The Town Talk from Alexandria, Louisiana on April 20, 1994 · Page 11
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Alexandria, Louisiana
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Wednesday, April 20, 1994
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Scoreboard, B-2 Business, B-7 Atankia ails ten faft Wednesday April 20, 1994 E5 Tompkins v The Town Talk V Dr. Marshall's system good for Luke In baseball, a long held belief is that pitchers need three or four days rest between assignments. Dr. Mike Marshall, the 1974 Cy Young Award winner for the Los Angeles Dodgers and current head baseball coach at West Texas A&M University, believes 'otherwise. One man who's finding out firsthand about Marshall's philosophies, pitching and otherwise, is Tim Luke, an Alexandria native who played baseball at ASH, graduating in 1987. After short stints at Chipola Junior College and Copiah Lincoln, Luke played for Marshall when he was head coach at Henderson State in Arkadelphia, Ark. Marshall ended his four-year stint there in 1990. When Marshall was hired last year as head baseball coach at West Texas A&M (formerly West Texas State) near Amarillo, the 25-year-old Luke, who had a year of eligibility left, joined him at the NCAA Division II school in Canyon. First season in 23 years West Texas is in its first season of intercollegiate baseball in 23 years. The Buffs have no stars, no players who were hotly recruited. Their lone senior is Luke. They went 19 games before winning a game, and Luke was the winning pitcher in that one, and he was in the team's second victory. Until Tuesday, Luke owned a 2-5 record and a 9.64 earned run average and was the most effective pitcher on a team that is not only young but is trying to learn Marshall's system. "What they are accomplishing is nothing short of a miracle," Marshall was quoted as saying earlier this season. "I challenge any other bunch of new guys to get together and do this well against mature, quality teams that have been together three or four years. Wait until we're together three or four years. It's kick-butt and take-names time when this team puts it all together the way they are going to be able to." Luke won't be around as a Buff player in three or four years, but he's getting more than his share of work now, following Marshall's system. As a major leaguer, Marshall proved a pitcher didn't need days of rest, and he's trying to show his pitchers now they can actually get better and stronger by pitching more often. Luke pitched in 20 of the team's first 40 games, including five starts. He has two of the team's six wins. Pitching stronger Luke sometimes pitches two or three days in a row, but it hasn't hurt his pitching. On the contrary, his fast ball has been clocked at 90 mph, the fastest he has ever thrown in his career. Marshall, who has a Ph.D. in kinesiology, the science of human muscular movements, used his studies to master the art of throwing a baseball. He played in the majors for 13 years, with 10 teams, including the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers. They called him the "Iron Man" because he could come out of the bullpen almost daily. In the late stages of a game, he could be counted on to use a variety of screwballs, hard sliders and fastballs to preserve victory. He helped the Dodgers get to the World Series in 1974, when he won the Cy Young, the most prestigious honor given to pitchers. Not just anyone can try to teach youngsters to throw daily, without the proper knowledge to do so. Marshall knows this, and he says research shows that serious elbow damage can occur, especially to athletes younger than 15, when they are not properly coached. "To call yourself a coach because you played ball," he says, " is like calling yourself a mechanic because you drive a car." If the new West Texas A&M baseball field that Marshall helped build were a garage, Marshall would be in overalls with a wrench in his hand and grease on his forehead. Bob Tompkins is sports editor of The Town Talk. His phone number is 487-6349. Aces By Bob Tompkins Sports Editor , J Marvin Cole of Alexandria and Jason Alston of Pollock are the latest signees announced by the Alexandria Aces of the new independent Texas-Louisiana Professional Baseball league. ' They are the team's first local signees, joining five others who have been signed in the last two weeks, as field manager Pete Falcone works towards selecting his 22-man roster that should be ready to start a 10-day spring training period here on May 15. The season starts May 27. Cole, an All-State shortstop in 1987 at Alexandria Senior High, played four seasons professionally as a second baseman with the Major League board review labor talks NEW YORK (AP) The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association will meet on July 11, the day before the All-Star game, to consider the status of labor talks and a possible strike. "This is what we normally do in negotiating years," union head Donald Fehr said Tuesday. In 1985, the year of the last strike, the board met in Chicago on the day prior to the All-Star game in Minneapolis and set an Aug. 6 strike date. The two-day work stoppage was settled the following day after the intervention of commissioner Peter Ueberroth. Fehr said the meeting may take place in Pittsburgh, the site of the All-Star game the following day, or in Cleveland or possibly another city near Pittsburgh. Fehr has said a strike is a "real possibility" because of the lack of progress in negotiations and the fear owners may unilaterally impose a salary cap after this 'season if there's no agreement. "I don't have any comment to that," said Milwaukee Brewers president Bud Selig, chairman of the ruling executive council. There have been just four negotiating sessions since owners reopened the labor contract on Dec. 7, 1992, and there has been no substantive bargaining. Baseball has been interrupted by four strikes and three lockouts since 1972. Fehr said the site of the meeting will depend on Please see TALKS, B-2 Retirement catches girls' coaches off-guard By Jeffrey Nixon Staff reporter LEESVILLE The retirement of Pitkin coach Quita Sue Antony caught many area girls basketball coaches off-guard. "There goes a master of the game," said Menard coach Janet Guerrini. "I think other coaches in (Class B) are sleeping easier now." Antony announced Wednesday she was leaving Pitkin, where 0 1 W . ) w 1 4 3 tfr( And she's out ... ASH's Kelly Landry catches the Minden's btacey Reed out at r ' ... 1 . X sign Chicago Cubs' organization, from 1988-91. : v Alston, an All-Cenla and All-State center fielder fo Grant High School in his senior year, 1989, has no professional experience but played baseball at Angelina Junior College in Lufkin; Texas in '92 and played in '93 for Central Arkansas in Conway. Cole and Alston took part in the invitation only tryout camp the Aces held last month at Bringhurst Field. Falcone said both impressed him. Talking about Cole, Falcone said, "I liked the way he handled himself in the field. He has smooth, soft hands. He hit good to all fields. I had heard about Antony calls it quits Girls basketball coach resigns after 15 years By Jeffrey Nixon Staff reporter LEESVTLLE One of the win-ningest coaches in the state over the last 15 years has decided to call it quits. Quita Sue Antony, who took seven Pitkin teams to the Sweet 16, announced Tuesday she would be leaving the school for a variety of personal reasons. "I talked to (Pitkin principal Sandra Whitlock) and told her I'm going to Hornbeck to teach science and coach junior high," Antony said. "I just felt it was the right time to leave." When Antony came to Pitkin in 1978, she inherited a team that went 7-29 the previous season. Antony, a 1974 graduate of Pitkin, took those teams and guided them to a 576-80 record, three state titles (1982, 86, 88) and a runners-up (1992) over the next 15 years. The Tigers went 34-9 last season and reached the Sweet 16 before losing to Doyle, 36-32, in the semifinals. Pitkin missed the playoffs just once in Antony's tenure. In the 1980-81 season, Pitkin finished third in its district with a 32-8 record. Antony was named Class B Coach of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writer's Association four times (1982, 86, 88 and 92) and placed at least one player on the first or second All-State team every year except one. Several factors went into Antony's decision to leave: Travel. The Antony family moved to Leesville in 1988 after Pitkin won its last state title. "I had every intention of get she had coached the last 15 years, to teach and coach the Hornbeck junior high team. "I ended with a Sweet 16 appearance and I left a program with four seniors and a 22-0 junior high team," Antony said. "I don't want people to say, 'She left when the talent ran out.' Whoever comes in has an excellent chance to continue the program." Most coaches agree taking : . : , Stephen Read Staff photographer ball to force the sixth inning of the Trojans' opening round second during playoff victory Tuesday. 2 local players him from a scout before the try-out and I had spoken with Marvin on the phone and knew he was interested. "I heard about the Aces while I was in Denver ," Cole said. "I had moved there after I was released by the Cubs in '92 spring training. I came back home and got myself in good enough shape to make the team. "I'm excited about playing here in my home town again," he said. Falcone said he was particularly impressed with the hustle Alston showed at the local tryout. "He played hard and he was not in very good physical shape," Falcone said. "But he played good and he was a 150 percenter. I saw that and said this kid can ting out then," Antony said, "but the girls cried and pleaded with me to come back, so I did." But after six years of driving 36 miles one-way, Antony got tired of the travel. Q Future plans. Antony's long-range goal is to go into nursing. In three more years, she will have put in her time to draw pension. Then, she will pursue her nursing degree. Q Family. The most important aspect was probably her daughter Ashley, who was Pitkin's top sub last season as a seventh grader. Antony didn't really want to coach her daughter and have Ashley face the pressure of playing for her mother. "I think she's going to excel no matter who coaches her," Antony said. "I want to sit back and watch her play. I want her to have fun and enjoy it." Ashley is expected to transfer to Anacoco where she will sit out a season and be ready to play her ninth grade year. Antony also has two other children one boy and one girl and wants to get back to being a mother. "It's hard for a woman to coach as a mother of three and have a husband," Antony said. "I couldn't have accomplished what I did without my parents and my husband Max." Despite winning nearly 88 percent of her games at Pitkin, Antony was not extremely popular in the Vernon Parish community. She's known as much for her overwhelming competitive desire as her wins. Last season, Antony again got Antony's place will not be easy. "There is no doubt the aptitude of her players is there," said Oak Hill coach Linda Grider. "It will take a special person to maintain what she has built. I'm not saying she was the program, but it'll be very difficult to continue what she started." "I think Pitkin is going to miss her," said Buckeye coach Stella Sasser. "It's hard to find a coach of that caliber." V. play for me." Alston had two freakish knee injuries at Central Arkansas which required surgery, the second of which was last summer. After that he decided to come back home and attend LSU at Alexandria. "I was supposed to graduate this summer, but having made the team I'll put it off 'til the fall," he said. He said of his tryout with the Aces, "When I walked into Bringhurst, the first thing I saw was all these pro bags from guys who just getting released. My adrenaline started pumping. I told myself I can play with these guys." Then he went out and showed . M ? i i m ' ft S, . K. . H Coach Quita Antony (standing at right) is leaving Pitkin after 1 5 seasons and seven Sweet 1 6 appearances. the community grumbling when she threw a second place tournament trophy off a bridge. "The methods I used, people couldn't understand," Antony said. "I don't think (some people) agreed with my methods, but it's hard to argue with (the results)." The result of the incident last Antony wasn't always popular with opponents or in the Pitkin community, but she was certainly respected by her peers. Florien coach Dewain Strother, one of Antony's biggest rivals the last few seasons, was one of them. "She's a good coach," Strother said. "She's a very strict coach and sometimes that's what it takes. Sometimes a lot of people want a friend to their kids, not a Demons split doubleheader Town Talk Sports Services FORT WORTH, Texas Northwestern State's baseball team took game one 3-2 before losing game two 9-8 on a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh for a doubleheader split with nationally ranked Texas-Christian. With the split, Northwestern is now 34-9 on the year while TCU, ranked No. 16, is 30-16. The Demons are now 5-2 against opponents which were nationally ranked when they met. They swept a three-game series from Lamar earlier in the year when it was 24th and later beat top-20 Southwestern Louisiana when the Ragin Cajuns were undefeated at 13-0. Northwestern's other loss came to Louisiana State when the Tigers were No. 4. In game one, the Horned Frogs took the early lead in the bottom of the second off of Demon starter Mike Jones. After he retired the first four batters of the game, the next four reached to push two runs across for a 2-0 lead. Northwestern chipped away with a single run in the fourth. he could. Previous Aces signees include: O Kevi Baker of Gretna, Fla.; two years with Baltimore Orioles organization; outfielderinfield- er; O Eric Moran of Ohio; short middle relief pitcher; pitched in Northern League last summer; Q Morgan Spraggins of Mobile, Ala.; infielder; D Travis Woods of Orange Country, Calif.; left-handed hitting outfielder; played for Lewis & Clark College; O Carlos Castillo of Anaheim, Calif., right-handed starter from Los Angeles Dodgers organization. ( 1 tl P I it I a ( ; Town Talk File Photo fall was a team whose tallest player was 5-foot-8 coming five points shy of playing for the state championship. Pitkin has not filled the vacancy. Anyone wishing to apply needs to contact the school during business hours. coach. She was both a friend and a coach, but sometimes the kids can't take the coaching. If they can't do that, they shouldn't be in the program." "She's a disciplinarian," Guerrini said. "She's very consistent and a winner. She might make some people upset, but she's going to win. That's why she's a master of the game." Zack Watts doubled with one out to start things. He later came home to score on a two-out single by Brad Duncan. The Demons completed the comeback with two runs in the D Please see DEMONS, B-2 Short end of score Former ASH football players Scott Stoker (quarterback), Buzzy Crenshaw (wide receiver) and Chris Hamler (linemankicker) were at the Dogwood Classic two weeks ago and it was noted that they might be the shortest scoring combination in high school football history: Stoker (5-7) to Crenshaw (5-6), Hamler (5-2) kick. John D'Aquila Inside FOOTBALL: "Big Daddy" Dan Wilkinson might be the NFL's top draft choice. B-5 BASKETBALL: Michigan's Jalen Rose declares himself eligible for the NBA draft. B-3 f f- )A

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