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Tuesday, September 24, 1974, THE HERALD, Provo, Utah-Page WAC Ammme 1 1 C3 C2 5 Utah Prep Foofbaii Standings Sri REGION ONE P(1 --iv3 HANK AARON got a few things off his chest the other day while talking wito L'PI reporter Miltoi Richman. Koj 5 a i.ikM Bon Eider 1 Dim Bunnevilie 1 1 ilS nroer 1 Stv View il I .000 Bear River 0 2 .000 Logan 0 2 .000 RFC ION THREE Olympus 2 0 1.000 West 'I 0 1.000 Skyhiw i i .500 fcjsi I i .500 Sou 1 1 Cotton wood 1 i 500 Highland 0 2 .000 Granite 0 2 REGION FOl Reams 2 9 1 000 Brighton 2 0 1.000 Orem 1 1 MO Murray 1 1 Frovo 0 2 000 Hilicrest 0 1 .000 Granger 0 1 .000 Prova 0 2 000 REGION SIX Springviile 1 0 1.000 Carbon 1 0 1.000 Lehi 1 0 1 000 American Kork 1 0 1.000 Pnyson 0 1 000 Uintah 0 1 .000 Pleasant Grove 0 1 OuO Spanish Fork 0 1 .900 REGION SEV EN Class 2-A Juab 2 0 1 000 Richiield 1 0 1.0O0 Manti 1 1 .500 North isnpete 0 5 .000 Emery 0 2 .000 Ci8s 1-A South Sevier 2 2 1 000 North Sevier 0 1 .000 REGION EIGHT Clsss 2 A Miliard 3 0 1.000 Dixie 0 1.000 Delta 2 .595 Cedar City 1 2 .333 Hurricane 0 4 .000 Class 1 A Kanab 3 3 1 000 Beaver 3 1 .750 Parcwar, 3 Jiimmrl 1 i .600 Par.guitch 0 .000 REGION NINE Class 2-A Wasatch 2 1 1.000 Morgan 1 1 .500 Grantsville 1 1 .500 Union 0 2 .000 Class 1-A NorUi Summit 2 0 1 000 South Summit 2 0 1.000 Park City 0 2 .000 Dugway 0 2 .000 REGION TEN Class 2-A Moab 1 0 1.000 San Juan 0 1 .000 Class 1-A East Carbon 2 1.000 Monticello 1 0 1.000 Aitamont 1 1 .500 Green River 0 1 .000 Duchesne 0 2 DENVER An offensive back is as good as his line. Ask Texas El Paso ireshman running back Mike Beiew or Arizona junior quar-trrrwf-k Bruce Hill. "The best way to get yardage is to have a Sot of good blocking." said Belew, who gained 168 yards on a school record 36 carries and srtrtt-vwi tv-fVfJ broke a iJgame losing streak with a 34 7 win over Utah. And Hill, who directed Arizona's 35-20 win over Indiana Saturday after his team scored a sluggish 17-10 win over San Diego State to open the season adds "I didn't really have that good of a game, we just executed well.

The line blocked wcl! and our backs blocked They blocked well enough to allow Hill to complete 10 of 14 passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns and run 12 times for S3 yards, including 18 yards on a broken play for a touchdown. The performances by Hill and Belew earned them honors as the Western Athletic Confwence co-offensive players of the week. Defensive end Greg Hones of New who forced two fumbles, recovered one, deflected a pass to an interception, sacked the quarterback once, had seven unassisted and four assisted tackles in the Lobos 21 21 tie with Texas Tech, won defensive honors. The two offensive stars barelv edged out Steve Mycr, New Mexico junior quarterback who hit 21 of 40 passes for 224 yards and two scores and the game-tying two-point conversion in that tie, and freshman running back Ron Harris of Colorado State, who carried 29 times for 158 yards and the winning touchdown in the Rams 14-7 win over Florida State. Also nominated were halfback Mark Lovett of Arizona State, tailback Jeff Black of Brigham Young and split end Steve Burke of Wyoming.

Beiew broke his own carry record. The 5-10, 165-poundor from Odessa, had set the mark in the Miners' season-opener when he came off the bench to carry 30 times for 126 yards as UTEP lost to Pacific 17-14. 1 1 75 X. Wv Prvo 375-9SS9 DENVER (UPI) -New Mexico defensive end Greg Jones felt he had a score or two to settle with Texas Tech las! Saturday night. First there was the V.

i win Uiat Tech scored over ihe Lotos in 1972 and then there was the 41-7 shellacking the Red Raiders rolled up last year. Both times, the New Mexico defense was siimided. "We weren't mentally ready." said Jones "This time I was going to be ready. There was no way around it. had a score to settle with those guys and I didn't tc let anything stop me from doing that Jones did that as New Mexico fought from behind for a 21-21 tie with heavily favored Tech, and one of the Tech touchdowns came after punt returner Bob Haines fumbled on his own 18.

For the night, Jones personally stopped three Raider drives by-causing and recovering a fumble; causing a second fumble and the 5-11. 211-pound senior from Phoeniz, also jumped into the air and deflected a pass for an interception. He also sacked the Tech quarterback once in rolling up six unassisted tackles and four assisted stops to win the Western Atiiletic Conference Defensive Piayer-of-the-Week honor over former high school teammate Iirry Gordon of Arizona State who had two tackles for a loss, four unassisted tackles and seven assists in ASU's 37-7 win over Texas Christian. Others nominated were Fail Jensen, linebacker, Brigham Young; Mike Wasteney, ncse guard, Texas El Paso; Kevin MeLain, linebacker, Colorado State; and Mike Brattles, safety, Arizona. Wyoming and Utah neither made a nomination Jones, a walk-on as a freshman from Phoenix Union High School, says some people may have underrated the Lobo defense after it was riddle in a 32-23 win over Colorado State in the season-opener.

"There was a lot of pressure in the f'rst game with Coach (Bill) Mondt making his debut and we were overexcited so we made a lot of mistakes, especially in the mental portion, said Jones. "But we worked on those last week and got them ironed out," he said. "We have a dedication to each other and know we will all look good if each of us helps the other guy out." As for his acrobatics in deflecting the pass which teammate Haines intercepted, Jones says there was nothing to it." game tl Braves' season Oct. 2. He is sure he isn't going to play again neictyear.

"I think I could play another year, but I don't want to," he "Oh ure. I'm g'ng to come out the bail parK now and then next year, no matter what I decide to do, As far as what I'm going to do after I finish playing next month, I really don't know yet I though! about touring the whole country to get my mind off all this, but I don't think that would work out. I'd be in Africa somewhere and I be looking for an American newspaper to get the scores. "I'm not deluding myself one bit. I know how difficult it's going to be to quit playing baseball.

It's going to be the hardest thing I ever did in my life. You don't do something for 20 years, something you love, and then just walk away from it." Harik Aaron glanced around the Braves' clubhouse where some of the other players were changing their shirts, kneading their gloves and doing all those other little thing players do to kill time before the game starts. He looked at his buddy, catcher Paul Casanova, across the way, and then at some of the others in the far corner of the room. They seemed to make him think back to an earlier time in his big league career, and when I asked him if any one player had had a marked influence on him, he thought a moment and then said "I didn't try to imitate anybody. I payed like Hank Aaron.

People now tell me had I been a flashier ballplayer, I'd have been more popular. I couldn't be something I wasn't, though. I did it my way. It was the only way I knew. "You know, I believe good things come to those who wait.

I just waited, that's all. I wasn't trying to win any popularity contest. If others were rated over me. received more attention than I did, there wasn't a whole lot I could really do about it. "I've heard them say I'm a 'lazy type' ballplayer.

I'm not a lazy type ballplayer. I didn't see any need to run to the stands when the ball was 20 rows up. That's false hustle." Hank Aaron, who had been juHLiiiwiirN 'nn Best of All Time? "Willie" sitting with hs back up against his locker, got up and poured himself a cup of coffee from the pot the equipment man provided in the clubhouse. He came back and I had two questions for him. Whom did he consider the No.

1 ballplayer, the most complete one, around today? Cesar Ccdcno, he said. What about the best he ever saw in all the time he has been playing? Hank Aaron was very quick with that one. "Willie," was all he said. that Kardi Aaron si mind is dearer, sharper uid keier than it has ever been in his entire life, and after nearly a quarter century in baseball, be believes he has channeled his values into truer perspective than they have He was sitting in front of his locker at Shea Stadium the other day prior to a bail game with the Mets and he begsn talking about what breaking Babe Ruth's home run record really meant tc him. I've heard Hank Aaron discuss the same subject before, usually when somebody asked him about it, but I'd never heard him talk about it in quite this same way.

He has always been honest. This time be seemed to speak much more freely, and with far less restraint than I had ever heard him employ. "I think," he said, slowly, weighing his words carefully so that they would better convey his thoughts, that my breaking Babe Ruth's record probably was one of the greatest moments iii the history of sports. I'm not saying that simply because I happened to be the one to do it. I say it because the great majority of people thought that record never would be broken by anybody.

"I'm not talking strictly from a racial viewpoint now at least I don't mean to be but I think it was one of the greatest things that ever happened to a black ballplayer. "Babe Ruth's record was one thing. What was more important to me, what I wanted to prove to everybody, was that a black player can play ball and function well under extreme pressure. That was what I always had in the back my mind. "I read that blacks can't think, tliat they don't have the mental equipment to think properly and perform during periods of great stress.

Some of the ballplayers during Jackie Robinson's time I'm not going to name any names, but I remember who they were held that belief I'm talking about. That's why I'm so happy I broke the record, not just for the sake of breaking it. By nature, Hank Aaron is not loud. Nor does he bludgeon anybody over the head with his opinions. That's the way he was brought up by his father and mother, who essentially are rjiiiet.

weli-hred people. Hank Aaron is that way himself. He seldom had much to say during his 20 years with the Braves and mostly because of this he was generally considered one of the more "passive" blacks. That doesn't mean, however, he had no opinion regarding the progress, or lack of it, pertaining to the black man in baseball. "I don't think baseball has moved as far as it should have since Jackie Robinson's time," says Aaron.

"Facts are facts. We have Monte Irvin in the Commissioner's office and we have Bill Lucas in the front office (of the Atlanta Braves) and that's all. There've been four managerial changes so far this year, and a black man wasn't considered for any of them. To be absolutely honest about it, I wouldn't like to manage. But I know other blacks in baseball who would, and could.

la the visi- the other day, home run king Hank Aaron said to UPI Sports Editor aid Coiumnist Milton Richman, "Pull up a chair and sit Hank wanted to get things off hie ehc-st. uki. what really was uppermost in his mind while he was trying to break Babe Ruth's record; why he always has played it cool and conservative rather than more colorful and flamboyant; what lie tells his. two sons about the opportunities and the limitationsthey still face in life having been born black. Rich-man offers this revealing side of Hank Aaron in the following dispatch.) By MILTON RICHMAN UPI Sports Editor NEW YORK (UPI) Hank Aaron has done everything on the hallfield you could possibly imagine, and some things you possibly couldn't.

Most of these things came easy to him. New corms the hard part One More Bridge Left to Croat quitting, which means never doing any cf these things again at all. There is one more bridge left for him to cross. He's not that eager to do it, but he realizes there is no other way out. This is something he always was there waiting for him Only a few more days remain before Hank Aaron calls it quits, before he places his prized 34- inch, 34-ounee bat back in the rack for the last time, peels off his uniform for good and hangs up his baseball shoes, a pair Joe Pepitone never bothered taking vith him when he left the club to go to Japan.

More and more now, Atlanta's 40-year-old home run king finds himself thinking about Oct. 2, the night the Braves close out the season against the Cincinnati Reds at home and the night Aaron also closes out his extraordinary 20-year playing career. Most people fear the unknown. Hank Aaron has little idea what lies ahead for him beginning Oct. 3, when he ventures into the "outside world" but he doesn't fear it whatever it may turn out to be.

A bit apprehensive, yes. That's only natural considering he has spent the past 22 years doing only one thing, playing professional baseball. "It's going to be a whole new ball game," he says, speaking of his impending retirement. 'i think I could play another year, but I don't want to. Right now all I think about is the season ending." Time has tampered with Hank Aaron's throwing arm and with his knees to some degree, but generally speaking, it has treated him kindly.

Never mind that he can't get as much on the ball from the outfield as, say, a Cesar Geronimo. Forget that he's no Lou Brock on the bases. And, okay, so he isn't as slim and trim around the waist as Willie Davis. Of much greater importance is 3 4... horseshoe that also included many photos of Aaron during various stages of his career.

The young man merely wished to meet Aaron and turn over his handiwork to him. The Braves' slugger shook hands with the youngster and thanked him for the unusual gift. On? of the Mets' officials also was waiting for a word with Hank Aaron. This might be the last opportunity he'd have to see him in seme time and he wanted to wish Aaron all the best. A TV sportscaster was seeking a pre-game interview, which Aaron agreed to, and then a kid batting practice pitcher wearing a Mets' uniform and holding a baseball in his hand for Aaron to autograph waited his turn.

"I want to shake your hand," the kid said, his nervousness plainly apparent. "Not only because you're a great ballplayer, but because of your attitude and your education of other people." Aaron thanked the young batting practice pitcher and signed the baseball for him. It was obvious he was pleased by the boy's genuineness. "You know what gives me the biggest kick?" Aaron sskecl. "When I come across small kids who don't even know baseball, and somebody goes over and asks 'em 'whom do you and they say 'Hank Ienjoythal." That's one of Babe Ruth's qualities Hank Aaron has.

He loves kids. "One of the greatest things that ever happened was having that bat and bail taken to Harlem so the kids could see them for themselves," he said, talking about the bat and ball which had figured in his 715th home run. "Certainly, the bat and ball will be able to be seen in Cooperstown, but these kids in Harlem never would be able to see them up there. They simply don't have the economics to get to a place like Cooperstown. You and I may not think it's far away, but when you don't have the money to get there, it's an entirely different world." Hank Aaron isn't sure yet what he'll do after he plays in his last MAfiuxra "I have two boys, Henry, 17, and Larry, 16, and when I sit down and talk with them the only thing I fee! I can honestly say to them is 'you can play 20 years and then ycu go to the back of the bis again.

You can play for 20 years and give them all the service you are capable of, then you have to forget about it. We're Giants on Field, But That's It There's no place for you, no "I'm only going by the facts," Aaron adds. "We don't move fast enough in this game. We blacks have shown talent, we've been giants on the field, and that's the end of it. "I'll tell you another thing that bothers me.

After I made the statement I did at the AllStar game (saying Braves' general manager Eddie Robinson had dismissed him as a possible managerial candidate without even bothering to ask him whether he was interested), many people took out after me saying 'take it you better qualify what you said' and 'do you think you're qualified to fijaiiage a major league club? "What makes these people who tell me these things feel they should be the judges of what I should or shouldn't say? If all these managers that are being hired are so why is there such a big turnover? The Braves already have said they will have a job for Aaron in some capacity when he's finished piaying ball, but so far they have not said in what specific capacity. While Hank Aaron spoke in the visitors' dressing quarters at Siea Stadium the other day, a number of persons waited in front of him to get his attention for one thing or another. Donald Davidson, the Braves' assistant to the chairman, had a young man in tow who had painstakingly mounted hundreds of Oh Henry candy bar wrappers in the shape of a huge pi Si fit CKSpkt. We! hiBQYERS "iffl1 $mmqsfaal -i i sSfi I iere Gum Are a Specialty Not A Sideline Schedule REGION EIGHT Panguitch at Kanab Milltord at Parowan Cedar Cily at Delta Millard at Dixie Friday's Schedule REGION ONE Sky View at Bear River Bonneville at Box Elder Weber at Logan REGION THREE Skyline at West Highland at Coltonwond Granite at East Olympus at South REGION FOUR Orem at Granger Hillcrest at Provo Kearns at Brighton REGION FIVE Davis at Cyprus Judge at Jordan Bingham at Tooele REGION SIX Pleasant Grove at Carbon Lehi at American Fork Payson at Springviile Spanish Fork at Uintah REGION SEVEN Richfield at South Sevier North Sevier at Emery Manti at North Sanpete REGION NINE Morgan at Grantsville Union at Wasatch North Summit at South Summit 3 SSTSa Ifi 3 MSB BftSS tuzaaur ra vft mtiUHfc UMi' Kb Os JM WsfcJidw tr aMwn iiui.iiia sm w9 Bias-Belted 78 tor Slop in and i our Mioclion of Ud gunt ttarfing at 2 111 2 STANDARD CAl. EOiT fa eni chttk our cis5f el Oii Tlmsr, Suck oni other custom knives.

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