The Jackson Sun from Jackson, Tennessee on October 20, 1996 · 25
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CALL US JCS remains unbeaten Nathan Nash rushed for 168 yards as Jackson Christian School rolled over Memphis Catholic, 39-19, to remain unbeaten. Page 2C KOBE ': : Scorebord 2C - NFL 3C ; World Series 4C College football 6C SEC football 7C " To contact The Sun's sports department, call 1-800-269-0488 or: Executive Sports Editor Terry McCormick, 425-9635. Sports Editor Dan Morris, 425-9636. John Denton, high schools, 425-9751. Taylor Wilson, Outdoors, 425-9757. Sunday, October 20, 1996 PAGE 1C I a a--,-. J in) ottlh) mm ii2-JM (In ' .... ' ft Dan MORRIS Jackson's silver run So, you're all set to shatter the course record Nov. 2 in the 25th annual Andrew Jackson Marathon. Well, maybe not. Thanks to a five-inch article in the November issue of Runner's World magazine, you might be facing some world-class competition. Roy Neil Graves, a Tennessee Martin English professor, has enjoyed running Jackson's marathon three times. He wrote about the experiences in a short article he mailed to Runner's World. The magazine published his letter in a regular feature titled "My Favorite Race." Runner's World has an estimated 1.5 million readers. Several began calling Jackson after reading Graves' description of the oldest marathon in Tennessee. , "That magazine article set off a huge chain of events," said Bob Saffel, who has helped organize most of Jackson's races. . - Calls have come from every Southeastern state, plus California and Illinois. But the most unusual inquiry came from the Athletic Federation of Nigeria. Swift potential Saffel received a letter from the federation's secretary-general that included entry forms for two Nigerian athletes. The female entry, Anthonia Umeh, is 18 and has run a marathon (26.2 miles) in 2:56:04 (two hours, 56 minutes, four seconds). The Jackson record for women is 2:57:54 by Kim Burns in 1981. .Nigeria's male entry, Paler Ekundayo, is 27. He has clocked a 2:10:15 in marathon running. The Jackson record for men is 2:27:48 by Mark Bolt in 1979. Saffel responded with letters to the federation and the American Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria. He clarified that no financial assistance was possible. If the Nigerians arrive, Jackson's Silver Anniversary , Run will really be memorable. Special event Marathon running in the United States became popular in the early 1970s after Frank Shorter won the Olympic marathon. The craze hit its peak about 1979, the same year Jackson had a record number of almost 300 marathon entries. Most marathons folded in the 1980s, but Jackson held on, often throwing the pieces together at the last minute to survive. This year's race begins at 7 a.m., at Union University. There will also be a 5K race. Call Saffel at 901-668-1708 for more information. - "We expect to exceed last year's entries of 110," Saffel said. "It should be one of our best marathons ever." Dan Morris is The Sun's sports editor. He can be reached at 425-9636 or 1-800-269-0488. .... The Associated Press For the second time this postseason, a playoff game at Yankee Stadium has been rained out. - Yankees, Braves will try again tonight to open 1996 World Series. , The Associated Press NEW YORK - Welcome to the World Series, New York style. Game 1 never had a chance Saturday night The opener between the Yankees and Atlanta Braves was called off at noon CDT, seven hours before it was supposed to start, because of a storm bringing heavy rain and expected wind gusts of 60 mph. The result? Pitching plans changed. The field sloppy. Travel schedules ruined. Ticket problems looming. ' It was the first Series rainout since 1986 in New York a day after the Mets won the Bill Buck-ner game and first Series delay since the Bay Area earthquake in 1989. "It's a mess out there now," Yankees manager Joe Torre said, "and it may continue tomorrow." As it stands, Game 1 will be tonight at 6:30 p.m., with John Smoltz starting against Andy Pet-titte. Game 2 is now scheduled for Monday night at 6:15 p.m., with Greg Maddux pitching in the Braves' revamped rotation. The travel day would be eliminated, and the third game would be Tuesday night in Atlanta. Then again, that all may be optimistic because of the strong storm hovering over the Northeast There was an inch of water in the dugouts by early evening, and the grounds crew put picnic benches on top of the tarpaulin in an attempt to keep it from blowing away. - Mike-Wooldridge, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said steady overnight showers were expected to taper off by morning, but there was a chance for more rain by tonight A day after Torre said he planned to use a three-man rotation, he announced Kenny Rogers would pitch Game 4. Rogers, hit hard in a pair of playoff starts, will get another chance because there won't be a day off after Pet-titte, Jimmy Key and David Cone take their turns. B More baseball, Page 4C ; So. jss tops Memphis Golden Eagles post their fifth straight win, shutting out Tigers, 16-0. The Associated Press . , HATTTESBURG, Miss. - Southern Mississippi's defense is getting more stingy, even when not playing at its peak. "We were unemotional (on defense). I was disappointed in that aspect, but it's hard to complain when you get a shutout," Golden Eagles defensive coordinator John Thompson said. Southern Miss (6-1, 2-0 Conference USA), which had allowed just two touchdowns its previous two games, beat Memphis, 16-0, Saturday for its fifth straight victory. Memphis (3-4, 2-2), which has lost two straight after a three-game winning streak, was held scoreless for the first time in five years a span of 59 games since losing 10-0 to Ole Miss in September 1991. Eric Both had his second straight 100-yard rushing game, and former third-string quarterback Lee Roberts won again for Southern Miss, which is making a bid for its first Top-25 ranking since 1990. "I don't know that offensively we were very consistent in the first half. We made some big mistakes but got a big play," Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower said. "Defensively, we got a shutout, but we sure didn't tackle very well at times. - "We know there were a lot of positive things. It was a darn good win for us." The Golden Eagles are the only team undefeated in C-USA play, which will determine the host team for the Liberty Bowl. Ranked 26th last week, they find out this afternoon if they break into the AP Top 25 poll for the first time since 1990, the year they made their last postseason appearance. Southern Miss drove 80 yards on its only third-quarter drive to take a 13-0 lead. P Stats, Page 7C ' irlt. Vv, All UV''"'::'-U'.. (p .. . LE -x x W Al (vi f VJC - The Associated Press Nicky Seymor of Southern Mississippi tries to intercept a pass intended for Chancy Can of Memphis. ' ' Lane rally falls short Mississippi Valley State holds on to take 24-22 victory over Dragons. By DUANE RANKIN The Jackson Sun ITTA BENA, Miss. Close, but not quite. Lane College fought off a 24-6 half-time deficit but still lost to Mississippi Valley State, 24-22, Saturday at Magnolia Stadium. In front of a Delta Devil homecoming crowd of 10,100, Lane nearly pulled off an amazing comeback. "I told them that they've got to play," Lane head coach John Gore said. "They've got stop worrying about everything and anything and just play. Pin their ears back and play ball. They're a good team. All they have to do is play.". Lane (2-5), which beat Mississippi Valley State (3-4) last season at Ro-throck Stadium, was being devastated by the Delta Devils early. Mississippi Valley State out-gained the Lane 211-164 and had an 24-6 first down advantage in the first half. But the Dragons didn't allow the blowout and had MSVU head coach Larry Dorsey sweating more than he should have in a homecoming environment "Coach Gore did a good job of making adjustments," Dorsey said. "Coach Gore is a good coach. I've been knowing that, and he made some adjustments. We've been scared all week long. We were lucky to get up in front of them and we just held on. "I knew they were going to be tough. They came on Kentucky State. They came back on Texas Southern. So they're used to doing this kind of thing." The comeback started with defense. Lane defensive lineman Howard Burns intecepted a tipped pass thrown by Keith Poindexter, setting up the Dragons at the Delta Devils' 43-yard line. Lane didn't score, but its defense Please see LANE, 7C Gore Lambuth hands North Greenville its first loss Fifth-ranked Eagles ; take 31-19 victory over Mid-South Conference opponent. . The Jackson Sun TIGERVILLE, S.C. - Lambuth took control of the Mid-South Conference football race, handing previously unbeaten North Greenville College a 31-19 loss Saturday. Cory Hill threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third score as the Eagles improved to 4-0 in the conference and 5-1 overall. North Greenville, ranked 20th in the NAIA Division II poll, fell to 5-1 overall and 2-1 ' in league play. Lambuth is ranked fifth in the latest NAIA poll. Hill completed 13-of-27 passes for 233 yards. After each team scored on a field goal in the first quarter, Chris Cawthon gave the Eagles the lead with a 24-yard interception return. In the second period, Hill hit Johnny Allen with a 29-yard touchdown pass to make the score 17-3 at halftime. Hill's 1-yard run made it 24-3 before North Greenville got a safety. Major Wright scored Lambuth's final touchdown, catching a 68-yard touchdown pass from Hill in the fourth quarter. North Greenville scored two late touchdowns to make the score close, but it was not enough. Justin Dudley led Lambuth in rushing, gaining 69 yards on 18 rushes. Willie Bernard added 20 more for Lambuth on eight carries. Perhaps the biggest stat for the Eagles Saturday was the fact that they did not turn the ball over. North Greenville threw three interceptions and lost a fumble. B Stats, Page 7C Labonte's crew wins Pit Crew Championship Terry Labonte's crew, headed by crew chief Gary DeHart, won the 30th annual Unocal Pit Crew Championship on Saturday at North Carolina Motor Speedway. The winners changed four tires and poured in two cans of gasoline in 22.056 seconds, beating the winning time from the previous year by 1.6 seconds. Teammate Jeff Gordon's crew, led by Ray Evernham, wound up T. Labonte second Saturday with a time of 23.502, followed by Rick Mast's crew, with crew chief Kevin Hamlin, at 23.854. The only other crew under 24 seconds was Ernie Irvan's, led by Larry McReynolds, at 23.984. It is the fourth time a Hendick Motorsports crew has won the contest, but the first time for DeHart Gordon and Evernham won two years ago. "You just do what you ; normally do in every race, because you're already doing all you can do," DeHart said. P NASCAR, Page 5C Chicks sign deal with Mariners The Memphis Chicks are the Seattle Mariners' new Class AA affiliate in the Southern League, replacing the Port City Roosters after two years. The one-year agreement with the Chicks, announced in a statement Friday, completes the Mariners' farm team lineup. Plans are under way for the Chicks to relocate to Jackson for the start of the 1998 season. The Mariners renewed or retained agreements with Class AAA Tacoma, Class A Lancaster and Wisconsin and Short A Everett UTM women to host Lady Vols in 1997 Tennessee Martin's women's basketball team announced that it will host the University of Tennessee Lady Vols in 1997. The Skyhawk women and Lady Vols are set to meet each other Nov. 23, 1997 at 2 p.m. Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt is a 1974 graduate of UTM. UT and UTM have not played since the 1980-81 season. "Obviously, this is one of the most exciting things to happen as far as basketball is concerned at our university," UTM co-head coach Gary Van Atta said in a release. SATURDAY'S SCORES SEC No. 1 Florida 51, No. 16 Auburn 10 No. 7 Alabama 37, Mississippi 0 No. 17 LSU vs. Kentucky South Carolina 23, Arkansas 17 Georgia 13, Vanderbilt 2 AREA COLLEGES So. Miss 16, Memphis 0 Miss. Valley 24, Lane 22 Lambuth 31 , N. Greenville 19 Clinch Valley 31, Bethel 19 Tenn. State 27, UT Martin 13 TOP 25 No. 2 Ohio State 42, Purdue 14 No. 4 Arizona St 48, USC 35 No. 5 Nebraska 24, Texas Tech 10 Air Force 20, Notre Dame 17 No. 9 Colorado 20, Kansas 7 Iowa 21, No. 10 Penn State 20 E. Carolina 31, No. 12 Miami 6 No. 13 Michigan 27, Indiana 20 No. 1 4 Northwestern 34, Wise. 30 No. 15 W. Virginia 30, Temple 10 No. 18 Brlgham Young at Tulsa No. 19 California at Washington St No. 20 Virginia 62, N.C. State 14 No. 21 Kansas St 23, Texas A&M 20 Clemson 28, No. 22 Ga. Tech 25 No. 23 Wyoming 42, Fresno St 21 No. 24 Utah 21, TCU 7 No. 25 Washington 41 , UCLA 21 College football, 6C-7C -

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