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Friday, July 2, 1999
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GALVESTON COUNTY, TEXAS FRIDAY, JULY 2, 1999 'lln;l)AiiYNi;\\s B5 IWosome takes charge of Tackle Time tx By VINCE STIGUCH, JR. Correspondent TEXAS CITY - When, it comes to total domination in sports, the Chicago Bulls come to mind six times. But where fishing tournaments are concerned, a pair of fishermen control a popular county gathering. . Johnny Gomez and Darrell Johnston on Thursday have taken control of the Texas City Jaycees Tackle Time offshore ling, king mackerel and offshore open events, and the domination occurred over a matter of hours. Gomez took charge of the ling and kingfish events, and Johnston jumped into the fray in the offshore open event, and just behind Gomez in the king mackerel category. As for the Tackle Time tournament itself, despite poor weather conditions, Chairman Charlie Chaney said the meet already is doing better than last year. "We have 440 entries, and that's better than last year's just over 400," Chaney said. "And we expect people to sign up at the last minute." Tackle Time leader board The leader board for the Texas City-La Marque Jaycees Tackle Time Rshing Tournament as of 6 p.m. Thursday. The tournament ends Sunday. Weights are listed in pounds and ounces. Open category entries are ranked according to percentage of the state record for that species. INSHORE Speckled trout Flounder Stingray Sheepshead Jackiish Gafflop Catfish Gar Inshore open Species OFFSHORE Open shark Ling Red snapper King mackerel Offshore open Species 1ST PLACE Mike Cubbage 6.9 Dennis Crawford 4.14 Mike Kelly 132.0 Donny Stanfield 9.8 Tim McClellan 26.10 C.B. Bailey 6.6 Freddie Ramos 125.0 . Paul Trahan 1.5 (southern king) 1ST PLACE None Johnny Gomez 17.15 Russell Cripps 15.9 Johnny Gomez 10.4 Oarroll Johnston 7.13 Bonito 2ND PUCE VernonFox5.11 David Duncan 4.6 None John Medlin 7.5 C.B. Bailey 26.0 C.B. Bailey 5.9 Steven Rogers 78.13 Matt Osbum 1.5 (southern king) 2ND PLACE None Johnny Gomez 14.10 None Johnny Gomez 7.10 Darrell Johnston 6.2 Bonito Timeline 3RD PLACE Bill Morris 5.9 Malanie Pennington 4.0 None Chris Springer 7.3 ChaneStandley25.15 Michael Cripps 5.6 Tim McClellan 56.0 Matt Osbum 1.4 (southern king) 3RD PLACE None None None Darrell Johnston 6.9 Darrell Johnston 7.4 Dorado 2ND PLACE BrianMcCrawO.13 CaileaSchirmerO.13 David Heiman 8.1 Elizabeth Goodson 1-12 YOUTH INSHORE 1ST PLACE Sand trout Jakki Kadlacek 0.13 Croaker Jakki Kadlacek 0.13 Blue crab David Heiman 8.12 Hardhead catfish Trey Morton 1-13 Weights are listed in pounds and ounces. Crab In'/»inches. Speck of the day — 6-26: Mike Cubbage 6.9; 6-27: Jim Rabon 4.13; 6-28: Randy Paridee 4.10; 629: Bill Morris 5.9; 6-30: Ken Pna'ris 3.12. 3RD PLACE Jakki Kadlacek 0.12 CaileaSchlrmerO.11 • Caelob Carter 8-0 • TaraCrippln1.11 Continued from Page B4 groins were not only "eyesores," they also were hazardous to anglers and swimmers. During a three-week period, four deaths and numerous injuries occurred. A study would determine if a safer alternative was available. August 1964 — Red flags and stricter enforcement was implemented to help slow "the strange lure" of swimmers and fishermen to the wooden groins. June 1966 — Galveston City Manager Bill Blackwell said new signs warning swimmers and fishermen of dangerous currents would be placed near wooden groins. April 1968 — Bids to "rock over" eight existing wooden groins opened. May 1968 — Bridge Engineering Corp. of Galveston was awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to extract five wooden groins and "rock over" others. This would eliminate the unsightly wooden structures and build up the island beaches. Cost for the project was $1.3 million. March 1969 — Rock groin work completed. April 1970 — Reconstruction of the new rock groins was determined to have aided in an appreciable buildup of beach sand in the area. 1993-1999 — Disputes continue whether rock piers/groins actually increase the erosion of Galveston beaches. World Cup Continued from Page Bl and wore down the Germans. The United States misfired often, but once again its precision on corner kicks paid off as the Americans loaded the penalty area and converted twice. "We've been pretty good on set plays," Fawcett said. "It comes from knowing each other so well." Chastain made up for an egregious error in the opening minutes by volleying in a corner kick to tie it in the 49th minute. Mia Hamm, who took a physical beating throughout the game, took the corner. "I have seen very big-time performers make mistakes like that and that takes them out of the game," coach Tony DiCicco said. "Brandi not only played, she got the tying goal." Fawcett, who almost never joins the attack — she had 18 goals in 140 internationals heading into the World Cup — was positioned perfectly for a side header past the outstretched arm of goalkeeper Silke Rottenberg. Shannon MacMillan, who entered the game seconds earlier, sent the corner kick 'just where I wanted it." "I know Shannon likes to go near post if there is no one in front of me," Fawcett said. And when the ball glanced off her head, Fawcett "knew it was in. I was in shock" From there, it was a matter of holding off the dauntless Germans, who also lacked accuracy with their shots. "We took too many shots at the keeper rather than playing the ball back to let the trailing player shoot," coach Tina Theune-Meyer said. Rock pier Continued from Page B4 Seawall while adding to its intrinsic beauty. The major facelift began in mid-1968 when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract to Bridge Engineering Corp. of Galveston to rock over the old wooden eyesores. The wood piers/groins at 12th, 31st, 35th, and 39th streets were extracted, and eight others at 16th, 20th, 24th, 27th, 42nd, 50th, 53rd and 59th were rocked over. These new structures were easier to traverse, and at the same time, fishing piers were created. Several rock piers already existed and were built in the early- to mid-1950s. Included on this slate were the 29th Street Rock Pier, the 37th Street Rock Rer and the 61st Street Rock Pier. The rock piers were constructed of gigantic granite blocks that tipped the scales at 4 to 6 tons apiece, and the base width of each pier was 60 feet, slanted to 12 feet at the crest. Each stood about 6.- 1/2 feet above mean low tide. Combined, the nine 500-foot rock groins, three 500-foot smooth-topped rock piers, the Flagship T-head, the 61st Street pay pier, and the 1,475-foot Galveston Fishing Pier at 90th Street gave Galveston fishermen more than 10,000 feet of outstanding fishing space from which to choose. Just a few of the species available to rock pier/groin anglers include drum, speckled trout, redfish, whiting, sand trout, croakers, flounder, a variety of sharks, Spanish mackerel, pompano, gafftopsail catfish, jack- fish and even a tarpon or two. Denny Williams' of Alvin discovered the potential of Galveston's rock piers and groins and has made them a blue-water tradition. "The rock piers are perfect for speckled trout when the water turns blue," Williams says. "The best rock piers are 53rd Street and 16th Street." But along with outstanding fishing is an ever-increasing danger factor that has been lurking around since the rock piers were first constructed. Essentially, the rock piers/groins were built to hold sand in place, but scour holes caused by wind-driven currents became a real problem. At a rock pier such as 39th Street, if the wind blows from the south (right to left), water will build up and move around the pier. As the water starts moving, gaping holes develop. The rock piers/groins have another hidden danger since up to eight granite rocks are under water and well out of sight, and when a fisherman feels compelled to toss a castnet or fishing line, the equipment occasionally gets hung up in the rocks. When that happens, anglers unaware of the hidden hazards are often brazen enough to go after their equipment. Clearly, a $25 castnet isn't worth one's Mfe. The beach front also has two premier pay piers to go with the 14 rock piers and groins, and access to free fishing hasn't hurt business at all. Prior to his death, then Gulf Coast Pier (now Galveston Pier) and 61st Street Pier owner Howard Robbins focused on advantages free fishing piers and groins offered his pay-to- fish structures. With facilities like these available to anglers, it's obvious that Galveston has made the grade. Williamson Continued from Page Bl 3.78 ERA in 18 starts for Class AA Chattanooga before getting called up to Class AAA Indianapolis. He started five games for Indianapolis before a strained tendon on the middle finger of his pitching hand ended his season. Still, the 6-foot, 185-pound Williamson was invited to the Reds' spring training camp in Sarasota, Fla., this year. However, not even Williamson could imagine that he would break camp as a regular member of the Reds. Instead, he was planning on returning to Indianapolis and polishing his skills as a starter. "Everybody projected me in Triple A as a starter," Williamson said. "So, thaf s what my mindset was: Go to Triple A and do well. Maybe at the All-Star break or even in the September call-up, I might get to the major leagues." However, the Reds had a different plan for Williamson, one that would make a dramatic change in his baseball career. "I think it was the first or second day there, they asked me how I felt about going to the pen to help myself get to the major leagues faster," Williamson said. "I said, yeah, that's my ultimate dream. Whatever I can do to benefit the team, that's what HI do.' I ended up having a good spring and breaking camp with the team." After playing in only 36 games in two years in the minors, and only one full year at that, Williamson packed his bags for Cincinnati and was on the opening-day roster when the Reds played the San Francisco Giants on April 5 at Cinergy Field. And for now, it appears he's there to stay. The Friendswood resident has played a large role in the meteoric rise of the Reds, who swept a four- game series last weekend in Houston to gain a share of first- place in the NL Central with the Astros. Going into tonight's game with Houston, Williamson is 6-2 with a 1.53 ERA and 10 saves for the Reds, and already he's got his name in the record books. On May 27 against the Dodgers, he tied an NL record for the most consecutive strikeouts in a game by a relief pitcher by striking out all six batters he faced. Even Reds manager Jack McKeon has been surprised with Williamson's success in the major leagues. "He's been a tremendous addition to our club," McKeon said. "He showed us last year that he had the potential to pitch in the big leagues. Had he not get hurt last year, we probably would have brought him up to the big leagues last year. "We knew corning into spring training that he had a chance. We were trying to bring him along slow. Let him get his feet on the ground. Let him learn a little bit on the major-league level. We figured by the first of June, he'd be in great shape, but he got here a whole lot sooner." And Williamson, who has appeared in 32 games for the Reds thus far, is one of the players who has helped energize McKeon's team. Williamson remembers Scarborough hitter well HOUSTON — In his first year in the major leagues, Reds reliever Scott Williamson has faced some of baseball's most feared hitters. But none have struck fear into the Friendswood resident as much as Scarborough's Andy Ortiz did five years ago. Williamson was a senior on the Friendswood High School team in 1994, and the District 22-4A champion Mustangs faced Scarborough in the regional playoffs. "The only time I was really, really nervous was when we were playing Scarborough in high school," Williamson said. "I had the bases loaded and only one out. I fell behind the guy (Ortiz) 3-0,and I came back and got him out. Ever since then, I've never really been nervous. Not even my first outing in the big leagues. I've never been that nervous." Friendswood went on to win the game 1-0, but fell to Brenham 8-2 in the quarterfinals. Hours after Williamson struck out Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Derek Bell and Carl Everett in three perfect innings in the Reds' 5-2 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday in the Astrodome, Williamson still could remember the game with Scarborough. "I was nervous," he said. "My legs were shaking and everything else because I felt like I couldn't let the team down." JOEY D. RICHARDS/The Daily News "No question about it," McKeon said. "He's one of the power pitchers that we have on our bullpen that can come in and strike a guy out when we need a strikeout, and that's very important." Williamson has struck out 65 batters in 53 innings, and he's retired the last 18 batters he's faced. But the transition to the major leagues has not been easy. Williamson admits that things got off to a bumpy start. "Every paper, the Sporting News, everything, had me going back to Triple A," Williamson said. "Whenever so and so comes back, you're going to Triple A. I was the only name they ever mentioned to go back to Triple A, so I didn't put pressure on myself. If I got sent down, then I was going to work hard and try to get back up. I think that's what turned my career around right now. "Early on, in the first three or four outings, I felt like I had to pitch like a big-leaguer. I had to go out there and spot the ball here and there. I read an article back at home that said the clock's ticking on Williamson. That's what changed me. These guys have all negatives on me. Let's try to get some positives out of it. There's no pressure. They're expecting you to fail. So, you go out there, and if you do, you do." So far, he hasn't. In fact, Williamson has blown only one of 11 save opportunities. His 10 saves rank No. 1 among major league rookie pitchers, and bis 1.53 ERA is among the lowest in theNL. Williamson even picked up his first major league save against the Astros on April 26. He allowed only one hit, a solo home run by Derek Bell, and struck out four, including Jeff Bagwell to end the game. This past weekend, he got his first chance to pitch in the Astrodome wearing a Reds uniform. Williamson pitched I'/s innings and picked up his ninth save of the year in the second game of the series, and he pitched three scoreless innings in the Reds' 5-2 win Sunday as Cincinnati swept Houston. Two of his boyhood idols, Bagwell and Craig Biggio, both were strikeout victims in Sunday's game. "Ever since I was young, I watched these guys play," Williamson said. "My dream was to pitch against them some day. I was fortunate enough to have it happen this early." Williamson's dream, though, appears to be the Astros' nightmare. "Ib be honest, I'd never heard of Williamson until we played them up in Cincinnati earlier this year," Bagwell said. "He's nasty, real nasty. I was hoping he was just 17M n '7 4 W S| * a5 '• I 1 • V 1 i I* • Wz.<*"-*5?> really on when we faced him early in the season, but apparently he's on every night. We haven't figured him out yet." Overall, Williamson has pitched 7'/3 innings in three appearances against the Astros. He's allowed just one hit and one run, struck out 10 and picked up two saves. Still, Williamson knows his dreams can fade as fast they come. "It's a dream come true," he said. "My dad said, "You worked so hard to get there, but you have to work even harder to stay there.' I've learned that. You work, you run, you lift weights and do everything to get there, and you have to do even more to stay. It's stressful, and it's fun in the same sense. It's a great feeling." But regardless of how things work out this season, Williamson said he is thankful for the opportunity just to play in the big leagues. "I can't put much pressure on myself," he said. Tm only 23 years old. Hopefully, I can play as long as a Barry Larkin or Hal Morris. A lot of people didn't even expect me to even be here now." FAT :BIOCKER 1-219-3334 XENICAL Gold Land Pagers Pager & Cellular Service HO. Pager Service 5902 Broadway (inside Flea Mart) Galveston • (409) 741-3929 All major credit cards accepted SATURDAY • JULY 3 Kick off the Holiday Weekend at Gulf Greyhound Park with the 1st Round of the $6O,OOO TGA Texas Round-Up Come watch the finest Texas-bred greyhounds compete in the state's Richest & Premier Stakes Series SUNDAY • JULY 4 Two Performances 1:3O p.m. & 7:3O p.m. 25 Action Packed Races including the Pepsi Challenge ep Sit during the matinee Tri-Super Returns! with minimum $1 Wager MONDAY • JULY 5 Complete the Holiday Weekend at Gulf Greyhound Park! Special Monday Matinee 13 Big Races beginning at 1:30 p.m. GULF GREYHOUND PARK Clubhouse It«*«nrati<»n«/Oroup Info: 4O9-986-95OO r-AB South, Bxft 18, t-« M«rc|w«

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