Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 12, 1976 · Page 41
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(Jiti^n THURSDAY, F E B R U A K Y 12, 1976 (M: 41 what a view at the top! Citizen Pholo by B i l l Hopkins Football from the top The new addition on Arizona Stadium will provide fans with a panoramic view of the city as well as a vantage point for the University of Arizona football games. By REGIS McAULEY Citizen Sports Writer You are going to love your seat in the iOOth row of the addition to Arizona Stadium -after you get there. But don't feel sorry for yourself as you are walking the gradual ramps t h a t lead to these heavenly seats. Here's how a few of us reached the lop row in a preview of the celestial climb yesterday: The hardy members of the group, led by athletic director Dave S t r a c k , decided to "walk up" rather than board the basket which a huge crane was going to lift high above the new construction and deposit its load of photographers on the highest concrete slab in the area. "Walking up" meant climbing a narrow scaffolding ladder to the top of the first tier of seats. Then we climbed a straight-up ladder to the second tier. At that point, we stepped around the top of the ladder and placed our feet on a concrete slab which was the first of 42 slabs, 21 inches high, leading to the 100th row. Step up 21 inches 42 times and see how your thighs feel. Strack, obviously trying to show how easy it would be to reach "pigeon heaven," was U.S. skater wins a gold the first to conquer the climb. The rest of us arrived some minutes later, gasping for breath. Those who waited for the basket lift en the crane arrived shortly after, white- faced and smiling weakly. As frightening as it was, most of us took the basket down, risking the lift high above the stadium and the descent down in a rectangular basket held by four cables. But as we sat in that top row there was no question about it, the scenery was breathtaking -- and no pun intended. From the top row of the new seals which are 11 stories high, every inch of the field is in perfect view. And for the esthetic, every mountain in the north, west and south sections of Tucson is clearly visible. Looking to the left as you sit in the east stands, San Xavier Mission stands out clearly. It looks as if you could reach out and touch "A" mountain. And what a spectacular sight it will be at night. Every light in three-fourths of the city will be visible to the fans sitting in the east stands. The top seat will be 130 feet from the ground and it will be available by climbing ramps that are 20 feet wide in comparison with the 12-feet ramps INNSBRUCK (AP) -- The United States, with speed skater Peter Mueller winning a gold medal and the young hockey team taking a giant step toward a bronze, charged toward its greatest medal total ever today at the 12th Winter Olympics. Mueller, the 21-year-old from Mequon, Wis., flashed through the 1,000 meters in course record time to earn the U.S. its second gold of these Games. The hockey team whipped Poland 7-2 and could wrap up a bronze in this six-team roundrobin competition with a victory against West Germany Saturday. "Right now, while it's over I'm pretty happy," said Mueller. "When I was skating, I thought it was too slow, but I gave it everything I had in the last 200 meters. 1 didn't think I would win but when I saw that the track was so slow I had new hope." Meanwhile, the Soviet Union won the women's 20-kilometer (12.4-mile) cross-country ski relay, with the Americans finishing dead last. And, for the second time in these Olympic results page 45 Games, a doping charge surfaced. The Czechoslovakian hockey team saw its victory over Poland erased when team captain Frantisek Pospisil failed a urine test. With three days of competition remaining in this 12-day international festival of ice and snow, the Russians continue to lead the medal standings with 11 golds and 24 total medals out of 27 events. East Germany, with six golds and 14 total, is second, and Mueller's victory boosted the United States back into third place with two golds, three silvers and four bronze. Speed skaters have accounted for six of the nine U.S. medals, including the only other gold--Sheila Young's victory in the 500 meters. The U.S. has now passed the eight medals it won four years ago at Sapporo and needs only three more to equal its best alltime total of 12 collected at Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1932. Prospects look good. In addition to the hockey team, U.S. figure-skating queen Dorothy Hamil! of Riverside, Conn., appears to have a lock on the Cats next foe Judkins not surprised Utes are leading WAC By STEVE WESTON Citizen Sportswriter Utah's emergence as the team to beat in the Western Athletic Conference basketball race this season came as a surprise to many people. It's been a shock to the press, which during the preseason baskeball press conference forecast no better than a sixth-place finish for coach Jerry Pimm's Utes. This weekend, the Utes can get a death grip on the title by turning back University of Arizona and Arizona State. "As a matter of fact, we win these next three (including Brigham Young on Feb. 21) and we will be sitting pretty good," said U t a h ' s star forward Jeff Judkins. The Utes, now 16-4 overall, have a 6-1 WAC record that includes a startling total of four road wins. Only Utah and Arizona haven't lost at home. The Utes are hoping to avoid that in tomorrow night's (7:30) game against Arizona and Saturday's noon (regional television) contest against Arizona State. "We've really been playing better on the road than we have at home," said Judkins, the Utes' scoring leader with his 19.6 average and this week's WAC Player of the Week following his team's sweep of Wyoming and Colorado State on the road last weekend. "We've been playing good offense and have our fast break going well." That's bad news for UA coach Fred Snowden, whose Wildcats are in second place with a 5-2 record and are 167 overall. Unless the Cats, who will be without flu-ridden sopho- more guard Gilbert Myles as they were last Saturday in the loss to A-State, can get a split on this trip the race could be over. UA needs Utah to lose at least once this weekend. Arizona defeated Utah earlier this season in Tucson, 87-77, and held Judkins to 11 points. "I don't know what coach Snowden did," said Judkins, who went into a short slump thereafter, "but 1 was covered well. "I remember I took only one shot in the whole second half. "I'm only a sophomore, so it got to me. I started hunting for my shots instead of wailing for them. But I got my confidence back last week (he scored 54 rwints on the Wyoming-CSU trip)." Judkins is one of few people not surprised at the Utes' current position in the league race. "We think we should be up there," he said. "We won some close games we could've lost. But we won them. "But by no means are we there. The second half of the race is harder. You've played all the teams once and they know how to play you. "Our only advantage is having the crowd with us (Utah is home for five of its remaining seven games). We have a chance, we just hope to not lose at home." Snowden's had good success on this Utah trip during the past three years. He's 1-2 at Utah and 2-1 at BYU, and holds career records of 5-2 over Utah and 6-1 over BYU. UA's earlier meeting this season with BYU resulted in a 79-78 Arizona win. Utah's Jeff Judkins Insid Capsules 42 Prep star 42 Santa Rita wrestler has pinned 20 of 2] opponents Pro hockey . . . .42 Greyhounds . . . .43 Pro cage 43 Golf nolcs 43 Wrestling 43 Tucson-area teams among Ihe favorites in slate tournaments. Cage scores . . . 4 5 Pima 46 Artecs need a victory lonighl In keep alive playoff hopes, UA baseball season opens in the west side of the field. The aisles leading up to the seats will be five feet wide instead of (he three-feet passages in the old section. And the capacity will be 52,000 with the possibility of 58,000 if the 6,000-seat bleacher section is used. There will be several more toilet facilities in the new section and many more concession stands. There will be new lighting and a completely new sound system which will eliminate the ground-level horns that now block the vision to some sections of the field. The new facilities will be ready in time for the Auburn game which will be the UA opener for the 1976 season. gold in her specialty, to be decided Friday. Mueller leads the strong U.S. speedskating contingent back into action Friday in the 1,500-meter event. Skier Cindy Nelson, a bronze medalist in the downhill, has a shot for a medal in the giant slalom tomorrow and Bill Koch, a surprise silver medalist in the 30-kilometer cross-country ski last Thursday, is entered in the 50-kilometer event Saturday. Mueller barreled around the icy speedway in 1 minute 19.32 seconds to beat out Jorn Didriksen of Norway and Valery Muratov of the Soviet Union. Didriksen was timed in 1:20.45 Muratov in 1:20.57. Dan Immerfall of Madison, Wis., who took a bronze in the 500 Tuesday, was 12th today in 1:21.74 and Dan Carroll of St. Louis was 28th in 1:27.37. Sports Calendar The UA facilities are a long jump ahead of Arizona State's plans which are still in the talking stage. Arizona's stadium will hold more t h a n Sun Devils Stadium which seats 51,000. Plans in Tempe call for a bond-selling campaign t h a t could not be completed until the end of the 1!76 season. The capacity is projected to bo 66,000 for the Northwestern game, which will open the 1977 season. A further plan calls for 77,000 seats eventually, but all of this is in the planning stage. Meanwhile, take it from us pioneers who risked at least our lunches by being the first to view the field from II stories high. UA fans are in for an amazing bird's eye view of football this fall. Regis MeAuley SI'OKTS K I M T O K TODAY IN TUCSON Dog Racing: 8 p.m., Tucson Greyhound Park. Basketball: Junior College, Cochise College vs. Pima CC, 7:30 p.m., PCC Gym. RADIO, TV TODAY Winter Olympics: 8 p.m., Channel 9, and 3:30 p.m., KOPO (1450). TOMORROW IN TUCSON Dog Racing: 8 p.m., Tucson Greyhound Park'. Basketball: High schoo!, all games start at 7:30 p.m. Douglas at Flowing Wells Amphi at Cholla Sunnyside at Salpointe Tucson at Pueblo Buena at Rincon Sabino at Catalina Santa Rita at Sahuaro Hockey: CHL, Salt Lake City vs. Tucson, 7:30 p.m., Tucson Community Center A r e n a and KFMM-FM (99.5). RADIO, TV TOMORROW Basketball: College, Arizona vs. Utah, 7:30 p.m., Channel 11 and KTUC (1400). Winter Olympics: 7 p.m., Channel 9 and 3:30 p.m., KOPO (1450). Driesell is right, sort of By Associaleit Press After North Carolina beat Maryland at Chapel Hill on Jan. 25, Lefty Driesell knew things would be different when he got the Tar Heels back at his place in College Park. Things were different. They didn't go into overtime in the second game. The third-ranked Tar Heels, who beat No. 4 Maryland with some strain the last time they met, left no doubt as to their superiority by belittling the Terps 81-69 in their own town last night. Kin(1 all through testing, sets his lineup By TIM O'MARA Citizen Sporlswriter It will be a while before Jerry Kindall can tell if his University of Arizona baseball team will be of championship caliber. But Kindall aims to find out as quickly as possible. The Wildcats, a f t e r two straight years in postseason playoffs, open their season tomorrow at 3 against Pepperdine University at Wildcat Field. And Kindall, who on paper appears to have one of the best UA teams in recent years, says he's done all the testing he wants to do. After a month of practice, Kindall has picked "the players who are the best right now" and he's ready to go strictly with them. Unlike most teams that spend their first few weeks of games sorting out players and giving everybody a chance to get in the game, the Wildcats are going with a set lineup, a move Kindall says can only strengthen his team for Western Athletic Conference play. "I know everything about this team that I need to know," says the fourth-year coach, who's compiled a record of 138-36-1 since coming to Arizona. "We have many talented players, but I want to play those who I think will do the best job now." Against Pepperdine, which last year dealt the Cats a 4-3 loss in the first round of the District 8 playoffs, Kindall will go with a lineup which, should be very familiar to UA fans. Steve Powers, an All-Ameri- can pitcher last year after posting a 13-3 record with a 1.60 earned run average, will get the starting nod, Powers will double as the Cats' designated hitter. Ron Hassey, a preseason All-American candidate at third base, has made the move to catcher and will start tomorrow. "Ron's done as well as we thought he would," Kindall said, adding that he still expects Bob Woodside, last year's regular catcher, to see plenty of action. The infield will consist of Pete Van Home, a .376 hitter last season, at first base; Les Pearsey (.256) at second; junior college transfer Marv Wendt at shortstop; and Bill Simpson, (.312) moving over from shortstop to take Hassey's place at third. Arizona's outfield ranks as one of the strongest in the country. Leading the way is first-team All-American center fielder Dave Stcgman, who hit .402 last season for the Cats. Stegman will be flanked by Don Zimmerman, a j u n i o r college transfer, in left field, and Ken Bolek, a .265 hitter last season, in right. A f t e r tomorrow's game, Arizona will again meet Pepperdine in a doubleheader Saturday. Craig Gioia (W with a 4.06 ERA last year) has drawn the starting assignment for the first game, while Bob Chaulk, a transfer and one of the few left-handers on the pitching s t a f f , will throw the second game. Best of all time? How in the world they ever got my name I ' l l never know, but the makers of a pretty good Scotch whiskey have asked me for my opinion of the greatest athletes of all time in various sports. They are going to be shocked with my selection in basketball because I understand most of the sports editors being polled have selected Kareem AbduI-Jabbar as the best in the game. But I was fortunate to see some of the Original Celtics play when I was a kid old enough to appreciate wizardry on the court and my vote goes to Nat Holman, one of the smallest of the Celtics but an artist at faking and passing the ball. In those days the Celtics had to break up because they were too good for the competition around the country and three of their stars, Holman, Joe Lapchick and Pete Barry came to Cleveland to play for the Rosen- blums. They played their games in a wire cage at the Public Auditorium and there were no out of bounds. Holman would bounce or be bounced off that screening and he slithered around the legs of the big players like a gopher. I'm not going to try to compare him to today's players, but he was great enough that after all these years he's still the best I've ever seen. Ruth stands alone BASEBALL -- Babe Ruth gets my vote because of what he did for the game. It was Ruth who made the baseball fans forget about the Chicago Black Sox scandal that almost destroyed baseball. He was the first of the great home-run hitters and it took a longer season and an asterisk before anyone could top his 60 home runs in one season. He even looked beautiful striking out, which he did often, but when he connected, his home runs were towering blasts that soared over the wall like a guided missile. His lifetime batting average was .342 and he hit 714 home runs in his career. For 11 years he led the American League in home runs. FOOTBALL -- Talk of football's greatest today and most sports editors think of the pros. But my vote goes to Harold "Red" Grange, the Galloping Ghost of Illinois, who not only overshadowed all the runners of his era with his sensational touchdown romps but helped the pros establish their game in the late 20's. It was Grange who caused the fans of other teams to start carrying banners to the games. At Michigan one year the banners read: "Stop that damned redhead". TENNIS -- Bill Tilden was rated No. 1 in this country for 10 consecutive years. He was an unfortunate and controversial figure but there was no denying his greatness on the tennis court. He encouraged people of all ages to take up tennis rackets and start the tennis boom that is being relived now, 50 years after he excited the world with his cannonball serve. Artist on ice HOCKEY -- Gordie Howe, who at 47 is still playing better than most players in the World Hockey Association, has handled a hockey stick like an artist throughout his brilliant career. Year after year he was the high scorer for the Detroit Red Wings and for more than 20 years he was selected to the all-star team of the NHL. BOXING -- Many of the voters are going along with Sugar Ray Robinson as the best all-around boxer of all time and that's not a bad pick. But I'll never concede that anyone could hit as hard or as fast as Joe Louis. The Brown Bomber's reflexes were so fast that even he was surprised at times to see an opponent go down. He didn't realize he had hit him so swiftly and with such power. TRACK AND FIELD -- Jesse Owens gels the votes here after his four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics when he put a twist in Adolph Hitler's moustache. While the Nazi leader was screeching about his supermen, Owens raced to victory in the 100 meters; 200 meters; broad jump and ran on the American 400-meler relay team which won the gold medal. SWIMMING -- Seven gold medals in the Olympics of 1972. If that isn't enough to name Mark Spitz the best swimmer of all time, then I'm not dry behind the ears yet.

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