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Altoona Mirror from Altoona, Pennsylvania · Page 39

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Shoulder injury hurts Learner's bid to play ba*e\ Altoona iitrror Sports Sports at a flout* M fees' draam team D3 MaforUagve* D5 D Outdoors D74 Sunday, June If, 1*88 Pistons look to garner first title today «Hm Urn Down the Lane \ Mid-State Classic eyes \good night , Even though many people, I especially fanners, are praying for I nun, Gawen Stoker is hoping for one I more week of dry weather. At teast, \ he's hoping that next Saturday will I be dry. I The fourth annual Mid-State Foot| ball Classic will be staged at Man- I sion Park next Saturday night and } Stoker is the game director, so his [: thinking is understandable. I "If we get a good night, I think we f can get 8,000 people. Of course, we | need to do some marketing things to I help that," said Stoker, who also I doubles as head football coach at I BaM Eagle Area. I The game, which was started by | the Central Pennsylvania Football I Coaches Association in 1985, was I played at Mansion Park the first ! year. The 1986 and 1987 games were played at State College. "Mansion Park wasn't available last year, but we'd like to see the game alternate between Altoona and State College, partially so it stays clear that this is the center region's all-star game and doesn't belong to one town," Stoker said. Tom Irwin, who directed Bishop Guilfoyle to a perfect 13-0 record and the District 6-AA championship last fall, is the head coach for the South team. The South squad, which features numerous players from Blair County, will practice mornings and afternoons at the BG field in Pleasant Valley. Jack Bailey of Philipsburg- Osceola will lead the North squad, which will work out afternoons and evenings at Bellefonte. "When it gets big enough that 5,000 seats at State College aren't enough, then maybe we'll play in Altoona every year," Stoker said. The Coaches Association runs the game under the sponsorship of Mid- State Bank. The Centre Daily Times, Martin Oil Company, Joel Confer Auto Sates, Uni-Marts, Inc., Houser Vending, and Sieg Financial Group are co-sponsors. "The presence of those sponsors guarantees us a first-class game without losing more money than the (coaches') association can afford to lose," Stoker said. "If we have good : weather and get a good crowd, we ' can give a lot of scholarships." i, Stoker makes it clear that the | scholarships are a major part of the > game. ' ' ™We'dliketogiveten*500scholar- ships each year," he said. "So far, it's averaged out to eight. The first year we gave sue, then 10, then eight. • We have scholarship committees and we give at teast three to each side (South and North), but we'd like to give more." The number of scholarships i depends on the size of the crowd and ! gate receipts. That's why Gawen Stoker is hoping for a clear, dry i night Saturday. "We could have one night of rain sometime during the week and then have a good night Saturday," he laughed. "The people have shown that they'll support the game if it's not pouring rain, so we're hoping the head man will help us out." Steeters Digest, a new publication devoted exclusively to coverage of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL, will publish its inaugural issue in late July. It will be published 26 times a year, including weekly during the season, In addition to the 20 weekly issues, six issues will be devoted to the playoffs, Super Bowl wrap-up, draft previews, draft recap, training camp preview, and preseason PI Theeditor is Bob Labriola, who has covered the Steelers on a regular basis since 1985 for the Greensburg Tribune-Review. A one-year subscription is $27.95. The issues will include stories and photos of the previous game, team and individual statistics, rosters, editorials, and feature stories. For moreinformation, call 1-800-334-4005. By Howard Ulman AP Sports Writer INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Superior play put the Detroit Pistons on the brink of their first NBA title. A superior attitude may be needed to get it. If Detroit — a fragile mix of personalities - keeps playing determined basketball and wins Sunday's sixth game at the Forum, the Pistons will dethrone the Los Angetes Lakers and win the championship, four games to two. If they doesn't, a seventh game will be played in the Lakers' home Tuesday night, keeping alive their hope of becoming the first team to win consecutive titles since the 1969 Boston Celtics. Los Angeles lost Game 5 Thursday 1988 NBA lhaifa) night because of poor rebounding, foul trouble and an inability to capitalize on a iz-fl start or stop Adrian Dantley. Coach Pat Ritey, who guaranteed successive championship* a year ago, continued to voice optimism. "I like our chances," be said after the 104-94 fifth game loss. "I still believe that this team is going to win the championship this year. The Pistons, who scrambled back from a 2-1 deficit to win the last two games at their Pontiac Silverdome, don't expect any problems getting in the right frame of mind for the biggest game in the history of a franchise that began in Fort Wayne, tod, in 1948 and moved to Detroit in 1967. "Our letdowns come at home," center Bill Laimbeer said. "On the road, we're just 12 players cheering each other on." "I don't think there'll be a let- down," said forward Dennis Rodman. "It'll be a question of who wants it more. We have to be concentrating and stay in our game and not do anything stupid." During the series, guard Vinnie Johnson and forward Ricky Mahorn complained about playing time. Before the fifth game, the serious Dantley chided teammates about their light-hearted behavior in the locker room. Throw in emotional rookies Rodman and John Salley and an eventful week in which Isiah Thomas played with a painful back injury and became a father, and the Pistons' psyche becomes critical. "That's the makeup of our team," Dantley said. "We've gone through this all year. Some guys don't like criticism but you've got to get on them. "Sometimes we have a tendency to get a little cocky when we win, getting to talking," he added. "When we lose, we're very quiet, good concentration." Coach Chuck Daly has learned to live with his team's quirks. "I can't get the whip out. They won't allow me," he said. "If you don't know at this point what's out there for you... "But, hey, it's the human mind, the human element." "We proved we could win a big game when it counted," Laimbeer said after the fifth-game victory. The sixth game of last year's finals also was played at the Forum. But the Lakers went into it with a 3-2 lead and beat the Boston Celtics See Pistons on Page D2 Cards in position to sweep Pirates By John Mehno Mirror Sports Correspondent PITTSBURGH-lt's not just that the St. Louis Cardinals are beating the Pirates. It's the way they're do' • - it. BOB DAVIDSON (left), home plate umpire, tosses Pirate manager Jim Leyland from the game against the Cards in Pittsburgh Satur- Asjociated Press day night after Leyland argued about Davidson's balk call against Brian Fisher. Vince Coleman moved to third from second on call. >y're using the pitching staff the Pirates gave them, they're running Pittsburgh crazy and they're using unorthodox strategy like pitching around a platoon player to face one of the National League's best players. The Cardinals moved back within two games of the Pirates with Saturday's 6-3 win before 36,682 at Three Rivers Stadium. John Tudor worked six innings and the Cardinals stole five bases to beat the Pirates for the second consecutive game. Willie McGee had two RBI and scored twice. The pattern was established in the first when Ozzie Smith singled, stole and scored on McGee's single. Smith and Vince Coleman at the top of the order make the Cardinals go. "We had nothing going there for a week," Manager Whitey Herzog said. The Cardinals, fresh from a six- game losing streak, have found the Pirates to be the perfect tonic. On Saturday, Brian Fisher was a perfect target. His inability to hold runners on base is an invitation for the Cardinals' specialty and Junior Ortiz, who has thrown out only three Strange in front entering finals By Mark Hyman Baltimore Sun BROOKLINE; Mass. - In his 12 on the PGA Tour, Curtis je has won 14 tournaments, coiucd roughly $3.5 million in prize money and emerged as one of the truly polished players of his era. The one glaring omission on Strange's resume is the absence of a victory in one of golf's four major championships. After developments Saturday at the 88th U.S. Open, that may soon be addressed. On a day when changes on the leader board and in weather conditions seemed to occur every five minutes, Strange shot 2-under69and to emerge as the leader by one shot over Bob Gilder, Nick Faldo and Scott Simpson with one round remaining at The Country Club. Just as easily, Strange's lead might have been three shots, his advantage over the field after he par- red the par-4 16th hote and Gilder, his playing partner, double bogeyed the same hote. But he had not yet played the final three notes, and he would bogey two. On the par-3, 16th, Strange bunkered his tee shot and missed an 8-foot putt for par. On the par-4,17th hole, he three-putted from 20 feet. The second miss came from no more than 24 inches. On the par-4 18th, Strange again bunkered his approach, but he blasted to five feet and noted the putt to save par and preserve his one- shot lead. "Was that a big save at 18? You're darn right it was," Strange said after the round. "It makes me feel a whole lot better sitting here (with U.S. Open reporters)." Strange did not seem particularly perturbed that be allowed a three- shot tead to shrink to one. And he rejected a suggestion by Gilder that he may momentarily have been blinded by the big advantage. "I was trying to stretch it (the lead) out," Strange said. "But I guess I was trying to get too much." Strange's nearest pursuers took different routes to second place. Faldo, an Englishman and the defending British Open champ, had a neat 681 topped by an 18- foot birdie putt at the 18th green. Simpson, the second-round leader, shot a slightly shaky one-overp. He never fully recovered from a double bogey at the fifth hole. Gilder remains one of the most stubborn leaders. He will not go away. He will not come unglued, despite critical mistakes. "My chances are as good as anybody's," he said. "I am playing well. I am making putts. And I've shot under par every round, If I shoot under par tomorrow, I have a ° This will not be recalled as an U.S. Open that was played under perfect weather conditions. Thursday, the championship began on a sweltering note, with temperatures into the 90s. Friday was comfortable until clouds and wind arrived at mid-afternoon. Saturday, the skies above The Country Club were a meteorologist's delight. Morning svn followed by black clouds, a threat of lightening See U.S. Open on Page D4 Associated Press CURTIS STRANGE shares an umbrella with his caddie Greg Rita during a rain delay Saturday at the U.S. Open of 27 stealers this year, was overmatched. Only one of 19 stealers has been caught with Fisher on the mound. "I thought Junior threw as good as anyone can throw," Manager Jim Leyland said. "They got good jumps and they have some fast guys." Steals would figure in the Cardinals' next three runs against Fisher. In the second, McGee singled, stole, moved to third on another hit and scored when Tony Pena hit into a double play. In the sixth, Coleman beat out an infield hit and stole and went to third when he helped call a balk against Fisher. Fisher stopped and started after a pickoff play didn't develop and Coleman pointed at Fisher. Plate umpire Bob Davidson. agreed and Leyland was thrown out after arguing. His beef was less with the call than it was with Davidson not making it until Coleman's prompting. ' : "That's the only thing I disputed," Leyland said. First baseman Randy Milligaa gambled and lost trying to get Cot-, eman at the plate and the inning was prolonged when Bobby Bonilla dropped a throw in a rundown play. Pena nit a sacrifice fly. The Cardinals added two runs in the seventh when Tom Pagnozzi walked, Luis Alicia tripled and Bob Homer pinch-hit a double. See Pirates on Page OS U.S. team wins big By Stephan Nassfrom AP Sports Writer KOTKA; Finland - Snelton Jones of Si. John's and Dyron Nix of Tennessee each scored 14 points as the U.S. Select team easily defeated the British national team 101-56 Saturday and clinched the four-team Fob- jola Cup tournament. The American Olympic-team hopefuls looked far better than they had in a lacklustre 84-68 opening- game victory over Holland Friday.. The Selects led the British 56-25 at the half. . "We played a lot smarter today," said George Raveling of Southern California, who is coaching the team on its six-game, nine-day European tour. "Our defense on the ball was very good. Most times we didn't allow them to get into their offense. And our running game was very good. We made a lot better decisions with the ball on our running game." B.J. Armstrong of Iowa scored 12 points for the Americans, who improved their shooting percentage to 58.6, though they hit only three of seven 3-point attempts. The team is made up of 14 players, but no more than four are expected to join a group of 16 already chosen' finalists for the Olympic team. The final cut will leave a 12-man squad to defend the Olympic gold medal in Seoul in September. • The Americans had an 11-0 surge midway in the second half for a 69-28 lead, then put on a 13-2 scoring rut that gave them a 8644 lead, their biggest margin of the game. The Selects face host Finland in the tournament finale Sunday before playing three games in. France, Austria and Spain next week. '. Holland beat Finland 94-6t in the second game of Saturday'* doubleheader. The Finns are 0-2 in See Basketball on Page D4 &*i^

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