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Tuesday, Feb. 5, 1985 Post-Crescent Appleton-Neenah-Menasha, Wis. D-1 itzgera d puts B ucks up fo rsale ifom -IBM TTT17 H , - f i: 1 Ji n ; Kin .f TV L y - r) - ; By Tim Associated Prti MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Bucks owner Jim Fitzgerald announced today that he was putting the National Basketball Association team up for sale. "We want very much for someone in Milwaukee ... to buy the Bucks," he said in disclosing the move. Fitzgerald said he thought the demise last week of the SportsVue cable television network which the Bucks operated in Wisconsin along with the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team hastened the decision. "Although the demise of SportsVue had an impact on our decision, it was the feeling of myself and partners that the well-being of Milwaukee Bucks might best be served by new ownership," he said in a prepared statement. Fitzgerald also said he believes a larger arena is a must if the team is going to be viable in Milwaukee. They are now in the second season of a 5-year lease at the current 11,052-seat Arena, but the lease includes a termination clause and Milwaukee officials have been discussing the possibility of building a larger facility. "It is our hope that the club will remain in Milwaukee and continue to play under the existing lease, hope- Jim Fitzgerald fully until a new facility is built," Fitzgerald said. Fitzgerald said Monday that he had received "a couple of calls" from officials in other cities. He assumed they were inquiring whether the Bucks were for sale, but he did not return the calls for lack of time. He did not identify the cities. "The phone has been ringing off the hook for the past day" with calls from Milwaukee 'politicians' offering a new arena, he said. "Where have they been for the past two or three years?" The Bucks have said since the 1970s they cannot earn enough money in the city's downtown Arena. Its basketball seating capacity is the smallest in the NBA. Suggestions of building a sports complex in the suburbs years ago drew protests from the city. City officials have now hired a consultant to study the merits of a downtown site a few blocks south of the existing arena, and another immediately north of the arena. John Steinmiller, the Bucks' vice president for business operations, said Monday that construction of a bigger arena in which to sell more tickets might not occur scon enough to satisfy the club. Not only is the existing Arena operated by the Milwaukee Exposition and Convention Center and Arena (MECCA) too small, ticket prices ($5.50 to $15.50) are lower than many other NBA cities because the Milwaukee market is smaller, Steinmiller said. "We are not saying we don't have enough money to make our payroll next year. The crisis we are facing is long term," Steinmiller said. The Bull goes out to pasture Br The Associated Press Greg Luzinski will be calling the shots rather than hitting them. One of baseball's most feared sluggers over the last 15 years, Luzinski said Monday that he was retiring and would become freshman baseball coach at a New Jersey high school. "The realization was nobody wanted me," Luzinski said in an in- 1-4 & Ladd Luzinski - terview with USA Today. Luzinski, who became a free agent last November after four seasons with the Chicago White Sox, was selected only by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the free-agent draft. "The Orioles invited me to spring draining with the understanding I make the team," said Luzinski. , Luzinski, who has battled a weight problem since breaking in with the Philadelphia Phillies, would have been forced to reduce to have a chance of remaining in the major leagues. "There was some concern about his .weight," said Baltimore General Manager Hank Peters. "He wasn't in r playing shape when we talked. He ; said his best playing weight was 240 '. to 250 pounds. Had he accepted our ; invitation, he would have had time to reach that." "No team offered him a contract," ;said Jack Sands, Luzinski's agent. ."Because of investments we have 'made, he will receive $200,000 a year for the rest of his life." Luzinski said he had been ap- pointed freshman baseball coach of I Holy Cross High School at Del ran, N.J. He resides at Meford, N.J. The 34-year-old Luzinski finished with a lifetime batting average of .276, hit 307 home runs and drove in 1,128 runs. Last season, he batted .238 with 13 homers and 58 RBIs as desig-'. nated hitter for the White Sox. ; "The Bull" enjoyed his greatest seasons with Philadelphia. He hit 20 or more homers five times for the Phillies and was an key part in the club's climb from the second division to annual contention for the National League's Eastern Division title. Luzinski hit 19 homers and drove in 56 runs in a half-season in 1980 as the Phils won the NL pennant and defeated Kansas City in the World Series. ! He was traded in the off-season to the White Sox, for whom he hit 84 homers in four years. He drove in 102 runs in 1982 and slugged 32 homers in 1983 as the White Sox advanced to the American League playoffs. The White Sox signed pitchers Juan Agosto and Al Jones, catcher Ron Karkovice and outfielder Ken Williams to 1-year Monday. Agosto's signing cancels his arbitration hearing. That leaves only pitchers Gene Nelson and Bob James eligible for arbitration. The club will continue to negotiate into their Feb. 13 hearings. Agosto is currently pitching for Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Series, the world series of winter baseball. Pitcher Peter Ladd and infielder Billy Robidoux signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, . Thirty-five players on the Brewers' 40-man roster have now signed or agreed to contracts for the 1985 season. Ladd struggled last season, posting a 4-9 record and 5.24 earned run average as a reliever. Robidoux batted .279 with Stockton, a Class A affliate in the California League. The unsigned players on the winter roster are pitchers Ted Higuera and Scott Roberts, infielder Earnest Riles and outfielders Dion James and Mike Felder. Mike Davis, the Oakland A's starting right fielder most of the last two seasons, signed a 1-year contract. Davis, who hit .275 in 1983 but dropped to .230 last season, had filed for arbitration. Terms of his contract Continued on page 2 1 ?v . TV I - iA- , ' ly7 y' I j 1 ' ! " ' ; J ' . ; i t r ii : ! I f j V1" ! 1 I . uJ,A. j v IT ' Neenah freshman Haley Harbor goes through her routines Monday during a Fox Valley Association gymnastics meet at Kimberly. the Papermakers, behind the performance of Angel Bolwerk who won 4 events, won the meet, Post-CrncMt photo by Bob Batten Kluever heads FVA mat team BY TOM GOFF Post-Creicent staff writer Kaukauna's Scott Kluever was named wrestler of the year in the Fox Valley Association, while the Ghosts' Don Kilgas was voted coach of the year by his peers. Kluever led a Ghost sweep of first-team honors in the five heaviest weights. The others were Chad Ott at 145 pounds, Keith Hammen at 167, Ron Viaene at 185 and heavyweight Dan Petrie. Together the five had a near-flawless 34-1 conference record, including 24 pins. Kluever, Ott, Viaene and Petrie were all 7-0, wh ile Hammen was 5-1. League champion Neenah had four first teamers in the light and middle weights as the Rockets and Ghosts combined to fill 9 of the 12 spots on the first team. ) Neenah's first-team selections included Jeff Donatoat 105, Mike Love-dale at 119, Dion Schultz at 132 and Mike Booher at 138. From 98 through 145, the Rocket wrestlers were 48-5-3 with 22 pins in conference duals. Lovedale, Schultz and Booher were all 7-0, while Donato was 6-0. The three remaining first team spots went to Oshkosh West's Rick Reese (7-0 at 98), Kimberly's Jim Anderson (7-0 at 112) and Appleton East's Jeff Shaffer (6-0 at 126). V A&tM I .. . Kluever tub Kilgas Viaene Petrie Donato B. " ' w Dion Schultz Shaffer ' jf: k -mm I sS I Ott 2s !CS(Bk Lovedale (who tied Kluever for most conference pins with 6), Shaffer and Schultz were the only first-team repeaters. Last year, Lovedale made it at 105, Shaffer at 119 and Schultz at 138. Viaene, Booher, and Lovedale are juniors. Reese, Donato, and Ander- Hammen Lovedale son are sophomores. The others are seniors. In winning their fourth straight FVA championship with a 7-0 record, the Rockets boosted their 17-year record Under Coach Ron Kubiak to 156-83-3. However, Kilgas was named coach of the year on the basis of the Booher Anderson Ghosts' improvement, snapping Ku-biak's 3-year reign as the league's coach of the year. After finishing third the past two seasons, Kaukauna was second to Neenah this year at 6-1, losing to the Rockets by just 2 points in their dual. Continued on page 2 "Tickets are as high as they can go here. Seating capacity won't get much better for at least the next two or three years," and the television market is dwindling, he said. "We're operating at the max." Steinmiller said the movement to build a new arena should have started a decade ago. ' "We would have a better shot at survival. All of a sudden there is this big awakening to things we've been saying for years," he said. ' Bucks officials met Monday to discuss their situation in the wake of last week's discontinuation of SportsVue Cable, which the Bucks and the Milwaukee Brewers of the American League jointly started in hopes of generating supplemental income. "We just took a bath over SportsVue," Fitzgerald said. "It is not good business to take a bath for two or three more years." SportsVue went on the air last April 3 with a schedule loaded with Brewers, Bucks, University of Wisconsin and Marquette University sports. Its subscriber level exceeded 18,000 customers early in the summer, but then fell off. It was at about 16,000 when the service was cancelled last Saturday. SportsVue reportedly lost $2 million during its 10 months. Pistons end Milwaukee win streak BY MIKE EMBRY AP tpsrti writer MILWAUKEE Milwaukee center Alton Lister prefers a positive outlook even after an 11-game winning streak comes to an end. "We can't think about the loss," iie said after the Bucks fell 113-111 in overtime to the Detroit Pistons in a National Basketball Association game Monday night. "We're just going to have to go out and start another winning streak." ..' 1 Detroit, which owns a 3-game winning streak, closed to within 3 games of the pace-setting Bucks in the NBA Central Division race. Milwaukee is 34-15 while the Pistons are 30-17. "It was a big win for us," said Pis; tons center Bill Laimbeer, who finished with 32 points and 17 rebounds. "We could have gone 5 games down. Instead, it was a 2-game swing for us." - - Laimbeer scored 6 of his points in overtime, including the winning basket with 42 seconds to go, to help the Pistons beat Milwaukee for the sec-ond time in three meetings this season. Laimbeer scored the first 4 points of overtime to give the Pistons a 107-103 lead. The Bucks rallied to tie the score, the last time at 111-111 on Mon-criefs basket with 55 seconds to go, After Laimbeer scored the winning basket 13 seconds later, the Bucks had a turnover and missed 4 shots in the final seconds. , '. Milwaukee overcame an 87-78 deficit early in the fourth quarter by scoring 12 straight points to go up 90-87 with 7:14 left. Guard Sidney Mon-crief hit 3 jump shots during the spurt. The Pistons fought back to lead 99-98 on guard Isian Thomas' 3-point play with 1 :38 left, but the Bucks tied it 11 seconds later when forward Paul Pressey hit 1 of 2 free throws. 1 Thomas' . rebound basket with J6 seconds left gave Detroit the lead again at 103-101, but forward Terry Cummings came back for the Bucks 11 seconds later to tie the game on a short baseline jumper and send the game into overtime. "We realized how good they've been playing," said Laimbeer of the Bucks. "And they realized how good we've been playing. We both seem-to bring out the best in each other.'? Guard John Long finished with 22 points, including 12 in the third quarter, and forward Terry Tyler 17 for the Pistons. Pressey finished with 27 points for Milwaukee, while Cummings and Moncrief had 26 each.'! Milwaukee used a 12-4 spurt over the last 5 minutes of the first quarter to go up 29-20. The Pistons, with Laimbeer scoring 6 points during a 10-0 run, rallied to lead 33-31 with 9:18 left in the half. , DITROIT (til) ' Benson 5-10 1-2 1), Tyler H 1-J 17. Laimbeer 10-25 12-U 32, Lon 10-18 2-2 22, Thomas e-JM-1 U Jones 0-1 2-2 2, Campbell 1-2 1-2 1. Johnson 5-11 1-3 13, Steppe 0-1 04 0, Cureton (Ml 0-2 0. Totals: 45-lOt 23-2 113. MILWAUKII (111) 1 Cummlnes 0-2 10-10 24, Pressey 12-23 J-f27, Lister 2-7 2-2 . Hodaes 2-5 3-4 7, Moncrief 12-25 2- 2 24, MottesM 3-4 M 4. Pierce 3-5 1-1 7, GreveV 2- 3 0-0 4, Breuer 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 45-105 21-24 in. betrolt 0 3 -?lll ,.7T u 1 19 ' II troll 45 (Laimbeer 17), Milwaukee 47 ICunmis 13). Assists Detroit 27 (Thomas 121, MllwoiAee K l Moncrief 101. Total touts Oetrolt 24, Mil waukee n. A 11,032. St. John's survives Seton Hall scare By TIM Associated Press For a half, it seemed as if No. 1 St. John's were playing out of uniform. The guys in the white shirts hit 59 of their shots in building a 42-30 half-time edge in Monday night's Big East basketball game. But the guys in white represented not St. John's but Seton Hall, loser of 9 previous conference games. Order was quickly restored in the second half, however, and St. John's (18-1) rolled to an 87-76 triumph. "Seton Hall dominated the first half, but in the second half we kept them to one shot," said St. John's All-American guard Chris Mullin, who scored 20 of his 26 points after inter mission. "We wanted to get it down to 6 with 10 minutes left in the half. We did it a little quicker than that." No. 16 Oregon State faced the same predicament but didn't have a Mullin to save the day. The Beavers rallied from a 15-point deficit into a tie, but Larry Friend's off-balance shot at the buzzer gave Southern California a 60-58 Pac-10 Conference victory. In more routine outings, No. 5 Duke smashed Harvard 82-53, No. 13 Kansas ripped Colorado 88-69 in the Big Eight, No. 14 Louisiana Tech took a 73-63 Southland Conference game from Northeast Louisiana and No. 20 Maryland topped Old Dominion 87-75. Even though his club was down 12 points to a team that had lost 11 of 20 games, St. John's Coach Lou Carne-secca spared the rod at halftime. "I said, 'Look, I'm not going to yell at you because you know how poorly you are playing,' " he said. St. John's hit bottom after Mullin went to the bench with his third personal foul with St. John's leading 25-24 with 7:18 left in the first half. "I don't think we lost our composure without Chris, but we were very, very technically inefficient," said Carnesecca. "We didn't box out, we didn't pick up loose balls." Seton Hall built its margin to 48-34 at 17:15 of the second half, but then Mullin took over. He hit three con secutive baskets in less than a minute to fuel a 20-2 run by the Redmen. Seton Hall regained the lead at 56-54 when Andre McCloud, who finished with 18 points, sank a layup with 8:55 remainine But St. John's blew out to a 63-56 edge, thanks in large part to a pair of 3-point plays by center Bill Wenning-ton, and Seton Hall was finished. "We knew we had a long way to go" in the second half, said Seton Hall Coach P. J. Carlesimo. "The problem for us was stringing together another 20 minutes. We played well for 25 minutes, then went south for the next seven." Continued on page 3 Amherst, Hortonville show AP poll gains By The Associated Press Two Fox Cities area basketball teams registered gains Monday in the latest Associated Press high school poll. Amherst (13-1), with Its win over Manawa, rose from 10th to seventh in the Little 10. Hortonville (13-1) moved up from ninth to eighth in the Middle 10. Oshkosh Lourdes (15-2) remained fourth in the Middle 10. Green Bay Premontre (15-1) moved up from honorable mention to 10th in the Big 10. Madison Edgewood, despite loshig its first game of the season last weekend, held on to its top spot in Vie Middle 10. J Edgewood (15-1), earned eight first-place votes from state spoils-writers and sportscasters for &0 points to edge Viroqua, which hid five votes and 131 points, for the top spot among medium-sized schools'. Unranked Madison East spoiled Edgewood's perfect season with a 57-54 victory Saturday night. Stevens Point (15-0), still leads the Continued on page 2 I

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