Star-Gazette from Elmira, New York on June 22, 1990 · 11
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Star-Gazette from Elmira, New York · 11

Elmira, New York
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Friday, June 22, 1990
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Baseball roundup 2C Athletes of month 2C Golf page 3C 4 LPGA. Sports Editor Karen Troxel, 607734-5151, Ext. 290 Star-GazetteFriday, June 22, 1990 Tp)irt C JIM LITKE NBA stealing headlines these days For a league that once craved attention more than Zsa Zsa, but received less than Eva, the NBA is certainly getting noticed these days. George Bush, for example, blocked out the middle of his schedule Thursday to get to - know those Bad Boys from Pistonland up close and personal. And the rest of Washington has called timeout from Gorby-watching and the Marion Barry trial to find out if that really big capitalist, John Thompson, is going to relocate. Inquiring minds in Denver want to know as well. All of Detroit, meanwhile, wants to know whether Chuck will continue to be a Daly fixture there, and whether or with whom Isiah Thomas is rolling the diceTry changing the topic to weather; the neighbors want to talk only about the upcoming draft. And now that it's come out that former Lakers coach Pat Riley is a bi-coastal guy, look for a raft of investigative pieces like these: "Terror in Riley's Closet Which Suits Will Live in New York?" "Hair-Raising Time for Riley Can New York Cosmetologists Guarantee Same Number of Comb Lines?" "Riley, NBC's Secret Weapon Will He Be the 'Today' Guy Tomorrow?" Pro basketball used to be a seasonal, off-prime-time drama, but little more than a week after it was supposed to slip unnoticed back into hibernation until next fall, the NBA "is still.. , roaring with news. "When you're hot," Pat Williams said without apology, "you're hot." Williams, as it turns out, was spending Thursday in the cool of his air-conditioned office at the Magic's basketball complex in Orlando, Fla. After more than two decades in the league, including stints as a general manager in Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia before landing in Orlando, he is only too happy to talk about the child he helped nurture. - "The league, in one sense, is just now coming out of its infancy," Williams said. "It didn't start until 1946, and by then baseball was 75 years old and pro football about 25. We're kind of like an incoming college freshman getting more interesting all the time. If you don't buy into the ' argument, and you missed Riley schmoozing on "Late Night With David Letterman" the night before, pick up Thursday's sports section and count: 1. ) "Isiah picks up MVP trophy." la.) "Inquiry (into gambling) dims Isiah's joy." 2. ) "Riley to anchor NBA coverage next season." 3. ) "Unsettled Nuggets want Thompson for stability." 4. ) "Syracuse's Coleman to reap big payoff (in collegiate draft)." New deer-hunting regulation alarms hunters Sportsmen fear wiping out white-tail population By GEORGE OSGOOD Wellsboro Bureau WELLSBORO - For the first time ever, some Pennsylvania hunters will be able to legally kill three deer this year. But whether they want to or not is another story. "A lot of guys have been talking about it, and I haven't heard one yet say that he was in favor of it," said Bob Brant, owner of B&B Sporting Goods in Wellsboro. "They think it's just a money deal, something that , will guar antee that the Game Commission will sell all their licenses." Game Commission spokesmen said the passage of a regulation allowing a hunter to buy a second bonus license this year was a compromise necessary to kill legislation that could have ravaged the state's deer population. Following complaints of crop damage from a small number of farmers in Schuylkill, Crawford, Cambria, Clearfield and Bedford counties, a state legislator submitted a bill that would have had a tremendous impact on the state's deer herd. Among other things the bill would have allowed farmers to get one hunting permit for every 40 acres they cultivated. The farmers would have designated a hunter for each permit. And the "hunters" would be able to kill an unlimited number of deer, night or day, between Aug. 1 and Nov. 15, for crop damage. In response to the proposed bill, Game Commission Executive Director Peter S. Duncan asked the commission to approve the Jim Litke writes for The Associated Press. Schroeder burns up Watkins Glen y"f?T 5 UIZ TJ t Vl Mf J mm ; --'O-L JKJ SIMON WHEELERStar-Goiett GETTING FASTER: Dorsey Schroeder runs practice laps in the Trans-Am class Ford Mustang at Watkins Glen International raceway Thursday afternoon. Schroeder unofficially breaks track record Trans-Am champ clocks lap at 1 25.03 in practice By GEORGE HAWKE Star-Gazette WATKINS GLEN - They just kept getting faster. Defending Sports Car Club of America Trans-Am champ Dorsey Schroeder had his Ford Mustang running so well at Watkins Glen International Raceway Thursday, his first timed lap topped the record of 113.152, set by Bob Lobenberg in 1984 at Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, Calif. Schroeder ran the Roush Racing Team Mustang to an all-time one-lap top speed of 125.03 mph. Schroeder started out running at about 1:11, around 123 mph. The record is not official but qualifying times for next week's race will be. "I knew that we were going to be quick," Schroeder said. "But I still didn't have it all the way out. We'll get faster when we come up to qualify." When he got the car warm, the laps got faster. ' Next lap a 1:10.7, nearly 124 mph, then a 1:10.2, at 124.7 mph. And finally, before the rain came at around 3:30 p.m., a 1:09.9 lap to set the record at 125.3. Schroeder predicted the car might hit 1:08 when he comes to qualify for the Trans-Am race on July 1. Schroeder, who won six out of the 14 SCHROEDER races on the 1989 SCCA Trans-Am tour, said the competition at Watkins Glen July 1 will be tough. "Last year there were about three racers that dominated the circut," Schroeder said. "But this year, there are the three, plus a group of others that can win at any time. "A real big factor this year has been the (C & CICIOlivetti) Beretta team. They are running a factory-experimental engine that no one has access to and, while they are under advisory, they are not in the rule book and they are fast." Schroeder said there will be a lot of competition from the two other drivers that battled him last year. Irv Hoerr, from the RA Hoerr stable. Hoerr finished in the top five 19 times in 31 starts. Also tough from the 1989 season was Darin Brassfield and Tommy Kendall. Both will be racing at Watkins Glen. Schroeder will joined on the Roush team by four other experienced drivers. Rob Fellows, a winner last year, Max Jones, also a one-time winner last year, will be running at the Glen along with woman driver Lyn St. James, a former winner at Watkins Glen in another driving classand Robert Lappa-lainen. The Watkins Glen International Trans-Am race will be the first return to the Glen since 1985 when Wally Dallen-bach Jr. won here. The Hakes Racing team from Painted Post was also at the track testing its NASCAR Old-smobile Thursday. Hakes driver Tommy Riggins had the Oldsmobile running at more than 114 mph as the team was modifying the car for the road course at Watkins Glen. Riggins ran the car last weekend in the NASCAR race at Po-cono Raceway. !B5?lM(iIiIiira County 1987 1988 1989 Bradford 9,470 10,888 12,374 Potter 11,407 13,562 12,348 Tioga 9,636 12,465 13,396 Figures include buck and doe issuance of a second bonus tag, and it did so. "That ended the bill," commission spokesman Ted Godshall said. "It has been withdrawn, PEG LYONSiar-Gazette - and the legislator who sponsored it said he would not reintroduce it. The Pennsylvania Farmers Association also said they would not pursue it." See DEER2C pDDi((F (gj tap Ira By KAREN TROXEL Star-Gazette For the second straight night Dave Ring came to Dunn Field ready to be nasty. Ring, got his second save in as many nights and was the capper in another chapter of solid pitching as the Elmira Pioneers defeated the Auburn Astros 3-1 in New York-Penn League action. The win is the third straight for the Pioneers. The last time the Pioneers have gone 3-0 at the beginning of the season was 1980 a team that featured Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd. But Thursday night, the story was Mr. Ring and his nasty fast ball. Ring, who has been a rejjef pitcher for only three weeks, set up the Auburn hitters with a decent curve ball and then rang them up with a fast ball that has been clocked in the low to mid 90's. "I don't like to play around at all," said Ring, who played in the Gulf Coast League last year after being drafted by the Red Sox out of a Columbia, Tenn. high school. "I like to set them up with my curve and then go after them with my fast ball." Ring's 2V innings of work included six strikeouts, one hit and one walk. His dominance was; never in question. With two outs in the ninth inning, Elmira catcher John Lam-mon went out to talk about mixing things up a little. Ring didn't want to even discus it. "He came out to tell me that guy (Jose Flores) couldn't hit the curve. I have a pretty good curve and I knew he couldn't hit it," said Ring, "but I wanted to stick with my fast ball. It's my best Eitch and if they were going to eat me, I wanted it to be on my best pitch." Flores struck out. Area pitchers earn prestigious awards By ED WEAVER Star-Gazette Baseball and Softball teams be gin with pitching. On Thursday, the Elmira area's top pitchers took home prestigious awards. Horseheads High baseball ace Steve Micknich was named the 4th Annual Harp O'Donnell Award winner, while Elmira Southside star Kim Wida earned the fourth Junker Johnston Memorial Award winner. Micknich, who'll pitch for Mansfield University next year, and Wida, who pitched 32 consecutive scoreless innings, were honored at Thursday's Elmira Kl-wanls Club luncheon at the Elmira Holiday Inn. Harry "Harp" O'Donnell played in numerous amateur baseball and softball leagues around the Twin Tiers. He's was also Star-Gazette sports editor and served in WIDA MICKNICH the cabinet of of four New York governors. Francis "Junker" Johnston was regarded as one of the area's best-ever softball players in a career that spanned the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. He was also an Elmira city councilman. Other nominees for the O'Donnell Award were: Notre Dame's Mike Bennett, Elmira Heights Edison's Bob Cady, John Michael See PITCHERS2C B Athletes of month2C 3 SCORES National League Atlanta 4 Cincinnati 3 American League Cleveland 4 Baltimore 3, 10 innings New York 7 Toronto 6 New York-Penn ELMIRA 3 Auburn 1 Geneva 6 Batavia 3 Erie 5 Jamestown 1 St. Catharines 4 '. Hamilton 1 Watertown 8 Utica 7 Wetland 1 0 , Niagara Falls 5 Pittsfield 8 Oneonta 7 Flutie may play football in Canada BOSTON Doug Flutie headed to Vancouver Thursday to meet with Joe Kapp about the possibility of playing for the British Columbia Lions of the CFL. Flutie, released by the NFL's New England Patriots after going unclaimed as a Plan B free agent, hopes to continue his pro career in Canada. But his agent, Randy Vataha, has been unable to reach areement on a contract or convince Kapp, the Lions' general manager, to trade Flutle's rights to another CFL team. Kapp, who signed former West Virginia quarterback Major Harris, claimed he had been unable to meet with Flutie face-to-face, prompting a trip West by the 1984 Heisman Trophy winner from Boston College and his wife, Laurie. The two sides will meet on Friday. Orange's Manning considering transfer SYRACUSE Syracuse basketball player Richard Manning is considering a transfer to another school, according to a published report Thursday. Should Manning depart the Orangemen program, he would be the second player to leave Syracuse since the end of last season and the eighth to transfer from Syracuse since 1985. "I haven't filed any papers. But I am seriously considering a transfer," the 6-foot-11 Manning told the Syracuse Post-Standard. "I'm talking seriously with the coaches now. Hopefully by next week I'll know what I'm going to do." Manning, who averaged 3.1 points and 2.2 rebounds as a sophomore last season, said he might leave Syracuse to improve his chances for a career in the National Basketball Association. Coleman won't play in one-on-one contest SYRACUSE Former Syracuse bas ketball star Derrick Coleman would have been willing to play in the One-on- One Challenge next week if provided insurance in case of injury, according to his attorney. However, Challenge promoter Mike Trainer turned down the proposal ear lier this week, said Gregory Meihn of the Detroit law firm of MacDonald and Goren, which is employed as legal counsel for businessman Dave Bing, a former Syracuse star and adviser for Coleman. "I can't understand how anyone would expect Derrick Coleman to compete in this without adequate protection, especially on the eve of the NBA draft," Meihn said Wednesday. Compiled from wire reports. c ON TELEVISION TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS 1:30 p.m. Auto Racing: Celebrity Race, from Long Beach, Calif. ESPN. 2 p.m. Karate: Light middleweight world chmapionship from Lancaster, Pa. ESPN. 2:20 p.m. Baseball: St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs. WGN 3 p.m. Boxing: Golden Glove Tournament ; from Miami. ESPN. 7:30 Baseball: New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays, WPIX; Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets, WBRE; Pittsburgh Pirates at Montreal Expos, ESPN 7:35 p.m. Baseball: San Diego Padres at , Atlanta Braves. WTBS. 10:30 p.m. Baseball: Chicago White Sox at Oakland A's. WGN, ESPN. Complete listings in Sunday's TVWeek.

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