The News from Friendswood, Texas on November 21, 1977 · Page 4
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The News from Friendswood, Texas · Page 4

Friendswood, Texas
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Monday, November 21, 1977
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Page 4 Monday NEWS November 21,1977 Civic Club Meets Tuesday The Klngspark-Whtte- hall Civic Improvement Association will meet • the 4th Tuesday of this month (Nov. 22) at the 'Friendswood City Hall at 7;30 p.m. Patterson Die* PEARLAND • Woodrow W. Patterson, 65, of 2905 Castle Court was found dead in his home Thursday morning, by a Grandson. Police arrived on the scene about 10:40 a.m. Judge Henry Whltt pronounced Patterson dead on arrival. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. Police do not suspect foul play. \. TIMBER STEEL OF TEXAS Town and County Buildings LOW COST POLE BUILDINGS OR All STEEL CONSTRUCTION 830 FM 1960 WEST SUITE No.19 HOUSTON, TEXAS 77090 713/981-0819 MACHINE SHOP STORAGE SHED Sullivan Champion In District 4 A Cross Country BECK SMITH of Superior Title picks np a few tips from Racquet Club pro Lte Merry. Photo by Pat'Faour. New Racquet Club Pro Predicts School Tennis Teams To Outdraw Football PEARLAND - Oiler cross country runner Kathy Sullivan beat all competition Thursday to become the district 24-AAAA girls cross country champ. Both the Oiler girls and boys varsity teams came in second to Galveston Ball, with the boys losing by a scant three points, in the district meet held in La Marque. In the girls meet Sullivan placed first, Stella DeLaCruz was third, Kathy Sanders seventh, Sheryl Rlggs tenth and Margaret Sullivan 12th. Also competing for the girls were Kim Williams, Faye Mcln- tore, Vlckl Priddy and Suzanne Gomez. Ualveston had twenty-five points, Pearland, thirty-three and third place La Marque 101. Points are given in cross country according to the place a runner finishes. Therefore the team with the lowest score will be the winner. the boys meet, 10:13 to lead theOller team. Eric Palm was fourth, Boyd Prim eighth, Craig Smajstrla llth and EadlelBaca 20th. Points are counted for the first five runners who place. Also competing on the varsity team were Juan Almanza, 21st and Paul Matheson. 28th. The boys team had 46 points to 43 for Galveston. The junior varsity ooys won their meet with 48 points, edging Dulles by two points and Angleton by eight Randall Buchanan ran second for Pearland with Lester Carson finishing tenth, Craig Hatch llth. Domingo Martinez 12th and John Cope 13th. Anthony Thornhill finished 14th and Billy Carter 10th. In the freshman race Scott Krchnak placed fourth and John Scto- neaux was 14th. ByPatFaour NEWS Staff The level of tennis in Texas Is growing so strong, that Lee Merry, new head pro at the Friendswood Racquet Club, predicts a day when fans will cheer high school tennis teams the way they now follow football. Merry joined the staff at the racquet club In October. He is also the head coach for the University of Houston OrlglnaUyfrom California, Merry was amazed to see the development of football in Texas, from grade school on up. "That's why you have so many outstanding players from the state. However, I feel the level ot tennis is getting so strong here, that there will come a day when fans go out to cheer a high school tennis team the way they now do for football here," he said. Merry said the rapid growth of tennis In the united States is because people of all ages are able to play. "In some sports, such as football, baseball, after you reach a certain age, It's just not feasible to play. It's not that way with tennis," Merry said. "Tennis offers exercise, too," be said. As people become participants, they begin to appreciate the high level of play they see from others and strive to Improve their own game. Tennis is not easy, it's extremely difficult and 60 per cent mental, he said. "It's a deep game and you never stop learning." Tennis skills vary, obviously from person to person. However, the person who works out Those who play only •on weekends have to understand that no matter how good a player or how good a teacher they have, it's hard to develop if they are not out hitting the ball. You regress and lose perceptive," he said. Merry teaches from 8:30 to noon end from 7 to 10 p.m. weekdays, and weekend when available at the Racquet dub. His other duties as head coach at UH sometimes takes him out of town for tournaments. As a teacher. Merry says he hopes everyone he s hi contact with will not only get better-but enjoy themselves. They should be happy just to be playing and doing the best they can, he believes. "I teach the best way I can. I try to communicate with each individual student," Merry said. He explained tht he doesn't teach every student the same way, nor does he emphasize fundamentals. "I don't try to change a student. I try to work with theirconcept of the game and encourage feedback. The more feedback I get, the more I can teach/' he stressed. He was the number one player at UH in 19724. when UH finished fifth, fourth and eighth in the national Collegiate competition. All-American* Merry graduated in 1974 from the Unlver- slty of Houston with a business degree, but played professional tennis for two years. At one time he was ranked nationally In men's "And, today they are beginning to resurface the outdoor courts. We have six now, but with the extensive space available." Merry's wife, Chris, works with him at the Racquet Club. She also plays tennis, but just for fun, she says. In addition to coaching at UH and the Racquet Club. Merry is head professlnal at the Brightwell • Glaves Tennis Camp, located in Kimble County, south of Junction. Texas. come Hear The Old Gospel Hymns with Dr. & Mis. L 0. Leet Evangelistic Crusaders from the Dallas • ft. Worth Area Church School 9:45 a.m. First Christian Church • iPlsclrtesDtCbIlst) 5202 L HiWay 517 at Alabama Dickinson. To SAVE FROM 22% to 60% ON ITEMS YOU CAN TAKE HOME TODAY! LIGHTED MAKE-UP MIRROR 1088* SAVE $2 TO IS SAVE 60% OR MORE! GIVE THE BEST TOP SELLING FRAGRANCES fJOYWHAT YOU NEED NOW—USE CHARG-ALL CREDIT 331-3396 Meckley Sales Service Alvln Shopping Center Arcadia Sales Rep. 3374261 year. Merry is the number one ranked men's player hi Texas, having won numerous tournament titles. At the Friendswood Racquet Club, Merry gives lessons. Is involved with the other employees in developing adult tournaments and other actl- vitles as well as Junior development programs. The Racquet Club Is relatively new, only a year old. Merry said it has 190 members, but is growing fast. It should grow considerably in the future as the City of Friendswood grows, Merry Bald. The club has a lot to offer, he said, while describing the complete pro shop, weight room, game room, sauna, spacious men s and women's lockers. We are fortunate be said, to be the only club in the area to have seven Indoor courts. Boys, Girls Basketball Now Underway FRIENDSWOOD - . Basketball, both boys *' and girls. Is underway in friendswood now that the football season has ended. Boys junior varsity games begin at 6 p.m,. with varsity set for 7:30 • p.m. Games scheduled for this week include a Tuesday game against St. John's of Houston, at Houston; and Pearland at Pearland, Friday. Girls Junior varsity , and varsity will play at 6 and 7:30 p.m. tonight at Deer park, and freshman, B and A teams, 5,6 and 7:30 p.m. in Deer Park. The girls freshmen, Junior varsity and varsity will also meet Alief Tuesday in Alief, with games to begin at 6, 6 and 7:30 p.m. GRIFFIN'S POLE BUILDINGS 13510 Aldine Westfielcl Houston Texns 77039 WE DESIGN TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS ERECTED ANYWHERE Nothing Too lorgtl COLOR OR GALVANIZED Or Too Smolll PHONE 442-8862 449-3797 Nov. 21 • Nov. 23 Steak Sandwich 84' - FAST - COURTEOUS - AND QUALITY FOOD - 402 PHONE AHEAD E. Edgewood 482-3368

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