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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska • 29

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'f i Wednesday, September 9, 1970 Tho Lincoln Star 29 is, Mew Mentor At Ml, Worried About Gaps SPORT SIGMS t' Mi One of the reasons for that is the Otner DaCKS going twin uave aianuiey aim raui uiai hb Mirk Shields -144 ii TV By Hal Brown Sports Editor, The Star wanted to play who could hit. "That meant a lot of scrimmage sessions," the new Northeast grid boss said. With pre-season practice nearly completed, Els is still concerned about the defensive line play of his Rockets. "But they love to play defense," he says, "so I think that will come along okay." On the other band he's especially pleased with the defensive secondary. "Either our passing attack is bad or they do a good job defending," he laughed.

"I'm not sure which it Is." When quizzed about his offensive plans, Els said that "we'll be doing a few things differently than in the past. Though we won't be filling the air with footballs, we will be doing a bit more passing than recently." win De among ine lira ro gei in there and spell the others. Sinner and Ron Anderson have been elected co-captains by their teammates. "The lellennen have all been doing a good job," Els says, "and giving us a lot of leadership. A lot of the boys frm last year's reserve team have come through well for us and Kennel, McMeen and Schlegel all made the jump from the sophomore squad." Els Says hlS Squad IS anxiOUS ctnrtwl "Ahnnt thi lim get started.

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0 c-Mirv omimor io to -J'ini Jg G-jim sinn.r. i 12 oZ t-lt 'hl JikTuT wo ns ii T-JIm Mlchaud 12 T-steve stehr 4-0 is2 11 VMSIn, 1, 11 E-Je" Wri9h' 5,1 150 11 wl schedule 1 0 ii-southeasi; 25-East. oetooar: 1 pm -at Lincoln High; u-at mmai X-at Bflnvue. Novtmir: 4 Norm piatte. Big Eight Really Big Five The Big Eight conference once was known as Oklahoma and The Seven Dwarfs.

That label ended several years ago as members of the dwarf clan 'began moving out of that class. Four of the so-called dwarfs of the 1950s definitely have rid themselves of the dwarf status and while the other three may be dwarfish by comparison with The Big Five for 1970, they certainly are not dwarfish In comparison with the 1950ish version of dwarfs. The Big Eight would definitely, appear to be a two-class system with Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas State in the upper, class, but that's, not to say that one of the lower class teams of Kansas, Oklahoma State and Iowa State couldn't sneak into their house and raise havoc with any championship plans they might have. Picking the order of finish in the Big Eight this season might be comparable to trying to pick the exacta at the State Fairgrounds race meeting. ways." All seven starting linemen are also scheduled for double duty.

"We want our best 11 players out on the field," Els says, "though we will spell them individually to give them a breather as they tire." Jeff Bell will open at center, with Jim Sinner and Brad Schuman tabbed for starting duty at the guards. The tackles spots will be manned by Larry Swenson and Ed McMeen. Thrpppnrk nil nf nihnm nlnv mree enas, an 01 wnom piay either flank, are battling for those two jobs. They are Ken Hippie, Jim Hcrtzel and transfer Mike Anderson "In addition to the six backs already mentioned," Els add- ed, "Randy Schlegel will be a front linp halfhark rpnlare ironi line naimacK replace- ment. We've talked about three jj-i- i- ends, and in addition linemen Pirates, And if you think picking the top horse is tough, about picking a fifth place team out of that Big Eight.

All have strong points, but all also have at least one area where exist. The key to the final finish might well be how well those questions are answered. Offense NU Strength Nebraska's strength is proven quarterbacking and an offense that should be able to match points with anyone in the league, but the Husker defense remains a question. Hxpos Dropped Cardiac Kl East SEPARATES THREE how of wanting to win to one of hard to believe when you've games. And with all that talk guy.

Missouri's strength lies in certain outstanding individuals and team-wise the Tigers are always strong, but they've got to go with an untested quarterback. At 'Colorado, there are loads of lettermcn returning plus some of the best newcomers in the league, but the Buffs must replace some "big play" people like Bob Anderson and Bill Brundige. Oklahoma may have more speed than anyone in the league, but they could still have defensive problems if the men they had last year aren't any better as juniors than they were as sophomores and the Big Eight is no place to have a weak defense. On paper, Kansas State would appear to have no tangible problems, but they do have one intangible one they still haven't proven they can win against adversity as evidenced by their complete reversal last season. Oklahoma State, Kansas and Iowa State all have some strong points, but they aren't in a class with the Big Five.

They may pull an upset or two, but the strength needed to win over the long haul is not there. Here's The Forecast So here's our best guess after trying to wipe some of the confusion from our mind that resulted from the recent r.ine-day tour of Big Eight camps: 1. (tie) Nebraska and Missouri: 3. Colorado; 4. (tie) Kansas State and Oklahoma; 6.

Kansas; 7. Oklahoma State; 8. Iowa State. NEBRASKA (61) That 11th game should help the Husker defense mature and we don't agree with those who feel that a win over Missouri is a must. It wasn't last year.

MISSOURI (6-1) A bigger drawback for Missouri than tot having a tested quarterback might be the schedule which sees them playing all four contenders plus Notre Dame in a five-week span. COLORADO (5-2) The Buffs may not miss Bill Brundige and Bob Anderson as much as you think, but contrary to what Colorado followers might think quarterback Jimmy Brat-ten is no Jack Mildren or Jerry Tagge or Van Brownson or Lynn Dickey. OKLAHOMA (4-3) The Sooners will score enough points to win for most teams, but not enough to overcome what their defense will give up to other good offensive teams and the Big Eight's loaded with good offensive teams. KANSAS STATE (4-3) The Wildcats would appear to have everything aud coach Vince Gibson says their attitude By VIRGIL PARKER Prep Sports Writer For the past two years Bob Els has been an assistant football coach at Lincoln Northeast High. This fall he assumed the reins as the head man.

"The only real difference," he says, "is that I worry a lot more." Els has reason to worry. In addition to inheriting a team that is trying to learn a third new system in as many seasons, graduation of such three-year stars as all-state fullback Maury Damkroger left a lot of holes to fill, and he has just seven returning lettermen. "I did have the advantage of having been here for the past few years," he admits, "so at least I knew the boys. It wasn't as though I came in completely cold." His biggest task, Els says, was to find out who really BUNT SINGE Cubs' game with Pittsburgh. Midair.

New York iff -The baseball future of temperamental Denny McLain will be on the line again today when the slender Detroit Tiger pitcher appears before baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn to explain his conduct of recent weeks. McLain was summoned to the commissioner's hearing along with six representatives of the Tigers, general manager Jimmy Campbell, field manager Mayo Smith, vice president Rick Fer-rell, Tiger player representative Jim Price, director of player personnel Walt "Hoot" Evers and team physician Clarence Livinggood. There was some surprise in Detroit baseball circles at the size of the Tiger delegation Kuhn had called to the New ready," head coach Bob Devaney said of the 6-4, 210- pounder from Oaklawn, 111. "And we're also trying to get Steve Runty ready to play." Runty is another sophomore from Ogallala, who has been running as the No. 4 quarterback this fall and devoting much of his time to running Wake Forest plays against the Husker defenses.

'We got down to three quarterbacks in a hurry a year ago, Devaney recalled, referr ing to tne opener against Southern Cal when he had to go to No. 3 quarterback Tony Dvorsak because of injuries to the top two of Jerry Tagge and Van Brownson. Again, it's ailments that have hit Tagge and Brownson that has brought the No. 3 man, Jones, to the forefront of the signal calling picture. "Van looks more doubtful than ever, Devaney pointed out after watching the Shenandoah, Iowa, junior trying to throw Tuesday with an ailing elbow.

"We hope to have him back running with a unit by Thursday," the Husker head coach added, "And doing whatever he can do. If he can't throw, we just won't be able to haV him ran, junior quarterback Gaylen Kennel, who has come off the sophomore squad of a year ago to get the starting call as the signal caller. Kennel beat out two of Northeast's seven returning lettermen for the job, although Els says that "Rick Genthe is certainly still in the thick of the race and pushing Gaylen and the other quarterback let-terman, Mark Shields, is really a defensive specialist and will start for us in that capacity." Senior letter man Ron Andcson, who his coach says is "doing a great job of running this fall," will open at the fullback spot, with Terry Danek and Dan Sloey at the halfback positions. "Genthe and Shields will take over for Kennel and Sloey on defense," Els explains, "with front of the mound in Chicago's "up to 30 days" after that incident and Campbell indicated McLain could rejoin the team last Saturday. Commissioner Kuhn stepped in Friday and ordered that McLain not rejoin the team until after he appeared at a hearing.

Kuhn said at the time: "Information currently brought to my attention has raised the question of whether McLain's conduct in recent days has been consistent with the requirements of his probationary status." The commissioner said he would have no further comment pending the McLain appearanc in his New York office. Sources close to the commissioner's office indicated he was not overjoyed at the water BILL KOSCH 1 (if RWMWy Mjj Rj HHHaHHIBIMriHtoitllHMMailMMMBHMMHM pitcher Bill Hands bunts safely in Meets With Kuhn Today has even changed from one knowing they can wiu. That's just lost your last four ball of winning at K-State they still have climbed above .500. KANSAS (2-5) The Jayhawks have enough pluses to be a pretty good team if quarterback Dan Heck comes through. They also have enough minuses to be pretty bad if he doesn't.

ONE GAME Pcpitone's two-run triple and the inadequacy of Pirate reliefers issuing 10 walks. The Cubs scored two in the second and two in the third off Steve Blass, 9-11. George Brunet replaced Blass after the Cubs scored two more in the third and pitched 4 1-3 innings of strong relief. But the Pirate wall then began to tumble as four other relief pitchers went to the well. Billy Williams led off the third inning with his 38th homer.

Jim Hickman singled, went to second on a passed ball and to third on an infield out, then scored on a single by Santo. Hundley hit a bases-loaded infield single in the seventh for a run and the Cubs sent 11 men to the plate in their five-run eighth. They only got three hits in the inning the triple by Pepitone and run-scoring singles by Santo and Hundley, but drew five walks. Jones' triple off loser Steve Renko, 10-10, followed a one-out walk to Wayne Garrett in the opening inning for the Mets. Donn Clendenon got Jones home with a sacrifice fly.

The Mets doubled their lead in Linebacker Deacons Strong Link Winston-Salem, N.C. Put such players as Ed Bradley, Eddie Stctz and Carlyle Pate at the same position and you are sure to come up with one of the strongest spots on any football team. And that's the reason coach Cal Stoll feels that his lincback- ing positions will be one of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons' strongest points during the 1970 season. With Bradley, Stetz and Pate," said Stoll, "we feel we have three outstandine linebackers. They have made a lot of progress since practice opened.

They give us what we consider the strongest position on this year's team." Bradley and Stetz are regulars from a year ago while Pate fits into what Stoll calls a "bonus." After an outstanding sophomore year in 1967, Pate was injured at the start of the 1968 season. He missed all of 1969 before returning to the team this past spring. In 1969 Bradley was the sec ond leading defensive ulaver with 77 individual tackles and 47 assists. Stetz took part in 68 tackles with 41 individual stops and 25 assists. Stetz is a 5-11, 195 pound junior and plays middle linebacker while Bradlev (6-2.

225) and Pate (6-1, 215) handle the outside spots. "All three have been starters and have a lot of experience," said Stoll. "But more important is that all three have a lot of football savvy and love contact. "Bradley is the only one of linebacker size," be continued. "But what the other two lack in size, they make np for in in-telligcnce and quickness.

Each one has good strength and decent speed. "But one of the real reasons we feel linebacker will be one of the strongest spots is because of the depth," Stoll addwf have more depth then than any other position." By Associated Press The Chicago Cubs, behind the eight-hit pitching of Bill Hands and a 15-hit attack, roared by Pittsburgh 10-3 Tuesday and moved within a game of the National League East leading Pirates. Tug McGraw hurled five innings of effective relief and Clcon Jones got New York started with a first-inning triple as the Mcts defeated the Montreal Expos, 10-5, and further tightened the already tangled National League East. Coupled with Chicago's rout of Pittsburgh, the second-place Mets trail the Pirates by one-half game with the Cubs one game out of first place and one half game behind the Mets. Randy Hundley drove in three Cub runs with three singles, Ron Santo had three singles and two RBIs and Joe Pepitone cracked a two-run triple to lead the Cub bombardment.

Hands gave up three of the Pittsburgh hits in the fourth inning when the Pirates scored two runs, putting them back in the game at 4-2. But the Cubs moved away with a run in the seventh and five in the eighth, keyed by bucket incident and some other McLain adventures of late. After his most recent suspension, McLain sounded off to at least one Detroit sportswriter on his strong feelings towards Campbell, reportedly blaming the general manager for the Tigers' so-so performance this season. Homesteader Title Beatrice UP! Joel Athey of Junction City, won sudden death playoff and defeated veteran Carl Poling of Beatrice Monday to win the 23rd annual Homesteader Golf Tournament at Beatrice Country Club. Both Athey and Poling were at seven-over-par 182 before the playoff.

STAR PHOTO Husker iafefy. the third. Art Shamsky singled, Clendenon walked and a throwing error by first baseman Jim Gosger loaded the bases. One run scored on Jerry Grote's infield single and Bud Ilarrclson hit a sacrifice fly for the other. The Expos got their two runs in the fourth.

A walk, John Bateman's single and an error by starter Gary Gentry filled the bases and, after a forccout at the plate, pinch hitter Jim Fairly lashed a two-run single. Gentry hurt his hand while booting Marv Staehle's smash und was taken to a hospital for x-rays, which were negative. Alter Mack Jones was hit ny a pitch, reloading the bases, McGraw came on and fanned Adolfo Phillips, then got Rusty Staub to foul out. The Mets iced it with six runs against Claude Raymond in the eighth with one out, Garrett singled and Jones got his second double when Phillips and Staub let his fly ball drop. Shamsky was purposely passed and Clendenon popped out but Ken Boswell dropped a bases-clearing double inside the left field line.

Before the inning was over, McGraw's long single drove in three more runs. McGraw held the Expos fo four hits during his relief sting and wasn't scored on until the ninth when Bob Bailev hit a three-run homer. In another National contest Steve Carlton pitched a four-hitter, doubled and scored the lead run as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3. In the American League Baltimore slammed Detroit, 6-3; New York belted Washington, 7-3; Milwaukee nipped Minnesota, 3-2; Kansas City bombed California, 12-0 and Cleveland edged Boston, 4-3.

Boog Powell drove in three runs with a homer and single as the Orioles trimmed the Tigers. Roy White led a 16-hit New York attack, stroking three hits and driving in three runs as the Yankees blasted the Senators. Phil Roof ripped a two-run, two-out homer in the ninth inning, sending the Brewers to a triumph over the Twins. Jim Rooker retired the first 16 batters he faced and finished with a three-hitter hurling the Royals to a romp over the Angels. Pitcher Ken Brett slammed an eighth inning, tie-breaking homer, helping the Red Sox edge the Indians.

Devine Not Sure On Quarterback Columbia, Mo. U() Missouri coach Dan Devine said he had not decided Tuesday who will starte a quarterback in the Tigers first football came against Baylor Friday night in St, Louis. He said he probably won't decide between Chuck Roper and Mike Farmer until game time. Sports Menu Wednesday AUTO Secks, Fair, grounds, 2 p.m. Thursday HORSE RACING Madison, 3 p.m.

Friday HORSE RACINO Mdison, 3 p.m. FOOTBALL Big Eight: Baylor vt. MisvHirl St. Loti'n; Lincoln High MAfTOii" Jcr m-' East High, South- OKLAHOMA STATE (1-6) The Cowboys were the surprise team in the league last season and I think there's a tendency among fellow writers to over-rate them because coach Floyd Gass is such a nice iuwa maiu (u-j xne cyclones strength last year was their defense and their weakness the offense yet coach Johnny Majors made moves with his stars from offense to defense. That doesn't figure to help them where they need BROWNSON, TAGGE HOBBLED- Possibilify Of Jones Starting As Husker QB Looms Bigger York meeting.

The Tigers play a night game tonight against the Red Sox at Tiger Stadium. McLain, suspended from organized baseball from April 1 to July 1 by Kuhn on charges of associating with known gamblers, has a 3-5 record in 14 starts, has been tagged for 19 home runs and generally has not been the effective pitcher he was in 1968 when the Tigers won the American League pennant. McLain's latest problems involved an incident in which he poured a couple of buckets of water over the heads of two sportswriters Watson Spoelstra of the Detroit News and Jim Hawkins of the Detroit Free Press. The Tigers suspended him for throw." The situation on Tagge was a little more encouraging as the Green Bay, junior did some running on his injured leg, but Devaney noted that trainers had informed him Tagge's leg might be sore for up to eight or nine days. "He may just have to go ahead and run on it," Devaney pointed out.

Does this mean that Jones could wind up being the starting quarterback Saturday? "It sure does," Devaney replies. "We're trying to get him ready for that." Three new faces were wearing Black Shirts, symbolic of the No. 1 defensive unit Tuesday with Willie Harper and John Adkins taking over at ends and Larry Jacobson moving up at tackle. "The Adkins move may be permanent through Saturday," Devaney said. "The other two changes, we'll have to wait and see whether mey remain permanent or not." The No.

1 offensive unit also had three new faces with tackles Dick Rupert and Carl Johnson and guard Bruce Weber both getting experience with the top unit. help. Stock Cars End Racing Card At Fair Today brings to a close the auto racing programs at the Nebraska State Fair, with the modified stock cars taking over the half-mile oval beginning at 2 p.m. The Nebraska State Cham pionship title will be at stake, along with $400 for winning the 25-lap feature event. The first heat race, a preliminary show, starts promptly at 2 p.m.

The competition is open to Nebraska cars and drivers only, with many of the 60 car field entered from the Lincoln area. The cars will be of 1955 through 1967 vintage, and will compete for a purse totaling $2,500. Over 65 laps of action will make up the afternoon show, with four heats of eight laps each, a 10-lap B-Feature, open to non-money winners in the heats, and the big senior chamoionshiD event of 25- laos. No time trials will be held, the drivers will draw for positions in the heat races and finishes in these races make up the field for the feature. No cars from the feature will be eligible to run in the senior championship events, unless needed to fill the field for the feature of 28 modifipd stock "7Sr i 1 i ft' By HAL BROWN Star Sports Editor The possibility that sophomore Bob Jones will see considerable and possibly starting action at quarterback in Nebraska's season opener against Wake Forest Saturday loomed larger and larger Tuesday.

"We're trying to get him Petraglia Takes Bowling Tourney Pittsburgh WP) John Petraglia of Brooklyn, N.Y., won the $50,000 Bellows-Valvair Open Bowling Tournament Monday for his first PBA tour victory in four years. The thin left-hander took 10 of the 16 final matches and scored a 402-pin margin over Bob Shank of Elyria, Ohio. Petraglia received $5,000 and Shank won $3,000. Mike McGrath of El Cerrito, finished third for $2,000. Tommy Tuttle of King, N.C., was fourth and Putch Gearhart of Houston, fifth.

irst-piace money gave Petraglia $26,880 in earnings this year. His last triumph was in the $100,000 Firestone Open four tjaartt cirrn till a..

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