The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on May 22, 1980 · 267
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 267

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Thursday, May 22, 1980
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i 8 Thurs, May 22, 1980-SGV- Qos Angeles Stmea SECRETARY'S MISTAKE m i p Vx- v: c'.o' "Si V 1 ... j vc? - vie ;FPJ ;i 1 1 . . .. ..... .j, lftl tfBtjfnliPiijr nimwiiHiHI', ,t M.iilt -i " La Verne Hails Reversal of Disqualifying Edict, Baseball Team Heads for Playoffs CONCENTRATION Scott Garnett of Muir High School is ranked third among the country's prep school shot put stars. He also plays football. COMPETITOR Ricky Holliday, ranked No. 2 in the nation in triple jump, had to drop out of CIF finals because of muscle spasm in right leg. MUIR HAS 9 ENTRIES IN TRACK FINALS Continued from First Page Coffield, can handle assignments in dash events, the 440, 880, shot put, sprint relay, mile relay and low hurdles. Opp started coaching at Muir High in 1948 when it was a junior college, and stayed on when it became a high school in 1954. "We've had outstanding athletes in the area," he said. "We've been able to build up the program to where it's sometimes better than the junior college level. "By 1960 it was balanced enough to start winning state titles. We've been No. 1 in California twice and runner-up three times. Besides that, we've won six CIF titles and come in second four times." One of the secrets of his success is something Opp has obviously practiced for at least as long as he has preached it: dedication. Another is the ability to recognize talent and then evaluate the directions in which it should be developed. The first responsibility of a coach is to be a good scout, Opp said. "You have to know how to seek out top athletes on the campus in the hallways, in gym classes, wherever and then encourage them to come out for the team, We've gotten some students into varsity sports that had never thought of it "Take Dennis Breckow; we talked him into track and his time in the 880, set in 1963, is still a school record. I found him on a handball court; noticed the way he ran. "You can evaluate a kid just by the way he walks the rhythm, the coordination. A good track man has to have good coordination, head to toe. I look for good lean body, the tendency to lean into his stride, on his toes. "I also notice if he has the anatomical structure and posture." Opp said that after he and his assistants find a potential athlete, they evaluate his abilities. "But even though the boy has the basic talent and coordination," he said, "the coach has to instill the incentive to do 25 more than he thought he could do. "Our main concern is to develop a competitive attitude. We always stress going to the CIF and state levels. It takes considerably more dedication to think that way than just to win a league meet, "On the other hand, we emphasize relaxation in developing a runner, to eliminate muscle friction. We don't want to see them clenching their fists in action, or tensing up the upper body." Opp said a coach has to learn to relate to an athlete, so he can warn of things that will turn his head, or cause him to let up. "Too many outside activities, too much attention can destroy good potential," he said. "Publicity can affect an athlete slowly, like a poison. "If we have a discipline problem we put the boy on a contract; he agrees to follow the coach's instructions and team rules and will remove himself if he fails to do so. "If he says he won't do something, I ask, 'You won't or you don't want to? If you don't want to, we can talk it over. If you won't, turn in your uniform.' " Opp said he urges his charges to take their studies se riously, too, and they do. Mayfield has a 3.0 grade point average and already has a four-year athletic scholarship at Arizona State University. "I want to be an X-ray technician," he said. "A lot of my relatives are into medical careers." Garnett, who has been recruited for football as we!! as track, said he plans to attend the University of Washington on a grid ticket and may go out for track, too. He plans to major in physical education and wants to coach college football. Holliday said he has had track offers from most of the Pac 10 schools, plus the University of Kansas, University of Texas at both Austin and El Paso, and Ohio State. "Some schools are considering me for football, too," Holliday said. "I have until Aug. 1 to sign up, so I'll probably wait till the state meet June 6 and 7 to see if I do well and get any better offers. They're all one-year renewables so far." By MARK LANDSBAUM TliiMt WrHw LA VERNE-"It's like being dead and coming to life," University of La Verne baseball coach Ben Hines said. Hines was commenting on the resurrection of ULV's highly regarded baseball team, which was reinstated for postseason playoff competition at the 11th hour by the executive committee of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The university's baseball, track, tennis and golf teams were disqualified from postseason play and their athletes from postseason honors because the athletes' academic eligibility certificates were turned in six days late in April. A student secretary filling in for the Athletic Director Roland Ortmay-er's regular secretary had forgotten to mail in the forms by the April 15 deadline. Under NAIA regulations, this automatically disqualified the school's spring sports teams. The teams' athletes all met academic standards for eligibility, but because the forms were late ULV was banned from district, area and national postseason playoff competitions. On May 12, the NAIA executive committee in Kansas City, Mo., upheld the university's appeal of the disqualification and reinstated the baseball team, ranked 16th in the nation. But the ruling came too late for 11 ULV track team members and six tennis team members, whose district playoff competition had already begun. Another five golf team members had competed in district playoffs before the school was notified of its disqualification, but all failed to qualify for the next round of playoff competition, Ortmayer said. As it was, the reinstatement should have been too late to free the baseball team for district playoffs. Competition was scheduled to begin the previous Saturday, May 10, but nature gave ULV a reprieve when the game was rained out. When word came that the school's appeal was upheld, there still was time for the baseball team to be included in the district playoffs, in which ULV, Southern California In-terscholastic Athletic Conference champion, was top-seeded. "That's the time element, I guess," said Wally Schwartz, NAIA assistant executive director. "If the review (of Coach Ben Hines ULV's appeal) had been done four or five days later, they would have missed out on everything." Ortmayer, who took responsibility for the late mailing of eligibility forms, said the school's baseball team stands the best chance of all ULV spring sports teams to win a national championship. The baseball team is 34-13 on the year, with a 16-2 conference record. For the ninth consecutive year it won its conference title. Hines said his ballplayers were elated by the reinstatement and speculated that it might "give us a little more vitality" in the playoffs. ULV's appeal was supported by NAIA District 3 eligibility and executive committees before being upheld by NAIA national level officials. Hines said he thought disqualification was too harsh a penalty to impose on the student athletes simply because their eligibility forms were turned in late. Ortmayer agreed, pointing out that there was not "any fraudulent or illegal action" and that all the athletes had met eligibility standards. Baseball team captain Bruce Hines, the son of Coach Ben Hines, said Monday that "everybody is walking around with smiles and they can't believe it." Preliminary word Friday, May 9, from NAIA national headquarters was that the appeal had been turned down, Hines said, but at the same time there was a slim hope that the final decision would be to uphold the university's appeal. "They left it with a little thread hanging that it was not a 100 final decision," Hines recalled. That slim hope came true, paving the way for ULV's baseball team to sweep four games in the District 3 playoff competition last week, and advance to the NAIA Area One tournament in Lewiston, Idaho, where they play Lewis and Clark State on Friday, May 23. The winners of the eight area tournaments around the nation and two other teams chosen from those tournaments will compete in the NAIA World Series in Nashville, Tenn., May 28 through June 23. 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