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ditiztn :A bronze SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7, I»76 · PAGES Young \vins third medal INNSBRUCK (AP) -- Sheila Young, the powerful 25-year- old speed skater from Detroit, failed in her bid for a second gold medal but still became the first American ever to win ; three medals in one Winter Olympics today when she 'captured a bronze in the 1,000 meters. Miss Young, who was bidding to become only the third American ever to capture two Olympic results on page 7 golds at a single Winter Games, flashed around the slick course here in one min- Regis McAuley SPORTS EDITOR Lightning on the slopes Most of us can't imagine what it would be like to speed down the slopes on a pair of skis at 75 miles per hour. We can only sit in front of the television set and marvel at these gutty kids who risk their lives and limbs in what has to be one of sports most thrilling events. When the Winter Olympics men's downhill races were . over Thursday night they left a world full of television 'viewers limp. People everywhere were talking yesterday 'about those coiled bodies flashing by the cameras, sometimes in midair, but mostly vibrating over the hard surface in an amazing display of body control that defied the law of gravity. It made you want to go out and talk to somebody who understood it better than those of us who never tried on a pair of skis. I found such a person in Mike Sullivan, 23, a sophomore at the University of Arizona who spends as much as 35 hours a week working in the Ski Haus selling ski equipment. He was bom in Sun Valley, Idaho, and his father, Ed Sullivan, who is an instructor at Ski Valley, strapped a pair of skis on Mike when he was three years old and gave him a shove. "When I was in grade school and junior high I did some downhill racing," he said. "But not on slopes like · those at the Olympics. And not anywhere near 75 miles per hour. Wow!" Sullivan sat in front of the television, yearning to be in the thick of it, yet knowing what it takes to get there. There '* plenty of pain "I can appreciate what those fellows went through," he said. "It really hurts. Your thighs and your knees take most of the beating. Did you notice how their whole bodies were vibrating and they had to stay in that "egg tuck" position and try to stay on their feet. "That's what amazed me most was the way they kept control of their bodies. That Franz Klammer (the winner from Austria) should have been wiped out two or three times. I can't get over how he kept his balance." Sullivan said that when Klammer took his trial run he was standing straight up and going only 45 miles per hour. "And he didn't come back to the top of the slope on a . - ski lift, either," he said. "He walked to the top of the ·".slope, examining every inch of the course on his way up. ."He studied the gates and thought about how he would ! enter each one. "You don't have much time to think when you are coming down at top speed. The sidelines are just a white blur and you focus your eyes on those gates ahead of you. It's difficult to see the gates. "The training these kids go through is terrific. They . spend hours and hours running and riding bicycles in high "altitudes to build up stamina. The legs take a terrible beating. They've got to be tremendously strong," he said. And when it was all over, how did it make Suliivan feel? "I'm going to a racing camp this summer," he said. It's a lonely run They say that a baseball pitcher has a lonely job because he's out there on the mound all alone . . . that a boxer has to get the job done all by himself . . . that a . qross-country runner spends many lonely hours running - all by himself to prepare for the rigors of his long, tire- · ' some event. But never did I realize the awesome loneliness of a ' -downhill ski racer until witnessing these courageous kids with only their guts, a pair of slats and a couple of sticks ;·· propelling them down the icy surface on a breath-taking . journey that could wind up in glory or disaster. There were a few spills and you sighed in relief as - 'you saw the bodies show signs of life after being picked - up by workers along the slope. But most of the Olympians made it to the bottom and there was only a fraction over two seconds difference in the times of Kiammer, the winner and Jim Hunter of Canada who was last among the 10 finishers. I always thought that ski resorts were places where single guys risked breaking a leg to get to meet a pretty gal. Some of these kids take it seriously, in a deadly way. And hats off to all of them. They earn their cheers merely by taking that first step into icy space. ·* ute, 29.14 seconds, but it wasn't enough to beat Russian Tatiana Averina or U.S. teammate Leah Poulos. Miss Averina, who earlier took third place in both the 500 and 1,500-meter events, won the 1,000 in Olympic record time of 1:28.43. Miss Poulos, 24, of Northbrook, 111., took the silver in 1:28.57. . Miss Young needed a victory in the 1,000 to join speed skaters Irving Jaffee and John Shea, who won two golds each in 1932, in the select circle of U.S. double winners at one Winter Games, and she was disappointed she didn't get it. "I'd rather have one gold than four silvers," she said. Miss Averina's victory gave the Russians their fourth gold of the Games and kept them on top of the medal standings. East Germany, with a pair of medals in the luge and one in the 70-meter ski jumping, took over the second spot, the U.S. dropped to third with one gold, three silvers and a bronze and Finland, earning a gold in the women's five-kilometer (3.1 miles) cross country ski event, moved into a tie for fourth with Austria. There were still three medals to be awarded today -- in the two-man bobsled, the 70- meter ski jump and the pairs' figure skating. Miss Young, from Detroit, gave the U.S. its only gold to date when she captured the 500 meters yesterday. Thursday she earned a silver at 1,500 meters. "My legs didn't feel good," she said of her effort today. "There was too much water on the ice but that is just something that happens. It could have happened to anybody." Miss Young, a world champion cyclist who earlier this week announced her engagement to James Ochowitz from Milwaukee, an Olympic cyclist, said she plans to compete in the world championships later this year and then retire. She said she was upset about not receiving her gold medal for. the 500 last night. The ceremony had been delayed until tonight. Peggy Crowe, 20, from St. Louis, was the only other U.S. competitor in the 500 and she was disqualified for failing to yield the right of way on a crossover. Miss Crowe had been involved in a controversy yesterday when skating Coach Dianne Holum accused U.S. officials of tampering with the selection of skaters and including Miss Crowe on the team instead of Kim Kostron, who, Miss Holum claimed, was a better skater. Shanks changes schools Jerome Shanks, the former Arizona Western College star who became the object of a controversial recruiting battle between Northern Arizona University and the University of New Mexico, has enrolled "or the second semester at the UNM campus in Albuquerque. New Mexico head basketball coach Norm Ellenberger confirmed that Shanks, through a student loan, is in school. "He can come out next year and try out for the team," said Ellenberger, "but he won't be given a scholarship." Shanks would be eligible the second semester. The Western Athletic Conference penalized New Mexico one basketball scholarship for the 1975-76 season for "unauthorized" visits to Shanks at AWC's Yuma campus by members of the Lobes' coaching staff. Both New Mexico and Northern Arizona claimed Shanks prior to the opening of this school year, but Shanks enrolled at Flagstaff. A lung ailment, however, kept him from playing for the Lumberjacks. Shanks will have only one year of eligibility remaining. -STEVE WESTON Mitre Sports OH Tin- Inside ~--'--' -- _ ·* Murray .6 Pro hockey ^ Latmy Wadidns now has (he handicap to win gol( tour- -_, , ,, . nanwnls. WAL, reSUltS 6 Golf notes 6 Prep wrestling . . 7 Sports CanSllleS fi Sahuaro holds a slim lead alter having two of Its seed- r f " ed players upset in the DMsionats Golden Gloves 6 Pima 7 ; gloves set on a berth in the summer Aztec wgers go to Yavapai to meet Central Arlzana. A Women's awards 7 Dallas rallies In the second period to upend Tucson. . The first annual women's sports awards banquet Is set for Monday. Over the top Dan Ripley clears the bar as he shatters his own world indoor pole vault record during the Los Angeles Times Indoor Games. Ripley cleared 18 feet, 2% inches. His old record was 18-1'4. UPI Teleptioto Illness bugs UA and ASU By STEVE WESTON Citizen Sportswriter TEMPE -- There's something bugging Fred Snowden and Ned Wulk. It's a flu bug that could influence the outcome of a very important event here tonight -- Snowden's Arizona Wildcats vs. Wulk's Arizona State Sun Devils at 14,227-seat Activity Center. Tipoff is 7:30. The "bug" sidelined one UA player and weakened one of ASU's players for the important Western Athletic Conference basketball game. Sophomore guard Gilbert Myles of Arizona has missed two days of practice this week and probably will not play tonight. ASU's 6-foot-lO center Scott Lloyd, the WAC's leading scorer with a 20.2 points-per- Westem Athletic Conference conference overall "- ' X I K I I Arizona St. 3 3 .500 12 t New Mexico 3 3 .500 n 8 Colo. SI. 2 · -- 111 m .706 -- _ J79 4 12 .333 10 II Brio.Youno 2 4 J33 Wvomlna 0 6 .000 Yesler'dav Brlolum Ypuno 94, Wvomlno 80 Utah 82, Colorado St. 75 game average, has also been fighting the flu and it could have an effect on his play. Arizona, 16-6 overall, takes a league-leading 5-1 mark into the game as opposed to the Fast finish has Nicklaus close to lead PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) -- Buddy Allin still has the lead, but Jack Nicklaus and Billy Casper have a tactical advantage going into the windup rounds of the $180,000 Bob Hope Desert Golf Classic. "Yes, I have to admit it's a little bit of an advantage," Nicklaus said after he salvaged a round of par with a spectacular eagle-birdie finish yesterday in the third round of this five-day, 90-hole, four- course tournament. "Even if it isn't the easiest of the four courses, playing two consecutive rounds on the same course has to be a help," Nicklaus said. · Nicklaus and the veteran Casper, one stroke back of Allin, play their next' two rounds at Indian Wells, the Scores on page 6 shortest and easiest of the four par 72 desert courses used in this unique event. Allin, on the other hand, must play today's fourth round at La Quinta, probably the toughest of the four. All players have one round each at Indian Wells, Bermuda Dunes, La Quinta and Eldorado before the field is cut. All survivors then play the final fifth round tomorrow at Indian Wells. Allin, a skinny, 135-pound Vietnam veteran, had to birdie his final two holes at Eldorado to retain a one-stroke lead with a wildly-erratic 75 that included five birdies, three bogeys, a double-bogey and a triple-bogey seven. Allin, who has led or shared the lead all the way in the longest tournament on the schedule, had a 54-hole total of 210,10-under-par. Nicklaus, in deep trouble before his dramatic 2-3 finish at La Quinta for a 72, was at 211. Arnold Palmer, the 46-year- old, five-time winner of this event who shot a 64 Thursday, hit one shot out of bounds on his way to a 76 that left him four strokes back at 214. Shortly after the completion of his round, Palmer was informed of the death of his father in Latrobe, Pa. and withdrew from the tournament. Allin, a much-decorated artillery officer in Vietnam and a four-time winner in five years on the tour, has insisted all along that he was having trouble despite his position at the head of the field. It caught up with him on the third round, but a 60-foot birdie putt on his 17th hole and a 15-footer on the last left him still in front. He hit two shots out of bounds, one leading to a double-bogey, the other to a triple-bogey seven. "I just hit some real bad shots," he said. "But without those two out of bounds, it wouldn't have been too bad." Nicklaus also appeared to be in deep trouble. He'd bogeyed five of seven holes at one stretch and, crouched under an umbrella after 16 holes of play, was looking at a 75. But his soft, 115-yard sand wedge.shot to the next hole hit about a foot in front of the cup, skipped by and then sucked back into the hole for an eagle two. And he flew a nine iron shot some 10 feet from the flag on the last hole and dropped the birdie putt. "I managed to turn a not very good round into a respectable round," NickJaus said. Prep basketball defending champion Sun Devils' 13-5 and 3-3 records. Wulk's club is in a particularly hard spot. The Devils lost a home game -- to Utah -- and cannot afford home another. The Cats, who broke through on the road at New Mexico, could find themselves in particularly good position with a victory. Not only would it be a critical road win, but it also would serve as an ego-booster. After all, in six meetings between Snowden and Wulk, Snowden's won only once. If it isn't a close game, it'll be a surprise. Wulk, who substitutes almost as freely as he did last year, will start with a four- senior lineup -- providing Lloyd is ready -- that includes 6-3 guard Dave Tarrant, 6-7 forward Ken Wright and 6-5 forward (16.1) along with Lloyd. Rick Taylor, a 6-3 sopomore averaging 13.5, is A-State's other starting guard. Six-four James Holliman, 68 Larry Zeno, 64 Nate Drayton and 6-1 Derek Davis figure in Wulk's plans as much as his starters do, however.. "They're (ASU) a good team," said Snowden. "We have to be healthy. If you're going to win a championship, you have to play over illnesses and be tough enough to win." Snowden will start 6-5 Herman Harris (8.9) in the backcourt along with senior Jim'Rappis (12.0), with 6-10 Bob Elliott (18.5) at center and senior Al Fleming (17.1) and junior Len Gordy (7.4) at the forward positions. "They're (UA) probably 40 points better than us," Wulk tried to joke. "Well, they're leading the league. What else can you say? "I just think they're the best team in the league right now." Wulk said he's been satisfied the way things have been going, and was particularly pleased by his team's win at Montana last Monday -ASU's first road victory of the year. "Now we can't afford another home loss," he continued. "That'd scuttle everything. Home wins are an absolute must. "And we have to win two games on the road' just to neutralize the loss to Utah." ·Arizona hasn't beaten A- State since a 98-90 decision at McKale Center during the 1973-74 campaign. As a matter of fact, UA has won only once in the past 10 meetings with the arch-rival and last won in Tempe during the 1969-70 season. The preliminary game tonight will match the junior varsity teams from both schools and will begin at 5:15. KTUC radio will broadcast the varsity game live and KZAZ; Channel 11, will televise the game live. Cabs treat coach to victory By STEVE CHANDLER Citizen Sportswriter _ Flowing Wells High School head basketball coach Lee Engbretson attaches special value to close, come-from- behind league victories near the end of the season. And in last night's 58-57 win over Globe, the Caballeros treated their coach to just such a heart-stopper. With only 11 seconds on the clock and Globe ahead 57-56, Flowing Wells guard Johnny Box Scores on page 6 Bryant drove the ball down through a tenacious press defense. The ball was fed in to Jon Ziegler, as planned, but the 6-foot-6 junior missed. Only two seconds remained when Ziegler went up with his own rebound and shot again. The ball fell through as the buzzer sounded and the Flowing Wells gym roared its delight,' "It wasn't pretty," confessed Engbretson, "but it was a win. We were down twice at the end and came back . . . that's what's most pleasing." Ziegler's heroics were not confined to the final seconds, however. Recovering from the flu, Ziegler had to rest early in the game but finished the night with 25 points am! 20 rebounds. The victory puts Flowing Wells at 3-5 in the AA-South which is still f i f t h place, but a game closer to Globe's Tigers who are now 4-4. Engbretson had praise for the play of Kyle Evenson who spe)!ed the tiring Ziegler without affecting the Caballero momentum. Salpointe, 88, Pueblo 82 Outside shooters Phil Wilson of Salpoinle and R a n d a l l Moore of Pueblo each was hot, but the Lancers once again put down the Warriors with steady rebounding and energetic defensive play. Moore, the city's leading scorer, put in 35 points while Wilson hit for 33. Salpointe took over sole possession of first place in the wild West League scramble. Sahuaro 52, Sabino 44 The Cougars' Bobby Jackson couldn't miss from outside 20 feet in the first period hitting for five field goals and putting his team in front to stay. Keith Ballinger led the Sabino comeback attempt, but Sahuaro's senior center Ray Thompson dominated the inside play with five blocked shots, 12 rebounds and 16 points. Tucson 66, Catalina 57 The Badgers ran into unexpectedly strong opposition from the fired-up Catalina team but pulled away in the final period to win. In one of the best individual duels of the year, the Trojans' junior star Dave Westenburg scored 35 points to the Badgers' sophomore standout David Vann's / 27. The victory keeps the Badgers in the thick of the West League playoff-berth battle. Rincon 86, Santa Rita 62 Led by senior Dannie Jackson, Santa Rita startled the Rangers by jumping out to a 19-17 lead at the end of the first quarter. Jackson finished the evening with 27 points to lead all scorers, but Rincon's Steve King hit for 23 and his brother Scott pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the Rangers to victory. The win clinches a playoff spot for Rincon. Cholla 60, Sunnyside 58 Both teams went to the bench often in this West League battle that finally saw the Chargers upsetting Sunnyside at the Blue Devils' home court. Reader Steward led the Chargers' with 15 points. Canyon del Oro 88, Bisbee 84 The Dorados welcomed sophomore star Mark Jung back into the lineup last night and coasted to an easy AA- South victory. Jung saw limited action after having missed most of the season with a severely sprained ankle, but scored 50 points. Amphi 56, Palo Verde 55 Jeff Boutch won another game for Amphi in overtime. Boutch drew a foul and sank a free throw in the last seconds to lead his team to this non- league win. Nogales 76, Buena 74 The AA Apaches put on a fourth-period burst that was too much for Buena. Southern Arizona Abe Sotelo and Ramon Kin combined for 35 points for Marana but Safford's 28-9 first period lead was too much for the Tigers to overcome. Safford won, 86-68. Benson's Charlie Crawford scored 20 and Hugh East added 15 in the Bobcats' 7r^62 loss to Duncan at home last night. Douglas rolled past San Manuel, 77-53, to tighten its grasp on a top playofffipot in the AA-South. Sports Calendar TODAY IN TUCSON Dog Racing: 8 p.m., Tucson Greyhound Park. Basketball: High school, 7:30 p.m. Nogalesat CDO. RADIO, TV TODAY Basketball: College, Arizona vs. ASU 7:30 p.m., KTUC (1400) and Channel 11. Tennis: Schick Tennis Classic, 2:30 p.m., Channel 13. Golf: Bob Hope Desert Classic, 3 p.m.. Channel 4. Winter Olympics: 4:30 and 8 p.m., Channel 9. TOMORROW IN TUCSON Dog Racing: 8 p.m., Tucson Greyhound Park. Horse Racing: 1:30 p.m., Rillj- to Race Track. RADIO, TV TOMORROW Hockey: CHL, Tucson vs Oklahoma City, 5:50 p m KFMM-FM (99.5) Basketball: NBA, Phoenix vs. Seattle, 7:45 p.m., KTUC (1400) and Channel 11. Buffalo vs. Philadelphia, 11:30 a.m., Channel 13. Winter Olympics: 12:30 and 8 p.m., Channel S. Golf: Bob Hope Desert Classic, 2p.m., Channel 4. ·

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