The Orlando Sentinel from Orlando, Florida on February 24, 1978 · Page 88
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The Orlando Sentinel from Orlando, Florida · Page 88

Orlando, Florida
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Friday, February 24, 1978
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U, thphttlf wnMpejFrlliyFeni)uy,24)J97- Q, Mike Coombs dreams of a winning team K1SSIMMEE Only a handful of fans can recall the last winning season in Osceola High School Kowboy baseball history. - The last time OHS broke even was a 10-10 finish in 1970 under Coach Monty Hadden. The "worst" came in 1973 under Coach John Harmison 1-19. Since 1 970 the Kowboys are 68-1 20. Mike Coombs, a former member of the Detroit Tigers' farm club system, took over last year. After rallying the troops to an 11-12 mark near the end, he stumbled to 11-18. Coombs is back "with a bunch of kids who have worked harder than last year" It won't be easy. The 26-game Kowboy schedule "is one of our toughest," the coach said. OHS opened Thursday at Haines City and faces Evans on the road at 4:15 p.m. today before hosting its first home game at 4 p.m. Saturday against Haines City at Ben Stainback Field on Thacker Avenue. Misfortune already has taken a swing at the OHS pitching staff. Ace starter Todd Griffin suffered a sprained wrist in batting practice last week and could be out of the starting rotation up to two weeks. "Pitching," Coombs said, "that's where we're going to get burned. "Defensively, we're going to be strong up the middle," he said, singling out catcher Mark Conley, second sacker Billy Rousch, shortstops Todd Donahue and transfer Chris Beck, and center fielder J.P.Campbell. "We won't be the aggressive hard-swinging club, and our hitting remains a question mark," he said. "But we do have kids who are capable of pounding the ball." Seven lettermen return to help the Kowboy campaign. After Conley, a quick college prospect at catcher, Rousch Campbell and Griffin, are Jerry Osborn (still in basketball), Preston Wells and Mike Pate. Up from the junior varsity are Mark Parnell, Randy Larson, Retley Locke and Billy Whatley. OHS also was hit hard by grades as premiere hurler Mark Minisci, a junior varsity standout, is out until late March. Conley, who had three homers a year ago, is strong and figures to be the "big bat" in the lineup. However, Campbell, Whatley, Locke, and Wells can hit the lone ball, too. Coombs will be aided by Harry Mroczwoski with the varsity. Ray Barrett again will be in charge of the jayvee. February 23 OSCEOLA HIGH KOWBOYS, 17 Halne City A 4:M 24 Evans A 4:18 27 Boom H 4:M March ' 1 Lakt Wales A t 1 Avon Park H 7:3i 7 Ueaburi A 7:M Winter Havca H l It Bishop Moon H 7:M 14 Ovicdo H 4:M 15 Lakeland Santa Ft H 4:M 17 WestOrang A 4:H 21 Apopka H 4:M 23 Ucsburf. H 7:3 31 Lakt Wales H 7J April S Lakeland Santa Fl A 7:3 7 Tampa Catholic H 4:M I Okeechobee H 7:Ji II Blihop Moore A 4:M 14 Oviedo A 4:00 15 Tampa Catholic A 1:00 17 SL Cloud A 7:3 It West Orange H 4:0 21 Apopka A 4:0 25 St. Cloud H 4:t 27 Avon Park A l it May 3 District Tourney TBA SEE US FOR YOUR NEXT LOAN HOME AUTO COMMERCIAL FLAGSHIP BANK Of KISSIMMEE 1703 W. VINE ST. 4f 272! Member F D.I C. and Federal Reserve System GATOR POOL AIDS SERVICE SUPPLIES ALSO Charm-glow Grill SAIES PARTS ACCESSORIES 2924 Thirteenth St. St. Cloud 892 9292 a A PENCE FOR EVERY PURPOSE Industry Residential Agriculture There it t difference in FERRARA'S DELI Fresh Italian Bread & Rye Daily 18 Broadway Kissimmee Phone 846 8784 TUNING & REPAIR 51 5 Poinsettia Kissimmee-846-7 32 6 Cunningfcaw's.'e. OFFICE SUPPLIES 1 EQUIPMENT 20 W. Basis. Kiss (Across tisst City Hail) 846 2332 loats-Molers-Trailars Aqua Marine 1220 N. Main St. Kissimmee-846-3443 UIWilMiiUh!) I -m euo mow" rl car C irN TELEPHONE J I VI -J POCKET X JL since 1951 vVx-A (1 EDWARD C. Jy J C I I r smith J Ij OWNER 7f rj 847-3300 )1 f OUR NAME SAYS IT IS AntirVcRffa p) V. IN KISSIMMEE J Auto Parts favored in basketball KISSIMMEE League champ Auto Parts of St. Cloud is favored to win the double elimination Kissim-mee-St. Cloud Men's Recreation Basketball post season tournament opening Monday. The 7-0 Auto Parts squad, led by the McCrimon boys David, Paul and Theodis go against 1-5 Discount Furniture in the 8 p.m. game at St. Cloud. League runner-up Hyatt House (5-2) tangles with Crawford Real Estate (2-5) in the 9:30 p.m. St. Cloud game. In Kissimmee Monday at 8 p.m., 4-2 Cody Publications meets the Kissimmee-St. Cloud Jaycees (2-4), followed at 9:30 p.m. by the Police (2-4) vs. Kissimmee Medical Center (2-4). Medical Center, Discount Furniture, Cody Publications and the Jaycees played Wednesday to end the regular season. Tuesday the second round games will be played at 8 and 9:30 p.m. in St. Cloud. Wednesday the tournament wraps up, again with games in St. Cloud beginning at 8 p.m. The city recreation departments will present league and tournament trophies following the Wednesday competition. In season-ending games this week, Hyatt House stopped Kissimmee Medical Center, 59-54, as the Medical Center squad failed to cash in on 2 1 free throws in 31 attempts. Nathan Fullwood pumped in 21 for the winners, who hit on 13 of 18 bonus shots. James Kendricks had 9, Harry Brown 8, Lionel Neal and Curtis Peacock 6 each, Cody Plott 7 and Henry Jenkins 2. Danny Perry had 13 and Cornelius Brown 12 for KMC. Melvin Jenkins pitched in 9, Carlton Jenkins and Larry Anderson 6 each, Teddy Baker 5 and Tyrone Chapped 3. Crawford Real Estate tripped Discount Furniture, 60-53, in the Tuesday game. Mark Allan had 13, John Gregory 11, Matt Talbo and Billy Hahn 8 each, Steve Adams 9, Joe Crawford 7 and Steve Tumbleson 4. Jim Adams scored a game-high 19 for the losers. Ken Arrington had 9, Bill Petty 8 Frank Demito 9, Paul Rodriguez 5, David Peace 2 and Rick Cobb I. South Florida college welcomes ex-Bulldogs SEBRING Two former standouts for St. Cloud High School's state championship baseball team a year ago are valuable assets at South Florida Junior College's Panthers this year. Allan Jensen, son of Duke and Thelma Jensen, Kissimmee, and Gary Parker, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Parker, West Melbourne, are catcher and pitcher for Coach Tim Hill, respectively. ' Under St. Cloud Bulldog Coach Clay Gooch, Jensen and Parker were major factors in the 1977 club that finished 27-10 and won the state 2A crown. Parker was 9-4 last year on the mound and Jensen, in sporadic starts, was 5-6. Parker, a 5-10, 175-pound right-hander was best When. she says, "YES" Visit Benton's for diamonds. known for his control. And, while not pitching, Parker was an excellent defensive shortstop and batted .353. Jensen, co-winner of the St. Cloud MVP award with Parker, is 5-11, 175-pounds. Noted for his lightning-like quickness behind the plate, Jensen has improved his ( hitting since the fall. . 50 teams in shuffle tourney KISSIMMEE Fifty teams entered the First Federal Shuffleboard Tournament this week at the KAST courts and Soc Sapounas teamed with Al Jenkins to claim first place. Second went to Elsie Corrneau and Edythe Sullivan, third with Bill Taylor and Wayne Galbreath and L.F. Miller joined L.V. Miller to take fourth. ' Lill Korell and Hilda Skibbe took the consolation crown ahead of runners-up Charles Walker and Pat Heidotting. In the Friday events, the Blacks won over the Reds by 153 points as 11 courts were in play. Factory Outlet Store 40 To 60 OFF FAMOUS NAME MILL GOOD DRAPERIES FEB 24 DRAPES "w Foam back, machine g m MARCH 3 washable Sian Al 4iTT Kisummee Factory Outlet Store BENTON'S JEWELRY 109 Broadway-Kissimmee ,947711::::? Farm and Garden 1717 N. Main l2t I KMMA M PHI n OHSt MM IMMS Ms s Ham N i M hi. II 4 I

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