Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 10, 1976 · Page 29
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Markets TUESDAY, F E B R U A R Y 10, 1976 · JltU*tt Sp0ttS Features PAGE 31 Hockey team wins UPI Telepholo Run for gold Switzerland's Heini Hemmi speeds through the gates on his way to a gold medal in the Winter Olympics men's giant slalom at Axamer Lizum, Austria, today. His countryman, Ernst Good, won the silver medal and Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden finished third for the bronze medal. Sports Calendar TODAY IN TUCSON Basketball: High school, all games start at 7:00 p.m. Amphi vs. Tucson at Rincon Salpointe at Cholla Sunriyside at Catalina Rincon at Sahuaro Santa Rita at Palo Verde CDO at Flowing Wells RADIO, TV TODAY Winter Olympics: 8 p.m.. Channel 9. Hockey: CHL, Tucson vs. Tulsa, 6:20 p.m., KTUC (1400). Basketball: High school, Rincon vs. Sahuaro, following hockey game, K T U C (1400). TOMORROW IN TUCSON Horse Racing: 1:30 p.m., Rillito Race Track. Dog Racing: 8 p.m., Tucson Greyhound Park. RADIO, TV TOMORROW Winter Olympics: 7 p.m., Channel 9. Basketball: College, Notre Dame vs. Villanova, 8 p.m., Channel 11. NBA, Detroit vs. Phoenix, 7:15 p.m., KTUC (1400). Hockey: CHL, Tucson vs. Dallas, 6:20 p.m., KFMM- FM (99.5). Gault wins scholarship Julie Gault Wins scholarship If there was a theme for last night's inaugural Women's Sports Awards Banquet, it was summed up in the last two lines of a poem Tommy Mason wrote for his wife, Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby: "There's no disgrace in failure, the failure is not to try." Mrs. Mason and professional bowler Loa Boxberger, in her own humorous way, offered words of encouragement as guest speakers at the event at the Westward Look Resort. Mavericks take on second-place Tulsa i Special to the Citizen TULSA -- Nineteen weeks into the C e n t r a l Hockey League season and the Tucson Mavericks have hit "double figures." The Mavericks captured their I0th win of the season Sunday night in Oklahoma City to put their last-place record at 10-30-9. Tonight they go after their llth win against the second-place Tulsa Oilers (25-15-10). Their roster is somewhat depleted with the callup of captain and defenseman Mike Stevens to Houston of the World Hockey Association and right winger Mike Sleep to Phoenix of the WHA. And then against Oklahoma City, leading scorer Mike Hobin suffered a Charley horse injury. His status is doubtful. U.S. skater is third More than 300 persons, most of them athletes, attended. The focus, though, was on' the awards, sponsored by the newly formed Southern Arizona Women's Athletic Achievement Association. Julie Gault, a senior at Sahuaro High School and a top track and volleyball performer there, was awarded a $500 scholarship to either the University of Arizona or Pima Community College. UA's Laurie Brunei, second among the nation's collegiate divers last year in the three- meter event, was named female athlete of the year for the Tucson area. Sahuaro High volleyball' coach Pauline Jordan, whose team has won the state title for two years in a row, won the coach of the year honor. Team of the year was the Pima County Red Devils water polo team which won the national Junior Olympic title last summer. Also honored with outstanding achievement awards were Millie Kraft, a pioneer figure in women's and junior bowling in Tucson, and Sue Clark, former tennis coach at Tucson High and now a coach at Sabino High. INNSBRUCK (AP) -- The Americans charged on today. Unheralded speed skater Dan Immerfall gave the United States its eighth medal of the Games, figure skating queen Dorothy Hamill moved into strong contention for a gold medal and the young American hockey team kept its hopes for a bronze medal alive at the 12th Winter Olympics. Immerfall, a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Wisconsin, surprised the experts by capturing a bronze medal in the 500-meter speed skating. His victory meant the Americans had equalled their medal total from Sapporo four years ago, and there are more to come. Miss Hamill, successor to Peggy Fleming and Janet Lynn among America's female skating elite, moved into second place after the compulsory round in figure skating, ahead of favored Dianne de Leeuw. Since Miss Hamill is regarded as the world's best freestyle skater, she suddenly became a favorite for the gold medal today. And the outmanned, underdog U.S. hockey team upset a strong Finnish team 5-4 to pave the way for a possible third-place bronze medal. In other events on a busy day at this festival of ice and snow, Switzerland's Heini Hemmi won the giant slalom, Olympic results page 33 the Soviet Union picked up golds in speed skating and cross country skiing and East Germany won a gold in the double-sealer luge event. After today's action, the Soviet Union remained on top of the medals race with 10 golds-- out of 20 events--and a lotal of 20 medals. East Germany, with six golds and 13 total, and the United States, with one gold, three silver and fi_ur bronze, follow. The big surprise of the day was Immerfall, a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Wisconsin. He whipped around the track to take a bronze in the 500-meter event with a clocking of 39.54 seconds. It was the fifth medal the U.S. has won in speed skating and brought the Americans within four medals of their best total ever for a Winter Games. The U.S. collected 12 medals in 1932. "I still don't believe 1 did it," said Immerfall. "Ever since 1 was a little kid I wanted to make the Olympic team. Winning a medal is the high point of my life." Russian ace Evgeniy Kulikov won the 500 meters in Olympic record time of 39.17 seconds. Teammate Valeriy Muralov was second in 39.25. Peter Mueller, 21, of Me- quon, Wis., the top U.S. hope in this event, finished fifth in 39.57. The other American entry, 20-year-old James Chapin of St. Louis, was 10th in 40.09. Immerfall skated against Muratov and said, "He definitely pulled me along. I kept saying to myself '1 just have to catch him, to beat him.' That's all I was thinking about." He said he made a mistake that almost ended his race prematurely. "I got off the line good and got down about 75 meters and kicked my right heel with my left skate. I almost fell down and thought 'Geez, it's all over now.' " "This is wonderful," said Mrs. Irene Immerfall, Dan's mother. "It makes all our sacrifices seem-worthwhile. It costs us over $2,000 a year just Utah climbs to 14th spot in UPIpoll By Wire Sen ices Utah's Utes, the Western Athletic Conference basketball leader at the halfway point, is making slow gains in one of the two major college basketball polls. The Utes, who host the University of Arizona Wildcats Friday night, are 14th in this week's United Press International coaches poll. Last week Utah, 16-4 on the season, was 16th in UPI. However, the Associated Press s p o r t s w r i t e r s and sportscasters ratings do not include Utah in the top 20. Nevada-Las Vegas suffered Utah's Judkins honored Inside Sportlight ..... 32 cage 32 Tucson and Amphi meet tonight In a crucial Wesl League game. Citizen Classic . . 33 Diamond Life holds a slim lead over Dcir's ValJey Funeral. Murray ....... 33 Twenty handicappers can take heart alter what Jack Nicltlaus did at Pebble Beach, DENVER (AP) --Surprising Utah is in first place at the halfway point of the Western Athletic Conference basketball season, and Coach Jerry Pimm credits Jeff Judkins for much of his team's success. Judkins, a 6-foot-5 sophomore from Salt Lake City, was named WAC player of the week by the league headquarters on the basis of his play in the Utes' sweep of a weekend series that gave them the league lead. Going into the series against Colorado State and Wyoming, Judkins was in a slump, having hit only 38 per cent of his floor shots in the Utes' five previous league games. It was a different story at the weekend, however. Judkins connected on 23 of 36 field goal attempts and eight of 10 free-throw tries, scored 54 total points and brought his league -leading over-all scoring ave/age to 13.6 points. In the process of the sweep, the Utes shouldered Arizona out of first place and took over the top spot with a 6-1 conference record, 16-4 overall. UPI 1. Indiana 142) 2. Marquette 3. North Carolina 4. Maryland J. Rufocrs 61 UCLA 7. Tennessee B. Nevada-Las Vegas 9. Washington 10. Noire Dame 11. Michigan 12. Alabama 13. Missouri H. Utah IS. Norlh Carolina SI. Louisville 17. Western Michigan 18. St. John's (N.Y.) 19. Cincinnati w. Texas SI. AP 1. Indiana (63) 2. Marqucttc 3. North Carolina 4. Maryland 5. Rutgers (1) 6 UCLA 7. Nev-Las Vegas 8. Tennessee 9. Washington 10. Noire Dame 11. Alabama 12. N.Carolina St. 13. Cincinnati 14. Missouri 15. W.Michigan 16. Michigan 17. St. John's IB. Virginia Tech 19. Centenary [Mel N. Tex. St. 19-0 18-1 18-2 17-3 19-0 17-3 14-2 23-1 1B-2 14-4 14-5 15-3 13-8 .16-4 16-1 16-1 18-0 17-3 17-3 15-3 19-0 18-1 18.2 17-3 19-0 17-3 23-1 18-2 IB-2 14-1 15-3 16-4 17-3 18-3 IW 14-5 17-3 1B-3 20-3 16-2 He has a dream Aztec eager caught the right train By ALLISON HOCK Cliizen Sports writer The tourists glimpsed only adobe houses and dirt roads as speeding trains clattered through the Mexican town, bound for the coastal playgrounds to the east. They never saw the boy who practiced basketball late into the evening, playing one game, 10 games, 100 games -always one more, until it was time to walk home. The town was loo small for a coach, the government said, so none came. The town was too small for tourists, so they never stayed. For a long time, the boy was alone with his dreams. But then he grew into a man, and the train stopped one day in Benjamin Hill, Sonora, Mexico, his town, 75 miles north of Hermosillo. And when the train left, he was on it. ^ Today, almost a year later, the man, Paco Mendivil, is a starting forward on Pima Community College's basketball team. A week ago against Phoenix College, he scored 21 points and hauled down 18 rebounds to at last fulfill the expectations of the two men who came to watch him that day when the train stopped. They were Pima basketball coach Norm Patton and athletic director Larry Toledo. In three days, they had arranged for Mendivil to attend school at Pima on a two-year scholarship. In interviews, Patton called him perhaps the best major- Paco Mendivil A love of basketball college prospect on the ball club. For a long time, Mendivil did not shoot well and was unsure at his center position, and maybe there were some who wondered about Patton's judgment. Sometimes, not very often, he lined up wrong in the place because he says, he speaks little English and he got his signals crossed. "When my teammates don't translate correctly, I end up doing something different," said Mendivil, in Spanish. But he has come a long way from the railroad town of 6,000 where he is one of eight brothers and sisters. And at 25, he must go even further -- and faster -- if he is to achieve his dream of playing professional basketball. For five years, it seemed like an impossible dream as he spent his days in his hometown as an elementary school coach. After graduating from high school in 1968, he won a basketball scholarship to the University of Chihuahua, but never enrolled. "I didn't enter school because I had problems with the other players. They were very good, and I was taken there to leam. The coach thought that I could learn quickly and be good at it," he says. But he wasn't superb immediately, despite the catlike moves and incredible grace, and after a year the other players apparently resented his intrusion. He packed his bags and went home in dejection. Finally, last year, a friend of Toledo's saw the 6-foot-6 player in a tournament in Cananea, and his description was enough to bring Toledo and Patton to Mexico. In Tucson, Mendivi! lives with his 22-year-old wife, Lilia Francisca, and their two sons, 20-month-old Juan Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and two-month- old Francisco. The elder was named for the Los Angeles Lakers center whom Mendivil watched in admiration on the Channel 11 basketball broadcasts. Mendivil's parents still live there, and his friends, but he is a man who liked his town and liked his job but who loved the game of basketball more. on skating alone. We could own a Cadillac with what we pour into it." Miss Hamill, the 19-year-old sensation from Riverside, Conn., stood second to Isabel de Navarre of West Germany after the compulsory figures round with Miss de Leeuw, who lives in California but is skating for The Netherlands, third. McAuley SI'OKTS KIHTOK its first loss of the season last week, losing to Pepperdine, 93-91, and fell to seventh in AP and eighth in DPI. Last week the Rebels were third in AP and fourth in UP1. Rutgers, one of only three u n b e a t e n m a j o r college teams, moved up to fifth place in both polls after beating Princeton last week. The Scarlet Knights, 19-0, were seventh in both ratings a week ago. Indiana retained its No. 1 spot in both rankings. The Hoosiers gained all 42 first- place votes in UPI and 63 of 64 in AP. Rutgers gained the other No. 1 ballot. The third unbeaten major college team, Western Michigan (18-0), was listed only 17th in UPI and 15th in AP. UCLA moved back into sixth spot in both polls after d e f e a t i n g W a s h i n g t o n in Seattle. It was only the Huskies second loss of the season. Marquette (18-1) held on to its second-place rating in both polls after beating Manhattan and Detroit last week while North Carolina and Maryland followed in order. Notre Dame moved into 10th place in both polls after romping past LaSalle and Davidson while North Carolina State and Missouri lost last week and dropped from the top 10. 420 355 190 147 116 IK » 46 T, 24 II 12 12 1.278 i, on 550 773 )56 601 332 256 169 143 134 112 88 79 57 41 41 Wildcats face good pitching That's a pretty fair pitcher throwing batting practice for the University of Arizona baseball players. He won 11 games last year for the National League Champion Cincinnati Redlegs. Pat Darcy, former Rincon High School pitcher and later a pitcher for Mesa Junior College, is keeping his arm limbered up as he awaits word that the spring training camps are going to open. When he isn't throwing a baseball he spends most of his time helping out with a recreation program at the Southern Arizona Mental Health Center where he is a volunteer. "It's very satisfying work," he says. "I play Softball, basketball and ping pong with the people there and it's well worth while. This is my second year there." Darcy, 25, is single and lives with his parents on Columbus Blvd. "I'm lucky living down here in this climate," he said. "The fellows up north are doing some throwing inside but that can't be compared with throwing outside. I'm ready right now for spring training. I think it may be delayed some, but that won't hurt anything. Spring training is too long anyway. The pitchers usually start about Feb. 15 but March 1 would be plenty early enough." Darcy says that as far as he knows none of the Red- legs has signed their contracts yet. Players haven't signed "I have an attorney who handles my contract and about five others on our team. He hasn't signed as yet. We may hear soon." He describes the Reds as a happy bunch of ballplayers. "You'd think there would be some prima donnas on the team with guys like Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Tony Perez, but everybody is treated alike. "Rose is really something. After the players throw the ball around the infield, he gets it last when he's playing third and he always has something funny to say when he throws the ball to the pitcher. It helps you to relax." Darcy won the first game of the season last year and when the reporters gathered around his locker after the game one of them asked, "Wouldn't it be funny if this is the only game you win all year?" Darcy didn't win another game until June and he thought maybe the writer had hexed him. "But Sparky Anderson stuck with me," he said. "He could have sent me down to the minors, and I wouldn't have had any squawk. Several managers probably would have sent me down." Anderson's faith in Darcy paid off when the tall, fast ball hurler came back to win nine straight games for the Reds and became a vital cog in their stretch run for the pennant. Keeps patients happy He says of his work at the mental health center, "seeing people smile and believe in themselves makes it all worthwhile. A group of Yaqui Indians asked me to help them put together a baseball team so they could play other Indian tribes. It's a tremendous thing to see somebody catch a ball for the first time, or get a base hit." Darcy nearly missed his big chance to join the major leagues. In his final year at Mesa he pulled a muscle in his pitching arm and had to carry the arm in a sling for several weeks. "I wasn't even allowed to write," he said, "but the Houston club gave me a $30,000 bonus and took a chance on my arm coming around. "In 1974 Cincinnati made a deal with Houston and I was one of the players on the list of several that were offered to the Reds. The owner, Bob Howsam, had heard of me from some writers in Denver where I played and he picked me. It was a great break for me." He predicts another good year for the Reds and calls their pitching staff the best in baseball. "Anderson knows how to use.a pitching staff," he said. "He rotates five of us. And all of the 10 men on the staff get to work. That way we aren't all tired out near the end of the season the way the Dodgers' pitching staff usually is." He's itching to get going again on the pennant rush.

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