The Odessa American from Odessa, Texas on June 10, 1986 · 13
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Mariners like KC, Page 2 Denmark kicks, Page 3 Sidekicks don't, Page 4 o Tuesday, June 10, 1986 THE ODESSA AMERICAN Vv1 U 3C . : , - . - i t) "T -- ' . - - Miller wants to return to prominence in NFL Veteran tight end plans new start with '86 Cowboys By MARJORIE LEWIS Fort Worth Star-Telegram For The Associated Press IRVING Coming out of the University of Nebraska, tight end Junior Miller of Midland was ready for big-time success in the National Football League. He had spent years gearing up for professional football and when the opportunity arrived, Miller left few doubting he belonged. Taken by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the 1980 draft the seventh player overall Miller promptly made his way to the Pro Bowl. His encore was much the same, and Miner again was a Pro Bowl player. In two professional seasons, he was the epitome of an impact player 78 catches for 972 yards and 12 touchdowns. "I was ready for that kind of success," said Miller, a S-foot-4, 244 pounder who signed a multi-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys last Friday. "And I wanted it." Then Miller virtually disappeared. There were 20 catches in 1982, but only one touchdown. In 1983, there were 16 catches and no touchdowns. And by 1984, the Falcons' highly touted tight end was playing for the New Orleans Saints. "Our quarterback, Steve Bartkowski, was used to passing to wide receivers and running backs, so when I first came in, he was kind of forced to go to me. But after a while, he went back to it throwing to wide receivers and running backs," Miller said. Please see COWBOYS, Page 2B Airozooa FSU By STEVEN WINE Associated Press Writer OMAHA, Neb. Arizona's Gary Alexander didn't achieve his goal in the championship game of the College World Series, but he wasn't disappointed. . Alexander pitched a three-hit shutout for eight innings and finished with a seven-hitter as the Wildcats thumped top-ranked Florida State 10-2 on Monday to win their third NCAA baseball championship. "I don't even consider myself a pitcher," Alexander said. "I like to hit. It was the other way around today I couldn't hit." Alexander was named to the all-tournament team as both a Please see ARIZONA, Page2B FLORIDA STATE ARIZONA b r h bl 4 0 10 Hlruojb 4 0 0 0 Hole 3b 4 110 ScnneH 4 12 1 Tralton lb 4 0 10 Strong c 2 0 1 0 MHHyrf 1 0 0 0 Johnuncf 4 0 11 Alxndrdh 2 0 0 0 Rohdeu 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 P 0 11 2 J 2 ToWU brhW Je 10 11 I 0OO 002 2 114 J1K 10 Marian lb Sorrento rf ANcei2t Flguerou Mnghmcf Tadoeodh Zoellerdh Fulton c Blackwl 3b McCllnph Claybra If Saxnerph Totali. .,. Florida Start Arfiona Game winning RBI None. E-Trafton, Mangham, Rohde, Blackwell, Hlnzo. DP Arizona 1. LOB Florida State 6, Arizona S. 2B Flgueroa, Millar, Hale, Serine, Mangham. 3B Hale, Alicea. HR-Senne (11), Mlllay (). SB-Taddeo (17), Rons !, HlnzoS (45). S-Clayborne. IP Florida state Loynd L.201 S Lewis 12-3 Poralll 1 V3 Arizona Alexandr W,-2 . Loynd pitched to 1 batter in Ml. MBP ClayDorne by Alexander. WP Loynd. T-2i44.A-12.659. H R ER BB SO 7 2 2 2 5 mmmmf y'i) - AP Laserphoto Bill Walton ... shops with his sons - ;) J " "r? ' I '- I " APLaterpnol Wildcats celebrate their 10-2 victory in championship game Boston displays intensity By MIKE BRUTON Knight-Ridder Newspapers BOSTON Sometimes, long before a thunderstorm hits, you know it's coming. . Boston coach K.C. Jones sensed that a storm was 4 brewing in the 24 hours before the Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets, 114-97, to win the 1986 NBA title Sunday. It started much the way a wind kicks up before ominous clouds appear. "I had to call off practice," said Jones. "I was just going to go five baskets and a half-court scrimmage, but these guys went after each other like Muhammad Ali and the Gorilla. I had to call it off. I've never seen anything like that in all the time I've been here. The intensity level was just incredible." As game time drew nearer, the sparks flew like, flashes of lightning in the distance. "In the locker room, we were all business," Jonessaid. Once the Celtics took the court, you could hear the thunder. The Boston Garden's 270th consecutive sellout crowd nearly shook the foundation of the drab old building. Save one fleeting moment when Akeem Olajuwon made three straight steals to spark an 11-point Rockets run in the first quarter, there was never any doubt that the Rockets would be swept away in a downpour of Kelly green and white. Today, those colors will be in evidence throughout the city as Boston honors its champions with a parade and a City Hall rally. Instead of City Hall, the rally, in all fairness, should be held at the Garden. Not since Dec. 18, when the Portland Trail Blazers walked into the Garden and roughed up the Celtics, has a team beaten Boston on the aging parquet floor. Houston Rockets receive hero's welcome By MICHAEL A. LUTZ AP Sports Writer HOUSTON The Houston Rockets didn't come home with the NBA championship, but returned a team with a bright future that was accorded a hero's welcome. A small boy clutched a well-worn basketball tightly under his arm as he walked swiftly through the airport terminal on a mission of great importance. "I'm going to get Akeem ; Olajuwon's autograph on it," the child said with determination in his voice. Bo Farrill, 22, had waited four hours for the Rockets to arrive. "Boston's getting old and we're getting better," he said. "We've been here since 10:30 this morning and it was well worth the wait." g They were among a crowd of more than 500 fans who jammed Intercontinental Airport Monday ; when the Rockets deplaned after losing to Boston 114-97 in Game 6 of the best-of-seven series on Sunday. Young Rocket fans, smitten with Rocket Fever, sent the sound of bouncing basketballs rippling through the terminal, hoping for an autograph or just a glance at the players. The players, despite the humbling defeat, responded warmly to the adulation. "You've been the best fans in the NBA, and next year, we will come back with fire in our eyes and the NBA championship on our minds," reserve center Jim Petersen told the crowd. Olajuwon, who had predicted victory in Houston, left the fans with one more forecast. "We proved this year that we belong, and next year we're going to do it," Olajuwon said. "And we are still unbeatable." Golf er owes transformation to OC coach Andrew DeBusk has come a long way. He has evolved from an all-district high school third baseman to an Ail-American junior college golfer in just two short years. And DeBusk, who concluded his fine career at Odessa College Friday, owes the transformation to Wrangler golf coach Barry Rodenhaver. "In high school, all my friends played baseball, so I played baseball instead of golf," said the 1984 Houston Bellaire High graduate. "A friend of Barry's gave him my name, so I came up here for a tryout. I was going to walk on at (Texas) Tech and play baseball, but I was impressed with Barry andOC. , "I'm very happy with my decision." So is Rodenhaver. ! "There's no question about it. He has more jpotential than anybody else I've ever coached," said the 18-year OC coach. "He's one of the top I three players I've ever coached, and he's just riow getting back into golf. When he was 13 and 14, he could play with anyone in the country. "But he didn't play in high school, and that set him back. He's awesome now, but just wait untiK - i -'V.Y .. - : By BRETT McMURPHY Ur II . three years from now." In three years, DeBusk should be undergoing another evolution. This time, however, from a mild-mannered collegiate golfer to a touring member of the Prof essional Golf Association. "He has all the ingredients to play on the tour," said Rodenhaver. "He certainly has the length and touch the two most important ingredients. He's also a great competitor. "However, I don't know if he h&s the consistent ball striking." DeBusk was consistent enough in his two years at OC to capture first and third-team All-American honors. The 5-foot-8, 170-pounder placed 17th as a freshman and was fourth at last week's National Junior College Athletic Association national championships. t DeBusk fired rounds of 68-71-74 for an even-par 213 total during the rain-shortened, 54-hole tourney held at Del Lago Resort in Conroe. He would have been the national juco runner-up, except for an 8 on the. par 4, No. 8. 'Overall, I played fair," saidthe 20-year-old. "I . wanted to win, but I lost my chance in the third round on number eight.. "There's water in front of the green, and I put two balls in the water: I was 150 yards out and pulled an 8-iron into the water. I was ready to toss my clubs in with the ball. After my eight, I knew my chances (for the individual title) were pretty much over." But his collegiate golfing days are far from over. . DeBusk received a full scholarship to play at the University of Texai the next two seasons. "I've always wanted to go there," the business major said. "Coach (Jimmy) Clayton expects me to play at the top of their lineup, either at one, two or three." This past season, DeBusk was on top of his game, setting a conference scoring record with an' incredible 68.75 average. He also registered the lowest competitive round in conference history, firing a course record 65 at Roswell, N.M. "The best thing Andrew has learned to do is grind," said Rodenhaver. "He puts his nose into each round and goes for 18 holes. He used to go out and have a bad round and shoot 84-85. But now when he plays bad he shoots 76-77- "He's learned to compete. He knew the team depended on him. I take a lot of pride in him. He was a very good team leader." DeBusk led the Wranglers this season winning four tournaments, after capturing two titles as a freshman. In his two-year career at OC, he won one tournament for every four he entered. For a high school third baseman, that's only a respectable .250 batting average. But for a collegiate golf er, it's a very fright future.

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