Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 9, 1978 · Page 6
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 6

Ukiah, California
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Monday, January 9, 1978
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6—Uk(ah Dally Journal, Uklah, Calif. Monday, January 9, 1978 Friday, Safurday here Eagles go after niore GVG victories Giants rumoretl headed forD.C. Sports Mendocino College's V basketball Eagles already are the winningest team in the school's history, yet they've only begun' to Win the games they really want — those against Golden Valley Conference foes! After thrashing Western Nevada at Reno Friday the Eagles traveled to Susanville to shut off Lassen College's 100 points plus scoring machine, 97 to 74, shooting a fantastic 71 percent from the floor and controlling the game's tempo from start to finish Saturday Tuesday they go after win number nine of the young season, against three early losses, when they play a return game with California Maritime Academy at Vallejo at 7:30 p.rii. Then the Eagles entertain their first home GVC op- pofients of the season, Friday and Saturday nights, on th6 new Carl Purdy Court at the Fairgrounds interim campus here, starting at 7:30 p.m. At least you'd best arrive before 7:30 for the best seats! Friday night the Eagles battle Feather River from Qiiincy, and Saturday face another tough struggle with College of the Siskiyous, both on the new, beautiful Eag\e& floor. The Eagles, who have been playing together beautifully, on both offense and defense, ' and in rebounding, are determined to win both games FYiday and Saturday nights. In a tough travel league it is , important to win them at home whenever possible and to at least break even on the ro? J if you aspire to championship aspirations. , Tlie Eagles did a job on Lassen Saturday night. Mendocino led at the half, 5237 and outscored the Lassen team the last period, 45-37. Peter Garrett led the Eagles on offense with 12 field goals in 13 attempts and had 25 points. Mike Edwards regained his scoring touch with a vengeance as he hit on seven out of 11 from the floor and scored 15 points. Jack Claunch had six field goals and 14 points; Art Larvie, fiveUield goals and 12 points. Steve Santos, the dynamic little guard from Pinole Valley, whom Coach Boyle feels played his best all- around game yet as an Eagle, added six points; Robert Haskin had seven points; Bob Stuart and John Gastineau, four-each; Kenny Newkirk, who saw limited action after missing practice last week, added eight; Bob Pedroni scored a field goal and Jim Feeney, though he didn't get to score, contributed hustle and teamwork while he was on the court. And it is teamwork which is going to make the Eagles a possible title contender in the GVC in 1978! The Eagles had a 25-19 bulge in rebounds and shot a fantastic 41 of 58 from the floor at Susanville. Best of all, perhaps, is the fact that the Eagles had only 13 turnovers the two games on the road Friday and Saturday nights. And they dictated tempo and ball control both games. Lassen shot 31 of 72 from the floor, not too bad in itself, and hit on 12 of 15 from the line to 15 of 23 by Mendocino's victory-starved Eagles. West wins Hula North Senior victor HONOLULU (UPI) - Down to the East 14-0, the We^t bounced back with six straight touchdowns to take a lopsided 42-22 win in the 32nd annual Hula Bowl. David Turner of the West San Diego State ran for a pair of touchdowns, gained '5!B yards in six carries, and caught two passes for 45 yards to earn honors as the top offensive player in the Saturday contest, which was watched by 48,197 fans. Defensive back Ricky Odom of tbe. West arid use was given defensive honors after intercepting three passes and coming up with five initial tackles. "We weren't worried when they got to us early," said Oklahoma State coach Jim Stanley, head mentor of the West. "We knew we could move the ball, and we felt we could make the adjustment on" defense. The big problem was the bad field position we got ourselves into ait the start." A fumbled punt return led to a 27-yard pass from Missouri's Pete Woods to Penn State's Jim Cefalo and a bad center snap led to the second score, a 2-yard toss from Army's' Leamon Hall to Notre Dame All America Ken McAfee. Odorrt's three interceptions were just part of a total of eight East turnovers that included three lost fumbles. "Personally, I just began concentrating a little more, and so did the other guys," said Odom. "We began to get used to the people we were playing." Meanwhile, in the East locker room. East Coach Dan Devine of No: 1-ranked Notre Dame singled out momentum qs a factor in, the loss. "Momentum is a ' strange thing," he said. "Once it starts going the wrong way,,it's hard to control." East assistant Fran Curci of Kentucky said, "Yes, we did start out like gangbusters, but then we fumbled right there (on the 20-yard line) and Ijecause of the rules, we never got to play offense again." Hula powl rules call for the team that is l^hind to receive the ensuing kickoff no matter which team scores. MOBILE, Ala. (UPI) Leeman Bennett feels he came out a winner even though he was the losing coach in the Senior Bowl. "•My staff and I had a chance to spend a week with many of the best college players who will be in the NFL draft next May," the Atlanta Falcons coach said. "We had most of the skill- position seniors here in Mobile. I'm predicting at least a dozen of them will be picked in the first round and having a chance to work with theni has to give us a little bit of an edge." The North, coached by Don Coryell of the St.. Louis Cardinals, beat Bennett's South team, 17-14, in Saturday's team, 17-14; in Saturday's Senior Bowl. But Bennett feels he had the three best offensive performers in Grambling quarterback Doug Williams, Alabama fullback Johnny Davis and Florida receiver Wes Chandler. Williams, who led the nation in total offense last fall, was the game's top passer with 21 of 34 passes for '254 yards, Davis was the leading runner with 109 yards on 23 carries and Chandler the top receiver with 10 catches for 97 yards. "We lost, sure," Bennett said. "But wt had a chance to win 'up to the last minute. It was the sort of game that was really determined by one play." The play in question was an 83-yard fumble recovery return by Cincinnati linebacker Mike Woods. Just before that happened, the South, down 10-7, had a second-and-goal at the North 2 yard hne with barely two minutes left to play. "It was a shame we had to lose that way," Bennett said. "We went the first 58 minutes without a turnover and it was looking like that was going to pay off for us." The North, which didn't score until All-America Terry Miller of Oklahoma State capped an 83-yard drive with a four-yard run With 12:04 left in the game, had taken the lead for the first time with 5:47 left on a Senidr Bowl-record 46- yard field" goal, ' , :^ BEST OF PLAYERS! — Quick Wendi Kassis, 44, of Fortiina, Was the outstanding all-around basketball player in the Friday night and , Saturday NCS-NBL Pre-Season Girls' Basketball Tournament in. Chessall Gymnasium. She scored 28 points as Champion Fortuna defeated Ukiah, and 24 as it nudged young Rancho Cotate Saturday, and had 60 in three games. She also defended, fed and rebounded superbly. — Journal photo by Erickson. Afhietes in three sports busy here throughout the week Rain or no rain, there's something doing nearly every afternoon and evening today through Wednesday in baseball, college and high school wrestling and • high school and college basketball involving Mendocino College and Ukiahi athletes. Also Friday and Saturday! Beginning at 2 p.m. today when Coach Dan Drew, baseball mentor at Mendocino College, greeted a hopeful number of hopeful' 1978 baseball candidates for the Eagles squad in Room 803 at the Fairgrounds interim college campus. Some eight or more returning "veterans" plus some talented newcomers provide an impetus toward even stronger team depth. A number of fine athletes off the strong football team, plus fijst-time, one- sport baseball specialists will be joined later in the season by several players off the current winningest basketball team in Mendocino College history. Some surely will get an opportunity to accept, as third-basemain Dave Eisenbeis did last spring, a scholarship to a university, after his very fine Mendocino (College season. Others may follow Mendocino College's Totn Kibbee, Rod Dockins and Tommy Walker into professional baseball, to advance as their dedication and skills and ability to meet requirements of their prfifessional teafn dictate. Kibbee and Dockins are in the Orioles and Phillies chains as fledgling and promising pitchers as starters' or key relievers: Walker had a shot as catcher with a Phillies team but since has returned home. ' Tuesday will be extremely busy. At 4 p.m. tomorrow,, or shortly thereafter at C^rl Purdy Hall, Mendocino College's strongest wrestling team yet has a sharp training scrimmage with non-League Santa Rosa J.C. as Coach Keith Leland's grapplers, in their only home appearance of a travel season prepare fo; tough final GVC dual mee and upcoming championship tourneys at Cuesta, GVC Championship ^.matches at Redwoods; and regional State Meet qualifying at Santa I III -111 f If n- Maria. Antonio Lopez, Steve Scott, Mike Scott, Lee Johnson, Dennis Reynolds, Mike Engebritson, Jess Ayer, Art Reid arid Jerry Dietrick^re' among those who have strengthened the MC mat program. Tuesday in Chessall Gymnasium, at 4:30 p.m. the Ukiahi Frosh, winners of three straight games, go after No. 4 and their second over Fort Bragg. Then, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. the Ukiahi Jayvee and Varsity teams ^tip-off against Analy's Tigers m a tune-up for tough NBL games just ahead. The Frosh and Varsity measured El Molino Friday and the Jayvees lost a close one with Glenn Wright out on injuries and another starter sidelined for disciplinary reasons. Also on Tuesday night, at- Vallejo, the Mendocino College basketball Eagles travel to meet the California Maritime Academy team in quest of win No. 9 at 7:30 p.m. before returning home for the first tin^e since Dec. 14 to host top challengers Feather River and College of the Siskiyous in early Golden Valley Conference action Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13-14. Wednesday night, starting at 5:3p p.m., the Ukiahi Jayvee and Varsity wrestlers host Santa Rosa's hungry. Panthers in an opening North Bay League dual match. Coaches i Jerry Aikman and Pat Wilson of the Varsity and Jayvee Ukiahi mat teams are preparing their matmen for a rugged dual season. Early- season tourney victories or dual matches mean nothing from here on out. Weak early season teams have ways of becoming giant killers in NBL or GVC wrestling league matches! Probably because a smart but defeated wrestler will learn from his mistakes the second-time around and be tougher, or he has gone down a NTC ^ht or up to a more natural-strength weight! Be that as it may, Ukiah and Mendocino College basketball and wrestling fans have a great week of action in store, starting Tuesday. WASHINGTON (UPI) - A California investment counselor said he expected to have in his hands by the end of the day an agreement which he calls the first big step in bringing the San Francisco Giants to the nation's capital. Emil Bernard, who heads a gxoup that fiopes to buy the Giants, said the city's Armory Board, which operates Robert F. Kennedy . Stadium, was expected to sign a "meiriorari- dum of agreeriient" today — a preliminary step to a final lease—that outlines terms for use of the stadium if the Giants move to Washington. Bernard, who already has signed the agreement, said it was the product of 13 months of "high-level, difficult negotiations." He and attorney Richard "nnkham were in Washington last week to work with the board on the final wording. "First we had to get the agreement we wanted," he said during a weekend telephone interview from New York. "Then we can say (to the National League, who must approve any sale) 'Here's the money, we want the club, and we want to move it here.'" Bernard said he will provide a letter of credit from a lending institution for $11 million within 30 days from the time the board signs, the memorandum. However, Armory board general manager Bob Sigholtz has said the letter of credit must be produced before thee memorandum is inked. The Giants are co-owned by Phoenix businessman Arthur "Bud" Herseth and San Francisco financier Bob Lurie. Herseth wants to sell his 50 percent of the club, but Lurie has said he will never allow the club to leave San Francisco. ^ The partners have a "buy- sell" agreement and under the tprms of one portion of the pact, one partner can offer to buy out the other partner. However, the second partner (JLKNN ERICKSON Sports Editor has the option of buying out the first partner ins|tead of selling his own interest if he comes up with the cash to do it during the offer period. . Bernard said Herseth will offer to buy Lurie's half for $5.5 million. Then Bernard's group, which assumes that Lurie won't buy out Herseth instead, would buy the full club from Herseth for $11 million. Lurie, however, apparently believes Herseth's jAan to sell his share actually comes under another portion of their buy-sell agreement which provides for obtaining a new partner if one sells out. Lurie maintains that if Herseth sells, he will merely obtain a new partner. Bernard disputed that and returned to his own interpretation. "Oakland and the Giants are both losing a great deal of money," he said. "Oakland is staying according to the Oakland people, so I find it very difficult to believe that Lurie would come up with the money to pay Herseth. He'd have to be a damn fool investor." Lurie could not be reached immediately for comment. Bernard said a Washington investment group, who he did not identify, chipped in $3 million of the purchase price late Friday night. He said with the letter of credit and the armory board agreement in hand, the next step would be asking the National League to approve the sale. - The last step, he said, would be negotiating a final lease — based on the outlines of the armory board agreement — to have the Giants in RFK by April. Ukiah grapplers domifiate CLtourney Ukiahi's Varsity wrestling team dominated the 1978 Clear Lake Invitational Wrestling Tournament at Lakeport Saturday, but the seven individual championships and the placing of all but two Ukiahi ^applers in the top four in- their irespective weights at Lakeport will mean Uttle if the grapplin' Cats don't do a job on Santa Rosa here Wednesday. That's right —Wednesday starts the all-out mat struggle for NBL dual meet superiority, and the Panthers of Coach Ben Terry at Santa Rosa always prove muscular, aggressive and tough on the mats. Even though he lost Jimmy Newport and other fine grapplers from last season, by NBL Championship time Coach Terry and his staff should have a ' challenging team. • Coach Aikman's grapplers, led by. Most Outstanding Heavyweight Cliff Yaple, 175- pound champion, simply had too much for the rest of the field at Lakeport, leaving Qear Lake, 153'/^, Fortuna, 103y2; Concord, 101 Vz; Pacific, 83; Terra Linda, 80Vz; Fort Bragg, 53 and Santa Rosa, 51, well back of Ukiah's 203 winning points Saturday. Yaple, who' was close to being named Most Outstanding Wrestler in his weight in the Fortuna tournament, but had a bye to louse things up, did the job with determination and style Saturday, to. gain "heavyweight" honors; while Mickey Armstrong, Lakeport's 115-pounder, was voted the top "lightweight" wrestler of the tourney. Hugo Lopez, 97-pounds; Robert Kuintzler, 129; Gerardo Lopez, 135; Chuck Navin, 140; Carl Johnson, 147; Qiff Yaple, 177; and Steve Knedler, 193, each won thefr respective weight-division championships at Lakeport Saturday. Ukiah's Robert Meyers, fourth at 105; Rich Navin, third at 115; Richard Paz, fourth at 156, also placed in the top four in thefr divisions in Championship and Consolation Finals, giving Ukiah place winners in 11 of 13 Weights Saturday. A most promising showing if the wrestlers of Saturday, or those who place them Wednesday and in future NBL dual meets, continue to concentrate on the job at hand — to improve both offensive and defensive mat know-how. Connors tops Borg Swimmer sets records PROVIDENCE, R.I. (UPI) — Nashville, Tenn., teen-age swimming sensation Tracy Caulkins has knocked over three records in competition at the U.S. Women's International Swimming Competition at Brown University. Caulkins, a 14-year-old member of the U.S. swim team, Suhday trimmed more than two seconds from the 400- yard individual meidley record with a time of 4:16;75. Her, effort bettered Canadian Nancy Garapick's old mark of 4:19:04, set last year. Caulkins' victory followed a pair of; record shattering performances Saturday by the Tennessee teen-ager in the 200-yard individual medley and the 200-yard breast stroke. Linda Jezek, 17, of Los Altos, Calif., America's top- ranked backstroker, broke the U.S. Open record for the 100- yard backstroke by just one- tenth of a second. Jezek's time of :56:29 bettered the :56:40 time set by Taura Vandeweghe of Southern Cahfornia last year. The winner dominated Sunday's event finishing :01.7 seconds ahead of U.S. teammate Chris Breedy, 17, of Reading, Penn. The competition feat,ured womdl swimmers from nine nations, including Julia Bog- donova, 13, of the Soviet Union, the world's top-ranked breaststroker. The third record of the evening and fifth of the meet was set by the U.S. "A" Team in the final event of the competition, the 400-yard medley relay. The team was comprised of four swimmers who had already won individual races Sunday; backstroker Linda Jezek; breaststroker Tracy Caukins; butterfly specialist Nancy Hogshead and freestyler Jill Sterkel. They posted a mark of 3:43:72 seconds, bettering the Nashville Aquatic Club's 3:47:45 set less than a year ago. „The East German swim team, the dominant talent in women's swimming, withdrew earlier this week from the meet, citing scheduling problenis. By STEVE WILSTEIN UPI Sports Writer NEW YORK (UPI) — Jimmy Connors had every right to crow, shout to the world "I'm No. l"-and take to task all those who had doubted him. But (;k)nnors has mellowed or matured a bit at 25, and when given,the chance to twist the knife after his spectacular 6-4,1-6,6-4 triumph over Bjorn Borg Sunday in the $400,000 Masters tennis championship, he backed off. "This tournament didn't settle anything," he said. "We're gonna have to play it again because (Guillermo) Vilas beat me, Borg beat him and I beat Borg." After" losing to Borg at Wimbledon and Vilas at the U.S. Open, Connors came back with a vengeance in the JVIaster's — a round-robin demolition derby of tennis matching the top eight players in the world for five straight days. Connors routed Eddie Dibbs to qpen the tournament, lost a magnificent three-set thriller to Vilas, blasted: Manuel Orantes and out- battled Brian Gottfried before stopping Borg. "I played a great match against Vilas apd lost," Connors said, appraising himself rather than merely bragging. "If I lost out there today, I'd still have played a great match. This is the best tennis I have played." That's it. Connors wants it now. He wanted this victory, not only for the $100,()00 first prize but for the deep satisfaction of being back on top. Warrior rally short SEATTLE (UPI) — The reborn Seattle Supersonics hit the .500 mark before a sellout crowd and proved the days when they sported the second- worst record in the NBA are gone and nearly forgotten. The Sf>nics held off a fourth- quarter rally-by- the Golden State Warriors Sunday to post a 99-91 victory and improve their record to 20-20,''their best this season. "I was hoping to get to .500 by the all-star game," Seattle coach Lenny Wilkens said. "It's nice to get there before that." The triumjih solidified Seattle's hold on third place in the Pacific Division, two games ahead of Golden State. For the Warriors, it was the seventh loss in^a row on the road. Golden State narrowed a 10- point deficit to two in the final minutes of the game, but the Sonics outscored tfie Warriors 8-2 in the last 1:13 to hail down the victory. Marvin Webster led Seattle with 17 points and pulled down 17 rebounds. Rick Barry paced the Warriors with 20 points. 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