Quad-City Times from Davenport, Iowa on October 27, 1981 · 17
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Quad-City Times from Davenport, Iowa · 17

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Tuesday, October 27, 1981
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Inside " wortsfe. The new Ronnie :tr Ra,in9s Cft fes . tiJA'-s Iowa slips to 16th, ' SyA'.-- Lester shoots less with Bulls. SXT . Vmr- ' '. -Pagoia $rV fcK- 'poll. P VsiJ. K - Page 18 . QUAD-CITY TIMES Tu-v. Oct. 27, 1981 17 Levelis, Hallstrom are hard to miss By Scott Sailor of the Times Joe Levelis IOWA CITY Recognition. In football, the fast guys in the backf ield get it and the big guys on the line don't. But how can you miss Joe Levelis and Ron Hallstrom, Iowa's two behemoth offensive guards? You might not notice the Empire State Building first. Hallstrom, a senior from Moline, is 6-foot-6 and weighs 295 pounds. Levelis, a sophomore, is 6-5 and 280. They're not just big, they're huge. With pads, they make the Incredible Hulk look like Mickey Mouse. Nevertheless, their job is to make somebody else Eddie Phillips, Phil Blatcher or Gordy Bohannon look good. And that's just the way they like it. The two big guys, key men in Iowa's surge to a 5-2 season and 16th ranking nationally, aren't concerned with glory, only with winning. "Yeah, we don't get much recognition," Levelis said. "I like it that way. You don't get much glory as far as publicity is concerned, but you get it yourself when the team wins. "The team knows you did a good job. And when a back gains a lot of yards, you feel good. If a lineman wants publicity, he shouldn't be on the line. He's not going to get it." And it's not just on the football field the twosome draw attention. Best friends, they can be seen working out together, celebrating a victory downtown at the Airliner or speaking of the Empire State strolling the streets of New York City. Yeah, the Big Apple. Hallstrom spent a week this past summer at Levelis' HALLSTROM Please turn to Page 18 I ? "sfs Ron Hallstrom Yanks promise to battle bac k in New York ftmnlbnun iia v-- m iim George Steinbrenner NEW YORK (AP) - A well-rested Burt Hooton will try to clinch the World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have the comeback habit, when they play the fighting New York Yankees Tuesday night in the sixth game at Yankee Stadium. The Dodgers took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Series with their third straight victory Sunday, leaving George Steinbrenner, the Yankees' principal owner, to sound the battle cry: "We're going to come back in New York just wait." Another battle cry sounded after Sunday's game was by a man who said, according to Steinbrenner, that New York fans are animals and that his players choked. The man and another man confronted Steinbrenner in a Los Angeles hotel elevator, where the owner said he knocked them both down after being hit by a beer bottle and punched. He said he suffered a possible broken left hand. Tommy John, the ex-Dodger who beat his former team in the second game, will try to even the Series for the Yankees just three days after pitching two innings of releif in the Yankees' Saturday loss. John beat Hooton to give the Yankees a 2-0 Series lead. The Dodgers got a boost Monday when officials at a Los Angeles hospital reported that third baseman Ron Cey did not suffer a concussion and was fine. Cey was examined at a hospital after being hit on the batting helmet by fastball from Yankee reliever Goose Gossage in the eighth inning Sunday. After another examination Monday, Cey was declared fit to fly to New York and rejoin the team, but no decision had been made on whether he would play Tuesday night. "Ron will be cleared to play if he doesn't experience any dizziness or lightheadedness during pregame wor kouts," said Dodger spokesman Bob Schweppe. A victory Tuesday night would enable the Dodgers to duplicate New York's 1978 World Series victory in which the Yankees lost the first two games, then won four straight. "It's a helluva thing to do, beating the Yankees three straight, and we'll have our work cut out for us Tuesday," Hooton said. On Sunday, the Dodgers won their third straight over the Yankees at Dodger Stadium after losing the first two at New York. Jerry Reuss, the loser in Game 1, pitched a five-hitter, and Pedro Guerrero and Steve Yeager connected on consecutive home runs off Ron Guidry in the seventh inning for the 2-1 victory. In his previous start at Yankee Stadium, Hooton worked six innings and gave up one unearned run on three hits as the Dodgers lost 3-0. It was his third straight start with only three days' rest between each one. But for Tuesday night's game, Hooton will have rested for five days. "I've advocated pitching on three days' rest all along," Hooton said, "but not doing it during the season, then trying to do it in the playoffs and World Series is no easy matter." W hat makes Jacobs run? By Heidi McNeil of the Times Jeff Jacobs, dashing up and down the hills of another cross-country running course, might well wonder at the circumstances that led him to become the premier distance man in the state of Iowa. Once upon a time, the Clinton ace wanted to be a football player. "I went out for football my freshman year, but I didn't like the way it was run and didn't care for the prac tices so I decided not to go out my sophomore year," Jacobs said. "But my parents said I had to go out for some sport and cross country was the only thing left. 7 ' "I had never really run before except like junior track, so I had no idea how I'd do. I was really mad at first that my parents made me go out, but I guess it's all worked out for the best" t The best? That describes Jacobs very well these days. So far in 1981, he has captured his third straight Mississippi Eight Conference title and his second district champion ship, the latter last Thursday in nine minutes, 46 seconds. NOW, AS a senior, Jacobs is the odds-on-favorite for grabbing the 1980 state distance running crown Saturday at Ames. For the last two years he has finished second to the same guy, West Des Moines Dowl-ing's Bill Thiesen. But Thiesen graduated last spring, leaving Jacobs to grab the laurels this year. "After finishing second for two straight years, Jeff would certainly like to change that this time around," said Bill Holsclaw, Clinton's crosscountry coach. "You don't mind being No. 2 now and then, but you don't like getting a triple dose of it. "I think Jeff has set his goals a little higher than second this year." Jacobs admits he's not much with words. But it doesn't matter; he says everything that needs to be said when he runs. "It'd be nice to win it all" Jacobs agreed, "but we're also going after the team title. The individual recognition is nice, but Pm out to help the team first" Last year, the River Kings took second after winning the whole thing in 1979. ALTHOUGH Jacobs is the favorite, there's a guy from Ames named Al Green who has been clocked under 10 minutes. And then there's always unknowns just waiting to leap out into the limelight at the state meet like Jacobs did as a sophomore. "Jeff started out as our No. 2 runner when he first came out for cross country when he was a sophomore, but he was No. 1 by the end of the year," Holsclaw recalled. "At the state meet, he kind of popped out of the woodwork and took everyone by surprise. Those type of runners are great and we're definitely going to miss him when he graduates." All long distance runners experience loneliness; they trudge mile after mile in workouts by themselves. Jacobs is lonely during races, too. The speedster has been beating his nearest opponents by 10 to 20 seconds all year. He hasn't felt a challenge all year. "Jeffs been running by himself all year so I think he's looking for- -JACOBS Please turn to Page 18 I I I Jeff Jacobs ...runnnj I l I by himself all year. i

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