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Wednesday, June 20, 1984
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H-L Cross Tribune, Wednesday, Junt , 1H4 ucks surprised to find UCLA star available By The Attoctattd Prttt ' Kenny Field wanted (o be high National Baketball Association draft choice, but getting the chance to play with his boyhood hero made the wait worth it for the I'ttA star, fields was the Milwaukee the Buck' first-round choice in the National Basketball Association draft Tupwlay. and he may be teamed with forward Marque Johnson next teuton, Both are UCLA products But the Bucks' pick of Field quickly fueled speculation that Milwaukee will trade Johnson in hopes of obtaining a power forward. Last season the Bucks and San Diego Clippers discussed a trade which would have sent Johnson to the Clippers in exchange for power forward Terry Cumm-Ings. Both Fields and the Bucks were surprised that he was still available when the club made the 21st selection. "1 was kind of disappointed," Fields said of the draft. "I " ... when I got picked by the Bucks, that made ft all worthwhile' Kenny Fields Bucks' lop pick thought 1 had proved myself better. But when 1 got picked by the Bucks, that made it all worthwhile. It really didn't matter when I found out where 1 was going " "We didn't anticipate drafting Kenny Fields in the draft." said Bucks Coach Don Nelson, "We had him placed much higher." Fields has been a long time admirer of Johnson. "I've watched Marques since I was in the ninth grade." Fields said in a telephone news conference Tuesday from 1 Wi4 Los Angeles, "I figured if I could play anywhere similar to the way he could. I would do all right by myself It s just a thrill to be able to play with him, Fields, a 6 foot 7. 225 pound forward, has worked out the past few summers with Johnson at I'd. A "We go through a bunch of basic drills, and he advucs me on things I should do. things I should prepare for," Fields said "What I've dune the past few seasons In college. I learned from him in the summer," Fields averaged 17 4 points his senior season to finish No, 6 on the school's all time scoring kit with 1.638 points, Johnson is the fifth all time scorer. He also ranks No. 12 on the school's all time rebounding list and No. 7 on the all time field goal percentage list. Fields' best season was his junior year when he averaged IS points a game in leading the Bruins to a 234 record. He was selected I'ac 10 Conference and West Coast player of the year and third team AP All-American. The Bucks believe that Fields has the size and weight .i . -..h . .i.i- him in iiiiv utiiill or nuwer forward. iiui win ri"" r ' .... . , I think I ran play power forward." Fields said "I ve always been the kind of guy who likes to play around the key area The small forwards are as big as the power for-wards these days It s a tramiiMtn, but I don't it's going to affect me that mot h Being able to play around the paint, I think I ran enjoy playing a combination of both " In the last three drafts, the Bucks have picked Alton Utter. Paul ITessey and Handy Breuer with their No, I choices, The Bucks selected t5 guard Vernon Delaney of Florida In the third round. "He was a point guard who really ran play down on the bos and he's an outstanding athlete." said Carry St. Jean, Bucks' assistant coach. "We think he has a lot of raw potential." In the fifth round, the Bucks selected H forward Ernie Continued on page 19 Ji ( L xL ,17 V 11 I. ' 11 i ----- . . j Old Styles trip Legion 'r sssstms1 Air ' ? Vj) CiMy W. Lk o th Trlbun Hall La Crosse Legion baserunner Jeff Thompson is forced out by c La Crosse Old Styles second baseman Tom Squier in the first game of a double-header Tuesday night at Copeland Park. The Old Styles swept the twin bill, 13-2 and 2-1. -t One-run victory lifts Brewers' spirits TORONTO (AP) It was a good, old-fashioned final-inning comeback for the Milwaukee Brewers, the bungled baserunning notwithstanding. Rene Lachemann, a manager trying to keep his club out of last place, said it was a breath of fresh air to see his club recover at the last minute for a 6-5 victory Tuesday over the Toronto Blue Jays. "I can't remember the last time we came back in the last inning to win a game. I don't even know if we've done it all year," he said. Not only did the Brewers blow a 5-1 lead, they made their chances even slimmer with an inexcusable overload at third base in the ninth inning and some illegal swatting df the ball along a baseline in the fourth. ' After Jim Gantner singled and raced to third on Robin Yount's double in the final inning, Toronto reliever Jimmy Key (2-4) got Cecil Cooper to pop up. r Then, when Ben Oglivie grounded to second, both Gantner and Yount found themselves together at third. Yount was tagged out. v The victory was salvaged when, after Ted Simmons was walked intentionally to load the bases, Jim Sundberg drove in the winning run with a single to left off reliever Dennis Lamp. "It wasn't a typical game for us," Lachemann said. "Being able to come back and win makes me happy and makes everybody else in this clubhouse happy." Lachemann said he was pleased to catch Toronto starter Dave Stieb on one of his off nights. Stieb had a 7-3 career record against Milwaukee and a 2.78 earned run average. Furthermore, Toronto was riding a five-game winning streak and had lost only nine of its last 36 home games. "They are on a five-game win streak and we are facing Stieb. It is not the greatest place to be coming in when you're trying to break a slump," Lachemann said. "But I'll take the win," he said. "I think we played with a lot more enthusiasm today." Milwaukee came into the game with a three-game losing streak and had lost eight of its previous 10 games, falling to within 'only two games of last-place Cleveland in the American League's East Division standings. Rollie Fingers, the third Milwaukee pitcher, got the victory thanks to Sundberg. He is 1-2. Cooper, Oglivie and Simmons hit consecutive two-out, run-scoring singles in Milwaukee's three-run fifth inning to give the Brewers a 5-1 advantage. Rick Manning opened the fifth against Stieb with a walk, was sacrificed to second and moved to third on a grounder. After Yount walked, Coe-oer, Ogilvie and Simmons hit consecutive singles to send Stieb to his quickest exit of the season. He allowed more earned runs than in any other start this year. The Brewers went in front, 2-1, in the third when Dion James was hit by a pitch and scored on Gantner's double into the left-field corner. Yount followed with an RBI single to left. Dave Collins picked up the drive on the first hop and got the ball back Continued on next page k . - .-.. - ... - tiki- , fwiT.-c3 It's a sandblast E HuftKwr tX the Tribune '" Elaine Danahcr of Caledonia, Minn,, tries to blast out of a sand trap during the La Crosse Country Club women's invita tional tournament Tuesday. Danaher finally succeeded on her third attempt. Results in Names and Numbers. The La Crosse Old Styles non professional baseball team swept a double-header from the La crosse American Legion at Copeland Park Tuesday night. The Old Styles dominated the opener. 13-2. then won the second game, 2-1. The Legion's Tony Reinders checked the Old Styles' lineup on just three hits in the second game, but allowed Rich Meier's two-run double in the fifth Inning. "Tony Reinders pitched very well against us in the second game," said Old Styles Manager Rollie Christensen. whose team improves to 1M on the season. "We're not hitting the ball very well nght now. it appears. But you have to give part of that credit to Reinders." "Tony Reinders did an excellent job." said Legion Coach Jim Coonan, whose team dropped to 13- overall. "(Dean) Rockweiler also pitched an excellent game. It was good to see some left-handers and some power pitchers." Rockweiler. a former Vjroqua High School standout, checked the Legion on just four hits and earned the victory in the nightcap. Rockweiler. a left-hander, gave up just one hit, struck out 10 and walked two in five innings. Jack Gurholt. another left-hander, pitched the final two ' innings to record the save. After Reinders pitched four scoreless innings in the nightcap. Rick Lilla doubled. Tracy Ruh drew a walk and both runners scored on Meier's long double. "It was a good pitch and a good hit," Coonan said of Meier's game-winning double. "I think that is probably the best pitching performance from any Legion pitcher against the Old Styles." The last time the Legion beat the Old Styles was in 1977. In the opener, Tom Squier went 4-for-4 and Mike Thornton was 3-for-4 to lead the Old Styles' attack. Group W Cable offers SportsVue Group W Cable of La Crosse will offer the SportsVue network, beginning this week. Dean Morton, general manager of Group W Cable, said customers were able to begin signing up today. The company's introductory offer includes free installation. Customers with Group W's basic cable package will be charged an additional $8 a month to receive SportsVue, bringing their monthly total to $19.45. Group W initially refused to take the SportsVue package, but Morton said recent negotiations allowed the company to purchase the service. SportsVue is a state sports network which features Milwaukee Brewers baseball games, Milwaukee Bucks basketball. University of Wisconsin hockey and basketball and Marquette basketball. A total of 47 Brewers games remain on this year's SportsVue schedule, Morton said, including three games this weekend at Detroit. The price of SportsVue will increase to $12.50 a month, beginning Aug. 1, Morton said. But customers who sign up prior to Aug. 1 will be guaranteed the $8 fee for a year, Morton said. Trials no sweat for star Lewis LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials are proving no tribulation for the amazing Carl Lewis. In the pressure-packed tests during which the slighest error can cost an athlete an Olympic berth, sprinter-long jumper Lewis has confidently and spectacularly nailed down spots in three events on the U.S. team. "Three down and one to go," a smiling Lewis said Tuesday night after he long jumped 28 feet, 7 inches, fourth best ever outdoors, to win the trials final. Earlier in the day, he blazed to a 19 84-second clocking in a qualifying heat of the 200 meters. That was the second-fastest ever in a 200 not run at high altitude, topped only by his 19.75 of last year. The world record of 19.72 was set by Italy's Pietro Mennea in the high altitude of Mexico City. Lewis had won the 100 meters Sunday in 10.06 to earn berths in the sprint and on the 400-meter relay team. Now, only the 200 semifinals and final on Thursday, following a day's break in the trials today, stand between him and the chance to realize his dream of duplicating Jesse Owens' four gold-medal performance in the 1936 Olympics. "Carl feels pretty confident now with just one more (final) coming up." said Joe Douglas, a track coach who is Lewis' manager. "I think the key to his performances here has been relaxation; he seems able to relax despite the pressure." Lewis' talent and versatility also received a tribute from another quarter while he was competing Tuesday. The Chicago Bulls selected Lewis, who earlier had been picked by the Dallas Cowboys in the pro football draft, on the loth round of the National Basketball Association draft. "Soccer's next." he quipped. Lewis' rather remarkable peformances Tuesday were only part of an impressive show enjoyed by the Los Angeles Coliseum crowd of 21.081. Two American records, including one that had stood for a decade, also fell. Winner Earl Jones and runner-up Johnny Gray each were timed in I minute. 4.174 seconds in the men's 800-meter final, shattering the record of 1:43 91 set by by Rick Wohlhuter in 1974. Continued on page

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