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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Wednesday, February 15, 1995
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FIRST'EDITIOKl Slow start: The 'Bucks opened the Isecond half with a hoss at MiamiC-6 Green Bay Press-Gazette Wednesday, February 15, 1995 in n n Ijargoinigil Cue onw teams Draft facts What: NFL expansion draft. Who: Jacksonville, Carolina. When: 11 a.m. today. Format: Six players from each existing team are available. Each team can lose no more than three players. The two teams must choose at least 30 players, no more than 42. TV: ESPN, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; ESPN2, 1 p.m. Unprotected Packers: Sean Jones, Terrell Buckley, Reggie Cobb, James Willis, Mark Williams, Marcus Wilson. The NFL holds its expansion draft today By Dave Goldberg Associated Press NEW YORK - Bill Walsh, the NFL's consulting "genius," suggested that if the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers chose players well, they might win as many as six games next season. "He said that? He really said that?" asked Bill Polian, the Panthers' general manager. Then Polian laughed. The Jaguars and Panthers got their first shot today at the players with whom they will begin to build new franchises at the NFL's first expansion draft since Tampa Bay and and Seattle in 1976. -; ' But this is like most expansion lists the lame, the halt, the elderly and the overpaid, plus a bunch of "prospects" from special teams. "Overpaid" is a particularly important category in this era of the salary cap. So if free agency and extra draft picks could make the Panthers and Jaguars more competitive than the Bucs and Seahawks, Walsh's prediction seems a bit optimistic. Tampa Bay went 0-14 that year. Seattle 2-12. But there's likely to be marginal help from the expansion list of 168 players, six from each of the existing 28 franchises. Each team will be allowed to pull back one player after it has one player chosen. Take two of the players considered among the best available Arizona quarterback Steve Beuerlein and Cleveland defensive tackle Michael Dean Perry. Beuerlein, who could be the first player taken when the Jaguars begin the selections, is somewhere between legitimate starter and top backup. Perry, 29, started in the Pro Bowl for the fifth time in sixth seasons. But he has had knee and ankle injuries, will count for $2.8 million against the salary cap next year, and becomes a free agent in 1996. There are other name players available, including quarterback Mark Rypien of the Browns, MVP in the 1992 Super Bowl for Washington; Perry's brother, William; Rod Smith, who started at cornerback for New England this year; defensive end Chris Doleman; wide receivers Gary Clark and Kelvin Martin; guard Max Mon-toya; nose tackle Jeff Wright; safety Louis Oliver; cornerback Terrell Buckley, and wide receiver Desmond Howard. To stay or go? l j) Sidwell The Packers I still don't know if I new coach Steve 1 Sidwell will be I here in '95C-3 1 from ou bOSf1i1Bgl oars on bie OS The UIC star has made himself into an elite college player By Sharon Raboin Press-Gazette Sherell Ford was only 12, but he could work magic with a basketball. He could shoot. He could dunk. He could dribble between his legs. He wore out the grass in the backyard of his home in St. Fran-cisville in rural Louisiana. He played into the dark under the faint light of the house. "He wasn't tall, but he was lanky," said Jessie Washington, his uncle. "He could get it over the rim. The moves he had. He had one hell of a hook. A good outside shot. Most nights they went to church. When he wasn't in church, he was playing." The rim was small and the brace of the basket was fragile. Ford made frequent trips to the filling station to get it welded back together. The makeshift hoop was indispensable because the nearest playground was five miles. Washington, who lived in May-wood, a suburb of Chicago, knew how much basketball meant to Ford, one of eight children. So Washington drove 960 miles to Louisiana to bring him a regulation backboard, rim and post. "When 1 pulled up in the van and pulled out the goal, there were 15 or 20 kids there," Washington said. They wanted to play. "I said it's better to wait until tomorrow," Washington said. "They just sat there waiting." After three hours, Washington relented. "1 braced (the post) with boards." Washington said. "They played until night. I wondered how thev could see." Ford, who has developed into a 6-foot-7 and 210-pound forward, will lead Illinois-Chicago against UW-Green Bay Thursday night at the Brown County Arena. He is projected to get selected in the first round of the NBA draft. "I've heard people say between seven and 12," Ford said. "I'd like to be drafted in the top 10. It really doesn't make a difference. I've been dreaming the dream ever since the sixth grade." Ford is one of the most heartwarming stories in college basketball. Basketball came natural. Schoolwork did not. He took special education classes in high school. He entered Illinois-Chicago with an ACT score of 15 and seventh- and eighth-grade reading and writing skills. He was ineligible his freshman season under Proposition 48 restrictions. Two for the price of one Press-Gazette Ticket-holders for the UW-Green Bay men's basketball game against Illinois-Chicago Thursday may use the ticket to get into the UWGB women's game that begins at 5:30 p.m., UWGB ticket director Marilyn McCarey said. The UWGB women play Loyola at the Brown County Arena. McCarey said anyone who wishes to attend the women's game only may buy a ticket ($4 for adults, $2 for students), but then must give up the seat for the men's game. "We're doing this on good faith," said McCarey. Tickets for Saturday's 1 p.m. UWGB men's game against Loyola are sold out. But there are tickets available for the 3:30 p.m. women's game against Northern Illinois, which is also at the Arena. People attending the men's game can just stay in their seats for the women's game. But Ford worked hard to be successful at both. He is the premier player in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference. He leads the con ference in scoring (26.1) and is fifth in the nation. He also is second in rebounding (10.0) and third in blocked shots (2.0) in the conference. He is the biggest reason Illinois-Chicago is 14-7 overall and 8-3 in the conference, battling with UWGB, 7-3, to finish second behind undefeated Xavier. Ford took advantage of an educational opportunity that existed because of basketball. He will graduate in May with a degree in kinesiology, the study of human movement. "We hear all the negative things about basketball players," said Ken Surma, the athletics academic advisor at Illinois-Chicago. "He has succeeded in athletics and academically. It's a positive story. I don't run into too many people who have succeeded like he has." Washington was a big influence. He persuaded Ford to come and live with his family in Maywood after his freshman year of high school to get a better education and increase his basketball exposure. Please see FordC-4 College roundupC-3 Harvard's Rankin injuredC-3 ffifttfrvfl rXr ViVi nil ; m m. m ? kbVv ' 'V- , "'til I 1 I , ' J V 7 ; - r 4 v. ' i -.C . " . . : - V iV ' , ' ,.w I i ' " ' i ' ji ' i ": AP photo Rim-bender: Sherell Ford of llli- player in the Midwestern Colle-nois-Chicago (24) is the premier giate Conference this year. WIAA sectional wrestling IT'S OVER: Both Bay Port, the second-ranked team in Division 1, and Lux-emburg-Casco, top-rated in Division 2, ' were eliminated from the state team ; tournament with sectional losses Tues-; day. The Pirates, fresh off a win over No. 3 , Pulaski on Saturday, were handled 33-12 ! by Wisconsin Rapids. C-5 The Spartans, defending state cham-' pions, were knocked off by Loyal-Green-! wood 30-25.C-5 THEY'RE IN: One area team did advance to the state tournament Wrightstown. The Tigers took the team title of the Division 3 sectional at Ozaukee. Wrightstown, which won its first-ever Olympian Conference title this year, cruised past Dodgeland 43-10 in the semifinal, then beat Oostburg 42-12 in the finatsC-5 Next: The Tigers will face Arcadia in a state semifinal at 2 p.m. on March 4 at West Allis Central High School. Southwest girls beat Manty CELEBRATION: Green Bay Southwest allowed itself only a brief celebration after beating Manitowoc 60-52 to clinch at least a tie for the Fox River Valley Conference girls basketball title. The Trojans still want the outright titleC-4 0T WIN: De Pere sophomore Erin McGinn scored 10 of her 16 points in overtime to give the Redbirds a 43-37 win over Shawano in Bay Conference girls play Meanwhile, the Bay leaders all kept paceC-4 i ft. . .. Evers . Six years in , M minor leagues Following '. a major calling 2 Blue Ribbons players accept replacement tryouts" By Tony Walter - ; Press-Gazette Troy Evers and Cory Schaefer are going' to answer the call of professional baseball again. ' t Bruce Schreiber is not. Evers and Schaefer, two of the best Greelfi Bay Blue Ribbons players last season, have been signed to replacement tryout contracts with Major League teams. , Evers, a pitcher from Appleton, will report to the Pittsburgh Pirates' training camp in Bradenton, Fla., today. ; Schaefer, an outfielder, will go to the Min-; nesota Twins' camp at Fort Myers Sunday. Schreiber, a shortstop, was contacted by several teams. But he decided not to go. "It's a second chance to be a kid again " said Evers, 31, who played six seasons in the Yankees and Mariners organizations. "I've got those 'what ifs' in my head. It's a unique opportunity." Major League teams are stocking their training camp rosters with minor league and former professional players in case the baseball strike is not settled. For Schaefer, it means a $5,000 bonus with the potential for earning the Major League minimum salary of $110,000 if he can make the roster. It doesn't mean strikebreaking to him. "When it comes down to it, you have to do what's right for yourself," said Schaefer, 26, the Oshkosh native who spent two years in the Pi rates system. Iheyd . (striking players) feel the same way if they were in my shoes." ... . Evers doesn't seem himself as just. a replacement player. If the strike settles, he hopes to be able to land at a Triple-A team and continue his baseball career. "I think people will be surprised, at how good the baseball will be," said Evers." "There's not going to be a big differeitipe. You won't have the superstars like Kefr Grtf-fey Jr. but it will be good baseball." - Evers has just completed his degree in nursing. If baseball doesn't work out. he'll look for a nursing job. Schaefer sees himself as a darkhorse, but he says he's a better player than he was when he was cut from the Pirates' organization. Schaefer says he's a late bloomer and might be a pleasant surprise for the Twins. Schreiber said the lure of a baseball training camp was strong, but he decided it was time to do other things. , ; '. "There's a part of me that wants to go back." said Schreiber, who spent 5'i years in the Pirates system. "But I've got a decent job, and my wife was great to me during1 those 5'j years. I gave it my best shot. When I was released, I walked away and put it be? hind me." ' Blue Ribbons Manager Dennis Ruh is resigned to the fact that he could be losing two of his best players. . "It's a two-headed coin," said Ruh. "You're glad for them but you might be losing a couple really good ballplayers." . r Ruh ; : Could lose two top players 7V ij ' . '.'' ' ., ij.-ji.irtr -I, rJ Battle: Bay Port's Jay Van Laanen tries tor the upper hand. By the numbers Troy Evers' pitching statistics with the Green Bay Blue Ribbons: Yr. Ip H So Era W-L 91 49 45 59 2 20 4-1 '92 76 66 68 1 89 I 7-1 93 85 71 75 1 49 10-1 94 90 70 73 1.71 10-1 Total 299 252 275 1.77 31-4 Cory Schaefer's batting statistics with the Green Bay Blue Ribbons: Yr. Ab R Hr Rbl Avg. 92 217 58 3 43 396 93 194 65 4 45 407 94 2C5 64 10 52 454 Total 616 187 17 140 .419

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