El Paso Times from El Paso, Texas on March 8, 1983 · 6
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Tuesday, March 8, 1983
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irnco Section (Jj Tuesday, March 8. 1S&3 Page 1-C TREVINO i PtAZA THANKS MINERS WE HEEDED THAT AT LEAST' A NIT PICK , war 1461 Ui N CAA take I tracksters By Ruben Villegas Times staff writer The National Collegiate Athletic Association gave the green light Monday for all 11 of UTEP's tracksters to compete in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Meet in Pontiac. Mich., this weekend. Any last-minute worries were set aside Monday afternoon when UTEP Coach Larry Heidebrecht and Lady Miner Coach Don Pfaff confirmed with the NCAA that their tracksters had qualified to the Friday and Saturday meet. The NCAA's new (j'ia!ifyin system requires all athletes to meet a minimum standard and be in the top 20 (in some events 12) in their respective fields. "Zak Barie has the top time in the 2-mile (run, 8 minutes, 28.2 seconds) going into nationals," Heidebrecht said. "Bert Cameron is fifth or sixth in the 400 meters (46.90) and (Gidamis) Shahanga and (Sam) Ngatia were in easily, which means they're in the top 10." Qualifying times for Shahanga and Ngatia in the 2-mile run are 8:34.6 and 8:28.2, respectively. Other qualifiers included Fabian Whymns in the 60-yard dash and Tore Johnsen in the 35-pound weight throw (75 feet. 3tt inches). Lady Miner qualifiers include Kim Turner, who has the second-best 60-yard hurdles time in the if - C-'- V -Jy -v - " I V r i t - : Sam Ngatia . . . Distance runner Linda HcCurdy . . . High jumper nation at 7.63 seconds, and Charmaine Crooks, who rates in the top five with her 54.04 in the 400 meters. Also qualifying were Cynthia Henry, whose 19-8V4 ranks 13th in the nation, and Linda McCurdy and Marietta Overwater. who qualified by high jumping past the NCAA qualifying's mark of 5-10. UTEP, three-time defending NCAA men's cham pion, is not the favorite but is considered a darkhorse among the six track powerhouses. "Arkansas, Tennessee" and Southern Methodist have the inside track," Heidebrecht said. "After that, it's Villanova and us as darkhorses. "Our key is the 2-mile run. We have to sweep it or go 1-2-4," Heidebrecht said. "If we get 20 points, we're in the team race ... a lot of people think 40 points will win it. If it takes less than that, we're also in the race." Heidebrecht said Arkansas and SMU can break the 40-point mark. "If SMU finishes with 40 rcw?s it's in the bank for them ... Arkansas has the most potential and the rest of us have to hit big with what we have to get those points." Heidebrecht said the team with the fewest errors will win. "It will be a very exciting meet. In the past UTEP has dominated, which is nice if you're UTEP, but this year the meet will be extremely close." the coach said. SIDELINE NOTES - Former UTEP tracksters Larry Jessee (pole vaulter) and Peter Farmer (35-pound weight throw athlete) will try for world championship berths when they compete in Chihuahua City. Mexico, Friday. The world championships are scheduled in August in Helsinki, Finland. t - Times pholo by Al Gulicrrci A few words The message on the marquee at an East El Paso shopping center conveys a sentiment that is both grateful and hopeful in regard to the UTEP basketball team. The Miners lost their regular-season finale 62-61 Saturday night at Hawaii and, although they have clinched at least a share of the Western Athletic Conference title, their best bet for a post-season playoff berth appears to be the National Invitation Tournament. They'll know more after this weekend's games involving Utah and Brigham Young, who have battled the Miners for the league championship down to the final days. UTEP signs Harlingen quarterback UTEP football coach Bill Yung announced Monday that Harlingen (Texas) High School quarterback Sammy Garza will attend UTEP. Garza, a 6-foot-2. 200-pounder, played in the North-South All-Star game, was all-district 32-5A in 1981-82, all-district in basketball for two seasons, an all-district baseball player last season and the district long jump champion last season. The 18-year-old Garza completed 85-of-160 passes (56 percent) for 1,650 yards and 17 touchdowns last season. He had only four passes intercepted. Welcome to club, Nolan NOLAN RICHARDSON, Tulsa University's successful basketball coach, found it hard to believe what he saw several nights ago in the Pan American Center. So he took a walk with 37 seconds left in the first half. "I had to leave at halftime because I was about to throw up," said Richardson, who was irate over the officiating in Saturday night's 91-85 loss to the New Mexico State Aggies. "Momentum would be going our way and we'd get up by 5-6 points," Richardson explained. "Then we'd get a walk or a foul. And they'd (the Aggies) get the crowd back in the game. Steve Harris is getting bumped all night and they don't call anything." In short, Richardson did not approve of the officiating. The Aggies, however, may find it hard to buy that bill of goods. All they have to do is go back a week for two hard-to-belicve finishes. The first, of course, in Dcs Moines, Iowa where one second was enough time for the Drake Bulldogs to take two shots, clear a rebound and win what long will be remembered as the most controversial loss in Aggie basketball history. That same week on its own court, no less NMSU watched a 5-second call made by an official who was out of position. It led to a. Julio Lujan Timt Sporlj Wriltr last-second tipin by Wichita State for a 72-70 Aggie loss. SO, WHERE justice is the topic, the Aggies may tell Richardson to get in line. "Because of the fouls," Richardson added, "nobody would do anything. We went to a cat-and-mouse game with Harris and (Ricky) Ross. They could hit any 10-15 foot jumper. "I'm not afraid of this place (the Pan Am, where Richardson owns a 0-3 record in three years). It just has to be a better-called game. Tonight (Saturday) was very obvious." . Where the topic is injustice, the . Aggies may ask Richardson to get in line. They're still feeling the pain of a Drake overtime game that never-was. Richardson may have a second chance to plead his case. Tulsa plays at home Tuesday against Indiana State, with the winner visiting Las Cruces Thursday in the tournament's semifinal round pending an Aggie triumph Tuesday. The Missouri Valley Conference, it seems, may be the wrong place to ask for justice. Doubters need but look at the Valley's territory from south of Chicago to Peoria and Normal, 111., west to the Texas Panhandle and southern New Mexico. The bottom line may be that the three officials idea is something best left in the worst-ideas file. Not when the script usually goes: "I didn't get it. Didn't you see it?" "No, I thought he was watching for that." Two weeks ago in a game at Wichita State, where the host Shockers beat Creighton 81-71, Bluejay Coach Willis Reed also was upset about the calls or lack of them. Reed particularly complained about a tipin by Xavier McDaniel of Wichita when the ball was still on the rim. He said, "There were three officials and no one called it." ' Shocker Coach Gene Smithson countered: "Which one (did they not call)? The one the officials missed against them in the first half, or the other one. I guess one negates the other." Someone once said they all even out in the end. The Aggies and Richardson still find it hard to believe. dm 4y . uv;" & I i. v V, V .f wf v " - - ' j Lj r j if. u "'-. fi'N TV A, , . vvi m4r Rough slide AP photo New York Yankee Dave Winfield grim- Action took place during Monday's exhj-aces as he slides into third base under bition baseball game won by the Rang-Texas Rangers third baseman Bill Stein, ers 12-7. Exhibition roundup, Page 3C. Boxers compete at state FORT WORTH - Veteran amateur boxers Ricky Leon and Herman Delgado lead El Paso's delegation to the Texas Golden Gloves Championships which start at 6 p.m. MST Tuesday in the Will Rogers Coliseum. Leon and Delgado have been to state before, a couple of years ago, but El Paso has not had a state champion since 1977. The state tournament runs every night this week through Saturday. Winners advance to the national competition later this month in Albuquerque. Leon won the 139-pound open title during the El Paso Regional Golden Gloves tournament Feb. 22-24. Delgado claimed the 147-pound championship. Both boxers won additional honors, Leon for taking part in the best bout of the regional tourney, Delgado as the outstanding boxer during the meet. Seven others won regional titles and qualified to state, including 112-pounder Jose Santiago, Fernie Morales at 119, Raul Ochoa at 125, Miguel Holguin at 132, Jose Caballero at 156, Mark' Tyler at 165 and 178-pounder Michael Harris.; . , Morales and Tyler were unop-. posed in ropinnAK:""" ' Mill Umin Report Sports in brief . College basketball i Georgetown 80 Syracuse 75 UCLA 70 Washington 68 SWC basketball SMU 49 Texas 48 Texas Tech 57 Baylor 55 TCU 74 Rice 49 NBA Boston 121 New Jersey 114 Philadelphia 123 Detroit 114 USFL Michigan 9 Birmingham 7 Sports on TV Basketball 12:30 p.m., College, Sun Belt Conference Tournament, to be announced, Cable 20. 2:30 p.m., College, Dayton vs. Notre Dame, tape delayed, Cable 20. 8:20 p.m., NBA, Golden State vs. Los Angeles, Cable 23. Football 9 a.m. & 9:30 p.m., USFL, 1 Birmingham vs. Michigan, tape-delayed. Cable 20. General " 24 hour sports, Cable 20. Sports on tap Baseball College, UTEP vs. New Mexico Stale, Dudley Field, 6 p.m. High school, Parkland at Bel Air, Riverside at Ysleta, Socorro at Hanks, Burges at Eastwood, Irvin at Andress, Fabens at Austin, Cathedral at Coronado, Caricripn t Pi Pacn. I a Cruras. at Jefferson, all games at 4 p.m.a How about that real football By Mike Davis Ganneff JVews Service LOS ANGELES - Well, it sure 'nuff looked like regular football. There were long ticket lines, and traffic jams and double-digit parking fees and stale hot dogs. There were balloons and marching bands and a cast-of-hundreds halftime show and a famous person singing the national anthem. There were power sweeps and deep curls and holding penalties and two-minute warnings. All in all, I was kind of surprised. Based on much of what I'd been reading about the New United States Football League ("New" is part of the official name, isn't it?), 1 wasn't quite sure what to look for the day the NUSFL began its inaugural season. . So often had I heard the NUSFL described as a "minor league" stocked with has-beens and never-wases from the pro and college ranks, that I halfway expected the Los Angeles Express and the New Jersey Generals to show up at the Coliseum Sunday in T-shirts and gym shorts and play two-hand touch. But what I discovered, somewhat to my astonishment, was that the NUSFL doesn't appear significantly different than that other set of initials in whose shadow it. is sunnosr-rtlv dr-sWnrd Analysis to labor forevermore the NFL. Admittedly, most of the names weren't exactly of the household variety. But they sure as heck sounded familiar, even if I'd never heard them before. Vister Hayes ... Charles Pitcock ... Junior Filiaga ... Wilbert Haslip ... Wymon Henderson. What else could guys with names like that be except football players? There was even this one guy. named Herschel Walker, who had been heard of. More importantly, in this age of video enlightenment, where image is everything, the NUSFL had many of the time-tested trappings, the essential surface gloss, of that other league down pat. There was a battalion of cheerleaders who looked as though they'd been recruited off the mud-wrestling circuit just like in the NFL. The coaches wore headsets and tried to look stern and intelligent and maintain an exterior implacability while their stomachs were screaming for Pepto-Bis-mol just like in the NFL. The fans bought caps and pennants and pompons and responded with Pavlovian predictability, ehprrini? thr- home loarrtfs sue- Michigan edges Birmingham 9-7 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Novo Bojovic kicked three near-identical field goals to give the Michigan Panthers a 9-7 victory over the Birmingham Stallions in the new United States Football League's first Monday night game. Bojovic, out of Central Michigan, connected on two kicks from 49 yards and one from 48, all in the first half, in the game between the Central Division teams. Attendance was 38,352 in the 75,412-seat Legion Field. Birmingham's $1 million quarterback, Reggie Collier of Southern Mississippi, scored the Stallions' touchdown on a 3-yard bootleg around right end in the second period to put his team ahead briefly 7-6. cesses (particularly the more violent tackles) and booing its failures even if they had no idea who most of these guys were. The players wore regulation uniforms with shoulder pads and colored socks and hi-tech emblems on the helmets, and they, too, responded with Pavlovian predictability, high-fiving and running around, as though their pants were on fire anytime thev recovered a fumble or sacked a quarterback just like in the NFL. The referees wore striped shirts and carried yellow hankies intheir back pockets and got booed for blown calls just like in the NFL. And, the teams ran semi-sophisticated, multiset offenses heavily dependent on ball-control passing just like in the NFL. In short, though the names were changed, the game remained the same. Unmistakably, this was pro football. Certain elements had an odd feel to them, of course. When the P. A. guy announced other scores from around the league "At half-time, Chicago 21, Washington 0" the crowd reacted with overwhelming indifference. For all they cared, he could have been reading the latest Daw Jones averages. Chicago what? Washington who? But for the most part, opening day seemed authentic, especially when, with about four minutes left in the second quarter, a running back named Tony Boddie scored the Express' first touchdown. Standing in the end zone, he turned to face his teammates, raised both arms above his head and, with all the requisite theatricality, recorded what is believed to be the NUSFL's ceremonial first spike. Right then, I knew this league was for real. f

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