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--June 6, 1976 Sunday Gasutle-Mail irginia SHOWDOWN Laidley Face-lifting Possible There will be something for everybody in the $39.467,000 school bond issue which will be presented to the voters of Kanawha County in Nov- Â·ember. And especially, if the voters approve, athletic facilities will get a desperately needed and long- awaited face-lifting. A black eye for the entire county over a long period of time has been oO-year old Laidley Field, coming apart at the seams from neglect "and abuse over the past several years. How the school board could justify letting the old stadium rot before its very eyes is a mystery none of us will ever be able to unravel. It's disgraceful to say the least but actually not uncommon when politi- Â· dans are in charge of the upkeep and repair of public facilities. ! We recall most v i v i d l y a few -years back when a committee from ;lhe Pittsburgh Pirates, including .Â·assistant g.m. Joe O'Toole and Jarm director Harding Peterson, :came here to discuss the posibility of moving their Columbus farm ; club to our town. There were red "faces all around when an inspection .was made of Watt Powell Park. Â· With no professional baseball ^having been played there for a few years, the city had allowed the ball p a r k to rust and rot to a point where it was just about ready to fall in. Mayor Elmer Dodson pointed out that annual appropriations had been made for the upkeep and repair of the park but that the money had nearly always been diverted later to other facilities regarded as more pertinent to the city's welfare. Mayor Dodson promised to bring the ball park back to good repair if the Pirates signed a contract to play here. Dodson did his bit but it wasn't really until John Hutchinson became mayor that the city sincerely went about spending the money necessary to salvage the $350,000 facility which would now would run costs into the millions if it had to be replaced. This is what they call protecting the taxpayers' investments -something the board of education forgot about a long time ago when the upkeep of Laidley Field was suggested. The deterioration in recent years has gone so far that the bill for restoring the old stadium has now grown to the point that the school board finds it impossible to put together necessary funds to do the job Estimated Renovation Would Run $2,076,050 While old Laidley is now in a . deplorable state of repair, there is Â· assurance from experts that it could be returned to its old state of '. decency. The school board is aware of this and not only willing but anxious to do s o m e t h i n g a b o u t it. Only through a bond issue, however, can the board get the money necessary to do this job, plus other improvements planned there. The estimated costs for all the things the citizens' advisory committee, headed by Homer Hanna, Jr., has recommended for Laidley would run an estimated $2,076,050. "This would bring the stadium and its surroundings up to first class standards,' says Superintendent of Schools J o h n S a n t r o c k . "Without the money to do this job, Santrock however, 1 am afraid we might completely lose the use of it." Included in the outlay of $2,076,050 would be a new field house ($645,000) to replace the present one which is actually falling apart and is a hazard to the athletes who use its limited space. A synthetic grass covering for the field also is included in the recommendations, as is the enlargement of the running track from six to eight lanes-desperately needed for the state high school track meet which is held here each year. A new electric Scoreboard, which would serve both football and track, also would be a part of the package. In addition, the bond issue would provide funds for the purchase of 94,000 square feet of adjacent land outside the stadium for parking and playground space.This would extend the overall layout of the facility from Elizabeth St., to Stadium Place Several Schools Use Old Laidley Field Because of the'heavy activity on the football field during the season it has been the policy of the stadium management to fence off the playing space to protect what little grass they have growing there. This has limited and curtailed the use of the field by other activities, bringing on loud cries of protest. But to no avail. With a synthetic covering for the field, however, the stadium could be put to constant use in all areas with no damage and practically no outlay of money for upkeep. Charleston. Stonewall Jackson a n d G e o r g e W a s h i n g t o n H i g h Schools use the field for both football and track. Junior high schools also make appearances there when they can fit their schedules into the priority of the high schools. If these proposed improvements are approved by the voters, Laidley Field would be changed from an embarrassing eye-sore to the showplace of the city and its facilities could be enjoyed by every school in ( Jie county at various times. The bond issue, of course, would provide funds for the upgrading of athletic facilities in all parts of the county -- most of them as direly in need of renovations as Laidley Field. Among new features would be all-weather running tracks for all high schools, plus improved athletic fields and gymnasiums. With the f u l l i m p a c t of girls' a t h l e t i c programs being felt, it is important to recognixe them now before they really settle down to permanent day-to-day play. Of course, the bond issue calls for the tearing down of some schools and the building of others, including a sorely needed vocational school. It would actually do away w i t h at least a small n u m b e r of class rooms, which the citizens' advisory committee feels will not be needed in a declining student enrollment. All in all. it seems to be a bond issue that the future of our schools will lean heavily upon. So it's not too late yet to salvage some of the crumbling facilities which are on the verge of total collapse May, Buckner Head Olympic Cage Team RALEIGH. N.C. (AP) - Scott May. college basketball's Player of the Year, and Indiana teammate Quinn Buckner headed the 15-man list of players selected Saturday for the United States Olympic basketball team. The squad, which reports to head Coach Dean Smith at Chapel Hill, N.C., next Wednesday, includes four of Smith's North Carolina far Hell players -- 6-foot-10 centers Mitch Kupchak and Tommy UGarde, 6-5 forward Wait Davis and 6-2 guard Phil Ford. The 10-man selection committee also chose 6-10 Scott Lloyd and 6-8 Mark Landsberger, teammates at Arizona State. The other forwards besides the 6-7 May are 6-7 Kenny Carr of North Carolina State, 6-5 All-American Adrian Dantley of Notre Dame, 6-6 Ernie Grunfeld of Tennessee, 6-7 Phil Hubbard of Michigan and .6-6 Steve Sheppard of Maryland. : Besides Ford and the 6-3 Buckner, the -guards selected were 6-4 Otis Birdsong of ."Houston and 6-3 Tatc Armstrong of Duke. Â·- ^The V*arn was announccd/ov Ben Lewis, 'secretary of the U.S. Olymge Basketball Committee, and Smith, who conducted the week-long tryout camp. In the five weeks between the time the team reports to Chapel Hill and its first game in Montreal, three players will be cut, leaving 12 to compete in the Summer Olypmic Tournament. "This was not my team of 15," said Smith. "Everybody had his own team, the 10 members of the selection committee, the 14 coaches, even the newspaper men. But you have to appreciate the calibre that we have here." Smith said the 15-man team selected differed in three places from the squad he had in mind, "but I won't say where." Of the 15 chosen, three-LaGarde, Grunfeld and Birdsong--were members of the United States team at the PanAmerican Games last fall. This team will be out to regain for the United States the gold medal it failed to win for the first time four years ago, when the Americans lost their first Olympic basketball game ever, a hotly disputed final game against the Soviet Union in the 1972 Summer Games at Mj/*ch. By Bert Rosenthal PHOENIX (AP) - The clock is winding down, but the Phoenix Suns still are hoping to become a National Basketball Association Cinderella in a championship showdown with the Boston Celtics. The Suns, a wild card team in the playoffs and trailing Boston 3-2 in the best-of- seven championship series, have been battling the Celtics to a near standstill. "It's going to be another war just like this one was," Boston captain John Havlicek said as the two teams headed for Phoenix and Game 6 at 3:30 p.m. today. Havlicek. a 14-year veteran seeking to lead the Celtics to an unprecedented 13th NBA title, shook off a painful foot injury and helped Boston to a dramatic 128-126 victory over the Suns in the fifth game Friday night in a tense triple-overtime game. Havlicek. who hit a running 15-foot bank shot which forced a third five-minute overtime, played 58 minutes. He appeared almost nonchalant, although naturally weary. He has been this way before. Havlicek, 36, but still the leader of the Celtics' famed fast break, scored 22 points, passed off for eight assists and grabbed nine rebounds while alternating between forward and the backcourt. "That's what playoff basketball is all about," Havlicek said after the longest championship round game in NBA history. "1 think the situation that exists is going to create basketball interest in June which has never been seen before," he added in an obvious reference to another NBA first, the latest playoff in history. Suns Confident However, the Suns, to a man, talked confidently, fully expecting a trip back to Boston for a seventh and deciding game next Wednesday would be necessary. "People thought we were just a bunch of people from the West that didn't belong here," Phoenix Coach John MacLeod said. "Anyone who thinks that now can go jump." Rookie guard Ricky Sobers sounded the Suns' war hoop, declaring "we're not going to back down. "We're not going to give up. no matter what," Sobers said. "We proved that." The Suns certainly proved a lot to many basketball fans throughout the country. They rallied from a 22-point first-half deficit and forced Havlicek's lfor-2 from the free throw line to tie the game 95-95. Jo Jo White took charge for Boston in overtime, scoring 15 of his game-high 33 points. However, the Suns were all even 101-101 after the first five-minute session. In the second overtime, Curtis Perry hit an 18-foot baseline shot and the Suns appeared to have a victory with five seconds left. However, Havlicek connected on his running shot and now it was the Celtics' turn, as they headed for the dressing room. Fans swarmed onto the court. Referee Richie Powers defended himself physically as MacLeod tried to get the attention of the officials. MacLeod finally got his point across. There was time left on the clock. The Celtics had to troop back from their dressing room. MacLeod took an official technical foul for too many times out. Jo Jo White sank the free throw, m a k i n g the score Boston 112-110. NEW YORK (AM - Robert Parrish. the 7-foot center from Centenary who decided against trying out for the United States Olympic team, is expected to be picked by the Atlanta Hawks and become the first player chosen Tuesday in the National Basketball Association draft. Chicago, operating without a coach following Dick Motta's resignation to take the coaching job with the Washington Bullets, has the No. 2 draft pick and is likely to choose AllAmerican forward Scott May of Indiana, the College Player of the Year. Among the other seniors expected to go high are Leon Douglas of Alabama, John Lucas and Mo Howard of Maryland. Ron Lee of Oregon. Quinn Buckner and Bobby Wilkerson of Indiana. Chuckle Williams of Kansas State, Wally Walker of Virginia. Earl Tatum of Marquette, Armond Hill of Princeton, and Willie Smith of Missouri. Our Congratulations To NEW CAR SALESMAN OF THE MONTH CAPiTOI CHRYSLER-PLYMOUTH 131 MacCorkle Aye.. So. Charleston AUTHORIZED OEAUH 'CHRYSLER iir.Tnoc rnDPrtt/".inw Suns Still Hope for Cinderella Title in Thrilling NBA Playoffs The Celtics reported he had a weak spell, but was revived after doctor's treatment in the trainers's room. Heinsohn was reported "near dehydration." "We did everything humanly possible to win a ball game." Silas said. "This was a hardfought game between two excellent ball clubs. I have all the respect in the world for them." MacLeod, however, had little respect for the officials in charge of crowd control at the Garden. He was particularly upset because he had difficulty calling time out after Havlicek's basket in the waning seconds of the second overtime. "I've never seen anything like it." MacLeod said. "You want to call a time out and you can't because you have to fight off the fans so the refs can see vou. "It doesn't happen in pro football or baseball. The fan; wanted to jump in and fight everybody...It was lucky that no one got hurt. What if Cowens had broker an arm or Havlicek had broken an ankle? What then'" PHOENIX (1?S) Perry 1C 3-4 23. Heare 8 1-2 17, Aoams 9 2-2 20. Socers II 3-4 25, Weslpha! M 3-3 25. Van Ar'tiaie 1 3-4 5, Erickson 0 0-0 0. A j v t r e / 2 3-3 7, Lumpkm 0 0-0 0, Haw Incrne I 2-2 4 To'als 53 20-24 ; BOSTON (128) Havlicek 8 6-7 22, Silas 8 l-l 17. coweris 1 8-11 26, White 15 3-4 33. Scott 3 0-0 6. McDonald 3 2-2 8. Arc 3 2-2 3. KuOerski 2 0-0 4 stacorn 0 0-0 0. Nelson 1 2-2 4. Totals 52 24-29 Phoenix 18 27 27 23 6 11 14-126 Boston V 25 16 18 6 II 16-128 roulcdout Adams. Awtrev, Silas, Cow- c-ns.Scoft Tctalfouls:Pncenix 30. 3DSTON 34. Tecnn'.cals. Pnoenix nench, Phoenix Coacn AAacLetcl A. 15,320 John Havlicek 'Another War' However, that gave Phoenix the ball at midcourt with one second left on the clock. Somehow, the Suns got the ball into Gar Heard, who hit on a high arching jump shot, tying the score. The result: a third overtime. The Suns took a brief 116-114 lead in the third overtime. Both teams were hurting. Boston had starters Dave Cowens, Paul Silas and Charlie Scott out with six fouls. Phoenix was Without both centers, Alvan Adams and Dennis Awtrey. McDonald Spurts White hit two baskets in a row. 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