith. Call: 789-2676. KEN FUJII CAMP Ken Fujiis Score Camp, basketball camp for boys and girls. Session II is July 22-26; Session III is July 29-Aug. 2. Cost $150. Call 353-5590 or 747-1837. LEN STEVENS CAMP Nevada coach Len Stevens Basketball Camp. Team camps are July 21-25 and July 28-Aug. 1 . Fee $21 0. Call 784-4046. WOMEN'S OPEN HOOPS Reno-Sparks YWCA offers women's open basketball Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 8 to 10 p.m. Cost $2 per session. Call 322-4531. BILLINGHURST OPEN GYM Sports complex at Monroe and Plumas in Reno is open for basketball Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., and Sundays from 9 to 1 1 a.m. Cost $1 .50. Wheelchair basketball offered Fridays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. RENO WHEELMEN RIDES The Reno Wheelmen this week will follow a racing schedule of: Tuesday, Cold Springs time trial, 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, mountain bike race, 6:30 p.m. at end of Robb Drive; Thursday, criterium at 6:30 p.m. at Air Center Circle. Call 355-7070. Wheelmen rides: July 28, Petroglyph mountain bike ride, meet Virginia Highlands Fire Station (left on Cartwright off Geiger Grade) for a 16-mile ride to the Lagomarsino Petro-glyphs and back. Call 825-8258. PROCRASTINATING PEDALERS Upcoming rides: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. ride around Washoe Lake, starting at Bowers Mansion, call Jan at 687-431 0 or 356-5504 for details. Rides: July 27. Webber Lake, Jackson Meadows ' loop, meet at parking lot next to highway for Webber Lake, bring lunch, call 358-8680 or 329-7221; July 28, mountain bike ride at Tunnel. Creek Road to Marlette Lake along east flume, meet at 9 a.m., call 831-1757; Aug. 3, Truckee, Tahoe City and Brockway loop, meet in Truckee at McDonald's at 8:45 a.m., call 747-4313. I STARLITE BOWL State finals for y to stop league's leading pitcher Huisman, who struck out nine Silver Sox to give him a league-leading 156 in 135 innings this year, gave up 10 hits, two walks and three earned runs. He came into the game with a league-leading 1.69 ERA. The 22-year-old fanned eight in his first four innings, then tired, retiring just three of the last eight hitters to face him. The Sox could have done more damage against the right-hander if not for Roebuck getting caught between first and second after his RBI single and Wallace getting thrown out trying to stretch his double into a triple. LEAGUE NOTEBOOK shortstop's team change pays off at plate signing his Silver Sox contract. 10 games ago, one day after his release from Wichita. He's hitting .462 with 18 hits in 39 at-bats. And it's not a soft .462 with two doubles and two home runs and 8 RBI for a slugging percentage of .667. Wallace is one of the best players to play for the Silver Sox in the Jack Patton regime the last three years. "That's what is expected of me, coming from Double-A," said Wallace. He attributes his fast start in Reno to the lack of pressure. "I've been, able to relax down here and just go out and play," he said. "There's no pressure on me here. Most people in baseball have written me off. I'm 28, been released and everything. Coming here I'm getting the chance to prove that I can still play." There never should have been any doubt. At Wichita, where he was voted the team's most popular player by fans, he hit .318 in 77 games last season. The year before he hit .3 1 6 for Mai Fichman at Boise and was JOE SANTORO couldn't be Senior No-Tap held at Starlite Bowl Aug 19-28. Tuesday is Breaktime Bowling for ages 5 to 18 years at 2:30 p.m. Call 747-3522. CARSON ARMWRESTLING Carson Valley Classic Armwrestling Tournament on Aug. 1 0 at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden. Double elimination tournament with cash prizes for first through third place. Entry fee $15. Call 707-442-6751 or 782-9711. SHARKS ON ICE NHL expansion team San Jose Sharks offers a hockey camp July 22-27 at Sierra Nevada Ice Arena in Sparks. Call 408-999-5753 or 916-583-5500. NEVADA STATE PARKS Offers a slideshow about the Donner Party hosted by archeologist Don Hardesty at Spooner Lake at 8 p.m. on July 26. Call 687-4379. YOGA STRETCH City of Reno offers Stretch With Yoga, for adults 18 years old and up through Oct. 1 2. Call 334-2262. ICE SKATING SWAP MEET To benefit Sierra Nevada Figure Skating Club on Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sierra Nevada Ice Arena, 1855 E. Lincoln Way in Sparks. Call 355-1 102. TAE KWON DO AND BOXING Salvation Army Youth and Family Center sponsors a iae Kwon Do class and amateur boxing. Call 322-9522. RENO HIGH PHYSICALS Reno High School offers physical examinations on July 22 from 8 a.m. to noon in the school cafeteria. Cost is $1 5. EURO-BRIT CYCLE SHOW AND SWAP MEET July 27 in Minden at Carson Valley Inn Casino RV Park. Call 267-2103. SIERRA CLUB HIKES Upcoming events: July 27-28, Ruby Mountain hike carcamp and dayhike, call 329-6118; July 27-Aug. 3, Southlake to Northlake back-'pack, call 358-0888 or 827-0806; July 28, moderate dayhike by Jamison Fall, Rock and Jamison Lake, call 673-2607; July 28. Convict Lake Canyon, up the crown jewel in Mammoth Lakes area, call 619-934-6388; Aug. 4, Castle Peak hike, call 359-2153; Aug. 4, Wheeler Lake near Marklee-ville, call 358-9040. HORSE RIDING Northstar Stables, open for trail rides year-round, has extended its hours for the summer season. Daily rides depart every hour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stables are located off Northstar Drive six miles from north shore of Lake Tahoe off California Highway 267. Call Gary Sharko, who has a 1.04 ERA in 39 games, pitched the final two innings for his 22nd save. The Giants lead the Cal League with a team ERA of 2.81. Huisman was opposed by Dom Johnson of the Silver Sox. Johnson, also 22, was property of the Giants before getting released before this season and went 5-8 for San Jose last year. The 6-foot-5 right-hander, went six innings and allowed seven hits and four runs in his fifth start of the year. The Giants secured Huisman's fifth consecutive win with a two-run home run by Pete Weber. voted the Northwest League's all-star shortstop after being released by the Chicago Cubs. Wallace was hitting .238 in just 35 games with Wichita at the time of his release. "I've had hot streaks before like the one I'm in right now," he said. "I've always had hot streaks like this. I can hit. I've never doubted my ability." STICKING WITH NO. 1: Rick Odeklrk is a knuckleball pitcher. Most everybody in the California League knows that this year. The problem was that Odekirk sometimes forgot. The Reno Silver Sox left-hander has seen his comeback season flutter up and down more often than the uncontrollable pitch he throws. He's pitched well and lost. He's also pitched poorly and lost. His 1-10 record and 5.24 ERA made it obvious that it was becoming time to make some changes. Odekirk and Sox pitching coach Dean Treanor made one big change before Wednesday's game against the Bakers-field Dodgers. Treanor just reminded Odekirk that he was first and foremost a knuckleball pitcher. "He just wanted me to start throwing it on the first pitch more and when I was behind in the count," said Odekirk. "I 916-587-0281. GALENA CREEK SUMMER PROGRAM Washoe County Parks and Recreation offers fun Friday nights at Galena Creek Park, through Sept. 6. Programs began at 8:30 p.m. at Campfire Meadow. Can 849-2511. BUSINESSMAN'S SCRAMBLE Sierra Businessman's Scramble is July 27 at Washoe County Golf Course. Four-man best ball scramble. Call 746-1 237. JUNIOR GOLF Reno Sparks Golf Center sponsors a Junior Golf Tournament for ages 8 to 1 8. $75 fee includes lessons, tournament, prizes and barbecue. Tournament is July 26. Call 331 -7742. HOGAN VOLUNTEERS Ben Ho- gan Reno Open needs volunteers for tournament on Sept. 6-8 at Northgate Golf Club. American Cancer Society needs 300 volunteers to help with scorekeeping, transportation, information and organization. Call 329-0609. NORTHSTAR GOLF SCHOOL Northstar-at-Tahoe's weekend golf schools taught by PGA professional Jim Anderson. Package includes two nights lodging, two rounds of golf, prizes, access to outdoor spa, tennis courts and weight-room. Schools are Aug. 3-4, September 14-15, 21-22, Oct. 5-6, 12-13. Two-day junior golf camps begin June 24 and end Aug. 27. Call 91 6-587-0265. NORTHSTAR JUNIOR CAMP Northstar-at-Tahoe offers two-day junior camps through Aug. 27. The camps, offered Monday and Tuesday, are for golfers 8 to 1 5 years old. Cost of each two-day session is $35. Call 916-587-0290. JUNIOR STRIDER WORKOUTS Silver State Junior Strider track and field practices are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. for ages 8 to 1 8 at Mackay Stadium. Call 358-1401 or 849-0599. SOUTH TAHOE ALL-COMERS Allcomers track meets for all age groups on July 25, Aug. 1 and Aug. 8, at South Lake Tahoe Intermediate School track. Meets start 5:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 5 p.m. Final meet Aug. 1 7 at 1 0 a.m. Call 916-542-1512. RENO RACE SCHEDULE Gold Rush Marathon and Half-Marathon, July 27, Johnsville, Calif., 415-841-1 190; South Tahoe 5-Mile Fun Run, July 27, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 916-542-1512; Community Fun 20-Kilometer Relay, Sparks, July 28. 829-0880; Here Comes The Judge 5K and 10K. July 31, 7 p.m. on UNR campus, call 852-5037 or 784-1735; Squaw Valley Mountain Run, Aug. 3, 3.6 miles, climbs 2,000 feet from base of Squaw Valley USA resort to High Camp, call 916-426-9559; Pyramid Lake Triathlon, Aug. 18, 1.5K swim, 10K run, 40K bike, Sut-cliffe, call 916-582-1108; Truckee River Run, Aug. 18, 5-mile run, Tahoe City, Calif., finishing at River Ranch, call 916-583-7625 or 581-0181; World s Toughest Triathlon, Aug. 24, Camp Richardson at South Lake Tahoe. 2-mile swim, 100-mile cycle, 18.6-mile run, call 916-573-0103; Silver State Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10K, Aug. 25, Bowers Mansion, call race director Fred Holabird, 323-4566 or 851-0836. I SPARKS SOCCER CAMPS Sparks u.k th Pliant' left fielder. has homered in each of the first two games of the series and has driven in eight runs. SOX NOTES: The Silver Sox, after tonight's 6 p.m. series finale against San Jose, have just 19 home games left this season . . . Sox shortstop Tim Wallace continued his hot hitting with two hits and is now hitting .465 . . . Sox left fielder Cliff Gonzalez threw out San Jose's speedy Jason McFarlln at the plate in the third inning ... The cold and wet weather the past two nights held down what could have been large crowds at Moana. The Sox drew just under 900 fans each night for T-shirt night Friday and Saturday night when two mountain bikes were given away. threw more knuckleballs than I ever have in my life." The result was a six-inning shutout and his second victory of the season, lowering his ERA to 4.94. After the game Odekirk went up to Treanor and said, "Thank you. You made me do things out there that I've never done in my career." Treanor responded, "You did those things. I didn't." In losing 1 0 games, Odekirk had a tendency to go away from his out pitch, the knuckler. "I'd throw my slider and fastball," said Odekirk. "And then I'd get beat." Treanor's philosophy for wanting Odekirk to stick with the knuckler was simple. "If he's constantly throwing it all game, then when he really needs it in the seventh inning or so, he will have better command of it," said Treanor. "The knuckleball is not a pitch you can throw now and then or when you feel like it. You have to keep throwing it to have a good one." Odekirk, who hadn't pitched in over a year before this season because of injuries, has relished his time with Treanor. "I know my record isn't very good, but all that doesn't matter when I look at all the things Dean Treanor has taught me," he said. YMCA will hold a series of soccer camps for boys and girls ages 6 to 14. Session III, July 22-26; Session IV, July 29-Aug. 2; Session V, Aug. 5-9; Session VI, Aug. 12-16. All sessions run 9 a.m. to noon. Call 358-9622. WASHOE ZEPHYR TOURNAMENT 13th Annual Washoe Zephyr Invitational Youth Soccer Tournament will be held Aug. 10-11 at Reed High School, Shadow Mountain, Mira Loma Park and Sparks High, for boys and girls teams from Nevada, Idaho, Oregon and California. FALL SEASON SOCCER Sign-ups for Sierra Soccer Club's recreational and competitive soccer season are on Aug. 3 at Park Lane Mall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For all boys and girls, ages 5 to 14. Call 826-KICK. TENNIS CAMP Northstar-at-Tahoe offers two-day tennis camps for players of all abilities. Cost is $60 and $50 for juniors. Five-day camps available for $175 for adults and $120 for juniors. Camps run through Sept. 29. Call 916-562-0321 . PROGRESSIVE TENNIS City of Reno offers Progressive Tennis Program under direction or David Radford and John Powers with clinics at Manzanita Park through Oct. 1 1 . Call 334-2262. SAVE THE DATE Tennis tournament and international buffet on July 27-28 at Lakeridge Tennis Club. $100 entry fee includes lunches, t-shirt and visor and two tickets to international buffet and wine tasting. Call 328-5050. YOUTH TENNIS Sparks Leisure Services offers eight one-hour tennis sessions for kids 6 to 17 years old. Aug. 5-15. Call 353-2376. TINY TOT LESSONS City of Reno Recreation Division sponsors junior tennis for ages 7 to 17 and tiny tots, ages 4 to 6. Tots learn to hit ball through relays and games. Cost $9 per week for 7 to 17, $7 for 4 to 6 year olds. Sessions run through Aug. 2. ADULT TENNIS LESSONS Beginning to intermediate tennis lessons offered by City of Reno Recreation Division for adults 18 years and up. Wheelchair players welcome. Classes Monday through Thursday. Sessions run through Sept. 19. Call 334-2262. SENIOR DOUBLES City of Sparks offers doubles tennis for seniors 55 and older. Play is Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon a Shelly Park courts through Aug. 19. Call 353-2376. YOUTH AND ADULT TENNIS City of Reno Recreation is now accepting registration for youth and adult tennis lessons at Huffaker Park. Sessions end Aug. 2, for adults at 6:30 a.m. and youth at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $25 for five lessons. Call 334-2262. SPARKS ADULT City of Sparks offers adult tennis lessons for players 18 years and older. Next session runs through Aug. 1 . Cost is $1 8. Call 353-2376. a n JLb!NE SELZNICK AND SINJIN SMITH CAMPS Session III, July 29-Aug. 2, for males and females ages 14 and over at Squaw Valley. Call 588-5939. TEEN SPIKE CUNIC City of Sparks offers a clinic for teen-agers to 17 years old, beginners, intermediate and ad-yanced. Runs through Aug. 22. Call 353-2376.

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