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INSIDE: Mandan brothers aim high in wrestling (2D) Abe Winter, sports editor, 223-2500, ext 243 SPORTS SECTION The Bismarck Tribune Friday, Feb. 11, 1994 0 M ILWAUKEE (AP) - Robin Yount. who joined the Milwaukee Brewers two decades ago as a wide-eved 18- year-old shortstop and later helped bring me cuy 11s oniy American League pennant, decided Thursday to retire. Yount, 38, chose to end his career after 20 seasons than return as a reserve outfielder and designated hitter in 1994. He finished with a .285 average and 3,142 hits, 13th on the career list. Yount, who spent just one year in the minor leagues, is only the third player to win Most Valuable Player while playing two positions. He was a shortstop when he won in 1982 and played centerfield in 1989. Hall of Famers Stan Musial and Hank Greenberg are the others. The Brewers scheduled a news conference for Friday morning in the clubhouse at Milwaukee County Stadium at which time "Yount will officially announce his retirement," a statement by the team said. Yount, who grew up with the Brewers, will stay with the team in some capacity. Yount, wife Michele, Brewers president Bud Selig and general manager Sal Bando were to be at the news conference, where his Yount's new duties will be announced, Brewers spokesman Tom Skibosh said. Maraiydleirs tie foir Dead! Leinius, Schell, Lange star By ABE WINTER, Tribune Sports Editor The University of Mary women's basketball team showed coach Roger Haug exactly what he'd hoped to see before intermission. After an 11-point lead was cut to 35-32 at intermission, Haug told his Marauders they lacked "the killer instinct." They had it in the second half, scoring 50 points and racing to an impressive 85-64 victory over Valley City State in NDCAC play Thursday at the Acitvity Center. By avenging its only league loss, U-Mary moved into a tie for first place with the Vikings at 7-1. "We were really excited," said guard Melanie Schell. "Coach kept telling us it was just another game, just one of 23. But we was more nervous than any of us." Rhonda Leinius helped ease any nervousness with a superb effort. She scored 32 points to draw praise from both Schell and both coaches. "You just give her the ball when she's open, even when she's not open," Schell said. "She was putting everything in and when she made some of those tough shots it pumped all of us up; " "She hit some tough shots," Valley City coach Alan Olson said. "We had 5-9 people chasing her all over the place ... she was just fantastic." Haug agreed. "What can you say? She had a great shooting night and she not only works hard in the offensive end but she plays hard on defense." The defensive star, though, was Schell, who limited Ranelle Leier to four points after she had scored 11 in the first half. "She likes to penetrate, so we tried to take that away," Schell said. The Marauders were up 30-19 when the Vikings went on an 8-0 run to get within three at halftime. The visitors stayed within range at 43-40 when Leinius took control. She outgunned Valley City 8-3 by herself and the hosts were never headed. In the final 5 minutes U-Mary outscored valley City 144. Sarah Lange had another strong performance, netting 17 points and snaring a game-high 11 rebounds. Schell added 12 points and Lesley Jacobson contributed seven points and 10 rebounds. Lori Johnson had 20 points, 14 after intermission, to spark the Vikings. Leier was her only teammate in double figures with 15. The two teams may be headed for a co-championship, each having two home games to play. If both finish 9-1, a coin flip would decide which is the top seed in the NDCAC playoff tournament. U-Mary plays host to Jamestown on Monday and Mi-not on Thursday. "We can't get too high," Leinius said, "because we have to win those two. They're just as important as this one." Still, improving to 16-5 is quite an achievement in the eyes of Schell. "It's been an incredible season for all of us," she said. "And tonight it was nice to see us come out with some fire. We haven't seen that for a couple of games." She also liked showing her coach some of that "killer's instinct." . "He told us we didn't have it," she said, "but we showed him in the second half." Summary, Page 2D. D3 1 Yount's best year was 1982, when he hit .331 with 29 homers and 114 DDIn - lr:: 11 i. -e i i iiuia, icucuiuug uie ruie 01 siiun-i stop by becoming the first Ameri can Leaguer at that position to hit i I l over .300 with 20 homers and 100 I 1 RBIs. C That vear. he also led the Brew- H ers to their only World Series. witn raw Moutor signing as a I free agent with the Toronto Blue 3 , Jays last winter, the softspoken Yount became the last remaining member of that pennant-winning squad, which lost the "Sud Series" to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. Yount grew up in baseball, and Bando said Wednesday he felt Yount's taking so long to reveal his plans had something to do with that. "Yeah, you d like it to be resolved, but you've got to respect a man who's given you so much and give him the time he needs to make sure he's sure," Bando said. Yount is considered an almost certain Hall of Famer. When he appears on the ballot in 1998, he'll be a first timer along with Nolan Ryan, George Brett, Carlton Fisk and Dale Murphy. Yount: Retiring. Morris packs bags for Cleveland Associated Press Jack Morris, who spent his last three seasons on championship teams, on Thursday joined the Cleveland Indians who hope a new ballpark and restructured team will make them World Series competitors in 1994. And a Morris teammate with the Minnesota Twins, second baseman Chuck Knoblauch, agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.55 million with the Twins. Morris, a 38-year-old right-hander who played for Minnesota in 1991 and for Toronto the past two years, agreed to a one-year i ft v I L k" Jack Morris, left, is on the move while Chuck Knoblauch padded his pockets. deal worth $350,000, a steep cut ,; from his $10.85 million, two-year contract with Toronto. Although the five-time AU-Star made 27 starts for the Blue Jays in 1993, he spent time on the disabled list with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right elbow. He ended up 7-12 with a 6.19 ERA. Knoblauch's signing means the Twins avoided arbitration with the four players who were eligible. Contracts with pitchers Kevin Tapani and Scott Erickson and outfielder Pedro Munoz were settled earlier this week. Knoblauch, 25, hit .277 with two home runs, 41 RBIs, 82 runs scored and stole 29 bases in 1993 to lead the Twins for the third straight season. ' 'I , s J , j J .! f I - l u. ( .; f L ' w. ' ' ' J By TOM STROMME of the Tribune Kim Gruman, left, of Valley City State puts the pressure on U-Mary's Rhonda Leinius. Leinius was tough to stop, though, as she finished with 32 points in the Marauders' 85-64 win. Anzio Jones steps up for U-Mary By SCOOTER PURSLEY, Tribune Staff Writer The University of Mary was too much for Valley City State in a North Dakota College Athletic Conference men's basketball game Thursday at the Activity Center. The Marauders had too many bodies to run into battle; too much bench scoring; too much Anzio Jones; and too many points as U-Mary won 95-78. Jones turned in highs of 30 points on 10-for-lO shooting from the floor and a 10-for-12 effort from the line and 18 rebounds for the Marauders, who won their fourth straight game. "I thought Anzio carried us, especially in the second half," U-Mary coach Rod Jonas said. "He was unstoppable, but in that situation he has to step up." The situation to which Jonas referred was the loss of Allen Jones (sprained ankle) and Cole Higlin (cut chin) in the first half. Jones is still questionable for Monday's game against Jamestown College, but Higlin returned in the second half. Higlin was hit by a Viking player on the drive to the basket and bit through his lower lip. A few stitches later he came back and finished with 12 points. With Allen Jones hurting and Higlin in the locker room, the call went out to the U-Mary bench, which responded. Jeremy Huss scored 11 points, all in the second half. Rusty Gillette had eight points, Chris Fischer seven and Randy Lewis four. Combined, they more than doubled the scoring that Valley City coach Jeff West-lund got from his bench. "Our bench, especially Lewis and Huss, are starting to step up and make contributions. They had to tonight if we were going to win," Jonas said. U-Mary trailed 9-4 when Allen Jones went down with 2:24 into the game. The Marauders continued to trail until Fischer's short jumper put them ahead 25-24 midway through the first half. Once they got the lead they made it stand up, eventually pulling ahead 45-35 at halftime. The Marauders shot 58 percent in the first half. The second half belonged to Anzio Jones, with Huss and Craig Steffan (10 of his 16 points) contributing enough to keep the Vikings honest. "I kind of felt when Al went out and Cole went out that I had to pick my game up," Anzio said. "We basically kept to the plan." The Marauders lead stayed around 10 points throughout the second half, and the late rally they have been susceptible to never occurred thanks to their defense. The Marauders held the conference's leading scorer Brian Rieger to just 12 points. He was averaging 22 coming in. And after giving up 17 points to Vikings center Dwayne Smith in the first half, Anzio Jones and Fischer yielded just six after halftime. Toby Aielts led Valley City with 18 points, 13 of those coming in the second half. But they were too little, too late. Summary, Page 2D. Ski-jump honor becomes a horror LILLEHAMMER, Norway (AP) Ole Gunnar Fidjestol had hoped to end his ski-jumping career with the leap of his life: flying through the air clutching the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony of the Winter Games. But Fidjestol tumbled head-first into the snow during a practice jump Thursday, suffering a mild concussion that forced him to turn over the torch to another Norwegian ski jumper. "He's very unhappy that he won't be able to jump, said Dr. Arild Tandberg, medical director of Lil-lehammer County Hospital. "It was a real honor for him. He's been one of Norway's best ski jumpers." "It was good this didn't happen on Saturday," quipped Fidjestol, who won a bronze medal in team v r"""r : iT' f ' i J L Legendary coach Wilkinson dies at 77 Associated Press ASSOCIATED PRESS Ole Gunnar Fidjestol talks to a reporter while lying on a hospital bed after his ski-jumping mishap. With him are his son Ole, second from right, and daughter Marianne, right. jumping at the 1988 Olympics. the crowning spectacle to the open- Fidjestol will be replaced in Sa- ing, perhaps eclipsing the Spanish turday's ceremony by another vet- archer who fired an arrow to ignite eran jumper, Stein Gruben. the flame at the 1992 Summer The torch leap is supposed to be Games in Barcelona. At one of coach Bud Wilkinson's first practices at Oklahoma, Jack Mitchell recalls seeing something he didn't expect on a football field a bulletin Doard. Calisthenics Hi o (j. in. Dim-Ring drills at 3:08. Running drills at 3:23. "He was one of the first coaches to have a practice schedule for the entire two hours," said Mitchell, who played for Wilkinson in 1947 and 1948 and later coached against him at Kansas. The Minnesota native, who led Oklahoma to three national titles and a record 47-game winning streak, died Wednesday night in his St. Louis home. He was 77. Funeral J Wilkinson: 3 titles. services are scheduled Monday in St. Louis. Wilkinson was born April 23, 1916, in Minneapolis. He attended the University of Minnesota, where he was an English major, and received his master's degree from Syracuse. A hangar deck officer in the Navy during World War II, Wilkinson created one of the greatest dynasties in college athletics with an eye for talent, a quiet motivation and unparalleled preparation. Wilkinson coached 32 AU-Ameri-cans during his 17 years at Oklahoma, including Billy Vessels, the 1952 Heisman Trophy winner. Wilkinson resigned as coach in 1963, then ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate as a Republican in 1964, losing by 20,000 votes in a state where presidential candidate Barry Goldwater lost in a landslide. Wilkinson returned to coaching in 1976, but lasted only Vk seasons as coach of the St. Louis Cardinals before owner Bill Bidwill replaced him. Olympic body V strikes back ; The U.S. Olympic Committee asked a court to dismiss Tonya Harding's $25 million lawsuit Thursday, claiming Congress gave it sole authority to decide who competes in the Games. In documents filed in Clackamas County Court, the USOC cited the Amateur Sports Act of 1978 as giving it "exclusive jurisdiction to resolve disputes covering the eligibility for and participation in the Olympic Games." Female luger to carry flag Cammy Myler, the first U.S. woman to win a World Cup luge race, was elected today to carry the American flag in the athletes' parade at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. Myler, 25, from Lake Placid, N.Y., was chosen in a vote of U.S. team captains. Negro League player dies Saul Davis, an infielder in the Negro League in the 1920s and 1930s, has died at age 92. Davis died of cancer Tuesday night at the home of his daughter, Charlene Furrow, in Minot. TRIVIA I',-!!.! ' ', . nn I What country won the most medals in the 1992 Albertville, France, Winter Olympics? Answer, Page 3D. TV TODAY L. i College hockey: WGN Minnesota at UN D, 7:30 p.m. NHL hockey: ESPN Kings at Mighty Ducks, 8 p.m. (Sports pages compiled byRobLein) h f - - jh s - - Ronelle Gravgaard, Williston, was asked what sport, in her wildest ' dreams, she would most like to participate In at the Winter Olympics: "Figure skating. It's such a gorgeous sport and Tonya Harding has created lots of interest in the sport, but I've always liked to figure skate. To have that much control of your body and do those things on a pair of skates Is truly amazing." ' f ! r; ft. J ft Mfthfti lfti

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