Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 26, 1974 · Page 37
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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, May 26, 1974
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CHS Victor By One Point By S.J. Easterling Charleston High overcame a mental letdown on Friday night to capture the Class AAA track championship Saturday afternoon at Laidley Field. Charleston coach Keith Pritt was full of praise as the Mountain Lions scored 30 points and then held their breath while the last three events were completed. "This is the hardest championship we've ever won." Pritt said. "We did it without a super athlete. We had some outstanding athletes, but this was a total team effort." Pritt praised his team on its comeback in Saturday's finals. "We had a very big letdown when our shuttle hurdle team was disqualified in the trials because of two false starts," the CHS coach said. "Our kids could have folded, but they didn't. They came right back today and won the championship." . For Pritt, it was his fourth state track title. He guided the Mountain Lions to the championship in 1972 but didn't coach last year. It was anybody's meet going into Saturday's finals,,but Charleston managed to -hold off hard charging Stonewall Jackson for the team title. Stonewall finished second with 29 points while St. Albans third with 23. Stonewall trailed Charleston by the single point over the last three events. Neither Class AAA Team Scoring Charleston Stonewall .... , St. Albans John Mrshll Jetferson East Bank G. Washington Huntington Hurricane . Liberty .. . . Nitro Dun bar Bluelield Huntington E. .. .30 29 71 .20 19 .18 IS .14 17 1? .10 9 R ...8 Parkersbrg S... Beckley Wheeling Lewis Co OuPont. Morgantown .... So. Charleston. Welch . Tradelpha Martinsburg .... ...7 6 ...6 ...6 . 5 ...5 5 ...4 4 4 ...3 3 2 ...1 team was able to score in the two-mile run, mile relay or pole vault. * * * EAST BANK'S Claude Geiger had his share of trouble Saturday, but.still managed to capture three events -- the only triple winner in the meet, Geiger won the 100-yard dash, tying the state record for the second time^ He won the 120-yard high hurdles, but had to fight off a dizzy spell before winning the 180-yard lows. "When I got to the finish line in the high hurdles, I just became real dizzy," Geiger said. "I thought I was going to just fall over." Treatment from trainer Red Hartman had Geiger back in time for the 180 lows. Only one record was broken among the Class AAA. Wheeling's Damon Clark rounded the track eight times to win the two-mile run in 9:42.3. Clark was the state, cross- country champion in the winter. . John Davis of Clarksburg Liberty closed out a brilliant season by winning both the 880 and mile runs. Davis was clocked in 1:57.8 for the 880 and had a 4:23.9 time in the mile. His wins Saturday gave him an undefeated season. He failed to lose in either event during the entire season. * * * JOHN MARSHALL held the early lead after four events Friday night and a wild chain of events threw the team championship up in the air. Charleston, Stonewall and St. Albans all lost events that had produced points during the season. "I watched a movie about a month ago that was put out by the U.S. Army. It was called 'Hang Tough' and it was about people that never give up," Pritt said. "That movie is what our team is about because they hung tough out there today. · "We had some letdowns, but we came right back and won the state championship. I think the turning point was the 440-yard relay. That second place finish got us moving again," Pritt added. Dunbar's Billy Washington had an excellent time for the 220. He won the event in 22.0 after finishing third to Geiger in the 100 dash. » * » ·' IN THE FIELD events, Charleston's Curt Galloway Please turn to Page 4D 7im/r.f.«i. tt .in.. May 26, 1974 S PORTS Page'lD Beihl Launches Warwood in \ A A' By Bob Fretwell Warwood punctuated its return to the top'in Clftss AA track Saturday with alblister- ing performance in tfte mile relay at Laidley Field! Randy Beihl anchored Warwood's mile relay quartet to a record time, of 3:28.9 as the Northern Panhandle team won the Class AA division of the 60th annual State Meet with 31% points. ?' Ansted's Tom Pridemore and Duval's David Bowman joined Warwood's mile relay team as new record holders and Buffalo Putnam sprinter Zack Raynes captured a share of the 100-yard dash standard. Hampshire County calimed t* runner-up trophy with 22 points and Ravenswood was thired with 21Vzl Pocahontas County and Ceredo-Kenova followed with 18'/ 2 points in the team scoring. Warwood won the Class AA championship in 1962, the first year the State Meet was divided into two divisions, under its present coach, Don Minder. "This is a great team," Minder acknowledged, "and Beihl is one of the best track- men in the state." Beihl, who started War.- d ........ 3ivi ~~ from beginning to end. Its CLASS AA SCORING most crushing blow came Montcaim ..... .'.,,.'. 7 when distance ace David liS^.::±::::J Dean P ulled U P lame in the Pocahontas .... !8Vj Hamlln ............... mile run. -· Ceredo-Kenova. . ISVjMonongaht' Pnpahnntac'c tio' fnr fnnrth Doddridge ......... ij wiiiiamstown ...... 4 rocanontas s tie tor tourtn padenoty ........ M Berkeley springs 4 as the meet concluded on an Mullens .......... 2'/3 Wnf o d .............. 4 ., , . r . . ... .. Buftaio Putnam 12 stoco .................. 3 ideal day for track and field Fort A$hby ....... 12 st. Marys ........... 3 was its best in this season- ending classic. Pridemore, closing out a brilliant high school athletic career, lowered the 120-yard high hurdles record with a 14.2 effort. Bowman, the Duval sophomore, continued his run to stardom with a 9:53.2 clocking in the 2-mile run. Bowman earned the plaudits of the crowd by bouncing Greenbrier Wostll Oceana 3 Ansted II Gilmer 2V"» Poca II Shady Spring...2V} Duval 9 Hcdgesville.. 2 New Martinsvllle9 Falrvlew I'/j Cowcn 1 Fayettevillc 1 wood's march to victory by winning the pole vault and ing second in the 400-yard run, led the V i k i n g s with" points. MAC WATTS paced Hampshire's highest finish in the state meet by scoring 13 points, the high individual output in the Class AA division. Watts won the low hurdles, placed second in the high hurdles and was third in the 100 : yard dash. Ravensood garnered 18 points in the relays, including a victory by the quartet of Dennis Miller, Mark Hoffman, Butch Brown and Alan Hall, to remain among the Class AA powers. The meet was a vast disappointment to Ceredo-Kenova up after taking a spill in heavy traffic on the next-to-last circuit of the eight-lap grind. Bowman took the lead from the Montcaim tandem of Kenny Hensley and Howard shortly afterwards and sprinted most of the final lap. Raynes repeated as champion of the two shortest sprints. It required a 10 seconds flat burst by Raynes in the 100-yard dash to tie the record. Pridemore also holds a share of that record on the ba- Please turn to Page 5D Photo by Lawrence Pierce CLAUDE GEIGER OF EAST BANK KNOCKS DOWN FINAL HURDLE IN VICTORY He Runs 120-Yard High Hurdles in 14.2 Seconds -- One of Three Wins for Him 3-2 VICTORY Charlies 9 Slump-Ending Win Preserved by Lamb Photo by Lawrence Pierce GEIGER GETS DIZZY AFTER WINNING HURDLES Trainer Offers Ice to East Bank Star NORFOLK, ya. - The Charleston Charlies ended a six-game sinking spell with a 3-2 victory over Tidewater Saturday night. After scoring two runs in the top of the ninth inning to fracture a 1-1 tie, the Charlies held on when the Tides threatened to come in. John Lamb retired Dave McDonald, a pinch-hitter, with two out and the tying and winning runs on base, preserving Jim McKee's second victory of the season. "A real laugher, wasn't it," said Steve Demeter, the Charleston manager, with just a trace of irony in his voice. "But we'll take 'em any way we can get 'em." McKee was one out away from a four-hitter and a complete game when Jim Gosger, Bruce Boisclair and Greg Harts singled. Gosger scored and runners were at first and second when Lamb rushed in. The latter, recorded his second save, both against Tidewater. In three appearances against the Tides, Lamb has faced 12 batters and retired them all. * * * MCKEE HAD a problem with a finger blister in the ninth "but I had good rhythm tonight and my palm ball was working. I like pitching in this park. It has a good mound and the lights are good. MCKEE LAMB Doug Bair (3-2) will pitch for the Charlies in the second game of this five-game series. Randy Sterling (2-3) who shut out the Charlies Monday in Charleston, will be the Tidewater pitcher... The Charlies are 8-7 in one-run games, 6-8 on the road. . .Hernandez has a four-game hitting streak. . .Bill Flowers was robbed by rightfielder Boisclair's running catch. "Last year when I came down from Pittsburgh I lost five of my first six. Then I didn't lose again. I'm 2-5 now and I hope the same thing holds true." Another Charlie who likes Metropolitan Park is Ken Macha, the young catcher just recalled from Thetford Mines. He was l-for-17 going into the game, but he made two hits, including a vital double in the ninth, stole a base and threw out a would-be base-stealer. McKee and lefthander Ken JUran were even a 1-1 through eighth innings. With one out in the top of the ninth, Ed Ott, who had singled and scored on Jackie Hernandez' double in the fifth, hit safely again. Madia scored him with a single to leftcen- ter. Tom Matchick's hit drove in Macha. CHARLIE CHATTER - Charleston (3) Players Flwrs If LRusa 2b Augut cf Howrd 16 Ott rf Macha c 3 Matchk 36 4 0 Hndz s s 4 0 McKec p 3 0 Lamb p Totals Tides (2) ab r h bi piayer ab r h bi 4 0 0 0 Brnes 2b · - · - 1 0 4 1 0 1 0 Crsll s s 4 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 Gsger cl-l(4 1 1 1 4 0 0 0 Bosclr r f 4 0 1 0 4 2 2 0 Ayala 11 3 0 0 0 2 1 Harts c t 1 0 1 1 1 1 McDnld ph 1 0 0 0 1 I Hllums Ib 3 0 1 0 ' 0 Nolan c 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 stjger 3 b 2 0 0 0 33 3 8 3 j uran p 3 0 0 0 Strhmyr p 0 0 0 0 Totals 32 2 7 2 Orioles' Cuellar Baffles Yanks on Two Hits, 5-1 MONONGAH'S JAV FEJ.TZ ROLLS OVER THE HIGH JUMP BAR Junior Jumper Tried fcfl Class AA Record of 6-7 settled for 6-|Win --Staff Photo by Lawrence Pierce The Associated Press At 37, Mike Cuellar has never felt better. In the last few weeks, he has never looked better. Off to a bad start this year, Baltimore's pitching "relic" is on the right track these days-- and Saturday, won his fifth straight game with a 5-1, twohit beauty over the New York Yankees. "I have no explanation for my bad start," said the lef- thander. "It's just that balls that were going through the hole before now are being caught. I'm getting better breaks now." The onetime 20-game winner scoffed at insinuations that he was too old to pitch well. "I don't worry about my age," said Cuellar. "If you feel good, what does it matter how old you are? I never think about my age." Cueltar lost the first three games of, the season, but has won th*'ast five, all with complete games. Usually a pitcher with an excellent curve, Cuellar relied mainly on his fastball Saturday against New York because the breaking ball wasn't working well. Cuellar baffled the stumbling Yankees with the help of home runs by Paul Blair and Don Baylor. Houston 5, Atlanta 1-Pinch-hitter Bob Gallagher drove home the winning run with a ninth-inning single and Cesar Cedeno followed with a three-run homer. New York Mets 4, Pittsburgh 3--Cleon Jones and John Milner both powered two-run homers for the Mets to back Jerry Koosman's pitching. Richie Zisk knocked in all three of the Pirates runs with a pair of doubles. Dock Ellis (1-5)-took the losss. Philadelphia 4, Montreal 3, first game--Greg Luzinski ho- mered over the left field wall for three runs in the eighth inning to bring the Phillies from behind in the firsJ; game of a twi-night double leader. Milwaukee 9, Boston 2 -Johnny Briggs drove in four runs with his 10th and llth homers of the season. The Brewers snapped the Red Sox' six- game winning streak and regained f i r s t place in the American League East Division. Detroit 5, Cleveland 4 -Willie Horton hits his 12th homer, a three-run shot in the eighth inning. Horton's blast wiped out a 4-2 Cleveland lead, which came Charlie Spikes' two-run homer in the top of the eighth. Texas4,Minnesota3 -- Alex J fwnn Johnson unloaded his first inlGTnU round-tripper of the season in the eighth inning. Jackie Brown (2-1) picked up the win. National League Chicago Cubs 5, St. Louis 4 -- Bill Williams hit his seventh home run of the season and drove in three runs to lead the Cubs over Bob Gibson (3-4) of the Cards. Los Angeles 9, San Francisco 5 -- The Dodgers ended a brief two-game slump as Bill Russell's three-run blast capped a six-run first inning outburst. Rick Auerbach and Steve Garvey also homered for the Dodgers while Tommy John (7-1) hurled a seven-r.^"- ter. I Charleston ..,.'. OOO 010 002-3 Tides 000 001 001-2 E -- Hernandez. DP -- Charleston 2. Tides 1. LOB - Charleston 5, Tides 2. 2B -- Hernandez, Macha. SB -- Macha. Croswell. Player IP H R E R B B S O McKee(W,2-5) 82/3 7 2 2 1 4 Lamb 1 / 3 0 0 0 0 0 Juran ( L , 1-4) 8 1 / 3 8 3 3 2 0 Strohmayer Save-Larnb (2) 2/3 0 0 0 0 T - 2:15. A - 1,314. Valdes Winner MONTE CARLO (AP) Rodrigo Valdes of Colombia knocked Benny Briscoe down with a short right hand to the mouth and a left hook and stopped the American in the seventh r o u n d to win the World Boxing Council's mid- dlweight championship Saturday night. The seventh round appea d to be Briscoe's best of the scheduled 15-rounder when Valdes suddenly ended it in the final seconds. Briscoe had hurt Valdes early in the round with a hard right that brought blood from the Colombian's left eye, which was cut in the fourth round. Then late in the seventh, Briscoe bulled Valdes to the ropes and t h r e w a r i g h t . Valdes suddenly flashed home the right that traveled just inches and followed with a left hook. Standings Saturday's games CHARLESTON 3, Tidewater 2 Rochester 8, Syracuse 4 Toledo 4. Pawtucket 2 Memphis 3, Richmond 2 The Standings Northern Division Club W Syracuse 20 Rochester 17 Toledo 16 Pawtucket 9 Southern Division Club W Memphis 21 Richmond 19 CHARLESTON. ...17 Tidewater H L 13 i: 21 21 L 11 12 16 24 pet. .586 .432 .300 Pet. .656 ,613 .515 314 GB GB 1 1 ''3 Sunday's Camts CHARLESTON at Tidewater (2 p.m.) Richmond at Memphis ; Rochester at Syracuse v Toledo at Pawtucket |

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