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I Sports SECTION Journal anb Lincoln, April 25, 1982 Pocketbook Huskers stick to basics as Reds claim 24-9 win i-J 11' I Tumor removed from Krenk toe Nebraska head football coach Tom Osborne added a negative to the positives surrounding Saturday's Red-White intrasquad football game when be announced that junior tight end Mitch Krenk did not play because of a malignant tumor which was removed from the middle toe of his right foot on April 9. Originally, the problem was believed to be a calcium build-up, but "it proved to be a tumor," said Osborne. Recent test results indicated the tumor was malignant, a tact that 'caught us by Osborne said. Even so, "the doctors see no indication that they didn't get it alL" NU assistant Gene Huey, who coaches the tight ends, said Krenk would go to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, on Monday for further tests. "We're hopeful hell have a complete recovery.

He could have played today," said Osborne. Under the circumstances, however, he chose to. hold Krenk out of Saturday's action. By Mike Babcock Staff Sports Writer It wasn't the most exciting spring game in Nebraska football history, but then the odds were stacked against its being anything but what it was, a 24-9 victory for the favored Red team. Most of the 23,116 who showed up at Memorial.

Stadium on Saturday afternoon to watch should have known that. Cornhusker head coach Tom Osborne never promised a pull-out-all-the-stops thriller, not when films of the game will be exchanged with Iowa before next season's opener against the Hawkeyes, Sept. 11 in Lincoln. That's part of the reason he kept things "basic." "It's tough when everybody knows how basic you're going to be," sophomore quarterback Craig Sundberg said. Sundberg played some for both teams, completing 12 of 22 passes for 141 yards and a Red touchdown, on a 14-yard play to split end Todd Brown.

But even if Osborne had wanted to get fancy, he would have had problems this particular Saturday. Of the team's top four quarterbacks, Sundberg was the only completely healthy one. Turner Gin, No. 1 on the depth chart, has been held out of contact throughout the spring, in order for nerve damage in his right leg to heal Saturday, he was allowed to hold the ball for kick placements and nothing more. Bruce Mathison didn't suit up because his left forearm is still in a cast, and Nate Mason, who shares the top quarterback spot with GilL was playing with a sore right arm.

"I could throw," Mason said. "But just lifting my arm hurt. "I would have thrown a few more times if it hadn't hurt. The main reason I even tried to force a pass was to keep the defense honest. "They (defensive secondary) knew I had a sore arm, and, at first, they just kept coming up, thinking I wouldn't throw," said Mason, who threw two passes, one of which was complete.

Mason was, however, the afternoon's leading rusher, keeping 13 times for a net gain of 77 yards. In all, the game featured 585 yards of total offense; 16 fumbles, of which nine were lost; three interceptions; 13 penal-See HUSKERS on Page 2E I.rni in, .1 ill. STAFF PHOTO BY WEB RAY Red quarterback Nate Mason (8) makes a pitch as he is chased by White defensive end Eric Buchanan (82) during the Spring Game. Amaya powers NU sweep 'Strength' TD shows Brown no weakling NFL draft Tuesday According to United Press International's Joe Carnkelli, NU defensive end Jimmy Williams will be a first-round selection (by Cincinnati as a linebacker) when the NFL draft begins Tuesday. According to ESPN pro analyst Howard Balser five other NU players are likely selections including defensive backs Sammy Sims and Rodney Lewis, offensive lineman Dan Hurley, defensive linemen Henry Waechter and Curt Hine-line.

ESPN (Cable Channel 5 in Lincoln) will show all of Tuesday's rounds. The draft concludes on Wednesday, but will not be televised. Story on Page 4E By Randy York Staff Sports Writer Never underestimate the strength, or the determination, of a 178-pound split end. Todd Brown proved Saturday that a slightly-built athlete can benefit from Nebraska's nationally-known strength program. "Either he's been working on the weights, or the defensive backs dropped all theirs," Nebraska receiver Coach Gene Huey said after watching Brown pick up passengers on a 14-yard touchdown catch in the last 2ft minutes of the third quarter.

The spring game's most dramatic play gave the Reds a 17-9 lead in their 24-9 win over the Whites before 23,116 fans at Memorial Stadium. Huey called Brown's touchdown "a strength move." Cornerback Kevin Biggers jumped on Brown's back at the six-yard line. Brown completed the spin and exploded into the end zone anyway, picking up linebacker Dan Ripa along the way. "Receivers ought to try to bust everything they catch," Huey said. "There's that tend- By Ken Hambleton Staff Sports Writer Nebraska Coach John Sanders labeled Husker catcher Ben Amaya a "throwback to the old days of baseball." "Ben does whatever we ask him to do.

That's been quite a lot," Sanders said, "and he's delivered almost every time." Amaya and NU designated hitter Mark Mauer collected five hits apiece and drove in the winning runs to lead Nebraska to a 7-5, 7-0 sweep over Kansas Saturday in Big Eight baseball action before some 3,500 fans at NU's Buck Beltzer Field. Nebraska, now 13-5 in the Big Eight and 37-10 overall, will send Anthony Kelley (4-1) and Bob Sebfa (3-3) against Kansas in a Sunday doubleheader at 1 p.m. The Huskers could clinch a playoff spot in the Big Eight playoffs with a sweep of the weekend series. Amaya smacked a two-run double in the opener to help Nebraska overcome a 5-3 deficit in the fourth inning, while Mauer, who played quarterback in the Husker Red-White football game the same weekend a year ago, hit a sacrifice fly to give NU the only run it needed in the nightcap. Amaya iced the second game with a two-run home run over the left-centerfield fence in the fifth inning.

"I needed this. I haven't been hitting like this lately, because I've been trying to hit the ball too hard with people on base," Amaya said. "Now, I'm hitting to right, and everywhere else instead of trying to pull the ball to left "I've been getting maybe a hit a game, but not much more recently," said Amaya, who entered the doubleheader hitting .297. "Things are starting to click because I've stopped trying to pull the ball and just started going with the pitch." Amaya, a righthander, hit his two-run double to right field and pulled his two-run double to left-center field. "By not trying to power the ball, I've managed to get more hits and keep my real power," he said.

Sophomore righthander Chris Knust earned his fourth win without a loss, giving up three hits in 5 innings in the second game. Todd Oakes survived four NU errors and boosted his record to 8-2 with a seven-hitter in the opener. "It was an odd situation, where we gave up runs and Kansas took advantage of the openings," Sanders said of the opener. "But credit Oakes for separating the bad things going on SeeNUonPage6E i At I "1 k's, "fill inside 9 Fonner ends Grand Island's Fonner Park wrapped up its 40-day racing meet Saturday, with longshot Rob Me Not romping home to an easy six-length victory in the Gus Fonner Handicap. Page 3E Softball budget squeeze Approximately 50 teams wanting to play softball this summer have been sidelined because of a budget squeeze the Parks and Recreation Department finds itself under.

Page 6E STAFF PHOTO BY WEB RAY Nebraska's Dan Boever is safe at third base as Kansas pitcher Jim Phillips bobbles the ball. Boever, who had reached on a single, was advancing on a hit by Mark Mauer. ency to think 'I've done my share' when you catch the ball But you've got to keep driving. "I remember last year, Todd aught the ball at the one- or two-yard line and didn't score. Today, he gets it at the six and does.

"I like that," Huey said. "Receivers can be intimidating to defensive backs, too with strength, as well as speed or quickness." Craig Sundberg, the quarterback who threw the short sprint pass to Brown, thought Nebraska's senior Ail-American candidate "looked like a fullback on the play. It looked like he carried four guys on his back" Despite the exaggeration, Brown said his strength is deceptive. This spring, even though he weighs 22 pounds less than John Noonan, Brown tied Noonan's school record for split ends with a 280-pound bench press. "I knew I wouldn't score if I didn't get the right spin and the right leverage," Brown said.

"It was a lot of technique and a lot of sheer determination. It was a good enough hit to put me right down, but I wanted in the end zone." To Huey, it was a clear-cut case of Brown "wanting it a little more than they (the defenders) did. If our strength program is far superior to anyone else's, then the strength of our athletes should be. I know Irving Fryar has a strength move and Todd Brown has one. Now, I'm going to get Jamie Williams and show him the films." Brown believes Sundberg deserves credit on the play.

"Craig's really had an excellent spring," he said. "It's going to be sad. There's going to be three good quarterbacks sitting on the bench and that's just a shame. They're all good." They all may play, too. "We need to help each other out because we need depth at quarterback," said Nate Mason, the game's See BROWN on Page 2E Three teams keep winning streaks alive TSports Sunday Football the Padres.

The Padres, trailing 4-2, took the lead with a four-run eighth inning rally off Atlanta's two star relievers, Gene Garber and Camp. Broderick Perkins drew a one-out walk and pinch-hitter Randy Bass was hit by a pitch and then yielded to pinch-runner Dave Edwards. John Stearns drove in a run with a seventh-inning double, and Charlie Puleo combined with two relivers on a four-hit shutout to pace the New York Mets. Mets reliever Neil Allen earned his fifth save by working out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning. Dave Parker's run-scoring double keyed a two-run seventh inning that helped Pittsburgh overcome a five-run deficit, and Don Robinson pitched the Pirates to victory.

Lonnie Smith drove in three runs with two singles, including a two-run hit in the eighth inning, and Dane Iorg went 4-for-4 as the visiting Cardinals won. The Phillies now have lost 11 of their first 14 games of the season. Detroit extended its streak behind home runs from Larry Herndon, Kirk Gibson and Jerry Turner. Herndon's homer, a three-run blast, gave Detroit a 5-2 margin in the sixth after Gibson had walked and Richie Hebner rapped a broken-bat single off starter and loser Doyle Alexander. Carl Yastrzemski capped a five-run fifth inning -with a three-run homer, and the Red Sox held on to beat Toronto.

A two-run throwing error by pitcher Rick Camp allowed San Diego to score the go-ahead runs for By The Associated Press The St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers and San Diego Padres kept on winning Saturday. The Cardinals made it 12 straight by defeating Philadelphia 7-4, and the Padres have 10 consecutive victories after downing the Atlanta Braves, 6-4. The Tigers claimed' their eighth straight win after stopping the New York Yankees 7-2. In other National League games, New York blanked Montreal 1-0, Pittsburgh defeated Chicago 8-5 and Cincinnati nipped Houston, 3-2.

In a night game, Los Angeles was at San Francisco. In another American League game, Boston edged Toronto 8-7, Baltimore stopped Chicago hits Texas 4-1 and Kansas City beat Cleveland, 5-1. In late games, Oakland was at California and Minnesota was at Seattle. Nebraska Spring Game, 10:30 p.m., CD as Basketball NBA playoffs, noon, 85 NBA playoffs, 2:30 p.m., 03 3D 1 Baseball San Diego at Atlanta, 1 :05 p.m., (33 Golf New Orleans Men's Open, 1 p.m., Orlando Ladles Classic, 3 p.m., II p.m., Other sports Gymnastics: U.S. vs.

USSR, 2:30 P.m., Horse Racing: Ak-Sar-Ben preview, 10:30 p.m., Huskers9 Ottey earns second Drake Relays honor Drake Relays history to exceed 18 feet Volz had to do it twice to claim the event title. After going over I8-O14, that height was equalled by Kansas State sophomore Doug Lytle, the NCAA indoor champion. But then Volz set a new record by clearing 18-2 before he quit to catch a plane for the west coast where he is scheduled to compete Sunday. Volz' record and the two by Ottey (she shares the 4x100 relay mark with teammates McQueen, Powell and Marcia Tate), were three of 12 set by the 3,500 participating athletes during the two days of competition. The other hew marks Saturday A 7-4 high jump by Wichita State's David Puvogel A women's long jump record of 20-11 by Lori Riesnhoover of Adams State.

Denise Wood of the Knoxville Track Club smashed the women's discus record of 153-8 by spinning the platter 182-1. Nebraska's Robin Small also broke the record with a 165-1 effort, but finished third. A high school discus record of 183-0 for Dave In Saturday morning's preliminaries, Alicia McQueen and Debra Powell each ran opening 100-meter legs. Ottey took over for the 200 before handing the baton (and a comfortable lead) to Janet Burke for the anchor 400 meters. But Burke pulled a muscle on the first turn.

She gamely held on until the final stretch run for the tape, where she limped to a fourth-place finish. Having failed to qualify for the finals in the relay, Ottey then entered the individual 400, setting the record with a :52.64 clocking. That bettered the mark of :52.86 set by teammate Jennie Gorhaminl980. Ottey, who holds the world indoor mark at the equivalant distance of 440 yards noted it was only the second time she had ever run the 400 outdoors. "The 100 is a little too short a race for me," she said.

this (400) is a little long. I like the 200. That's my favorite. That's my race." While Ottey wds the MVP for women, Indiana sophomore David Volz captured the same honor for men after he became the first pole vaulter in By Virgil Parker Sports Editor DES MOINES, Iowa Nebraska's Merlene Ottey was named the outstanding woman athlete at the Drake Relays for the second year In a row when the 73rd edition of the track and field classic came to a close Saturday. The junior from Jamaica set a new Drake record in the open 400-meter dash Saturday to go with a Friday victory in the 100 and her anchor leg on a record-setting 4x100 Husker relay team.

The Nebraska men didn't fare as well Saturday. The Cornhuskers had two relay teams entered The 4x100 quartet of Randy Brooks, Jon Jones, Dennis Wallace and Charles Lawrence had posted the second fastest time during the preliminaries on Friday. But Brooks and Jones had trouble with the first baton exchange In the finals. The mistake caused the Huskers to lose ground. They appeared to finish fourth in the race, but then the judges disqualified Nebraska, saying the exchange had been made beyond the passing lane.

In the final race of the day, Mike Cielocha re placed Jones and joined the other three for the running of the 4x400 relay. More problems. Although Brooks started to run out of gas at the end of the first leg, he had Lawrence in good position. In fact, the Huskers'. second runner moved into the lead at the top of the stretch.

But when he fell back into a pack with Southern Illinois, Oklahoma and Alabama the other leaders at the time a lot of pushing and shoving suddenly occurred as the runners jockeyed for position for the next handof Amid the bumping at the exchange line, the Nebraska baton was dropped when Lawrence tried to hand off to Wallace and the Huskers were out of it. After the race, the judges disqualified Southern Illinois, the apparent winner, saying the Salu-kis had interfered with Oklahoma. That helped Alabama, which moved up from second to claim the crown. But it didn't help the Huskers as they finished last after dropping the batoa Ottey wouldn't have been in the individual 400 had it not been for a similar mishap suffered by the NU women's sprint medley relay team. Juehring of Davenport West That made him the meet's high school MVP after winning the shot put on Friday.

One of the highlights Friday came when Steve Scott, a previous Drake mile and 880 champion, won the 5,000 meter race to become the first person ever to win three different events at these prestigious relays. Francie Larrieu Smith equalled that mark Saturday by winning the women's 5,000. In past years she had won both the mile and 1,500 meters at Drake. A sellout crowd of 18,000 enjoyed sunny skies for the second day in a row, but winds which gusted to 30 rrrph each day held down the number of records on the track. One of the better efforts Saturday came from Concordia senior Kregg Einspahr, who won the steeplechase by outdueling Iowa State's Johnson Sirma to win with six seconds to spare.

"Winning the Kansas Relays last year was a thrill," Einspahr said, "but this has to be the highlight of my career." Results on Page 4E LjlTf ft if if.

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