Independent from Long Beach, California on January 17, 1975 · Page 26
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JOHN DIXON, Sports Editor Friday, January 17, 1975 Section C ; Page C-1 HANK IIOLLINGWOilTII Cowboy learns Catfish likes $ Gene Autry doubts that his Angels ever were in the race for Catfish Hunter's services. "When we went to visit him, we never dreamed he would want $3 million," the naive board chairman confided to friends. "We thought his friendship with Dick Williams would give us an edge, but I was shocked to learn of the $3 million figure. We can afford it, but it's not fair to give one man so much money. It might be the cause of dissension." Autry was correct on the possible dissension aspect, but if the one-time cowboy crooner really thought Hunter could be acquired for friendship and less! than $3 million, he's really a babe in the baseball woods. . - ' " . ' ' ·.-- Even though the Rentzel-Dryer act laid an egg during Super Bowl week, was it so bad that NFL officials had to censure Lance and Fred? Anyone who has met them knows that Rentzel and Dryer are like . little kids who have never grown up ; if nothing else, their attempt at Keystone Kop comedy was a refreshing break from the welter of trite news emanating from New Orleans. , .DODGER VEEP AL CAMPANIS is seething over a report in another newspaper that if southpaw Tommy John is unable to get his damaged elbow in shape for the coming campaign, it won't make any difference to the Dodgers. What burned Al was this quote attributed to him: "If John .can't pitch, it won't' make any difference as far as our lefty-righty balance is concerned. It's not the angle of delivery that's involved." (John was the only dependable lefthanded starter last season until his injury:) Rebutted Campanis: "My statement was taken out of context; It does make a difference not having a lefthanded starter. I don't know how I could have been quoted otherwise." -- Mislaid item: When the PCAA held its annual meeting in December in Long Beach, University of Hawaii was the only school discussed by the conference for membership. The PCAA better get at least one more member FAST before it becomes an invisible conference. . -- New president of Los Alamitos Race Course, in no surprise, is Mildred Vessels, widow of Frank Vessels Jr. When Mildred took over, attorney George Hart reported that the present quarter horse lessees "boasted an attendance and pari-muluel handle increase of 11 and 13 per cent, respectively." Race tracks somehow never feel the deep effects of a recession. EVEN THOUGH she is a three-time Olympian and current Sullivan Award nominee, Long Beach's Martha Watson still gets upset when she thinks of the bad, old days for women athletes. Says the American record holder: "It's still a bad memory for me to realize that when I graduated from Poly High in 1965 that Tennessee State and University of Hawaii were the only places a woman could get a track scholarship. Track women had been in the Olympics many, many years before,1965, yet they still couldn't get college scholarships." -- That afternoon talk radio fellow clearly goes out of his way to be irritating, thus prompting more phone calls from the feeble-minded, but he outdid himself in rationality the other day when he said the media had it "in" for James Harris, thus the Ram quarterback hadn't received the plaudits he richly deserved. Imagine, this from a guy I have yet to see in any press box or locker room to even observe Harris. It sure does lake all kinds. . : -- I don't know if Woody Hayes knows it yet, but several of his Ohio State assistant coaches went out of their way after the Rose Bowl game to look up Anthony Davis, who spent the second half on the sidelines. Their general statements: "You are a helluva football player and have been for three years. We're sorry you got hurt, but the whole staff thinks you're a fine athlete." Midwesterners might be ashamed of Woody, but they must be proud of his staff. EVEN WITHOUT PRO FOOTBALL games this weekend, there's a lot on tap. The Century Club's annual football clinic, featuring Bob Blackman and staff from U. of Illinois, is set Saturday and Sunday for the Golden Sails. Door registration will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. This clinic is always a "must" for coaches. -- Then the Poly High-YMCA oldtimers will stage their eighth reunion at the Elks Club at noon. Honorees Will be Poly's 1923 football teams. .Varsity star that year was Morley Drury, who will be a principal speaker Saturday along with Carroll Counts. The "Noblest Trojan" alone is worth the admission price. -- Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas will throw a (Continued on C-2, Col. 3) g e r L. A. State, 91- 70 By JIM McCORMACK Staff Writer Normally, Dwight Jones would give a week's salary to keep an opponent from using a zone defense against his Long Beach State basketball team. But Thursday night, in a 91-70 triumph over L.A. Stale, Jones .did nothing to get the Diablos out of that alignment even when the 49er coach had the opportunity. "I thought about holding the ball and making them come out of the zone after we.had gotten ahead by 14 p o i n t s , " J o n e s admitted, "but I felt it . was better that we work against one all night. '' I know · most of the teams in pur conference are going to use zones against us, and we need work on attacking them." The 49ers, appearing before a s p a r s e Long Beach Arena turnout of 2,416, did an adequate job , of breaking d o w n L.A. State's 3-2 defense, but it was their fast break that made their 10th victory in 14 games appear routine to everyone except Jones. "We're a much better team when we run," said Richard Johnson, filling in for Jones, who had lost his v o i c e screaming instructions to his troops during the non-league encounter. The 49ers,in general, and Johnson, in particu- - lar, are muc,h more effective when they can get their fast break out of the garage. J o h n s o n , a t r a n s f e r f r o m the University .of San Francisco, exploited L.A. State's tardiness on defense by hustling down court to score 15 of Long Beach's first 27 points. Johnson, who had a career-high 32 points last week :ih an 91-86 loss 'at Oral Roberts University, had 17 points and halftime and finished with a game- high 27:' The 6-foot-5 junior forward had eight of those tallies in a 16-2 Long Beach spurt that carried the 49ers from a 5-4 deficit to a 20-7 lead midway through, the first half. Johnson had plenty of offensive support as, for the first time this season, all f i v e 49er .starters reached double figures. Center C a r l o s M i n a , who hit 9 of 11 shots, fol- lowed with 19 points, Bob Gross 12 and Kyle Jackson and Dale Dillon with 10 apiece. Jackson, the 6-7 string- bean from Los Angeles, had 12 rebounds and Johnson 11 as the 49ers enjoyed a 5744 advantage on the backboards. L.A. State, struggling with a 5-8 record as an independent, got 20 points f r o m Billy Mallory, 15 - from Barry Copperud and 10 from its leading scorer, Tommie Lipsey. Lipsey, who entered the c o n t e s t averaging 19.5 points and 12 rebounds per contest, went scoreless for 25:05 against Long Beach's zone and the 49ers led, 51-40, before he s c o r e d . He finished with seven rebounds. Long Beach led by as many as 14 points in the first half before watching L.A. State trim that margin to seven on several (Continued on C-2, Col. 3) Breathing easy Johnny Miller takes well-deserved breather d u r i n g Thursday's opening round of $200,000 Dean Martin-Tucson open. Miller fired 66 for one-stroke lead. --AP Wirephoto Miller still sizzles, fires 66 at Tucson TUCSON ( A P ) Record-setting J o h n n y Miller continued his runaway success string with a six-under-par 66 and the first-round lead Thursday in the $200,000 Dean Martin-Tucson Open golf tournament. Miller, who posted the best score in 20 years of tournament competition last week in Phoenix, took a one-stroke advantage here over scrappy John Mahaffey and a couple of longshot challengers, Don Iverson and Ralph Johnston, neither of whom has ever won. They were tied at 67. PGA champ Lee Trevino, weakened by a case of flu, hustled off to see a doctor after his 68, four under par on the 7,200- Rough stuff L.A. State's Billy Mallory wins tug-o-war with Long Beach State's Richard Johnson (22) and Bob Gross (33) during rebound . battle Thursday night in Long Beach Arena. LBSU decisioned Diablos, 91-70. staff Photo by ROBERT GINN Road-lovin' Kings batter Boston, tie NHL record BOSTON (Special) Don Kozak scored two goals and goalie Rogatien Vachon turned in a spec- t a c u l a r p e r f o r m a n c e Thursday night, leading the Kings to a 4-1 NHL victory over Boston. Butch G o r i n g a n d Frank St. Marseille were the other Kings' scorers as t h e y posted their eighth consecutive road victory--tying an NHL record--and move.d to within one point of idle Montreal in the Division III race. Vachon, the NHL's leading goaltender with 1.86 goals against average, came up with 33 saves, missing a shutout on Ken Hodge's power play goal early in the third period. The Kings' netminder had an easy first period, then blocked 12 shots in the second session and 15 in the finale. Goring and Kozak gave the Kings a 2-0 first peri- od lead. The Kings nailed down the decision on goals by Kozak and St. Marseille in the second period, handing Boston its first loss in !0 games in the Boston Garden. The victory improved the Kings' road record for the season to 14-2-6, best in the league. The Kings can set an NHL road record tonight when they make their (Continued on C-2, Col. 1) AUTO RACING--Winston Western 500, practice and qualifying. Riverside International Raceway, 9 a.m. HORSE RACING--Thoroughbreds, Santa Anita, first post 12:30p.m.: quarter horses, Los Alamitos, first post 7:45 p.m. PREP WRESTLING-Lakewood at Poly, Compton at Millikan, both 3:15 p.m. JC WRESTLING-Cu^t.i at Long Beach City College, Cerri tos at Orange Coast, both 7:30 p.m. M E N ' S VOLLEYBALL- Winston League doubleheader, A n a h e i m Convention Center, 7:30 p.m. MOTOCROSS--Irwindale Raceway, 7:30 p.m. PREP BASKETBALL-St. Anthony at Mater Dei, 8 p.m. .1C BASKETBALL-Long Beach City College at El Camino, 8p.m. COLLEGE WRESTLINC- UC Santa Barbara at Long Boach State, 49er campus gym, 8p.m. COLLEGE SWIMMING-Western Canada at USC: UCLA and UOP vs. Long Beach State, Bslmont Plaza Olympic Pool, both 8 p.m. PRO WRESTLING-Qlj Auditorium. 8p.m. yard Tucson National Golf Club course. He was tied with. Lou Graham, Miller Barber, Leonard Thompson, Lee Elder and Mike Hill. Arnold Palmer, making his first start of the year, was three under par and making a run at the leaders after 16 holes. But he found a newly contracted l a k e , made a double bogey f i v e and then bogied the final hole for a 72. "I'm not too fond of that new w a t e r , " Palmer grumbled. U.S. Open champion Hale Irwin also made double bogey from the new pond and was well back at 73. Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player are not competing in this second event of the season on the pro tour. "If I keep on hitting the ball like I did today, I don't think they can beat me," said the soft-spoken Miller, the 1974 Player of the Year and unbeatable in his last few appearances. He's won his last three s t a r t s by m a r g i n s of e i g h t , seven and 14 strokes, and had a stunning 260 total for 72 holes last week in Phoenix. He now has led all the rounds he's played this season a n d ' i s g u n n i n g for a f o u r t h c o n s e c u t i v e triumph. His play was almost flawless. He hit every fairway. He missed only one green and that led to his only bogey. That was on the 12th hole, the third of the day for Miller, who started from the 10th tee. From then on, it was down the fairway, on the green and a putt for a birdie. He missed five times in the 12-15 foot range but, as usual, got more than his share. He scored once from 15 feet and chipped to 12 inches to make the turn one under, then made his big move on his last nine. He reached a par-five in two and two-putted. On c o n s e c u t i v e holes he (Continued on C-2, Col. 6) I 8FOK.TS .OUST RADIO -A.ND TV- TELEVISION UCLA vs. Stanford, KTLA (5), 8 p.m. USC vs. California, t a p e , KTLA (5), 10 p.m. RADIO Kings vs. Atlanta, KRLA, 7 p.m. Long Beach City College vs. El Camino, KLON-FM, 7:45 p.m. UCLA vs. Stanford, KMPC, 8 p.m. USC vs. California, KABC, 8 p.m Jlympic USC star 'deserted' Berkeley Lambert expects 'treatment 9 tonight JOHN LAMBERT 'It's kinda scary' By LOEL SCHRADER Staff Writer John Lambert used to h a n g around Harmon Gymnasium at the University of California during his days at Berkeley H i g h School. "Berkeley H i g h is only three or f o u r blocks from Harmon Gymnasium," says Lambert. "I would go up there and shoot baskets d u r i n g the lunch hour. I knew all the p l a y e r s - a n d coaches." Naturally, he chose to attend college at USC. "The people at Cal were kind of shocked when I decided on USC," says Lambert, who was chosen .to every high school all- A m e r i c a t e a m . "I guess they just expected me to go to Cal. Because I hung around there so much, they j u s t assumed that's where I would attend college." But Lambert had it figured differently. "1 had spent my entire life in Berkeley," says the 6-11 Trojan center. "I knew how the Cal team was nm and coached. I knew I wanted to play in the Pacific-8 Conference and I wanted to play with the tearn^ which had the best chance oi beating UCLA. "USC seemed to be the likely place." People at Cal and in Berkeley haven't for- g o t t e n . L a m b e r t expects the .full treatment from fans when the Trojans face Cal t o n i g h t at H a r m o n G y m n a s i u m in the opener of a Bay Area t r i p that includes a Saturday night contest at Stanford. "I have quite 'a number of friends who will be at tbe game, and there will be quite a few who are unhappy with my decision and think I'm a sellout guy by not attending Cal," says Lambert. L a m b e r t , No. 2 scorer for the Trojans ayornoo and leading rebounder with a 10.7 average, is impressed with Cal's record. The Bears, 8-3 over-all and 1-1 in the Pacific-8 Conference, u p s e t previously unbeaten Oregon, 60-58, in Eugene last Saturday night. "The win at Eugene says a lot for Cal," he says. "Now we have to play the Bears in their gym. It's k i n d of scary." But Lambert has enc o u n t e r e d and overcome difficult situations in the past. One thing was the structured offense USC coach BIJIJ TMyii was e m p l o y i n g at T r o y when Lambert arrived in the fall Of 1971. "in high school, we used to run and shoot w i t h o u t m u c h discipline," he says. "It was sort of a pickup type of offense, and wr didn't have any strict practice rules. "1 got a lot of publicity in high school, doing just about as I pleased, so it was kind of a shock to me when I arrived at USC and found that it was a different world. "I had to learn the game of basketball all over again." But the Trojans have changed styles in the last two seasons. "We use the 'hi-lo' passing game, but we also like to run," notes Lambert. "Despite my size, I l i k e to r u n . Stamina is a big thins »IM«V» TMn T \y rt rk hr.rd at i m p r o v i n g my condition." The combination of a (Continued on C-2, Col. 1) our label, well prove in your glass. ASS TFIFTH A great whiskey at the right price. s iJiii« CO.. U*JiSCi5u-J.'« Buviiiii M'itir » wW!, ?IVi% GWS MUIHIl SPHI1S f.

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