Latrobe Bulletin from Latrobe, Pennsylvania on March 23, 1983 · 18
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Latrobe Bulletin from Latrobe, Pennsylvania · 18

Latrobe, Pennsylvania
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Wednesday, March 23, 1983
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PAGE 18 THE LATROBE BULLETIN WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 1983 A few obvious observations and noteworthy notes on the PIAA basketball and wrestling tournaments: While district basketball champions deserve the advantage of playing first-round PIAA playoff games closer to home, they should not have the additional edge of homegrown referees. As the sixth-place finisher in the WPIAL, Greater Latrobe, . for example, had to travel to Indiana University of Pennsylvania to face District 6 champion Indiana. The homecourt edge the Indians enjoyed by playing at IUP was obvious about 90 percent of the spectators should have been wearing war paint and loincloths. There's no problem with the game site, though, since the Wildcats certainly had not earned the right to play any closer to home. However, by reaching the state tournament. Greater Latrobe did own the right to more equitable officiating. Two District 6 officials should not work a game in which a District 6 team is competing. The same, of course, should hold true in each district across the state. To be fair to Greater Latrobe and Indiana as well as to the officials, the PIAA should have scheduled one referee from District 7 (WPIAL) and another from District 6. Better still, two refs from outside both of those districts should have been hired. The PIAA might argue that the costs of bringing in non-District 6 and 7 officials would be too expensive. But, at $4 a head, somebody is making some big bucks in these playoff games. And that brings us to our next point the cost of a ticket to watch a higrt school basketball game. Considering the costs of movies and other forms of entertainment, $4 doesn't seem like much, until the total costs of tickets for players' parents and brothers and sisters are accumulated. When someone spends four bucks to watch a basketball game or even a movie, then that person expects to get his or her money's worth. The high price of admission leaves the entertainers, whether they are high school athletes or Hollywood movie stars, open to criticism. This situation, of course, is not recommended for 16- and 17-year-old high school student-athletes. Maybe it should be rated "R"...for ridiculous. Wrestling coaches in the WPIAL have insisted for more ' than a decade that the only worthy method of determining the best four PIAA qualifiers in each weight class is to conduct complete wrestlebacks at the Southwest Regional (WPIAL) championships. This year, for the first time, those coaches' demands were adopted for the WPIAL tourney. The results of the wrestlebacks and the region's representatives at last weekend's PIAA.championships could not have been what the coaches had in mind. With 48 of the 192 Class AAA competitors, the WPIAL comprised 25 percent of the field. When champions were crowned Saturday afternoon, three of the 12 winners (25 percent) were from the WPIAL. Including those champions, the WPIAL finished with 17 of the tournaments's 72 place-winners (23.7 percent). A year ago, when only partial wrestlebacks took place at the WPIAL tourney, the Southwest Regional sent 48 wrestlers to the state gathering, but turned in a better showing. Four WP IAL representatives earned PIAA gold and three others finished second'. Three WPIAL wrestlers placed second this year as well. On the basis of the 1982 and 1983 tournaments, the wrestlebacks that WPIAL coaches so desperately sought did not yield the harvest of medals that those coaches had anticipated. Perhaps this proves that the WPIAL had been sending its premier wrestlers to the state tournament from the very start, with or without wrestlebacks. Steelers' 'Tom Brady' undergoes arm surgery SHREVEPORT. La. (UPI) -Hiding behind a alias, Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Terry Bradshaw entered a north Louisiana hospital and underwent minor surgery for muscle tears in the elbow of his throwing arm. During his stay, Bradshaw made rounds in the hospital to visit sick children and "really cheered them up," officials said Tuesday. The four-time winning Super Bowl quarterback was admitted to Doctor's Hospital on March 3 under the name Thomas Brady. Bradshaw, who owns a farm south of Shreveport, was operated on the same day and left the hospital March 5, said hospital administrator Charles Boyd. "Many times, we have to admit people under an assumed name or under no name to keep the press and the fans away," Boyd said. Dr. William Burdick, a Shreveport orthopedic surgeon, repaired small muscle tears in Bradshaw's elbow, Boyd said. "Dr. Burdick was in consultation with the surgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers," he said. Trojans keep record clean For the second straight time, an undefeated WPIAL Section 3 boys volleyball team ran into one of its own kind In Deny Area. And for the second straight time, it is no longer unbeaten. Previously undefeated Pittsburgh Central Catholic became the latest victim of Derry Area as Head Coach Rich Schall's visiting Trojans claimed their fourth section win against no losses In straight games Tuesday by scores of 15-3, 15-8, 15-n. Derry Area, currently ranked No. 6 in the WPIAL behind Plum, Farrell, Deer Lakes and Peno Hills and North V A About Sports By At CJHCCHK) Burdick said Bradshaw would do strength excercises until he can begin throwing a football in June. Burdick has operated on a number of other NFL players, most recently Cincinnati linebacker Bo Harris, also a resident of Shreveport. In a copyright story in The Shreveport Times, Burdick explained Bradshaw's ailment as "the same thing as tennis elbow. Classic tennis elbow is on the outside of the elbow. This was on the inside. He should do fine. "Lots of pitchers and other athletes who throw have it. It develops from small tears In the muscle," Burdick said. Following surgery, Bradshaw went to New York to film a commercial and served as grand marshall for the CocaCola 500 stock car race last weekend in Hampton, Ga. A Steeler spokesman In Pittsburgh said it was a "relatively minor thing caused by wear and tear" and such minor surgery is rarely publicized in the off-season. He said Bradshaw rarely does any throwing until late May at the team's minicamp. Allegheny, remains atop Section 3 with its 4-0 record. Pittsburgh Central Catholic itfnow 2-1. The Trojans resume section match-play Thursday when they host winless Belle Vernon, which lost to second-place Steel Valley, three games to one, Tuesday. Match time is 7:30 p.m. with the "junior varsity contest scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Joe Giotto's jayvees upped their record to 2-1 with a victory over Pittsburgh Central Catholic, two games to one. Kentucky, Louisville eye feud If Kentucky and Louisville climb their respective mountains Thursday, they can raise a feud in the hills back home. No. 10 Kentucky faces No. 5 Indiana and No. 2 Louisville plays No. 9 Arkansas in the NCAA Mideast Regional at Knoxville, Tenn., and if the two Bluegrass representatives survive, they will meet in a regional final that is guaranteed to grab attention. Tickets for the possible Kentucky-Louisville game were reported selling Tuesday for $150 each, with some ticket holders predicting the price would surge to $1,000. Sincek By SKIP WACHTER United Press International A generation ago Frank Sincek Sr. was a player contributing to the amazing success of Farrell High School basketball, a program guided for nearly three decades by Eddie McCluskey, that legendary coaching wizard. There were seven PIAA state championships for the Steelers during all those fruitful seasons, to go with 11 District 7 (WPIAL) titles. But it all ended in the state semifinals in 1976, in the. twilight of McCluskey's career. Now Sincek has his former mentor's job, his son Frank Jr. is a player. And Tuesday night the two of them helped give rise to the hopes of Farrell's die-hard fans that another golden era is about to dawn. Sean Roberts' layup with 1:20 left snapped a 62-62 tie and Sincek Jr. sank a clutch field goal and foul shot in the closing seconds to give Farrell a 67-64 victory over Aliquippa in a Class AAA state quarterfinal. It is Farrell's first trip to the playoffs since '76. Sincek had a team-high 21 points for the night to offset a 29-point effort by Marvin Woods of Aliquippa, 25-8 and the No. 3 team from the WPIAL, and lead the District 7 runner-up Steelers, 27-6, into Thursday night's semifinals. There Farrell faces a rematch oi the district title game it lost to McKeesport, 55-52, March 11. The Tigers pulled out a 66-65 win over WPIAL foe Penn Hills in overtime Tuesday on Chuck Brown's basket with 42 seconds left. In the boys AAA quarterfinals in the East, District 1 champion Chester dumped District 4 champ Williamsport, 80-72, and District 3 king Reading turned back District 1 runner-up Abington, 61-54, to set up a Thursday encounter. Chester, 30-5, took leads of 20-9 and 35-16 and was never headed after that although Williamsport, 25-6, closed to within 53-51. Eric Pirates bad news for Tigers By United Press International The news was all bad for the Detroit Tigers Tuesday night, One of their former players, Richie Hebner, had three hits to drive in four runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10-5 victory over the Tigers in a Grapefruit League game. And Detroit sophomore outfielder Glenn Wilson suffered a possible jammed shoulder attempting a catch and was taken for X-rays. The Pirates jumped on four Tigers pitchers for 12 hits and six unearned runs to snap a two-game Tiger winning streak. In the third inning, Lee Lacy sliced a fly ball down the rightfield line. Wilson raced to the ball and nearly made the catch, but first base umpire Bob Davidson ruled Wilson did not have possession of the ball. At Dunedin, Fla., Dave Stieb showed he is just about ready for the start of the new season by going six strong innings, giving up six hits and three runs and striking out eight in a 10-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. At Sarasota, Fla., Britt Burns gave up one run in six innings, and rookie Tim Hulett went 3for-4 and drove in three runs to lead the Chicago White Sox to an 8-2 triumph over the Kansas City Royals in a split-squad game for both teams. At St. Petersburg, Fla., Tom Seaver, a likely choice to pitch the season's opener for the New York Mets, blanked the Boston Red Sox for seven innings in an 8-0 victory. Seaver allowed five hits, walked one and struck out three. Dave Kingman homered for the Mets. In other Florida action, the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Houston Astros 14-4 in Cocoa, scoring seven runs in the fourth inning off Joe Niekro. In West Palm Beach, Pascual Perez and rookie Bryan Fisher limited the Texas Rangers to seven singles in pitching the Atlanta Braves to a 1-0 victory. At Palm Springs, Calif., rookie shortstop Dick Schofield doubled home two runs in a five-run fourth inning that paced the California Angels to a 6-3 triumph over the Chicago Cubs. In Tucson, Ariz., rookie Lynn Garrett ripped an llth-inning homer to lead the Oakland A's to a 2-1 triumph over the Cleveland Indians. s The schools met in the 1959 Midwest Regional with Kentucky winning 7M1. Last year a meeting looked virtually certain until Middle Tennessee upset Kentucky 50-44. Michael Blair, a Louisville graduate hoping to make it to Knoxville, received several quick offers in response to his classified appeal for tickets but balked at the asking price of $150 each. "I'm still holding out for something better," laughed Blair, who said a long-awaited Kentucky:Louisville game "would be great." The University of Kentucky keeping r' .'u. mhA,, 1 lf XzJL lirSffm. k I f J f J a ft ty1s LEAGUE CHAMPIONS Conrad's Furniture Gallery captured the 1983 Latrobe Men's Industrial Basketball League championship, finishing the campaign with a record of 18-5. The title was the second straight for Conrad's. Team members and sponsors are as follows: (front, from left) Steve "Pap" Lazor, Greg Fenton, Conrad Lazor, Shawn Lazor, George Heacox, (back) Mike Murphy, Jeff Giannini, Tim Bell, Fabe Giovannagelo and Jeff Yunetz. Another team member is Scott Ferlin. DeBartolo NFL's main topic RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (UPI) San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. will return home to Youngstown, Ohio, to resolve a possible conflict of interest with his father over the family's proposed purchase of a USFL franchise. The 27 other owners met Tuesday with DeBartolo, who was sent out of the room when the owners were given a legal report by an attorney on the ramifications of the situation. The DeBartolo family has been in discussions with the USFL over the possible granting of a Pittsburgh franchise to the family. "He intends to return to Youngstown to see what can be done about avoiding a conflict," NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle said when the meeting concluded. "1 think, in effect, he'll probably tell his father it puts me In a very difficult and embarrassing conflict of interest arrangement. That's the opinion of the other teams in the NFL." Edward DeBartolo Sr., a multi'-millionaire Youngstown has historically refused to schedule Louisville even though the two state-run schools are just 70 miles apart in basketball-crazy Kentucky. Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall, who once, ordered a network television crew to stop filming in bis office' when the issue came up, doesn't like to discuss his reluctance to schedule Louisville but apparently believes UK has little to gain by playing the Cardinals. Kentucky has won a record five NCAA championships, while Louisville won its first in 1980. tradition alive Jones led Chester with 27 points and Jim Mextorf had 18 for Williamsport. Reading got 16 points from Richie Williams and 14 from Rodney Hodge in ringing up its 32nd victory of the season against one loss. Abington bowed out at 27-5. In girls AAA action, the stage was set for a state semi-final rematch of another district title game - between District 6 champion Indiana and secondplace Altoona - in the West. District 3 runner-up Spring Grove and Nether Providence, No. 3 in District 1, advanced to the semis in the East. Kate Rogerson zipped 17 points and Janet Blair contributed 16 to lead Indiana to a 56-47 win over WPIAL winner Pittsburgh Baldwin. The Indians sank six free throws in the final 26 seconds to secure their win. Altoona built a 12-point lead in the third quarter and it was enough to sustain the Lady Lions in a 66-62 win over District 7 runner-up Greensburg Central Catholic. Altoona was led by 22 points by Beth Noble and a school-record 18 assists by Lori Young. Nether Providence improved its record to 32-1 and made it to the semifinals for the first time ever by topping previously unbeaten Allentown Dieruff of District 11 48-41. Barbara Yost had 15 points for Providence and Joyce Phillips a game-high 16 for Dieruff, 30-1. Spring Grove pulled out of a tight game with eight unanswered points in the final two minutes to upend District 2 champion Nan-ticoke, 50-45. Dana Diller had four of those points and wound tip with 29 for the night. The state semi-final rounds for the boys and girls in classes AA and A are scheduled tonight. The AA winners play for the state titles Friday and the A winners Saturday. The Class AAA" championships are also Saturday. All title games will be played at Hershey. ' shopping center magnate, bought the 49ers for his son Edward Jr., in 1977. He has been in discussions with the USFL about getting an expansion franchise from that leape. There has been speculation the father would run it or turn it over to his daughter, Denise Marie DeBartolo York. When Rozelle was asked to define how the matter could be "resolved," he had no other answer except for DeBartolo to talk his father out of buying a USFL team. There has been speculation Edward Jr. might consider selling the 49ers but Rozelle said that was not discussed at the meeting. DeBartolo refused comment when he left the meeting. Rozelle said DeBartolo would remain at the meeting the rest of the week and discuss the matter with this father the first of next week. Rozelle said that there is an NFL rule in the constitution that en owner "will not directly or indirectly have ownership of a team in another football league." Several legislative attempts to mandate an on-court meeting of the schools have failed in Frankfort. In the West Regional at Ogden, Utah. Utah (18-13) plays North Carolina State (22-10) and Virginia (28-4) meets Boston College (254). On Friday, North Carolina (27-7) plays Ohio State (204) and Georgia (22-9) faces SL John's (28-4) in the East Regional at Syracuse, N.Y.; and in the Midwest Regional At Kansas City, Mo., Villanova (23-7) encounters Iowa (21-9) and Houston (28-2) faces Memphis State (23-7). BulWWiftiato The NFL recently lost a suit attempting to prevent NFL owners from owning soccer teams but Rozelle said a team in the same sport was a different matter. The league fears there might be antitrust problems if the DeBartolo family drafted the same player in both the USFL and the NFL. The NFL owners voted to approve several minof rule changes, including a change in the interpretation of pass interference. Incidental contact between a receiver and a defender while they are moving toward the ball will no longer be considered pass Interference. The move is designed to lessen the number of pass interference calls. The owners also voted to approve new snowplow guidelines as a result of the New England-Miami game last December and also voted to force the four teams that don't own tarpulins - Dolphins, Giants, Raiders, Cardinals to get them for the 1983 season. The owners cited last year's AFC-title game, played In a Miami quagmire. 1 t

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