Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on September 2, 1976 · Page 7
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Garden City, Kansas
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Thursday, September 2, 1976
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Pokes' Premier Running Back Has Faith — in Himself STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Terry Miller is rushing toward life with the same grace and intensity that carried him more than 1,000 yards out of the Oklahoma, State backfield last year. "There are just so many, many things that life has to offer," he told Big Eight Conference skywriters Tuesday. "I look at it this way: I'm devoting so much of time right now to school and football that I don't have much time left for LIVE EVERY NITE GRAIN BIN "GREG KING SHOW" Denver, Colorado 9:30 to 12:30 other things." The things Miller has no time for are those that most college football stars are devoted to, girls, clubs and parties. "I've never belonged to a club in my life. It's, just not me. I get along fine with people, and I date girls. But I've got to have time for myself." The six-foot, 189-lb. native of Colorado Springs, Colo., was the object of an epic recruiting battle among most of the nation's major football powers. He surprised almost everyone by opting for Oklahoma State, and has become the school's first premium black running back. "I knew what I wanted to do," he said of the recruiting episode. "I just didn't where I wanted to do it. But I liked Oklahoma and, well, here I am." After Miller enrolled at Stillwater, • rumors of recruiting violations began to surface and it was disclosed that he had been given a car loan and a job in a bank at Yukon, Okla., which was owned by an OSU backer. "That was really a bad time," he recalled. "I think a lot of guys my age would have been destroyed by it. But my greatest strength is my belief in myself, and that's what got me through it all." Miller works at the bank during the off-season, and in a responsible position. "I'd like to own my own bank someday," he said. "But that doesn't mean what it sounds like. If you own a bank that has $10 million in it, that doesn't mean you have $10 million. What it means is lots of people have confidence in your abilities. "The most important thing in life is believing in yourself. I hope this doesn't sound conceded, but ever since I can remember I've felt like I could do anything I wanted to. The only thing that I insist upon is my privacy. About three hours out of every day at least I've got to be by myself." Miller's teammates con- sider him a quiet, competent leader and give him and his thirst for privacy their complete support. "He's one of the finest young people I've ever been privileged enough to know," said Cowboy Coach Jim Stanley. "I've never once had to discipline him or get on him about anything. Most kids take coaching too personally, but not Terry. I can't say No 'Nice Guy' Tag for Connors Heat Your Home With The Sun This Winter. ...,vt<? Remember the heating problems last winter? There's still lime to install a Solar-Airc auxiliary solar furnace In time for this winter. Solar-Airc can supply up to 80 percent of the heat needed by the average three-bedroom home here in Garden City. That's a yearly fuel savings of 80 percent without the worry of if you can get it or not. SEND FOR FREE INFORMATION Kind out how easy it is to install a Solar-Airc solar furnace in your present home. It plugs in to the existing furnace so no costly structural modifications are needed. Call us today. SOUTH WEST SUN SOSStoeckly Phone 275-5367 Garden City, Kansas FOREST HILLS, N.Y, (AP) — Don't start hanging any "nice guy" tags on Jimmy Connors. He resents it. "I'm still nasty on the tennis court. You said I was a louse so I am a louse — and I like it," says the stormy petrel from Belleville, 111., the men's singles favorite at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships which entered its second day today. The scrappy, 5-foot-10 Streck Paces Kansas Open LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Ron Streck of Tulsa, whose goal is to join the Professional Golfers Association tour, took a step in the right direction Wednesday as he widened his lead to four strokes going into the final round of the Kansas Open. Streck, 22, shot a par 72 over the 7,209-yard Alvamar Hills Golf Course here Wednesday for a 36-hole total of 139. That left him four strokes ahead of Phil Rodgers of Lawrence, who shot a 73 Wednesday. Five strokes back at 144 were Bob Stone, Independence, Mo.; Art Proctor, Edmond, Okla,, and Jim White, Oakland, Neb. former Wimbledon and U.S. champion was the picture of propriety as he swept through his opening round match Wednesday, beating 36-year- old Bob Hewitt of South Africa 6-3, 6-3. "Is it true, as your former manager Bill Riordan says, that you're getting soft?" he was asked. "Has your game actually lost its fire because of efforts to adopt a good guy image?" Connors bristled as if he had been hit adross the eyes with a telephone pole. "I have changed off the court, I haven't changed a bit on the court," he said. "If I blow a shot, I can't be like Arthur Ashe and show no emotion. I've got to talk to myself. I've got to do things that get me up for the match. "If that offends people, I am sorry. You guys said I was a louse when I was 15. I didn't think I deserved it then. But 1 got to like it. The fans like it. It draws customers. "I am myself." In the past, Connors and his closest friend on the tour, Hie Nastase, have been the Peck's Bad Boy Twins of the tennis circuit. Connors has affected a tough, insolent image. He has bounced around the court, his shoulders hunched, his jaw squared, blowing on his hands like a fighter readying a knockout punch. He has carried on a lingering feud with the tennis brass, fans and the press. For a long time, he wasn't on speaking terms with most of his fellow pros, ducking their tournaments and hauling them into court. Some people blamed his antics on Riordan, who found a gate attraction in building Connors up as a villain. Others claimed they were the result of association with Nastase, the fiery Romanian. Connors has admitted he was misgui'ded in some areas but now insists that behavioral patterns have had nothing to do with the cooling off of his tennis game. "Nobody will ever dominate tennis the way I did in 1974," Connors said, recalling his victories at Wimbledon and Forest Hills and his two big money matches in Las Vegas. "But it's different today, with clay the dominant surface. Everybody is a challenger on clay. Players who once said they couldn't play on clay have become good on clay. And there are all those new guys coming in. "I am no longer a 9-6 bet. I am a long shot. Anybody can win this tournament." Hapes Wins Feature Race Whitey Hapes won the feature event at Garden City Raceways Sunday night during the weekly card of micro-midget racing. Harpo Hapes took second place, and Mike Gigot finished third. Another such card of racing is slated this Sunday, with first action at 8 p.m. The track is located five miles east of town on US50, then half a mile south. Sunday's other results: First Heat — John Campbell first, Bob Pierano second, Stone Jackson third. Second Heat — Harpo Hapes, Whitey Hapes, Mike Gigot. Third Heat — Bob Pierano, Stone Jackson. Fourth Heat — Harpo Hapes, Lanny Harvey. Trophy Dash — Harpo Hapes, Bob Pierano, Stone Jackson. Consolation Race — Mike Gigot, Rod Wormington, Lanny Harvey. Semi-Final Race — Harpo Hapes, Ron Osterbuhr, Bob Finley. enough good things about him." Miller's engaging personality visibly wanes when the subject of football comes up. "I know a lot of guys envy my ability, especially those whose entire life revolves around football. But for me it's only a means to an end. I enjoy playing football, and I'm going to do the very best I can to help us have a winning program here. "I am hoping to make Ail- American because it would help our program here." With his speed and quickness and blocking ability, Miller is certain to be drafted high when his college eligibility is exhausted. "I'll probably try professional ball, but right now I've got more important things on my mind, like getting my degree, which is much more important. "It's like anything else. If I'm supposed to play pro ball then I will. But I will never let it take away the time that I need to have to myself. My family are awfully important to me, but I've got to have my solitude." Page 7 Garden City Telegram Thursday, September 2,1976 That's right. 270 days. Under the Army's 210-Day Delayed Entry Program you can quality now. select the job or training you want and not have to report to active duty for up to 270 days. Don't wait until the choice ions are all taken. With more than 300 good jobs to choose from we'll reserve your job now. in writing. And it's all guaranteed. II you're seriously looking lor a good salary, job training, challenge and a chance to serve your country after graduation, you can wrap it tip now by seeing your local Army Representative. Join llic people who've joined the Army. AUTO RACES Super Modified SAT. NITE Sept. 4 8:00 p.m. Late Model Stocks MON. NITE-LABOR DAY Sept 6 Dodge City PRE-SEASON SALE! Washable sweater shirt by famous maker. Perfect for early fall, in assorted colors and styles. Reg. $20. NOW! *12 49 WHILE THEY LAST! Pre-washed Levi's Jeans in new fall colors Reg. '20 GARDEN CITY FAMILY YMCA Invites you to register for fall programs Waterbabies is one of many swim classes held in the beautiful YMCA indoor pool. The pool has been cleaned and repaired for healthful swimming all winter. SWIM CLASSES rf Lessons for all ages and abilities. Aquatic programs begin Sept. 7th and are open to both "Y" members and non-members. FOOTBALL • Flag football for 3rd-6th grade youth • Ladies flag football for 16 year olds and over • Register by September 10th ADULT FITNESS Fitness programs are free to YMCA Members •Early Bird Fitness-Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:45-7:30 a.m. •Swimnastics and fitness-weekday mornings, an hour of calisthenics and water exercises. •Noon fitness class •Individual workouts •Ladies exercise-Tuesday and Thursday evenings. LGVIS or 2 $ 18 00 quire MEN'S WEAR 304 N. Main Downtown 276-3701 RACQUETBALL Two indoor courts are available. Instruction is offered to 10 year olds through adults. FREE TOURS OF THE YMCA AND PROGRAM EXPLANATIONS DAILY. JUST STOP BY. GYMNASTICS Boys and girls 6 years and older. Beginner and advanced beginner classes. PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAMS • Waterbabies-swim instruction for youth 6 months to 4 years. • Tadpoles-swim lessons for 4-5 year olds. • Sports preparation-balance, timing and coordination activities. • Babysitting service-for parents at the "V" weekday mornings. HEALTH CLUB Steam room, sauna, whirlpool, exercise equipment and more. Open to men and women. •i ~ M » mmmm t^mm mm tm •• •• -• •• « Family or Individual Adultl GUEST PASS Clip and bring this pass with you for a free recreational swim. Mon.-Wed.-Fri.-4-6 p.m., 7-8:45 p.m. Mon. thru Fri.-Noon-l:00 p.m. Sat. & Sun.-l:30-5:00 p.m. GARDEN CITY FAMILY YMCA (Pass good Sept 3-30) THE SERVES ALL MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY A Family Membership is Only '80 per Year Visit the "Y" today. See how it can fit into your recreation and fitness plans. Located at 1224 Center. Call The YMCA Office 275-9107 For A "Y" Schedule. RECREATION TENNIS The YMCA'S new indoor court is available free to YMCA members by reservation. Fees are charged to non-members. Tennis instruction is offered for beginners iind intermediates.

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