The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on April 26, 1987 · 36
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'I f . t'J 1, 1 l.i, yyyr, ,rt T, . . , , f in-. , . . t . , 4 I I I I T I - - f ' 6DC APRIL g. 19BT SUNDAY JOURN AL-ST AIT Spring practice sounds sweet to5 injured Slieppard' like nearly everyone else on the Nebraska football team, Von Sheppard has complained about having to go through spring practice at one time or another. In fact, he's considered going out for track and field to avoid it But this spring was different Sheppard, who watched Saturday afternoon's Spring Game at Memorial Stadium from the sideline In street clothes, would have Even Just about anything to participate spring drills. ; "Now I really miss it" he said. . . This spring, he couldn't practice. ' Sheppard, a wingback, is recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in Ills left knee on the Comhuskers' first play from scrimmage in the Sugar Bowl -. No one hit him. He tried to cut His Mike Babcock Columnist shoe caught on the artificial surface in the Louisiana Superdome. The turf didn't give at all, and my knee couldn't stand the pressure," Sheppard said. "I've never felt anything like that In my life. It was like someone grabbed my ankle and tried to rip my leg of f." Sheppard has "braced" himself and watched the play on videotape. "It tore me apart," he said. The physical, pain has diminished. Sheppard had surgery on Jaa 4 and spent time with his leg in a cast The last month or so, he's been rehabilitating the knee by swimming, three days a week. In two weeks, the knee will be tested for strength, "and if I test out pretty good, IH be able to start Jogging," Sheppard said. He's anxious to begin. Tm not going to take it slow at all It's full-go. There's no way in cheat my-self and let it get weak," he said. "I'm going all-out, 100 percent" -Sheppard, who was redshirted as a Comhusker sophomore, is determined to play football again. He has another season of eligibility at Nebraska, but he's not certain bell be able to use it ' He hopes to have an answer by July. "IVe set a time schedule as far as my knee is concerned. Each month I want . to be able to do something different" Sheppard said. "I really want to play, but Tm not going to if rm not 100 percent" Sheppard doesnt want to jeopardize his future by returning too sooa And even if he doesnt play any more football at Nebraska, he plans to play in the National Football League. ; , ,. "I definitely want to play pro ball," said Sheppard, who can run,; catch passes and return kicks. "Given the right rehabilitation and time, 111 come back . 100 percent, and I know I can play." ' . NFL teams have made inquiries to Comhusker coaches and asked Sheppard to fill out questionnaires, he said. Sheppard bad never suffered a seii-. ous injury playing football until last sea son. But the knee wasnl the first In Nebraska's third game, a 48-14 victory over Oregon, he fractured a bone in his right leg, which sidelined him until the next-to-last game of the regular season. Sitting out during the season is much worse than missing spring drills. "You feel like you're on a different, planet The fans arent screaming for you. You're not able to go out and perform," Sheppard said. "There's nothing you can do, and it hurts sometimes." .. : But In that emotional pain, Sheppard found something valuable. He realized what many athletes realize too late, that getting an education is important "So many people look past it," said Sheppard, who hopes to graduate next December. "When football's over, you've got to have something to fall back oa ' It's tough getting a job anyway, but hav ing a degree def irately neips." Sheppard doesnt r believe football is over for him. He's pushing himself, trying to rehabilitate his knee in time to play for Ne- braskainthefalLv ' "Well see," - he 6aiL"YouVegotto l v lm m iYin ni ma onH '" I In h onrne ., . . VOn ShPP( But someday, even if he remains hi-" jury-free, hell have to give up the game. ' He and Rod Smith, an all-Big Eight' honorable mention wide receiver, used to talk about "how we never missed': practice because of an injury," Sheppard' said. "All it takes is one play. Boom." ' , I If 4- " rj 9 MkUW-ll Spring Game statistics White ' Reds l - - . ...... - (ft6, RtOlM, whites n , , r 0 t (14-21 Rdt Ktim Jen 84 run ChrU Orcntwn kick) Ktdi Sltvt Tovlor 4 run (Drennan kick) Bedl TvrxMtKnoK 14 run (Drtnnonklck) -!hl,f!. T,rry 7 pasi from Grry Gdowtkl (Monl Krotumttln pan Irom Gdowskl) ThlnlMrled K.JennBrun(runfalM) ! Whim Rodatrt 45 run (run talltd) ' Fourth Mrfctd Whlttt Rodtrllrun(MHtolM) ' -Whlhrt Jomli Wordn M bom from Jrrv Dun-lap ICorv Grobt paw from Ounlap) Rtdt Knox I run (pats falltd) Whltei Redt W ' 22 Rushes-yards ................ 47-178 . 41-407 Passing vords ............... , 205 81 Return vards................. 14 - 91 Total yards.... 383 488 Passing........................ 5-18-2 4-15-2 Punts 8-42.9 6-44.3 Penalties-yards-.... 4-35 12-125 Fumbles-lost ...... .......... ... 4-1 .. 3-1 Third-down conversions. 3-13 3-1 1 Whites ; Offense Rushing TED KIRK SUNDAY JMIRNAI JTTAR The Whites' Ray Valladao (91) and Brian Miller (35) stop a run by the Reds' Keith Jones (6) during Saturday's Spring Game at Memorial Stadium. Jones ran for 207 yards on 13 carries, including an 84-yard touchdown run. ' No. Gdowskl.................. 1 Rodgers..... 11 Clark ...................... 8 Dolton ....................1 Brlnson...................2 Roschal .................. 1 Dunlap.................... 5 Coleman 8 Peti. .................. .....5 Miller .................... 3 Worden 1 Behrens..... 1 Passing No. Co. Yds Dunlap............... 6 1 80 Yds. ' 80 18 1 -11.0 3 19 21 36 -7 ' 11 5 Ave. 2.0 7.3 1.2 1.0 -5.5 3.0 . 3.8 2.6 7.2 2.3 11.0 5.0 PI 2 Gdowskl 7 3 108 Miller...... 5. 1 17 Receiving No. Neubert 1 Worden 1 McCoy 1 Rodgers 1 Clark 1 Punting No. Yds. Wiley. ..................... 5 231 Schnltzler 3 112 Punt returns No. Rodgers 2 Interception returns No. McCallum 1 Vampola 1 Reds : Offense Rushing No. Yds. Taylor..... ........7 23 K.Jones 13 207 Helbel... 4 17 Blakeman 3 -11 Schmidt... 2 23 Knox 13 100 Preston 4 12 Harchelroad............5 17 Brlnson 2 3 Gdowskl 5 17 Burlanek 1 5 Schneider. 1 -3 Gilbert 1 0 Passing No. Co. Yds Taylor 8 3 75 0 0 Yds. 23 80 17 76 9 Ave. 46.2 37.3 Yds. 19 Yds. 0 0 Ave. 3.3 15.9 4.3 3.6 11.5 7.7 3.0 3.4 1.5 3.4 5.0 3.0 0 PI I Blakeman .......... 4 1 Gdowskl 3 0 Receiving . , , No. Banderas 1 Worden 1 Knox................ ...1 Gregory 1 Punting No. Yds. Kroeker .................. 5 223 Beckler 1 43 Punt returns No. R. Smith 6 Interception returns No. Washington 1 Addison 1 o" Yds. 26" O.ff ,.,4.. 45- Ave. ' 44.6-43.0" Yds. 112. Yds."' -0 From PRQR1P Spring The Whites fought hard. "The defense was hanging in there. It was a battle. We""", were out to win," Rodgers said. ; Knox scored the winning touchdown -on fourth down, after the Reds had"! gained a first-and-goal at the White 2.' f" "I wanted the Whites to win. Unfort j-nately, we didn't," said Rodgers. Sanders, who tried to exhort fee-crowd to cheer for the White defense on? its goal-line stand, disagreed. The final score was misleading, he said. , - , , fluskers9 Scheidegger makes Big 8 tennis finals Gs3 Gym By SUft Writers end Newt Wires OKLAHOMA CITY - Nebraska's Bnu) Scheidegger defeated Jack Salerno of Oklahoma State H H 6-4 Saturday tb advance to the No. 5 singles finals at the Big Eight Men's Tennis Championships at the Oklahoma City Tennis Cen-ten ... I Scheidegger, from .Columbus, will face Kansas' Larry Pascal in Sunday's finals, Pascal defeated Tim Subnack of . Oklahoma 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the other No. 5 semifinal. . ; " ; v, The Huskers are in fourth place with 60 points after the first day of the two-day meet Kansas, which has six players in the singles finals, is leading with 86 points. Defending champion Oklahoma . State is second with 83 points and Oklahoma third with 70. Iowa State, Colorado and Missouri trail Nebraska. Nebraska's first, second, third and sixth singles players won first-round matches, but all four Steven Jung, Robert Sjoholm, Ken Feuer and Pat Carson lost in the semifinals. The Huskers' No. 1 doubles team of Steven Jung and Mike Marsh, and the No. 2 doubles duo of Sjoholm and Stuart Jung won first-round matches Saturday ; and will play in the semifinals Sunday morning. Singles championship matches are scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, with doubles finals at 3 p.m. Big Eight Tournament TIAM SCORING: Kansas M. Oklahoma Stall IX Oklahoma 70, Ntbraika 60, loan State 44, Colorado 43,MluourllO. ''' i Nokraska return) SIMIFINAL f INOLKS: No. 1 - Olivier Lorln, OU, won by default ovor Steven Jung, NU 4-4, M; No. 1 Robin Scott, OSU, def. Robert Sloholm, NU 4-4, 3-4, 4-2; No. J Svtn Groentveld, KU, def. Km Feuer, NU 4-1, -2; No. s Brad Sclwldteoer, NU, del. Jack Soltrno, OSU 0-4. 4-4, M; No. 4 Dean Botha, OSU, dot. Pot Carson, NU 6-X 0-3. CONSOLATION SINGLES: No. 4 James Johnson, CU, dot. Stuart Jung, NU 3-4, 7-5, 4-1. FIRST-ROUND SINGLES: No. 1 - Steven Jung, NU, def. Srut, ISU 4-4, 4-4; Ne. 1 Sloholm, NU, del. Wilson, ISU 64, 7-4; No. I - Feuer, NU, dot. Kerner, CU 7-5, 5-7, 7-4; No. 4 Fentrlra, OU, dot. Stuart Jung, NU 7-S, 4-4, 4-3; No. I Scholdeeeor, , KH' S'lmuong, MU 4-1 4-3; No. 4 Carson, NU, dot. Smith, CU 4-3, 4-2. FIRST-ROUND D0UBL8S: No. 1 - Steven Jung-Mike Marsh, NU, dot. Wllson-Eolls, ISU 4-1 4-3; No. 1 SloholnvStuart June, NU, dot. Marlnolla-Fla-haut,MU-l,4. Comhusker softball team gains pair of one-run wins From paewlO Baseball MES, Iowa - Lori Sippel struck out wand allowed only two hits and one unearned run to lead the third-ranked Nebraska softball team to a 2-1 win over Missouri Saturday. rtf the second game, Nebraska out-lasted Kansas 3-2 in 10 innings. The Huskers, 30-9 overall and 6-2 in the Big Eight, have a chance to clinch the conference title Sunday by winning eijher of their two games. 4n the opener, NU scored both runs in the third inning when Lori Richins drew a Jvalk, Jane Kremer singled and Sippel walked to load the bases. Amy Love then-hned a two-run single to center, diving in Richins and Kremer. Sippel had a no-hitter through five innings i jand gave up one hit each in the PS sixth and seventh innings. The Tigers, 13-13 and 0-8 in the conference, scored an unearned run in the seventh when Michelle Phalen's leadoff single got past center fielder Janelle Frese. Frese recovered and relayed the ball to Kremer, who threw wide to third allowing Phalen to score. But Sippel struck out the side to end the threat. In the second game, Jill Rishel singled in Rhonda Gorraiz in the bottom of the 10th for her first collegiate RBI, giving the Huskers a victory over Kansas. Donna Deardorff, 12-4, went the distance for NU, striking out seven and scattering nine hits against the Jay-hawks, now 23-20 overall and 3-4 in the Big Eight . , But Nebraska managed just three hits over the next four innings, while the Cowboys found their familiar ways of1 breaking away. Robin Ventura, who was riding a 34-game hitting streak before Saturday, ripped a two-out, two-run home run in the second to break the tie. Oklahoma State might. have done even more damage in the inning but NU catcher Tim Pettengill caught Ortiz off second base and before the next pitch Nebraska starter John Lepley picked off ' Beanblossom at first base. OSU added two more runs in the third inning on a pair of singles and a walk and Fariss added another home run in the fourth inning to complete the scoring. The Cowboys seven home runs in the- two games boosted their season total to 106 in 47 games this year. OSU leads the . nation with a 13-runs per game average and with an average of 2.2 home runs pergame. . , , : "They had to come at us and throw strikes today," said Fariss, who has 19 home runs this season. "After all those walks last night, I'm sure throwing strikes was a big concern for their pitcher. But we were ready for the challenge." : Lepley, now 4-2, had only given up 17 earned runs in 10 games this year for Nebraska. All eight of OSU's runs in the first game were earned Saturday. The Cowboys struck NU ace Phil Go-guen, who had allowed only 18 earned runs in eight games, for 12 earned runs in the second game. In 1985. the year Allen referred to when Mike Epperson sprained his ankle the day before the NCAA meet, the, Huskers finished behind Ohio State. Epperson redshirted this year after suffer-; ing a wrist injury. Epperson will have two years of eligibility remaining if he recovers sufficiently from his broken wrist - - . . "This loss wasn't as disappointing as last year's," Allen said. "Last year was terrible." Tom Schlesinger, the NU junior who won the all-around Friday, said the de- feat was still difficult to take. "We did a good job and we got beat," he said. "It's something you've got to live with. But I don't like it" UCLA Coach Art Shurlock said a tough training schedule the past three weeks helped the Bruins. "After we finished fourth in the Pac-10 meet we got down to brass tacks," he said. "Our practices duplicated competition quite a bit and that got the kids ready. "After the first three events, we had several mistakes and were onlv five- tenths behind and I think that psyched up our kids. Last night (Friday), it was the last three we had trouble with. Today, we were a little shaky on the first three but the last half was our best performance of the year." The Bruins held a 238.05-236.65 lead, over Nebraska after five events. UCLA " was up on the vault while Nebraska was on the high bar. UCLA, which scored 46.7; on the vault in Friday night's qualifying, " had a 47.25. NU's horizontal bar score - dropped from 4R35 to 48.10. , . ' "UCLA was on a roll and we had al-" ready given up too much," Allen sail "We knew they would have had to breaks three vaults for us to catch up." Shurlock said thisvictory was more thrilling than the Bruins' national cham-. pionshipinl984. ' " "The team in 84, with (Tim) Daggett'? and (Mitch) Gaylord, was a better team," but this competition was more exciting," he said. "In '84, we were out in front from the start .? X "This win was more satisfying -Jb,J cause we had to come from behind and ; uwasnipanatuchv Ail : j i i . . ' ttuei. aiu ne was conuaeni aiier .uie first three events. '' "When we beat UCLA in the first half . I thought we had it made in the shade,9 he said. "All we had to do was get through the vault But even though we didn't we have to be pleased with our performance. "We averaged 281.75 this season and scored 284.75. 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