Â®ttc0iw Jackson FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1976 Â· QLiliztn Sjwrts Markets PAGE 49 diplomatic about elders By STEVE WESTON Citizen Sportswrlter man^whM JaCkS Â° n describes Wmadf as "the elder statesman, which may seem somewhat presumptuous for a 21-year- But since the 6-foot-5, 185-pound senior forward is the only three-year ietterman on coach Ned Walk's Arizona State University basketball team, that's his prerogative, Jackson will be one of a trio of three-letter "elders" - Unwersuy of Arizona's Al Fleming and Jim Rappis being the n hf r^r ^ A T S 14227 seat Activit y Cen ^ r tTMTM night (7:30) when the Wildcats and Sun Devils meet in an important Western Athletic Conference game. For Jackson, who's been on the losing side just once in six previous meetings with UA, it's merely "a championship game. r "Realistically," said the Brooklyn native who's become very important to A-State's title plans, "we're having to prepare for every game like it's a championship game against U v JL A. ,,. u '" a bad situation because of that home loss (to Utah) he continued, "so we're having to approach every game like it's for a championship." Things were a lot easier for ASU last year when the Devils went 25-1 and won the WAC crown with ease. But graduation of guards Lionel Hollins and Mike Moon and the defection of guard Rudy White to the National Basketball Association changed the scheme of things. Related story page 52 "Those three were exceptional basketball players " said Jackson. "We were able to be explosive. And you want to say we'd be more potent if Rudy would've stayed. "But that's not realistic. So we've had to adjust. We have to run our set offenses more consistently and be more conscious of what we're doing, "It's not that we've become deliberate, it's just that we've had to be more efficient and execute well." Jackson's play has been superlative. After averaging 10 points a game as a freshman, 5.2 as a sophomore and 7.8 as a junior, he's exploded as an offensive weapon. Jackson, who hit a career high of 28 points in an earlier game at North Texas State, has upped his average to 16 I (18 3 in conference play) and is shooting the ball at a .526 percentage from the field. "Well, I felt I could've played that way last year," he said "But you have to wait your turn. 1 waited until I could fit into the team's frame of things." Jackson has given way to 6-10 senior center Scott Lloyd (19.0) as the team's top scorer, and guard Rick Taylor (13.5) .has been moving up. But Jackson may be the key figure for UA to stop tomorrow. He won't panic. He respects coach Fred Snowden's Wildcats and is too experienced to bolt. "They're tough," said Jackson of the Wildcats. "It's a typical Arizona team. They're well-coached and they get along with their coach, which is as important as anything. "Al- Fleming and Bob Elliott are simply two of the best players in the country." Losing tomorrow doesn't cross Jackson's mind. "We'll be in it (the WAC race) until the last," he said. "Our team is growing from game to game, 'and I can see us jelling as a team. "Each game's a championship for us, including this one ' That's all there is to it." notes *n* notes Compiled and edited by Naaman Nickell ^Â»^Â·Â·Â·P^M^HMH^MMM^^^^^^^^MBMMWMOTMBVMBMMMBBBM^^^^^^ George Raveling, Washington State basketball coach, on 6-11 center Steve Puidokas: "He's like a Diehard battery. You've got to have one if you expect to get through the winter." .. . Arizona appears to have a good chance to have a contender for a boxing title at the Summer Olympics in Montreal. Chuck Walker of Mesa is the top ranked iight-middleweight in U.S. amateur ranks .. . Dave Mart, a former Professional Golfers Association national champ and now a television commentator, says he may try to play a few events this year. "But I don't want to play unless I can compete," he said, then paused and thought. "Or is it: T don't want to compete unless I can play?' " . . . . "Anyway, they didn't get 200," philosophized coach Kirby Bruchhaus after his South Cameron, La., Tarpons were clipped 198-34 by Boston, La. recently in a high school basketball game. Boston led 44-0 at the end of the first period and 97-9 at the half . . . Alan Bonney, a Catalina High School graduate who has been men's track and field coach at Syracuse University since 1970, has been named women's track coach at the University of Washington ... "When you have won Forest Hills and Wimbledon like me, then you can act like me," remonstrated temperamental tennis star Ilie Nastase, lecturing 18-year-old Billy Martin for shouting at a linesman . , . UCLA's Red Sanders put coaching in the right perspective years ago when he pointed out: "It's not a matter of life or-death. It's a tittle more important than that." . . . Pro golfer John Mahaffey on how long he practices: "You can't put it in hours. You/neasure it by blisters." . . . A new high -- or would it be a new low? -- in futility was achieved by a bowler in Milwaukee recently. Mary Kwlat- kowsld, bowling for the first time in a women's handicap league, opened with 20 straight gutter balls for a 0. Things gotbetter and in the second game she had a 39. Unfortu- naWy, she tailed off^toth a 28 for a three-game sAies of 67. Ilie Nastase Lesson in manners A^U's Gary Jackson An 'elder statesman' Arnie, Casper hopes high PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) -- "Up until now," Billy 'Casper said, "it looked like a pretty good day for the old guys." Casper made the observation when Buddy Allin came ambling in with a 68 and the Scores on page 52 second round lead in the $180,000 Bob Hope Desert Golf Classic with a seven-under- par 135 total. That took an edge -- just a tiny edge -- off the excitement created by the record runs of Casper, 44, and Arnold Palmer, 46, winners of a combined 112 tour titles. Palmer, who scored his last American victory in this tournament three long years ago, one-putted 10 times on his way to an eight-under-par 64, his best round in years. And Casper played his back nine in 29 strokes, the best on the tour this season, on the way to a 65. "It's kind of interesting," said Casper. "I don't ever remember shooting a 29 before. And I had to wait until my 2Jst year to do it." Hockey team loses U.S. wins first gold INNSBRUCK (AP) -- Powerful speed skater Sheila Young, who earned a silver medal yesterday, flashed through the 500 meters in Olympic record time to give the United States its first gold today and an inspired U.S. hockey team put up a good fight before losing to the powerful Soviet squad 6-2 at the 12th Winter Games. The youngest-ever American hockey squad, making its Olympic debut before a standing room only crowd of 9,000 fans who were loudly proAme- rican and frequently chanted "U.S.A. U.S.A.," fell behind 30 after one period against a Russian team drawn from the two squads that won five of eight games from National Hockey League teams in their recent series. The Soviets upped their lead to 4-0 in the second period before defenseman John Taft of Minneapolis beat Russian goalie Vladislav Tretiak from 30 feet out. Third-period goals by Valeri Kharlamov and and Yuri Liapkin wrapped it up for the Soviets before Steve Jensen of Minneapolis connected with just 3:23 remaining for the U.S team. The U.S. squad gets back in action Sunday as the six-team round-robin competition among Group A teams continues. West Germany beat Poland Sports Calendar TODAY IN TUCSON Dog Racing: 8 p.m., Tucson Greyhound Park. ' Basketball: High school, all games start at 7:30 p.m. Catalina vs. Tucson Rincon Cholla at Sunnyside Pueblo at Salpointe Palo Verde at Amphi Rincon at Santa Rita Sahuaro at Sabino Globe at Flowing Wells RADIO, TV TODAY Winter Olympics: 3:30 p.m , KOPO (1450) and 8 p.m.. Channel 9. Basketball: NBA, Golden State vs. Phoenix, 7:1? p.m., KTUC (1400). Hockey: CHL, Tucson vs. Dallas, 6:20 p.m., KFMM- FM (99.5). TOMORROW IN TUCSON Dog Racing: 8 p.m., Tucson Greyhound Park. Horse Racing: 1:30 p.m., Rillito Race Track. Basketball: High school, 7:30 p.m. Nogales at CDO RADIO, TV TOMORROW Basketball: College, Arizona vs. ASU, 7:30 p.m., KTUC (1400) and Channel 11. Michigan vs. Indiana, 11 a.m. Channel 4. Davidson vs. Notre Dame, 11 a.m., Channel 11. New Mexico vs. UTEP, 1 p.m., Channel 4. Bowling: Cleveland Open, 1:3Â» p.m., Channel 9. Tennis: Schick Tennis Classic, 2:30 p.m., Channel 13. Golf: Bob Hope Desert Classic, 3 p.m,, Channel 4. Winter Olympics: 11:10 a.m KOPO (1450) and 10:30, 4:30 and 8 p.m. Channel 9. 74 in another first-round match. In today's bobsled event, Austrians Fritz Sperling and Andreas Schwab took'the lead after two of the four runs that make up the two-man competition with a combined total of one minute, 52.25 seconds. The top American team of Jim Results on page 54 Morgan, Saranac Lake, N.Y., and Thomas Becker, Indianapolis, stood 15th in 1:55.31. The final two runs will be tomorrow. Miss Young sprinted around the fog-shrouded track in 42.76 seconds to smash the record of 43.33 seconds set. four years ago at Sapporo by American Anne Henning. Miss Young set the world record for the distance of 40.91 at Davos, Switzerland last week, "It was weird. When I found out I had won the gold medal a rush went through my whole body," she said. "It wasn't a perfect race. On the last hundred meters, I started coming back on my heels. I didn't think I made the last turn too good." Miss Young's performance was the lone bright spot for the U.S. squad in today's action. The Soviet Union picked up a gold medal, its third of the Games, in the 20-kilometer individual biathlon and the East Germans held the lead after three of the four runs in single seat luge competition. Russia continued to lead the unofficial medal standings with three golds and a total of seven. The U.S. was second with one gold and two silver and Austria was third with its one gold. Miss Young, a versatile performer who took up cycling three years ago and won the World Sprint Cycling Championship in 1973, picked up her first medal Thursday by finishing second in the 1,500-meter speed skating event. She has a strong chance for a third medal Saturday when she competes in the 1,000-meter event. Canada's Cathy Priester won the silver medal today in 43.12 seconds and Tatiana Averina of the Soviet Union took the bronze in 43.17, just four-hundreths of a second faster than 24-year-old Leah Poulos of Northbrook, ill., who had to settle for fourth. Lori Monk, 19, of Madison, Wis., the only other American entered, wound 44:00. up ninth in On The Inside Prep cage 50 Rillito 51 Caballeros are making a surge in the standings. Sisters ae sure bet to show at Rilll- lo. Prep ivrestling . . 50 Pima wrestlers . . 52 Sururyside Is in a position to upset Sahuaro In AAA tournament. The Aztecs are already assured ot tlielr best season. Greyhounds 51 Outdoors 53 Surprise performance Bill Koch is one of the big surprises in the Winter Olympics as he heads for a second-place finish in the 30-kilometer cross-country ski race. It was the first medal ever for the U.S. in that event. UPI Tefephoto Miss Young, who announced her engagement to James Ochowicz, a cyclist from Milwaukee, earlier in the week, appeared at the interview room with a large bouquet of yellow tulips. "I don't know where they came from -- someone just thrust them into my hands," she said. She said she skates without socks because "1 feel more comfortable. I like my toes to move around. I have more rapport w i t h my skates." Meanwhile, Nikolay Kruglov of the Soviet Union picked up his country's third gold medal in the 20-kilometer 12.4 miles individual biathlon -- a curious event that combines cross country skiing and markman- ship with a rifle. Kruglov finished in one hour, 14 minutes, 12.26 seconds to beat out silver medalist Heikki Ikola of Finland and bronze medalist Aleksandr Elizarov of Russia. Capt. Lyle Nelson, 27, of Boise, Idaho, was the top American finisher, coming in 35th in 1:25:27.50. Three Lobos benched A L B U Q U E R Q U E , N . M . (AP) -- New Mexico basketball Coach Norm Ellenberger says he won't allow three players, including leading scorer and rebounder Larry Gray, to make the trip to Texas-El Paso for a Western Athletic Conference contest tomorrow. Ellenberger said late yesterday he is suspending Gray, Larry Forte and Jack Hollis from the game. Al! three will be allowed back on the squad Monday. Ellenberger said the suspensions were the result of "an accumulation of a lot of things during the course of the season. "We're in the process of putting this team together and we can only do it with people that want to put in time and determination to do it," he said. Gray, the only starter among the three, averaged 13.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game for the Lobos' 19 games this season. In WAC play he ranks 10th in scoring with a 13.3 average and is tied for fifth in rebounding with a 7.5 average in six conference contests. Forte has been a top reserve this year, averaging 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Holh's just became eligible this semester after transfer- ing from the University of Kansas. He appeared briefly in the game against Utah last Saturday. Ellenberger said Norm Cacy would start in place of Gray. From third to catcher Ron Hassey turning his back on fans By TIM O'MARA Citizen Sportswrller University of Arizona baseball fans who have grown accustomed to watching Ron Hassey's-exploits at third base have no cause for alarm if the former Tucson High star doesn't take up his familiar position in the Wildcats' season-opener next Friday. If the three-year Ietterman seems hard to pick out among this year's Cats, it's only because he'll probably have his back to the stands. Hassey, a second-team All- American in 1974 before an "off season" last spring, is making the move to catcher this year as coach Jerry Kindall attempts to get as many of his talented players as possible into the lineup. Thus the 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior will assume a large portion of the duties behind the plate, a job which won't be completely unfamiliar to him. He put in a bit of time as a catcher last summer, when he and teammate Steve Powers played for a United Stales all- star team in the Border Friendship t o u r n a m e n t in Colombia, And in any event, Hassey says that contrary to what many might think, going from an infield position to catcher doesn't necessitate many changes. "You've still got to lie Kuick, catch the ball and throw it," said Hassey. "It doesn't m a t t e r too much whether the ball is pitched or whether it is hit. "1 think I'm getting used to it pretty well," he continued. "Bob Woodside (UA's other catcher) has been helping me quite a bit. He tells me what I'm doing wrong and how I can improve." One aspect of catching which Hassey feels is a definite plus is his new role of "field general" when the Cats are on defense. "When I was at third base, I couldn't say much," Hassey recalls. "You just kind of play your position and wait for the ball. Now I have to keep things going.^blk to the pitchers, call for the pitches, make sure everybody knows what's going on." Just how he deals with UA's pitching staff could have a great effect on the Cats' success this season. If there's a .weakness, it's pitching, and particularly pitching depth. Steve Powers, a second-team All-American last season, will return as the top UA prospect, and joining him will be Craig Gioia, who performed admirably last season in a sometimes-starting role. But after that, Kindall may have to rely on several untested youngsters. "They'll need leadership," Hassey vowed, expressing confidence that he conlcfcpro- vide it. "Guys like Powers and Gioia can just step up and throw the ball, but some of the others need help, at least fora while." From a purely personal standpoint, Hassey's happy to be taking over some of the catching chores. He wants and almost certainly will get a shot at professional baseball -- Kansas City drafted him last year but he decided to stay in school -- and he figures that the more positions he can play, the more the pro scouts will like him. "I think they know I can play third base," he said. "Now if I can show that 1 can switch, too, then that will just help me more. There aren't too many catchers who can hit left-handed." And another personal area Hassey wouldn't mind improving is his hitting. After averaging over .400 every year since his days at Tucson High, Hassey slipped to a .342 last season. It's "slipped" only when one realizes that the Cats had two hitters above the .400 mark last year and the team as a whole batted .329. "No, I wouldn't be satisfied with .350 this year," he said. "I guess I wouldn't be satisfied with .400 or even .500. You always know that there were a few more hits you could have had." Hassey and the rest of the team open their season one we* from today, hosting Pepperdine in the first game of a three-game series at Wildcat Field. Pepperdine is the team which last year beat UA in the opening round of the District 8 playoffs for the College World Series. The Cats then lost the following day to the University of Southern California, and made a quick retreat home. So there might be a hint of revenge involved when the two teams meet again Friday. "Yeah, 1 guess there is some revenge," Hassey said. "Mostly, I want to win the national title. That and turning pro are all that's left for a senior, and I guess the national championship is in the back of all the guys' minds. First we want to beat Alfcona State, and then we want to win the iitle."
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