Battle Creek Enquirer from Battle Creek, Michigan on January 28, 1992 · Page 9
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4B Back on track A.J. Foyt postpones retirement o o 4B Colts coach Report names Marchibroda the winner to - 'i Mike Lopresti Gannett News Service AFC needs to make changes ; MINNEAPOLIS They have called out the whisk brooms and dust pans to clean up another AFC Super Bowl team. It is time to put this conference on the endangered species list You might be able to detect a .trend here: - The champion Washington . Redskins, like the seven Super Bowl champions before them, are from the NFC. Six of the eight won by at least two touchdowns. The most promising young teams in the league Detroit, Dallas, Atlanta are from the NFC. .'Two of the surging teams at the end of the season, but too late to get into the playoffs, were San Francisco and Philadelphia both NFC. ' Washington Coach Joe Gibbs, chipper and collected Monday 'morning as master of his universe, .was asked for an explanation for this trade imbalance. He had none to give. "I don't know it would happen that way," he said. "There is no ' reason the NFC should be dominant over the AFC. "I think it'll swing back at some point I don't know when that'll be." Presumably, he means this ceih tury. Brains over brawn Here is one recommendation for the AFC. Don't send better bodies. Send better heads. As it turned out the Buffalo Bills' week was a losing battle against hoof-in-mouth disease. Almost daily would come the Bills' matra of not getting enough respect something they planned on. demanding after beating the Redskins. -: The Bills did not exactly go out in style Sunday, either. Thurman Thomas, after misplacing his helmet and, it appeared at times this past week, his head complained he did not get the ball enough. Leon Seals used a Super. Bowl locker room to say he hated playing for his current team. No wonder Coach Marv Levy looked a weary man Sunday night He is in charge of a basket case. , While Buffalo was busy last week trying to decide who the Michael Jordan of the team was, the Redskins were their placid selves. . -There has been great chemistry on this team," Gibbs said.. "From Day 1, there was no nobody fighting for personal goals. I, from Day 1, rarely got upset with this team. For leadership, I just didn't have much to do." No-huddle practice .. Here is one important thing he did do last week. He told his offense to run no-huddle plays in practice as quickly as it could in simulating the Buffalo offense. This was to see if the Washington defense would have time to make the substitutions vital to its game plan of mixing schemes. . - The Redskins also polished their own no-huddle offense, something they had copied from the Bills, without apology. "We have no pride," Gibbs said Monday. "If something works, vyeTl try it ff there's something to steal well steal it" . Here is an idea the AFC might rkwt to steal, if it ever wants to see the Lombardi Bowl trophy up close again. -. Get physical like the NFC. Get defensive like the NFC. And come the big game, just be quiet and pby. . ' ' More on Super Bowl, 4a Win Kowaiski is sports editor. If you have a story idea or questions, call 88641678 between 7 and 10 p.m. Staff Photo by Jim Sanchez TIGER SIGNATURE: Brian Saltzgaber signs an autograph for Jeremy Parker of Coldwater. Baseball dreams Two local natives play in Tigers' club By Marie Bradley Staff Writer Brian Saltzgaber and Corey Reincke are two guys from small towns trying to make it to the big time. Saltzgaber, 23-years-old and a native of Te-konsha, and Reincke, 19-years-old and a native of Athens, are both in the Detroit Tigers' organization. s Both played in the minor leagues last season at Class A Fayetteville, N.C. On Feb. 20 they will report to spring training, when pitchers and catchers are scheduled to arrive in Lakeland, Fla. The two local major-league hopefuls feel that they made strides toward their ultimate goal of one day slipping on one of those whiter-than-white jerseys with the Old English "D" on the chest. Both are anxiously awaiting that first pitch of the new season. Saltzgaber plays field For one 2-week period last season, the best hitter in the Tiger organization according to average was nowhere within the eyesight of famed ex-Tigers' announcer Ernie Harwell. That hitter was playing in the South Atlantic League, riding a bus an average of six hours a day and wondering what position he would be playing in the next game. Brian Saltzgaber was having the time of his life. "It's a great feeling," Saltzgaber, the featured attraction at a card show in Coldwater on Saturday, said of living his dream of playing prof Sessional baseball. "I guess it's what you dream of when you're little, to be doing this and be where I'm at. I'm MSU, U-M move up one slot in AP poll The Associated Press ' Certain things just aren't changing about the AP's college basketball poll this season. Duke, the defending national champion, was still No. 1 and the Blue Devils were a unanimous selection for the fourth time this season. UCLA and Oklahoma State, the other two unbeaten Division I. teams, held spots 2 and 3 for the fifth consecutive week. ' And, in what may be the most telling trait of all, the members of the Top 25 continued to lose games with 11 teams losing 14 games this week. That's an improvement over the ways of the ranked teams the last two weeks when 16 teams lost 18 games and then 13 teams lost 16 games for a total of 48 losses by ranked teams' in three weeks. Two schools which lost two games each last week fell from the ': poll St. John's, which had been 22nd, and Stanford, formerly 24th. Brian Corey Saltzgaber Reincke real fortunate." - Saltzgaber, who was drafted by the Tigers after a standout career at Western Michigan University, eventually saw his average dip below .300, but not before he made the minor-league All-Star game. In that game, which was played in Savanah, Ga., Saltzgaber hit a home run, drove in two runs and stole a "I guess it's what you dream of when your little, to be doing this (playing professional baseball) and be where I'm at. i'm real fortunate." Brian Saltzgaber Battle Creek native in Tiger organization up a little bit. "And I don't know why, but he called a change-up after he almost blew one right by me. I couldn't believe it. It was like a dream." Seeking consistency Saltzgaber is hoping that his versatility will pay off. Last year he played every position except center field and shortstop. Catching is his first love, but he'll do whatever he has to to make a name for himself. "Right now they've got me playing a utility position, like a Tony Phillips," Saltzgaber said. Please see TIGERS, 3B I New men's AP poll. 2B Joining the poll this week were Florida State, which came in at 23rd in the Seminoles' first appearance in the rankings since the final poll of 1988-89, and Southern Cal, .which was 25th and back in after being in two weeks and then out for another two. Duke (14-0) is on a 201game winning streak and the Blue Devils received all 64 first-place votes from the nationwide panel of sport w-riters and broadcasters. UCLA (14-0) and Oklahoma State (18-0) held their spots from last week as did Indiana (14-2) and Kansas (14-1). Connecticut moved up one spot to sixth and was followed in the Top Ten by Arkansas, Missouri, Arizona and Ohio State. North Carolina led the Second Ten and was followed by Syracuse, Michigan State, Kentucky, Michigan, Tulane, North Carolina-Charlotte, Oklahoma and Texas-El Paso. base. "I only hit three (home runs) all year and I hit one in the All-Star game," Saltzgaber said with a laugh. "I remember (the pitcher) threw me a fastball and I fouled it off. He had some pretty good juice on it and I said 'Wow' and chocked DRIVING DAYTON: Dayton's Antonie Smith (20) prepares to drive the lane against Notre Dame's Daimon Sweet during first-half action. U-M' s freshmen face 2 big tests MSU, OSU , The Associated Press -ANN ARBOR This is the n week that will determine whether Michigan's fabulous freshmen are the real thing or just another pretty 'package,'. - . ' The No. 15 Wolverines travel to 1 3 th-r anked ; Michigan State on Wednesday night, then play host to ; No. 10 Ohio State in a nationally televised game Sunday. The games might also have a large influence on the Big Ten championship. : "I think we're starting to play the way people thought we could," - Michigan Coach Steve Fisher said. l- "But with young people, you never know how long it might last." Last week, the Wolverines (11-4, 3-3) absorbed an 89-74 loss at No. 4 Indiana on Tuesday. But they rebounded with a 98-83 win over Wisconsin on Saturday. "It's important we played the way we hoped we could," Fisher said. "If we can continue to play that way, we'll have success." In the defeat at Indiana, only two U-M players were in double figures. But six players scored in double figures against Wisconsin, as the Wolverines helped extend the Badgers' losing streak to four. Chris Webber, who had been held to just 54 points in his first five Big Ten games, finally broke loose against Wisconsin (10-8, 1-4). Webber had 25 points, 17 rebounds and six assists against the Badgers. More importantly, Webber took charge each time the Wolverines looked like they might lapse into a long, dry spell. "Chris got it in the post, where BCC , holds top spot for fourth week Enquirer Staff The boys' high school basketball season is at the midway point, and so far the Battle Creek Central basketball team has done nothing to disappoint pollsters in The Associated Press Class A state poll or the USA Today Super 25 poll. Four the fourth straight week the Bearcats (9-1) are ranked No. 1 in the state in Class A with 73 of a possible 75 points. Central, which defeated Kalamazoo Central and Rockford last week, has had 73 points in each poll, enabling it to maintain a slim lead over Detroit Pershing (11-0), which once'again has 71 points. The Bearcats held steady at the No. 14 spot in the USA Today poll. Central was ranked 12th in the preseason USA Today poll, dropped to 15th after losing in its fourth game of the season to Anderson (Ind.) High and rose to the No. 14 spot two weeks ago. Central will play host to Portage Northern in a Big Eight (West) contest tonight at the Fieldhouse. The game was postponed on Friday night Si if 0 "... AP Photo Steve Fisher Chris Webber Michigan's outlook D Wednesday: No. 15 Michigan at No. 13 Michigan State,8p.m.(Ch10, 17). he. could catch it and shoot it, and not have to make that move from six or eight feet out," Fisher said. "That's a result of him moving without the ball." Jimmy King finished with 15 points, Jalen Rose 13, Juwan Howard and Michael Talley each had 12, and Eric Riley 10 against Wisconsin. Tracy Webster had 24 points and six assists for Wisconsin and Michael Finley added 21. "I never let my confidence slip," said Rose, who scored only five points against Indiana. "I've been playing every day and I knew I'd get my stroke back." The Wolverines, who outre-bounded Wisconsin 33-21, shot 66.7 percent for the game, matching a school shooting record set against Purdue in 1989. They held the Badgers to 46.7 percent shooting. B State prep AP poll. 2B P Monday's prep roundup. 3B because of Portage school closings. Central will play at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix on Friday night The only other local team to earn recognition in the state polls this week was Pennfield (9-2). The Panthers, who split a pair of crucial Kalamazoo Valley Athletic Association games last week, are ranked 18th in Class C with two points. Pennfield plays at KVA rival Kalamazoo Hackett tonight St. Philip is at Portland St Patrick. Many of the same players on both sides were on the field when St Patrick defeated St Philip in a Class D state playoff football game in November. A complete list of tonight's games is in Scoreboard on 2B. Like the Battle Creek Central Bearcats, the leaders in the state's other three classes remained the same in this week's AP polling. They are Saginaw Buenva Vista (Class B), Detroit St Martin DePorres (Class C) and Detroit East Catholic (Class D) . Notre Dame wins with Sweet, Ellis The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. Daimon Sweet scored 18 points and La-Phonso Ellis added 17 points and seven rebounds as Notre Dame beat Dayton 76-54 Monday night. The fash (6-8) took control of the game with a 16-6 run, including four points each by Ellis and Elmer Bennett, to go up 23-10 with 8:14 remaining in the first half. Bennett finished with 13 points. Notre Dame outshot the Flyers from the field 54.4 percent (31-of-57) to 41.3 percent (19-of-46). Carl Cozen gave the Irish their largest lead, 69-37, on a 3-pointer with 7:41 remaining in the game. Notre Dame took advantage of 25 Dayton turnovers, while giving up 15. D Notre Dame's box score, Monday's scores. 2B r.

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