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1 6 Part III Saturday. April 30, IW8 R ORANGE COUNTY Coo Anfleleo (Tiroes 'VJY Ite - "HI J 1 U li 111 - I 1 - -A 1 V " I GLENN KOENIG Los Angeles Times Staff members of University High's student magazine interview Soviet volleyball players Elena Thesnokova and Ury Chernov (right). Digging High-Level Detente in Orange County By ELLIOTT ALMOND. Times Staff Writer Stefan Mumaw is a 6-foot 8-inch junior who plays volleyball for University High School in Irvine. As one of the school's tallest students, he enjoys the status of upperclassman. But Friday morning, as one of the hosts to a 25-member volleyball delegation from the Soviet Union, he didn't quite measure up. There he was in the school's quad, face to chin with Ivan Zagor-ski, one of the Soviets who will participate Sunday night in exhibition matches against U.S. Olympians and All-Americans. The site has been switched from Marina High to University. This little cultural exchange ensued: "Hey, how tall are you?" "Almost 2V meters." "So, how tall is that?" Zagorski stands almost 7-feet tall, and though Mumaw could not figure the conversion, he knew when he had met his match. "I've really learned a lot about relationships between people," Mumaw, 17, said. "There is no such thing as a stereotype." Last week, the Soviet gymnastics team was on tour of the United States. In the past six months, the country has been Sovietized with musicians even rock 'n' roll musiciansthe ballet and, now, as the 1988 Summer Games approach, athletes. The schism that split international sport four years ago, when Moscow announced its Soviet bloc boycott of the 1984 Los Angeles Games, is all but forgotten in the name of the Gorbachev revolution. With glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) more popular these days among Western political analysts than vodka and caviar, a transformation of good will has overcome the superpowers. This intoxicating feeling was evident on a less grandiose, but equally important, scale Friday in Orange County, where the Soviet delegation is spending five days of a two-week tour. The delegation will leave Monday for Seattle, where the tour will end. The delegation is composed of men and women volleyball players and officials of the Soviet Trade Union, which is sponsoring the group. Some of the athletes, such as Inna Ryskal, are famous Soviet Olympians. Others are promising 111 J IT 4 i v fi GLENN KOENIG Los Angeles Times University High volleyball player Stefan Mumaw listens to a member of the Soviet volleyball delegation during lunchtime. Visiting Journalist Says Sports Coverage in Soviet Union 'Always Has Been Open' Vladimir Gheskim, a Soviet sports journalist who has worked for Sovietsky Sport for 15 years, said Friday that the open policies of glasnost have not affected coverage of Soviet athletics. "In covering sports, it always has been open," he said during a tour of Orange County with a Soviet volleyball delegation. "What can be secret when a team plays another team?" But the American media made much of a report last November by Sovietsky Sport, a sports publication, that focused on drug problems in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk. The article, according to Western foreign correspondents, was a rare disclosure of drug violations by Soviet athletes. Gheskim, however, said that the use of anabolic steroids, muscle-building agents banned by the International Olympic Committee, have been widely discussed in the Soviet media for many years. Gheskim said that the publication is currently writing about the problems of Soviet athletes facing life after sports. "It's a problem for us," he said. "There must be assurances that all athletes can live like other people after their playing days end. It's been a big discussion in the press." -ELLIOTT ALMOND in this country is a necessary thing." The Soviets, however, were considered the world's strongest men's team until 1984, when the U.S. team won the Olympic gold medal. Although the Soviets did not compete, the United States had dominated the Soviets during a spring tour of the Soviet Union. The U.S. team, in fact, was playing against the Soviet national team in Kharkov on May 7, 1984, when the boycott was announced. The U.S. team also won the 1988 world championships in spite of the Soviets' participation. But Valerie dePourtales, a member of American Volleyball, the Orange County-based organization hosting the Soviets, said she was impressed with the Soviet programs when she visited there last summer. "They are so developed and organized," she said during a barbecue-style lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs at University's horticulture center. "We tend to walk into a gym and think, 'Now we'll have a good time.' They walk in and it's ail business and they know by excelling that they'll have a good time." But none of the Soviets seemed concerned with their volleyball technique as they toured University High. They were taken to a gym class, a computer class and a lunchtime concert with a live rock band. They showed polite interest at the physical education class, where teen-agers were attempting to play volleyball with minimal skill. The computer class, however, provided special excitement as they clustered around students to watch them work their keyboards. "It's great to see how they react with computers," Mumaw said. "I've been around computers all my life." But it was his first exposure to Soviets. Now he hopes it's not his last. young players who hope someday to wear the red CCCP uniforms at international competitions. They are not the players who will be on stage at Seoul, South Korea, next fall for the Summer Olympics, said Gennady Shibaev, the delegation leader. Shibaev is president of the Soviet Trade Union, which played host to a U.S. volleyball entourage last year. Shibaev said tours such as his are important for the development of Soviet volleyball. "The American men are the best in the world," he said through Vladimir Gheskim, a Soviet sports journalist who is acting as an interpreter for the delegation. "To know how volleyball is developed Community College Roundup Mike Gonzales Has Five RBIs to Lead Rancho Santiago, 13-5 Mike Gonzales hit a home run and had five RBIs to lead Rancho Santiago College to a 13-5 victory over Saddleback Friday in an Orange Empire Conference baseball game at Rancho Santiago. Gonzales hit a three-run home run, his 10th, in the fourth inning. Kraig Washington had four hits, three RBIs and scored three runs for Rancho Santiago (31-6 overall, 13-3 in the conference), which leads second-place Cypress by a game with four remaining. Steve Watson (1-1) pitched six innings of relief for the victory. Bobby Hamelin, who had hit six home runs in the last five games and leads the state with 23, walked three times and was hit by a pitch. Rancho Santiago's Rich Gonzales went 0 for 4 to break his 30-game hitting streak. Matt Lundin had three hits for Saddleback (16-22,4-11), In other Orange Empire Conference baseball: Cypres 15, Riverside 2 Tim Churchill had three doubles and a triple, drove in three runs and scored one for host Cypress (26-8, 12-4). Citrus 17, Orange Coast 9 Todd Danato had three hits, including two home runs, and five RBIs and picked up the victory in relief for visiting Citrus (9-6, 22-15). Derek Dehdashtian hit his 17th home run forOCC(6-9, 22-17-1), In South Coast Conference soft-ball: Golden West 4, Cerritos 3 (8 innings) Tina Barranco singled with the bases loaded to drive in the winning run for host Golden West (16-14, 11-5). In Orange Empire Conference softball: Rancho Santiago 3, Saddleback 2 Tami Rogers (1-0) threw a six-hitter, giving up just one earned run, for host Rancho Santiago (17-17, 10-8). Cypress 7, Riverside 3 Noel Parker had two hits and three RBIs and Sandy Alvarino had two hits and two RBIs to lead host Cypress (26-14, 13-5). In the Orange Empire Conference men's swimming championship: Orange Coast 519, Palomar 424, San Diego Mesa 223 Nat Kinny broke the meet record as she swam 1 minute 43.87 seconds in the 200-yard freestyle for OCC at Saddleback. In the South Coast Conference women's swimming championships: Golden West 553.5, Pasadena 208.5, Long Beach 224.5 Kris Takayama won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:16.76 as Golden West won all five individual events at Mt. San Antonio. In the South Coast Conference men's swimming championships: Golden West 560, Mt. San Antonio 302, Pasadena 225 Duke Zander won the 100-yard backstroke in 55.96 and Golden West won the 800-freestyle relay in 7:11.10 at Mt. San Antonio. Community College Results, Schedules RESULTS BASEBALL Oranga Empira Conference Rancho Santiago 13, Saddleback 5 Cypress 15, Riverside 2 Citrus 1 7, Orange Coast 9 8QFTBALL Orange Empire Conference Cypress 7, Riverside 3 Rancho Santiago 3, Saddleback 2 MEN'S TRACK AND FIELD Orange Empire Conference final Riverside 155, Orange Coast 143V4. Rancho Santiago 138, Saddleback 89Vi. Citrus 64 WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD Orange Empire Conference Saddleback 249, Orange Coast 137. Riverside 67, Rancho Santiago 32. 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